More: sacred sites

Native Sun News Today: Blackfeet Federation seeks permanent protection for Badger Two Medicine
Native Sun News Today: Blackfeet Federation seeks permanent protection for Badger Two Medicine (July 8, 2020)

The Blackfeet Nation is seeking co-management authority for the sacred Badger-Two Medicine Area in Montana.


Native Sun News Today: 'Return the Black Hills' chant greets Trump
Native Sun News Today: 'Return the Black Hills' chant greets Trump (July 7, 2020)

Donald Trump's visit to Mount Rushmore provoked a rally of some 400 Native Americans and allies, who seized the opportunity to remind him he was trespassing on sacred Sioux Nation treaty land stolen in violation of the U.S. Constitution.


Jenni Monet: Making the case for treaties at Mount Rushmore
Jenni Monet: Making the case for treaties at Mount Rushmore (July 6, 2020)

If true justice and equality are ever to be achieved in the United States, the country must first take seriously what it owes Indigenous Peoples.


'A proud day to be Lakota': Activists arrested for protesting Trump visit to Sioux Nation treaty territory
'A proud day to be Lakota': Activists arrested for protesting Trump visit to Sioux Nation treaty territory (July 6, 2020)

Nearly 200 protestors clashed with law enforcement as they stood in defense of Sioux Nation homelands stolen by the U.S. government.


Tim Giago: 'The Black Hills are not for sale'
Tim Giago: 'The Black Hills are not for sale' (July 6, 2020)

Republicans Kristi Noem and Donald Trump were treading on the sacred ground of the Lakota; plain and simple.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Mount Rushmore fireworks and ignorant politicians
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Mount Rushmore fireworks and ignorant politicians (July 3, 2020)

Donald Trump and Kristi Noem are using the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore to publicize their political ambitions.


Cronkite News: Court affirms ruling that Pentagon funding of border wall is ‘unlawful’
Cronkite News: Court affirms ruling that Pentagon funding of border wall is ‘unlawful’ (June 30, 2020)

Just days after President Trump praised border wall efforts, a federal court reaffirmed that the administration’s method of funding that construction was 'unlawful.'


Native Sun News Today: New Rapid Creek Watershed Action to help tribes protect Black Hills
Native Sun News Today: New Rapid Creek Watershed Action to help tribes protect Black Hills (June 30, 2020)

Treaty law, which is the highest law of the land, according to the U.S. Constitution, provides that the Black Hills belong to the Sioux Nation.


Harold Frazier: The 'American' faces carved onto our sacred land
Harold Frazier: The 'American' faces carved onto our sacred land (June 30, 2020)

Nothing stands as a greater reminder to the Great Sioux Nation of a country that cannot keep a promise or treaty than the faces carved into our sacred land.


Cronkite News: Tribal leaders say border wall, other projects continue to threaten sacred, historic sites
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders say border wall, other projects continue to threaten sacred, historic sites (June 25, 2020)

As President Trump was hailing the pace of border wall construction, Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. was bemoaning it as a project that continues to destroy sacred sites.


'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.


Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit challenges gold permit process in ‘sacred water’ basin
Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit challenges gold permit process in ‘sacred water’ basin (June 10, 2020)

'Mining for gold poses a serious threat to our sacred water from Rapid Creek,' says A. Gay Kingman of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association.


Cronkite News: Preliminary OK for Little Colorado dam proposals worries plan’s critics
Cronkite News: Preliminary OK for Little Colorado dam proposals worries plan’s critics (June 8, 2020)

Concerns about sacred sites, endangered species and lack of tribal consultation weren't enough to derail a hydropower study on the Little Colorado River


Kurt BlueDog passes on after dedicating life to Indian Country
Kurt BlueDog passes on after dedicating life to Indian Country (May 15, 2020)

Kurt BlueDog, Sisseton-Wahpeton, fought for the rights of tribes across the nation. He was 70 years old.


'The fight is here and now':  Sacred site debate returns to nation's capital amid familiar challenges
'The fight is here and now': Sacred site debate returns to nation's capital amid familiar challenges (March 12, 2020)

Republicans tried to derail a sacred sites hearing by using the coronavirus as an excuse. It didn't work.


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.


Snowbowl renovation gains speed with Forest Service approval of new ski lift
Snowbowl renovation gains speed with Forest Service approval of new ski lift (March 6, 2020)

The U.S. Forest Service approved a $60 million expansion of a privately-owned ski resort in the sacred San Francisco Peaks.


'Come celebrate with us': Taos Pueblo commemorates return of sacred land
'Come celebrate with us': Taos Pueblo commemorates return of sacred land (March 6, 2020)

On September 19, Taos Pueblo will commemorate the fifty-year anniversary of the return of sacred Blue Lake to the tribe.


