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Montana Free Press: As COVID spikes, Blackfeet leaders close eastern entrances to Glacier for summer
Montana Free Press: As COVID spikes, Blackfeet leaders close eastern entrances to Glacier for summer (June 30, 2020)

Blackfeet Nation leaders, citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, have decided to keep the eastern entrances to Glacier National Park closed for the rest of the tourism season.


Cronkite News: Tribal leaders, advocates question reopening at Grand Canyon, other parks
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders, advocates question reopening at Grand Canyon, other parks (June 3, 2020)

The Trump administration's efforts to reopen national parks are being made without COVID-19 health safety measures, tribal leaders said.


COVID-19 fears close Grand Canyon National Park after weeks of pressure
COVID-19 fears close Grand Canyon National Park after weeks of pressure (April 2, 2020)

The National Park Service abruptly closed Grand Canyon National Park, bowing to weeks of pressure after health officials expressed 'extreme concern' about the potential for spread of COVID-19 in the park.


Officials call for Grand Canyon closure to help stem coronavirus spread
Officials call for Grand Canyon closure to help stem coronavirus spread (April 1, 2020)

Lawmakers joined local and tribal officials in calling on the Trump administration to reverse its 'reckless' decision to keep Grand Canyon National Park open during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Glacier National Park closes over coronavirus concerns
Glacier National Park closes over coronavirus concerns (March 30, 2020)

Glacier National Park will temporarily close in coordination with the state of Montana, local counties and the Blackfeet Nation.


Neighboring counties ask Yellowstone National Park to close
Neighboring counties ask Yellowstone National Park to close (March 23, 2020)

Officials want Yellowstone National Park closed in response to concern that tourists may contribute to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the neighboring counties in Montana.


Native Sun News Today: Tohono O'odham demand end to blasting of sacred sites for border wall
Native Sun News Today: Tohono O'odham demand end to blasting of sacred sites for border wall (March 11, 2020)

'Dynamiting these sacred sites and burial grounds is the same as bulldozing Arlington National Cemetery,' Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said of the Trump administration's construction of the border wall.


Blasting sacred sites for border wall ‘forever damaged’ tribes
Blasting sacred sites for border wall ‘forever damaged’ tribes (March 2, 2020)

An emotional Tohono O’odham Nation chairman said blasting sacred sites to build a border wall has 'forever damaged our people.'


Trump budget proposes ‘insulting’ cuts to national parks already burdened with backlogs
Trump budget proposes ‘insulting’ cuts to national parks already burdened with backlogs (February 19, 2020)

In a proposed budget released by President Donald Trump, the National Park Service would lose nearly $600 million in funding.


Leaders say border wall blasting typical of feds’ neglect of tribes
Leaders say border wall blasting typical of feds’ neglect of tribes (February 18, 2020)

Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris said the 'controlled blasting' for a border wall that will ultimately cut through his reservation is just the latest example of the federal government ignoring its duty to consult with tribes.


YES! Magazine: Welcome to the newest national park in New Mexico
YES! Magazine: Welcome to the newest national park in New Mexico (January 21, 2020)

Shifting sands make New Mexico's White Sands National Park a geological wonder, a prehistoric time capsule, and an economic driver for the region.


Deborah Taffa: My ancestors gave to this country to make it what it is today
Deborah Taffa: My ancestors gave to this country to make it what it is today (October 30, 2019)

A violent, racist history has kept Native people off their ancestral lands for decades. How can we remove the barriers that still exist today?


Shoshone-Bannock Tribes demand consultation to protect ancestral lands
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes demand consultation to protect ancestral lands (September 25, 2019)

The federal government has treaty and trust responsibilities to tribal governments, including the protection of tribal cultural resources.


Report: Using funds to keep parks open in government shutdown violated law
Report: Using funds to keep parks open in government shutdown violated law (September 9, 2019)

The Trump Administration violated federal law when it diverted funds for national park improvements during the recent government shutdown, the Government Accountability Office determined.


