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Santee Sioux Tribe welcomes additional donations as flood relief efforts continue

The Santee Sioux Tribe, hit hard by flooding, needs bottled water and baby supplies, Chairman Roger Trudell said as additional donations flowed to the reservation.

House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control

Homelands for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians and federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota coach makes comeback with reservation team

If the enduring strength and spirit of the Oglala Lakota Tribe could be embodied in a single person, he would strongly resemble Casey Means.

YES! Magazine: Indigenous library offers safe space and a learning experience

Xwi7xwa library in British Columbia is working to decolonize the way libraries organize information.

Cronkite News: Donald Trump continues to attack the late John McCain

It’s no secret that President Donald Trump is not a fan of the late Sen. John McCain, Republican from Arizona.

National Museum of the American Indian hosts 'Safety for Our Sisters' symposium

An event in the nation's capital will help draw attention to efforts to protect Native women from violence.

Mark Trahant: The Native vote is at play in the 2020 election cycle

One U.S. Senate candidate has brought on a tribal citizen to serve as campaign treasurer.

Native Sun News Today: Indian community seeks voice in local government

A lack of representation in politics continues to cause strife and adds to the perceived racism in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Fawn Sharp: The attack on the Indian Child Welfare Act cannot stand

Native children benefit from knowing their heritage. Why attack a system that helps them?

'Vicious, murdering savages': Defense of Confederate symbol on state flag turns ugly

Efforts to redesignate a Confederate symbol on the Arkansas flag continue to go nowhere, with opponents going after tribes.

Alaska Natives on opposite sides of energy development in Arctic refuge

A bill to block energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge exposes a long-running divide among Native peoples in Alaska.

Gavin Clarkson: Indian Country should thank Donald Trump for Justice Gorsuch

President Donald Trump has elevated a new champion for Indian Country to the Supreme Court.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on public safety at field hearing

Tribal, federal and state officials are testifying about public safety and drug enforcement at a field hearing in North Dakota.

Native Sun News Today: Community comes together to talk about Indian inmates

In South Dakota, 33 percent of the male prison population and 63 percent of the female prison population is Native American.

Cronkite News: Supreme Court hands Trump adminstration a win on immigrants

Undocumented immigrants can be held without bail, possibly years after they have committed a deportable crime.

Cherokee Nation woman who went missing was reportedly seen at a tribal casino

Aubrey Dameron, 25, was last seen at her home in Oklahoma on March 9, 2019.

Tulalip Tribes elect Teri Gobin, daughter of longtime leader, as new chairwoman

The Tulalip Tribes has a woman serving as chair for the only second time in history.

Catawba Nation predicts 'huge' economic impact with casino on homelands

Chief Bill Harris says a casino would be a 'game changer' for the Catawba Nation.

Lawmakers in New York consider yet another expansion of non-Indian gaming

Non-Indian developers are waving big dollar signs in front of lawmakers in New York.

Santee Sioux Tribe slowly 'getting back to normal' after unprecedented flooding

In the wake of unprecedented flooding, the Santee Sioux Tribe is seeking donations as it continues to make repairs to damaged infrastructure.

Supreme Court delivers slim victory in Yakama Nation treaty rights case

The Yakama Nation is celebrating after the tribe's treaty rights were confirmed by the highest court in the land.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation reflects on the end of the Trail of Tears

As Cherokee people, we are stronger today than ever before.

Native Sun News Today: New panhandling law called racist toward Indian people

Although not clearly written in black and white, a seemingly racially-biased, anti-panhandling ordinance will soon go into effect.

Stateline: Indian Child Welfare Act likely headed to Supreme Court

For the first time, states have sued to overturn the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.

For Native Americans, US-Mexico border is an 'imaginary line'

Life was already difficult for Native Americans who live along – and across – the border even before President Donald Trump declared a national emergency.

Doug Pibel: Even the conservatives on the Supreme Court can be swayed

The nation's highest court's gone conservative. But there's pretty clear evidence that public pressure can make a difference.

