More: land claims

'A proud day to be Lakota': Activists arrested for protesting Trump visit to Sioux Nation treaty territory
'A proud day to be Lakota': Activists arrested for protesting Trump visit to Sioux Nation treaty territory (July 6, 2020)

Nearly 200 protestors clashed with law enforcement as they stood in defense of Sioux Nation homelands stolen by the U.S. government.


Tim Giago: 'The Black Hills are not for sale'
Tim Giago: 'The Black Hills are not for sale' (July 6, 2020)

Republicans Kristi Noem and Donald Trump were treading on the sacred ground of the Lakota; plain and simple.


How Wet'suwet'en butterflies offer lessons in resilience and resistance
How Wet'suwet'en butterflies offer lessons in resilience and resistance (March 3, 2020)

The world is beginning to better understand that the core of extractive industries are tied to deep political and economic conflicts related to the settler-colonial present and a shared colonial history.


Doug George-Kanentiio: The myth of band councils as First Nations
Doug George-Kanentiio: The myth of band councils as First Nations (February 24, 2020)

Let us begin by acknowledging the fact that band councils are not First Nations while beginning the process of restoring our peoples to true national status.


The legacy of Oka in an era of supposed reconciliation
The legacy of Oka in an era of supposed reconciliation (October 29, 2019)

Tensions are rising between the Kanien’kéha:ka (Mohawk) of Kanehsatà:ke and the Québec municipality of Oka.


How some North Americans claim a false Indigenous identity
How some North Americans claim a false Indigenous identity (September 26, 2019)

Recently in Canada and the United States, a small but vocal minority of white French-descendants have used an ancestor born between 300 and 400 years ago to claim an 'Indigenous' identity.


Mark Trahant: Taking the Red Road to the White House
Mark Trahant: Taking the Red Road to the White House (August 15, 2019)

I imagine how much Frank LaMere would enjoy participating in his own presidential forum next week in Iowa.


Native Sun News Today: Black Hills land claim attorney passes on
Native Sun News Today: Black Hills land claim attorney passes on (August 7, 2019)

The late attorney Arthur Lazarus, Jr., handled the Sioux Nation's landmark claim to the Black Hills.


'He was a force': Attorney in Sioux Nation land claim passes on at age of 92
'He was a force': Attorney in Sioux Nation land claim passes on at age of 92 (August 5, 2019)

Arthur Lazarus Jr., an Indian law practitioner who represented the Sioux Nation in its Black Hills land claim, died on July 27, 2019.


Witness list for Indigenous Peoples hearing on Indian Country legislation
Witness list for Indigenous Peoples hearing on Indian Country legislation (July 16, 2019)

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is taking testimony on tribal land claims, tribal self-governance, Indian education and Indian policy.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Tribes must unite for Black Hills
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Tribes must unite for Black Hills (July 15, 2019)

Most Lakota with any common sense know that there will never be a deal struck to return all of the Black Hills to the Indian people.


House subcommittee adds legislative hearing on Indian bills to agenda
House subcommittee adds legislative hearing on Indian bills to agenda (July 9, 2019)

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is gearing up for more activity following the recent holiday recess.


The Conversation: MMIWG report confirms genocide is foundational to Canada
The Conversation: MMIWG report confirms genocide is foundational to Canada (June 20, 2019)

For too long we political scientists in Canada have been bystanders to discussions about cultural genocide and genocide.


Schaghticoke Tribal Nation seeks answers after judge dismisses land theft case
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation seeks answers after judge dismisses land theft case (May 23, 2019)

The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation has hit another snag in its $610 million land theft case.


Native Sun News Today: A long history of stealing Lakota land
Native Sun News Today: A long history of stealing Lakota land (April 8, 2019)

'The Oglala Sioux Tribe has not ceded one acre of land,' attorney Mario Gonzales asserts.


Violence Against Women Act brings parity to tribes with settlement acts in Maine
Violence Against Women Act brings parity to tribes with settlement acts in Maine (April 4, 2019)

Tribes in Maine will finally be able to exercise jurisdiction over non-Indians thanks to a bill to renew the Violence Against Women Act.


'An abomination': Republicans try to strip tribal jurisdiction from Violence Against Women Act
'An abomination': Republicans try to strip tribal jurisdiction from Violence Against Women Act (March 18, 2019)

A bill to renew the Violence Against Women Act is moving forward in a more partisan era, impacting how tribes are able to protect women.


Shinnecock Nation finalizes deal for golf tournament as protests begin
Shinnecock Nation finalizes deal for golf tournament as protests begin (June 13, 2018)

Protests continue as a popular golf tournament takes place on land stolen from the Shinnecock Nation.


Shinnecock Nation works on deal for golf tournament as some plan protests
Shinnecock Nation works on deal for golf tournament as some plan protests (June 1, 2018)

The Shinnecock Hills Protectors Demonstration will draw attention to the fact that the U.S. Open takes place on stolen land.


'Talks have broken down': Shinnecock Nation seeks role in golf tournament
'Talks have broken down': Shinnecock Nation seeks role in golf tournament (May 17, 2018)

The Shinnecock Nation is working to reach an agreement with the hosts of the U.S. Open, a popular golf tournament that is taking place on stolen land.


Chinook Nation heads to court to battle federal government's 'genocide'
Chinook Nation heads to court to battle federal government's 'genocide' (May 8, 2018)

The tribe whose ancestors welcomed Lewis and Clark to the Northwest more than 200 years ago is still fighting for federal recognition.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: Narragansett Tribe marks federal recognition milestone
Brian Lightfoot Brown: Narragansett Tribe marks federal recognition milestone (April 11, 2018)

If even for just a day, the Narragansett people could feel pride in knowing that they have come together in the past and gained a victory.


Tim Giago: Anniversary of 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie approaches
Tim Giago: Anniversary of 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie approaches (March 26, 2018)

April 29, 2018, marks the 150th anniversary of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868.


Native Sun News Today: Ponca Tribe struggled to survive in face of broken treaty
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?
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.