'It's a pretty monumental step': Tribal farm reclaims land on Winnebago Reservation

Once the Ho-Chunk people had vast lands upon which they planted corn, beans and squash and hunted deer and buffalo. Life changed after forced removal.


Joe Biden at Native American Presidential Forum #NativeVote2020

"If I'm elected president, you'll never have a better friend in the White House than me," Democratic candidate Joe Biden told the Four Directions and Nevada Tribal Nations Native American Presidential Forum.


Native Sun News Today: Keystone XL fight continues into another year

Tribes with treaty rights affected by the Keystone XL Pipeline continue to contest water permits fro the controversial project.


Cronkite News: Native veterans struggle to get health care they were promised

Access to health care has been a challenge for Native American veterans for decades, and they suffer some of the worst health outcomes


Clara Caufield: I'm tired of reading about the bad things in Indian Country

I think we need to remind America that there are many fine, responsible, hard-working and law-abiding tribal citizens in this great country.


'Tribal consultation should come first': Forest Service pushed on gold mining in Black Hills

Under pressure from Native and other community members throughout the past year, the Black Hills National Forest will be taking public comments about gold prospecting in sacred He Sapa.


Native American culture runs deep within the USMA Corps of Cadets

Nearly 7,000 soldiers of American Indian or Alaska Native descent are serving in the U.S. Army. Some got their start at West Point Military Academy.


Montana Free Press: Republicans don't want to settle tribal water rights

Republicans in Montana are once again trying to derail a long-awaited water rights settlement for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.


Ivan Star Comes Out; Respect and understanding of Lakota culture severely lacking

Indigenous people have been subjected to a disparaging existence on the Great Plains and in the He Sapa (Black Hills) for decades.


'We'll fight the good fight': Lawmakers tackle Indigenous issues at state capitol

Two state senators in Nebraska, including the first and only Native lawmaker, are working to create greater awareness of Indigenous issues, culture and history.


Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit filed in fraudulent bond sale scheme

An economic development corporation on the Pine Ridge Reservation is back in the news in connection with some allegedly fraudulent dealings.


Cronkite News: Report shines light on women murdered by men

Native American women are more likely to be murdered by men than white women, according to a report from the Violence Policy Center.


Tule River Tribe continues long push to relocate casino

The Tule River Tribe continues to make strides toward moving its casino to a new location in California.


'When they do turn for help, nobody believes them': Native women hold vigil in honor of Ashlea Aldrich

As authorities investigate the death of Ashlea Aldrich, Native women gathered to discuss the violence that plagues their communities.


VIDEO: Four Directions and Nevada Tribal Nations Native American Presidential Forum

Mark Charles, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is running for president of the United States.


VIDEO: Salmon in Yurok is nepuy - 'What we eat'

Congress got a lesson in Yurok history and culture at a hearing on Capitol Hill. Watch the video to learn more.


VIDEO: Four Directions and Nevada Tribal Nations Native American Presidential Forum

The Four Directions and Nevada Tribal Nations Native American Presidential Forum 2020 is being held on January 14-15, 2020, on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.


VIDEO: Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Legislative Hearing

Vice Chairman Frankie Myers of the Yurok Tribe provided testimony on H.R.5448, Fishery Failures: Urgently Needed Disaster Declarations Act.


Indian Country Today: Oklahoma's gaming fight is about people's lives

According to the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics, about 1,900 Oklahomans earn their living as Class III gaming dealers.


Cronkite News: Trump kept pushing for citizenship question on Census

Even as it was losing the fight to put a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, the Trump administration was running tests about it.


YES! Magazine: Aboriginal knowledge can help with fire management

Cultural burning is proactive, while Western-style controlled burning, also called hazard reduction burning, is reactive.


Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush

After an end-of-year push that saw Indian Country's legislative agenda gain widespread attention thanks to a presidential tweet, more pro-tribal bills are being teed up for action on Capitol Hill.


AUDIO: Reaching Hard-to-Count Communities in the 2020 Census

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform examines the Census Bureau's strategies and plans for reaching hard-to-count communities -- including American Indian and Alaska Native communities -- in 2020.


Tim Giago: What does the Bible say about ‘lying?’

One lies and the others swear to it. That is the definite MO of the Trump Administration.


