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Native Sun News Today: Oil pipeline owner appeals Dakota Access shutdown order
Native Sun News Today: Oil pipeline owner appeals Dakota Access shutdown order (July 16, 2020)

The wealthy owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline aren't shutting down quietly following a landmark victory secured by tribes of the Sioux Nation.


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.


'On the far end of the Trail of Tears': Nation's highest court holds U.S. to promise in tribal treaty
'On the far end of the Trail of Tears': Nation's highest court holds U.S. to promise in tribal treaty (July 9, 2020)

The Trump administration suffered yet another rebuke of its Indian Country policy with a narrow but clear victory in a closely-watched tribal sovereignty case.


'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.


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.


'He got demoted': Trump administration moves Indian Country official out of White House
'He got demoted': Trump administration moves Indian Country official out of White House (April 29, 2020)

Tribal leaders are once again questioning the Trump administration's commitment to their people, with the official who has been working on Indian Country issues being moved out of the White House in the middle of a pandemic.


Judge sides with tribal governments in first round of $8 billion coronavirus dispute
Judge sides with tribal governments in first round of $8 billion coronavirus dispute (April 28, 2020)

Tribal leaders and their advocates are celebrating after securing an initial victory against the Trump administration over its handling of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to their governments.


Indian Country set for historic showdown in fight for $8 billion in COVID-19 relief
Indian Country set for historic showdown in fight for $8 billion in COVID-19 relief (April 23, 2020)

With the coronavirus continuing to exact a heavy toll on the first Americans, a historic showdown is taking place in federal court as Indian Country fights over the future of an $8 billion COVID-19 relief fund promised to tribal governments.


'He was punished for sexual harassment': Allegations at National Congress of American Indians resurface in court
'He was punished for sexual harassment': Allegations at National Congress of American Indians resurface in court (February 27, 2020)

The National Congress of American Indians drove another nail into the coffin of its senior-most attorney following his ouster from the organization.


Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit filed in fraudulent bond sale scheme
Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit filed in fraudulent bond sale scheme (January 15, 2020)

An economic development corporation on the Pine Ridge Reservation is back in the news in connection with some allegedly fraudulent dealings.


Ute Tribe disputes harassment claims of women employees
Ute Tribe disputes harassment claims of women employees (December 4, 2019)

Two women were placed on leave from their positions at the Ute Tribe after they complained about their supervisor, who remains on the job.


Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bill up for first hearing
Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bill up for first hearing (December 2, 2019)

The Lumbee Tribe, the largest Indian nation in the eastern United States, lacks full federal recognition due to a law passed during the disastrous termination era.


Ute Tribe won't comment on allegations of sexual harassment against supervisor
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Ute Tribe won't comment on allegations of sexual harassment against supervisor (November 25, 2019)

Two employees of the Ute Tribe were suspended after they complained about being sexually harassed by their supervisor.


National Congress of American Indians heads into election season after major changes
National Congress of American Indians heads into election season after major changes (October 2, 2019)

The race to lead the National Congress of American Indians is kicking into high gear as the nation's largest inter-tribal advocacy organization prepares for its biggest meeting of the year.


There’s more to the Black Hills Settlement than meets the eye
There’s more to the Black Hills Settlement than meets the eye (September 16, 2019)

We need to face some dark truths about ourselves. One, we wanted the money, not the land.


Tune into the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
Tune into the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 19, 2019)

History is being made as 11 candidates for president in 2020 are taking part in a forum focused solely on the concerns of Native Americans.


Elizabeth Warren vows sweeping improvements in Indian policy as president
Elizabeth Warren vows sweeping improvements in Indian policy as president (August 16, 2019)

With a prominent Indian Country figure as a supporter, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is promising major changes in the federal-tribal relationship.


'The people spoke': Northern Arapaho Tribe stands by chairman
'The people spoke': Northern Arapaho Tribe stands by chairman (August 13, 2019)

Citizens of the Northern Arapaho Tribe are standing by Chairman Lee Spoonhunter and his efforts to take his people in a new direction.


Cherokee citizen Tyler Fish hired to work on Indian issues at White House
Cherokee citizen Tyler Fish hired to work on Indian issues at White House (July 10, 2019)

Midway through the third year of the Trump presidency, someone is finally dedicated to tribal issues at the White House.


Gabe Galanda: Trump administration asks tribes about Indian blood
Gabe Galanda: Trump administration asks tribes about Indian blood (May 16, 2019)

Should the federal government stop issuing Certificates of Degree of Indian Blood?