Two Arizona witnesses, two very different views at border wall hearing
Two Arizona witnesses, two very different views at border wall hearing (March 3, 2020)

Two Arizonans -- one of them a tribal leader -- from two points on the border brought two very different ideas about the border wall to a hearing in the nation's capital.


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.'


Native Sun News Today: Rollback of environmental law lambasted
Native Sun News Today: Rollback of environmental law lambasted (February 27, 2020)

Indigenous leaders were among the many who raised their voices at one of only two hearings on a Trump administration proposal to roll back environmental policy.


Witness list for hearing on Trump administration destroying sacred sites for border wall
Witness list for hearing on Trump administration destroying sacred sites for border wall (February 26, 2020)

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States will be discussing the Trump administration's destruction of sacred sites at a hearing in Washington, D.C.


Endangered species throw roadblock in path of Rosemont Copper mine
Endangered species throw roadblock in path of Rosemont Copper mine (February 25, 2020)

A federal judge has overturned environmental permits for the Rosemont Copper Mine, a controversial project opposed by tribes in Arizona.


DHS waives more regulations to speed construction of border wall
DHS waives more regulations to speed construction of border wall (February 21, 2020)

The Trump administration took another step toward expediting a border wall, waiving federal contracting regulations to fast track construction in four states.


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.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota prophecy changes mind of City Council
Native Sun News Today: Lakota prophecy changes mind of City Council (February 17, 2020)

A Lakota warning helped pass a resolution opposing large-scale gold prospecting in the sacred Black Hills of South Dakota.


Bryan Newland: A president who will empower tribal nations
Bryan Newland: A president who will empower tribal nations (February 14, 2020)

I am proud to endorse Mayor Pete Buttigieg for president. Let me explain why.


'Do your job': Tribes slam Trump administration on sovereignty and homelands
'Do your job': Tribes slam Trump administration on sovereignty and homelands (February 12, 2020)

The Trump administration's point person on Indian policy took a brutal beating as tribal leaders warned about dire threats to their sovereignty.


Strength from perpetual grief: how Aboriginal people experience the bushfire crisis
Strength from perpetual grief: how Aboriginal people experience the bushfire crisis (January 29, 2020)

How do you support people forever attached to a landscape after an inferno tears through their homelands: decimating native food sources, burning through ancient scarred trees and destroying ancestral and totemic plants and animals?


Native Sun News Today: Forest Service accepts comments on Black Hills gold prospecting
Native Sun News Today: Forest Service accepts comments on Black Hills gold prospecting (January 16, 2020)

Under pressure from Native and other community members throughout the past year, the Black Hills National Forest will be taking public comments about gold prospecting in sacred He Sapa.


Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush
Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush (January 13, 2020)

After an end-of-year push that saw Indian Country's legislative agenda gain widespread attention thanks to a presidential tweet, more pro-tribal bills are being teed up for action on Capitol Hill.


Feds waived environment, other regs on 90 miles of state border in 2019
Feds waived environment, other regs on 90 miles of state border in 2019 (January 13, 2020)

The Trump administration waived environmental and other regulations on nearly one-quarter of Arizona’s border with Mexico last year to ease the way for border wall construction.


Damming Little Colorado River for power projects is opposed by tribes, environmentalists
Damming Little Colorado River for power projects is opposed by tribes, environmentalists (January 8, 2020)

An Arizona company wants to build two massive hydroelectric projects on the Little Colorado River, threatening sacred tribal lands.


Mark Charles: America's history rooted in colonialism, enslavement and terror
Mark Charles: America's history rooted in colonialism, enslavement and terror (January 6, 2020)

The United States of America needs an honest national dialogue regarding our own history.


YES! Magazine: Native youth take care of their ancestral lands
YES! Magazine: Native youth take care of their ancestral lands (December 2, 2019)

The Tribal Steward Program introduces young people to land conservation and restoration in Northwest tribal communities.


Rising seas threaten hundreds of Native American heritage sites along Florida's Gulf Coast
Rising seas threaten hundreds of Native American heritage sites along Florida's Gulf Coast (November 11, 2019)

These places literally embody human lives, and are the only records we have of prehistoric indigenous peoples of the New World.


Tribes cheer passage of bills to protect ancestral lands from development
Tribes cheer passage of bills to protect ancestral lands from development (October 31, 2019)

Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to secure permanent protections for ancestral tribal territory after winning initial passage of legislation to stop energy development on sacred lands in two states.


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?


A made for TV-style crime probe into the looting of ancestral remains
A made for TV-style crime probe into the looting of ancestral remains (October 28, 2019)

This is the story of the first Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act prosecution in Ohio.


