More: land claims

Native Sun News Today: Ponca Tribe struggled to survive in face of broken treaty
National
Native Sun News Today: Ponca Tribe struggled to survive in face of broken treaty (November 8, 2017)
Like many tribes who entered into negotiations with the United States, the Ponca made the fatal mistake of relinquishing their equal status as treaty partners.

Gyasi Ross: Does Native American Heritage Month even matter in our nation?
Opinion
Gyasi Ross: Does Native American Heritage Month even matter in our nation? (November 3, 2017)
Gyasi Ross asks: 'How much is a genocide worth?'

Native Sun News Today: Tribal college leader calls for return of Black Hills territory
Education | Law | National
Native Sun News Today: Tribal college leader calls for return of Black Hills territory (October 23, 2017)
The naming of a Black Hills State University residence hall after distinguished Lakota higher education expert Lionel Bordeaux gave him a springboard to instigate cooperation for return of 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory to the Oceti Sakowin.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe refutes rumors of Black Hills 'sale'
National
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe refutes rumors of Black Hills 'sale' (October 12, 2017)
Facebook was rife with rumors that the Oglala Sioux Tribe passed a resolution to sell the Black Hills, which flabbergasted tribal leaders because that was the first they had heard about their supposed action.

Native Sun News Today: Proclamation calls for action on Black Hills land claim
Law | National
Native Sun News Today: Proclamation calls for action on Black Hills land claim (September 19, 2017)
The signing of an elders’ proclamation for indigenous rights culminated the fourth annual Unity Concert to support the Black Hills Initiative in South Dakota.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs mourns death of colleague Pete Domenici
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs mourns death of colleague Pete Domenici (September 13, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs took a moment of silence to honor of one of its former members, the late Pete Domenici.

Sault Tribe vows fight after Trump team rejects land-into-trust applications
National | Politics | Trust
Sault Tribe vows fight after Trump team rejects land-into-trust applications (July 27, 2017)
The Trump administration has made its first major land-into-trust decision and it doesn't look good for Indian Country.

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe welcomes recognition of authority on ancestral land
Law | National | Politics
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe welcomes recognition of authority on ancestral land (July 25, 2017)
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will continue to provide law enforcement services on its ancestral territory thanks to a bill signed into law in New York state.

Penobscot Nation loses claim to ownership of namesake river in Maine
Environment | Law | National
Penobscot Nation loses claim to ownership of namesake river in Maine (July 5, 2017)
A long-running dispute over the ownership of the Penbscot River in Maine has resulted in defeat for the Penobscot Nation.

Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid
National | Politics
Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid (July 5, 2017)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a Republican from Oklahoma, is one of just two tribal citizens in Congress.

Steven Newcomb: Supreme Court justice became known for 'scalping' Indians
Law | Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Supreme Court justice became known for 'scalping' Indians (May 9, 2017)
A closer look at Stanley F. Reed’s tongue in cheek phrase ‘generally scalping the Indians’ and the Tee-Hit-Ton decision.

Narragansett Tribe files lawsuit over failed transfer of historic sites
Environment | Law
Narragansett Tribe files lawsuit over failed transfer of historic sites (April 4, 2017)
The state of Rhode Island refused to transfer the land until the tribe waived its immunity and accepted state jurisdiction.

Michael Marchand: Colville Tribes should file land claim in Canada
Canada | Opinion
Michael Marchand: Colville Tribes should file land claim in Canada (March 31, 2017)
Now that a Colville citizen has won the right to exercise his aboriginal hunting rights across the border in Canada, what comes next for the Washington-based tribe?

William Hensley: An Inupiaq perspective on the history of Alaska
Opinion | World
William Hensley: An Inupiaq perspective on the history of Alaska (March 30, 2017)
In a way, there are two histories of how Alaska came to be American – and two perspectives.

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe files another land-into-trust application
Law | Trust
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe files another land-into-trust application (March 8, 2017)
The tribe has submitted applications for more than 218 acres in a land claim area in New York.