Appeals court appears skeptical of attack on tribal lending operation
Appeals court appears skeptical of attack on tribal lending operation (May 8, 2019)

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals doesn't hear from Indian Country often but it was hard to tell as a closely-watched tribal case came up for consideration.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Law firms smell big pay day for Indian school abuse
Doug George-Kanentiio: Law firms smell big pay day for Indian school abuse (May 3, 2019)

I know one thing: we must not cede our rights to be heard and to demand justice.


'We were born for this': Native women overcome obstacles in the legal field
'We were born for this': Native women overcome obstacles in the legal field (May 3, 2019)

Opportunities for advancement within the legal profession are often rare for female Native attorneys but many are breaking new ground.


New law and policy firm boasts majority ownership by Native women
New law and policy firm boasts majority ownership by Native women (April 2, 2019)

The Big Fire Law and Policy Group promises to fight for tribes and their rights.


'They are not your children': Future of Indian Child Welfare Act in hands of appeals court
'They are not your children': Future of Indian Child Welfare Act in hands of appeals court (March 14, 2019)

Tribal leaders are expressing hope after judges on a federal appeals court questioned the attacks on the Indian Child Welfare Act.


AUDIO: 5th Circuit Court of Appeals oral arguments in Brackeen v. Zinke
AUDIO: 5th Circuit Court of Appeals oral arguments in Brackeen v. Zinke (March 13, 2019)

Listen to a federal appeals court debate the future of the Indian Child Welfare Act.


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.


Native Sun News Today: Former Indian Health Service doctor sentenced for abusing boys
Native Sun News Today: Former Indian Health Service doctor sentenced for abusing boys (January 24, 2019)

Stanley Patrick Weber was sentenced to more than 18 years for abusing boys on the Blackfeet Nation. He faces similar charges on the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Native Sun News Today: 'Bad men' treaty provision invoked in abuse cases
Native Sun News Today: 'Bad men' treaty provision invoked in abuse cases (December 18, 2018)

Tribal treaties with 'bad men' provisions are being invoked in abuse and other cases across Indian Country.


Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation wins big court victory
Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation wins big court victory (November 15, 2018)

The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape people have been restored to their rightful place in New Jersey history.


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.


'Intentional and direct attack': Tribes vow fight for Indian Child Welfare Act
'Intentional and direct attack': Tribes vow fight for Indian Child Welfare Act (October 25, 2018)

One of the biggest threats facing tribal sovereignty are the coordinated attacks on the Indian Child Welfare Act.


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.


National Congress of American Indians defends handling of #MeToo scandal
National Congress of American Indians defends handling of #MeToo scandal (October 11, 2018)

The leader of the country's largest and oldest inter-tribal organization is defending the group’s handling of sexual harassment allegations.


Chevron told to pay $9.5 billion judgment to indigenous communities
Chevron told to pay $9.5 billion judgment to indigenous communities (July 12, 2018)

Indigenous leaders in Ecuador are celebrating but they might never see the $9.5 billion judgment for pollution in their communities.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Sixties Scoop 'settlement' victimizes Natives all over again
Doug George-Kanentiio: Sixties Scoop 'settlement' victimizes Natives all over again (May 14, 2018)

Canadians are being royally hosed with the proposed Sixties Scoop 'settlement' which once again exploits Natives and enriches lawyers.


Native Sun News Today: A 'great day' as Keepseagle settlement funds due for release
Native Sun News Today: A 'great day' as Keepseagle settlement funds due for release (April 6, 2018)

Though no firm date is available, final Keepseagle settlement payments are expected before the end of the year.


Gas pipeline stays in place on Indian land despite court decision
Gas pipeline stays in place on Indian land despite court decision (March 29, 2018)

A natural gas pipeline continues to operate illegally on Indian land in Oklahoma, a year after a federal judge ordered it to be removed.


Tribal elders prepare appeal in bulldozing of burial grounds in Oregon
Tribal elders prepare appeal in bulldozing of burial grounds in Oregon (March 5, 2018)

Three tribal elders are planning an appeal in order to hold the federal government accountable for bulldozing a sacred site in Oregon.


Settlement helps Native Americans who travel with sacred objects
Settlement helps Native Americans who travel with sacred objects (February 8, 2018)

A member of the Native American Church whose sacred items were mistreated by federal agents has reached a settlement that helps fellow Native travelers.


White Mountain Apache Tribe scores important win in trust fund case
White Mountain Apache Tribe scores important win in trust fund case (January 18, 2018)

The White Mountain Apache Tribe can sue the federal government for mismanaging its trust funds all the way back to 1946, a federal judge said in a ruling with major implications for Indian Country.


