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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.


Alaska Native corporations in line for billions in coronavirus relief promised to tribes
Alaska Native corporations in line for billions in coronavirus relief promised to tribes (April 14, 2020)

With a major assist from the Trump administration, Alaska Native corporations are poised to claim a large share of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund despite not being tribal governments.


Ute Tribe disputes harassment claims of women employees
Ute Tribe disputes harassment claims of women employees (December 4, 2019)

Two women were placed on leave from their positions at the Ute Tribe after they complained about their supervisor, who remains on the job.


Ute Tribe won't comment on allegations of sexual harassment against supervisor
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Ute Tribe won't comment on allegations of sexual harassment against supervisor (November 25, 2019)

Two employees of the Ute Tribe were suspended after they complained about being sexually harassed by their supervisor.


'This is our time': National Congress of American Indians elects new leadership
'This is our time': National Congress of American Indians elects new leadership (October 28, 2019)

Members of the National Congress of American Indians made history here by choosing a woman as their president for only the third time since the organization's founding in 1944.


'Only the elected leaders can speak on behalf of Indian Country': Shaun Chapoose at #NCAIAnnual19
'Only the elected leaders can speak on behalf of Indian Country': Shaun Chapoose at #NCAIAnnual19 (October 23, 2019)

Shaun Chapoose, Ute Tribe, is running for president of the National Congress of American Indians.


Ute Tribe calls new eagle policy a 'step in the right direction'
Ute Tribe calls new eagle policy a 'step in the right direction' (August 14, 2019)

The Ute Tribal Business Committee appreciates the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s efforts to establish a new policy promoting the direct collection of eagle feathers found on tribal lands.


Trump administration announces change to eagle policy in Indian Country
Trump administration announces change to eagle policy in Indian Country (August 13, 2019)

Bald and golden eagle remains that are found in Indian Country will be able to stay there under a new policy adopted by the federal government.


Tribes meet for annual summer gathering at Bears Ears National Monument
Tribes meet for annual summer gathering at Bears Ears National Monument (July 19, 2019)

Pueblo culture is the focus of an annual meeting at Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.


Tribal Leaders: Preserve eagle feathers for federally recognized tribes
Tribal Leaders: Preserve eagle feathers for federally recognized tribes (July 18, 2019)

Leaders of the Ute Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe are calling on fellow Indian nations to oppose an eagle feather petition they say weakens treaty rights and undermines sovereignty.


House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control
House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control (March 22, 2019)

Homelands for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians and federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


Tribal officials worry Bears Ears cuts leave sacred spaces vulnerable
Tribal officials worry Bears Ears cuts leave sacred spaces vulnerable (March 14, 2019)

President Trump's decision to reduce the Bears Ears National Monument is harming tribal sites, members of Congress were told.


National Congress of American Indians attempts to move past turmoil
National Congress of American Indians attempts to move past turmoil (February 20, 2019)

The longest serving executive director in the history of the National Congress of American Indians is heading out the door after turmoil and turbulence.


Native lawmaker secures leadership positions on key Congressional committee
Native lawmaker secures leadership positions on key Congressional committee (January 30, 2019)

The House Committee on Natural Resources has a new vice chair and it's a Native person for the first time in history.


Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon
Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon (January 8, 2019)

The nation's highest court has delivered good news to tribes whose sovereign rights were being challenged.


Ute Tribe welcomes return of ancestral land in Colorado
Ute Tribe welcomes return of ancestral land in Colorado (November 5, 2018)

'This good man reached out to the Ute Tribe, on his own, to return this land to us,' Chairman Luke Duncan said.


National Congress of American Indians opens annual convention amid controversy
National Congress of American Indians opens annual convention amid controversy (October 23, 2018)

The leader of the National Congress of American Indians continues to defend the organization's handling of a #MeToo scandal.


Supreme Court gains new member as Trump's shadow looms large in Indian cases
Supreme Court gains new member as Trump's shadow looms large in Indian cases (October 9, 2018)

Opposition in Indian Country wasn't enough to derail President Trump's controversial nominee to the Supreme Court.


Supreme Court delivers bad news to tribes as term draws to a close
Supreme Court delivers bad news to tribes as term draws to a close (June 25, 2018)

The nation's highest court won't be letting Indian Country rest over the summer.


Cronkite News: Tribes stand united against GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
Cronkite News: Tribes stand united against GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (February 1, 2018)

Leaders of five tribes accused Republican lawmakers of 'cherry-picking' tribal members to support an 85 percent reduction in the Bears Ears National Monument.


