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Native Sun News Today: 'Return the Black Hills' chant greets Trump
Native Sun News Today: 'Return the Black Hills' chant greets Trump (July 7, 2020)

Donald Trump's visit to Mount Rushmore provoked a rally of some 400 Native Americans and allies, who seized the opportunity to remind him he was trespassing on sacred Sioux Nation treaty land stolen in violation of the U.S. Constitution.


Rep. Tom Cole: Police reform must be bipartisan
Rep. Tom Cole: Police reform must be bipartisan (July 6, 2020)

Even in divided government, Americans deserve and expect their elected officials to work together to produce police reform legislation that upholds the constitutional rights and inherent dignity of every individual.


Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe sues Trump
Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe sues Trump (July 2, 2020)

The Trump administration is threatening to take away law enforcement from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Indian Lawmakers: We refuse to stand idle
Indian Lawmakers: We refuse to stand idle (June 29, 2020)

As Native Americans, we understand discrimination and racism. We live with it.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Don’t defund the police, disarm them
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Don’t defund the police, disarm them (June 23, 2020)

How many Native Americans in Rapid City would be alive today if the police did not carry guns?


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: The Indian world is uncomfortable
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: The Indian world is uncomfortable (June 19, 2020)

Our young people deserve the truth. We should tell them that history is not something to escape.


Teen students lead Nashville’s largest ever protest against racist police violence
Teen students lead Nashville’s largest ever protest against racist police violence (June 18, 2020)

A huge group—led by students—congregated in Nashville to protest the horrific murder of George Floyd and racist police violence.


Native Sun News Today: Fire during Minneapolis riots guts Native youth nonprofit
Native Sun News Today: Fire during Minneapolis riots guts Native youth nonprofit (June 17, 2020)

'We hope for change,' says MIGIZI student Ambersky Stevens. 'It shouldn’t have taken a man to die in order for people to understand.'


Chuck Hoskin: Why we must have difficult conversations about race and justice
Chuck Hoskin: Why we must have difficult conversations about race and justice (June 16, 2020)

The United States, through local criminal justice systems, visited injustice and injury upon our ancestors in the 19th century prior to our forced removal.


'Justice for Kozee!': Native women seek stronger charges for death of Kozee Decorah
'Justice for Kozee!': Native women seek stronger charges for death of Kozee Decorah (June 16, 2020)

Family and friends are demanding justice for Kozee Decorah, a 22-year-old woman from the Ho-Chunk Nation who was killed on the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Positive law dominates today; natural law is the Lakota way
Ivan Star Comes Out: Positive law dominates today; natural law is the Lakota way (June 10, 2020)

Exposure to Lakota language in the very first six years of my life allowed me to be an adequate speaker today.


Terry Rambler: 'His cry is our cry. We can’t breathe.'
Terry Rambler: 'His cry is our cry. We can’t breathe.' (June 10, 2020)

Even as George Floyd is being laid to rest, all America must heed his call from heaven. His cry is our cry. We can’t breathe.


Wim Laven: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Wim Laven: Why did the chicken cross the road? (June 9, 2020)

Doctors Without Borders was deployed to help the Navajo Nation in the US, the richest country in the world, yet somehow unwilling to help indigenous people, Native citizens. Shameful.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Together, we will get through this
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Together, we will get through this (June 8, 2020)

We find ourselves in a perfect storm. People have been pent up for months and this tragedy has exposed issues we still struggle with as a country.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Walking in the shoes of George Floyd
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Walking in the shoes of George Floyd (June 8, 2020)

The atrocious murder of George Floyd finally made many Americans say, 'Enough is enough.'


Arne Vainio: Black lives matter
Arne Vainio: Black lives matter (June 8, 2020)

We’re better than this. We have to be. Four hundred years of oppression is too long.


Native Sun News Today: A peaceful protest in Rapid City
Native Sun News Today: A peaceful protest in Rapid City (June 5, 2020)

'George was the biggest gentle giant ever,' Selwyn Jones said of his nephew, George Floyd, who was killed by police officers.


Native women confront missing and murdered task force over Trump's role in crisis
Native women confront missing and murdered task force over Trump's role in crisis (June 3, 2020)

The Trump administration's efforts to address the crisis of the missing and murdered in Indian Country are being undermined by the president himself, Native women asserted as outrage over police violence continues to sweep the nation.


United South and Eastern Tribes: Unrest exposes America's original sin against Indigenous peoples
United South and Eastern Tribes: Unrest exposes America's original sin against Indigenous peoples (June 2, 2020)

Injustice in America is not a new reality. In fact, it predates the founding of this nation.


Doug George-Kanentiio: On the American uprising of 2020
Doug George-Kanentiio: On the American uprising of 2020 (June 1, 2020)

In Canada and the U.S., Native people have been attacked and died at the hands of the police, at times in the most brutal of ways.


