December 13, 2019
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Trump's nominee for Indian Health Service promises positive changes

What a difference a strong nominee makes when it comes to Indian Country's health and wellness.

Cronkite News: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alcatraz

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

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts business meeting and confirmation hearing

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is advancing legislation and taking testimony from one of President Donald Trump's nominees.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota visionary honored for renewable energy work

Oglala Lakota citizen Henry Red Cloud will receive an honorary doctorate degree from Washington College for his career in the pursuit of affordable and accessible renewable energy solutions.

Giduwa Cherokee News: United Keetoowah Band makes history

After waiting more than 15 years, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians finally has land in trust.

Cronkite News: Program helps Native women follow their dreams

Diplomas in hand, 16 Navajo women became the latest graduating class of Project DreamCatcher, a free business training program that aims to create economic opportunities for female Native entrepreneurs.

Chuck Hoskin: Supporting state and federal efforts to address #MMIW

For too many Native women, violence is an ever-present threat.

Rep. Tom Cole: I will be voting to keep the government open

When the government has a full or even partial lapse in funding, it can needlessly cause billions of dollars of damage to the economy.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: America's economy remains as strong as ever

Two years ago, tax reform was a great Christmas gift to Oklahomans and it’s a gift that keeps on giving.

Ryan Wilson: A tribute to a true tribal sovereignty advocate

The story behind the story of tribal self-determination and the politics of Indian Country's remarkable journey towards self-rule cannot be told without Dr. Jim Wilson as a central figure.

Oklahoma governor threatens tribes with non-Indian gaming

Gov. Kevin Stitt (R), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is threatening to bring non-Indian casinos to Oklahoma if tribes don't agree to his demands.

Native language bill clears final hurdle in divided political climate

It took awhile in this era of divided government but the first stand-alone Indian bill of the 116th Congress is one step closer to becoming law.

Tim Giago: A Christmas play to remember

It was the first and last Christmas play I was ever in, but it is one I will never forget.

Native Sun News Today: College 'turns the corner' with Indian Country

Sheridan College is doing more to recruit Native students and maintain connections with Native communities.

Cronkite News: Opinions on Navajo Nation mixed on Donald Trump's impeachment

Cronkite News recently went to Window Rock, capital of the Navajo Nation, to see what Navajos are saying about impeachment.

Montana Free Press: Blackfeet leader concerned about plans for sacred grizzly bears

Grizzly bear management remains a political, environmental and social minefield in Montana.

Clara Caufield: Holidays and keeping in touch with our loved ones

We're over another holiday - Thanksgiving. Now a short time before the BIG one.

The Revelator: Trump destablizes public lands with move of key federal agency

The Bureau of Land Management relocation to Colorado reflects a widespread pattern of destabilization under Donald Trump.

YES! Magazine: Alaska's glaciers show signs of climate change

New studies put hard numbers to Alaska's glacial retreat, now plainly visible to tourists.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe impeaches leader accused of harassment

Accused of creating a hostile work environment, Darla Black was removed as vice president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Montana Free Press: New deal reached in long-running water rights dispute

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

MSU News: New chair in Native American Studies at Montana State University

Blackfeet citizen Loren BirdRattler has been appointed the Montana State University Katz Endowed Chair in Native American Studies.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe secures $5 million to help address damaged infrastructure

An unrelenting season of disastrous weather events has wreaked havoc on the transportation infrastructure on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe announces new chief and council

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe held a swearing-in ceremony for its new council, with Tim Davis chosen to serve as Chief.

Pueblo artist can't sue police officers for handcuffing him at gunpoint

A well-known Pueblo artist can't sue the police officers who pointed an assault rifle at him, handcuffed him and detained him, a court has ruled.

California Nations Indian Gaming Association bids farewell to leadership

Steve Stallings is leaving the California Nations Indian Gaming Association after eight years as chairman of the largest tribal casino organization in California.

Cronkite News: Trump impeachment divides lawmakers along party lines

The House Judiciary Committee ended a daylong hearing into possible articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump with bitter partisan sparring.

