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Supreme Court winds down unusual term with tribal sovereignty case on docket
Supreme Court winds down unusual term with tribal sovereignty case on docket (June 23, 2020)

As Indian Country continues to wait for a decision in a closely-watched sovereignty case, the nation's highest court is turning away long-running challenges to tribal treaty and land rights.


Supreme Court takes up sovereignty case amid coronavirus crisis in Indian Country
Supreme Court takes up sovereignty case amid coronavirus crisis in Indian Country (May 11, 2020)

Despite recent improvements in government-to-government relations, Indian nations are still finding themselves at odds with states and even their own trustee amid the worst public health crisis to hit their communities in decades.


Will the Supreme Court return eastern Oklahoma to the Five Tribes?
Will the Supreme Court return eastern Oklahoma to the Five Tribes? (May 8, 2020)

The legal duty and moral obligation of the Supreme Court is crystal clear: Return eastern Oklahoma to the Five Civilized Tribes.


'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.


Alaska Native corporations outpace tribes in race for $8 billion in coronavirus relief
Alaska Native corporations outpace tribes in race for $8 billion in coronavirus relief (April 17, 2020)

Alaska Native corporations were among the first in line for an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund, preliminary data obtained by Indianz.Com shows, confirming fears of tribes in the lower 48 about for-profit entities receiving a share of money promised to their governments.


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 churns along with Indian Country case amid coronavirus crisis
Supreme Court churns along with Indian Country case amid coronavirus crisis (March 30, 2020)

Millions of acres of Indian land are at stake as the nation's highest court adjusts to the coronavirus pandemic.


Supreme Court schedules hearing in lone Indian Country case
Supreme Court schedules hearing in lone Indian Country case (February 25, 2020)

Indian Country remains united as the nation's highest court prepares to hear the only tribal law case on the docket.


Indian inmate files opening brief in Supreme Court sovereignty case
Indian inmate files opening brief in Supreme Court sovereignty case (February 5, 2020)

Jimcy McGirt was sentenced to 500 years in prison, as well as life without parole, by the state of Oklahoma. His fate will be decided by the nation's highest court.


Cherokee journalist Rebecca Nagle wins prize for work on Indian law case
Cherokee journalist Rebecca Nagle wins prize for work on Indian law case (February 5, 2020)

The American Mosiac Journalism Prize comes with a cash award of $100,000.


Supreme Court set to resolve Indian Country case on second try
Supreme Court set to resolve Indian Country case on second try (January 28, 2020)

Get ready for round two. The nation's highest court continues to prepare for another reservation boundary case after failing to reach a decision in the last one.


Five Tribes Inter-Tribal Council critical to Oklahoma tribes
Five Tribes Inter-Tribal Council critical to Oklahoma tribes (January 21, 2020)

In Oklahoma, we have the largest concentration of Native people in the U.S., and our tribal governments are strong.


Supreme Court sneaks in another Indian Country case to the docket
Supreme Court sneaks in another Indian Country case to the docket (December 17, 2019)

Anyone wondering why the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to be taking its time with one of the most closely-watched controversies in Indian Country history finally got a glimpse with the addition of a new case to the docket.


Still no sign of Supreme Court arguments in closely-watched Indian Country case
Still no sign of Supreme Court arguments in closely-watched Indian Country case (November 11, 2019)

The nation's highest court continues to keep Indian Country in the dark when it comes to one of the most contentious cases in recent history.


Tribes see slower season at nation's highest court but big cases remain unresolved
Tribes see slower season at nation's highest court but big cases remain unresolved (October 29, 2019)

Tribal leaders are still paying close attention to the nation's highest court despite a slowdown in cases affecting Indian Country's interests.


Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity
Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity (October 9, 2019)

So what's going on with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation case? No one knows.


Waiting on the Supreme Court to return eastern Oklahoma to Indigenous nations
Waiting on the Supreme Court to return eastern Oklahoma to Indigenous nations (October 9, 2019)

All of Indian Country is waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court to do what is morally and legally right.


Former chief of Muscogee (Creek) Nation indicted for bribery
Former chief of Muscogee (Creek) Nation indicted for bribery (August 15, 2019)

George Tiger is being accused of soliciting and accepting bribes while working for the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town.


Supreme Court keeps Indian Country in the dark in sovereignty case
Supreme Court keeps Indian Country in the dark in sovereignty case (July 10, 2019)

It's still anyone's guess why the nation's highest court postponed a decision in one of the most consequential Indian law cases in recent history.


