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Former Catawba Nation Chief Gilbert Blue passes away at age 82
National | Federal Recognition
Former Catawba Nation Chief Gilbert Blue passes away at age 82 (June 14, 2016)
The late leader's biggest achievement was securing a land claim settlement and federal recognition for his people in 1993.

Hillary Clinton wins another state as campaigns head to big vote
National | Politics
Hillary Clinton wins another state as campaigns head to big vote (February 29, 2016)
The Democratic and Republican candidates are turning their attention to one of the biggest days of the election cycle: the Super Tuesday primaries.

Indian voters continue to favor Bernie Sanders as 2016 presidential race heats up
National | Politics
Indian voters continue to favor Bernie Sanders as 2016 presidential race heats up (February 22, 2016)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won Nevada but rival Bernie Sanders is the candidate of choice of voters on and near reservations.

Disaster declaration covers Catawba Nation in South Carolina
Environment | National
Disaster declaration covers Catawba Nation in South Carolina (October 6, 2015)
President Barack Obama issued two declarations for the state, including one that covers the reservation.

Catawba Nation seeks funds to start work on $350M film studio
Arts & Entertainment | Business
Catawba Nation seeks funds to start work on $350M film studio (September 23, 2015)
Plans for the Catawba Studios include sound stages, a hotel, a cultural center, a school for film and music and retail and office space on 124 acres on the reservation.

Catawba Nation envisions $350M film studio on reservation
Arts & Entertainment | Business | National
Catawba Nation envisions $350M film studio on reservation (July 22, 2015)
The Catawba Studios could include sound stages, a hotel, a cultural center and a school for film and music.

Georgia man defends Confederate flag as he claims Indian ancestry
National | Politics
Georgia man defends Confederate flag as he claims Indian ancestry (July 7, 2015)
The Confederate battle flag remained on Georgia's flag for nearly 50 years and residents proudly fly it today.

Catawba Nation fought against British during Revolutionary War
National
Catawba Nation fought against British during Revolutionary War (July 3, 2015)
The tribe joined the new American colonists after the British failed to enforce a 1763 treaty.

Catawba Nation in discussions for $125M movie studio project
Arts & Entertainment | Education | Politics
Catawba Nation in discussions for $125M movie studio project (June 25, 2015)
Chief Bill Harris can't share details due to a non-disclosure agreement but the project could bring a significant economic development boost to the reservation.

Contempt case dropped against Cherokee Nation father
Law | National
Contempt case dropped against Cherokee Nation father (January 17, 2014)
Contempt charges were dropped against a Cherokee Nation father who was at the center of a high-profile Indian Child Welfare Act case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

South Carolina  tribes observe Native American Awareness Day
National | Federal Recognition
South Carolina tribes observe Native American Awareness Day (November 19, 2013)
Tribal leaders and members in South Carolina celebrated Native American Awareness Day on Monday.

Cedric Sunray: Judge tears Cherokee child from her father
Opinion
Cedric Sunray: Judge tears Cherokee child from her father (November 12, 2013)
Cedric Sunray discusses the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case.

Cherokee Nation to fight request for $1M  in fees in ICWA case
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Cherokee Nation to fight request for $1M in fees in ICWA case (November 8, 2013)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will fight a request for $1 million in fees in an Indian Child Welfare Act case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Attorneys  seek  $1M from Cherokee father and Cherokee Nation
Law | National
Attorneys seek $1M from Cherokee father and Cherokee Nation (November 6, 2013)
The attorneys for a non-Indian couple that adopted a Cherokee girl are seeking $1 million in fees from the biological father and the Cherokee Nation.

Opinion: Demand investigation of adoption of Indian children
Opinion
Opinion: Demand investigation of adoption of Indian children (October 14, 2013)
Dot Scott, the president of the Charleston branch of the NAACP, calls for an investigation into the adoption of two Indian children by non-Indian couples in South Carolina.