Wealthy backers of Dakota Access claim opponents caused 'billions' in losses
Wealthy backers of Dakota Access claim opponents caused 'billions' in losses (August 23, 2017)

The wealthy backers of the Dakota Access Pipeline are taking aim at some of the biggest opponents of the controversial project in a lawsuit that claims their efforts caused 'billions of dollars' in damages.


Energy firm seeks to keep illegal pipeline in place over objections of Indian landowners in Oklahoma
Energy firm seeks to keep illegal pipeline in place over objections of Indian landowners in Oklahoma (August 15, 2017)

Another storm is brewing in Indian Country over a pipeline that has been operating illegally for nearly two decades.


Miccosukee Tribe can't be sued by attorneys who received $4 million settlement
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Miccosukee Tribe can't be sued by attorneys who received $4 million settlement (August 9, 2017)

The Miccosukee Tribe can't be sued by two of its former attorneys, an appeals court in Florida ruled.


Former top Bureau of Indian Affairs official joins Washington firm
Former top Bureau of Indian Affairs official joins Washington firm (April 25, 2017)

Larry Roberts is the latest high-profile addition to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.


Judge orders removal of gas pipeline on Indian land in Oklahoma
Judge orders removal of gas pipeline on Indian land in Oklahoma (March 28, 2017)

The 38 individual Indian owners went to court after an energy company continued to operate the pipeline without their consent.


Former top legal official at Interior Department joins firm in D.C.
Former top legal official at Interior Department joins firm in D.C. (February 27, 2017)

Hillary Tompkins, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, was the first Native woman to serve as the top legal official at the Interior Department.


Former ambassador Keith Harper returns to Washington after United Nations stint
Former ambassador Keith Harper returns to Washington after United Nations stint (February 2, 2017)

Keith Harper, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, was the first member of a federally recognized tribe to serve in an ambassador-level post.


American Bar Association honors prominent Indian law attorney
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American Bar Association honors prominent Indian law attorney (January 12, 2017)

Thomas W. Fredericks, a citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, has worked on tribal issues for nearly 45 years.


Nooksack Tribe moves to disenroll 306 after holding referendum
Nooksack Tribe moves to disenroll 306 after holding referendum (November 10, 2016)

The referendum came after the Bureau of Indian Affairs said it would not recognize any actions taken by the tribal council due to a lack of a quorum.


Harold Monteau: Don't shoot a messenger for tribal sovereignty
Harold Monteau: Don't shoot a messenger for tribal sovereignty (October 19, 2016)

'I will continue to write about issues and activities in Indian Country that I see as potentially harmful to Tribes and Tribal Sovereignty.'


Nooksack Tribe creates new court and puts chairman in charge
Nooksack Tribe creates new court and puts chairman in charge (October 14, 2016)

Chief Justice Bob Kelly is reviewing a disenrollment lawsuit in which he is named as a defendant.


Dakota Access tries to sneak in report on eve of big court hearing
Dakota Access tries to sneak in report on eve of big court hearing (October 4, 2016)

The backers of the controversial and costly pipeline are seeking to regain an advantage as construction remains in limbo.


Another big week as Standing Rock Sioux Tribe heads back to court
Another big week as Standing Rock Sioux Tribe heads back to court (October 3, 2016)

Sacred sites and big dollar signs are in focus as a federal appeals court takes on the #NoDAPL controversy.


Dakota Access enlists big name law firm ahead of court hearing
Dakota Access enlists big name law firm ahead of court hearing (September 29, 2016)

The backers of the controversial pipeline aren't leaving anything to chance as they prepare for the October 5 hearing.


Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney continues to question law
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney continues to question law (June 10, 2016)

Despite losing in the courts, an attorney based in Washington, D.C., remains intent on undermining the 1978 law.


Appeals court lifts sanctions in long-running Dakota land dispute
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Appeals court lifts sanctions in long-running Dakota land dispute (June 7, 2016)

Dakota descendants in Minnesota who are seeking rights to the land promised to their ancestors secured a small victory from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.


Keepseagle attorneys open application process for $38M in grants
Keepseagle attorneys open application process for $38M in grants (May 25, 2016)

Grants will be awarded to non-profits, tribal programs and educational institutions that provide services to Native farmers and ranchers.


Miccosukee Tribe agrees to $4M settlement with former law firm
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Miccosukee Tribe agrees to $4M settlement with former law firm (May 20, 2016)

The tribe had accused attorneys Guy Lewis and Michael Tein of fraud and racketeering but lost.


Keepseagle attorneys announce $38 million in one-time grants
Keepseagle attorneys announce $38 million in one-time grants (May 17, 2016)

The Native American Agricultural Fast Track Fund will award the funds by the end of the year.