More: sovereignty

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Mass burials teach same lessons
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Mass burials teach same lessons (May 22, 2020)

Tribal leaders across America are at these moments of this early spring, gathering their people to talk of decisions to be made that will not be business as usual.


Native Sun News Today: COVID-19 checkpoints on reservations to remain
Native Sun News Today: COVID-19 checkpoints on reservations to remain (May 22, 2020)

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe are refusing to remove coronavirus checkpoints on their reservations amid threats from a Republican governor.


On South Dakota’s Sioux reservations, checkpoints save lives
On South Dakota’s Sioux reservations, checkpoints save lives (May 21, 2020)

A standoff over safety and sovereignty is intensifying in South Dakota.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Looking ahead to the new normal
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Looking ahead to the new normal (May 21, 2020)

Like small businesses across Indian Country, Native Sun News Today, felt, and is still feeling, the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic.


Native Sun News Today: Militants challenge Northern Cheyenne IRA Government
Native Sun News Today: Militants challenge Northern Cheyenne IRA Government (May 21, 2020)

Though the Northern Cheyenne Tribe has made it through a coronavirus quarantine with no cases, actions taken during the pandemic have led to political controversy.


Republican governor takes coronavirus checkpoints to Trump
Republican governor takes coronavirus checkpoints to Trump (May 21, 2020)

First Kristi Noem made a legal threat. Now she's asking Donald Trump for help in taking down coronavirus checkpoints on two reservations.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: State power runs amok
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: State power runs amok (May 19, 2020)

I’ve not seen any evidence that Indians in this state deserve the constant tension put forth by this governor.


Anunkasan Was'te: South Dakota citizens ‘flattened the curve’ in spite of Kristi Noem
Anunkasan Was'te: South Dakota citizens ‘flattened the curve’ in spite of Kristi Noem (May 18, 2020)

This virus has hit closer to home than I ever imagined. Two of my daughters just tested positive for COVID-19.


Native Sun News Today: Checkpoints on reservations point of discussion
Native Sun News Today: Checkpoints on reservations point of discussion (May 18, 2020)

The Cheyenne River Sioux Sioux and the Oglala Sioux Tribe are refusing to bow to an order to take down coronavirus checkpoints on their reservations.


Alexander Mallory: Tribes have full legal authority to use checkpoints to safeguard health
Alexander Mallory: Tribes have full legal authority to use checkpoints to safeguard health (May 13, 2020)

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem should commend the checkpoints implemented by tribes to protect their nations from a COVID-19 outbreak, not condemn them with threats of legal action.


'It’s really scary for us': Oglala Sioux Tribe orders lockdown after COVID-19 hits reservation
'It’s really scary for us': Oglala Sioux Tribe orders lockdown after COVID-19 hits reservation (May 12, 2020)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe ordered a reservation-wide shutdown after learning of the first COVID-19 cases among its citizens.


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.


'I’m protecting my people': Tribal citizens defend coronavirus checkpoints amid threat from state
'I’m protecting my people': Tribal citizens defend coronavirus checkpoints amid threat from state (May 11, 2020)

With coronavirus cases rising all around their communities, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe are standing firm against a threat from the governor of South Dakota.


Marcella LeBeau: Vulnerable Native Americans need protection from COVID-19
Marcella LeBeau: Vulnerable Native Americans need protection from COVID-19 (May 11, 2020)

As a retired World War II army nurse and former Indian Health Service Director of Nursing, I know how fragile and precious life is.


Will the Supreme Court return eastern Oklahoma to the Five Tribes?
Will the Supreme Court return eastern Oklahoma to the Five Tribes? (May 8, 2020)

The legal duty and moral obligation of the Supreme Court is crystal clear: Return eastern Oklahoma to the Five Civilized Tribes.


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.


Native Sun News Today: BIA steps on tribal sovereignty
Native Sun News Today: BIA steps on tribal sovereignty (May 7, 2020)

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier answered a Bureau of Indian Affairs challenge to COVID-19 checkpoints on the reservation with a challenge of his own.


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.


'We need to do more for our tribes': $8 billion in coronavirus relief missing in action
'We need to do more for our tribes': $8 billion in coronavirus relief missing in action (April 30, 2020)

With yet another deadline looming, concerns are growing in Indian Country and on Capitol Hill about the fate of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to tribal governments.


Judge sides with tribal governments in first round of $8 billion coronavirus dispute
Judge sides with tribal governments in first round of $8 billion coronavirus dispute (April 28, 2020)

Tribal leaders and their advocates are celebrating after securing an initial victory against the Trump administration over its handling of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to their governments.