Chris Winters: Getting the money out of the U.S. political system

Lost amid the daily news cycle now focused on the impeachment of the president is the fact that money continues to roll in.

Indian Child Welfare Act court hearing scheduled for January 2020

Get ready for round two. A federal appeals court will take up the Indian Child Welfare Act on January 22, 2020.

Witness list for hearing on Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bill

The Lumbee Tribe and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will air out their federal recognition differences at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Native Sun News Today: A million dollar miracle at Northern Cheyenne

"It is only by the grace of Maheo'o (the Creator) this has happened": A new thrift store opened on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana.

Indian Country Today: Tribal leaders stay away from impeachement drama

Tribal leaders have practical reasons for not siding for or against President Trump's impeachment.

Ute Tribe disputes harassment claims of women employees

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

Deadline approaches in tribal gaming compact dispute in Oklahoma

Do Oklahoma's Class III gaming compacts expire at the end of the month? Tribes might soon find out.

Gun Lake Tribe shares more than $9.5 million in gaming revenues

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, has shared more than $91 million with Michigan since 2011.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians plans $90 million expansion of casino hotel

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians announced plans to expand its commercial casino in Pennsylvania, just months after taking over the facility.

Cronkite News: Senate committee takes aim at 'slumlords' on military bases

Lawmakers grilled military leaders over poor living conditions in housing complexes managed by private companies – firms that Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) compared to 'slumlords.'

'Remove the Stain': Wounded Knee bill draws attention in presidential circles

Legislation to revoke the Medals of Honor awarded to those who participated in the massacre of the Lakota people is gaining steam.

Native Sun News Today: Pipeline pollution under scrutiny in Congress

New oil-and-gas pipeline protection measures could help people like Lisa Deville and her family, who suffer from fracking industry pollution on their tribal homelands.

Indian Country Today: Pro-sovereignty candidate drops out of 2020 presidential race

Steve Bullock, the candidate who paid the most attention to Indian Country, is calling it quits.

Navajo Nation Museum hosts auditions for Dine language version of 'Baby Shark'

You've heard it everywhere. Now get ready for the first Native language version of "Baby Shark" doo doo doo doo doo doo.

Editorial: Meth addiction is no laughing matter

Methamphetamine addiction is rampant on all nine of the Indian reservations in South Dakota.

Ivan Star Comes Out: That time I ended up in Facebook jail

As a member of the country’s minority group, I can swear on the fact that racial intolerance is everywhere.

Cronkite News: Death row sentence in Arizona overturned by higher court

A federal appeals court overturned an death row inmate’s conviction, saying attorneys in his case 'dropped the ball' by failing to challenge the state’s evidence.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes move forward with casino expansion

Citizens of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes approved a limited waiver of sovereign immunity in order to obtain financing for a gaming project.

Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bill up for first hearing

The Lumbee Tribe, the largest Indian nation in the eastern United States, lacks full federal recognition due to a law passed during the disastrous termination era.

Native Sun News Today: 'I don't feel safe around cops'

The slap heard round the world, or at least Indian Country, has caused quite the commotion. A middle school girl who was struck by a police officer is the one facing an assault charge.

Tim Giago: Having a good time on the Oprah Winfrey Show

Suzan Shown Harjo, Michael Haney and I were seated in the small dining room in a hotel, waiting for a car to take us to the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Health Center will transform health care for generations

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

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Celebrating Native Americans all year round

I am proud to embrace my Cherokee heritage and I believe that our heritage and traditions should be celebrated not only in November, but year-round.

Rep. Tom Cole: Reflecting on all of our blessings

Especially during a time of great division and polarization, it is important for Americans to join in collective gratitude this year.

Albert Bender: A National Day of Mourning for Indigenous peoples

The official proclamation of Thanksgiving has its origins in slaughter, gore and carnage.

YES! Magazine: Native youth take care of their ancestral lands

The Tribal Steward Program introduces young people to land conservation and restoration in Northwest tribal communities.

