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Mark Trahant: Native candidates face uphill battles in the era of Donald Trump
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native candidates face uphill battles in the era of Donald Trump (August 21, 2017)
Imagine being a Native American politician in the Trump era. It would be an uphill climb to represent constituents as well as being a public advocate for Native people and community.

Energy firm seeks to keep illegal pipeline in place over objections of Indian landowners in Oklahoma
Business | Environment | Law | National | Politics
Energy firm seeks to keep illegal pipeline in place over objections of Indian landowners in Oklahoma (August 15, 2017)
Another storm is brewing in Indian Country over a pipeline that has been operating illegally for nearly two decades.

Muscogee Nation issues citizenship card to former police officer accused of murder
Law | National
Muscogee Nation issues citizenship card to former police officer accused of murder (August 14, 2017)
A landmark court ruling that confirmed the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is already having an impact in Oklahoma.

Cherokee Nation ready to move forward with opioid lawsuit in tribal court system
Health | Law | National
Cherokee Nation ready to move forward with opioid lawsuit in tribal court system (August 10, 2017)
The Cherokee Nation is ready to proceed with a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry, the tribe's top legal official said.

Muscogee Nation welcomes decision affirming the boundaries of its reservation
Law | National
Muscogee Nation welcomes decision affirming the boundaries of its reservation (August 9, 2017)
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is welcoming a federal court decision that confirms the boundaries of its reservation in Oklahoma remain intact.

Muscogee Nation citizen wins reversal of death penalty conviction in Oklahoma
Law | National
Muscogee Nation citizen wins reversal of death penalty conviction in Oklahoma (August 8, 2017)
A citizen of the Muscogee Nation has secured a stunning court victory that not only reverses his death penalty conviction but also reaffirms the historic boundaries of his tribe's reservation.

Cherokee Nation hails approval of land-into-trust application for health center
Health | Trust
Cherokee Nation hails approval of land-into-trust application for health center (August 3, 2017)
The Cherokee Nation now has more than 61,000 acres in trust in Oklahoma.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation battles opioid epidemic among our people
Health | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation battles opioid epidemic among our people (August 2, 2017)
The opioid epidemic is ripping apart families, straining our tribal resources and wreaking havoc across the Cherokee Nation.

Osage Nation loses attempt to block county's wind development ordinance
Environment | Law
Osage Nation loses attempt to block county's wind development ordinance (August 1, 2017)
The Osage Nation continues to fight wind energy developments in northeastern Oklahoma despite setbacks in the courts.

Comanche Nation hails indictment against former tax commission worker
Law
Comanche Nation hails indictment against former tax commission worker (July 26, 2017)
A former employee of the Comanche Nation is being accused of stealing from the Oklahoma-based tribe.

Cherokee Nation details devastating impacts of opioid crisis in Oklahoma
Health | Law | National
Cherokee Nation details devastating impacts of opioid crisis in Oklahoma (July 25, 2017)
The Cherokee Nation is defending its right to pursue drug companies and drug stores for flooding its homeland with prescription opioids.

Comanche Nation announces shutdown of tribal college after 15 years
Education | National
Comanche Nation announces shutdown of tribal college after 15 years (July 24, 2017)
The first tribal college in Oklahoma is shutting down at the end of the July 2017.

Authorities seek information about fatal hit-and-run of Otoe-Missouria citizen
Law | National
Authorities seek information about fatal hit-and-run of Otoe-Missouria citizen (July 14, 2017)
Randall Whitehorn, 64, was killed on July 9 after being struck by a driver, who fled the scene in Red Rock, Oklahoma.

Mark Trahant: Markwayne Mullin breaks campaign pledge and becomes a career politician
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Markwayne Mullin breaks campaign pledge and becomes a career politician (July 12, 2017)
We’re almost a year away from the next House and Senate election and we’re just starting to get a look at the candidates who will be making policy.

Quapaw Tribe still waiting for answer on land-into-trust bid in Arkansas
Trust
Quapaw Tribe still waiting for answer on land-into-trust bid in Arkansas (July 6, 2017)
The Quapaw Tribe owns 160 acres within its former reservation in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Native hire at university in Oklahoma won't discuss Native background
Education | National
Native hire at university in Oklahoma won't discuss Native background (July 5, 2017)
A new professor at the University of Oklahoma's Native American Studies Department claims to be Choctaw but key documents indicate that isn't the case.

Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid
National | Politics
Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid (July 5, 2017)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a Republican from Oklahoma, is one of just two tribal citizens in Congress.

