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Secretary Ryan Zinke resigns amid 'false allegations' of wrongdoing

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is stepping down from the Trump administration following yet another report of pervasive misconduct at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Bureau of Indian Affairs hit with another harassment scandal

Since the arrival of Tara Sweeney as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, there have been at least five investigations of harassment, misconduct and other questionable behaviors.

Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down

Time is running out for tribes to see action on their legislative agenda as lawmakers prepare to wrap up the 115th session of Congress.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation continues to support veterans

America’s veterans, including many Cherokee men and women, committed a portion of their lives to preserving our collective freedoms.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota Nation Invitational kicks off in South Dakota

The Lakota Nation Invitational is underway in Rapid City, drawing top basketball teams from reservations across South Dakota.

Cronkite News: 'Rez golf' grows in popularity on the Navajo Nation

Played with secondhand clubs on rugged courses amid rocks, livestock and medicinal plants, 'Rez golf' is gaining popularity among Navajos.

'It's open season': Few answers at hearing on missing and murdered

Federal law enforcement officials have admitted a 'problem' exists in Indian Country -- too many people go missing and are murdered every year.

Lorraine Davis: Our people need culturally responsive services and housing

Culturally responsive services are vital to our existence, preservation of our heritage, tribal identity and the strengthening of our families.

Native Sun News Today: Indian Health Service rejects move of urban hospital

An Indian Health Service hospital that serves urban Indians is the subject of a tug-of-war in South Dakota.

Cronkite News: Tribes on 'pins and needles' in Indian Child Welfare Act case

The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 faces rising numbers of legal challenges and a critical courtroom loss.

The Conversation: Wet'suwet'en First Nation defends territory from pipeline

Ground zero in the global battle against climate chaos this week is in Wet'suwet'en territory, in northern British Columbia.

Author's grandparents stood up to 'colonial power' in early 1900s

Legendary Native leaders Henry and Elizabeth Cloud are the focus of a new book authored by their youngest grandchild.

Fundraising complete for $20 million Indian center in Montana

Gifts from two prominent families have completed the fundraising for a $20 million American Indian Hall on the campus of Montana State University.

New law opens the door for distilleries in Indian Country

A nearly 200-year-old ban on the manufacture of liquor on tribal lands has been repealed by Congress.

Tribes welcome bill to advance casino stalled by Trump administration

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are tired of waiting on the Trump administration.

Ho-Chunk Nation sees support for off-reservation casino

The Ho-Chunk Nation is moving forward with a $405 million development in Beloit, Wisconsin.

Indian Country makes final push for Farm Bill on Capitol Hill

A bill that would breathe new life into food sovereignty efforts and expand agricultural and economic opportunities in Indian Country is almost across the finish line

National Congress of American Indians loses more women staffers

The executive director of the National Congress of American Indians remains on leave as the organization continues to experience employee turnover.

President Trump signs two more Indian Country bills into law

Policies adopted during more paternalistic eras of federal Indian policy are finally coming to an end.

Native Sun News Today: Urban Indians protest tribal takeover of hospital

Both sides in the battle over Indian health care in Rapid City, South Dakota, are accusing the other of spreading misinformation.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country impacted by a government shutdown

President Trump said he will own a government shutdown in a theatrical meeting with Democratic leaders.

Cronkite News: Tribes involved in Colorado River water talks

After months of meetings, progress toward a multistate drought contingency plan has been a two-steps-forward, one-step-back affair.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe aims to open casino in the summer

Details remain scarce about the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe and its long-awaited casino in Massachusetts.

Quapaw Nation awaits decision on gaming license in Arkansas

The Quapaw Nation is planning to build a commercial casino in an area of Arkansas where the tribe has long connections.

Congress sends more Indian Country bills to President Trump

Indian energy, Indian education and Indian health are gaining a boost as the 115th Congress comes to a close.

Winnebago Tribe defends sovereignty in dispute with state officials

The Winnebago Tribe's economic development corporation is battling the state of Nebraska in federal court. Tens of millions of dollars are at stake.

