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Disputed leaders of Nooksack Tribe hit by new Supreme Court decisionFiled Under: Law | National
Disputed leaders of Nooksack Tribe hit by new Supreme Court decision (April 27, 2017)
The jury is still out on the new sovereignty decision from the nation's highest court but it's already having an impact in Indian Country.
Tim Giago: Tribal sovereignty at risk with Donald Trump in the White HouseFiled Under: Opinion
Tim Giago: Tribal sovereignty at risk with Donald Trump in the White House (April 24, 2017)
Politics can at times amount to a funny business in Indian country.
Ramapough Lenape Nation denied permit for anti-pipeline campFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Ramapough Lenape Nation denied permit for anti-pipeline camp (April 20, 2017)
The Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp is illegal, according to officials in New Jersey.
Steve Russell: Thoughts about sovereignty and tribal governmentsFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Steve Russell: Thoughts about sovereignty and tribal governments (April 20, 2017)
Thoughts to shave tribal government through tribal elections to stop the division.
Tribes enter a new era with conservative lean at Supreme CourtFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Tribes enter a new era with conservative lean at Supreme Court (April 10, 2017)
After losing case after case, tribes hope they have finally found in a friend in Neil Gorsuch, hand-picked by President Donald Trump.
John Berrey: Indian Country's best nominee for the Supreme CourtFiled Under: Law | Opinion | Politics
John Berrey: Indian Country's best nominee for the Supreme Court (April 3, 2017)
Indian country has long sought a Supreme Court nominee like Neil Gorsuch.
William Hensley: An Inupiaq perspective on the history of AlaskaFiled Under: Opinion | World
William Hensley: An Inupiaq perspective on the history of Alaska (March 30, 2017)
In a way, there are two histories of how Alaska came to be American – and two perspectives.
Secretary Zinke confirms role in talking to tribes about unwanted border wallFiled Under: National | Politics | World
Secretary Zinke confirms role in talking to tribes about unwanted border wall (March 29, 2017)
Some tribes have already made their position on a border wall very clear: they don't want it.
Steve Russell: Losing our status as 'domestic dependent nations'Filed Under: Opinion
Steve Russell: Losing our status as 'domestic dependent nations' (March 27, 2017)
Indian nations have a method to render themselves before U.S. law equal to Walmart, Exxon and Apple.
Steven Newcomb: Getting to the true meaning of our sovereigntyFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Getting to the true meaning of our sovereignty (March 27, 2017)
The true meaning of indigenous sovereignty is not what we’ve come to know.
Elizabeth LaPensée: Video games encourage indigenous cultureFiled Under: Education | National | Technology
Elizabeth LaPensée: Video games encourage indigenous culture (March 24, 2017)
Done right, games have the potential to be self-determined spaces, where Indigenous people can express themselves on their own terms.
Appeals court hears slew of Indian cases amid focus on Supreme Court nomineeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Appeals court hears slew of Indian cases amid focus on Supreme Court nominee (March 23, 2017)
Wednesday was just another busy day for Neil Gorsuch and the federal appeals court where he has served as a judge for a decade.
Internal tribal disputes continue to trip up federal court systemFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Internal tribal disputes continue to trip up federal court system (March 23, 2017)
Tribal citizens who have been punished by their governments are finding few allies in the federal court system but that isn't stopping them from seeking justice.
Harold Monteau: Tribal governments are abusing their own peopleFiled Under: Law | Opinion | Politics
Harold Monteau: Tribal governments are abusing their own people (March 23, 2017)
Recent corruption and Civil Rights abuse of Indians means an Indian Civil Rights Act refresher may be needed.
Supreme Court nominee acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribesFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court nominee acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribes (March 22, 2017)
The U.S. Supreme Court hasn't always been kind to Indian Country but a federal judge from Colorado appears ready to ensure tribes will be treated fairly.
Osage Nation passes referendum to legalize same-sex marriageFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Osage Nation passes referendum to legalize same-sex marriage (March 21, 2017)
Tribal law previously restricted marriages to a man and a woman.
Steven Newcomb: Pope Francis must address legacy of dominationFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Pope Francis must address legacy of domination (March 21, 2017)
An institution such as the Vatican, cannot ‘conquer’ then pretend it bears no responsibility.
Steve Russell: 'Domestic' status of Indian nations invented in 1831Filed Under: Law | Opinion
Steve Russell: 'Domestic' status of Indian nations invented in 1831 (March 21, 2017)
The status of domestic, dependent nations was incoherent then and still is.
Supreme Court nominee fares well in review of Indian law recordFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court nominee fares well in review of Indian law record (March 20, 2017)
Donald Trump's nominee has a far better record when it comes to tribes than the man he would be replacing on the nation's highest court.