Indian Country set for historic showdown in fight for $8 billion in COVID-19 relief
Indian Country set for historic showdown in fight for $8 billion in COVID-19 relief (April 23, 2020)

With the coronavirus continuing to exact a heavy toll on the first Americans, a historic showdown is taking place in federal court as Indian Country fights over the future of an $8 billion COVID-19 relief fund promised to tribal governments.


8 billion questions
8 billion questions (April 20, 2020)

The $8 billion tribal relief fund could be gone soon. Based on the leaking of sensitive information, it’s clear the pool will be far short of what’s needed.


Mashpee Wampanoag Termination: Time to expose federal Indian law
Mashpee Wampanoag Termination: Time to expose federal Indian law (April 16, 2020)

We have long known that federal Indian law 'trust doctrine' is not trustworthy.


'A robbery happening in broad daylight': Indian Country in revolt over $8 billion coronavirus fund
'A robbery happening in broad daylight': Indian Country in revolt over $8 billion coronavirus fund (April 16, 2020)

Furor is growing among Indian nations in the lower 48 as the Trump administration refuses to change course on what one prominent leader calls a 'robbery happening in broad daylight.'


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.


Supreme Court churns along with Indian Country case amid coronavirus crisis
Supreme Court churns along with Indian Country case amid coronavirus crisis (March 30, 2020)

Millions of acres of Indian land are at stake as the nation's highest court adjusts to the coronavirus pandemic.


Trump administration moves slowly on coronavirus funding for Indian Country
Trump administration moves slowly on coronavirus funding for Indian Country (March 23, 2020)

The Trump administration finally announced plans to distribute much-needed funding to Indian Country as the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow in communities that have long been underserved by the federal government.


Terry Mitchell: Indigenous civil rights blockades should be met with a new diplomacy, not violence
Terry Mitchell: Indigenous civil rights blockades should be met with a new diplomacy, not violence (March 19, 2020)

The Wet’suwet’en conflict brings us to a deciding moment in Canada, one that will shape the future of the nation.


Indian Country plunges into uncertainty as coronavirus reaches their communities
Indian Country plunges into uncertainty as coronavirus reaches their communities (March 18, 2020)

The coronavirus continues to wreak social and economic havoc in Indian County, with tribes curtailing their operations as the first cases are confirmed in their communities.


USET SPF: Tribal sovereignty should not be held hostage by Washington politics
USET SPF: Tribal sovereignty should not be held hostage by Washington politics (March 13, 2020)

The right of a Tribal Nation to have a land base is a core aspect of Tribal sovereignty and cultural identity, and it represents the foundation of our Tribal economies.


'We're going to practice our sovereign rights': Oglala Sioux Tribe enters new era with cannabis vote
'We're going to practice our sovereign rights': Oglala Sioux Tribe enters new era with cannabis vote (March 11, 2020)

The Oyate have spoken. Regulations for medicinal and recreational marijuana are moving forward on the Pine Ridge Reservation.


'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.


Charmaine White Face: What stereotyping does
Charmaine White Face: What stereotyping does (March 5, 2020)

If you take out the words 'tribal' and 'Indian' all you have left are a group of patients fighting a federal government agency for the right to health care.


How Wet'suwet'en butterflies offer lessons in resilience and resistance
How Wet'suwet'en butterflies offer lessons in resilience and resistance (March 3, 2020)

The world is beginning to better understand that the core of extractive industries are tied to deep political and economic conflicts related to the settler-colonial present and a shared colonial history.


Ready or not? Warnings for tribes as COVID-19 epidemic spreads
Ready or not? Warnings for tribes as COVID-19 epidemic spreads (March 3, 2020)

'Tribes are not prepared for the coronavirus,' one health expert told Indian Country Today.


House Committee on Ways and Means schedules first ever hearing on tribal taxation
House Committee on Ways and Means schedules first ever hearing on tribal taxation (March 2, 2020)

The Democratic-led House Committee on Ways and Means will be taking up tribal taxation issues for the first time at a hearing in the nation's capital.


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.


'He was punished for sexual harassment': Allegations at National Congress of American Indians resurface in court
'He was punished for sexual harassment': Allegations at National Congress of American Indians resurface in court (February 27, 2020)

The National Congress of American Indians drove another nail into the coffin of its senior-most attorney following his ouster from the organization.


