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Tribal leaders face great need and don't have enough resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic
Tribal leaders face great need and don't have enough resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic (March 26, 2020)

The coronavirus is hitting American Indians and Alaska Natives hard.


'We've been here forever. We'll be here forever': Indian Country takes action to address coronavirus pandemic
'We've been here forever. We'll be here forever': Indian Country takes action to address coronavirus pandemic (March 23, 2020)

As coronavirus cases across America continue to surge, tribal leaders are taking dramatic steps to ensure the safety of their people and those they serve.


Native Sun News Today: Reunification for Healing: First of its kind
Native Sun News Today: Reunification for Healing: First of its kind (March 17, 2020)

Later this month there will be a meeting of peoples from the Dakota, Nakota, Lakota and Ojibwe nations.


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.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Forced assimilation has successfully weakened Lakota people
Ivan Star Comes Out: Forced assimilation has successfully weakened Lakota people (February 24, 2020)

Ten years attending an on-reservation parochial residential school shaped the rest of my life.


Bill establishes Oceti Sakowin schools in South Dakota
Bill establishes Oceti Sakowin schools in South Dakota (February 19, 2020)

A bill to establish charter schools that focus on tribal language and culture is moving forward in South Dakota.


Ho-Chunk Nation citizen Tricia Zunker wins Congressional primary in Wisconsin
Ho-Chunk Nation citizen Tricia Zunker wins Congressional primary in Wisconsin (February 19, 2020)

Tricia Zunker is on her way to repeating history by becoming the third Native woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Sharp: Tribal sovereignty still threatened from ‘every corner’
Sharp: Tribal sovereignty still threatened from ‘every corner’ (February 17, 2020)

Despite some 'encouraging developments,' threats to tribal sovereignty still come 'from every branch and every corner of federal and state governments.'


Ivan Star Comes Out: Academic achievement remains on the 'back burner'
Ivan Star Comes Out: Academic achievement remains on the 'back burner' (February 5, 2020)

Let’s stop fighting each other simply because it has not benefited anyone, especially our Native students.


Native Sun News Today: The legend of Wahanpi, the protest dog
Native Sun News Today: The legend of Wahanpi, the protest dog (February 5, 2020)

Ahani (a long time ago), before there were horses, Sunka (dog) was sacred to the Oceti Sakonwin.


The Revelator: Indigenous peoples threatened in their own homelands
The Revelator: Indigenous peoples threatened in their own homelands (January 27, 2020)

A vulnerable culture living in a severely degraded section of the Colombian Amazon is in desperate need of international respect and support.


Former MSU president publishes dictionary to help preserve language of California tribe
Former MSU president publishes dictionary to help preserve language of California tribe (January 24, 2020)

A project launched nearly 50 years ago may help preserve the language of a California tribe that has all but disappeared.


Indigenous musicians come together in a sacred and safe space
Indigenous musicians come together in a sacred and safe space (January 22, 2020)

An impressive lineup of artists and performers are taking part in the International Indigenous Music Summit, now in its second year.


Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush
Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush (January 13, 2020)

After an end-of-year push that saw Indian Country's legislative agenda gain widespread attention thanks to a presidential tweet, more pro-tribal bills are being teed up for action on Capitol Hill.


'A Return to Tradition': Red Lake Nation hosts annual health and wellness gathering
'A Return to Tradition': Red Lake Nation hosts annual health and wellness gathering (January 13, 2020)

The Fourteenth Annual Red Lake Community Wellness Gathering took place at Red Lake Nation College in Minnesota.


Salt River students discover ancestral roots through language, weaving
Salt River students discover ancestral roots through language, weaving (January 10, 2020)

Some schools are working to preserve Native American culture by spending classroom time on languages and cultural traditions


World War II Navajo Code Talkers subject of February 5 lecture at MSU
World War II Navajo Code Talkers subject of February 5 lecture at MSU (January 8, 2020)

Zonnie Gorman, a historian and daughter of an original Navajo Code Talker, will share her experiences at Montana State University.


YES! Magazine: Recordings help bring Native songs to life
YES! Magazine: Recordings help bring Native songs to life (December 24, 2019)

Researchers at Indiana University have been digitally preserving recordings of Native American songs made on fragile wax cylinders more than 100 years ago.


Native American leaders determined to avoid repeat of last census undercount
Native American leaders determined to avoid repeat of last census undercount (December 24, 2019)

Time, distance and technology limitations are among the reasons Native Americans may be the most difficult demographic to count in the upcoming census.


Mary Annette Pember: A warrior for the Ojibwe language
Mary Annette Pember: A warrior for the Ojibwe language (December 19, 2019)

There is a grassroots movement of Indigenous communities taking back their power and authority as sovereign nations.


