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'We do need additional dollars': Tribes won't let up in fight over COVID-19 relief
'We do need additional dollars': Tribes won't let up in fight over COVID-19 relief (July 8, 2020)

Alaska Native corporations will continue to wait for more than a half-billion dollars in COVID-19 relief as tribal nations press the U.S. to fulfill its trust and treaty responsibilities.


N. Bird Runningwater: Enduring Indigenous values
N. Bird Runningwater: Enduring Indigenous values (July 8, 2020)

The Covid-19 pandemic has swept across the planet and has left none of us untouched.


Indian Health Service takes down 'racist' poster but disavows link to coronavirus
Indian Health Service takes down 'racist' poster but disavows link to coronavirus (July 6, 2020)

A visitor to an Indian Health Service hospital found something upsetting on the wall: a poster with a racist term used by Donald Trump.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Year of Reconciliation and Native American Day
Native Sun News Today Editorial: 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Year of Reconciliation and Native American Day (June 29, 2020)

Wouldn’t it be great if all of the Native and Non-Native schools in South Dakota celebrate together?


Tim Giago: Racism is a two-way street
Tim Giago: Racism is a two-way street (June 29, 2020)

If Native Americans are going to seriously discuss racism I think we should be taking a close look at ourselves.


'Wear your mask, do your part': Tribal citizens in New Mexico bear brunt of coronavirus
'Wear your mask, do your part': Tribal citizens in New Mexico bear brunt of coronavirus (June 26, 2020)

Tribal citizens continue to feel disproportionate effects of the coronavirus in New Mexico, more than three months into a pandemic that continues to spread throughout Indian Country.


'The Elizabeth Warren of the sci-fi set': Author faces criticism for repeated use of tribal traditions
'The Elizabeth Warren of the sci-fi set': Author faces criticism for repeated use of tribal traditions (June 24, 2020)

A popular author is facing renewed accusations of cultural appropriation after repeatedly using tribal stories and traditions without consent.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Don’t defund the police, disarm them
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Don’t defund the police, disarm them (June 23, 2020)

How many Native Americans in Rapid City would be alive today if the police did not carry guns?


'I feel fine': Legendary activist Suzan Shown Harjo on living with COVID-19
'I feel fine': Legendary activist Suzan Shown Harjo on living with COVID-19 (June 22, 2020)

Over the past two months, Suzan Shown Harjo has tested positive not just once, but twice, for the disease caused by the coronavirus.


Chuck Hoskin: Why I removed Confederate monuments from the Cherokee Capitol Grounds
Chuck Hoskin: Why I removed Confederate monuments from the Cherokee Capitol Grounds (June 22, 2020)

For the first time in more than a century, the Cherokee Nation will take full control over the images and symbols depicted on our historic Capitol Square.


Doug George-Kanentiio: We need African American allies to replace offensive mascots and statues
Doug George-Kanentiio: We need African American allies to replace offensive mascots and statues (June 22, 2020)

The tragic fact is that of all ethnic groups this country's Indigenous people have the highest rate of death by cop.


Indian Country Today: 10 people whose statues should replace Columbus
Indian Country Today: 10 people whose statues should replace Columbus (June 16, 2020)

Around the world statues are coming down. Civil War generals. Mass murderers. And Christopher Columbus.


Chuck Hoskin: Why we must have difficult conversations about race and justice
Chuck Hoskin: Why we must have difficult conversations about race and justice (June 16, 2020)

The United States, through local criminal justice systems, visited injustice and injury upon our ancestors in the 19th century prior to our forced removal.


New Mexico In Depth: Hospital separated newborns from Native mothers
New Mexico In Depth: Hospital separated newborns from Native mothers (June 15, 2020)

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham cited 'significant, awful allegations' in a ProPublica and New Mexico In Depth story on a hospital where clinicians said pregnant Native women were singled out for COVID-19 testing and separated from newborns after delivery.


Cronkite News: Native American communities hit harder than some states, research finds
Cronkite News: Native American communities hit harder than some states, research finds (June 15, 2020)

The disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on minorities underscores the longstanding failure of federal officials to respond to the needs of Native Americans, a key lawmaker said.


COVID-19 exposes inadequate funding levels at Indian Health Service
COVID-19 exposes inadequate funding levels at Indian Health Service (June 11, 2020)

With coronavirus cases continuing to rise at disproportionate rates, advocates are calling on Congress to live up to its trust and treaty obligations by providing adequate health care for tribal and urban communities.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Together, we will get through this
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Together, we will get through this (June 8, 2020)

We find ourselves in a perfect storm. People have been pent up for months and this tragedy has exposed issues we still struggle with as a country.


Native women confront missing and murdered task force over Trump's role in crisis
Native women confront missing and murdered task force over Trump's role in crisis (June 3, 2020)

The Trump administration's efforts to address the crisis of the missing and murdered in Indian Country are being undermined by the president himself, Native women asserted as outrage over police violence continues to sweep the nation.