Donald Trump's 'Salute to America' cost taxpayers $5.4 million
Donald Trump's 'Salute to America' cost taxpayers $5.4 million (July 12, 2019)

The share paid by the National Park Service ran more than the entire budget for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.


'Salute to America' or NAGPRA? The Donald Trump 'show' takes priority
'Salute to America' or NAGPRA? The Donald Trump 'show' takes priority (July 3, 2019)

The Trump administration is diverting funds from the agency in charge of Native ancestors and artifacts to pay for a Fourth of July spectacle.


Cronkite News: Accidental fall leads to another fatality at Grand Canyon
Cronkite News: Accidental fall leads to another fatality at Grand Canyon (May 7, 2019)

Four people have died in or near Grand Canyon National Park in the last five weeks, but officials say that isn’t unusual.


Tribes receive Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act grants
Tribes receive Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act grants (September 27, 2018)

Tribes, museums and educational institutions received nearly $1.7 million in grants to assist them with repatriation efforts.


Interior secretary's Grand Canyon visit highlights need for funds to fix infrastructure
Interior secretary's Grand Canyon visit highlights need for funds to fix infrastructure (September 26, 2018)

Secretary Ryan Zinke visited Grand Canyon’s windswept roadways, sunbaked cabins and aging wastewater treatment facility to bring attention to the National Park Service’s $11.6 billion backlog in maintenance projects.


'Our home place': Tribes look to protect Black Hills
'Our home place': Tribes look to protect Black Hills (August 21, 2018)

Rising through the Great Plains are the Black Hills, a historic and sacred region for many tribes.


Bipartisan bill aims to address backlog at national parks
Bipartisan bill aims to address backlog at national parks (July 26, 2018)

Raul Grijalva and Rob Bishop agree on almost nothing, but the two lawmakers came together for a bill that could steer billions toward a national parks maintenance backlog.


Native ancestor laid back to rest more than 10,000 years after burial
Native ancestor laid back to rest more than 10,000 years after burial (June 15, 2018)

An ancestor of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has been laid to rest again in California.


Leader of National Park Service apologizes for 'inappropriate' behavior
Leader of National Park Service apologizes for 'inappropriate' behavior (June 5, 2018)

What is it with hallways at the Department of the Interior? A top official admits acting badly in one but denies it was sexual harassment.


Cronkite News: House panel tackles big backlog at national parks
Cronkite News: House panel tackles big backlog at national parks (March 22, 2018)

Witnesses and panelists at a House hearing agreed that something needs to be done to close an $11.6 billion maintenance backlog in the national parks, but differed on how to pay for it.


Secretary Zinke refused to meet with National Park Service advisory board
Secretary Zinke refused to meet with National Park Service advisory board (January 17, 2018)

Nearly all of the members of a federal advisory board have quit in protest of their treatment by the Trump administration.


Landmark study finds high rate of workplace harassment at Bureau of Indian Affairs
Landmark study finds high rate of workplace harassment at Bureau of Indian Affairs (December 14, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke is taking action to improve working conditions at the Department of the Interior after a landmark study showed a higher rate of harassment at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Cronkite News: Plans move forward to reduce bison in Grand Canyon National Park
Cronkite News: Plans move forward to reduce bison in Grand Canyon National Park (September 18, 2017)

Lawmakers in the U.S. House are advancing a bill to reduce the number of bison at the Grand Canyon, just weeks after the National Park Service approved its own plan.


President Trump doubles down with defense of 'beautiful' Confederate monuments
President Trump doubles down with defense of 'beautiful' Confederate monuments (August 17, 2017)

A controversy that once derailed Indian Country's funding bill is rearing its head again thanks to President Donald Trump, whose handling of racial violence continues to dominate the nation's agenda.


President Trump donates $78,333 of salary to National Park Service
President Trump donates $78,333 of salary to National Park Service (April 4, 2017)

The donation accounts for 0.005 percent of the amount the president is proposing to cut from the Department of the Interior.


