September 21, 2018
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Trump administration takes credit for increase in tribal safety grants

The Trump team is touting a tribal set-aside in the national Crime Victims Fund despite having little to do with it.

Tribes gain support in bid to stop expansion of non-Indian gaming

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians is warning of the "devastating" impacts of a ballot measure in Idaho.

Tule River Tribe takes major step forward with casino relocation plan

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is finally releasing an environmental review for the Tule River Tribe's casino relocation project.

Kickapoo Tribe welcomes member of Congress to reservation

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) is a relative newcomer to Congress but he's already won some friends in Indian Country.

'I draw the funny things': Pueblo cartoonist goes political

Cartoonist Ricardo Caté has turned his attention to politics and the environment.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: America's use of language is tied to racism

This nation’s use of language toward Indians has been inextricably tied to its history of racism on which it was founded by white, male, Christian colonizers.

'We need action': Native women seek solutions on Capitol Hill

Native advocates are keeping an eye on efforts to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

Complaints filed against Navajo Nation presidential candidates

A former Navajo Nation presidential candidate is going after the top two candidates.

Ernie Jones Sr., president of Yavapai-Prescott Tribe, passes on

Ernie Jones led the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe for the last 17 years.

Brett Kavanaugh's Indian law record in doubt amid assault allegation

With his Indian law record in doubt, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court is confronting a sexual assault allegation.

Tribal leaders stand up to corporations on climate change

Tribes will ramp up efforts to hold corporations accountable for climate change after the energy industry invested another $5 million to stop their campaign.

Bipartisan bill includes Indian Country in suicide prevention efforts

A simple change in federal law will help tribes address suicide in their communities, according to a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

'Lack of understanding of tribes': Brett Kavanaugh at Supreme Court

Add Native Americans to the list of groups concerned about Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination.

Documentary follows 'Warrior Women' through major Indian movements

"Warrior Women" follows an Indian family's experience, from the occupation at Alcatraz to the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

James Giago Davies: Maybe the terrible things that happened never happened

Forty years ago last spring, I lost my little brother Lloyd to a fishing accident.

Ginny Ratsoy: Indigenous playwrights need more support

The Canadian government’s Department of Canadian Heritage has the opportunity to support a groundbreaking cultural initiative.

Department of Justice plans increase in tribal safety funding

Indian Country will be seeing $246 million in grants to secure their communities.

Court strikes down landmark Indian Child Welfare Act ruling

A federal appeals court has delivered a major blow to tribes and parents who have been seeking to protect their children.

Empower tribal communities to address the suicide crisis

Native American reservations are experiencing an epidemic of suicide that is claiming the lives of countless young people.

Anthony Pico: Calling upon the warrior spirit to heal our trauma

We have survived and now we are searching through science and our ancestors for means to healthy lives, families and communities.

Deleana OtherBull: Native women deserve to be safe

Native women are 10 times more likely to be murdered, and Native women face domestic and sexual violence at disproportionately high levels.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Teddy Roosevelt wanted Indian people to disappear

Teddy Roosevelt may be more responsible than most for the denigration of the powerful indigenous tribe that he called the Sioux.

A 'shameful moment': Film depicts violent deportation a century ago

One hundred years ago, 1,200 striking miners were rounded up by gunpoint and forced to leave their homes.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe still waiting on Dakota Access decision

The Trump administration has yet to release its Dakota Access Pipeline decision, more than two weeks after it was supposedly finished.

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association opens conference

Tourism in Indian Country is getting a big boost from the federal government.

University distances campus from founder of brutal Indian mission system

The genocidal legacy of Junípero Serra, who was the founder of the brutal Indian mission system in California, continues to be examined.

Comanche Nation heads to court to battle Chickasaw Nation casino

The Comanche Nation says it wasn't consulted before the Chickasaw Nation acquired land for yet another casino.

Ponca Tribe inches closer to opening of long-awaited casino

Anticipation is building as the Ponca Tribe prepares to open the Prairie Flower Casino in Iowa.

Tribes see dip in slot machine revenues as rival opens new facility

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe have entered a new era in gaming.

Colville Tribes win big in effort to keep homelands safe

The Colville Tribes are celebrating after securing a huge victory against the world's largest mining company.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe returns Rodney Bordeaux to president's post

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe held a swearing-in ceremony for newly elected leaders on September 4.

Gun Lake Tribe brings in Bob Peters as new chairman

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, has a new leader.

Another tribe wins approval for ball and dice games in Oklahoma

The Comanche Nation joins 13 other tribes with the ability to offer craps, roulette and similar ball and dice games.

Tim Giago: Native America loses a great journalist

Adrian C. Louis, the Paiute author, poet and journalist, has passed on.

Border wall called threat to tribal sovereignty in new report

The wall along the U.S. border with Mexico has damaged and destroyed sacred sites, according to a new report.

Second defendant goes on trial for murder of Spirit Lake Nation woman

Savanna Marie Greywind has been symbolic of the epidemic of missing and murdered Native women and girls.