Cherokee Nation father to drop appeals in bitter adoption fight
Law | National
Cherokee Nation father to drop appeals in bitter adoption fight (October 10, 2013)
Cherokee Nation father Dusten Brown is dropping appeals in a bitter adoption and custody dispute that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cherokee Nation father won't be extradited in custody case
Law | National
Cherokee Nation father won't be extradited in custody case (October 3, 2013)
Cherokee Nation father Dusten Brown won't be extradited to South Carolina but could still face a criminal charge there as part of a custody dispute over his daughter.

Cherokee Nation and father face fines in  South Carolina court
Law | National
Cherokee Nation and father face fines in South Carolina court (September 26, 2013)
The Cherokee Nation and Dusten Brown, a tribal citizen who lost custody of his daughter this week, could be fined in the South Carolina court system.

Oklahoma governor doesn't want Cherokee father extradited
Law | National
Oklahoma governor doesn't want Cherokee father extradited (September 25, 2013)
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) said she doesn't want Cherokee Nation citizen Dusten Brown extradited to South Carolina now that his daughter is in the custody of a non-Indian couple there.

Cherokee Nation father hands daughter to non-Indian couple
Law | National
Cherokee Nation father hands daughter to non-Indian couple (September 24, 2013)
A Cherokee Nation man whose Indian Child Welfare Act case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court lost custody of his daughter to a non-Indian couple on Monday.

Court holds second day of hearings in Cherokee custody case
Law | National
Court holds second day of hearings in Cherokee custody case (September 18, 2013)
An appeals court in Oklahoma heard a second day of arguments in a custody dispute involving a Cherokee Nation girl.

Oklahoma court  hears  custody dispute  involving Cherokee    girl
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Oklahoma court hears custody dispute involving Cherokee girl (September 16, 2013)
An appeals court in Oklahoma heard arguments today in a custody dispute involving a Cherokee Nation girl.

Attorney claims Absentee Shawnee Tribe was told of adoption
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Attorney claims Absentee Shawnee Tribe was told of adoption (September 16, 2013)
The Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma knew about an adoption involving an Indian girl who has been taken to South Carolina, an attorney for the non-Indian couple said.

Absentee Shawnee Tribe seeks return of girl in South Carolina
Law | National
Absentee Shawnee Tribe seeks return of girl in South Carolina (September 13, 2013)
The Absentee Shawnee Tribe will be asking the South Carolina courts to recognize an Oklahoma court order in an Indian Child Welfare Act dispute.

Scott Starr: Conservative politics affect Cherokee ICWA case
Opinion
Scott Starr: Conservative politics affect Cherokee ICWA case (September 12, 2013)
Scott Starr, a student at the University of Oklahoma, discusses the politics of the Indian Child Welfare Act dispute involving Cherokee Nation citizen Dusten Brown.

Oklahoma court backs Absentee Shawnee Tribe in ICWA case
Law | National
Oklahoma court backs Absentee Shawnee Tribe in ICWA case (September 12, 2013)
A judge in Oklahoma has ordered the return of an Indian child whose adoption was handled by the same attorneys in the controversial Baby Veronica case.

UN official urges consideration of culture in adoption dispute
Law | National
UN official urges consideration of culture in adoption dispute (September 11, 2013)
James Anaya, the United Nations special rapporteur on indigenous rights, is weighing in on an adoption dispute involving a young member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Cherokee Nation father files second appeal in adoption dispute
Law | National
Cherokee Nation father files second appeal in adoption dispute (September 9, 2013)
Cherokee Nation citizen Dusten Brown filed a second appeal with the Oklahoma Supreme Court after he was again ordered to turn his daughter over to a non-Indian couple.

Cherokee Nation father out on bail pending extradition hearing
Law | National
Cherokee Nation father out on bail pending extradition hearing (September 6, 2013)
Cherokee Nation citizen Dusten Brown turned himself into authorities in Oklahoma on Thursday.