Cherokee Nation increases effort to save historical sites in northeast Oklahoma

Across Cherokee Nation are places rich in Cherokee history.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: General Soleimani was a threat to the American people

Qasem Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of more than 600 U.S. service members in Iraq.


'A Return to Tradition': Red Lake Nation hosts annual health and wellness gathering

The Fourteenth Annual Red Lake Community Wellness Gathering took place at Red Lake Nation College in Minnesota.


'Every time I see it, it pains my heart': Border wall runs through O'odham territory

The Trump administration waived environmental and other regulations on nearly one-quarter of Arizona’s border with Mexico last year to ease the way for border wall construction.


'Bloody Indian': School district sued over teacher's racial comment

A young citizen of the Navajo Nation is suing a public school district and a teacher who allegedly called her a "bloody Indian" in front of the entire class.


'This is one of the most heartbreaking issues': Young Native woman's death tied to domestic violence

Ashlea Aldrich's gruesome death demonstrates the need for swift and aggressive action by tribal leaders, her aunt said.


Forum for Missing and Murdered Diné Relatives set for Arizona

The Missing and Murdered Diné Relatives Working Group is holding its next forum on January 14.


Groundbreaking exhibition features works by Native women

"Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists" is the first museum exhibition exclusively devoted to Native American women artists from the United States and Canada.


Cronkite News: Native students discover roots through language and weaving

Some schools are working to preserve Native American culture by spending classroom time on languages and cultural traditions


Schedule for Native American Presidential Forum in Nevada

At least four candidates will be attending the Four Directions and Nevada Tribal Nations Native American Presidential Forum.


Lakota People's Law Project: Statement on media settlement with #MAGA teen #IPMDC19

The United States is losing moral capital the world over right now at an alarming rate.


Trump administration's push for U.S. uranium production opposed near Grand Canyon

The Hopi Tribe is among the opponents of uranium mining on sacred lands in Arizona.


Death of woman on Omaha Reservation under investigation

Ashlea Aldrich, a young mother, was killed in what her mother said was a crime of domestic violence.


Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats waste an entire year in Congress

While a new year often ushers in hopeful anticipation about what can be achieved over the next 12 months, it’s important to remember that the divided government which shaped 2019 will continue to influence 2020.


Cronkite News: Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation oppose dam projects

An Arizona company wants to build two massive hydroelectric projects on the Little Colorado River, threatening sacred tribal lands.


YES! Magazine: Pawnee Nation reclaims agricultural traditions

The resilience of food production in the face of a changing climate will depend on both traditional ecological knowledge and Western science.


MSU News: Navajo Code Talkers subject of 'Growing Up with Heroes' lecture

Zonnie Gorman, a historian and daughter of an original Navajo Code Talker, will share her experiences at Montana State University.


Montana Free Press: Farmers get relief as America's trade war simmers

As agricultural commodity prices suffer in President Donald Trump’s multi-fronted trade war, Montana farmers have received at least $114 million in payments in 2019.


Tribes join race for commercial casino in Virginia

Two Indian nations are looking to land a commercial casino in Virginia while a third keeps its options open after recently gaining federal recognition.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Acting Native and surviving

In Australia, that semi-arid land where the sun shines most of the year, the Black Serpent has come to rest.


Albert Bender: Racist regime in Bolivia targets Indigenous people

Looking over the 14-year record of accomplishments of the Indigenous socialist government led by Evo Morales in Bolivia, it becomes apparent why U.S. capitalist interests were chomping at the bit to see its demise.


Cronkite News: Native Americans fight historical discrimination to lower diabetes and obesity rates

Native American adults are 50 percent more likely to be affected by obesity than non-Hispanic whites. They also are twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to have diabetes.


Indigenous song keepers reveal traditional ecological knowledge in music

For Indigenous Peoples who have lived within their traditional territories for generations, music is a repository of ecological knowledge, with songs embedding ancestors’ knowledge, teachings and wisdom.


'We are a family': Youth on Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation ring in 2020

The Cheyenne River Youth Project threw its doors open to reservation youth on New Year’s Eve.


Tim Giago: Curing the problems that seem incurable

I often write that the more things change in Indian Country the more they stay the same.


Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation gives back to our people and our communities

We are blessed at the Cherokee Nation and thankful that we can make positive changes to improve Oklahoma in both large and small ways.


