January 23, 2019
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Tribal nations present united front in Indian Child Welfare Act case

A battle to save the Indian Child Welfare Act is shaping up to be one of the most consequential court cases in recent history.

Kitcki Carroll: Indigenous peoples deserve dignity on our own lands

America, it is time to live by the principles, morals, and values you profess to embrace and exemplify.

Native Sun News Today: Flandreau Santee Sioux veteran lauded for efforts

Dr. Allen Ross has been recognized as the South Dakota Veteran Supporter of the Year.

Mark Trahant: Indian lawmakers remain at odds over border wall and shutdown

Democrats like Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) want to reopen the government before talking about border issues. Her Republican colleagues have a different approach.

Indigenous actress Yalitza Aparicio nominated for Oscar for 'Roma'

Yalitza Aparicio, who is Mixtec and Triqui, has been nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role.

Cronkite News: Volunteers found guilty for work near U.S. border

Four humanitarian aid workers were found guilty after leaving aid for migrants in a restricted area of a national wildlife refuge.

Zenobia Jeffries Warfield: Let's tell the truth about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King was widely disliked for his message of liberation for oppressed people in this country—Black people, Brown people, Native people, all poor people.

Montana Legislature boasts record number of Native Americans and allies

Native issues are front and center in the Montana Legislature thanks to the record number of tribal citizens in office.

Little Shell Chippewa Tribe seeks another shot at federal recognition

Montana's Congressional delegation is once again seeking federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians, whose status has been in limbo for more than a century.

Blackjack dealear at Suquamish Tribe casino accused of cheating

Authorities believe a blackjack dealer at the Suquamish Tribe peeked at cards and tipped off certain players.

Rally shows support for tribal elder at center of #MAGA confrontation

Supporters of Nathan Phillips braved subzero temperatures to show solidarity with the tribal elder whose confrontation in the nation's capital went viral.

Tim Giago: Some things that still haunt me after more than 70 years

It’s been a long time since I went fishing out in Rapid Valley and even longer since I stole a watermelon.

Mark Trahant: Indian lawmakers on opposite sites of border and shutdown debate

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) opposes the border wall. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) supports it.

Native Sun News Today: Urban Indians assert control over health care

In what some have termed “historic” the Rapid City Indian community chose five men and five women to represent tribal people living in sacred He Sapa.

Cronkite News: Indigenous Peoples March draws thousands to Washington D.C.

'It was just time,' organizer Kelly Holmes said of the first-ever Indigenous Peoples March in the nation's capital.

Blood Tribe reaches settlement with Canada over cattle mismanagment claim

A treaty promise made to the Blood Tribe in 1877 is the subject of a new settlement.

Pamunkey Tribe clears first hurdle with bill to authorize casino under state law

The Pamunkey Tribe is seeing initial success with efforts to open a casino in Virginia.

VIDEO: Indigenous Peoples March spokesperson talks about #MAGA incident

"I got very concerned and afraid that violence or some sort of physical confrontation was going to break out," activist Chase Iron Eyes said of the widely-condemned incident.

VIDEO: Omaha elder taunted by #MAGA youth at Indigenous Peoples March

The Indigenous Peoples March in the nation's capital was marred by a confrontation between a Native elder and #MAGA youth.

Driver given light sentence for crash that took lives of Lakota mother and son

Lynell Morrison-Cash and her 14-year-old son, Waylon, were killed near the Pine Ridge Reservation in February 2018.

Bill John Baker: Indian students will finally be counted thanks to new law

With the passage of the Johnson-O’Malley Modernization Act, we are poised to build a stronger future for the Cherokee Nation and for all of Indian Country.

Native Sun News Today: Tribal leader addresses lawmakers in South Dakota

President Rodney Bordeaux of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe highlighted the government shutdown and the Keystone XL Pipeline in his State of the Tribes address.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country employees seek pay for working through shutdown

Indian employees are among the thousands forced to work through the shutdown without guarantee of being paid.

YES! Magazine: Documentary explores Native influence in music

A documentary airing on PBS sets the record straight: Native musicians played an oversize role in the history of American music.

Ivan Star Comes Out: The Vietnam war helped kill my holiday spirit

Looking back at my life, it is as if my life was predestined by the unknown.

Cronkite News: Volunteers on trial for helping U.S. border crossers

No More Deaths has been providing water, food and medical aid for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border for more than a decade.

Rep. Haaland and Rep. Davids land first committee assignments in 116th Congress

Committee assignments are slowly trickling in for new members of Congress and the first Native women have landed key spots.

Shutdown isn't slowing down Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations

The partial government closure isn't preventing the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations from carrying out its mission.

Native Sun News Today: Attack targets Native women who won seats in South Dakota

An anonymous attack against two Lakota women elected in South Dakota was rebuffed as lawmakers met for the new session.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: We must follow through on our obligation to Indian Country

Tribal Nations are sovereign governments that have a unique relationship with the federal government. Unfortunately, not everyone in Washington understands that.

Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats show they aren't willing to work with Republicans

In divided government, there is no room for one-sided debate. In order to get things done for the American people, bipartisan and good faith negotiation is critical.