Secretary Zinke vows to improve tribal consultation at Interior DepartmentFiled Under: Education | National | Politics | Trust
Secretary Zinke vows to improve tribal consultation at Interior Department (March 9, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior made his first appearance on Capitol Hill since joining the Trump administration.
James Giago Davies: The beginning of the end for tribal sovereigntyFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: The beginning of the end for tribal sovereignty (March 2, 2017)
North Dakota wants jurisdiction on Standing Rock. This would mean the beginning of the end for tribal sovereignty.
Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior DepartmentFiled Under: National | Politics | Trust
Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior Department (March 1, 2017)
The Montana Congressman's pro-tribal views stand in contrast to those of his boss, President Donald Trump.
Christine Trudeau: Native radio stations lose big with Trump cutsFiled Under: National | Politics | Technology
Christine Trudeau: Native radio stations lose big with Trump cuts (March 1, 2017)
There are 60 stations licensed to tribes or tribal entities in the United States. They stand to lose a lot if Trump cuts federal funding.
Kyle Mays: Indigenous and African people can find common groundFiled Under: Opinion
Kyle Mays: Indigenous and African people can find common ground (February 27, 2017)
Don’t use the idea of indigenous genocide to construct your liberation, let’s work together.
Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agendaFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agenda (February 20, 2017)
Scott Pruitt, as attorney general in Oklahoma, repeatedly fought tribes on jurisdiction, immunity and taxation fronts.
André Cramblit: Sorry but Indian Country just got 'Trumped' againFiled Under: Opinion
André Cramblit: Sorry but Indian Country just got 'Trumped' again (February 20, 2017)
Just as we Natives were making headway in an historically unfair system, we've been Trumped.
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nomineeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominee (February 17, 2017)
It's been a rocky start for the Trump administration but the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the nation's highest court is drawing praise in Indian Country.
James Giago Davies: Tribes face bigger threat than Dakota AccessFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Tribes face bigger threat than Dakota Access (February 16, 2017)
The Orange Ogre in the White House is just the latest politician to take full advantage of Lakota turning on Lakota.
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation is still waiting for disaster assistanceFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation is still waiting for disaster assistance (February 9, 2017)
Multiple federal agencies were unable to provide disaster relief to the Navajo Nation after the Gold King Mine disaster that spilled 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River, the tribe’s president told a Senate panel.
Tribal leaders and Indian educators concerned about Donald Trump's new Cabinet memberFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Tribal leaders and Indian educators concerned about Donald Trump's new Cabinet member (February 8, 2017)
A billionaire with no experience in public education will have major sway over Indian youth as part of the president's new administration.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets for first oversight hearingFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets for first oversight hearing (February 7, 2017)
Lawmakers will hear from tribal leaders and federal officials about emergency management in Indian Country.
Another tribal sovereignty foe advances into Donald Trump's CabinetFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Another tribal sovereignty foe advances into Donald Trump's Cabinet (February 2, 2017)
As Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt has fought tribes on jurisdiction, immunity and taxation.
Native Sun News Today: Republicans eye state control of reservations in North DakotaFiled Under: National | Politics
Native Sun News Today: Republicans eye state control of reservations in North Dakota (February 2, 2017)
Two Republican lawmakers in North Dakota introduced a bill proposing state control of federal Indian reservations
Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee well versed in Indian lawFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee well versed in Indian law (February 1, 2017)
Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge, has sided with Indian interests in some major cases.
Yoshitaka Ota and Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor: Indigenous communities and foodFiled Under: Environment | Health | World
Yoshitaka Ota and Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor: Indigenous communities and food (January 31, 2017)
Until recently no one had ever quantified how intensively indigenous communities rely on seafood, or its importance for their existence as distinct peoples.
Mark Trahant: Indian Country can survive the Donald Trump eraFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian Country can survive the Donald Trump era (January 30, 2017)
The new administration is only a few days old and already the chaos of the times have upset business as usual.
Dean Suagee: Include tribal nations in federal conservation fundFiled Under: 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.
Steven Newcomb: System of domination still being used against our nationsFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Steven Newcomb: System of domination still being used against our nations (January 26, 2017)
'The assumed right and reality system of domination remains disguised.'
Philip Baker-Shenk: Salvaging Indian Country's forced marriageFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Philip Baker-Shenk: Salvaging Indian Country's forced marriage (January 25, 2017)
'Indian country likely will have to reframe its thinking.'
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation voteFiled Under: National | Politics
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation vote (January 23, 2017)
The Montana Republican is vowing to respect tribal sovereignty, promote self-determination and protect treaty rights when it comes to making decisions.