Oklahoma governor signs extradition order for Cherokee father
Law | National
Oklahoma governor signs extradition order for Cherokee father (September 5, 2013)
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed an extradition order for Cherokee Nation citizen Dusten Brown on Wednesday, paving the way for him to face custody charges in South Carolina.

Court puts hold on transfer of Cherokee girl to non-Indian couple
Law | National
Court puts hold on transfer of Cherokee girl to non-Indian couple (September 4, 2013)
The Oklahoma Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday in the custody and adoption dispute involving a Cherokee Nation girl.

Cherokee Nation father files appeal in Oklahoma's highest court
Law | National
Cherokee Nation father files appeal in Oklahoma's highest court (September 3, 2013)
Dusten Brown, a member of the Cherokee Nation who is fighting to retain custody of his daughter, filed an appeal with the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Friday.

Same attorneys worked on adoptions for two Indian babies
Law | National
Same attorneys worked on adoptions for two Indian babies (August 30, 2013)
Two attorneys who worked on an adoption case involving a Cherokee Nation girl also handled the adoption of a baby girl from the Absentee Shawnee Tribe.

Court hearing in custody dispute over Cherokee Nation girl
Law | National
Court hearing in custody dispute over Cherokee Nation girl (August 30, 2013)
A court hearing is taking place this morning in the custody and adoption dispute over a young girl from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma.

South Carolina officers in Oklahoma for Indian   custody case
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South Carolina officers in Oklahoma for Indian custody case (August 29, 2013)
Three law enforcement agents from South Carolina went to Oklahoma today in connection with an Indian child custody case.

Suzette Brewer: Indian babies  being taken to South Carolina
Law | National
Suzette Brewer: Indian babies being taken to South Carolina (August 28, 2013)
Suzette Brewer reports on another case of an Indian child being adopted in South Carolina under questionable circumstances.

Non-Indian couple wants to continue visits for Cherokee girl
Law | National
Non-Indian couple wants to continue visits for Cherokee girl (August 27, 2013)
A non-Indian couple from South Carolina has apparently been visiting a Cherokee Nation girl who is at the center of a custody and adoption dispute.

Cherokee Nation father into mediation with non-Indian couple
Law | National
Cherokee Nation father into mediation with non-Indian couple (August 19, 2013)
Cherokee Nation father Dusten Brown has entered into mediation with the non-Indian couple that wants to adopt his daughter.

Cherokee Nation father in court as custody dispute continues
Law | National
Cherokee Nation father in court as custody dispute continues (August 16, 2013)
An Oklahoma state court ordered Dusten Brown, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, to show up for a hearing as a dispute over his biological daughter continues.

Oklahoma governor changes position  in Baby Veronica dispute
Law | National
Oklahoma governor changes position in Baby Veronica dispute (August 15, 2013)
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) changed course and told Dusten Brown, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, to meet with a non-Indian couple that wants to adopt his daughter.

Oklahoma governor urges compromise in Baby Veronica   case
Law | National
Oklahoma governor urges compromise in Baby Veronica case (August 14, 2013)
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) won't be acting immediately on a request to extradite Dusten Brown, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, to South Carolina for failing to turn over his biological daughter to a non-Indian couple.

Steve Russell: Open letter to   non-Indian couple in ICWA feud
Opinion
Steve Russell: Open letter to non-Indian couple in ICWA feud (August 13, 2013)
Steve Russell talks to the non-Indian couple that wants to adopt Veronica Brown, a three-year-old citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

Cherokee Nation father out on bond as custody dispute rages
Law | National
Cherokee Nation father out on bond as custody dispute rages (August 13, 2013)
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has ordered the arrest of Dusten Brown, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation whose daughter is the subject of an increasingly contentious custody and adoption dispute.

Judge orders immediate   move of Baby Veronica to non-Indians
Law | National
Judge orders immediate move of Baby Veronica to non-Indians (August 8, 2013)
A family court judge has ordered the immediate transfer of Veronica Brown, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, to a non-Indian couple in South Carolina.

