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Governor stuns Alaska Federation of Natives with end to campaign

When thousands of Alaska Natives gathered for two major conferences, they had no idea they would be witnessing history.

Thousands gather for annual meeting of Alaska Federation of Natives

Alaska's new lieutenant governor, a prominent Native citizen, delivered a triumphant keynote after a political shakeup at the state level.

'You are beautiful. You are strong': Elders and youth wrap up conference

Elders and youth focused on ways to ease divisions among men, women and two-spirit people as the First Alaskans Institute wrapped up its annual conference.

'We are breathing life into our culture': Native youth carry on traditions

From preserving their languages to learning about tattooing, Native youth are keeping their heritage alive.

Another Indian Country organization undergoes change

The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers is searching for a new leader following the departure of its long-serving president.

Tim Giago: What would Pocahontas say about Donald Trump?

We cannot afford to lose the voice of Elizabeth Warren, but we also cannot allow a foul-mouthed bigot to continue to hurl childish insults at her.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Elizabeth Warren deserves our praise

Elizabeth Warren is welcome anytime on the Mohawk territory of Akwesasne.

Native lieutenant governor resigns for 'inappropriate comments'

Alaska's political world was rocked with the sudden resignation of Byron Mallott, the state's Native lieutenant governor.

Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe finds itself without leaders

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe has often made history, but this week, we find ourselves in a new jam.

Mary Annette Pember: Opioid crisis affects mothers and newborns in Indian Country

Inadequate funding for the Indian Health Service hinders treatment and addiction programs for expecting mothers in tribal communities.

New guide kick-starts reconciliation in the justice system

Concrete actions are needed to address the harmful effects of the residential school era.

'Open letter' with names of Native survivors roils Senate race

A campaign ad featuring the names of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and rape has Sen. Heidi Heitkamp on the defensive.

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation seeks to revive gaming lawsuit

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is firing back at the Trump administration as plans for a new casino remain in limbo.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe continues work on gaming project

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is working with the Chickasaw Nation on a long-awaited casino.

Native elders and youth gather for annual conference in Alaska

Thousands are attending the 35th annual Elders and Youth Conference, hosted by the First Alaskans Institute.

New face of Bureau of Indian Affairs returns to Alaska after making history

Tara Sweeney, the new Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for the Trump administration, is back home in Alaska.

Morongo Band awards $40,000 in scholarships to Native college students

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is once again helping Native students fulfill their educational dreams.

Chris Winters: States are disenfranching Native and minority voters

Some states are seeing how far they can go in disenfranchising certain voters, including Native American ones.

Teen tobacco use is down but e-cigarette use draws health concern

E-cigarette use among youth has reached 'epidemic proportion,' according to the head of the Food and Drug Administration.

Officer from Puyallup Tribe involved in fatal shooting

Authorities are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting outside of the casino owned by the Puyallup Tribe.

Those 'injuns': Timbisha Shoshone Tribe faces racism in casino bid

The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe continues to face vehement opposition to a proposed casino.

Cherokee Nation and Quapaw Tribe continue to donate big to campaign

Two tribes are working together in hopes of legalizing casinos in Arkansas..

Cherokee Nation upset after Sen. Warren releases results of DNA test

Is Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) really Native American? Her campaign says DNA results prove she is.

Congress sends bill with pro-tribal provisions to President Trump

Congress went on break last week but not before sending another pro-tribal bill to President Donald Trump.

Citizen Potawatomi Nation hits end of the line at Supreme Court

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the state of Oklahoma have been at odds over sales taxes at tribally-owned businesses.

National Indian Education Association chooses new president

The National Indian Education Association is undergoing significant change as it approaches its 50th anniversary.

Tim Giago: Deaths of Native men remain unsolved decades later

Back in 1998 and 1999 something happened to cause the deaths of so many homeless and Native American men.

Native women candidates: It's our time, together

This might be the most powerful idea in this election year, a political network of Native women.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh's impact on Indian Country

The recently confirmed Supreme Court justice was heavily opposed by Indigenous leaders.

'We were here first': Tribes say Line 5 pipeline tunnel ignores treaty rights

Tribes want a seat at the table in talks over a pipeline that runs through their treaty territory.

What the Supreme Court ruling means for Indigenous consultation

Must governments in Canada consult with Indigenous communities prior to adopting legislation that could affect their rights?

Man from 'Northern Cherokee Nation' landed $7.6 million in government contracts

The Northern Cherokee Nation isn't considered legitimate but federal contracting officials apparently don't care.