Cronkite News: President Trump issues first veto after being rebuked by Congress

Donald Trump signed the first veto of his presidency, after both chambers of Congress rebuked his border emergency declaration.

White Earth Nation in mourning over passing of Chairman Terry Tibbetts

Terrence “Terry” Tibbetts served the White Earth Nation for more than three decades.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes movement on bill to keep reservation in trust

But the conservative media claims President Donald Trump opposes the tribe's legislation.

'Shameful': Little River Band blames rival tribes for delaying off-reservation casino

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians continues to wait for a decision on a long-awaited off-reservation casino in Michigan.

'An abomination': Republicans try to strip tribal jurisdiction from Violence Against Women Act

A bill to renew the Violence Against Women Act is moving forward in a more partisan era, impacting how tribes are able to protect women.

Harold Frazier: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe won't allow flag in state capitol

Another decision by Governor Kristi Noem has been made without the consent of the Lakota people and has resulted in an embarrassing situation.

Tim Giago: Let us stay for awhile and see what we shall see

I want to speak but I cannot and the face is becoming hazy in the crowd.

Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats in Congress are not acting 'For the People'

H.R.1 is a rushed and sloppy attempt to rewrite voting laws, election laws and campaign finance laws to get more Democrats elected.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Democrats want to bring socialism to America

The Green New Deal should be taken seriously for what it truly is: a socialist manifesto.

Rep. Deb Haaland: Indigenous peoples are under attack in Donald Trump's America

We must stand up against toxic rhetoric and brutal attacks on the rights of indigenous peoples.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes protest passage of bill protecting Keystone XL Pipeline

Despite opposition from tribal leaders, bills to shield South Dakota from costs of conflicts over the Keystone XL Pipeline sailed through the state Legislature.

Advocates call for funding, data to find missing, murdered Native women

Navajo Nation Missing Persons founder Meskee Yatsayte wakes up every morning, scours social media for missing indigenous people and begins contacting families.

Native student wins award for work on gender and racial identity

Jerico Cummings, a citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, is a fourth year student at Montana State University.

Native students are helping lead the climate change movement

The youth-led movement builds on the momentum of the increasingly Black and Brown leadership behind the Green New Deal.

J.M. Opal: The myth of the American Frontier still shapes U.S. racial divides

Grim facts do not stop the "blood and soil" nationalists of Donald Trump’s America from feeling victimized.

'Sad': Catawba Nation fires back after Eastern Cherokees slam homelands bill

A war is erupting between the Catawba Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians over plans for a casino.

Little River Band off-reservation casino faces opposition from fellow tribes

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is pursuing an off-reservation casino in Michigan but fellow tribes aren't happy about it.

Ho-Chunk Nation ready to move forward with off-reservation casino

"We're patient and persistent so whenever the approval process wraps up, we will be ready," a tribal spokesperson said.

Pueblo of Pojoaque becomes second in New Mexico with sports betting operation

The Thunder Race & Sportsbook is the 'best place to wager on the big game and the track,' according to Pojoaque Pueblo.

'They are not your children': Future of Indian Child Welfare Act in hands of appeals court

Tribal leaders are expressing hope after judges on a federal appeals court questioned the attacks on the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Lawsuit blames Indian Health Service and 'rent-a-doc' for Lakota woman's death

Sherry Wounded Foot was taken to an Indian Health Service hospital with severe injuries but treatment was slow to arrive, according to a new lawsuit.

Oglala Sioux Tribe orders lockdown after winter storm slams the reservation

A powerful winter storm has stranded many emergency and medical personnel on the Pine Ridge Reservation, forcing tribal leaders to order non-essential traffic off the roads.

Tribal officials worry Bears Ears cuts leave sacred spaces vulnerable

President Trump's decision to reduce the Bears Ears National Monument is harming tribal sites, members of Congress were told.

Defendant goes to trial in connection with brutal beating of Lakota woman

Sheena Between Lodges was brutally beaten on the Pine Ridge Reservation and prosecutors say a man knows who committed the crime.