Video: Mother of Native man who died after police encounter speaks

A jury in Nebraska has cleared a fired police officer for beating a Native man who later died.

'Silent Crisis': The missing and murdered in Indian Country

Federal law enforcement officials and Native women will be discussing the missing and murdered in Indian Country at a hearing in Washington, D.C.

Arne Vainio: I do not see spirits. Someday, I will

Someday we will all make that journey and what we give of ourselves will be what remains.

Cronkite News: Ancestral tribal sites threated by copper mine

Tribal monitors are helping collect data on culturally significant sites that are facing an uncertain future in Arizona.

'They're on trial, too': Fired officer blames Native man's family for death

Zachary Bear Heels, 29, died after a beating by police officers but one of them doesn't think he should be held responsible.

Judge blocks pre-construction activities for Keystone XL Pipeline

Native activists have won another ruling in their fight against the controversial crude oil project.

Tim Giago: Christmas at a boarding school on the Pine Ridge Reservation

We Lakota celebrate Christmas because it was an important part of our culture to give and share gifts on special occasions.

Bill John Baker: Saving our Cherokee language by identifying fluent speakers

If our language disappears, we will be without the core of the vibrant and thriving culture we share from generation to generation.

Mark Trahant: So, is President Donald Trump a crook?

Federal prosecutors have now publicly alleged that the answer is yes, the president is a crook.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes are a barrier to freedom of the press

Owning about 75 percent of Indian mass media, tribal governments are a key barrier to independent reporting in American Indian outlets, according to a new report.

Cronkite News: Navajo girl carries on family's boxing tradition

Mariah Bahe, 14 years old, is the reigning Arizona State Junior Olympics champion in boxing.

The Conversation: The genocide of the Inuit people in Canada

The Ahiarmiut are entitled to an acknowledgement by the Canadian government that they were victims of genocide.

Seminole Tribe loses appeal in long-running taxation dispute

The Seminole Tribe must pay utility taxes to the state of Florida, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for a second time.

Secretary Ryan Zinke backs Washington NFL team's return to D.C.

Will the Washington NFL team and its racist mascot be returning to the nation's capital with the help of the Trump administration and Congress?

Public hearings set for two off-reservation casinos in Midwest

The Midwest regional office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs is busy with off-reservation gaming projects.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe warns of losses due to stalled casino

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is facing a bleak winter thanks to the Trump administration.

Mohegan Tribe lands entertaiment partner for casino in South Korea

The Mohegan Tribe is working with a big film studio on a theme park at its casino in South Korea.

Albert Bender: Racism to blame for missing and murdered Native people

The brutal murder of Amanda Webster emphasizes the plight of Indigenous women throughout the country.

Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo

The Violence Against Women Act remains mired in partisan politics but tribes continue to utilize the law to protect their communities.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala woman wins national rodeo pageant title

Kade Bettelyoun, from the Pine Ridge Reservation, is the 2019 Miss Indian Rodeo.

Remembering the Big Foot Riders on anniversary of massacre at Wounded Knee

We are fast approaching the 128th anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee.

Erika Dyck: Canada's shameful history of sterilizing Indigenous women

We are finding a disturbing legacy of sterilization of Indigenous women.

Fired police officer mounts defense in Native man's death

Zachary Bear Heels, a 29-year-old citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, died after being repeatedly shocked and punched by police officers in Omaha, Nebraska.

Tribes and organizations seek respect for cultural and sacred items

There is a long history of looting and stealing Indian burials and important cultural and sacred patrimony.

Native Sun News Today: Apology offered for Wounded Knee massacre

The massacre at Wounded Knee haunted a descendant of the U.S. Army general who was the commander of the infamous 7th Cavalry.

