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Cronkite News: Supreme Court grapples with case of cake and same-sex couple
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Cronkite News: Supreme Court grapples with case of cake and same-sex couple (December 6, 2017)
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.

Ak-Chin Indian Community citizen secures decision in favor of marriage equality
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Ak-Chin Indian Community citizen secures decision in favor of marriage equality (October 26, 2017)
The Ak-Chin Indian Community is accepting a ruling that requires the tribe to recognize all marriages.

Trump administration defends cake shop in Colorado that won't serve all patrons
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Trump administration defends cake shop in Colorado that won't serve all patrons (September 8, 2017)
The Trump administration is siding with a business in Colorado that won't serve all patrons based on the owner's religious beliefs.

Osage Nation passes referendum to legalize same-sex marriage
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Osage Nation passes referendum to legalize same-sex marriage (March 21, 2017)
Tribal law previously restricted marriages to a man and a woman.

Cherokee Nation legal opinion recognizes same-sex marriages
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Cherokee Nation legal opinion recognizes same-sex marriages (December 13, 2016)
Portions of the Cherokee Nation Marriage and Family Act that restricted who can marry have been declared null and void.

Proposed rule brings LGBT equality to Indian housing programs
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Proposed rule brings LGBT equality to Indian housing programs (May 24, 2016)
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.

Nick Estes: Two-Spirit people facing discrimination in South Dakota
Opinion
Nick Estes: Two-Spirit people facing discrimination in South Dakota (March 7, 2016)
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.

Native Sun News: Lakota elders debate tribal marriage traditions
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Native Sun News: Lakota elders debate tribal marriage traditions (February 17, 2016)
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.

Ak-Chin Indian Community sued for same-sex marriage ban
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Ak-Chin Indian Community sued for same-sex marriage ban (November 27, 2015)
Cleo Pablo, a tribal employee, married her longtime partner but their union isn't recognized under tribal law.

Eastern Cherokee marriage resolution quotes Bible verses
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Eastern Cherokee marriage resolution quotes Bible verses (August 19, 2015)
The tribe won't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples but will recognize marriages performed in other jurisdictions.

Oklahoma tribes stand out in movement for marriage equality
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Oklahoma tribes stand out in movement for marriage equality (August 6, 2015)
At least 10 tribes in the state prevent their citizens from joining same-sex unions.

Navajo Nation couple weighs court challenge to marriage law
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Navajo Nation couple weighs court challenge to marriage law (August 3, 2015)
The Dine Marriage Act of 2005 bars the tribe from recognizing same-sex marriages.

Indian Health Service discusses LGBT issues at 'historic' meeting
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Indian Health Service discusses LGBT issues at 'historic' meeting (July 28, 2015)
Acting director Robert McSwain said the agency is committed to serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Two Spirit communities.

Alray Nelson: Navajo Nation must stand up for marriage equality
Opinion
Alray Nelson: Navajo Nation must stand up for marriage equality (July 6, 2015)
President Russell Begaye and the Navajo Nation Council now have a real opportunity to take a stand and be champions for our equality.

Pamunkey Tribe wins final federal recognition decision from BIA
National | Federal Recognition
Pamunkey Tribe wins final federal recognition decision from BIA (July 2, 2015)
The tribe is the first in Virginia to complete the federal acknowledgment process.

Tribes tread new ground in states without marriage equality laws
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Tribes tread new ground in states without marriage equality laws (June 24, 2015)
The Tlingit and Haida Tribes has had trouble getting its laws recognized by the state of Alaska.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community backs marriage equality law
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Keweenaw Bay Indian Community backs marriage equality law (June 10, 2015)
Tribal members endorsed the change in law in a non-binding referendum last December.

Siletz Tribe becomes latest to join marriage equality movement
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Siletz Tribe becomes latest to join marriage equality movement (June 4, 2015)
The council took action after tribal members overwhelmingly said they favored a change in laws.

Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer: Perspective on Mohawk marriage law
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Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer: Perspective on Mohawk marriage law (June 3, 2015)
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.

Oneida Nation leaders unanimously back marriage equality law
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Oneida Nation leaders unanimously back marriage equality law (June 1, 2015)
The new law defines marriage as a union between two "spouses" -- regardless of gender.