Clara Caufield: Remembering holidays in our nation's capital

Years ago, I moved from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, the only home my children knew,, to Washington, D.C.

Cronkite News: White House announces #MMIW #MMIP task force

President Trump authorized creation of an eight-member panel to coordinate the federal response to the problem of murdered and missing indigenous women.

Navajo Nation pays tribute to Korean War veteran Oliver Leo Kirk

Flags are flying at half-staff in honor of Oliver Leo Kirk, a Korean War veteran and Navajo Nation police officer who passed away at the age of 88.

'The worst we have ever seen': Statue depicting Sacagawea being removed

A statue shows Sacagawea, the Native woman who helped the Lewis and Clark expedition, at the feet of the White men assigned to lead it.

Jamul Indian Village serves unique brand of wine at casino

Diners at the casino owned by the Jamul Indian Village can enjoy the tribe's own brand of wine.

'Nobody deserves this kind of treatment': Native women speak out against Oglala Sioux leader

The vice president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe was impeached following complaints about her treatment of women who worked for her.

Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony

Appearing in public with President Donald Trump can be toxic. How did it go for the tribal leaders who met with him at the White House?

YES! Magazine: Bridging the gap between colonized and colonizer

The gap between colonized and colonizer can be bridged, although it will take a lot of work on the part of both.

Tohono O'odham Nation prepares for opening of permanent casino

The Tohono O'odham Nation will be hiring up to 1,300 people for its casino near Arizona's biggest city.

Coeur d'Alene Tribe taps longtime employee to lead gaming enterprise

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has chosen one of its own to lead its gaming enterprise.

Operation Lady Justice features artwork by D.G. Smalling of Choctaw Nation

The work of a Choctaw Nation artist inspired the name of a government-wide initiative aimed at addressing the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans.

President Trump promises action on missing and murdered in Indian Country

He didn't offend anyone. He didn't lash out at his opponents. He was just the president, among a group of tribal leaders.

United American Indians of New England host 50th National Day of Mourning

This year's event focuses on the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit people.

Tribal sovereignty foe Slade Gorton speaks out against Donald Trump

Slade Gorton, a former U.S. Senator who was voted out of office after tribal leaders slammed his anti-sovereignty record, is still alive. Surprised?

Ho-Chunk Nation showcases Native food at gaming facility

One Ho-Chunk Nation casino is celebrating Native American Heritage Month with a Native food menu created by Chef Elena Terry, a tribal citizen.

Cronkite News: Child obesity rates improve with healthier food

Child obesity rates declined after the federal Women, Infants, and Children program increased access to healthier food products.

National Indian Gaming Commission gains a new leader for the Trump era

The National Indian Gaming Commission has a Republican-chosen chairman for the first time in nearly a decade.

Indian Country Today: The attack on tribal sovereignty and ICWA

Before the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, more than a quarter of American Indian and Alaska Native children were removed from their homes.

Tim Giago: The two faces of America

Native Americans were slaughtered and starved on their own lands in an effort to subdue them and steal their lands.

Chuck Hoskin: Creating job opportunities for the Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation is doubling funding for training for some of the fastest growing and highest paying jobs.

Montana Free Press: Trump administration signals support for tribal water compact

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

Morongo Band donates a record 12,500 turkeys for annual outreach program

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians increased the number of turkeys being given out by 25 percent for the 34th Annual Morongo Thanksgiving Outreach Program.

Kurly Tlapoyawa: Erasing the Indigenous roots of the Chicano Movement

Gender inclusivity is important, but so is acknowledging our Indigenous origins.

The Conversation: Climate policy should reflect resilience of Indigenous communities

Indigenous knowledge is an essential asset for communities to adapt to climate change, by knowing the land, using the local natural resources, sharing capital, and taking a community approach to local issues.

Cronkite News: Few minds changed by Trump impeachment hearings

Two months of investigation and two weeks of televised hearings do not appear to have changed any minds about the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Ute Tribe won't comment on allegations of sexual harassment against supervisor

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

Oklahoma tribes compete for commercial casino in Arkansas

The Cherokee Nation and the Choctaw Nation continue to compete for a commercial casino in Arkansas, where one of their fellow tribes is already up and running.