YES! Magazine: How Standing Rock changed one doctor's life

Dr. Tara Sood rushed to volunteer with the Indigenous-led protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Deb Haaland stands by Sen. Elizabeth Warren amid DNA doubts

Some in Indian Country have questioned Sen. Elizabeth Warren's decision to go public with a DNA analysis.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation lawmakers consider independent press bill

Efforts are underway to restore freedom of the press to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe seeks to name clamming grounds

The Washington Committee on Geographic Names will be taking action on the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe's request to name Littleneck Beach.

Pechanga Band quickly wins approval for naming rights deal

The Pechanga Band's naming rights came as a surprise to local officials and to the tribe which previously held them.

Pueblo of Tesuque 'absolutely pleased' with response to new casino

New Mexico's newest tribal gaming facility opened to the public on the day after Thanksgiving.

Pamunkey Tribe sees support for gaming development in Virginia

According to a new poll, 64 percent of voters want to see the Pamunkey Tribe open a casino.

Fired police officer violated policy by repeatedly shocking Native man

Zachary Bear Heels, 29, was tasered 12 times by a police officer before he died in Omaha, Nebraska.

Hearing scheduled on missing and murdered in Indian Country

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be confronting the "silent crisis" of the missing and the murdered at a hearing on December 12.

Bureau of Indian Education manager investigated for sexual misconduct

A manager at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in New Mexico had a sexual relationship with a student. That's not prohibited.

Shakopee Tribe donates more than $5 million to Indian Country

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community continues to share its good fortune with Indian Country.

Native artists selected for year-long fellowship in Oklahoma

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship continues to foster Native talent.

Native Sun News Today: Sioux boxer on slow path to recovery after attack

Keith Courneyer has opened his eyes and is showing signs of improvement. Arrests have been made in connection with the attack.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Assimilation has taken our Native identity away

It is imperative that we revive our indigenous world view and spiritual beliefs.

Debbie Martin: Addressing the health care crisis in Indigenous communities

There are stark differences between the health of Indigenous peoples in Canada and their non-Indigenous counterparts.

Gun Lake Tribe shares shares $9 million with communities in Michigan

Gaming continues to be good business for the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians and its neighbors.

Tribes remain at odds over new gaming developments in Oregon

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe doesn't want the Coquille Tribe to open a new casino.

Court puts hold on controversial Indian Child Welfare Act ruling

Tribes will have to move quickly to save the Indian Child Welfare Act from being invalidated across the nation.

George H.W. Bush, 1924-2018, left lasting mark on Indian Country

George Herbert Walker Bush only served one term as U.S. president but it proved to be a productive one for tribal interests.

Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe heads back to the polls

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe has to choose a new president and vice president after both officials resigned.

Mark Trahant: Congress still working on Indian Country funding bill

The spending bill includes Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education.

KJZZ: Reptile tracks are oldest discovered in Grand Canyon

Reptile tracks discovered in Arizona are about 310 million years old, making them the oldest ever discovered there.

Arrest made in connection with murder of Navajo Nation woman

Amanda Dakota Webster, a 26-year-old mother of three from the Navajo Nation, was murdered on December 1.

Teacher accused of 'cultural assault' against Native students won't return to school

A public school teacher accused of calling one Native student a "bloody Indian" and cutting the hair of another won't be returning to work.

Famous scientist accused of sexual misconduct used 'Native' handshake

Neil deGrasse Tyson is facing scrutiny for an incident in which he offered a so-called "Native" handshake to a subordinate.

Quapaw Nation wins endorsement to operate commercial casino in Arkansas

The Quapaw Nation is returning home to Arkansas with a project named after Chief Saracen.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still working with backer of derailed casino

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe isn't the only one reeling from the Trump administration's termination-era decisions.

Brothers jailed for attack in Pueblo of Pojoaque casino parking lot

An attack at a tribal casino in northern New Mexico left one man with a broken jaw and another with a head injury

'I can't breathe!': Video shows moments before Native man's death

Zachary Bear Heels, a 29-year-old citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, died in an encounter with police in Omaha, Nebraska.

Supreme Court schedules hearing in third Indian law case

Oral arguments in a closely-watched treaty rights case take place on January 8, 2019.

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