Tribes consulted on first-ever count of missing Native women

The state of Washington isn't waiting on the federal government to do something about the Native women who go missing every year.

United Keetoowah Band eyes casino amid questions about land

The United Keetoowah Band is proposing a casino amid questions about its homelands in northeastern Oklahoma.

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community working to reopen casino

Repairs at the Talking Stick Resort and Casino are taking longer than expected after a storm knocked out power and caused flooding.

Tribes might finally get some help with gaming efforts in Maine

Thirty years after the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, some tribes are still being left behind.

Whitecap Dakota First Nation breaks ground on hotel and conference center

The Whitecap Dakota First Nation is bringing a 155-room hotel and conference center to Saskatchewan.

Trump administration supports sovereignty for tribes in Texas

Two tribes whose casinos are being threatened with closure are getting a big assist from Washington.

Two Native authors among finalists for National Book Award

Brandon Hobson (Cherokee) and Tommy Orange (Cheyenne-Arapaho) are winning more praise for their non-fiction works.

Documents indicate plans to spy on Native opponents of Keystone XL

Federal and state authorities are coordinating in anticipation of protests against the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Bureau of Indian Affairs officer credited with drug bust

A Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer has taken nearly 17 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin off the market

Judge extends order against grizzly bear hunts near Yellowstone

Tribes are battling the Trump administration over protections for the sacred grizzly bear.

Indigenous leader Margarito Díaz González murdered at home

An indigenous leader who was opposing development on sacred Wixarika lands was killed in Mexico.

'We still have a lot of work to do': Tribes unite as lawmakers promise action

Indian Country saw a busy day on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers passing four bills as tribal leaders discussed major issues and controversies.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Our Mohawk way of life was destroyed

The Mohawk people thrived until the need for cheap power led to the destruction of our homelands.

Wilton Rancheria moves forward with gaming management agreement

The Wilton Rancheria is working with a subsidiary of Boyd Gaming on a long-awaited casino in California.

Planning continues for city's first Native American Day parade

The Native community has continued to rally around a Native American Day Parade in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Jeffrey Whalen: Tribal government's many moments of tyranny

It appears a majority of Oglala Sioux leaders don't want to see the tribe's constitution reformed.

Disenfranchising Native Americans: Court divided on voting law in Arizona

Arizona has a long history of discriminating against Native voters. A new law may help those efforts.

Pine Ridge Reservation sees $93 million in Cobell buy-back offers

The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has returned to Pine Ridge for a second time.

Treaty tribes fight for strong water quality standards

A pollution-based economy is not sustainable. No price can be placed on the value of human health or the resources that sustain us.

'Why don't you do the same thing for us?': Oglala candidate asks of Trump

Not every tribal election offers voters a clear choice, or even a good choice.

'Land is not lawfully in trust': Opponents seek action on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Indian Country is entering uncharted territory as one tribe's reservation is slated to be taken out of trust.

Native candidate Donna Bergstrom returns home to Red Lake Nation

The state of Minnesota will almost surely have a Native woman serving as Lieutenant Governor come 2019.

Woman from Mille Lacs Band dies in 'Forgotten Natives' encampment

Alissa Rose Skipintheday just turned 26 years old before passing on.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians completes largest repatriation

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians recently returned ancestral remains and burial objects to their resting place.

Spokane Tribe eyes new investments in gaming enterprise

With its new casino finally up and running, the Spokane Tribe is looking to make improvements in its gaming enterprise.

Another Indian bill makes its way to the president's desk

Donald Trump's reputation in Indian Country is often in the dumps even as Congress keeps giving him pro-tribal bills to sign.

Leland McGee: Reflecting on that unforgettable day in September 2001

It was seventeen years ago, but I remember that day as if it were yesterday.

Tohono O'odham Nation wins approval to restore more homelands

The Trump administration is facing fire for its tribal homelands decisions but not everything coming out of Washington looks bad for Indian Country.

Chickasaw Nation inadvertently left off gaming compact notice

The Chickasaw Nation was among the first to offer ball and dice games in Oklahoma despite a minor oversight at the federal level.

NCAI: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe 'stripped' of its sovereignty

The National Congress of American Indians disagrees strongly with the Department of the Interior’s decision affecting the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.

Mark Trahant: Native advocates say no to Brett Kavanaugh

Are Native-related issues enough to sink the nomination of President Donald J. Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court?

'Coal is dead': Navajo citizens take power plant fight on the road

Navajo environmentalists want an aging, coal-fired power plant on their homelands to go away.

George Nicholas: Protecting Indigenous heritage around the world

We urgently need a set of practical guidelines for addressing and preventing heritage loss by Indigenous peoples.

American Indian Heritage Day at Montana State University

Indigenous languages will be the focus of Montana State University’s 2018 American Indian Heritage Day observance.

'He's very well liked': Revolving door brings lobbyist back to Senate

Government watchdogs are concerned about Jon Kyl's role as a lobbyist now that the Republican from Arizona is back in office.

Trump administration takes Indian Country back to termination era

Less than two months into the job, the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has set an ominous tone for tribal nations.