Gregory Smithers: Same-sex marriage within Cherokee culture
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Gregory Smithers: Same-sex marriage within Cherokee culture (June 1, 2015)
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.

Kahnawake First Nation sued over mixed-race marriage policy
Canada | Law
Kahnawake First Nation sued over mixed-race marriage policy (May 4, 2015)
Any Mohawk who marries or lives with a non-Native is required to move off the reserve.

Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage could impact tribes
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Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage could impact tribes (April 29, 2015)
The outcome may not force tribes to recognize same-sex marriage but it could put pressure on them to do so.

Steve Russell: Same-sex marriage back before Supreme Court
Opinion
Steve Russell: Same-sex marriage back before Supreme Court (April 27, 2015)
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.

Editorial: Pamunkey Tribe deserves federal status despite past
Opinion | Federal Recognition
Editorial: Pamunkey Tribe deserves federal status despite past (April 8, 2015)
The Pamunkeys dispute the idea that the tribe discriminated against African-Americans and say some tribe members have black spouses.

Large tribes remain holdouts in same-sex marriage movement
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Large tribes remain holdouts in same-sex marriage movement (April 7, 2015)
A Supreme Court case could force all states to recognize all marriages but Indian Country would not be affected.

Pamunkey Tribe refutes criticism of federal recognition petition
Federal Recognition
Pamunkey Tribe refutes criticism of federal recognition petition (April 1, 2015)
An opposition group submitted a letter just last week even though the comment period closed in September 2014.

Pamunkey Tribe awaits final answer on federal recognition bid
National | Federal Recognition
Pamunkey Tribe awaits final answer on federal recognition bid (March 23, 2015)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs could issue a final determination by the end of the month.

Tlingit and Haida Tribes ensure equal treatment in marriage law
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Tlingit and Haida Tribes ensure equal treatment in marriage law (February 23, 2015)
The tribe's governing body voted unanimously to embrace marriage equality.

Man from Omaha Tribe hopes for marriage equality in Nebraska
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Man from Omaha Tribe hopes for marriage equality in Nebraska (February 23, 2015)
Brandon Stabler grew up on the reservation feeling ostracized.

Group on Navajo Nation still working towards marriage equality
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Group on Navajo Nation still working towards marriage equality (February 23, 2015)
The effort has the support of presidential candidate Joe Shirley Jr. and sitting president Ben Shelly.

Cedric Sunray: BIA played role in tribe's racist marriage policy
Opinion | Federal Recognition
Cedric Sunray: BIA played role in tribe's racist marriage policy (February 17, 2015)
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.

Eastern Cherokee leaders reaffirm ban on same-sex marriage
Law
Eastern Cherokee leaders reaffirm ban on same-sex marriage (January 14, 2015)
Tribal law defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

James Giago Davies: Polygamy and shunning in Lakota culture
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James Giago Davies: Polygamy and shunning in Lakota culture (November 25, 2014)
Shunning works for all cultures — not just Lakota tiospaye.

Wind River tribal judge presides over first same-sex marriage
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Wind River tribal judge presides over first same-sex marriage (November 17, 2014)
Saun and Renee Allen took their vows before family and friends at the tribal courthouse.

Rep. Don Young criticized for comments to high school students
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Rep. Don Young criticized for comments to high school students (October 22, 2014)
Witnesses say he went too far with remarks about domestic violence, youth suicide and same-sex marriage.

At least 10 tribes adopt laws to recognize same-sex mariage
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At least 10 tribes adopt laws to recognize same-sex mariage (July 28, 2014)
The Coquille Tribe of Oregon was the first to go public with its equality marriage ordinance.

Siletz Tribes plan to hold advisory vote on same-sex marriages
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Siletz Tribes plan to hold advisory vote on same-sex marriages (May 20, 2014)
The move comes after a federal judge struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage.

Alray Nelson: Bring marriage equality to the Navajo Nation
Opinion
Alray Nelson: Bring marriage equality to the Navajo Nation (April 22, 2014)
Alray Nelson, the founder of the Coalition for Navajo Equality, calls for the repeal of the Dine Marriage Act of 2005.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee, slams marriage ruling
Law | Politics
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee, slams marriage ruling (January 15, 2014)
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.