United South and Eastern Tribes: Unrest exposes America's original sin against Indigenous peoples
United South and Eastern Tribes: Unrest exposes America's original sin against Indigenous peoples (June 2, 2020)

Injustice in America is not a new reality. In fact, it predates the founding of this nation.


Doug George-Kanentiio: On the American uprising of 2020
Doug George-Kanentiio: On the American uprising of 2020 (June 1, 2020)

In Canada and the U.S., Native people have been attacked and died at the hands of the police, at times in the most brutal of ways.


Tim Giago: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure
Tim Giago: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure (June 1, 2020)

It started in May of 1998 when bodies began to show up in Rapid City Creek. Of the eight bodies discovered six were Native Americans, and all were homeless men.


'We must remain diligent and prepared': Coronavirus continues to take heavy toll on tribes
'We must remain diligent and prepared': Coronavirus continues to take heavy toll on tribes (May 26, 2020)

Coronavirus data from New Mexico continues to show a disproportionate impact on the first Americans, whose cultural, political and social contributions are a point of pride in a state with nearly two dozen tribes.


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.


Native American communities hit hard by COVID-19
Native American communities hit hard by COVID-19 (May 8, 2020)

The state of New Mexico reports that Native Americans account for nearly 50 percent of COVID-19 cases, and there is no telling what that number could be by the time you read this.


Trump's transparency? Coronavirus relief formula subject of intense discussion in Indian Country
Trump's transparency? Coronavirus relief formula subject of intense discussion in Indian Country (May 8, 2020)

Ever since the Trump administration began consultation on the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to tribal governments more than a month ago, one of the biggest questions on Indian Country's mind has been the distribution formula.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Modern history and ancient Native cultures are not important anymore
Ivan Star Comes Out: Modern history and ancient Native cultures are not important anymore (May 7, 2020)

The majority of citizens in this country need a cattle prod to jolt their memories.


Donovan White: Respect Native people, Native nations, and Indian sovereignty
Donovan White: Respect Native people, Native nations, and Indian sovereignty (May 7, 2020)

Indian nations and tribes are the original American sovereigns. Our Creator blessed us with life and liberty.


Court upholds death penalty for only Native American on U.S. death row
Court upholds death penalty for only Native American on U.S. death row (May 4, 2020)

An appeals court upheld the death sentence for the only Native American on federal death row even though some judges questioned the necessity of the punishment.


Donovan White: Alaska Native villages are Indian tribes. ANC Corporations are Not.
Donovan White: Alaska Native villages are Indian tribes. ANC Corporations are Not. (April 20, 2020)

The Seven Council Fires—Oceti Sakowin—of our Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota nations always stand up for our lands and treaties.


Coronavirus takes higher toll on Native Americans in hard hit region
Coronavirus takes higher toll on Native Americans in hard hit region (April 15, 2020)

The coronavirus is taking a disproportionate toll on the first Americans, whose health care is promised by the federal government yet often falls far short of the need.


Mark Charles: Trump and Biden are peddling nostalgia and that's a problem
Mark Charles: Trump and Biden are peddling nostalgia and that's a problem (April 15, 2020)

In a nation built on racism, sexism and white supremacy, the past is only nostalgic for white, land-owning men.


COVID-19 and American Racism: A Mohawk Perspective
COVID-19 and American Racism: A Mohawk Perspective (April 9, 2020)

The magnitude of this epidemic is yet to be fully realized but what it does is to further expose the naked reality of entrenched racism in the U.S. and this most rotten core of the national experience.


Maricopa County ranks No. 2 for potential census undercount, report says
Maricopa County ranks No. 2 for potential census undercount, report says (March 26, 2020)

The U.S. Census Bureau has delayed field operations until at least April 1, so door-to-door visits are on hold as a result of the coronavirus.


Cultural barriers challenge Native Americans seeking cancer treatment
Cultural barriers challenge Native Americans seeking cancer treatment (March 13, 2020)

Despite some strides in improving health care access and treatment in Indian Country, cultural barriers still prevent patients from asking for help or getting treatment.


One active Native judge is less than one-quarter of 1 percent of the federal bench
One active Native judge is less than one-quarter of 1 percent of the federal bench (March 9, 2020)

There are 870 Article III judges in the United States. Only two are Native American.


Pamunkey Tribe confronts questions about race-based history
Pamunkey Tribe confronts questions about race-based history (March 9, 2020)

The recently-recognized Pamunkey Tribe is once again facing questions about its race-based past.


Albert Bender: Boom for whom? The 'zombie idea' of a booming Trump economy
Albert Bender: Boom for whom? The 'zombie idea' of a booming Trump economy (March 3, 2020)

This economy is terrible, for millions, as usual. The U.S. public must not be hoodwinked by fraudulent numbers.


Democratic presidential race sees shakeup amid questions about one candidate's 'Native' ancestry
Democratic presidential race sees shakeup amid questions about one candidate's 'Native' ancestry (March 2, 2020)

The Democratic presidential race got a major jolt over the weekend as one candidate continues to face questions about Indian ancestry claims.