Mark Trahant: Kids are going hungry in Indian Country as shutdown drags on

How many children are afraid because they know their parents are worried? Or broke. Even hungry.

Cronkite News: Lawmakers, advocates say shutdown's impact hits hardest in tribal areas

Even though she saw six opioid overdoses in recent months, two fatal, Kerry Hawk Lessard closed the medical and behavioral health clinic she runs for Native Americans.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Indigenous people treated like criminals at the border

The death of a Maya girl at the U.S. border is a symbol of an ongoing criminal act by today’s American government against defenseless Indian people.

Meskwaki Nation offers $50K reward for woman missing since January 2015

Rita Janelle Papakee, a mother of four, was last seen on the Meskwaki Settlement in Iowa four years ago.

Pokagon Band shares $1.56 million with hosts of casino in Indiana

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is helping the community as it celebrates a gaming milestone.

Tribes prepare for state of Arizona to demand more gaming revenues

Tribes have already shared more than $1.45 billion with the state of Arizona. The state wants more.

Winnebago Tribe continues to see more return to homelands

"Our goal is to create self-sufficiency by getting jobs and opportunity to our local tribal members," an executive from the Winnebago Tribe's economic development corporation says.

'We are homeland security': Tohono O'odham Nation demands role in border talks

Indian Country is 26 days into a fight with the Trump administration. One tribe's been struggling even longer.

Albert Bender: Indian activists cheer release of human trafficking survivor

Cyntoia Brown is finally going free after spending half of her life behind bars.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota standout still loves rez ball

Born at Pine Ridge, Dylan Pourier has the mind and heart of a Lakota rez ball player.

Clara Caufield: Thank you for welcoming back this Cheyenne 'blabbermouth'

There are many good people on the Rez and so I think I will start writing about them.

Cronkite News: Basketball team hopes to inspire Native youth

When the Arizona State women’s basketball team played on the Navajo Nation, thousands of fans showed up.

Darcy Lindberg: First Nations win decision requiring increase in treaty payments

Indigenous legal traditions can point us in the right direction, towards a wealth of gratitude, justice and a good life.

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe appeals loss in patent case to Supreme Court

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is asking the nation's highest court to rule on a controversial sovereign immunity issue.

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe faces opposition to land-into-trust application

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is seeking to restore more of its homelands but local officials are putting up a fight.

Republicans attempt to isolate lawmaker with history of racial statements

Native advocates have long questioned Steve King's priorities. Now Republicans are turning against him.

Pamunkey Tribe willing to operate gaming facility under state law

Facing a long wait in the federal system, the Pamunkey Tribe is opening the door to other gaming options.

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe ready to break ground on $40 million casino expansion

A new hotel tower is on the way at the 7 Cedars Casino in Washington.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians plans $190 million investment in commercial casino

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has big plans for a commercial casino being acquired in Pennsylvania.

Quapaw Nation reaches deal to sell land as it pursues casino in Arkansas

The Quapaw Nation plans to sell some of its land in Arkansas now that its gaming dreams are finally being realized.

Solutions elusive for Indian Country as impasse in Washington drags on

With efforts to resolve the record-breaking government shutdown at a standstill, tribal leaders and advocates are scrambling for ways out of the crisis.

Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs works through government shutdown

The Trump administration wants tribes to know that Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney has not been furloughed.

Recap: Indian Country shares #ShutdownStories while federal funding runs dry

Democrats in Congress heard from Indian Country witnesses on the 25th day of the federal government shutdown.

Native Sun News Today: Survivors of Indian school abuse lobby for changes in law

The 9 Little Girls abuse survivor advocacy group wants justice and healing for the many who suffered during the boarding school era.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Fry bread is just another legacy of colonization

The only way to fight colonialism is to regain what has been obliterated, like our language, customs history, belief system or world view.

Cronkite News: Republicans oppose bill to pay furloughed government workers

President Trump has promised back pay for furloughed federal workers but not all Republicans agree.

Judge delays trial for fired police officer accused in Native man's death

Zachary Bear Heels, 29, died after being repeatedly shocked and punched by police officers in Nebraska.

Tribes bring #ShutdownStories to Washington as funding impasse continues

The federal government's trust and treaty obligations to Indian Country have gone out the window as the record-breaking government shutdown continues.

Harold Frazier: President Trump takes another racist jab at Native people

I ask you America, when are you going to come to your senses regarding this president?

'Racist and disrespectful tweet': Tribal leaders condemn President Trump

Leaders of the National Congress of American Indians are speaking out after President Donald Trump invoked the Wounded Knee massacre in an attack on a political rival.

Tim Giago: We'll get over the wall. Will we get over Donald Trump?

Never in the history of America has there been anyone like Donald Trump, who lies with every other sentence.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country feels the hardships of the shutdown

When will the longest government shutdown in history end? Tribes are waiting for a thaw in Washington.

Albert Bender: Freedom finally arrives for survivor of human trafficking

Cyntoia Brown has spent half of her life in prison for killing a man when she was 16 years old.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes acquire land at sacred Bear Butte

Members of the Northern Cheyenne, Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes received a wonderful holiday gift that will benefit generations to come.