Tim Giago: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure
Tim Giago: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure (June 1, 2020)

It started in May of 1998 when bodies began to show up in Rapid City Creek. Of the eight bodies discovered six were Native Americans, and all were homeless men.


'They're killing us': Urban Indian community caught at center of police brutality firestorm
'They're killing us': Urban Indian community caught at center of police brutality firestorm (May 29, 2020)

The killing of George Floyd by police officers has set off a firestorm in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, home to a large urban Indian community.


'Bring Kozee home': Vigil held for Native woman murdered on Winnebago Reservation
'Bring Kozee home': Vigil held for Native woman murdered on Winnebago Reservation (May 26, 2020)

Tribal authorities have arrested a man in connection with the death of Kozee Decorah, a 22-year-old woman from the Ho-Chunk Nation.


'Callous and dangerous': Tribes see COVID-19 spitting incidents amid rise in cases
'Callous and dangerous': Tribes see COVID-19 spitting incidents amid rise in cases (May 25, 2020)

A coronavirus scare at a grocery store on the Omaha Reservation forced a tribally-owned corporation to conduct an expensive deep cleaning of the business.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: The silent crisis in our communities
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: The silent crisis in our communities (May 19, 2020)

We are experiencing an epidemic of violence in our tribal communities.


President of Oglala Sioux Tribe faces legal crisis amid coronavirus pandemic
President of Oglala Sioux Tribe faces legal crisis amid coronavirus pandemic (May 6, 2020)

President Julian Bear Runner is being accused of driving while intoxicated and verbal assault as he continues to lead COVID-19 response efforts for the Oglala Sioux Tribe.


President of Oglala Sioux Tribe admits arrest during coronavirus crisis
President of Oglala Sioux Tribe admits arrest during coronavirus crisis (May 4, 2020)

President Julian Bear Runner admitted to being arrested this weekend, though he declined to say what charges he is facing as he continues to lead COVID-19 response efforts for the Oglala Sioux Tribe.


'They murdered my son': Native mother in pain as officers linked to son's death get jobs back
'They murdered my son': Native mother in pain as officers linked to son's death get jobs back (April 24, 2020)

Three police officers connected to the death of Zachary Bear Heels will get their jobs back.


Alaska Native corporations in line for billions in coronavirus relief promised to tribes
Alaska Native corporations in line for billions in coronavirus relief promised to tribes (April 14, 2020)

With a major assist from the Trump administration, Alaska Native corporations are poised to claim a large share of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund despite not being tribal governments.


Supreme Court vacates ruling in Nogales cross-border shooting
Supreme Court vacates ruling in Nogales cross-border shooting (March 10, 2020)

Border patrol agents who shot and killed two Mexican teens in two separate incidents cannot be sued in the U.S. court system.


Cayuga Nation's division leads to a 'human rights catastrophe'
Cayuga Nation's division leads to a 'human rights catastrophe' (March 4, 2020)

A Cayuga Nation leader’s decision to tear down 12 properties with the assistance of newly-sworn in tribal police officers has sparked a series of protests and altercation in New York.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: Carcieri 'fix' still in limbo more than a decade later
Brian Lightfoot Brown: Carcieri 'fix' still in limbo more than a decade later (February 24, 2020)

Ever since Europeans began venturing to and settling in the New World, the ultimate removal of the Indigenous peoples was to be the plan.


'We’ve got to pay attention': Omaha Tribe declares emergency amid health and safety crisis
'We’ve got to pay attention': Omaha Tribe declares emergency amid health and safety crisis (February 24, 2020)

The Omaha Tribe of declared a state of emergency following weeks of tragedy in the community.


Tribal officials press for more, and more predictable, federal funding
Tribal officials press for more, and more predictable, federal funding (February 20, 2020)

Tribal officials raised issues ranging from polluted water to underfunded police but there was one message they all had for lawmakers – the government needs to be a more reliable partner on critical projects.


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.


ProPublica: Law enforcement in Native villages under scrutiny
ProPublica: Law enforcement in Native villages under scrutiny (February 5, 2020)

An investigation by the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica found that dozens of police officers had been hired in rural Native villages despite criminal convictions.


Honoring Selena Not Afraid
Honoring Selena Not Afraid (January 31, 2020)

In honor of missing and murdered indigenous women, a group of relay runners traveled 350 miles for the memorial service of Selena Not Afraid, a 16-year-old Crow girl who went missing and was found dead.


Lumbee Tribe mourns passing of official on overseas business
Lumbee Tribe mourns passing of official on overseas business (January 27, 2020)

Terry Hunt, the president of the Lumbee Tribe's economic development arm, died while on official business in Kenya.


Body of missing teen from Crow Tribe found in Montana
Body of missing teen from Crow Tribe found in Montana (January 20, 2020)

The body of Selena Faye Not Afraid, a 16-year-old from the Crow Tribe, was found nearly three weeks after she went missing in Montana.