Mark Maxey: Oklahoma tries to crush Native protesters with new law
Environment | Opinion | Politics
Mark Maxey: Oklahoma tries to crush Native protesters with new law (June 26, 2017)
When Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed HB 1124 into law, it was yet another strike against Native Americans.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation strives for excellence in health care
Health | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation strives for excellence in health care (June 13, 2017)
Our doctors take care of us, and we should celebrate their efforts and help patients better understand a physician’s sacrifice and dedication, Cherokee Nation Chief Bill John Baker writes.

Quapaw Tribe expands agricultural efforts with processing plant
Business | Environment | Health
Quapaw Tribe expands agricultural efforts with processing plant (June 8, 2017)
The Quapaw Tribe is providing a full farm-to-table experience with its agricultural operations.

Indian gang figures sentenced for running drug ring from prison
Law
Indian gang figures sentenced for running drug ring from prison (June 5, 2017)
Two members of the Indian Brotherhood gang and a former prison guard received a combined total of 849 months in federal prison for selling methamphetamine.

Cherokee Nation claims victory in trust land dispute with rival tribe
Law | National | Trust
Cherokee Nation claims victory in trust land dispute with rival tribe (June 1, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs can't place land in trust for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians without the "written" consent of the Cherokee Nation, a federal judge has ruled.

Indian probate office in Oklahoma shutting down in September
Law | National | Trust
Indian probate office in Oklahoma shutting down in September (May 31, 2017)
The Department of the Interior is closing a field office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that handles Indian probates.

Miami Nation citizen takes top law enforcement post at Interior
Law | National
Miami Nation citizen takes top law enforcement post at Interior (May 31, 2017)
Darren Cruzan, a long-time Bureau of Indian Affairs employee, has take on a new law enforcement role at the Department of the Interior.

Choctaw Nation on a development boom with dozens of projects
National
Choctaw Nation on a development boom with dozens of projects (May 31, 2017)
The Choctaw Nation is busy with 40 projects, including a $219 million headquarters in Durant, Oklahoma.

Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes
National | Politics | Trust
Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes (May 26, 2017)
Citizens of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee and Seminole nations are treated differently when it comes to their allotments.

Quapaw Tribe secures EPA grant for cleanup of contaminated lands
Environment | National
Quapaw Tribe secures EPA grant for cleanup of contaminated lands (May 19, 2017)
Tribal territory in the northeastern part of Oklahoma bears the unfortunate distinction of being known as the worst Superfund site in the United States.

Chickasaw Nation produces film about rancher Montford Johnson
Arts & Entertainment
Chickasaw Nation produces film about rancher Montford Johnson (May 10, 2017)
Montford Johnson grew up an orphan in Indian Territory and went on to establish a large ranching empire in the 1800s.

Widow awarded $1.9M for Bureau of Indian Affairs school bus crash
Education | Law
Widow awarded $1.9M for Bureau of Indian Affairs school bus crash (May 8, 2017)
A federal judge determined that a bus driver for the Riverside Indian School in Oklahoma was negligent.

Osage Nation beneficiaries still fighting for accounting despite setback in court
Law | National | Trust
Osage Nation beneficiaries still fighting for accounting despite setback in court (May 4, 2017)
Tribal citizens who are seeking a long-overdue accounting of their trust funds have suffered a setback in their historic lawsuit.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation makes $2B impact on economy
Business | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation makes $2B impact on economy (May 1, 2017)
Today, more than ever, the Cherokee Nation is an essential part of the economic fabric of our great state

YES! Magazine: Ponca Tribe starts 273-mile march on trail of tears
Environment | National | Politics
YES! Magazine: Ponca Tribe starts 273-mile march on trail of tears (May 1, 2017)
A unique alliance among tribes, ranchers, and other landowners in Nebraska regroups to resist fossil fuel development like the Keystone XL.

Native Sun News Today: Chickasaw citizen donates prom dresses to Pine Ridge youth
Education | National
Native Sun News Today: Chickasaw citizen donates prom dresses to Pine Ridge youth (April 24, 2017)
Every spring teenage girls at Pine Ridge high school get asked to their senior prom, and prom dresses are expensive.

Steve Russell: Thoughts about sovereignty and tribal governments
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.

Cherokee Nation blames pharmaceutical industry for opioid crisis
Health | Law | National
Cherokee Nation blames pharmaceutical industry for opioid crisis (April 20, 2017)
The tribe is suing the largest drug companies and drug stores in the United States in tribal court.

Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Citizen retires after 50 years in law enforcement
Law | National
Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Citizen retires after 50 years in law enforcement (April 19, 2017)
Harvey Pratt is considered one of the leading forensic artists in the United States, spending 50 years completing thousands of witness description drawings and thousands of soft tissue reconstructions.

Book Review: Osage murders explored in 'Killers of Flower Moon'
Arts & Entertainment
Book Review: Osage murders explored in 'Killers of Flower Moon' (April 13, 2017)
'Killers of the Flower Moon' details the murders of dozens -- if not hundreds -- of Osage Nation citizens who were targeted because of their oil royalty payments.