Denver American Horse: Ringing in a new year with our sovereigntyFiled Under: Opinion
Denver American Horse: Ringing in a new year with our sovereignty (January 23, 2017)
We should start thinking about working towards becoming a stand alone independent country; no longer as wards of the federal government.
Steven Newcomb: Our indigenous nations were never conqueredFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Our indigenous nations were never conquered (January 11, 2017)
'The federal Indian domination system is premised on the invaders’ claim to have a right to oppress our rightfully free and independent nations.'
Donald Trump's Justice choice leaves door open to fight tribal jurisdictionFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's Justice choice leaves door open to fight tribal jurisdiction (January 11, 2017)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) refused to repudiate his opposition to tribal jurisdiction despite acknowledging that non-Indians contribute to high rates of crime.
Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-IndiansFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians (January 10, 2017)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) was forced to admit that he opposed landmark provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.
Native Sun News Today: Nation building through food sovereigntyFiled Under: Environment | Health | National
Native Sun News Today: Nation building through food sovereignty (January 10, 2017)
Localizing food facilities and methods inspections, establishing codes to protect seed banks and traditional planting and harvesting methods are some ways to exercise tribal sovereignty.
Kyle Powys Whyte: Why the Dakota Access Pipeline fight continuesFiled Under: Environment | Law | Opinion
Kyle Powys Whyte: Why the Dakota Access Pipeline fight continues (January 6, 2017)
In December, protesters in Standing Rock, North Dakota scored a big victory against a pipeline builder, yet the underlying problems have not been addressed.
Steve Russell: Sovereignty faces serious threat under Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Steve Russell: Sovereignty faces serious threat under Donald Trump (January 4, 2017)
'President Trump had the blueprint down for ending tribal sovereignty long before he went into politics.'
Steven Newcomb: Trump's bad plan to 'privatize' indigenous landsFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Steven Newcomb: Trump's bad plan to 'privatize' indigenous lands (December 29, 2016)
Steven Newcomb of the Indigenous Law Institute explains why 'privatization' of indigenous lands is such a dangerous idea.
Steve Russell: Quest for gold led to destruction of Indian treaties Filed Under: Opinion
Steve Russell: Quest for gold led to destruction of Indian treaties (December 23, 2016)
The United States of America, showing its exceptionalism, forwent the death penalty for Indians possessing gold.
Donald Trump's environmental nominee takes credit for tribal water dealFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's environmental nominee takes credit for tribal water deal (December 21, 2016)
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) tried to get the lawsuit filed by the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation thrown out of court.
Gavin Clarkson: A tribal economic contract with President Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Gavin Clarkson: A tribal economic contract with President Donald Trump (December 20, 2016)
'With the successful implementation of an Economic Contract with Indian country, President Trump could arguably become the best president ever for Indian country.'
Gabriel Furshong: Little Shell Chippewa Tribe still waiting for federal recognitionFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Gabriel Furshong: Little Shell Chippewa Tribe still waiting for federal recognition (December 20, 2016)
Federal recognition offers financial help, and those tribes without it have 'second-class status in Indian Country' and remain vulnerable to local authorities.
Peter d'Errico: #NoDAPL battle is about tribal self-determinationFiled Under: 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.'
James Giago Davies: Tribal nations must insist on independenceFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Tribal nations must insist on independence (December 15, 2016)
All tribal administrations are creations of the federal government.
Ruth Hopkins: Donald Trump ushers in a new era of terminationFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Ruth Hopkins: Donald Trump ushers in a new era of termination (December 13, 2016)
Donald Trump has a long history of animosity towards us.
Lakota Country Times: Food sovereignty for the Rosebud Sioux TribeFiled Under: Business | Health | National
Lakota Country Times: Food sovereignty for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (December 12, 2016)
Shoppers across the Sicangu Nation will now have a little help in choosing healthy foods at the supermarket.
Mike Myers: What Donald Trump's election means for indigenous nationsFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mike Myers: What Donald Trump's election means for indigenous nations (December 9, 2016)
For at least the next two years he and his Republican allies will have a virtually unfettered opportunity to attack our sovereignty, our rights, our resources, and our lands.
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens door to big shift in tribal economiesFiled Under: 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.
Native Sun News Today Editorial: A bumpy ride with Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Native Sun News Today Editorial: A bumpy ride with Donald Trump (December 8, 2016)
It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican Indian or Democrat; the power to uplift or crush Indian Country is now in the hands of extremely conservative people.
Tribal sovereignty foe Scott Pruitt slated to join Donald Trump's administrationFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Tribal sovereignty foe Scott Pruitt slated to join Donald Trump's administration (December 7, 2016)
Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt has fought tribes on jurisdiction, sovereign immunity and taxation fronts.

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