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Blackfeet Nation citizens approve historic water rights settlementFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation citizens approve historic water rights settlement (04/21)
The agreement confirms and quantifies the tribe's water rights in Montana and authorizes $471 million in investments on the reservation.
Fort Peck Tribes finally gain access to federal criminal databasesFiled Under: Law | National
Fort Peck Tribes finally gain access to federal criminal databases (04/19)
Law enforcement on the reservation in Montana believe the information will help them address drug trafficking and other crimes.
Secretary Zinke won't return land taken from Confederated Salish and Kootenai TribesFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Secretary Zinke won't return land taken from Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (04/18)
The National Bison Range is located entirely within reservation boundaries but the leader of the Interior Department described it as 'public' land.
Blackfeet Nation asks citizens to approve water rights compactFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation asks citizens to approve water rights compact (04/05)
The state of Montana and Congress already ratified the deal. Now it's up to tribal voters.
Interior Department pulls back rule designed to maximize Indian coal revenuesFiled Under: Business | Law | Politics | Trust
Interior Department pulls back rule designed to maximize Indian coal revenues (04/04)
The Trump administration is living up to its promise to put an end to the so-called 'war on coal.'
Mark Trahant: Native women represent in public office across nationFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native women represent in public office across nation (04/03)
A little more than 40 percent of all American Indian and Alaska Native legislators are female.
Cobell buy-back program on path to run out of funds under TrumpFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National | Politics
Cobell buy-back program on path to run out of funds under Trump (03/30)
The Trump administration is heading into new territory with the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Northern Cheyenne Tribe sues Interior Department over pro-coal policyFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Northern Cheyenne Tribe sues Interior Department over pro-coal policy (03/29)
Chairman Jace Killsback said efforts to engage with Secretary Ryan Zinke on a government-to-government basis were ignored.
Authorities investigate remains uncovered on Crow ReservationFiled Under: Law
Authorities investigate remains uncovered on Crow Reservation (03/29)
The remains appear to be those of Michael Plainbull, a young citizen of the Crow Tribe who went missing in December 2013.
Blackfeet Nation students enjoy surprise visit by Michelle ObamaFiled Under: Education | National
Blackfeet Nation students enjoy surprise visit by Michelle Obama (03/29)
The nine students from Browning High School in Montana spent a week in the nation's capital as part of cultural exchange.
Mark Trahant: Indian health care gains ignored in political debateFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian health care gains ignored in political debate (03/23)
The story of Alaska and Montana is not front and center in the health care debate in the House. But it should be.
Adrian Jawort: Rightwing radio host called for Indian segregationFiled Under: Opinion | Sports
Adrian Jawort: Rightwing radio host called for Indian segregation (03/13)
Montana radio show duo suspended following segregation of Native Americans blog goes nationwide.
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees brighter future with Ryan Zinke at Interior DepartmentFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees brighter future with Ryan Zinke at Interior Department (03/09)
The stars seem to be aligning for the Montana-based tribe, whose federal status has been in limbo for more than a century.
Guilty pleas for murder and assault charges on Crow ReservationFiled Under: Law
Guilty pleas for murder and assault charges on Crow Reservation (03/08)
A non-Indian man admitted he shot and killed a Crow couple and shot and wounded the couple's daughter.
Mark Trahant: Indian Country can't ignore Native RepublicansFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian Country can't ignore Native Republicans (03/06)
Indian Country cannot afford to close the door to Republicans in Congress and in state legislatures.
Adrian Jawort: Indian families still seeking justice for loved onesFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Adrian Jawort: Indian families still seeking justice for loved ones (03/06)
‘Getting away with murder on the rez’ is too common a phrase as seen in Steven Bearcrane-Cole death.
Montana county complains about costs of policing the reservationFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Montana county complains about costs of policing the reservation (03/01)
Officials in Lake County says Public Law 280 isn't working out anymore.
Fort Peck Tribes seek Keystone XL reroute to protect water supplyFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Fort Peck Tribes seek Keystone XL reroute to protect water supply (03/01)
The controversial Keystone XL Pipeline is back on Indian Country's radar thanks to Republican President Donald Trump.
Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior DepartmentFiled Under: National | Politics | Trust
Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior Department (03/01)
The Montana Congressman's pro-tribal views stand in contrast to those of his boss, President Donald Trump.
Trump administration rolls over for energy firms on Indian landFiled Under: Business | Law | Politics | Trust
Trump administration rolls over for energy firms on Indian land (02/27)
The so-called 'war on coal' is coming to an end thanks to the new Republican occupant of the White House.