More Indian Country bills advance on Capitol Hill amid impeachment drama
More Indian Country bills advance on Capitol Hill amid impeachment drama (December 16, 2019)

With Democrats prepared to impeach President Donald Trump, lawmakers continue to advance legislation to benefit Indian Country's interests.


Christmas on the Rez
Christmas on the Rez (December 16, 2019)

The bells of the Catholic Church continue to call Mohawk Christians to return to mass and renew their faith.


Native language bill clears final hurdle in divided political climate
Native language bill clears final hurdle in divided political climate (December 10, 2019)

It took awhile in this era of divided government but the first stand-alone Indian bill of the 116th Congress is one step closer to becoming law.


Navajos express mixed opinions on Trump impeachment probe
Navajos express mixed opinions on Trump impeachment probe (December 10, 2019)

Cronkite News recently went to Window Rock, capital of the Navajo Nation, to see what Navajos are saying about impeachment.


Navajo Nation Museum hosts auditions for Dine language version of 'Baby Shark'
Navajo Nation Museum hosts auditions for Dine language version of 'Baby Shark' (December 3, 2019)

You've heard it everywhere. Now get ready for the first Native language version of 'Baby Shark' doo doo doo doo doo doo.


YES! Magazine: Native youth take care of their ancestral lands
YES! Magazine: Native youth take care of their ancestral lands (December 2, 2019)

The Tribal Steward Program introduces young people to land conservation and restoration in Northwest tribal communities.


President Trump promises action on missing and murdered in Indian Country
President Trump promises action on missing and murdered in Indian Country (November 26, 2019)

He didn't offend anyone. He didn't brag about himself. He didn't lash out at his opponents. He was just the president, among a group of tribal leaders.


Kurly Tlapoyawa: Erasing the Indigenous roots of the Chicano Movement
Kurly Tlapoyawa: Erasing the Indigenous roots of the Chicano Movement (November 25, 2019)

Gender inclusivity is important, but so is acknowledging our Indigenous origins.


Sicangu man wants to revive Tokala Society
Sicangu man wants to revive Tokala Society (November 21, 2019)

A Rosebud Sioux citizen wants to revive an old tradition of governance which is made up of a council of leaders, which would maintain the language, history and culture of the tribe.


Trailblazing Pueblo woman leader delivers opening prayer in Congress
Trailblazing Pueblo woman leader delivers opening prayer in Congress (November 13, 2019)

Native women leaders continue to make history in the halls of Congress.


YES! Magazine: Indigenous communities exercise food sovereignty
YES! Magazine: Indigenous communities exercise food sovereignty (October 31, 2019)

Thanks to a union of land cooperatives, people in Puebla have food sovereignty and education in Nahuatl instead of mega-projects and a Walmart.


An Inuit approach to cancer care promotes self-determination and reconciliation
An Inuit approach to cancer care promotes self-determination and reconciliation (October 31, 2019)

In Canada, Inuit and academic health care researchers have teamed up to combat poor cultural awareness in mainstream health care services.


Sovereign Community School finds new home in Oklahoma City
Sovereign Community School finds new home in Oklahoma City (October 30, 2019)

Emphasizing wellness and culturally based curriculum in the classrooms is what the newly established Sovereign Community School prioritizes.


Investing in language revitalization and Cherokee Nation’s future
Investing in language revitalization and Cherokee Nation’s future (October 29, 2019)

Our language is the glue that holds our culture together. It creates a feeling of unity and hope among our people.


Indian Country loses a good friend
Indian Country loses a good friend (October 28, 2019)

Jack Bailey was a very humble and respectful man, ever highly regarded by the Northern Cheyenne and all who knew him.


We are good people and we are still here
We are good people and we are still here (October 23, 2019)

Our ancestors once breathed and lived natural laws throughout their entire lives.


Celebrating Native American Day
Celebrating Native American Day (October 15, 2019)

I am grateful for the rich heritage of South Dakota tribes. Their history is woven deep within the fabric of our state.


'We have to do things in a different way'
'We have to do things in a different way' (October 15, 2019)

Indigenous knowledge and governance is essential because it's where more than a third of the earth and over 80 percent of the planet’s biodiversity are located.


Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' today and everyday
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' today and everyday (October 14, 2019)

As we honor the Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples' in the United States and North America, I ask, remember where you came from.


Are we a vanquished 'tribe' or an independent 'Nation?'
Are we a vanquished 'tribe' or an independent 'Nation?' (October 10, 2019)

As Lakota people, we must realize the fact that our ancient world view is as valid as any other.


Ivan Star Comes Out: The situation isn't looking good for our Lakota language
Ivan Star Comes Out: The situation isn't looking good for our Lakota language (October 4, 2019)

Everyone knows that our language, culture, and history, have been targeted for eradication by the federal government.


