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.
A visitor to an Indian Health Service hospital found something upsetting on the wall: a poster with a racist term used by Donald Trump.
Wouldn’t it be great if all of the Native and Non-Native schools in South Dakota celebrate together?
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.
A popular author is facing renewed accusations of cultural appropriation after repeatedly using tribal stories and traditions without consent.
How many Native Americans in Rapid City would be alive today if the police did not carry guns?
Over the past two months, Suzan Shown Harjo has tested positive not just once, but twice, for the disease caused by the coronavirus.
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.
The tragic fact is that of all ethnic groups this country's Indigenous people have the highest rate of death by cop.
Around the world statues are coming down. Civil War generals. Mass murderers. And Christopher Columbus.
The United States, through local criminal justice systems, visited injustice and injury upon our ancestors in the 19th century prior to our forced removal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Injustice in America is not a new reality. In fact, it predates the founding of this nation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The majority of citizens in this country need a cattle prod to jolt their memories.
Indian nations and tribes are the original American sovereigns. Our Creator blessed us with life and liberty.
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.
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.
In a nation built on racism, sexism and white supremacy, the past is only nostalgic for white, land-owning men.
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.
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.
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.
There are 870 Article III judges in the United States. Only two are Native American.
The recently-recognized Pamunkey Tribe is once again facing questions about its race-based past.
This economy is terrible, for millions, as usual. The U.S. public must not be hoodwinked by fraudulent numbers.
Motives are often deliberately obscured by the non-Indian community that cannot bear to look at its own history concerning Indian-White hostility.
A federal program has provided economic opportunities for companies owned by tribes and Alaska Native corporations but it has attracted some negative attention.
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.
Indian Country turned out in full force to defend the sovereignty of tribal nations and their most valuable asset — their children.
Time, distance and technology limitations are among the reasons Native Americans may be the most difficult demographic to count in the upcoming census.
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.
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.
Get ready for round two. A federal appeals court will take up the Indian Child Welfare Act on January 22, 2020.
Before the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, more than a quarter of American Indian and Alaska Native children were removed from their homes.
Gender inclusivity is important, but so is acknowledging our Indigenous origins.
Climate change disproportionately affects poor people and people of color. They should be compensated for their suffering.
A violent, racist history has kept Native people off their ancestral lands for decades. How can we remove the barriers that still exist today?
Tribal leaders are still paying close attention to the nation's highest court despite a slowdown in cases affecting Indian Country's interests.
Native Americans are among those who have been historically undercounted during the U.S. Census, a constitutionally mandated headcount conducted every decade since 1790.
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.
I will keep writing every year until the deaths of Native American men and women are resolved.
While Columbus Day affirms the story of a nation created by Europeans for Europeans, Indigenous Peoples Day emphasizes Native histories and Native people.
A divided appeals court has stayed the scheduled execution of Navajo citizen Lezmond Mitchell, who is the only Native American on federal death row.