Pamunkey Tribe asserts rights after release of gaming study

A new gaming study is warning of the pitfalls of awarding exclusive casino licenses to tribal nations.

YES! Magazine: Alcatraz activist documents decades of 'Native Resistance'

A new book traces the path of pan-Native activism, from the occupation of Alcatraz to the #NoDAPL movement at Standing Rock.

Cronkite News: Marijuana reform bill takes step forward on Capitol Hill

A House committee gave approval to a comprehensive marijuana reform bill that would decriminalize the drug while erasing pot convictions stretching back decades.

'Political football': Protections for Native women caught up in partisan stalemate

Efforts to protect Native women and children from violence and to address the crisis of missing, murdered and trafficked Native Americans are being thrust into fresh partisan rancor.

RECAP: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs #MMIW meeting and Native veterans hearing

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs had a busy day, taking up #MMIW legislation and Native veterans issues.

Native Sun News Today: Sicangu man looks to revive traditional council

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.

Cronkite News: 'Broken Promises' details government's failures in Indian Country

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

Native veterans head to Capitol Hill after event at White House

American Indians and Alaska Natives serve in the U.S. military at the highest rates of any racial or ethnic group but their needs often go ignored or are overshadowed by other developments.

Native Sun News Today: Leader of Oglala Sioux Tribe accused of harassment

The Vice President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe is facing an impeachment hearing after she was accused of creating a hostile work environment.

Senate committee takes up #MMIW bills amid doubts about protections for Native women

With expanded protections for Native women and children still in doubt on Capitol Hill, key lawmakers are advancing legislation to address the crisis of the missing and murdered in tribal communities.

Native Sun News Today: Quilt hangs hangs in honor of Native women

To raise awareness about the need for shielding Native women and children from violence, advocates took part in a quilt-hanging at the South Dakota State Capitol.

Chuck Hoskin: Honoring Native American Heritage Month

November is a significant time for the Cherokee Nation and other tribal nations across the United States.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: My family is what it is today because of adoption

People sometimes say our kids are blessed to have us as parents. But Christie and I are the ones who feel so blessed that the Lord has given us the opportunity to expand our family.

Rep. Tom Cole: Making Alzheimer's a priority on Capitol Hill

Like many others across the nation, my family knows all too well the heartbreaking decline that takes place in those suffering with Alzheimer's.

CDC museum features Indian Country exhibits

The health and wellness of American Indians and Alaska Natives -- both in rural and urban settings -- is a complex challenge with multiple solutions.

Montana Free Press: Indian People's Action battles expansion of coal mine

A lawsuit in federal court challenges the proposed expansion of the Rosebud Coal Mine in Montana.

MSU News: Presentation of American Indian Hall set for December 3

Plans for the 25,000-square-foot American Indian Hall at Montana State University are moving forward.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Be wary of 'economic development' promises

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

Cronkite News: Supreme Court weighs whether Border Patrol can be sued for teen deaths

U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared split on whether the family of a Mexican teen who was shot across the border and killed by a Border Patrol agent in Texas can sue the agent.

'Homecoming': Pueblo of Acoma set to reclaim sacred item

The Acoma Shield is finally coming home after years in legal and political limbo.

Tribal Access to Homeless Assistance Act advances on Capitol Hill

A bipartisan bill that would help tribes address homelessness in their communities is due for passage in the House of Representatives.

Native Sun News Today: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe battles DAPL expansion

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

Compensate poor people and people of color for climate change

Climate change disproportionately affects poor people and people of color. They should be compensated for their suffering.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes win regulatory case on hazardous waste storage

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are in a long-running dispute with a non-Indian company that refuses to pay for the storage of hazardous waste.

Montana Free Press: Navajo Nation withdraws bond backing for coal mine

Calling the purchase of coal mines 'disrespectful' to the Navajo Nation, President Jonathan Nez is pulling the tribe's financial backing.

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