More: self-determination

Doug Steiger: Reform the Indian Health Service by looking at tribal success stories
Health | Opinion
Doug Steiger: Reform the Indian Health Service by looking at tribal success stories (August 11, 2017)
Most of the infrastructure of Indian Health Service is geared towards complicated financial reporting requirements related to federal auditing, not the quality of the medical care, Doug Steiger writes on Indian Country Media Network.

Peter d'Errico: Indigenous music shines through despite invasion and colonization
Arts & Entertainment | Opinion
Peter d'Errico: Indigenous music shines through despite invasion and colonization (August 8, 2017)
Native peoples provide creative energies to the world, despite invasion and colonization, Peter d'Errico writes on Indian Country Media Network.

Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs
Education | Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust | World
Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs (June 5, 2017)
The Trump administration has finally released the 'greenbook' for the Bureau of Indian Affairs although few are happy to be reading it.

Federal court dismisses lawsuit over fry bread incident at Indian school
Education | Law | National
Federal court dismisses lawsuit over fry bread incident at Indian school (May 11, 2017)
Attorneys for the Bureau of Indian Affairs admitted the student suffered burns while making fry bread but a judge said the federal government can't be held liable.

Peter d'Errico: When to collaborate and when to resist colonialism
Opinion
Peter d'Errico: When to collaborate and when to resist colonialism (May 10, 2017)
Native people's relations with colonialism requires as much clear analysis as possible—to gauge when and where to collaborate, when and where to resist.

Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands
National | Politics | Trust
Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands (May 9, 2017)
A letter from a top Interior Department official decries 'media mischaracterization' of some puzzling comments made by the Cabinet official.

Peter d'Errico: The dangers in accepting a colonial view of sovereignty
Opinion
Peter d'Errico: The dangers in accepting a colonial view of sovereignty (May 1, 2017)
A careful analysis of the ‘self-government’ rhetoric reveals that beneath the glitter are difficult compromises and dangerous assumptions.

Navajo Nation prevails in dispute over self-determination contract
Law | Trust
Navajo Nation prevails in dispute over self-determination contract (April 4, 2017)
The tribe sought $17 million to fund its judicial branch but the Bureau of Indian Affairs awarded only $1.3 million.

Dean Suagee: Include tribal nations in federal conservation fund
Environment | Opinion
Dean Suagee: Include tribal nations in federal conservation fund (January 30, 2017)
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is an important avenue for Indian country funding.

John Barrasso: Working together for better lives in Indian Country
Opinion | Politics
John Barrasso: Working together for better lives in Indian Country (December 29, 2016)
As a Republican, I truly believe that tribes and their members are better off when Washington stays out of the way.

Peter d'Errico: #NoDAPL battle is about tribal self-determination
Opinion
Peter d'Errico: #NoDAPL battle is about tribal self-determination (December 19, 2016)
'Standing Rock people are protecting the water; they are not just protesting.'

Bureau of Indian Affairs opens door to big shift in tribal economies
Business | National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens door to big shift in tribal economies (December 8, 2016)
A long-overdue update to the Indian Trader Regulations could finally address unfair systems of taxation on reservations.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin refutes speculation of 'privatizing' tribal land
National | Politics | Trust
Rep. Markwayne Mullin refutes speculation of 'privatizing' tribal land (December 7, 2016)
The Oklahoma Republican said a widely circulated report 'completely distorted' his views about sovereignty and self-determination.

Nick Zaiac: Let tribes decide what to do with their own homelands
Opinion
Nick Zaiac: Let tribes decide what to do with their own homelands (December 7, 2016)
'The important thing is that people have a choice rather than having that choice dictated to them by Washington.'

Donna Ennis: Tribes must be included in federal decision-making
Opinion
Donna Ennis: Tribes must be included in federal decision-making (October 31, 2016)
'The federal government has acted in ways that continue to threaten tribal self-determination.'

Peter d'Errico: Book encourages return to a 'tribal' way of life
Opinion
Peter d'Errico: Book encourages return to a 'tribal' way of life (September 26, 2016)
'To 'learn' from 'tribal societies' without destroying them requires recognition of and support for Indigenous self-determination.'

