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Native Sun News Today: Ft. Berthold tribes to benefit from methane pollution control order
Native Sun News Today: Ft. Berthold tribes to benefit from methane pollution control order (July 30, 2020)

'The court’s ruling is a victory for people who are bearing the brunt of federal and tribal oil and gas development,' says Lisa DeVille of Fort Berthold Protectors of Water and Earth Rights.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes freeze Alaska Native Corporation pandemic funds again
Native Sun News Today: Tribes freeze Alaska Native Corporation pandemic funds again (July 21, 2020)

Tribal nations succeeded in barring the release of COVID-19 relief money to Alaska Native Corporations for a second time while they pursue an appeal in the case.


Judge rejects lawsuit from former attorney at National Congress of American Indians
Judge rejects lawsuit from former attorney at National Congress of American Indians (July 14, 2020)

A non-Indian attorney has lost his case against Indianz.Com and other news organizations.


Native Sun News Today: Dakota Access Pipeline shutdown order
Native Sun News Today: Dakota Access Pipeline shutdown order (July 13, 2020)

Tribal leaders and constituents across Lakota Territory and elsewhere welcomed a hard-won court order to shut off the oil flow in the Dakota Access Pipeline.


'A historic day': Tribes celebrate victory over Dakota Access as pipeline operator strikes back
'A historic day': Tribes celebrate victory over Dakota Access as pipeline operator strikes back (July 7, 2020)

Tribes fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline won a major victory as a judge ordered oil to stop flowing through treaty territory. But the battle is far from over.


Harold Frazier: It is time to put people before profit
Harold Frazier: It is time to put people before profit (July 6, 2020)

It has been six years since the Dakota Access Pipeline began slithering a path through our treaty territory.


Native Sun News Today: Alaska Native corporations to garner tribal pandemic relief
Native Sun News Today: Alaska Native corporations to garner tribal pandemic relief (July 6, 2020)

A federal judge has cleared the way for Alaska Native corporations to receive shares of an $8 billion COVID-19 relief fund that was designated for tribal governments.


Big #NoDAPL News: Federal judge orders shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline
Big #NoDAPL News: Federal judge orders shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline (July 6, 2020)

A federal judge has finally invalidated permits for Dakota Access Pipeline following four years of complaints from Indian Country.


Judge deals major blow to tribes in dispute over delayed COVID-19 relief
Judge deals major blow to tribes in dispute over delayed COVID-19 relief (June 29, 2020)

A federal judge has handed the Trump administration a much-needed victory for its coronavirus response efforts, ruling that Alaska Native corporations are entitled to shares of an $8 billion COVID-19 relief fund.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes obtain another court order for delayed pandemic relief
Native Sun News Today: Tribes obtain another court order for delayed pandemic relief (June 26, 2020)

It took over 80 days for the Trump administration to deliver the full COVID-19 relief promised to tribal governments.


Cronkite News: Case numbers shatter daily record set four days earlier
Cronkite News: Case numbers shatter daily record set four days earlier (June 18, 2020)

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona are on the rise, following the state's decision to life stay-at-home orders.


'We got these monies late': Trump administration makes tribes wait more than 80 days for full COVID-19 relief
'We got these monies late': Trump administration makes tribes wait more than 80 days for full COVID-19 relief (June 17, 2020)

It's taken over 80 days, numerous lawsuits and public pressure for the Trump administration to pay tribal nations the COVID-19 relief they were promised by the federal government.


'Patently unfair': Judge won't let Trump administration delay COVID-19 relief again
'Patently unfair': Judge won't let Trump administration delay COVID-19 relief again (June 12, 2020)

Tribes will finally see the rest of their payments from the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund after the Trump administration tried to delay the money by playing divide and conquer.


Treasury in spotlight as tribes await COVID-19 relief promised months ago
Treasury in spotlight as tribes await COVID-19 relief promised months ago (June 10, 2020)

With tribes still waiting on COVID-19 payments by the federal government, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin is appearing before Congress to discuss the Trump administration's response to the crisis.