Peter d'Errico: 'Mashpee Nine' documents Wampanoag struggle
Opinion
Peter d'Errico: 'Mashpee Nine' documents Wampanoag struggle (December 12, 2016)
Mashpee Nine tells the story of a modern epidemic of anti-Native racism on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and the survival—and triumph—of Native people practicing traditional ways in their own lands.

Oneida Nation wins another decision in long-running land dispute
Law | National | Trust
Oneida Nation wins another decision in long-running land dispute (November 10, 2016)
The New York tribe can follow the land-into-trust process, a federal appeals court ruled in a unanimous decision.

Jury acquits defendants for armed standoff on tribal territory in Oregon
Law | National
Jury acquits defendants for armed standoff on tribal territory in Oregon (October 28, 2016)
'This is off-the-charts unbelievable,' a defense attorney said in response to the shocking verdicts.

Jury restarts deliberations in armed standoff on tribal territory
Environment | Law | National
Jury restarts deliberations in armed standoff on tribal territory (October 27, 2016)
A juror who once worked for the federal government was removed after questions were raised about his impartiality.

Jury deliberates verdicts in armed standoff on tribal territory in Oregon
Environment | National
Jury deliberates verdicts in armed standoff on tribal territory in Oregon (October 26, 2016)
Anti-government protesters with guns and ammunition took over a federal refuge that was once a reservation for the Burns Paiute Tribe.

Schaghticoke Tribal Nation sues for stolen land in Connecticut
Law | Federal Recognition
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation sues for stolen land in Connecticut (October 14, 2016)
The tribe is seeking $610 million in damages for stolen lands and mismanagement of its lands and trust fund.

All-White jury hears opening statements in armed standoff trial
Law | National
All-White jury hears opening statements in armed standoff trial (September 14, 2016)
An attorney for one of the ringleaders claimed the federal government didn't own a refuge that was stolen from the Burns Paiute Tribe.

Trial opens into standoff on land stolen from Burns Paiute Tribe
Environment | Law | National
Trial opens into standoff on land stolen from Burns Paiute Tribe (September 13, 2016)
The armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon generated international and criminal charges.

Donna Loring: Maine's mistreament of tribes goes back centuries
Opinion
Donna Loring: Maine's mistreament of tribes goes back centuries (September 12, 2016)
We as Wabanki Tribes in Maine live behind a White Curtain of poverty, bigotry and isolation from the rest of Indian Country.

Tom Cook: Sioux Nation still seeks rightful return of the Black Hills
Opinion
Tom Cook: Sioux Nation still seeks rightful return of the Black Hills (September 5, 2016)
All who are concerned about the Black Hills and its proper return to the rightful heirs are invited to join the 3rd annual Black Hills Unity Concert.

Ruth Hopkins: South Dakota lawmakers make ploy for treaty lands
Opinion | Politics
Ruth Hopkins: South Dakota lawmakers make ploy for treaty lands (September 1, 2016)
The Black Hills of South Dakota, Khe Sapa, belongs to the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation).

Native Sun News Editorial: 'Free land' was taken from our ancestors
Opinion
Native Sun News Editorial: 'Free land' was taken from our ancestors (August 30, 2016)
The land may have been free land to the immigrants, but to American Indians, it was a massive theft of Indians lands now claimed by the United States government.

Native Sun News: Mario Gonzalez goes from ball court to law court
Law | National | Sports
Native Sun News: Mario Gonzalez goes from ball court to law court (August 23, 2016)
There are two basic types of hero in Lakota country; long dead legendary ancestors, and athletes who can shoot an orange ball through an iron hoop.

Steve Russell: Even the Supreme Court makes up 'facts' about tribes
Law | Opinion
Steve Russell: Even the Supreme Court makes up 'facts' about tribes (August 8, 2016)
The biggest obstacle to crafting one story to govern Indian land titles is that no such story existed that could account for all the facts on the ground.

Editorial: Donald Trump would force Black Hills settlement on tribes
Opinion
Editorial: Donald Trump would force Black Hills settlement on tribes (August 2, 2016)
Totally disregarding the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 the United States government illegally seized the Black Hills from the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation.