#ProudToProtectICWA: Tribal leaders react to hearing in Indian Child Welfare Act case

The fate of the Indian Child Welfare Act is in the hands of a federal appeals court.

AUDIO: 5th Circuit Court of Appeals oral arguments in Brackeen v. Zinke

Listen to a federal appeals court debate the future of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Indian Country asks appeals court to protect #NativeChildren in critical case

A closely watched court case will determine whether the Indian Child Welfare Act lives to see another day.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Freedom of the press in Indian Country

With freedom of the press under attack by Donald Trump and his minions, what's it like for Indian Country?

MSU News: Blessing for new American Indian Hall set for powwow weekend

Montana State University will launch the American Indian Hall building project this month.

Frank's Landing Indian Community loses decision in sovereignty case

The Frank's Landing Indian Community cannot engage in gaming on its homelands in Washington state, according to a federal appeals court.

Native women leaders lined up for hearing on missing and murdered sisters

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is tackling the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women.

Mark Trahant: The Trump budget has no chance of becoming law

But there is growing support for the Indian Health Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to receive advance funding.

Native Sun News Today: Police investigate deaths of two young men

Two young men died within a 24-hour period in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Technology revitalizes Native American boarding school exhibit at the Heard

The Heard Museum in Arizona highlights the personal stories of students who attended Indian boarding schools.

The Revelator: Tribes without recognition struggle to protect their heritage

Many tribes still lack legal recognition and struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and the environment.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Are we letting the police become more violent?

Police more often than ever before have shot and killed unarmed persons and are rarely reprimanded or punished for it.

President Trump releases new budget with cuts for Indian Country programs

The Trump administration finally released its fiscal year 2020 budget and the numbers aren't looking good for Indian Country.

Appeals court schedules lengthy hearing in Indian Child Welfare Act case

Arguments are taking place in a case that tribes say goes to the very heart of their sovereignty and their relationship with the United States.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes yet another look at 'high-risk' programs

"Where Are They Now" sounds like an old cable television show, only this week it's about the trust and treaty responsibility.

AUDIO: Indian Country leaders share funding priorities with Congress

Lawmakers continued an annual tradition by inviting Indian Country leaders to Washington, D.C.

Tim Giago: A brief history of the fight against 'Indian' mascots

Stick to the lions, tigers and bears, and leave human beings like Native Americans off your list of mascots for your sports teams.

Bill John Baker: Stand strong and stand up for our Native children

Our children are our hope, our strength and our future. They are not for the taking.

Native Sun News Today: Indian-owned business continues to grow

Since opening in 2015, HeSapa Enterprises has steadily grown in size and services provided to customers

Seasonal complaint: 'Missionaries are on our reservation!'

The weather is warmer and there's another influx of Christian missionaries and charity groups on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

'It could be me': Native American teen teaches self-defense to keep indigenous kids safe

With kicks, blocks and twists of the wrist, 16-year-old Kylie Hunts-in-Winter is teaching Native American boys and girls to stay safe.

House subcommittee schedules hearing on missing and murdered indigenous women

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is holding its second hearing of the 116th Congress and the topic is a pressing one.

Winnebago Tribe incorporates language into billboards and public signs on reservation

If all goes as planned, this time next year the Winnebago Reservation will look a lot different.

Haskell University mourns loss of basketball standout Darrian Diwayan

"She made each of us smile," the head women's basketball coach said of sophomore Darrian Diwayan, who was from the Pueblo of Laguna.

Native Sun News Today: Pipeline opponents and advocates warn of dangers of man camps

Keystone XL Pipeline opponents are joining forces with advocates of justice for missing and murdered indigenous women.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Learning one's family history is nourishment

People have to realize that colonization erased our histories, language, and culture.

Mary Annette Pember: My mother died while surviving civilization

Thousands of Native American children were forced to attend boarding schools created to strip them of their culture. My mother was one of them.

Historic college reopens with focus on Indian arts and traditions

Bacone College in Oklahoma is reconnecting with its storied past as a center of Indian art and culture.