Supreme Court schedules hearing in lone Indian Country case
Supreme Court schedules hearing in lone Indian Country case (February 25, 2020)

Indian Country remains united as the nation's highest court prepares to hear the only tribal law case on the docket.


Doug George-Kanentiio: The myth of band councils as First Nations
Doug George-Kanentiio: The myth of band councils as First Nations (February 24, 2020)

Let us begin by acknowledging the fact that band councils are not First Nations while beginning the process of restoring our peoples to true national status.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Forced assimilation has successfully weakened Lakota people
Ivan Star Comes Out: Forced assimilation has successfully weakened Lakota people (February 24, 2020)

Ten years attending an on-reservation parochial residential school shaped the rest of my life.


Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation heirloom seeds bound for global seed vault
Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation heirloom seeds bound for global seed vault (February 24, 2020)

The Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in the U.S. to receive an invitation to deposit its traditional seeds in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway.


Sharp: Tribal sovereignty still threatened from ‘every corner’
Sharp: Tribal sovereignty still threatened from ‘every corner’ (February 17, 2020)

Despite some 'encouraging developments,' threats to tribal sovereignty still come 'from every branch and every corner of federal and state governments.'


New magazine promotes hemp and cannabis in Indian Country
New magazine promotes hemp and cannabis in Indian Country (February 14, 2020)

'We should be able to grow on our own lands,' a Nez Perce matriarch says in the inaugural issue of a publication founded by her granddaughter.


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.


State of Indian Nations kicks off busy week for tribal leaders
State of Indian Nations kicks off busy week for tribal leaders (February 10, 2020)

Fawn Sharp is delivering her first major address as the new leader of the National Congress of American Indians.


Gabe Galanda: The United States must help stop disenrollment
Gabe Galanda: The United States must help stop disenrollment (February 7, 2020)

Indigenous America is once again facing off with disenrollment.


Indian inmate files opening brief in Supreme Court sovereignty case
Indian inmate files opening brief in Supreme Court sovereignty case (February 5, 2020)

Jimcy McGirt was sentenced to 500 years in prison, as well as life without parole, by the state of Oklahoma. His fate will be decided by the nation's highest court.


Cherokee journalist Rebecca Nagle wins prize for work on Indian law case
Cherokee journalist Rebecca Nagle wins prize for work on Indian law case (February 5, 2020)

The American Mosiac Journalism Prize comes with a cash award of $100,000.


'All hands on deck': Indian Country diabetes program faces loss of funding again
'All hands on deck': Indian Country diabetes program faces loss of funding again (February 4, 2020)

A successful program that helps tribes address high rates of diabetes in their communities is once again in danger of expiring despite widespread and bipartisan support.


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.


Supreme Court set to resolve Indian Country case on second try
Supreme Court set to resolve Indian Country case on second try (January 28, 2020)

Get ready for round two. The nation's highest court continues to prepare for another reservation boundary case after failing to reach a decision in the last one.


The State of South Dakota and the Sioux Tribes
The State of South Dakota and the Sioux Tribes (January 27, 2020)

We are not 'tribes' but are people of a nation, the Sioux Nation, and we have an international treaty with the United States.


The Revelator: Indigenous peoples threatened in their own homelands
The Revelator: Indigenous peoples threatened in their own homelands (January 27, 2020)

A vulnerable culture living in a severely degraded section of the Colombian Amazon is in desperate need of international respect and support.


'It makes it hard to like your people': #StopDisenrolllment campaign returns amid rise in tribal removals
'It makes it hard to like your people': #StopDisenrolllment campaign returns amid rise in tribal removals (January 27, 2020)

Disenrollment is once again on the rise, according to tribal advocates and victims of a practice seen as unfair and dehumanizing.


Cherokee Nation renews hunting and fishing compact with state
Cherokee Nation renews hunting and fishing compact with state (January 27, 2020)

Hunting and fishing are traditional lifeways for Cherokees that date back generations.


'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.


Five Tribes Inter-Tribal Council critical to Oklahoma tribes
Five Tribes Inter-Tribal Council critical to Oklahoma tribes (January 21, 2020)

In Oklahoma, we have the largest concentration of Native people in the U.S., and our tribal governments are strong.


Supreme Court sneaks in another Indian Country case to the docket
Supreme Court sneaks in another Indian Country case to the docket (December 17, 2019)

Anyone wondering why the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to be taking its time with one of the most closely-watched controversies in Indian Country history finally got a glimpse with the addition of a new case to the docket.