November 15, 2018
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'Termination is here': Tribes rally against Trump administration

Tribal leaders are calling on Congress to repudiate the Trump administration in light of recent decisions that undermine the federal government's trust relationship.

Recap: #StandWithMashpee march for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is fighting to protect its reservation in Massachusetts.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota activists stall uranium mining hearing

Leaders and citizens of the Oglala Sioux Tribe are protesting uranium development on their homelands.

Clara Caufield: Another Northern Cheyenne warrior passes on

Tim Lame Woman, whose Cheyenne name was Night Bear, dedicated his life to his people.

Cronkite News: A 'purple' Arizona? Democrat wins key Senate race

Political pundits credit Democrat Kyrsten Sinema for appealing to moderate and independent voters in her successful run for U.S. Senate.

Lakota woman remains in critical condition after brutal attack

Sheena Between Lodges, 32, came out of a coma after being severely beaten. She remains under close watch in South Dakota.

Anti-Indian hate crimes rose dramatically in first year of Trump presidency

Hate crimes against Native Americans increased a whopping 63 percent after Donald Trump took office.

Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing

Tribal leaders from Arizona, North Dakota and Oklahoma are testifying in support of bills that affect their communities.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes discuss takeover of troubled hospital

The future of the Sioux San Hospital, an Indian Health Service facility in South Dakota, is at stake.

Mark Trahant: Election lessons for Indian Country

So much history was made this Election Day and it really was the year of the Native woman.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Our problems can be traced to our tribal constitution

I believe life on the homeland will not evolve until we rid ourselves of this so-called 'constitution' that was shoved down our throats.

Mary Annette Pember: Witnessing history on Native Election Night

While covering the midterms from Minnesota, I couldn't help but feel the pride my mother would have felt had she lived to see this day.

Cronkite News: Arizona voters send first woman to U.S. Senate

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has defeated Republican Martha McSally in the highly contested race.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation condemned for changes at media outlet

The formerly independent Mvskoke Media is being placed under the control of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's executive branch.

Choctaw Nation announces another expansion of flagship casino

The Choctaw Nation is adding a 1,000-room hotel and a slate of another amenities to its largest casino.

Cowlitz Tribe sues to block release of video of alleged attack

The Cowlitz Tribe doesn't want video of an alleged attack at its casino being made public.

Coeur d'Alene Tribe undertakes massive renovation of casino

The Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel is seeing some big changes as it wraps up its 25th anniversary celebration.

Snoqualmie Tribe opens private gaming room on 10th anniversary

The Snoqualmie Tribe has been celebrating the 10th anniversary of its casino in Washington with a string of upgrades and additions.

Native Republican candidate refuses to concede race for Congress

Two candidates. Two victory speeches. But only one of them will end up going to Congress.

Bill to address missing and murdered sisters scheduled for action

Savanna's Act represents a first step to address what Native women are calling an epidemic.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work after the historic mid-term election.

Tim Giago: When a grandmother is an accessory to murder

There are times when news stories come across my desk that are sickening.

Terri Hansen and Jacqueline Keeler: Yes, Native people are still here

It’s an excellent time to refocus our attention on the Indigenous origins of democracy in this country.

Native Sun News Today: Union seeks to organize Native hotel workers

Tribal members are doing the dirty work and not being compensated, rewarded or acknowledged.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Book about Vine Deloria's influence a page turner

Vine Deloria, Jr., the Native author, theologian, historian, and activist, was a star of his time.

Cronkite News: Votes still being counted for Senate race in Arizona

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema or Republican Martha McSally? Voters still don't know the outcome of a key U.S. Senate race.

Tribes see setback in caribou reintroduction efforts in Lower 48

The South Selkirk Mountains caribou herd is down to just six animals.

Ho-Chunk Nation takes step forward with off-reservation casino

The Ho-Chunk Nation's off-reservation casino is finally moving forward in a more politically-friendly environment in Wisconsin.

Lakota woman fighting for her life after brutal beating

A 32-year-old Lakota woman suffered a traumatic brain injury after being beaten in South Dakota.

Democracy Now: Deb Haaland promises action on missing and murdered sisters

One of the first Native women elected to Congress is calling for a national probe into missing and murdered indigenous women.

Bill John Baker: Remembering the service of Cherokee Code Talkers

At Cherokee Nation we are adamant about honoring and paying respects to those who have fought for the liberties we enjoy every day and hold so dear.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe expands nursing home

Construction is underway on a new wing at the Oglala Sioux Lakota Nursing Home.

Clara Caufield: Reflections about grizzly and black bears

According to one of my Cheyenne relatives, there are many 'bad bear' stories in our history.

Native candidate edged out in race for another seat in Congress

It looks like Yvette Herrell, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, won't be joining two other Native women in Congress.

Native Sun News Today: Seeking justice for victims at Whiteclay

Activists and citizens are seeking action about unsolved deaths in a tiny town near the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Abaki Beck: Documentary explores removal of Indian children

"Dawnland" shows how the state of Maine is confronting its harmful legacy.

James Giago Davies: Maybe younger people are really onto something

We often assume age and experience matter most when it comes to making wise decisions, or in understanding how the world actually operates.

Cronkite News: Arizona awaits outcome of key Senate race

The Senate race between Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally remained too close to call. But results from Arizona are expected soon.

Native candidates claim majority on county commission in Utah

The non-Native hold on power in San Juan County, Utah, has finally come to an end.