Why don't anti-Indian groups count as hate groups?

The current understanding of 'hate groups' excludes those who undermine tribal rights and sovereignty.

Sisseton Wahpeton man acquitted in Indian education theft case

Stacy Phelps, a citizen of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, has been cleared by a jury in connection with an Indian education funding scandal.

County authorities shut down marijuana operation on Yokayo Rancheria

Authorities in California said they eradicated 233 marijuana plants and confiscated 100 pounds of dried cannabis from a home on the reservation.

Secretary Ryan Zinke rumored to be up for United Nations post

Is Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke about to say sayonara to Indian Country?

National Congress of American Indians defends handling of #MeToo scandal

The leader of the country's largest inter-tribal organization is defending the handling of sexual harassment allegations.

Supreme Court set for major showdown in tribal sovereignty case

Oral arguments in a closely-watched reservation boundary case take place on November 27.

Tribes alarmed after Supreme Court refuses to help Native voters

Thousands of Native voters in North Dakota will be disenfranchised ahead of a critical election unless they take action to protect their rights.

Two newcomers vie for leadership of Oglala Sioux Tribe

The two candidates seeking to lead one of the largest tribes in the nation come from opposite ends of the spectrum.

Trump ally still trying to clear his name in racial profiling case

A controversial county sheriff who was convicted of racial profiling plans to take his case to the Supreme Court.

Bill planned to address missing and murdered Native women

Two lawmakers in Nebraska are working to address the crisis of missing and murdered Native women.

Trump administration bans new mining on land near Yellowstone

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is protecting one area of Montana as the Blackfeet Nation calls on him to protect another.

More tribal leaders criticize ruling in Indian Child Welfare Act case

A federal judge struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 as unconstitutional.

Cherokee author named to shortlist for National Book Award

Brandon Hobson is among the five finalists for National Book Award in fiction.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Native people and marijuana in Canada

Marijuana in Canada presents a serious matter for Natives and particularly for the Mohawks of Akwesasne.

Republican official unleashes ugly attack on Native candidate

A Kansas Republican unleashed a racist, homophobic attack on Sharice Davids, a Democrat running for U.S. Congress.

A coal fight in Indian country turns ugly

A Crow family wants the best offer for the use of their land. Negotiations have turned bitter.

Indian Health Service provider vacancies a 'never-ending cycle'

A new report reveals that chronic understaffing at the Indian Health Service denies patients quality care.

What drives people to join hate groups? Research offers clues

New research offers clues to stop the spread of organized hate groups in the United States.

Southern Ute Tribe matches $1 million raised by KSUT radio station

An Indian Country radio station is getting closer to moving into a new home and becoming more financially independent.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians defends sovereignty in immunity case

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is asking the nation's highest court to correct a sovereign immunity decision.

Pueblo of Santa Ana jumps into sports betting industry

The Pueblo of Santa Ana will be the first tribe in New Mexico to offer sports betting.

Former employees take aim at National Congress of American Indians in #MeToo scandal

Women who complained about the way they were treated at the National Congress of American Indians often found they weren't believed.

Supreme Court gains new member as Trump's shadow looms large in Indian cases

Opposition in Indian Country wasn't enough to derail President Trump's controversial nominee to the Supreme Court.

Arne Vainio: 'Remind everyone to love those who are connected to them'

This big world can be a lonely place if you're just waiting for it to end.

Padraig Kirwan: How the Choctaw Nation brought hope to Ireland

The Choctaw people suffered devastating losses in their history but still found time to help others.

Indian Country outraged by decision in Indian Child Welfare Act case

A federal judge's decision to strike down the Indian Child Welfare Act continues to draw strong reactions.

Bill John Baker: Honoring and respecting our elders

As Cherokees, our elders remain the foundation of our families and communities.

'We must reconcile': How Native American Day came about in South Dakota

A letter to newspaper publisher Tim Giago led to the Year of Reconciliation and the first Native American Day.

How the loss of Native American languages affects our understanding of the natural world

Many Native American communities are working to save cultural insights and revitalize their languages.

Montana State University lands grant for American Indian Hall

Montana State University will receive a major portion of funding to build a state-of-the-art American Indian Hall thanks to a $12 million pledge.

Activists mark year since official halt to liquor sales in Whiteclay

Millions of cans of beer are no longer being sold in a small reservation border town.

Leader of Crow Tribe blames 'gross mismanagement' on others

The leader of the Crow Tribe is vowing to pay back any misspent federal funds after yet another audit uncovered problems on the reservation.