Oglala Sioux Tribe delays decision on role on national park land
Oglala Sioux Tribe delays decision on role on national park land (December 14, 2016)

A referendum for a tribal national park has been on hold for more than two years now.


Repatriation review committee announces additional meetings
Repatriation review committee announces additional meetings (October 21, 2016)

The seven-member NAGPRA Review Committee plans to meet in Colorado in March 2017 and host a teleconference in July 2017.


Dean Suagee: Native input needed to guide future of our parks
Dean Suagee: Native input needed to guide future of our parks (September 23, 2016)

'The Next 100 Coalition’s vision of greater diversity and inclusiveness in taking care of and using our national public lands is a good vision.'


Park employees 'get away' with breaking laws at sacred monument
Park employees 'get away' with breaking laws at sacred monument (August 18, 2016)

One superintendent stole tribal remains from Effigy Mounds National Monument and another oversaw construction that harmed tribal burial mounds.


California doctor admits stealing 20K Native artifacts from federal lands
California doctor admits stealing 20K Native artifacts from federal lands (August 17, 2016)

Jonathan Bourne took the items -- including some from burial sites -- and kept them in his home.


Former official admits he kept tribal ancestors in garbage bags
Former official admits he kept tribal ancestors in garbage bags (July 12, 2016)

Wounds remain open for 20 tribes whose ancestors were illegally removed from the Effigy Mounds National Monument and kept in garbage bags in a top official's garage.


Official who stole remains claims 'devotion' to Native Americans
Official who stole remains claims 'devotion' to Native Americans (July 5, 2016)

The former superintendent of the Effigy Mounds National Monument is painting himself as a victim even though he stole tribal ancestors and kept them in boxes in his home for 12 years.


National Park Service finalizes rule for tribal gathering of plants
National Park Service finalizes rule for tribal gathering of plants (June 30, 2016)

Tribes will be able to enter into government-to-government agreements to gather plants from national parks and national monuments.


Native Sun News: Lakota and Cheyenne people join forces again
Native Sun News: Lakota and Cheyenne people join forces again (June 30, 2016)

On June 25, the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne once again celebrated their victory over General George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Calvary.


Native Sun News: Big crowds expected for Big Horn anniversary
Native Sun News: Big crowds expected for Big Horn anniversary (June 17, 2016)

June 25, 2016, marks the 140th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, near present day Crow Agency, Montana.


More burial mounds still being discovered at national monument in Iowa
More burial mounds still being discovered at national monument in Iowa (May 19, 2016)

The Ho-Chunk Nation plans to visit the Effigy Mounds National Monument to help confirm the latest find.


Carolyn Pease-Lopez: Work together to protect sacred Crow land
Carolyn Pease-Lopez: Work together to protect sacred Crow land (May 16, 2016)

Land managers and citizens alike must see beyond the boundaries we’ve drawn on the maps, and manage the Pryors as a valued, sacred whole.


Foxes brought to Channel Islands by tribal ancestors are unique
Foxes brought to Channel Islands by tribal ancestors are unique (April 22, 2016)

Six subspecies of the island fox have survived in the Channel Islands for tens of thousands of years despite being very closely related.


Sally Jewell: Let's celebrate Native contributions to conservation
Sally Jewell: Let's celebrate Native contributions to conservation (April 20, 2016)

I look forward to continuing our efforts to leave our national parks and public lands decisively more inclusive places than they were in 2009.


Navajo Nation wins ruling for remains removed from reservation
Navajo Nation wins ruling for remains removed from reservation (April 7, 2016)

The National Park Service has been holding onto 303 ancestors that were taken from the Canyon De Chelly National Monument.


Cronkite News: Apache leader welcomes listing at sacred Oak Flat
Cronkite News: Apache leader welcomes listing at sacred Oak Flat (March 15, 2016)

Opponents of a proposed copper mine at the Oak Flat campground scored a point when it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places this month – but while they won the battle, they haven’t won the war.