Supreme Court shocks Indian Country by failing to resolve closely-watched case
Supreme Court shocks Indian Country by failing to resolve closely-watched case (June 27, 2019)

The nation's highest court threw Indian Country for a loop on the final day of a blockbuster term for tribal rights.


Indian Country braces for Supreme Court decision in closely-watched case
Indian Country braces for Supreme Court decision in closely-watched case (June 26, 2019)

The nation's highest court made Indian Country wait a really, really long time for a decision in one of most consequential cases in recent history.


Supreme Court makes Indian Country wait for decision in closely-watched case
Supreme Court makes Indian Country wait for decision in closely-watched case (June 24, 2019)

Is the nation's highest court on Indian time? It sure looks like it, judging by the wait for a decision in a highly-anticipated case.


Library of Congress names Joy Harjo as first Native U.S. Poet Laureate
Library of Congress names Joy Harjo as first Native U.S. Poet Laureate (June 19, 2019)

Joy Harjo, a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, has been named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States.


Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case
Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case (June 18, 2019)

It only took 194 days for the Supreme Court to issue one sovereignty decision. Where's the other one?


Supreme Court passes on more Indian law petitions as decision looms in big case
Supreme Court passes on more Indian law petitions as decision looms in big case (June 11, 2019)

After a blockbuster season in which tribal treaties have been front and center, it looks like the Supreme Court is taking a little break from Indian Country.


Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision
Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision (June 4, 2019)

It's been more than six months since oral arguments in a closely-watched tribal case but who's counting?


Supreme Court enters final stretch with no new Indian law cases on docket
Supreme Court enters final stretch with no new Indian law cases on docket (May 28, 2019)

It looks like Indian Country can rest easy for now, with no new cases added to the U.S. Supreme Court's docket.


Supreme Court winds down surprising term with two wins for tribal treaties
Supreme Court winds down surprising term with two wins for tribal treaties (May 23, 2019)

Justice Neil Gorsuch has helped tribes win in two cases so far. He's locked out of a third but experts are sensing a sea change on the nation's highest court.


Supreme Court backs off-reservation treaty rights of Crow Tribe
Supreme Court backs off-reservation treaty rights of Crow Tribe (May 20, 2019)

The nation's highest court has once again sided with Indian Country in a treaty rights case.


Bay Mills Indian Community files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers
Bay Mills Indian Community files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers (April 23, 2019)

The opioid crisis has hit Indian Country hard, with high rates of addiction, overdoses and deaths been seen across the nation.


Indian Country awaits outcome of final cases on Supreme Court docket
Indian Country awaits outcome of final cases on Supreme Court docket (April 15, 2019)

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation's sovereign boundaries and the Crow Tribe's treaty rights are at stake before the highest court in the land.


Bill in Congress requires U.S. to 'sever' relations with Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Bill in Congress requires U.S. to 'sever' relations with Muscogee (Creek) Nation (April 3, 2019)

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is facing political pressure regarding the treatment of its Freedmen.


'What she say, it be law': Tribes protected their women before being stripped of sovereignty
'What she say, it be law': Tribes protected their women before being stripped of sovereignty (March 25, 2019)

Native women are changing the narrative as they continue to secure safety for their sisters.


Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon
Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon (January 8, 2019)

The nation's highest court has delivered good news to tribes whose sovereign rights were being challenged.


Bill John Baker: Five Civilized Tribes welcome repeal of termination-era law
Bill John Baker: Five Civilized Tribes welcome repeal of termination-era law (January 7, 2019)

A new federal law is a remedy for a huge injustice that has led to a devastating loss of land for the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole and Muscogee (Creek) Nations.


Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down
Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down (December 14, 2018)

Time is running out for tribes to see action on their legislative agenda as lawmakers prepare to wrap up the 115th session of Congress.


Muscogee (Creek) Nation lawmakers consider independent press bill
Muscogee (Creek) Nation lawmakers consider independent press bill (December 6, 2018)

Efforts are underway to restore freedom of the press to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.


Peter d'Errico: United States admits to genocide in Supreme Court case
Peter d'Errico: United States admits to genocide in Supreme Court case (December 3, 2018)

Will the nation's highest court accept and approve of genocidal efforts against Native nations?


Trump administration argues against tribal sovereignty in Supreme Court case
Trump administration argues against tribal sovereignty in Supreme Court case (November 27, 2018)

The Trump administration's disjointed treatment of Indian Country was on full display as Native American Heritage Month came to a close.


Indian Country legislative agenda falls behind in the Trump era
Indian Country legislative agenda falls behind in the Trump era (November 19, 2018)

Two years of Republican control in the nation's capital have resulted in few concrete gains for Indian Country.