'When they do turn for help, nobody believes them': Native women hold vigil in honor of Ashlea Aldrich
'When they do turn for help, nobody believes them': Native women hold vigil in honor of Ashlea Aldrich (January 14, 2020)

As authorities investigate the death of Ashlea Aldrich, Native women gathered to discuss the violence that plagues their communities.


'This is one of the most heartbreaking issues': Young Native woman's death tied to domestic violence
'This is one of the most heartbreaking issues': Young Native woman's death tied to domestic violence (January 10, 2020)

The aunt of a Native woman whose body was found in a field on her reservation this week said Ashlea Aldrich’s gruesome death demonstrates the need for swift and aggressive action by tribal leaders to combat domestic violence.


Death of woman on Omaha Reservation under investigation
Death of woman on Omaha Reservation under investigation (January 8, 2020)

Ashlea Aldrich, a young mother, was killed in what her mother said was a crime of domestic violence.


Remembering Neil Stonechild and exposing systemic racism in policing
Remembering Neil Stonechild and exposing systemic racism in policing (December 16, 2019)

On November 29, 1990, the body of Neil Stonechild was found frozen in a field on the outskirts of town. He was just 17 years old at the time of his death.


Supporting state and federal efforts to address MMIW
Supporting state and federal efforts to address MMIW (December 11, 2019)

For too many Native women, violence is an ever-present threat.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts business meeting and confirmation hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts business meeting and confirmation hearing (December 11, 2019)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is advancing legislation and taking testimony from one of President Donald Trump's nominees.


Pueblo artist can't sue police officers for handcuffing him at gunpoint
Pueblo artist can't sue police officers for handcuffing him at gunpoint (December 5, 2019)

A well-known Pueblo artist can't sue the police officers who pointed an assault rifle at him, handcuffed him and detained him, a court has ruled.


Navajo Nation pays tribute to Korean War veteran Oliver Leo Kirk
Navajo Nation pays tribute to Korean War veteran Oliver Leo Kirk (December 2, 2019)

Flags are flying at half-staff in honor of Oliver Leo Kirk, a veteran and tribal police officer who passed away at the age of 88.


Trump creates panel on issue of missing, murdered indigenous women
Trump creates panel on issue of missing, murdered indigenous women (December 2, 2019)

President Trump authorized creation of an eight-member panel to coordinate the federal response to the problem of murdered and missing indigenous women.


'I don't feel safe around cops'
'I don't feel safe around cops' (December 2, 2019)

The slap heard round the world, or at least Indian Country, has caused quite the commotion.


Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony
Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony (November 27, 2019)

Appearing in public with President Donald Trump can be toxic. How did it go for the tribal leaders who met with him at the White House?


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.


Court weighs whether Border Patrol can be sued in Mexican teens’ deaths
Court weighs whether Border Patrol can be sued in Mexican teens’ deaths (November 19, 2019)

U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared split on whether the family of a Mexican teen who was shot across the border and killed by a Border Patrol agent in Texas can sue the agent.


Native American Child Protection Act up for first hearing
Native American Child Protection Act up for first hearing (November 13, 2019)

A bipartisan bill to address child abuse and neglect in tribal communities has the support of Indian Country organizations.


Upstanding Officer Jekyll and criminal Mr. Hyde
Upstanding Officer Jekyll and criminal Mr. Hyde (November 6, 2019)

Law enforcement should never choose protecting one of their own, over protecting children from that officer’s excessive policing.


'Were you there?'
'Were you there?' (November 6, 2019)

The Native community is outraged after police officer struck a Native middle school girl while trying to break up a fight.


ProPublica: Alaska Native village loses only public safety officer
ProPublica: Alaska Native village loses only public safety officer (November 1, 2019)

One spring day in 2005, a man in a crisp brown uniform stood before a group created by Congress to fix rural Alaska’s lack of cops. In his soft-spoken way, Simeon Askoak explained his dilemma.


Rep. Tom Cole: Protecting Native women and children
Rep. Tom Cole: Protecting Native women and children (October 31, 2019)

A disproportionate number of sexual predators have preyed on Indian Country and Native women.


'The spirits are talking': Leaders speak of hope and healing in reservation border town
'The spirits are talking': Leaders speak of hope and healing in reservation border town (October 30, 2019)

The wind speaks in this place. Sometimes it’s loud and abrasive and seeks to humble those who have failed to listen to the truths it has breathed upon them.


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.


ProPublica: Alaska Natives struggle with law enforcement
ProPublica: Alaska Natives struggle with law enforcement (October 28, 2019)

A tiny Alaskan village got a police officer. He’s never had to make an arrest. Meanwhile, larger communities with more crime have often been left behind as the state’s two-tiered policing crisis gets worse.