Mine on sacred Apache site in Arizona remains a hot political issue
Mine on sacred Apache site in Arizona remains a hot political issue (March 11, 2016)

What started off as a seemingly obscure battle has resulted in the conviction of a Republican lawmaker, a slew of belittling actions from another Republican, a major lobbying campaign in Indian Country and a cross-country, media-grabbing caravan to the U.S. Capitol.


Wife of Bernie Sanders slated to visit sacred Apache site in Arizona
Wife of Bernie Sanders slated to visit sacred Apache site in Arizona (March 8, 2016)

Jane Sanders will meet with the Apache Stronghold, a group started by Wendsler Nosie, Sr., a council member for the San Carlos Apache Tribe.


Cronkite News: Lawmakers fight designation for sacred Apache site in Arizona
Cronkite News: Lawmakers fight designation for sacred Apache site in Arizona (March 2, 2016)

Supporters of a copper mine proposed for Oak Flat have been given until Friday to make the case that the area, deemed sacred by the San Carlos Apache, should not be designated a historic site.


Yellowstone bison removal continues as officials weigh new plan
Yellowstone bison removal continues as officials weigh new plan (January 13, 2016)

This winter alone, between 600 to 900 of the animals will be killed during tribal and public hunts and some will be captured and sent to tribes for their use.


Ex-monument official to apologize for theft of ancestral remains
Ex-monument official to apologize for theft of ancestral remains (January 4, 2016)

Thomas A. Munson will serve one year of probation and will be required to apologize to the 12 tribes associated with the Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa.


Mary Annette Pember: Ex-official admits to theft of ancestors
Mary Annette Pember: Ex-official admits to theft of ancestors (December 22, 2015)

Tribal leaders expressed anger and outrage over Thomas Munson’s actions as well as what some see as leniency by federal prosecutors.


Former monument official charged for stealing Indian remains
Former monument official charged for stealing Indian remains (December 17, 2015)

The ancestral remains were taken from the Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa shortly before the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act became law in 1990.


National Park Service eases on removals of Yellowstone bison
National Park Service eases on removals of Yellowstone bison (November 20, 2015)

The agency is no longer seeking to remove 1,000 bison from the park this winter.


National Park Service aims to remove bison from Yellowstone
National Park Service aims to remove bison from Yellowstone (November 19, 2015)

Tribal, state and federal officials are meeting to discuss treaty hunts and other management plans.


Stephen Corry: Tribal people  displaced in the name of conservation
Stephen Corry: Tribal people displaced in the name of conservation (October 7, 2015)

Although many in the environmental movement remain unaware of its background, there is a direct historical link between eugenics and the American invention of 'preserving wilderness.'


Chief Arvol Looking Horse pushes name change for sacred site
Chief Arvol Looking Horse pushes name change for sacred site (September 23, 2015)

The name for Devils Tower in Wyoming comes from a mistranslation of the Lakota term for Mahto Tipila, or Bear Lodge.


DC council member doesn't want racist name tied to stadium deal
DC council member doesn't want racist name tied to stadium deal (August 26, 2015)

Officially, the District of Columbia Council has called on the Washington NFL team to get rid of a mascot considered to be 'racist and derogatory.'


NFL team won't give up racist name in exchange for stadium
NFL team won't give up racist name in exchange for stadium (August 18, 2015)

Preliminary talks are underway for potential sites in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., but the team's president said the racist mascot isn't on the table.


Native Sun News: Tribes slam grizzly bear policy as genocide
Native Sun News: Tribes slam grizzly bear policy as genocide (August 18, 2015)

Leaders of the Blackfoot Confederacy are mounting a vigorous challenge to the US government’s proposed removal of Endangered Species Act protections from the grizzly bear.


NPS reopens comment period for rule on tribal plant gathering
NPS reopens comment period for rule on tribal plant gathering (August 12, 2015)

The rule allows tribes to enter into government-to-government agreements to gather plants in national parks and national monuments.