Trail in honor of Ponca Chief Standing Bear takes big step forward
Trail in honor of Ponca Chief Standing Bear takes big step forward (February 26, 2020)

Efforts to memorialize the 550-mile path that the Ponca people were forced to walk in the late 1800s are getting a major boost.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: A clearer message about hate crime
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: A clearer message about hate crime (February 25, 2020)

Motives are often deliberately obscured by the non-Indian community that cannot bear to look at its own history concerning Indian-White hostility.


'We are not asking for a hand-out': Native contracting program under scrutiny amid success
'We are not asking for a hand-out': Native contracting program under scrutiny amid success (February 11, 2020)

A federal program has provided economic opportunities for companies owned by tribes and Alaska Native corporations but it has attracted some negative attention.


Author blames Crow child's death on Indian Child Welfare Act
Author blames Crow child's death on Indian Child Welfare Act (January 29, 2020)

The mainstream media barely covered oral arguments in a critical Indian Child Welfare Act case last week but USA Today is here to make up for it with an opinion from a critic of the law.


'An Indian is an Indian is an Indian': Tribes defend sovereignty amid attack on Indian Child Welfare Act
'An Indian is an Indian is an Indian': Tribes defend sovereignty amid attack on Indian Child Welfare Act (January 23, 2020)

Indian Country turned out in full force to defend the sovereignty of tribal nations and their most valuable asset — their children.


Native American leaders determined to avoid repeat of last census undercount
Native American leaders determined to avoid repeat of last census undercount (December 24, 2019)

Time, distance and technology limitations are among the reasons Native Americans may be the most difficult demographic to count in the upcoming census.


With execution on hold, Navajo inmate presses court on jury bias claim
With execution on hold, Navajo inmate presses court on jury bias claim (December 16, 2019)

A federal appeals court panel grappled with how – or why – convicted Navajo double-murderer Lezmond Mitchell could question jurors from his trial 16 years ago about possible racial bias in their deliberations.


Pueblo artist can't sue police officers for handcuffing him at gunpoint
Pueblo artist can't sue police officers for handcuffing him at gunpoint (December 5, 2019)

A well-known Pueblo artist can't sue the police officers who pointed an assault rifle at him, handcuffed him and detained him, a court has ruled.


Indian Child Welfare Act court hearing scheduled for January 2020
Indian Child Welfare Act court hearing scheduled for January 2020 (December 4, 2019)

Get ready for round two. A federal appeals court will take up the Indian Child Welfare Act on January 22, 2020.


Indian child welfare legal challenge is about ending tribal sovereignty
Indian child welfare legal challenge is about ending tribal sovereignty (November 25, 2019)

Before the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, more than a quarter of American Indian and Alaska Native children were removed from their homes.


Kurly Tlapoyawa: Erasing the Indigenous roots of the Chicano Movement
Kurly Tlapoyawa: Erasing the Indigenous roots of the Chicano Movement (November 25, 2019)

Gender inclusivity is important, but so is acknowledging our Indigenous origins.


Tim Giago: The two faces of America
Tim Giago: The two faces of America (November 25, 2019)

Native Americans were slaughtered and starved on their own lands in an effort to subdue them and steal their lands.


Tamara Toles O’Laughlin and Bill McKibben: Compensate poor people and people of color for climate change
Tamara Toles O’Laughlin and Bill McKibben: Compensate poor people and people of color for climate change (November 18, 2019)

Climate change disproportionately affects poor people and people of color. They should be compensated for their suffering.


A Veteran's Day Salute
A Veteran's Day Salute (November 8, 2019)

Our attention focuses upon Native Americans, a well-known fact that among all ethnic groups, our people have the highest rate of voluntary service.


'Were you there?'
'Were you there?' (November 6, 2019)

The Native community is outraged after police officer struck a Native middle school girl while trying to break up a fight.


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?


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.


Census officials will work to accurately count all communities in 2020
Census officials will work to accurately count all communities in 2020 (October 28, 2019)

Native Americans are among those who have been historically undercounted during the U.S. Census, a constitutionally mandated headcount conducted every decade since 1790.


Prediabetes screenings may lower rate of diabetes among Native Americans
Prediabetes screenings may lower rate of diabetes among Native Americans (October 28, 2019)

Hispanics, Native Americans and African Americans are most at risk for diabetes, with racial and ethnic minorities reporting the highest rates of the debilitating disease.


Tim Giago: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure
Tim Giago: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure (October 28, 2019)

I will keep writing every year until the deaths of Native American men and women are resolved.


Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day
Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day (October 15, 2019)

While Columbus Day affirms the story of a nation created by Europeans for Europeans, Indigenous Peoples Day emphasizes Native histories and Native people.


Court stays execution of Navajo man to hear claim of possible jury bias
Court stays execution of Navajo man to hear claim of possible jury bias (October 9, 2019)

A divided appeals court has stayed the scheduled execution of Navajo citizen Lezmond Mitchell, who is the only Native American on federal death row.