Indian Country loses a good friend
Indian Country loses a good friend (October 28, 2019)

Jack Bailey was a very humble and respectful man, ever highly regarded by the Northern Cheyenne and all who knew him.


Yankton Sioux: 'Our community is literally drowning'
Yankton Sioux: 'Our community is literally drowning' (October 1, 2019)

'It’s like we live in a third world country and we are forgotten,' resident Lauren Crowe says. 'No one cares.'


Private development in the Crazy Mountains sparks anxiety for wilderness advocates
Private development in the Crazy Mountains sparks anxiety for wilderness advocates (September 30, 2019)

What wilderness advocates and members of the Crow Tribe called a 'nightmare' scenario in Montana’s Crazy Mountains appears to be coming true, and sooner than they thought.


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.


Uranium mine water permits spur call for help
Uranium mine water permits spur call for help (September 17, 2019)

A uranium mining project is located in 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory, an area reserved for the Great Sioux Nation.


Wildlife service considers changes to habitat area for endangered Mount Graham red squirrel
Wildlife service considers changes to habitat area for endangered Mount Graham red squirrel (September 16, 2019)

The Mount Graham red squirrel is found only in the Pinaleño Mountains of Arizona, home of a sacred Apache place.


EPA Ignores tribal consultation
EPA Ignores tribal consultation (September 5, 2019)

After tribal citizens roundly rejected draft permits to provide Black Hills water to a foreign uranium mine project, the Environmental Protection Agency revised the wording for a new comment period.


Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mining in sacred Black Hills
Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mining in sacred Black Hills (August 29, 2019)

'The tribe is fighting back,' an attorney for the Oglala Sioux said of plans for a large scale uranium mine in South Dakota.


YES! Magazine: Sovereign Sisters are building sovereign societies
YES! Magazine: Sovereign Sisters are building sovereign societies (August 26, 2019)

Food security, traditional agriculture, and local self-reliance are key to regenerative societies of the future.


Native Sun News Today: Summit focuses on sacredness of water
Native Sun News Today: Summit focuses on sacredness of water (August 22, 2019)

Tribal advocates are seeking a World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water as they fight the Keystone XL Pipeline.


YES! Magazine: Thousands stand guard at sacred Mauna Kea in Hawaii
YES! Magazine: Thousands stand guard at sacred Mauna Kea in Hawaii (August 15, 2019)

Native Hawaiians and other Indigenous peoples need more authority in the federal and state project processes that affect them.


The Conversation: Indigenous peoples forced to fight for basic rights
The Conversation: Indigenous peoples forced to fight for basic rights (August 7, 2019)

If Canada continues to ignore its obligations to Indigenous peoples under long-standing agreements, UNDRIP and other international agreements, reconciliation will remain but a superficial buzzword.


Democracy Now: 'Mauna Kea is known as our kupuna, our ancestor'
Democracy Now: 'Mauna Kea is known as our kupuna, our ancestor' (August 7, 2019)

A historic indigenous resistance is unfolding on the Big Island of Hawaii, where thousands have descended on Mauna Kea, a sacred Native site.


Cronkite News: Tribes win ruling against copper mine on ancestral territory
Cronkite News: Tribes win ruling against copper mine on ancestral territory (August 5, 2019)

A federal judge has halted plans to begin digging an open-pit copper mine opposed by tribes in Arizona.


Tribal leaders grill 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on Indian issues
Tribal leaders grill 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on Indian issues (July 30, 2019)

As the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates hit the stage for their second round of debates, some of the hopefuls are sitting down with tribal leaders.


Rep. Deb Haaland: President Trump is not indigenous to this land
Rep. Deb Haaland: President Trump is not indigenous to this land (July 23, 2019)

Indian policy throughout history was meant to exterminate us, but we are still here.


Tribes meet for annual summer gathering at Bears Ears National Monument
Tribes meet for annual summer gathering at Bears Ears National Monument (July 19, 2019)

Pueblo culture is the focus of an annual meeting at Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.


Cronkite News: Bills to protect ancestral tribal lands from development advance
Cronkite News: Bills to protect ancestral tribal lands from development advance (July 18, 2019)

Democratic lawmakers beat back a series of Republican amendments before advancing bills to restrict mining around the Grand Canyon and on tribal lands in Arizona and New Mexico.


Bills to protect ancestral tribal lands from development set to advance
Bills to protect ancestral tribal lands from development set to advance (July 16, 2019)

Tribes are supporting legislation to ban energy development on ancestral lands in Arizona and in New Mexico.


National prayer days for sacred places facing threats across the land
National prayer days for sacred places facing threats across the land (June 20, 2019)

Observances and ceremonies for sacred places will be held across the land on the Summer Solstice.


Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands
Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands (June 7, 2019)

Legislation to protect ancestral and sacred tribal lands is gaining steam on Capitol Hill.