The Oglala Sioux Tribe may be first to pass a hate crime law providing protections for LBGTQ and two spirit people, but citizens remain divided over decision.
A hate crime law could be the first for tribal governments offering protection for LGBTQ citizens, Mary Annette Pember reports in Indian Country Today.
Some of my faithful readers might be interested in this new development, and also become even more convinced I am slipping.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, saying that doing so would violate his religious beliefs.
More tribal nations are returning to traditional views that accept and honor LGBTQ members.
Supreme Court justices wrestled with the line between art and commerce in the case of a Colorado baker who said making a wedding cake for a same-sex couple would violate his First Amendment rights.
The Ak-Chin Indian Community is accepting a ruling that requires the tribe to recognize all marriages.
The Trump administration is siding with a business in Colorado that won't serve all patrons based on the owner's religious beliefs.
Tribal law previously restricted marriages to a man and a woman.
Portions of the Cherokee Nation Marriage and Family Act that restricted who can marry have been declared null and void.
Tribal housing agencies can't discriminate against anyone based on sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status under a proposal released by the Obama administration.
Like a broken pipeline spilling sickness across the prairie, South Dakota lawmakers often pump out hateful legislation that marginalizes our most vulnerable citizens, including transgender youth.
Several elders from the Oglala Sioux Tribe questioned a memo that made same sex marriage legal on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, arguing that it is not traditional.
Cleo Pablo, a tribal employee, married her longtime partner but their union isn't recognized under tribal law.
The tribe won't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples but will recognize marriages performed in other jurisdictions.
At least 10 tribes in the state prevent their citizens from joining same-sex unions.
The Dine Marriage Act of 2005 bars the tribe from recognizing same-sex marriages.
Acting director Robert McSwain said the agency is committed to serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Two Spirit communities.
President Russell Begaye and the Navajo Nation Council now have a real opportunity to take a stand and be champions for our equality.
The tribe is the first in Virginia to complete the federal acknowledgment process.
The Tlingit and Haida Tribes has had trouble getting its laws recognized by the state of Alaska.
Tribal members endorsed the change in law in a non-binding referendum last December.
The council took action after tribal members overwhelmingly said they favored a change in laws.
Years of multi-generational traumas caused by oppression, racism, attempted assimilation, residential schools, Oka Crisis have made it difficult for many in the community to trust non-natives.
The new law defines marriage as a union between two "spouses" -- regardless of gender.
There’s no question that gay rights and same-sex marriage will continue to stir debate in Indian Country, as it does throughout the United States.
Any Mohawk who marries or lives with a non-Native is required to move off the reserve.
The outcome may not force tribes to recognize same-sex marriage but it could put pressure on them to do so.
Indians who live in their homelands and wish to solemnize a relationship with a same sex partner must do so, if at all, under tribal law.
The Pamunkeys dispute the idea that the tribe discriminated against African-Americans and say some tribe members have black spouses.
A Supreme Court case could force all states to recognize all marriages but Indian Country would not be affected.
An opposition group submitted a letter just last week even though the comment period closed in September 2014.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs could issue a final determination by the end of the month.
The tribe's governing body voted unanimously to embrace marriage equality.
Brandon Stabler grew up on the reservation feeling ostracized.
The effort has the support of presidential candidate Joe Shirley Jr. and sitting president Ben Shelly.
The Pamunkey Tribe has recently come under fire by the Congressional Black Caucus for, until very recently, their constitutional prohibition of intermarriage with black people.
Tribal law defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Shunning works for all cultures — not just Lakota tiospaye.
Saun and Renee Allen took their vows before family and friends at the tribal courthouse.
Witnesses say he went too far with remarks about domestic violence, youth suicide and same-sex marriage.
The Coquille Tribe of Oregon was the first to go public with its equality marriage ordinance.
The move comes after a federal judge struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage.
Alray Nelson, the founder of the Coalition for Navajo Equality, calls for the repeal of the Dine Marriage Act of 2005.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Cherokee Nation, is criticizing a federal judge who invalidated Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage.
The council of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan voted down a motion to put the tribe's marriage law to a referendum.
A group on the Navajo Nation is seeking to bring marriage equality to the reservation.
VICE interviews Jason Pickel and Darren Black Bear, who will be getting married under the laws of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma.
Amber Bighorse, the Lt. Gov. of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, discusses marriage equality.
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes have drawn a lot of media attention for their non-discriminatory marriage law in Oklahoma.
With the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in the news for its non-discriminatory marriage law, a newspaper wonders when state of Oklahoma will catch up.
A member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma is welcoming the public to celebrate his marriage to his partner.
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma recognize same-sex marriages.
The first same-sex couple was married under the laws of the Suquamish Tribe of Washington on Wednesday.
The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington are the latest to join the marriage equality movement in Indian Country.
Some tribes are offering benefits to employees with same-sex partners
At least four Oklahoma tribes do not recognize same-sex marriages, Dallas Voice reports.
A lesbian couple from the Navajo Nation says it's time for the tribe to establish marriage equality in the wake of historic rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court.
The U.S. Supreme Court handed down the final rulings of its current term on Wednesday, with a pair of decisions marking a major advance in gay rights.