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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.


Tribal leaders face great need and don't have enough resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic
Tribal leaders face great need and don't have enough resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic (March 26, 2020)

The coronavirus is hitting American Indians and Alaska Natives hard.


Tribes score victory in long-running battle against Dakota Access Pipeline
Tribes score victory in long-running battle against Dakota Access Pipeline (March 25, 2020)

In a big victory for tribal nations that have fought the Dakota Access Pipeline through two presidential administrations, a federal judge ordered a full environmental review of the controversial project.


Kevin Abourezk: Indian Country can't be left behind in coronavirus crisis
Kevin Abourezk: Indian Country can't be left behind in coronavirus crisis (March 24, 2020)

It is morally wrong to continue to neglect the indigenous people of America who paid for their healthcare with the ceding of millions of acres of their land.


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.


Native Sun News Today: Meade County oks man-camp
Native Sun News Today: Meade County oks man-camp (March 12, 2020)

Tribal nations held off the Keystone XL Pipeline in federal court even as the company behind the controversial project moved forward with man camps.


'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.


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.


Anti-pipeline activists return to court to stop Keystone XL — again
Anti-pipeline activists return to court to stop Keystone XL — again (March 9, 2020)

Environmental and indigenous activists returned to federal court in Montana, seeking to stop construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


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.


Cayuga Nation's division leads to a 'human rights catastrophe'
Cayuga Nation's division leads to a 'human rights catastrophe' (March 4, 2020)

A Cayuga Nation leader’s decision to tear down 12 properties with the assistance of newly-sworn in tribal police officers has sparked a series of protests and altercation in New York.


Ivan Star Comes Out: A glimpse of life on the Pine Ridge Reservation
Ivan Star Comes Out: A glimpse of life on the Pine Ridge Reservation (March 3, 2020)

What do our non-Lakota neighbors know about life here on the Pine Ridge?


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.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala officials demand probe into $50K 'propane donation' from KXL
Native Sun News Today: Oglala officials demand probe into $50K 'propane donation' from KXL (February 24, 2020)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe doesn't accept donations from oil companies but that didn't stop one district from cashing a $50,000 Keystone XL Pipeline check.


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.


Aaron Payment seeks re-election as leader of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe
Aaron Payment seeks re-election as leader of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe (February 10, 2020)

Treaties, economic development and improving services for his people are among Aaron Payment's priorities as chair of the largest Indian nation east of the Mississippi.


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.


Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians acquires ancestral property in Tennessee
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians acquires ancestral property in Tennessee (February 5, 2020)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is pursuing economic development opportunities at a site near a busy interstate.


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.


Being Frank: We must demand a healthy Puget Sound
Being Frank: We must demand a healthy Puget Sound (February 3, 2020)

Treaty tribes in western Washington are offering bold actions needed to recover the health of Puget Sound.


YES! Magazine: Tribes seek role in managing ocean habitats in treaty territory
YES! Magazine: Tribes seek role in managing ocean habitats in treaty territory (February 3, 2020)

An inspiring collaboration on the Pacific Coast blew fishery conservation goals out of the water.


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.


'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.


Native Sun News Today: Town okays water for KXL; tribes hold out
Native Sun News Today: Town okays water for KXL; tribes hold out (January 17, 2020)

Tribes with treaty rights affected by the Keystone XL Pipeline continue to contest water permits for the controversial project.


Olszewski and Republican cohort asks Daines to withdraw CSKT compact bill
Olszewski and Republican cohort asks Daines to withdraw CSKT compact bill (January 16, 2020)

Republicans in Montana are once again trying to derail a long-awaited water rights settlement for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.


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.


YES! Magazine: Haida Nation blends traditional knowledge with science
YES! Magazine: Haida Nation blends traditional knowledge with science (January 6, 2020)

A collaboration between Indigenous tradition and Western science may offer a way to bolster both Haida culture and the marine ecosystem intertwined with it.


'A long journey for our people': Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on cusp of federal recognition
'A long journey for our people': Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on cusp of federal recognition (December 18, 2019)

After more than a century of efforts, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is on the cusp of federal recognition.


More Indian Country bills advance on Capitol Hill amid impeachment drama
More Indian Country bills advance on Capitol Hill amid impeachment drama (December 16, 2019)

With Democrats prepared to impeach President Donald Trump, lawmakers continue to advance legislation to benefit Indian Country's interests.


Daines and Tester co-sponsor CSKT water rights settlement
Daines and Tester co-sponsor CSKT water rights settlement (December 13, 2019)

Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester announced the introduction of a long-awaited bill that would settle a century-old dispute over water rights between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the state and federal governments.