Trump administration lands in trouble for threatening tribe's sovereignty
Trump administration lands in trouble for threatening tribe's sovereignty (June 8, 2020)

Indian Country is declaring victory after a federal judge blasted the Trump administration for threatening the sovereignty of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and breaking its promises to the People of the First Light.


'Absolutely maddening': Trump administration falters on coronavirus relief promised to tribes
'Absolutely maddening': Trump administration falters on coronavirus relief promised to tribes (May 29, 2020)

It was a federal judge's mistake but it forced the Trump administration into disclosing the troubles tribes are facing as they seek the COVID-19 funds they were promised two months ago.


Court vacates 287 oil and gas leases in Montana over BLM failure to assess for groundwater and climate impacts
Court vacates 287 oil and gas leases in Montana over BLM failure to assess for groundwater and climate impacts (May 4, 2020)

A federal judge vacated 287 oil and gas leases in Montana, ruling that the Bureau of Land Management did not properly assess the leases’ threat to groundwater and impacts on climate change.


'We need to do more for our tribes': $8 billion in coronavirus relief missing in action
'We need to do more for our tribes': $8 billion in coronavirus relief missing in action (April 30, 2020)

With yet another deadline looming, concerns are growing in Indian Country and on Capitol Hill about the fate of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to tribal governments.


Indian Country awaits decision on $8 billion in coronavirus relief money
Indian Country awaits decision on $8 billion in coronavirus relief money (April 21, 2020)

With just days left before an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund is supposed to go out to Indian Country, the Trump administration has yet to decide how to distribute the much-needed money.


Trump administration faulted for efforts to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country
Trump administration faulted for efforts to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country (February 10, 2020)

The Trump administration plans to spend more money on the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans amid complaints that it isn't doing enough to address what is widely considered an epidemic.


Arizona lawmakers follow party line in impeachment hearing questioning
Arizona lawmakers follow party line in impeachment hearing questioning (December 5, 2019)

The House Judiciary Committee ended a daylong hearing into possible articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump with bitter partisan sparring.


Indian child welfare legal challenge is about ending tribal sovereignty
Indian child welfare legal challenge is about ending tribal sovereignty (November 25, 2019)

Before the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, more than a quarter of American Indian and Alaska Native children were removed from their homes.


Senate committee takes up #MMIW bills amid doubts about protections for Native women
Senate committee takes up #MMIW bills amid doubts about protections for Native women (November 19, 2019)

With expanded protections for Native women and children still in doubt on Capitol Hill, key lawmakers are advancing legislation to address the crisis of the missing and murdered in tribal communities.


Cronkite News: Lawmakers clash along party lines on asylum reform bill
Cronkite News: Lawmakers clash along party lines on asylum reform bill (August 6, 2019)

Republican pushed an immigration bill through a party-line vote after preventing Democrats from offering amendments to it.


Cronkite News: Few answers at lengthy hearing over border conditions
Cronkite News: Few answers at lengthy hearing over border conditions (July 29, 2019)

A House panel grilled Trump administration officials over migrant family separations and conditions at border detention facilities, but the hearing produced more partisan sparks than answers.


Zenobia Jeffries Warfield: It's time for the United States to pay up
Zenobia Jeffries Warfield: It's time for the United States to pay up (June 26, 2019)

A slavery reparations hearing on Juneteenth represented the result of centuries of work.


Democrats warn of 'termination of tribal nations' as Trump nominee lands spot on key court
Democrats warn of 'termination of tribal nations' as Trump nominee lands spot on key court (February 26, 2019)

Democrats are sounding the alarm after Republicans confirmed a Trump nominee for a lifetime spot on a key federal appeals court despite Indian Country's objections.


AUDIO: Sen. Maria Cantwell on Trump nominee and tribal sovereignty
AUDIO: Sen. Maria Cantwell on Trump nominee and tribal sovereignty (February 26, 2019)

A Trump nominee who has repeatedly advocated against tribal interests is up for a lifetime appointment to a key federal appeals court.