Radio show host in Montana calls Indian basketball fans 'unruly'Filed Under: Education | National | Sports
Radio show host in Montana calls Indian basketball fans 'unruly' (02/23)
Paul Mushaben of KCTR 102.9 called Indian basketball fans 'unruly' in a short post that was deleted from his station's website.
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe comes together for healthFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe comes together for health (02/14)
The Northern Cheyenne 'Red Day' was designed to be an uplifting day of encouragement for all our people, focusing upon women who seem to suffer from the disease more often than men.
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe rounds up horsesFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe rounds up horses (02/10)
Reminiscent of old western days, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe has been conducting a round-up of wild horses, clearing range near public roadways for safety reasons.
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe continues long journey for federal statusFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe continues long journey for federal status (02/09)
The tribe's ancestors negotiated and signed treaties in the late 1800s but they have yet to be formally acknowledged by the United States.
Native Sun News Today: School donates to Northern Cheyenne elders and youthFiled Under: Education | National
Native Sun News Today: School donates to Northern Cheyenne elders and youth (02/09)
Chief Dull Knife College language and cultural instructor Burt Medicine Bull and his students had the opportunity to gift tribal elders and children with warm blankets and coats donated by the Lippon School in Ohio.
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe gathers in prayerFiled Under: Health | National
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe gathers in prayer (02/07)
'This is a call for help,' said President L. Jace Killsback at the Day of Traditional Prayer at the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Chambers.
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne life span falling shortFiled Under: Health | National
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne life span falling short (01/26)
The average American life expectancy is 78 while Northern Cheyenne’s is potentially 55.
Clara Caufield: Cheyenne mother keeps us together in tough timesFiled Under: Opinion
Clara Caufield: Cheyenne mother keeps us together in tough times (01/24)
Mom, like so many matriarchs is still here to hold us together, helping her children make sense of things.
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe recruits foster parentsFiled Under: National
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe recruits foster parents (01/18)
On the Northern Cheyenne Reservation there is a desperate need to recruit foster parents to handle a large case load of children determined to be in need of care.
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne banker beats the oddsFiled Under: Business | National
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne banker beats the odds (01/16)
Having a 'Big Mac' attack was not an option when Brett Evertz was a youngster living on a remote ranch on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana.
Clara Caufield: Commemorating the Northern Cheyenne outbreak from Fort RobinsonFiled Under: Opinion
Clara Caufield: Commemorating the Northern Cheyenne outbreak from Fort Robinson (01/13)
Although we observe the major American holidays, Native Americans, including the Northern Cheyenne also mark many other significant days of commemoration throughout the year.
Tribal opposition leads to delay on status of Yellowstone grizzlyFiled Under: Environment | Politics
Tribal opposition leads to delay on status of Yellowstone grizzly (01/12)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received more than 650,000 comments about protections for the sacred animal.
Senate committee schedules hearing for Donald Trump's Interior nomineeFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Senate committee schedules hearing for Donald Trump's Interior nominee (01/10)
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) has earned praise for his work on protections for Native women, federal recognition, water rights, energy and economic development.
Interior Department cancels final leases on sacred Blackfeet Nation landFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Interior Department cancels final leases on sacred Blackfeet Nation land (01/10)
The Badger-Two Medicine Area is now completely protected from oil and gas drilling.
Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers make history with leadership rolesFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers make history with leadership roles (01/09)
Native Americans are in key leadership positions in at least seven states.
Native Sun News Today: Young leaders share concerns on talk showFiled Under: National | Politics
Native Sun News Today: Young leaders share concerns on talk show (01/06)
Three new and young leaders from the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Tribes made media history when they were featured on the hour long Voices of Montana radio talk show.
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe promotes safetyFiled Under: Health | National
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe promotes safety (01/05)
A coalition of programs and staff on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation have organized to promote the increased use of seatbelts and child safety seats.
Clara Caufield: Ryan Zinke brings tribal record to the table at InteriorFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Clara Caufield: Ryan Zinke brings tribal record to the table at Interior (01/04)
Though many in Indian Country wish it were otherwise, the fact is now that the Federal government will be dominated by Republicans.
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe honors elderly membersFiled Under: Opinion
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe honors elderly members (01/02)
When our Northern Cheyenne elders were young, they still largely got around on horses, team and wagons or on foot.
Gabriel Furshong: Little Shell Chippewa Tribe still waiting for federal recognitionFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Gabriel Furshong: Little Shell Chippewa Tribe still waiting for federal recognition (12/20)
Federal recognition offers financial help, and those tribes without it have 'second-class status in Indian Country' and remain vulnerable to local authorities.