Sterling Cosper: Muscogee (Creek) Nation deserves a free press
Sterling Cosper: Muscogee (Creek) Nation deserves a free press (November 19, 2018)

The former manager of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's news outlet speaks out about the repeal of the tribe's freedom of the press law.


Muscogee (Creek) Nation condemned for changes at media outlet
Muscogee (Creek) Nation condemned for changes at media outlet (November 13, 2018)

The formerly independent Mvskoke Media is being placed under the control of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's executive branch.


Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing (November 13, 2018)

Tribal leaders from Arizona, North Dakota and Oklahoma are testifying in support of bills that affect their communities.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing (November 12, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work after the historic mid-term election.


Only one state makes history with election of first Native governor
Only one state makes history with election of first Native governor (November 7, 2018)

Republican Kevin Stitt came through in Oklahoma while Democrat Paulette Jordan fell short in Idaho.


Supreme Court set for major showdown in tribal sovereignty case
Supreme Court set for major showdown in tribal sovereignty case (October 11, 2018)

Oral arguments in a closely-watched reservation boundary case take place on November 27.


Supreme Court gains new member as Trump's shadow looms large in Indian cases
Supreme Court gains new member as Trump's shadow looms large in Indian cases (October 9, 2018)

Opposition in Indian Country wasn't enough to derail President Trump's controversial nominee to the Supreme Court.


Supreme Court opens new term with major Indian law cases on docket
Supreme Court opens new term with major Indian law cases on docket (October 1, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court is back in session as Indian Country awaits the fate of controversial nominee Brett Kavanaugh.


'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case
'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case (September 27, 2018)

Tribes across the nation, advocates for Native women and a bipartisan group of former federal prosecutors are taking a stand in one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases in recent history.


Supreme Court takes up Indian law petitions amid major controversy
Supreme Court takes up Indian law petitions amid major controversy (September 24, 2018)

With a high-stakes nomination in doubt, the Supreme Court is preparing for a term that's already going to be a busy one for tribal interests.


'We still have a lot of work to do': Tribes unite as lawmakers promise action
'We still have a lot of work to do': Tribes unite as lawmakers promise action (September 13, 2018)

Indian Country saw a busy day on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers passing four bills as tribal leaders discussed major issues and controversies.


Indian Country awaits busy season at Supreme Court amid big change
Indian Country awaits busy season at Supreme Court amid big change (August 15, 2018)

The Supreme Court might get a new justice soon but it's not clear whether Brett Kavanaugh understands tribes and their issues.


Muscogee Creek Freedmen file lawsuit to restore citizenship
Muscogee Creek Freedmen file lawsuit to restore citizenship (July 26, 2018)

The Freedmen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation are suing the Trump administration and the leader of their tribe.


Graham Lee Brewer: Death penalty case poses test for tribal sovereignty
Graham Lee Brewer: Death penalty case poses test for tribal sovereignty (May 30, 2018)

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a death penalty case that could significantly change the legal definition of Indian Country in Oklahoma.


Muscogee Nation clashes with state in reservation boundary dispute
Muscogee Nation clashes with state in reservation boundary dispute (May 21, 2018)

The Muscogee Nation and the state of Oklahoma are headed into a historic sovereignty clash thanks to the Supreme Court.


Another Indian law case in limbo as high court turns to Trump again
Another Indian law case in limbo as high court turns to Trump again (May 14, 2018)

For the third time in an Indian law case, the nation's highest court has asked the Trump administration for guidance despite a lack of leadership in key executive positions.


Trump administration sides with industry in reservation boundary case
Trump administration sides with industry in reservation boundary case (April 3, 2018)

The Trump administration is siding with industry interests in a closely-watched reservation boundary case pending at the U.S. Supreme Court.


Tribes see continued challenges as more cases head to highest court
Tribes see continued challenges as more cases head to highest court (February 21, 2018)

An unusually large number of Indian law petitions have been presented to the nation's highest court as tribes face continued challenges to their sovereignty.


One Native Woman's Struggle: 'We've had colonizers beat us up for centuries'
One Native Woman's Struggle: 'We've had colonizers beat us up for centuries' (December 22, 2017)

Dode Barnett stood before a door leading to the tribal council’s offices, talking to a colleague when it happened.


Appeals court won't revisit historic decision in Muscogee Nation boundary case
Appeals court won't revisit historic decision in Muscogee Nation boundary case (November 9, 2017)

A closely-watched reservation boundary case could be headed to the nation's highest court, setting up a clash between tribes, states and the Trump administration.