Steven Newcomb: Time for Pope Francis to revoke the papal bulls
Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Time for Pope Francis to revoke the papal bulls (September 5, 2016)
It is time for Pope Francis to publicly announce what we already know: The papal language of domination issued by his papal predecessors was invalid language.

Indian Health Service hosts meeting with Direct Service Tribes
Health | Opinion
Indian Health Service hosts meeting with Direct Service Tribes (August 30, 2016)
Direct Service Tribes are the tribes that rely on the IHS to provide health care to their communities.

Peter d'Errico: 'Friends' continue to embrace negative Indian policy
Opinion
Peter d'Errico: 'Friends' continue to embrace negative Indian policy (August 22, 2016)
Every time we confuse Indian sovereignty issues with civil rights issues, we not only miss the point of the Indian struggle, we actually advance the US policy of destroying Indian Nations.

Dina Gilio-Whitaker: Native people are still fighting for their basic rights
Opinion
Dina Gilio-Whitaker: Native people are still fighting for their basic rights (August 11, 2016)
Do you think that the United States’ injustices against American Indians exist only in the past?

Tim Giago: Indian Country can't forget the Indian Reorganization Act
Opinion
Tim Giago: Indian Country can't forget the Indian Reorganization Act (August 8, 2016)
Has Indian Country forgotten the significance of the Indian Reorganization Act?

Harold Monteau: Even more lessons in indigenous law and policy
Law | Opinion
Harold Monteau: Even more lessons in indigenous law and policy (July 28, 2016)
Harold Monteau, a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe who is of Metis descent, continues his series on indigenous law and policy.

Democrats embrace tribal sovereignty in platform for convention
National | Politics
Democrats embrace tribal sovereignty in platform for convention (July 8, 2016)
The draft of the document includes the most expansive and detailed language to date regarding self-determination, land-into-trust, Native languages, sacred sites and other key concerns.

Northern Arapaho Tribe asserts more control over health system
Health
Northern Arapaho Tribe asserts more control over health system (June 28, 2016)
The Wyoming tribe is looking for additional sources of funding due to shortfalls in an Indian Health Service contract.

Omaha Tribe cooperates with federal investigation into payments
Law | National
Omaha Tribe cooperates with federal investigation into payments (June 27, 2016)
Several council members and some employees received $389,000 in 'incentive' payments that are now being questioned.

Tribes take more control of their lands with HEARTH Act regulations
Business | National
Tribes take more control of their lands with HEARTH Act regulations (June 22, 2016)
The Oneida Nation and the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians have joined the growing list of tribes with approved HEARTH Act regulations.

Harold Monteau: Lessons from Canada in indigenous law and policy
Canada | Law | Opinion
Harold Monteau: Lessons from Canada in indigenous law and policy (June 21, 2016)
The history of the development of Federal Indian Law in the U.S. reveals a marked similarity to the development of Canadian Law.

Supreme Court enters final stretch of historic yet unusual term
Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court enters final stretch of historic yet unusual term (June 20, 2016)
A record four Indian law cases were on the docket and tribes are still waiting for a decision a closely-watched jurisdiction dispute.

Peter d'Errico: Voting debate raises questions of self-governance
Opinion | Politics
Peter d'Errico: Voting debate raises questions of self-governance (June 9, 2016)
Indian Country has long debated whether to participate in the ritual of voting in U.S. elections.

Mike Myers: Roadblocks to true self-governance in Indian Country
Opinion | Politics
Mike Myers: Roadblocks to true self-governance in Indian Country (May 31, 2016)
The major roadblocks to restoring our original forms of governing and governance are our own internalized racism and inability to de-colonize ourselves.

Harold Monteau: Lessons from Canada in indigenous law and policy
Canada | Law | Opinion
Harold Monteau: Lessons from Canada in indigenous law and policy (May 23, 2016)
While the United States Indian Policy swings over 200 or so years has varied from 'wars of conquest and submission' to the current 'Self-determination and Self-governance' the central theme of 'assimilation' persists to this day.

