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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.


Dr. Jim Wilson: A man of his time
Dr. Jim Wilson: A man of his time (December 11, 2019)

The story behind the story of tribal self-determination and the politics of Indian Country's remarkable journey towards self-rule cannot be told without Dr. Jim Wilson as a central figure.


'Sovereignty is nonpartisan'
'Sovereignty is nonpartisan' (December 4, 2019)

Tribal leaders have practical reasons for not siding for or against President Trump's impeachment.


Steve Bullock’s issue was tribal sovereignty … now he’s gone
Steve Bullock’s issue was tribal sovereignty … now he’s gone (December 3, 2019)

The presidential candidate who paid the most attention to Indian Country is calling it quits.


Operation Lady Justice features artwork by D.G. Smalling of Choctaw Nation
Operation Lady Justice features artwork by D.G. Smalling of Choctaw Nation (November 26, 2019)

The work of a Choctaw Nation artist inspired the name of a government-wide initiative aimed at addressing the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans.


Tribal sovereignty foe Slade Gorton speaks out against Donald Trump
Tribal sovereignty foe Slade Gorton speaks out against Donald Trump (November 26, 2019)

Slade Gorton, a former U.S. Senator who was ousted from office after tribal leaders slammed his anti-sovereignty record, is still alive. Surprised?


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.


YES! Magazine: Alcatraz activist documents decades of 'Native Resistance'
YES! Magazine: Alcatraz activist documents decades of 'Native Resistance' (November 22, 2019)

A new book traces the path of pan-Native activism.


'Political football': Protections for Native women caught up in partisan stalemate
'Political football': Protections for Native women caught up in partisan stalemate (November 21, 2019)

Efforts to protect Native women and children from violence and to address the crisis of missing, murdered and trafficked Native Americans are being thrust into fresh partisan rancor on Capitol Hill.


Sicangu man wants to revive Tokala Society
Sicangu man wants to revive Tokala Society (November 21, 2019)

A Rosebud Sioux citizen wants to revive an old tradition of governance which is made up of a council of leaders, which would maintain the language, history and culture of the tribe.


Senate committee takes up #MMIW bills amid doubts about protections for Native women
Senate committee takes up #MMIW bills amid doubts about protections for Native women (November 19, 2019)

With expanded protections for Native women and children still in doubt on Capitol Hill, key lawmakers are advancing legislation to address the crisis of the missing and murdered in tribal communities.


Shoshone-Bannock Tribes win regulatory case on hazardous waste storage
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes win regulatory case on hazardous waste storage (November 18, 2019)

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are in a long-running dispute with a non-Indian company that refuses to pay for the storage of hazardous waste.


Trailblazing Pueblo woman leader delivers opening prayer in Congress
Trailblazing Pueblo woman leader delivers opening prayer in Congress (November 13, 2019)

Native women leaders continue to make history in the halls of Congress.


Still no sign of Supreme Court arguments in closely-watched Indian Country case
Still no sign of Supreme Court arguments in closely-watched Indian Country case (November 11, 2019)

The nation's highest court continues to keep Indian Country in the dark when it comes to one of the most contentious cases in recent history.


'A tremendous opportunity': New leader of National Congress of American Indians focuses on tribal sovereignty
'A tremendous opportunity': New leader of National Congress of American Indians focuses on tribal sovereignty (November 7, 2019)

Fawn Sharp grew up steeped in the tribal activist culture of the Pacific Northwest.


Rep. Tom Cole: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month
Rep. Tom Cole: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month (November 4, 2019)

As Americans, it is indeed important to remember the role tribes and their leaders have played in our collective history.


YES! Magazine: Indigenous communities exercise food sovereignty
YES! Magazine: Indigenous communities exercise food sovereignty (October 31, 2019)

Thanks to a union of land cooperatives, people in Puebla have food sovereignty and education in Nahuatl instead of mega-projects and a Walmart.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Protecting tribal sovereignty and tribal communities
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Protecting tribal sovereignty and tribal communities (October 31, 2019)

Combatting the opioid crisis in Indian Country has been an uphill battle.


Rep. Tom Cole: Protecting Native women and children
Rep. Tom Cole: Protecting Native women and children (October 31, 2019)

A disproportionate number of sexual predators have preyed on Indian Country and Native women.


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.


Respect Alaska tribes’ rights on the Tongass question
Respect Alaska tribes’ rights on the Tongass question (October 21, 2019)

The Tongass is the traditional homelands of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people, a lineage that stretches so deep in time, we call it immemorial.


The reality of Native American Studies
The reality of Native American Studies (October 21, 2019)

I salute those professors who created Native American Studies. They had to start from scratch.


Presidential candidates continue outreach in Indian Country
Presidential candidates continue outreach in Indian Country (October 14, 2019)

With a growing number of communities celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day, another Democratic presidential candidate announced plans to improve the government's relationship with the first Americans.


Are we a vanquished 'tribe' or an independent 'Nation?'
Are we a vanquished 'tribe' or an independent 'Nation?' (October 10, 2019)

As Lakota people, we must realize the fact that our ancient world view is as valid as any other.


Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity
Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity (October 9, 2019)

So what's going on with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation case? No one knows.


YES! Magazine: Pipelines can endanger the lives of Native women
YES! Magazine: Pipelines can endanger the lives of Native women (October 7, 2019)

'When something happens to an Indigenous person, to a Native person, why isn’t that being heard? We’re just another number.'