Return to ‘the Rock’: Alcatraz occupier retraces steps on 50th anniversary
Return to ‘the Rock’: Alcatraz occupier retraces steps on 50th anniversary (December 12, 2019)

On November 20, 1969, activists from tribes across North America took back Alcatraz Island for Indigenous people. They called it Indianland.


Daines says he’ll introduce new agreement to settle CSKT water dispute
Daines says he’ll introduce new agreement to settle CSKT water dispute (December 5, 2019)

An agreement between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the federal government over long-disputed water rights is taking a major step forward.


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.


New Cherokee Health Center will transform health care for generations
New Cherokee Health Center will transform health care for generations (December 2, 2019)

The largest tribal outpatient health facility is now open in the capital of the Cherokee Nation.


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.


Trump administration signals support for CSKT water compact
Trump administration signals support for CSKT water compact (November 25, 2019)

Through two top cabinet officials, the Trump administration has signaled its support for a proposed settlement of the reserved water right claims of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.


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.


‘Broken promises’ report details government’s history of failing tribes
‘Broken promises’ report details government’s history of failing tribes (November 21, 2019)

Tribal leaders went before Congress to demand the government address longstanding problems in Indian Country – and not for the first time.


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.


Economic Development sometimes a pitfall
Economic Development sometimes a pitfall (November 19, 2019)

It’s all about money….and land? .... And power. We are capitalists, after all.


Standing Rock seeks hearing to deny DAPL bid to double oil flow
Standing Rock seeks hearing to deny DAPL bid to double oil flow (November 18, 2019)

The Dakota Access Pipeline has experienced 12 spills of more than 6,100 gallons of crude oil in less than two years of operation.


KXL oil spill in North Dakota
KXL oil spill in North Dakota (November 12, 2019)

As tribal representatives took part in Keystone XL expansion hearings in South Dakota, the original pipeline erupted in neighboring North Dakota.


Native rights advocates quash pipeline Riot Boosting Act
Native rights advocates quash pipeline Riot Boosting Act (November 7, 2019)

Native pipeline fighters celebrated the death of a state law aimed at preventing them from protesting against the Keystone XL Pipeline.


KXL Pipeline fighters call for backup at water permit hearings
KXL Pipeline fighters call for backup at water permit hearings (October 30, 2019)

A Canadian company needs a large amount of water for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Tribes and water protectors are fighting back.


YES! Magazine: Activists return to Alcatraz as key anniversary approaches
YES! Magazine: Activists return to Alcatraz as key anniversary approaches (October 28, 2019)

A new generation of Native activists took a canoe journey around Alcatraz to mark Indigenous Peoples Day and pay homage to occupation of the island 50 years ago.


IHS history makes doctors like Weber inevitable
IHS history makes doctors like Weber inevitable (October 28, 2019)

It took more than 25 years before the hammer of justice came down on pedophile pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber. His crimes were over a century in the making at the Indian Health Service.


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.


UW News: Law school events focus on uranium and treaties
UW News: Law school events focus on uranium and treaties (October 15, 2019)

The University of Wyoming College of Law is hosting two public events focusing on water contamination on one reservation and and a treaty rights case recently decided by the Supreme Court.


Yakama Nation calls for removal of Columbia River dams
Yakama Nation calls for removal of Columbia River dams (October 14, 2019)

'The false religious doctrine of Christian discovery was used by the United States to perpetuate crimes of genocide and forced displacement against Native Peoples.'


Cherokee leader's legacy lives on in Nashville
Cherokee leader's legacy lives on in Nashville (October 14, 2019)

An audience at the Tennessee State Museum was reminded that the Cherokee war chief, the redoubtable Dragging Canoe, fought battles on the very ground they were standing on.


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.


Waiting on the Supreme Court to return eastern Oklahoma to Indigenous nations
Waiting on the Supreme Court to return eastern Oklahoma to Indigenous nations (October 9, 2019)

All of Indian Country is waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court to do what is morally and legally right.


IHS doctor found guilty
IHS doctor found guilty (October 7, 2019)

A federal jury convicted former Indian Health Service pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber of all 11 criminal counts for sexually abusing four boys on the Pine Ridge Reservation.


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.


Cherokee Nation’s historic delegate to Congress
Cherokee Nation’s historic delegate to Congress (September 30, 2019)

The Cherokee people have spent generations surviving and persevering through a series of federal policies that conspire to destroy our government, break up our families and relegate our people to the pages of history.