Three sentenced for roles in murder on Winnebago Reservation

Three tribal citizens have been sentenced for the murder of a 32-year-old man on the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska.

Tribes sue Trump administration for approving Keystone XL Pipeline

The Fort Belknap Tribes and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe are waging a familiar war over water, treaty rights and the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees major progress on federal recognition bill

The Little Shell Tribe is getting closer to securing justice after more than 100 years of uncertainty.

Tribes once again ask Congress to recognize sovereign rights in Texas

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and the Tigua Tribe are being denied rights most others in Indian Country take for granted.

Tim Giago: Fighting for justice the only way he knows

Like many Lakota I am a witness to the injustices perpetrated upon Native Americans.

Richard Peterson: Brett Kavanaugh threatens tribal sovereignty

Alaska tribes, despite being more than the nation's capital, know the truth about Brett Kavanaugh's agenda.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation shares story of our survival

From forced removal to self-determination, the Cherokee Nation's sense of identity and governance are undeniable.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians prepares for impact of Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is going to hit the Southeast and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians wants to be ready.

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe decries desecration of human skull

"The remains of our ancestors are sacred," the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe said as authorities investigated the desecration of a human skull.

Spirit Lake Nation opposes hog farm development near Devils Lake

Citing a need to protect water, the Spirit Lake Nation is opposing plans to house up to 2,400 hogs near the reservation.

Chairman of Crow Tribe avoids arrest in dispute with judicial branch

Alvin 'A.J.' Not Afraid, the chairman of the Crow Tribe, no longer has to worry about being arrested.

Omaha Tribe theft case results in guilty pleas from all defendants

Nine people have admitted they misused health care funds that were provided to Omaha Tribe.

Sauk-Suiattle Tribe welcomes Bigfoot to first gaming facility

The Sauk-Suiattle Tribe is almost ready to open the Last Chance Casino and Bingo in Washington

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe solidifying plans for long-awaited casino

With the Chickasaw Nation as a partner, the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is looking at a $12 million investment in its first casino.

Cheyenne-Arapaho author lands on shortlist for first novel 'There, There'

Tommy Orange is earning critical praise for his debut novel about urban Indians.

'I love Indian Country': John McCain's long history in Indian policy

Despite times of tension, Native leaders and colleagues describe the late John McCain as a firm advocate for tribal rights.

Dakota Access Pipeline decision still missing in action a week later

It's been a week since the Trump administration approved the Dakota Access Pipeline again. Where's the actual decision?

Chairman of Crow Tribe ordered arrested in dispute with judicial branch

The Crow Tribe hasn't paid judicial branch employees and a judge is seeking action.

'Chief Wahoo' logo disappears as baseball team plays in Canada

Two years after a Native architect took aim at the Cleveland professional baseball team's racist imagery, the team has responded.

Chickasaw Nation lands first-ever casino partnership with NFL team

The WinStar World Casino and Resort is the official casino of the Dallas Cowboys.

Arne Vainio: Walking in the footsteps of my grandmother

My grandmother dared to cross an ocean alone and she worked and struggled and saved so someone in her family could someday get ahead.

Mallory Black: Seeing someone new? Watch out for these red flags

While you and your partner might be having fun getting to know each other, it’s important to watch for certain behaviors when dating someone new.

'Historical injustices': Bill seeks study of treaty claims

A new bill in Congress is offering some hope for communities in New Mexico who land was supposed to be protected by treaty.

Oglala Sioux Tribe continues fight against uranium mining

The world's largest uranium producer is seeking to expand operations near the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Jeffrey Whalen: We are living in third world conditions in America

We don't have good, sound financial decisions being made by the leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Tribes report rise in revenues at gaming facilities in New Mexico

Tribal gaming is on the rise in New Mexico, with one expert calling the growth surprisingly positive.

Report confirms big market for sale of tribal cultural property

For the first time, a government report has put a price tag on the sale of tribal cultural property on the international market.

Tara Sweeney: The late John McCain never forgot the first Americans

John McCain worked hard to support and strengthen tribal sovereignty and tribal self-determination.

An 'expert' in Indian issues tapped to replace John McCain in Senate

Jon Kyl will take the late John McCain's place on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Bureau of Indian Affairs awards grants to tribes for business development

The Trump administration has awarded $400,000 in business development grants in Indian Country.

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians prevails in homelands litigation

The cards continue to fall into place for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, whose homelands have long been the subject of controversy.

Associated Press runs series on 'Missing in Indian Country'

Indigenous women and girls are going missing and murdered at alarming rates.

Washoe Tribe again asks Congress for help with homelands

The Washoe Tribe is working to recover ancestral lands in northern Nevada.

'I am part of the resistance': Official claims to work against Trump

There is a quiet resistance within the Trump administration of people putting country first. So says an anonymous "senior official."

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces opposition to homelands legislation

Politicians from Rhode Island are lining up against the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.

Ponca Tribe begins hiring employees for long-awaited casino

The Ponca Tribe will be hiring about 100 employees to work at the Prairie Flower Casino in Iowa.

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