Indian health law killed by same judge behind Indian Child Welfare Act ruling
Indian health law killed by same judge behind Indian Child Welfare Act ruling (December 17, 2018)

A federal judge who invalidated the Indian Child Welfare Act has issued a new ruling that could devastate tribal nations.


Tim Giago: We need more Native American judges in South Dakota
Tim Giago: We need more Native American judges in South Dakota (November 5, 2018)

We believe it is high time to open the doors of the court houses in South Dakota to be inclusive of the Native Americans.


Cronkite News: Trump nominee defends Indian law record at nearly empty hearing
Cronkite News: Trump nominee defends Indian law record at nearly empty hearing (October 30, 2018)

One of President Trump's court nominees tried to dispel concerns about his record on tribal law, saying his previous work did not reflect how he would rule as a judge.


Tribal officials, Democrats push back on 9th Circuit judicial nominee
Tribal officials, Democrats push back on 9th Circuit judicial nominee (October 23, 2018)

The National Congress of American Indians and the Native American Rights Fund are opposing one of President Trump's judicial nominees.


'This is worse than I thought': Brett Kavanaugh hearing draws protests
'This is worse than I thought': Brett Kavanaugh hearing draws protests (September 28, 2018)

Protesters outside of a heated Senate hearing seemed to have already made up their minds about Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee accused of sexual assault.


'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case
'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case (September 27, 2018)

Tribes across the nation, advocates for Native women and a bipartisan group of former federal prosecutors are taking a stand in one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases in recent history.


More Alaska Natives oppose Brett Kavanaugh ahead of critical hearing
More Alaska Natives oppose Brett Kavanaugh ahead of critical hearing (September 26, 2018)

Republicans are intent on advancing Brett Kavanaugh even as more Alaska Natives oppose the controversial Supreme Court nominee.


'No reason for any further delay': Key Republican on Brett Kavanaugh
'No reason for any further delay': Key Republican on Brett Kavanaugh (September 19, 2018)

With his Indian law record in doubt, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court is confronting a sexual assault allegation.


'Lack of understanding of tribes': Brett Kavanaugh deemed unfriendly to Indian Country
'Lack of understanding of tribes': Brett Kavanaugh deemed unfriendly to Indian Country (September 19, 2018)

Add Native Americans to the list of groups concerned about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.


Court strikes down landmark Indian Child Welfare Act ruling
Court strikes down landmark Indian Child Welfare Act ruling (September 18, 2018)

A federal appeals court has delivered a major blow to tribes and parents who have been seeking to protect their children.


Richard Peterson: Brett Kavanaugh threatens tribal sovereignty
Richard Peterson: Brett Kavanaugh threatens tribal sovereignty (September 10, 2018)

Alaska tribes, despite being more than the nation's capital, know the truth about Brett Kavanaugh's agenda.


Diane Humetewa: John McCain was a leading voice for Indian Country
Diane Humetewa: John McCain was a leading voice for Indian Country (August 29, 2018)

During the majority of his time in the House and Senate, John McCain was a leading voice for and architect of federal Indian policy.


Indian Country awaits busy season at Supreme Court amid big change
Indian Country awaits busy season at Supreme Court amid big change (August 15, 2018)

The Supreme Court might get a new justice soon but it's not clear whether Brett Kavanaugh understands tribes and their issues.


Trump administration defends handling of family separations at hearing
Trump administration defends handling of family separations at hearing (August 1, 2018)

Immigration officials continue to face fire for separating migrant families at the U.S. border.


Carl Tobias: Nominate Diane Humetewa for seat on appeals court
Carl Tobias: Nominate Diane Humetewa for seat on appeals court (June 5, 2017)

A law professor makes the case for President Donald Trump to nominate the first Native woman to serve on a federal appeals court.


Supreme Court nominee acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribes
Supreme Court nominee acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribes (March 22, 2017)

The Supreme Court hasn't always been kind to Indian Country but a federal judge appears ready to ensure tribes will be treated fairly.