Little Traverse Bay Bands council rejects marriage law vote
Law
Little Traverse Bay Bands council rejects marriage law vote (January 8, 2014)
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.

Navajo Nation group seeks marriage equality on reservation
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Navajo Nation group seeks marriage equality on reservation (January 3, 2014)
A group on the Navajo Nation is seeking to bring marriage equality to the reservation.

Interview with couple about Cheyenne-Arapaho marriage law
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Interview with couple about Cheyenne-Arapaho marriage law (October 29, 2013)
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: Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes make history
Opinion
Amber Bighorse: Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes make history (October 28, 2013)
Amber Bighorse, the Lt. Gov. of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, discusses marriage equality.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes draw attention to marriage law
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Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes draw attention to marriage law (October 25, 2013)
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes have drawn a lot of media attention for their non-discriminatory marriage law in Oklahoma.

Editorial: Tribe leading way to marriage equality in Oklahoma
Opinion
Editorial: Tribe leading way to marriage equality in Oklahoma (October 24, 2013)
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.

Same-sex couple plans wedding under Cheyenne-Arapaho law
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Same-sex couple plans wedding under Cheyenne-Arapaho law (October 23, 2013)
A member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma is welcoming the public to celebrate his marriage to his partner.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes recognize same-sex marriages
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Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes recognize same-sex marriages (October 22, 2013)
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma recognize same-sex marriages.

Same-sex couple makes history under Suquamish Tribe's law
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Same-sex couple makes history under Suquamish Tribe's law (September 13, 2013)
The first same-sex couple was married under the laws of the Suquamish Tribe of Washington on Wednesday.

Colville Tribes  amend code to recognize same-sex marriages
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Colville Tribes amend code to recognize same-sex marriages (September 9, 2013)
The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington are the latest to join the marriage equality movement in Indian Country.

Some tribes offer   employment benefits for same-sex couples
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Some tribes offer employment benefits for same-sex couples (September 3, 2013)
Some tribes are offering benefits to employees with same-sex partners

Four Oklahoma tribes do not recognize same-sex marriages
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Four Oklahoma tribes do not recognize same-sex marriages (July 12, 2013)
At least four Oklahoma tribes do not recognize same-sex marriages, Dallas Voice reports.

Couple wants Navajo Nation to establish marriage equality
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Couple wants Navajo Nation to establish marriage equality (June 27, 2013)
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.

Supreme Court issues historic decisions in gay rights cases
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Supreme Court issues historic decisions in gay rights cases (June 27, 2013)
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.

Santa Ysabel Tribe is first in California for same-sex marriage
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Santa Ysabel Tribe is first in California for same-sex marriage (June 25, 2013)
The Santa Ysabel Tribe of California now recognizes same-sex marriage.

Pokagon Band issues marriage certificate to same-sex couple
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Pokagon Band issues marriage certificate to same-sex couple (June 21, 2013)
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan issued its first marriage certificate to a same-sex couple on Thursday.

Little Traverse man and new husband invited to White House
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Little Traverse man and new husband invited to White House (June 10, 2013)
Tim LaCroix, a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan, and his new husband will be at the White House on Thursday for a Lesbian...

Supreme Court ruling could affect tribal same-sex marriages
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Supreme Court ruling could affect tribal same-sex marriages (May 9, 2013)
The forthcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision in US v. Windsor could lead more tribes to recognize same-sex marriage, a legal expert said. The case tests the constitutionality of the...

Little Traverse Bay Bands recognize  first same-sex marriage
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Little Traverse Bay Bands recognize first same-sex marriage (March 18, 2013)
The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan is now the third tribe to recognize same-sex marriage. The tribal council passed a bill that that defines marriage as...

Little Traverse Band chair to preside over 1st same-sex wedding
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Little Traverse Band chair to preside over 1st same-sex wedding (March 13, 2013)
Friday will be a historic day for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan. The tribe's same-sex marriage law will be signed into law by Chairman Dexter...

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