Ernestine Chasing Hawk: An appreciation for the Indian Health Service

We need to thank the employees at Sioux San Hospital and Indian Health Service who work tirelessly to meet our health care needs.

Allyson Stevenson: Indigenous women demand rightful place in leadership

Through organizations like the Saskatchewan Indian Women’s Association, women demanded their return to their rightful place in Indigenous leadership.

Cronkite News: New trial ordered for woman with history of being abused

A federal appeals court has ordered a new trial for an Arizona woman, saying she was wrongly denied the chance to present evidence of battered woman syndrome.

Mike Males: Here's why a pro-Donald Trump state would quickly fail

White Americans need immigrants and diversity. That’s not do-gooder talk. It’s math.

'Like dropping a bomb': Nansemond Indian Nation bashes another tribe's casino plan

The newly recognized Nansemond Indian Nation isn't happy about another tribe's plan for a casino in Virginia.

'We'll be bold': Efforts continue to provide urban Indians with services

Plans for a halfway house for tribal citizens in Sioux City, Iowa, are moving forward thanks to a $300,000 donation.

Navajo President: Government shutdown violates treaty obligations

As the longest government shutdown continues with no resolution in sight, Navajo President Russell Begaye urges U.S. President Donald Trump to end the impasse and fund tribal services.

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe fully funded for now with no end in sight to shutdown

The federal government shutdown negatively impacts the ability of the United States to fulfill their trust obligations to all Indian nations across the country.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation celebrates removal of nuclear waste

I’m proud that Cherokee Nation took the lead in removing a risk that would have threatened our communities forever.

As shutdown drags on, some lawmakers defer pay -- but only for now

While thousands of federal workers are going without pay this month, some members of Congress will forgo their salaries during the partial government shutdown.

Democrats opposed bill to protect homelands of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Democrats from Rhode Island are making it clear that they do not #StandWithMashpee or with a tribe in their own backyard.

Ponca Tribe continues to see strong business at long-awaited casino

Litigation isn't stopping the Ponca Tribe from welcoming customers to its casino in Iowa.

'Shameful': Congress fails to take action on missing and murdered Indigenous women

A candlelight vigil will call attention to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and the failure to address what has been called a national crisis.

Indian Country organizations unite by calling for an end to #TrumpShutdown

Eight inter-tribal organizations are calling on President Donald Trump and Congress to reopen the federal government.

United South and Eastern Tribes: 'This shutdown must end now'

We now find ourselves caught up in a political fight that fails to properly account for, honor, and respect this country’s first moral and ethical obligation.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country enters national emergency territory with #TrumpShutdown

Friday is going to be a rough day for tribes and Indian organizations. They will not get paid what they are owed by the United States of America.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota student is serious about academics and athletics

Alejandro Rama, a basketball standout at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation, will be attending college on an academic scholarship.

George Wilson: Character assassination is far too common on the reservation

In the Oglala Sioux Tribe if you speak up and try to make a better life for the people you get blacklisted and slandered.

Authorities investigate sexual assault of San Carlos Apache woman

A comatose citizen of the San Carlos Apache Tribe was the victim of a sexual assault that resulted in her becoming impregnated.

Nevada board endorses Shoshone name 'Doso Doyabi' for mountain

Tribal nations are supporting a Shoshone language name for Nevada's third-tallest peak.

Ohkay Owingeh father murdered in apparent road rage incident

A non-Indian man has been charged in connection with an apparent road rage incident at Ohkay Owingeh in northern New Mexico.

'Recipe for disaster': The #TrumpShutdown and Indian Country

With tribal communities feeling the pinch of the #TrumpShutdown, Democrats in Congress are working to restore federal funding to Indian Country.

Another Native woman -- a Republican -- launches bid for Congress

Two Native women are making history by serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. Could a third be on the way?

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs retains bipartisan leadership

Tribes will see familiar faces as the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, one of the busiest in Congress, gets back to work.

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians welcomes new attorney general

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has a new attorney general and a tribal citizen is holding the job for the first time.

Native Sun News Today: Communities prepare for impacts of Keystone XL Pipeline

Agenda items across nine counties have one topic in common: safety and security concerns surrounding the building of Keystone XL.

The Conversation: Indigenous voices ignored in Elizabeth Warren debate

Cherokee and indigenous peoples have spoken out about Elizabeth Warren case, though they have largely been ignored in the larger media narrative.

Mary Annette Pember: Water protectors fight final stretch of Dakota Access Pipeline

Indigenous water protectors and allies have been protesting, suing and, in some cases, doing felony-level direct action, to halt the completion of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes introduction of homelands legislation

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is in danger of seeing its homelands taken out of trust for the first time since the termination era.

'Morongo has come a long way': Morongo Band starts work on casino expansion

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is celebrating a major project at its casino in southern California.

Wilton Rancheria slated to break ground on long-awaited gaming facility

The Wilton Rancheria is looking forward to another big year of achievements in California.



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