Brandon Ecoffey: Transparency needed on Black Hills land claim
Opinion
Brandon Ecoffey: Transparency needed on Black Hills land claim (July 12, 2016)
As someone who grew up in Pine Ridge I've known of people my age who have talked about taking the money that has grown with interest to somewhere in the range of $1 billion.

Lakota Country Times: New book explores Sioux Nation land claim
Arts & Entertainment | Law | National
Lakota Country Times: New book explores Sioux Nation land claim (July 8, 2016)
Peter Capossela documents a history of land grabs by the United States that starts with the Fort Laramie Treaties of 1851 and 1868.

Shinnecock Nation weighs options to reclaim ancestral territory
Law | National
Shinnecock Nation weighs options to reclaim ancestral territory (June 30, 2016)
The tribe contends the state of New York stole 3,600 acres through an illegal transaction in 1859.

Editorial: Lakota treaty council supported work at Wounded Knee
Opinion
Editorial: Lakota treaty council supported work at Wounded Knee (June 28, 2016)
In 1976 the Lakota Treaty Council tried to schedule a meeting with President Gerald Ford where they hoped to present to him several proposals and arguments including putting a stop to a forced acceptance of the money set aside in the Black Hills Claims Settlement.

Shinnecock Nation hits the end of the line with ancestral land claim
Law | National | Federal Recognition
Shinnecock Nation hits the end of the line with ancestral land claim (June 27, 2016)
Without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the New York tribe's long-running lawsuit.

Editorial: Reopen settlement to improve tribal relations in Maine
Opinion
Editorial: Reopen settlement to improve tribal relations in Maine (June 22, 2016)
Maine’s tribes need a relationship with the state just as the state can’t ignore the 8,000 tribal members who live here.

Former Catawba Nation Chief Gilbert Blue passes away at age 82
National | Federal Recognition
Former Catawba Nation Chief Gilbert Blue passes away at age 82 (June 14, 2016)
The late leader's biggest achievement was securing a land claim settlement and federal recognition for his people in 1993.

Member of Tulalip Tribes pleads guilty for role in Oregon standoff
Environment | Law | National
Member of Tulalip Tribes pleads guilty for role in Oregon standoff (June 10, 2016)
Eric Lee Flores, 22, was the youngest defendant charged in connection with the armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Editorial: Tribes must come up with plan for return of Black Hills
Opinion
Editorial: Tribes must come up with plan for return of Black Hills (May 25, 2016)
Are we going to continue on the path of separation and disunity when it comes to one of the most important issues ever to face us?

South Dakota governor sees criticism for remarks on sacred site
Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust
South Dakota governor sees criticism for remarks on sacred site (May 12, 2016)
Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) is claiming that his remarks to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe were 'his personal opinion' and were separate from the state's opposition to a land-into-trust application for a sacred site.

James Giago Davies: The Wasicu counts on us being our own enemy
Opinion
James Giago Davies: The Wasicu counts on us being our own enemy (April 21, 2016)
You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to find hard evidence the Wasicu runs our lives.

Penobscot Nation files notice of appeal in river ownership dispute
Environment | Law
Penobscot Nation files notice of appeal in river ownership dispute (April 19, 2016)
A federal judge said the reservation includes the islands that lie within the Penobscot River but rejected the tribe's claim to ownership of the water itself.

Mario Gonzalez: Clearing up misunderstanding in Black Hills case
Law | Opinion
Mario Gonzalez: Clearing up misunderstanding in Black Hills case (April 12, 2016)
The $102 million award from a court case and a $44 million award from the Indian Claims Commission have now grown with interest to approximately $1.3 billion.

Native Sun News: Attorney discusses long-running Black Hills case
Law | National
Native Sun News: Attorney discusses long-running Black Hills case (March 29, 2016)
Attorney Mario Gonzales and the Native Sun News discuss the long history of the Black Hills land claim.

Shinnecock Nation weighs options over theft of ancestral lands
Law
Shinnecock Nation weighs options over theft of ancestral lands (February 17, 2016)
Former chairman Lance Gumbs said about 3,500 acres on Long Island were taken by fraudulent means in 1859.