Cherokee Nation donates a record $5M to public school districts
Education
Cherokee Nation donates a record $5M to public school districts (March 29, 2017)
The tribe shares 38 percent of revenues with 107 school districts in its 14-county jurisdictional area in Oklahoma.

Judge orders removal of gas pipeline on Indian land in Oklahoma
Business | Environment | Law
Judge orders removal of gas pipeline on Indian land in Oklahoma (March 28, 2017)
The 38 individual Indian owners went to court after an energy company continued to operate the pipeline without their consent.

Oklahoma Democrats hire LaRenda Morgan as first Native liaison
Politics
Oklahoma Democrats hire LaRenda Morgan as first Native liaison (March 27, 2017)
The Cheyenne-Arapaho citizen will be reaching out to tribes in hopes of making the party more friendly to Indian Country.

Appeals court hears slew of Indian cases amid focus on Supreme Court nominee
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.

Indian lawmaker resigns after being charged for child prostitution
Law | Politics
Indian lawmaker resigns after being charged for child prostitution (March 23, 2017)
Ralph Shortey, a citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, had served in the Oklahoma Senate since 2010.

Ponca Tribe hosts 282-mile walk to retrace trail of forced removal
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Ponca Tribe hosts 282-mile walk to retrace trail of forced removal (March 21, 2017)
The federal government forced the tribe to leave its homelands in Nebraska to present-day Oklahoma.

Osage Nation passes referendum to legalize same-sex marriage
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.

Indian lawmaker charged in child prostitution case in Oklahoma
Law | Politics
Indian lawmaker charged in child prostitution case in Oklahoma (March 16, 2017)
Sen. Ralph Shortey (R), who is Rosebud Sioux, was allegedly found in a motel on March 9 with a 17-year-old male.

Bill John Baker: A new day for the Cherokee Nation on health care
Health | Opinion
Bill John Baker: A new day for the Cherokee Nation on health care (March 13, 2017)
We have worked aggressively to improve access to quality health care and the wellness of our tribe, both individually and collectively.

Alison Black: Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes wrong on racist mascot
Education | Opinion
Alison Black: Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes wrong on racist mascot (March 6, 2017)
Endorsing the El Reno Indian Spirit Charter Indian mascot sends the wrong message.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to protect our natural resources
Environment | Law | Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to protect our natural resources (February 27, 2017)
We will not stand idly by and let a private company unilaterally determine the future of two important rivers and the safety of the Cherokee community.

Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agenda
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.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribe joins Cobell buy-back efforts
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Trust
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribe joins Cobell buy-back efforts (February 13, 2017)
With each passing generation new problems arise in Indian country that threaten tribal sovereignty.

Another tribal sovereignty foe advances into Donald Trump's Cabinet
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.

Osage Nation hails federal complaint in misappropriation case
Business | Law
Osage Nation hails federal complaint in misappropriation case (January 30, 2017)
The Securities and Exchange Commission is going after former advisers who are accused of cheating the tribe out of at least $1 million.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribe launches new project with USDA
Environment | National
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribe launches new project with USDA (January 26, 2017)
The new partnership will establish a demonstration farm on Tribal lands in Oklahoma to showcase the effectiveness of soil health practices.

Indian lawmaker in Oklahoma investigated for sexual harassment
Politics
Indian lawmaker in Oklahoma investigated for sexual harassment (January 11, 2017)
Rep. Will Fourkiller (D) thinks the prote might date to an incident with a high school page in 2015.

Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers make history with leadership roles
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers make history with leadership roles (January 9, 2017)
Native Americans are in key leadership positions in at least seven states.

Donald Trump supporter benefits from gutting of ethics office in Congress
National | Politics
Donald Trump supporter benefits from gutting of ethics office in Congress (January 3, 2017)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), the chair of Donald Trump's Native American Coalition, has been under an ethics investigation for a little over three years.

Donald Trump's environmental nominee takes credit for tribal water deal
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.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation seeks justice for broken treaties
Law | Opinion | Trust
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation seeks justice for broken treaties (December 20, 2016)
Lawsuits by nature are adversarial, but this is a chance for the government of the United States to do what is right.

Three more tribes sign cooperative agreements for Cobell program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
Three more tribes sign cooperative agreements for Cobell program (December 15, 2016)
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, the Stockbridge-Munsee Band and the Scyuan Band will help educate landowners about the Cobell buy-back effort.

Donald Trump's Energy nominee sits on board for Dakota Access Pipeline owner
Business | Environment | National | Politics
Donald Trump's Energy nominee sits on board for Dakota Access Pipeline owner (December 14, 2016)
The connections between Republican president-elect Donald Trump and the controversial pipeline continue to get stronger.

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