Tribal leaders finally invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
Tribal leaders finally invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (January 29, 2018)

Tribal leaders with connections to the Bears Ears National Monument are finally getting their say on Capitol Hill amid efforts to erode protections on their ancestral lands.


Former employee of Ute Tribe charged with nine counts of extortion
Former employee of Ute Tribe charged with nine counts of extortion (January 25, 2018)

A former employee of the Ute Tribe is accused of extorting $110,000 from companies and individuals doing business on the reservation in Utah.


House panel schedules a second hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
House panel schedules a second hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (January 18, 2018)

Republican leaders are taking another stab at a controversial bill that would gut the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and restrict tribal involvement on their ancestral lands.


National Congress of American Indians welcomes Secretary Zinke again
National Congress of American Indians welcomes Secretary Zinke again (January 17, 2018)

Tribal leaders will be hearing from Secretary Ryan Zinke at an upcoming National Congress of American Indians meeting in Washington, D.C.


Only one tribal leader invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears National Monument
Only one tribal leader invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears National Monument (January 8, 2018)

Republicans in Congress are moving quickly with a bill they say will establish the 'first' tribally managed national monument. But tribes didn't ask for it.


Tribes still in the dark as Trump administration moves to roll back Bears Ears
Tribes still in the dark as Trump administration moves to roll back Bears Ears (November 16, 2017)

Tribal leaders continue to complain of lack of consultation as the Trump administration keeps them in the dark about the Bears Ears National Monument.


Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon
Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon (October 2, 2017)

The U.S. Supreme Court is back at work this week with a new member and a slew of Indian law cases on the horizon.


Ute Tribe thanks retired professor whose ancestors benefited from 'stolen' land
Ute Tribe thanks retired professor whose ancestors benefited from 'stolen' land (September 26, 2017)

The Ute Tribe is thanking a retired college professor for a $250,000 donation intended to make up for 'stolen' land.


Northwestern Band wants city to stop fake 'battle' with residents dressed as 'Indians'
Northwestern Band wants city to stop fake 'battle' with residents dressed as 'Indians' (September 12, 2017)

The Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation is calling on a city in Utah to stop a fake event in which residents dress up as 'Indians' and attack settlers.


Trump administration withdraws fracking standards for Indian Country
Trump administration withdraws fracking standards for Indian Country (July 24, 2017)

In a victory for a handful of energy-producing tribes, the Trump administration is rescinding a rule that established hydraulic fracturing standards in Indian Country.


Ute Tribe hails decision requiring non-Indian officers to return to court on reservation
Ute Tribe hails decision requiring non-Indian officers to return to court on reservation (July 12, 2017)

Thanks to a federal court ruling, the Ute Tribe is finally hoping to secure some justice for the death of one of its young citizens.


House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process
House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process (July 6, 2017)

A key Congressional committee has scheduled a second hearing on the land-into-trust process only this time tribal leaders might actually be invited.


Tribes vow fight in effort to protect Bears Ears National Monument
Tribes vow fight in effort to protect Bears Ears National Monument (May 3, 2017)

A controversial monument is serving up as a major test for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has repeatedly vowed to respect tribal sovereignty.


Ute Tribe demands 'voice' as Donald Trump orders review of Bears Ears monument
Ute Tribe demands 'voice' as Donald Trump orders review of Bears Ears monument (April 28, 2017)

Ute leaders are taking on powerful interests as they seek to prevent the the Trump administration from undermining the new Bears Ears National Monument.


Tribes enter a new era with conservative lean at Supreme Court
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.


Supreme Court nominee acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribes
Supreme Court nominee acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribes (March 22, 2017)

The Supreme Court hasn't always been kind to Indian Country but a federal judge appears ready to ensure tribes will be treated fairly.


Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominee
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.


Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee well versed in Indian law
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.


Tribes celebrate designation of national monument at Bears Ears
Tribes celebrate designation of national monument at Bears Ears (January 9, 2017)

The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition successfully lobbied President Barack Obama to protect 1.35 million acres of sacred sites and ancestral lands in Utah.


Southern Ute Tribe settles lawsuit over federal fracking regulation
Southern Ute Tribe settles lawsuit over federal fracking regulation (November 4, 2016)

The tribe will serve as the primary regulatory of hydraulic fracturing on its reservation in Colorado.


Navajo Nation opposes bill that reduces share of trust revenues
Navajo Nation opposes bill that reduces share of trust revenues (October 19, 2016)

Buried within the 215-page Utah Public Lands Initiative Act are three lines that modify the terms of a tribal trust fund without the tribe's consent.