YES! Magazine: Indigenous women find a safe space in T’ja Xuj
YES! Magazine: Indigenous women find a safe space in T’ja Xuj (October 3, 2019)

After traveling thousands of miles fleeing violence and discrimination, LGBTQ women -- many of them Indigenous -- find safety and support at T’ja Xuj.


Restrictive election laws, lack of polls hamper Native American voters, leaders say
Restrictive election laws, lack of polls hamper Native American voters, leaders say (October 2, 2019)

The voting rights of Native Americans are routinely suppressed by a slew of requirements and practices, such as photo ID laws and a scarcity of polling places, tribal leaders said.


'A true story from Dakota eyes': Shakopee Tribe shares its culture with the world
'A true story from Dakota eyes': Shakopee Tribe shares its culture with the world (September 30, 2019)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is telling is own story at a new cultural center and museum on the reservation.


Tim Giago: Native American media faces a perilous future
Tim Giago: Native American media faces a perilous future (September 30, 2019)

Native American media has come a long way in the past 50 years, but in which direction it will head from here is anybody’s guess.


Lakota Wakinyapi (Prophecies) must be heeded
Lakota Wakinyapi (Prophecies) must be heeded (September 27, 2019)

Our elders have been telling us to find our original teachings and to live by them.


VIDEO: Yurok medicine song opens United Nations Equator Prize ceremony
VIDEO: Yurok medicine song opens United Nations Equator Prize ceremony (September 26, 2019)

The Yurok Tribe made history this week, becoming the first Indian nation in the U.S. to receive the prestigious Equator Prize from the United Nations.


Cronkite News: Navajo Nation settles Wells Fargo lawsuit for $6.5 million
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation settles Wells Fargo lawsuit for $6.5 million (August 27, 2019)

Wells Fargo will pay $6.5 million to the Navajo Nation to settle the tribe’s 2017 suit that alleged a history of 'unfair, deceptive, fraudulent and illegal practices' aimed at elders and Dine language speakers.


Presidential candidates tackle tough issues at historic Native forum
Presidential candidates tackle tough issues at historic Native forum (August 21, 2019)

From freeing Indian activist Leonard Peltier to improving Indian health care, the 2020 candidates for president didn't run from the difficult issues at the historic Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Taking back our Indian education system
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Taking back our Indian education system (August 20, 2019)

The educational system on the Indian reservations across America have always operated at the whims of the federal government.


The Conversation: Research focuses on diversity of Native languages
The Conversation: Research focuses on diversity of Native languages (August 19, 2019)

Prior to European contact, North America was home to speakers of around 400 Native languages.


Navajo Nation pays tribute to warriors on Code Talker Day
Navajo Nation pays tribute to warriors on Code Talker Day (August 14, 2019)

Five surviving Navajo Code Talkers, including Thomas H. Begay, John Kinsel, Peter MacDonald, and Joe Vandever, were honored by the Navajo Nation.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation's future is brighter than ever
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation's future is brighter than ever (August 13, 2019)

Nothing has been more important to me than serving the Cherokee people.


Indian Country Today: Technology breathes new life into Indigenous languages
Indian Country Today: Technology breathes new life into Indigenous languages (July 30, 2019)

For Indigenous peoples, language is truly the breath of life.


Native Sun News Today: Interpreters needed for Indigenous migrants
Native Sun News Today: Interpreters needed for Indigenous migrants (July 29, 2019)

Mexico alone has nearly five times the number of people of Native ancestry than the U.S. and Canada combined.


Tribes meet for annual summer gathering at Bears Ears National Monument
Tribes meet for annual summer gathering at Bears Ears National Monument (July 19, 2019)

Pueblo culture is the focus of an annual meeting at Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.


NMAI News: Film festival showcases Indigenous voices from around the world
NMAI News: Film festival showcases Indigenous voices from around the world (July 15, 2019)

The 19th annual Native Cinema Showcase begins and ends with portraits of strong women.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota language teacher fired by feds
Native Sun News Today: Lakota language teacher fired by feds (July 11, 2019)

Manny Red Bear taught the Lakota language for 25 years until his contract was terminated by the Bureau of Indian Education.


The Conversation: A long overdue for Cherokee actor Wes Studi
The Conversation: A long overdue for Cherokee actor Wes Studi (July 10, 2019)

Wes Studi will make Oscar history by receiving an Academy of Motion Pictures honorary award in October 2019.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Mohawks celebrate the most wonderful of skyworld gifts
Doug George-Kanentiio: Mohawks celebrate the most wonderful of skyworld gifts (July 8, 2019)

Among the traditional Mohawks there is a special appreciation for the strawberry plant -- called Niihontesha.