Supreme Court nominee fares well in review of Indian law record
Supreme Court nominee fares well in review of Indian law record (March 20, 2017)

Donald Trump's nominee has a far better record when it comes to tribes than the man he would be replacing on the nation's highest court.


Federal judge stays off Ute Tribe sovereignty case despite protest
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Federal judge stays off Ute Tribe sovereignty case despite protest (August 30, 2016)

After nearly four decades on the case, Judge Bruce Jenkins was kicked off by a higher court.


Judge takes aim at Ute Tribe after being kicked off sovereignty case
Judge takes aim at Ute Tribe after being kicked off sovereignty case (August 24, 2016)

After nearly four decades on the case, Judge Bruce Jenkins was kicked off by a higher court and he's not happy about it.


Anti-Indian figure appears in segment on tribal court jurisdiction
Anti-Indian figure appears in segment on tribal court jurisdiction (June 21, 2016)

Indian Country isn't the only one paying attention to a tribal jurisdiction case that's pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.


Republicans slam Trump's 'racist' comments but still support him
Republicans slam Trump's 'racist' comments but still support him (June 8, 2016)

The real estate mogul accused a federal judge of being biased due to his 'Mexican' heritage.


Supreme Court pick puts some Indian law cases on questionnaire
Supreme Court pick puts some Indian law cases on questionnaire (May 11, 2016)

Merrick Garland of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals participated in a contract support costs case that was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in January.


Judge in South Dakota sanctioned in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Judge in South Dakota sanctioned in Indian Child Welfare Act case (April 18, 2016)

A key document that was withheld from the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe explains why Indian guardians lost 100 percent of cases before Judge Jeff Davis.


Chair of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe calls for action on court nominee
Chair of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe calls for action on court nominee (March 17, 2016)

Senate Republicans are refusing to consider Merrick Garland as Indian Country awaits decisions in cases that affect tribal courts, tribal jurisdiction and protections for Native women.


Diane Humetewa not under consideration for Supreme Court seat
Diane Humetewa not under consideration for Supreme Court seat (March 11, 2016)

A short list of five potential candidates is being widely cited in the media but it does not include anyone from Indian Country.


Gyasi Ross: Nominate Diane Humetewa to serve on Supreme Court
Gyasi Ross: Nominate Diane Humetewa to serve on Supreme Court (March 9, 2016)

It’s time to recognize the ability of Indigenous women to restore the balance to not only our communities, but to all people; in fact, it’s long overdue.


Senate Republicans refuse to consider Supreme Court nominee
Senate Republicans refuse to consider Supreme Court nominee (February 24, 2016)

The Senate Judiciary Committee said it won't hold hearings until a new president is sworn into office in January 2017.


Lakota Country Times: Legal 'victory' for reservation residents
Lakota Country Times: Legal 'victory' for reservation residents (November 23, 2015)

An order that deprived Oglala Lakota County residents of the right to sit on trial juries in cases originating in their county has been ruled illegal.


Native Sun News: Oglala citizens can serve on juries again
Native Sun News: Oglala citizens can serve on juries again (November 13, 2015)

'This is a victory for the residents of Oglala Lakota County,' attorney Charles Abourezk said.


South Dakota court rebukes judge at center of ICWA dispute
South Dakota court rebukes judge at center of ICWA dispute (November 11, 2015)

Judge Jeff Davis had barred all residents of Oglala Lakota County, formerly known as Shannon County, from serving on juries.


Arguments heard in lawsuit over federal judge's racist e-mails
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Arguments heard in lawsuit over federal judge's racist e-mails (May 26, 2015)

A group of Indian plaintiffs want to see the messages to determine whether the former judge was biased in the courtroom.


Judge at center of ICWA lawsuit in South Dakota stripped of title
Judge at center of ICWA lawsuit in South Dakota stripped of title (May 25, 2015)

Judge Jeff Davis in Pennington County removed Indian children from their families in 100 percent of the cases before him.