Burns Paiute Tribe to help assess damage from armed takeover
Environment | Law | National
Burns Paiute Tribe to help assess damage from armed takeover (February 12, 2016)
Authorities will be looking for damage to sacred sites and thousands of artifacts at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Town repays Oneida Nation with racism
Opinion
Doug George-Kanentiio: Town repays Oneida Nation with racism (February 11, 2016)
The town of Whitesboro, New York, was founded when a white man named Hugh White was given land by the Oneidas as an act of generosity.

South Dakota lawmakers kill bill to support return of land to tribes
Law | National | Politics
South Dakota lawmakers kill bill to support return of land to tribes (February 11, 2016)
Rep. Shawn Bordeaux (D), a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, spoke in favor of a resolution that called for 'full and fair compensation' to the Sioux Nation.

Armed occupation of wildlife refuge in Oregon ends with arrests
Law | National
Armed occupation of wildlife refuge in Oregon ends with arrests (February 11, 2016)
Cliven Bundy is being held in the same jail as his two sons and is facing charges in connection with a standoff at his ranch in Nevada in 2014.

Burns Paiute Tribe might seek to reopen judgment for stolen lands
Law | National
Burns Paiute Tribe might seek to reopen judgment for stolen lands (February 8, 2016)
Some 850 tribal members each received just $743.20 in 1969 for the taking of their 1.78-million acre ancestral reservation.

Shinnecock Nation faces deadline to appeal loss in land claim case
Law
Shinnecock Nation faces deadline to appeal loss in land claim case (February 2, 2016)
The U.S. Supreme Court has not been receptive to tribal land claims ever since its March 2005 decision in Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation.

Janet Mills: Penobscot Nation started fight over river ownership
Law | Opinion
Janet Mills: Penobscot Nation started fight over river ownership (January 19, 2016)
There are some unfortunate myths and mistruths being spread about the Penobscot River and about the recent ruling of Judge George Singal in the United States District Court.

Albert Bender: Occupied land still belongs to Burns Paiute Tribe
Opinion
Albert Bender: Occupied land still belongs to Burns Paiute Tribe (January 13, 2016)
The forcible removal of the Paiute people from the Malheur Reservation in the 19th century in violation of their treaty rights brings to mind the Trail of Broken Treaties protest in 1972 and the continued failure of the U.S. to live up to its treaty obligations - the law of the land.

Jim Patterson: Burns Paiute Tribe perseveres despite pressures
Opinion
Jim Patterson: Burns Paiute Tribe perseveres despite pressures (January 12, 2016)
During my field work in Harney and Grant counties 35 years ago, I came to know and respect the ranchers, many of whom worked hard to perpetuate traditional ranching despite the pressures of outside agribusiness and land speculators.

Burns Paiute Tribe not happy with armed group on ancestral land
Law | National
Burns Paiute Tribe not happy with armed group on ancestral land (January 6, 2016)
Tribal leaders are speaking out against the group that is occupying a federal refuge near the reservation.

Armed group wants more to join protest on ancestral Paiute land
Law | National
Armed group wants more to join protest on ancestral Paiute land (January 5, 2016)
Ammon Bundy, a leader of the occupation, claims people are interested in 'taking back their land and resources' but doesn't mention that the area was originally promised to the Burns Paiute Tribe.

Armed group occupies wildlife refuge near reservation in Oregon
Environment | Law | National
Armed group occupies wildlife refuge near reservation in Oregon (January 4, 2016)
The land in and around the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was initially promised by treaty to the Burns Paiute Tribe before it was taken by the federal government.

Penobscot Nation loses big decision in river ownership dispute
Environment | Law
Penobscot Nation loses big decision in river ownership dispute (December 17, 2015)
A federal judge determined that the reservation includes the islands within the Penobscot River but that the tribe does not own the river itself.

Shinnecock Nation loses attempt to revive ancestral land claim
Law
Shinnecock Nation loses attempt to revive ancestral land claim (October 28, 2015)
The tribe's next option would be an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court but the justices have not been receptive to land claims in recent years.

Penobscot Nation battles state over rights to namesake river
Environment | Law
Penobscot Nation battles state over rights to namesake river (October 15, 2015)
A portion of the Penobscot River runs through the reservation but the state claims it does not belong to the tribe.

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