David Wilkins: Native people choose different political allegiances
Opinion
David Wilkins: Native people choose different political allegiances (May 11, 2016)
A profound, inherent level of diversity is a hallmark of our collective Native nations.

Vi Waln: Native Nation Rebuilders program helps strengthen tribal governments
Opinion
Vi Waln: Native Nation Rebuilders program helps strengthen tribal governments (May 9, 2016)
The Native Nation Rebuilders Fellowship targets tribal citizens residing in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota who have an interest in strengthening tribal governance.

Mike Myers: Indian Health Service carries out cultural colonization
Health | Opinion
Mike Myers: Indian Health Service carries out cultural colonization (May 9, 2016)
It bothers me that I know that somewhere there are purportedly Indigenous folks collaborating with the Indian Health Service to develop this 'traditional healer' position.

Gabe Galanda: A moral responsibility to stop tribal disenrollment
Law | Opinion
Gabe Galanda: A moral responsibility to stop tribal disenrollment (April 27, 2016)
An increasing number of tribes -- as many as 15% of all federally recognized tribes -- are destroying themselves and taking the lives of their own people.

Senate approves bill to boost energy development on tribal lands
Environment | National | Politics
Senate approves bill to boost energy development on tribal lands (April 21, 2016)
S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, addresses red tape at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and includes Alaska Native corporations in more programs.

Supreme Court case prompts spirited defense of tribal judiciary systems
Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court case prompts spirited defense of tribal judiciary systems (April 19, 2016)
A brief that tried to raise doubts about courts in Indian Country is being called an attack on sovereignty and self-determination.

Democrat Bernie Sanders calls for a nationwide ban on fracking
Environment | National | Politics
Democrat Bernie Sanders calls for a nationwide ban on fracking (April 12, 2016)
Some tribes and tribal activists support a ban on the controversial energy-processing technique but others want to be able to regulate it.

Frederich Trenchard: Hawaiian chief reached out to Donald Trump
Opinion
Frederich Trenchard: Hawaiian chief reached out to Donald Trump (April 5, 2016)
A native Hawaiian Chief, Maui Loa, got in touch with one of the Trump Organization's top executives and convinced him to analyze the Indian land situation in the 50th state.

Jade Begay: Helping tribes with renewable energy development
Environment | Opinion
Jade Begay: Helping tribes with renewable energy development (April 4, 2016)
Across North America, fossil-fuel extraction and production has long been robbing tribal communities of clean water, clean air and a secure future.

Tribes in Wyoming battle over future of joint governing council
Law
Tribes in Wyoming battle over future of joint governing council (March 30, 2016)
The Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe used to work together on a joint business council but the relationship has frayed.

Northwest tribes receive $204M in contract support costs case
Law | National
Northwest tribes receive $204M in contract support costs case (March 29, 2016)
The money comes from a $940 settlement between the Bureau of Indian Affairs and nearly 700 tribes and tribal organizations.

Lakota Country Times: South Dakota continues Medicaid debate
Health | National | Politics
Lakota Country Times: South Dakota continues Medicaid debate (March 29, 2016)
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) seems to have heavily weighed the merits of Medicaid expansion prior to announcing that he would not pursue it during this legislative session.

Bureau of Indian Affairs develops contract support costs policy
Law | National
Bureau of Indian Affairs develops contract support costs policy (March 25, 2016)
For decades, tribes were shortchanged of the additional costs they incur when they enter into self-determination contracts to manage federal programs.

Bureau of Indian Affairs places another hold on rights-of-way rule
Business | National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs places another hold on rights-of-way rule (March 23, 2016)
A rule that hasn't been updated in 30 years is once again being delayed by the Obama administration.

Jay Daniels: Bureau of Indian Affairs hinders tribes with inaction
Opinion
Jay Daniels: Bureau of Indian Affairs hinders tribes with inaction (March 21, 2016)
Indian Country has been waiting about ten years for new rights-of-way regulations to be approved and implemented.