Arne Vainio: Finding those connections to our family's history

I always think when you’re finding your family history, you want there to be a haunted Scottish castle on a moor and maybe some kind of lost treasure.

Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations sends out more offers

More than 3,000 landowners on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation have received more than $35 million in offers for their fractional interests.

Native Sun News Today: Governor aims to stifle Keystone XL dissent

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chair Harold Frazier had an immediate response to the announcement of bills to kneecap dissent over the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Cronkite News: Republican Senator discloses sexual assault in the military

Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) revealed that she was raped by a superior officer while in the Air Force but was too 'ashamed and confused' to report it at the time.

James Giago Davies: Indian Country needs equity not equality

It is time the Lakota people stopped demanding politicians specifically address tribal issues.

Non-Indians indicted for selling 'Navajo' jewelry made in the Philippines

Seven non-Indians, including three people in the Philippines, have been indicted for Indian Arts and Crafts Act and other federal laws.

VIDEO: Indian Health Service official discusses pediatrician convicted of abuse

Stanley Patrick Weber worked at the Indian Health Service for two decades before being indicted for abusing young male patients.

Twitter Recap: United South and Eastern Tribes wrap up Impact Week in DC

Leaders of more than two dozen tribes from Texas to Maine to Florida met in the nation's capital this week.

Twitter Recap: United South and Eastern Tribes continue Impact Week in DC

Leaders of more than two dozen tribes from Texas to Maine to Florida are meeting in the nation's capital this week.

Harold Frazier: Governor wants to shove Keystone XL Pipeline down our throats

Gov. Kristi Noem (R) is putting the economic needs of a foreign company ahead of the future of South Dakota.

Mark Trahant: The Indigenous woman who could bring down Canada's government

In the 1950s an Indigenous woman could not even hire a lawyer but in 2019 Jody Wilson-Raybould teaches a masters’ class in the rule of law.

Cronkite News: Attention finally being paid to missing and murdered sisters

One day they were there and the next they weren’t. No one talked about the Native women and girls who simply disappeared.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota basketball coach mentors the Screaming Eagles

Sam Prairie Chicken is a basketball coach, and the Screaming Eagles are the North Rapid Lakota boys he coaches.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: The mindset of the Indian wars is still among us

We seem to be a generation of people who have grown up and gotten old amid endless war.

'They beat this man to death': Activists question lack of charges against police officers

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

Embattled president of Haskell University remains on campus despite 'abusive' behavior

The leader of the Haskell Indian Nations University has been removed from her position at the federally-operated tribal college but won't be going far.

Native Sun News Today: Bill aims to address addiction and crime in South Dakota

South Dakota is the only state that brands drug addicted individuals with a felony conviction through ingestion.

United South and Eastern Tribes pledge unity amid uncertainty in the Trump era

"This is Indian land," tribal leaders were told. But does the Trump administration believe it?

VIDEO: Rep. Deb Haaland addresses the United South and Eastern Tribes

"I am here because of Indian Country," Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) told tribal leaders.

Twitter Recap: United South and Eastern Tribes open Impact Week meeting

Leaders of tribes from Texas to Maine to Florida are meeting in the nation's capital this week.

Tim Giago: Media organizations honor Teddy Roosevelt despite his racist views

Racial prejudice is racial prejudice no matter when it occurred.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation celebrates the women who make us strong

Cherokee Nation is a matrilineal tribe, and reverence for women is deeply rooted in our culture.

Mark Trahant: Navajo Nation confronts loss of controversial power plant

Indian Country, like other rural parts of the country, is right in the middle of changing times.

Native Sun News Today: Indigenous presence felt at Oscars ceremony

As is the case in many of the Oscars over the years, Native and indigenous peoples get little mention for their contributions to American storytelling.

Cronkite News: Native Republicans tie tribal sovereignty to conservative agenda

The audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference heard about low taxes and local control before. This time it came from Native Americans.

MSU News: Powwow dedicated to missing and murdered indigenous women and girls

The 44th annual American Indian Council Powwow at Montana State University will be held March 29-30.


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