Ute Tribe goes to war against 'modern day Indian land grab' bill
Ute Tribe goes to war against 'modern day Indian land grab' bill (October 19, 2016)

The Utah tribe is hoping to defeat Republican Congressman Rob Bishop at the polls next month.


Ute Tribe goes ignored again as lawmakers host field hearing on energy
Ute Tribe goes ignored again as lawmakers host field hearing on energy (October 3, 2016)

The Ute Tribe, a leader in energy development, is curiously absent from the witness list amid a dispute with a powerful Republican.


Field hearing scheduled on energy development in Indian Country
Field hearing scheduled on energy development in Indian Country (September 28, 2016)

The House Committee on Natural Resources will be meeting in New Mexico to discuss barriers to development on tribal lands.


Ute Tribe continues battle against 'modern day Indian land grab'
Ute Tribe continues battle against 'modern day Indian land grab' (September 28, 2016)

Chairman Shaun Chapoose attended the White House Tribal Nations Conference and met with the White House Council on Native American Affairs amid the controversy.


Bill slammed as 'modern day Indian land grab' moves forward
Bill slammed as 'modern day Indian land grab' moves forward (September 22, 2016)

Tribes and Democrats have branded the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act as a 'modern day Indian land grab' but Republicans are pushing it through anyway.


Utah Republican moves quickly on 'modern day Indian land grab'
Utah Republican moves quickly on 'modern day Indian land grab' (September 19, 2016)

H.R.5780, the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act, has already been scheduled for a markup, barely a week after an emotional hearing in Washington, D.C.


Emotions run strong as #NoDAPL seeps into debate on controversial public lands bill
Emotions run strong as #NoDAPL seeps into debate on controversial public lands bill (September 14, 2016)

Provisions in a 215-page public lands bill affect the rights of the Navajo Nation and the Ute Tribe and were included without their consent.


Ute Tribe: Utah Republican pushes modern day Indian land grab
Ute Tribe: Utah Republican pushes modern day Indian land grab (September 14, 2016)

In the next few weeks Congressman Rob Bishop will attempt to push through the U.S. House of Representatives the first Indian land grab in over 100 years.


Federal judge stays off Ute Tribe sovereignty case despite protest
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Federal judge stays off Ute Tribe sovereignty case despite protest (August 30, 2016)

After nearly four decades on the case, Judge Bruce Jenkins was kicked off by a higher court.


Ute Tribe remains busy in court with appeal in contract dispute
Ute Tribe remains busy in court with appeal in contract dispute (August 25, 2016)

A former employee claims he is owed $23 million for doing energy development work for the Utah tribe.


Judge takes aim at Ute Tribe after being kicked off sovereignty case
Judge takes aim at Ute Tribe after being kicked off sovereignty case (August 24, 2016)

After nearly four decades on the case, Judge Bruce Jenkins was kicked off by a higher court and he's not happy about it.


Member of Ute Tribe sentenced to prison for death on reservation
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Member of Ute Tribe sentenced to prison for death on reservation (August 17, 2016)

Wilda Annie Manning admitted she had been distracted by her cell phone when she rear-ended another car and caused a young man's death.


Ute Tribe calls on state to end 'constant attacks' on its sovereignty
Ute Tribe calls on state to end 'constant attacks' on its sovereignty (August 11, 2016)

Will a new court ruling put an end to 40 years of litigation? Tribal leaders hope so.


Ute Tribe prevails in reservation boundary dispute yet another time
Ute Tribe prevails in reservation boundary dispute yet another time (August 10, 2016)

The tribe has won the case seven times in the last 40 years. But officials in Utah keep on fighting.


Amendment seeks to outlaw fracking regulation in Indian Country
Amendment seeks to outlaw fracking regulation in Indian Country (July 13, 2016)

Some energy producing tribes want to follow their own hydraulic fracturing standards.


White House defends fracking standards imposed on Indian Country
White House defends fracking standards imposed on Indian Country (June 23, 2016)

The controversial regulation is already before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals after a judge issued an injunction sought by the Ute Tribe, states and the energy industry.


Judge invalidates fracking standards imposed on Indian Country
Judge invalidates fracking standards imposed on Indian Country (June 22, 2016)

The Ute Tribe of Utah convinced the judge of the Bureau of Land Management's lack of authority to regulate the energy processing technique.


Supreme Court enters final stretch of historic yet unusual term
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.


Navajo Nation lawmakers debate position on hydraulic fracking
Navajo Nation lawmakers debate position on hydraulic fracking (May 17, 2016)

A bill advancing in the Navajo Nation Council would not outlaw the practice but would put the the tribe's opposition on record.