Oglala Sioux Tribe elects newcomer Julian Bear Runner as president

At age 33, Julian Bear Runner was the youngest candidate for president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation returns Mark Fox to chairman's post

Mark Fox has won re-election as the leader of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.

Cherokee Nation disputes disruption of sensitive sites at new casino

A local artist who claims Cherokee ancestry is accusing the Cherokee Nation of acting in a 'non-Indian' way.

Quapaw Tribe moves forward with casino bid after victory at polls

In just two years, the Quapaw Tribe could be opening a casino named in honor of a chief who was laid to rest in Arkansas.

Native women headed to Congress for first time after historic election

Sharice Davids in Kansas and Deb Haaland in New Mexico became the first Native women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Native vote once again propels Jon Tester to victory in close Senate race

The power of the Native vote is on display as a vulnerable Democrat survived a near-fatal blow in the heart of Trump country.

Only one state makes history with election of first Native governor

Republican Kevin Stitt came through in Oklahoma while Democrat Paulette Jordan fell short in Idaho.

Minnesota picks ticket with Native Democrat in governor's race

Peggy Flanagan, a citizen of the White Earth Nation, will be the first Native lieutenant governor of Minnesota.

Jonathan Nez wins election as president of Navajo Nation

The Navajo Nation has gone through another unusual election cycle.

Cherokee Nation and Quapaw Tribe secure victory with gaming initiative

After spending nearly $6 million on a ballot initiative, two tribes based in Oklahoma have emerged victorious in Arkansas.

Election Day: #NativeVote18 races to watch across the nation

Election Day is finally here and Native candidates across the nation are hoping to secure victory at the polls in what has become a landmark year for the Native vote.

Seminole Tribe claims victory in costly campaign to protect gaming enterprise

It cost nearly $25 million but the Seminole Tribe has emerged victorious with its campaign to limit non-Indian gaming in Florida.

'I was born an Omaha and I'm going to die an Omaha'

The Omaha Tribe is defending its decision to remove dually-enrolled citizens from the rolls.

Cronkite News: Women are making their voices heard on Election Day

In what is being called the Year of the Woman, more and more women are running for public office.

Native candidate fights for Alaska's future as election day nears

Debra Call, a Democrat, fears the lives of Native citizens in Alaska will be put at risk if her Republican opponent wins on November 6.

Native women thank Heidi Heitkamp on eve of critical election

Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat from North Dakota, stands up for Native American women.

Arne Vainio: Let's make sure our votes count in this election

My grandfather's vote would have mattered. My vote matters. Your vote matters.

Tim Giago: We need more Native American judges in South Dakota

We believe it is high time to open the doors of the court houses in South Dakota to be inclusive of the Native Americans.

Mark Trahant: There's no turning back in historic #NativeVote18 year

There are a hundred-plus Native American candidates running for office. More than half are women.

Cronkite News: Trump denies calling on troops to shoot at migrants

A caravan of immigrants from Central America has been President Trump's topic of choice as the election approaches.

Ute Tribe welcomes return of ancestral land in Colorado

"This good man reached out to the Ute Tribe, on his own, to return this land to us," Chairman Luke Duncan said of the exchange.

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation chooses chairman and council

Rodney Butler will serve another term as chairman of the Connecticut-based tribe.

Employees love working at the National Indian Gaming Commission

The independent federal agency that oversees the $32 billion tribal casino industry is one of the best places to work in government.

Wilton Rancheria secures approval of gaming management agreement

The Wilton Rancheria is getting closer to its goal of self-sufficiency.

Seminole Tribe spends more than $24 million on gaming initiative

The Seminole Tribe has made a big bet on Election Day in order to protect its gaming enterprise.

Tribal gaming industry sees another quarter of growth in Arizona

Tribes shared nearly $27 million in gaming revenues with the state of Arizona in what was the seventh consecutive quarter of growth.

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

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians is the latest to comply with the Violence Against Women Act, which recognizes the 'inherent' authority of tribes.

Eight tribes have spent more than $160 million on political campaigns

Some tribes are big spenders when it comes to asserting their political interests.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians announces largest per capita payment

Gaming continues to generate benefits for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

A symbol of sovereignty: Ponca Tribe comes full circle with Prairie Flower

"This casino doesn't define who we are as a tribe," Ponca Chairman Larry Wright Jr. said. "But what it does symbolize is our sovereignty."

Crow citizens upset after chairman aligns tribe with Republicans

Citizens of the Crow Tribe are mobilizing after their leader endorsed Republican Matt Rosendale in a closely-watched Senate race.

Indian Country energy revenues are on the rise after slump

Energy development revenues in Indian Country topped $1 billion for the first time in four years.

Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative names new director

Food sovereignty efforts continue to advance in Indian Country.

Ivan Star Comes Out: The colonizers have turned Native words against us

I believe it is imperative that we free ourselves of this long-standing, unmerited tyranny.

Cronkite News: Havasupai Tribe wins ruling in uranium mining dispute

The Havasupai Tribe and environmental advocates will be able to challenge an existing uranium mine near the Grand Canyon.

News reports link Secretary Zinke's criminal woes to tribal gaming

A tribal lobbying scandal during the George W. Bush era led to criminal indictments. It looks like another one is brewing in the nation's capital.

Cow Creek Band no longer pursuing gaming partnership with Oregon

Two tribes remain locked in a long-running battle over gaming in Oregon.



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