Report: Dip in gaming revenues offset by other gains at Arizona casinos

Gambling revenues dipped slightly at Arizona's tribal casinos in 2016, but those losses were more than offset by a strong jump in non-gaming revenues.

Leaders of Pinoleville Pomo Nation can be sued for alleged fraud

A gaming developer claims it invested nearly $5.4 million in a casino that never got off the ground.

Tribes demand accountability from National Congress of American Indians

A #MeToo scandal at the nation's largest and oldest inter-tribal advocacy organization is threatening another high-ranking staffer.

Judge strikes down Indian Child Welfare Act in contested ruling

Tribes are preparing for a big battle after a federal judge struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act in a case many believe is headed to the Supreme Court.

Tulalip Tribes lose decision in closely-watched dual taxation case

Should states and counties be able to tax businesses in Indian Country? One federal judge says yes.

Native candidates for Congress see good news in final campaign stretch

Three Native women are seeking seats in the U.S. Congress. This might be the year for all of them.

Indian law professors join campaign against Brett Kavanaugh

Republicans in the Senate are moving forward with a final vote on Brett Kavanaugh after receiving the results of an FBI investigation.

Hearing addresses high rates of violence against Native women

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will be taking a closer look at violence against Native women.

John Thune: Honoring our Native American history and traditions

South Dakota is lucky to have a new generation of tribal leaders who continue to fight day in and day for the communities in which they live.

Tribes finally given access to Dakota Access Pipeline decision

Tribes have finally been given access to the Trump administration's Dakota Access Pipeline decision but Indian Country is still being kept in the dark.

Report questions handling of Trump's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy

The Department of Homeland Security was not fully prepared to enforce the Trump administration’s 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy or handle its consequences.

White Earth Nation blames poor financial situation on gaming projects

The White Earth Nation is experiencing financial hardships and some tribal leaders are blaming the situation on prior leadership.

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians updates gaming agreement

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is waiting on federal approval for its new Class III gaming compact.

National Congress of American Indians ousts senior attorney after #MeToo outcry

John Dossett is no longer employed at the nation's largest and oldest inter-tribal advocacy organization after being accused of sexual harassment.

Tribes help bring down barriers to Indian Child Welfare Act

The Indian Child Welfare Act remains under attack across the nation but tribes in one state are working to ensure they have a voice.

A Republican Native American is running for governor in 2018

A citizen of the Cherokee Nation is hoping to become Oklahoma's first Native American governor and already has the endorsement of a key Republican.

Native voters ask Supreme Court to intervene ahead of key election

Native voters have filed an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court after losing a case affecting their rights in North Dakota.

Crow Tribe is subject of another critical look at federal funds

The Crow Tribe is accused of misusing and mismanaging $12.8 million in federal funds.

'A family defends its honor': Siblings target Republican incumbent in Congress

Paul Gosar is running for re-election in Arizona but six of his brothers and sisters are endorsing his rival.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation moves foward with charges in criminal case

A dispute over gaming on Indian allotments in Oklahoma has spawned a messy mix of litigation in tribal and federal court.

Report confirms continued growth in Indian gaming industry

The latest issue of Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report is out, showing 3.9 percent growth in tribal revenues.

Graton Rancheria converts space at casino into smoke-free area

Patrons can now enter and gamble at the Graton Rancheria without coming into contact with secondhand smoke.

'Fake News!': Tribe swept up in Trump administration's law and order push

The Trump administration is more than happy to promote drug busts in Indian Country but one tribe is striking back.

Small number of school safety grants make it to Indian Country

The Trump administration announced more than $70 million in school safety grants but fewer than five went to Indian Country.

Twenty congressional districts where #NativeVote18 could make all the difference

There are at least 20 congressional districts where the Native Vote tops one percent of potential voters.

A revival for the Navajo Nation's police force

Despite continuous underfunding, a new academy is training cadets to protect the Navajo Nation on its own terms.

'The best news we've heard': Uranium mining ban at Grand Canyon stands

The Supreme Court has let stand an Obama-era moratorium on new uranium mines on about 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon.

How Canada can, and must, empower Indigenous communities

It’s time to treat Indigenous communities with more respect and engage them as collaborators in infrastructure projects.

Tribes lose challenge to reorganization of Bureau of Indian Education

A federal judge just got around to ruling on an Obama-era restructuring of the Bureau of Indian Education.

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation sees setback in case against Trump administration

The Trump administration has delayed a tribally-owned casino in Connecticut, a move that benefits a non-Indian rival.

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