Mark Charles: America's history rooted in colonialism, enslavement and terror

The United States of America needs an honest national dialogue regarding our own history.


Cronkite News: Years of work ahead for decommissioned power plant on reservation

They may have turned out the lights, but the party’s not over at the Navajo Generating Station and its affiliated Kayenta coal mine.


YES! Magazine: Haida Nation blends traditional knowledge with science

A collaboration between Indigenous tradition and Western science may offer a way to bolster both Haida culture and the marine ecosystem intertwined with it.


Tribes sue Oklahoma governor to protect Class III gaming rights

The Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, the Choctaw Nation are suing the Republican governor of Oklahoma as a gaming impasse enters the new year.


John Berrey: Oklahoma governor threatens tribal economies

The governor’s actions have begun threatening the stability of tribal gaming, and thereby the revenue bases of tribal governments and the countless jobs that provide livelihoods to Oklahomans.

Cronkite News: Overcoming domestic violence in Indian Country

An opening prayer welcomes 75 Native American men and women from across the nation, gathered at a hotel to learn how to use tradition to heal from trauma – and to help others heal, too.


Tim Giago: A father heard his daughter's prayer

It was still dark outside and there was a light snowfall as I took a table by the window at Vesta’s Café in Martin, South Dakota, on Christmas Eve in 1984.


YES! Magazine: Recordings help bring Native songs to life

Researchers at Indiana University have been digitally preserving recordings of Native American songs made on fragile wax cylinders more than 100 years ago.


Cronkite News: Indian Country prepares for the 2020 Census with undercount in mind

Time, distance and technology limitations are among the reasons Native Americans may be the most difficult demographic to count in the upcoming census.


Oneida Nation visionary Rick Hill honored at Lakota National Invitational

As Native students bounced basketballs and veterans carrying flags lined up for grand entry, a documentary film crew took to the court to honor the late Rick Hill, a leader from the Oneida Nation.


'Lives at risk': Indian Health Service hit with lawsuit over $1.8 million in disputed payments

An Indian Health Service dispute has escalated with a lawsuit and a prominent citizen of the Blackfeet Nation accusing the federal agency of putting the lives of his fellow people at risk.


Mary Annette Pember: A warrior for the Ojibwe language

There is a grassroots movement of Indigenous communities taking back their power and authority as sovereign nations.


Cronkite News: Lawmakers divided as House impeaches Donald Trump as president

Lawmakers split along party lines on a historic vote to impeach Donald Trump, making him just the third president to be impeached and the first while facing re-election.


'A long journey for our people': Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on cusp of federal recognition

After more than a century of efforts, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is on the cusp of federal recognition.


Oklahoma governor stands alone in tribal gaming compact negotiations

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is growing increasingly isolated as he continues to demand a larger share of gaming revenues from tribes.


Supreme Court sneaks in another Indian Country case to the docket

Anyone wondering why the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to be taking its time with one of the most closely-watched controversies in Indian Country history finally got a glimpse with the addition of a new case to the docket.


Cronkite News: Native women come together to confront high rates of maternal mortality

Too many Native women are dying due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth – deaths that should be preventable with the right intervention and care.


More Indian Country bills advance on Capitol Hill amid impeachment drama

With Democrats prepared to impeach President Donald Trump, lawmakers continue to advance legislation to benefit Indian Country's interests.


Chuck Hoskin: Tribal nations are key to Oklahoma's successful future

Instead of trying to throw out our successful gaming compacts so the state can increase its revenue on the backs of tribes, our state government and the citizens of Oklahoma would be better served by embracing tribes and their successes.


Tim Giago: Wounded Knee: 129 years later

On December 29, 1890, my grandmother Sophie was just a few miles away from the slaughter at Wounded Knee. She actually witnessed a troop of soldiers ride on to the school grounds where she worked and noticed that some of them still had blood on their uniforms.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Christmas on the Rez

The bells of the Catholic Church continue to call Mohawk Christians to return to the mass and renew their faith.


Rep. Tom Cole: A bipartisan commitment to America's defense

For nearly 60 years, lawmakers in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle have affirmed their bipartisan commitment to providing for our common defense.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Playing politics wth America's health care

The cost of prescription drugs has gotten out of control and Americans are paying way too much for life-saving treatments.