Mark Trahant: Denise Juneau keeps eyes open for next opportunityFiled Under: Education | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Denise Juneau keeps eyes open for next opportunity (12/19)
Pull back the lens and look at the past eight years and Denise Juneau’s term as Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Clara Caufield: New friends come to aid of needy Northern Cheyenne familyFiled Under: Opinion
Clara Caufield: New friends come to aid of needy Northern Cheyenne family (12/19)
One of the wonderful benefits of being a columnist for Native Sun News Today has been making new friends throughout Indian Country.
Mark Trahant: Ryan Zinke is a much better pick for Indian CountryFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Ryan Zinke is a much better pick for Indian Country (12/15)
This is a much better appointment for Indian Country.
Republican lawmaker with a better tribal record tapped for Interior SecretaryFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Republican lawmaker with a better tribal record tapped for Interior Secretary (12/15)
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) has supported tribes on water rights, federal recognition, sovereignty and other matters.
Song from Elouise Cobell documentary on shortlist for Oscar nodFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National
Song from Elouise Cobell documentary on shortlist for Oscar nod (12/14)
The critically-acclaimed documentary about the late Elouise Cobell is garnering more notice.
National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian CountryFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics | Trust
National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian Country (12/13)
The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act includes one repatriation provision, two major infrastructure packages, three land-into-trust acquisitions and four water settlements.
Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in CongressFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in Congress (12/13)
Tribes have been having trouble getting water settlements through Congress but those hurdles posed no problems for the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation.
Michael Dax: Blackfeet Nation scores victory in sacred land fightFiled Under: Business | Environment | National | Politics
Michael Dax: Blackfeet Nation scores victory in sacred land fight (12/12)
After 35 years of fighting for the cancellation of nearly 50 oil and gas leases, Montana’s Blackfeet tribe scored an unexpected victory when Devon Energy voluntarily backed out of their claims.
Native Sun News Today: More tribal citizens sign up for Medicaid in MontanaFiled Under: Health | National
Native Sun News Today: More tribal citizens sign up for Medicaid in Montana (12/09)
The Medicaid expansion effort in Montana started in January 2016 and to date has gained 61,233 new clients, of which 14 percent or 8,299 are Indians.
USDA awards first $10M loan to help consolidate Indian land baseFiled Under: National | Trust
USDA awards first $10M loan to help consolidate Indian land base (12/06)
The Native American Community Development Corporation Financial Services will act as an intermediary to help individual Indians purchase fractional land interests.
Clara Caufield: Indian Country in good hands with young leadersFiled Under: Opinion
Clara Caufield: Indian Country in good hands with young leaders (12/06)
It is extremely encouraging to see that our new Northern Cheyenne and Crow leaders are willing to work together
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe inaugurates new leadersFiled Under: National | Politics
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe inaugurates new leaders (12/05)
With much pageantry and oratory, L. Jace Killsback was sworn into office as the new president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne college hosts language summitFiled Under: Education | National
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne college hosts language summit (11/30)
Chief Dull Knife College on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation hosted a state-wide tribal language summit in mid-November.
Blackfeet Nation landowners see more than $273M in land offersFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National
Blackfeet Nation landowners see more than $273M in land offers (11/28)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations finally comes to the reservation where the late Elouise Cobell launched her landmark trust fund lawsuit.
Editorial: Keep oil and gas drillers away from sacred Blackfeet Nation landsFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Editorial: Keep oil and gas drillers away from sacred Blackfeet Nation lands (11/22)
'With Blackfeet leaders in ceremonial headdress, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell canceled 15 energy exploration leases in the Badger-Two Medicine Area.'
Clara Caufield: Election day brought disappointment and delightFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Clara Caufield: Election day brought disappointment and delight (11/21)
Denise Juneau is one of the brightest and best that Native Americans have to offer, a view apparently not shared by the majority of Montana voters.
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe elects a new leaderFiled Under: National | Politics
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe elects a new leader (11/21)
Northern Cheyenne voters went to the polls, casting votes of very personal decision in a close-knit tribal community and marking a significant change of the political guard.
Blackfeet Nation scores victories on sacred sites and water rightsFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation scores victories on sacred sites and water rights (11/17)
It's turning out to be a banner week for the Montana tribe despite uncertainty in the political climate.
Mark Trahant: Indian candidates find successes at the state levelFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian candidates find successes at the state level (11/15)
Let’s examine 2016 and what worked, what needed work, and what must be rethought.
Blackfeet Nation water deal on agenda as Congress returns to workFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation water deal on agenda as Congress returns to work (11/15)
Lawmakers are back in Washington, D.C., after an extended election break and time is running out for Indian Country to advance its agenda.

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