House Natural Resources Committee sets markup on Indian bills
Politics | Trust
House Natural Resources Committee sets markup on Indian bills (March 14, 2016)
Three Indian bills are on the agenda: H.R.329, the Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Consolidation Act; H.R.2009, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Land Conveyance Act; and H.R.2733, the Nevada Native Nations Lands Act.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Taking control of our tribal education system
Education | Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Taking control of our tribal education system (March 11, 2016)
Since we can’t change other’s views and opinions of us, it is imperative that we re-learn our own culture, our histories and our ancient languages without the influences of popular, modern, and erroneous stereotypical views.

Hillary Clinton affirms support of 'nationhood' for Native Hawaiians
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Hillary Clinton affirms support of 'nationhood' for Native Hawaiians (March 8, 2016)
Federal recognition is an issue that will likely resonate for Democratic voters at the party's caucuses on March 26.

Colville Tribes push for passage of Indian Trust Asset Reform Act
National | Politics | Trust
Colville Tribes push for passage of Indian Trust Asset Reform Act (March 3, 2016)
The House passed H.R.812 by a voice vote on February 24 and it awaits action in the Senate.

Updates from National Congress of American Indians DC session
National | Politics
Updates from National Congress of American Indians DC session (February 25, 2016)
Reauthorization of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act, tribes and marijuana and the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign were some of the highlights on the closing day of the NCAI winter meeting.

Gerald Howard: Support self-determination in Tribal TANF rules
Opinion | Politics
Gerald Howard: Support self-determination in Tribal TANF rules (February 19, 2016)
The Tribal TANF Fairness Act, H.R. 3026, has strong bi-partisan support and we are working to see the bill enacted.

President Obama seeks another increase for Indian Health Service budget
Health | National | Politics
President Obama seeks another increase for Indian Health Service budget (February 10, 2016)
The agency would see a record $6.6 million in funding under the last budget of President Barack Obama's administration.

President Obama seeks $2.9B budget for Bureau of Indian Affairs
Education | National | Politics
President Obama seeks $2.9B budget for Bureau of Indian Affairs (February 9, 2016)
The request includes $278 million for contract support costs and $138.3 million for Indian school construction.

Brian Pierson: Menominee Nation loses decision at Supreme Court
Law
Brian Pierson: Menominee Nation loses decision at Supreme Court (February 8, 2016)
Attorney Brian Pierson looks at the U.S. Supreme Court decision in a contract support costs case that went against the Menominee Nation.

Mark Trahant: Self-determination should be on the table for presidential campaign
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Self-determination should be on the table for presidential campaign (February 3, 2016)
My ideal? Presidential campaigns would focus on policy, not the politicians, and the first votes would be cast in states like Arizona, New Mexico, or even Montana, where issues that impact First Americans would get a full airing by all the campaigns.

Tim Evans: Menominee Nation loses contract support costs case
Health | Law | Opinion
Tim Evans: Menominee Nation loses contract support costs case (February 3, 2016)
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a tribe has six years from the time a claim for self-determination contract support costs first arises to present the claim to a governmental agency allegedly owing it reimbursement for those costs.

Alaska tribes share in $940 million Ramah contract support settlement
Law | National
Alaska tribes share in $940 million Ramah contract support settlement (January 28, 2016)
Of the $100 million going to tribes and tribal organizations in Alaska, the Tanana Chiefs Conference will receive nearly $11.8 million, the largest amount in the state.

Ronald Mann: Supreme Court case might hurt tribes in the future
Law
Ronald Mann: Supreme Court case might hurt tribes in the future (January 26, 2016)
The case presents the latest installment of a longstanding dispute over the obligation of the federal government to make payments to the numerous Native American tribes affected by the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.

Menominee Nation loses contract support costs case at Supreme Court
Health | Law | National
Menominee Nation loses contract support costs case at Supreme Court (January 25, 2016)
By a unanimous vote, the justices held that the tribe waited too long to pursue certain claims against the Indian Health Service.

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