Cronkite News: Navajo inmate cites racial bias in death penalty case

A federal appeals court panel grappled with how – or why – convicted Navajo double-murderer Lezmond Mitchell could question jurors from his trial 16 years ago about possible racial bias in their deliberations.


The Conversation: Remembering Neil Stonechild and exposing systemic racism in policing

On November 29, 1990, the body of Neil Stonechild was found frozen in a field on the outskirts of town. He was just 17 years old at the time of his death.


Bay Mills Indian Community wins ruling in long-running gaming case

A long-running dispute between the Bay Mills Indian Community and the state of Michigan has been revived, giving the tribe a win in a casino controversy that once went to the nation's highest court.


Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Chief Black Kettle honored for impact on history

Many have heard of Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle, however many may not know how he became well known in his advocacy for peace between Native people and European settlers.


Montana Free Press: Bill settles Salish and Kootenai Tribes water rights

Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester announced the introduction of a long-awaited bill that would settle a century-old dispute over water rights between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the state and federal governments.


Cronkite News: Trump forces federal employees to move out West

Bureau of Land Management employees in Washington have to decide whether to accept a transfer out West – a move that some advocates and former bureau managers see as an attempt at "dismantling" the agency.


Trump's nominee for Indian Health Service promises positive changes

What a difference a strong nominee makes when it comes to Indian Country's health and wellness.


Cronkite News: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alcatraz

On November 20, 1969, activists from tribes across North America took back Alcatraz Island for Indigenous people. They called it Indianland.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts business meeting and confirmation hearing

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is advancing legislation and taking testimony from one of President Donald Trump's nominees.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota visionary honored for renewable energy work

Oglala Lakota citizen Henry Red Cloud will receive an honorary doctorate degree from Washington College for his career in the pursuit of affordable and accessible renewable energy solutions.


Giduwa Cherokee News: United Keetoowah Band makes history

After waiting more than 15 years, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians finally has land in trust.


Cronkite News: Program helps Native women follow their dreams

Diplomas in hand, 16 Navajo women became the latest graduating class of Project DreamCatcher, a free business training program that aims to create economic opportunities for female Native entrepreneurs.


Chuck Hoskin: Supporting state and federal efforts to address #MMIW

For too many Native women, violence is an ever-present threat.


Rep. Tom Cole: I will be voting to keep the government open

When the government has a full or even partial lapse in funding, it can needlessly cause billions of dollars of damage to the economy.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: America's economy remains as strong as ever

Two years ago, tax reform was a great Christmas gift to Oklahomans and it’s a gift that keeps on giving.


Ryan Wilson: A tribute to a true tribal sovereignty advocate

The story behind the story of tribal self-determination and the politics of Indian Country's remarkable journey towards self-rule cannot be told without Dr. Jim Wilson as a central figure.


Oklahoma governor threatens tribes with non-Indian gaming

Gov. Kevin Stitt (R), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is threatening to bring non-Indian casinos to Oklahoma if tribes don't agree to his demands.


Native language bill clears final hurdle in divided political climate

It took awhile in this era of divided government but the first stand-alone Indian bill of the 116th Congress is one step closer to becoming law.


Tim Giago: A Christmas play to remember

It was the first and last Christmas play I was ever in, but it is one I will never forget.


Native Sun News Today: College 'turns the corner' with Indian Country

Sheridan College is doing more to recruit Native students and maintain connections with Native communities.


Cronkite News: Opinions on Navajo Nation mixed on Donald Trump's impeachment

Cronkite News recently went to Window Rock, capital of the Navajo Nation, to see what Navajos are saying about impeachment.


Montana Free Press: Blackfeet leader concerned about plans for sacred grizzly bears

Grizzly bear management remains a political, environmental and social minefield in Montana.


Clara Caufield: Holidays and keeping in touch with our loved ones

We're over another holiday - Thanksgiving. Now a short time before the BIG one.


The Revelator: Trump destablizes public lands with move of key federal agency

The Bureau of Land Management relocation to Colorado reflects a widespread pattern of destabilization under Donald Trump.