Lawsuit  questions constitutionality of  Indian Child Welfare Act
Law | National
Lawsuit questions constitutionality of Indian Child Welfare Act (July 26, 2013)
A new lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Tribal organizations to move forward with Baby Veronica  suit
Law | National
Tribal organizations to move forward with Baby Veronica suit (July 25, 2013)
Three major tribal organizations will move forward with a civil rights lawsuit after the South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday paved the way for the adoption of a Cherokee Nation girl by a non-Indian couple.

South Carolina court won't reconsider Baby Veronica decision
Law | National
South Carolina court won't reconsider Baby Veronica decision (July 25, 2013)
The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to reconsider its decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, paving the way for a Cherokee Nation to be adopted by a non-Indian couple.

ICWA  dispute over Baby Veronica  simmers in multiple courts
Law | National
ICWA dispute over Baby Veronica simmers in multiple courts (July 24, 2013)
The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, Indian Child Welfare Act case, on June 25, setting in motion new rounds of legal maneuvers in multiple courts.

Tribal organizations plan lawsuit on behalf of Baby Veronica
Law | National
Tribal organizations plan lawsuit on behalf of Baby Veronica (July 22, 2013)
The National Congress of American Indians, the National Indian Child Welfare Association and the Native American Rights Fund plan to file a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Veronica Brown.

South Carolina's top court approves adoption of Cherokee     girl
Law | National
South Carolina's top court approves adoption of Cherokee girl (July 17, 2013)
The South Carolina Supreme Court issued an order today approving the adoption of a Cherokee Nation girl by a non-Indian couple.

Opinion: Baby Veronica case could reach Supreme Court   again
Opinion
Opinion: Baby Veronica case could reach Supreme Court again (July 12, 2013)
Writer comments on the latest twist in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cherokee Nation family looks to adopt girl at center of dispute
Law | National
Cherokee Nation family looks to adopt girl at center of dispute (July 9, 2013)
Dusten Brown, the Cherokee Nation father whose Indian Child Welfare Act case went to the Supreme Court, is seeking to adopt his biological daughter.

Native Sun News:  Supreme Court gains and losses in ICWA case
Law | National
Native Sun News: Supreme Court gains and losses in ICWA case (July 8, 2013)
The decision on the case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl was a wrenching one that was passed from state courts to the US Supreme Court and back again.

Cherokee Nation father speaks out after Supreme Court ruling
Law | National
Cherokee Nation father speaks out after Supreme Court ruling (July 3, 2013)
Dusten Brown, the Cherokee Nation father whose Indian Child Welfare Act case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, wants to ensure his daughter is raised in her tribal culture.

Supreme Court issues order to finalize decision in ICWA case
Law | National
Supreme Court issues order to finalize decision in ICWA case (July 1, 2013)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday issued an order to finalize its decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee children are our most valuable asset
Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee children are our most valuable asset (July 1, 2013)
Cherokee Nation Chief Bill John Baker discusses the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case.

Non-Indian couple  rushes to resolve   custody in ICWA case
Law | National
Non-Indian couple rushes to resolve custody in ICWA case (June 28, 2013)
A non-Indian couple that wants to adopt the Cherokee girl at the heart of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl is seeking to speed up the process.

Editorial: Supreme Court  got it right in Baby Veronica case
Opinion
Editorial: Supreme Court got it right in Baby Veronica case (June 28, 2013)
Oklahoma newspaper says U.S. Supreme Court made the right decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case.

Native Sun News: Supreme Court goes against Indian father
Law | National
Native Sun News: Supreme Court goes against Indian father (June 27, 2013)
In a shocking turn of events, an unexpected ruling by the US Supreme Court has decided that because biological father Dusten Brown did not originally have custody of the child identified in the case as Baby Girl, the court is returning the case to the South Carolina State Supreme Court.

Lots of Links: Coverage of  Indian Child Welfare Act decision
Law | National
Lots of Links: Coverage of Indian Child Welfare Act decision (June 26, 2013)
Media coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case, has been significant.

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