YES! Magazine: Alaska's glaciers show signs of climate change

New studies put hard numbers to Alaska's glacial retreat, now plainly visible to tourists.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe impeaches leader accused of harassment

Accused of creating a hostile work environment, Darla Black was removed as vice president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.


Montana Free Press: New deal reached in long-running water rights dispute

An agreement between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the federal government over long-disputed water rights is taking a major step forward.


MSU News: New chair in Native American Studies at Montana State University

Blackfeet citizen Loren BirdRattler has been appointed the Montana State University Katz Endowed Chair in Native American Studies.


Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe secures $5 million to help address damaged infrastructure

An unrelenting season of disastrous weather events has wreaked havoc on the transportation infrastructure on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.


Saginaw Chippewa Tribe announces new chief and council

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe held a swearing-in ceremony for its new council, with Tim Davis chosen to serve as Chief.


Pueblo artist can't sue police officers for handcuffing him at gunpoint

A well-known Pueblo artist can't sue the police officers who pointed an assault rifle at him, handcuffed him and detained him, a court has ruled.


California Nations Indian Gaming Association bids farewell to leadership

Steve Stallings is leaving the California Nations Indian Gaming Association after eight years as chairman of the largest tribal casino organization in California.


Cronkite News: Trump impeachment divides lawmakers along party lines

The House Judiciary Committee ended a daylong hearing into possible articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump with bitter partisan sparring.


Chris Winters: Getting the money out of the U.S. political system

Lost amid the daily news cycle now focused on the impeachment of the president is the fact that money continues to roll in.


Indian Child Welfare Act court hearing scheduled for January 2020

Get ready for round two. A federal appeals court will take up the Indian Child Welfare Act on January 22, 2020.

Witness list for hearing on Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bill

The Lumbee Tribe and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will air out their federal recognition differences at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Native Sun News Today: A million dollar miracle at Northern Cheyenne

"It is only by the grace of Maheo'o (the Creator) this has happened": A new thrift store opened on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana.

Indian Country Today: Tribal leaders stay away from impeachement drama

Tribal leaders have practical reasons for not siding for or against President Trump's impeachment.

Ute Tribe disputes harassment claims of women employees

Two women were placed on leave from their positions at the Ute Tribe after they complained about their supervisor, who remains on the job.

Deadline approaches in tribal gaming compact dispute in Oklahoma

Do Oklahoma's Class III gaming compacts expire at the end of the month? Tribes might soon find out.

Gun Lake Tribe shares more than $9.5 million in gaming revenues

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, has shared more than $91 million with Michigan since 2011.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians plans $90 million expansion of casino hotel

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians announced plans to expand its commercial casino in Pennsylvania, just months after taking over the facility.

Cronkite News: Senate committee takes aim at 'slumlords' on military bases

Lawmakers grilled military leaders over poor living conditions in housing complexes managed by private companies – firms that Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) compared to 'slumlords.'

'Remove the Stain': Wounded Knee bill draws attention in presidential circles

Legislation to revoke the Medals of Honor awarded to those who participated in the massacre of the Lakota people is gaining steam.

Native Sun News Today: Pipeline pollution under scrutiny in Congress

New oil-and-gas pipeline protection measures could help people like Lisa Deville and her family, who suffer from fracking industry pollution on their tribal homelands.

Indian Country Today: Pro-sovereignty candidate drops out of 2020 presidential race

Steve Bullock, the candidate who paid the most attention to Indian Country, is calling it quits.

Navajo Nation Museum hosts auditions for Dine language version of 'Baby Shark'

You've heard it everywhere. Now get ready for the first Native language version of "Baby Shark" doo doo doo doo doo doo.

Editorial: Meth addiction is no laughing matter

Methamphetamine addiction is rampant on all nine of the Indian reservations in South Dakota.

Ivan Star Comes Out: That time I ended up in Facebook jail

As a member of the country’s minority group, I can swear on the fact that racial intolerance is everywhere.

Cronkite News: Death row sentence in Arizona overturned by higher court

A federal appeals court overturned an death row inmate’s conviction, saying attorneys in his case 'dropped the ball' by failing to challenge the state’s evidence.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes move forward with casino expansion

Citizens of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes approved a limited waiver of sovereign immunity in order to obtain financing for a gaming project.

Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bill up for first hearing

The Lumbee Tribe, the largest Indian nation in the eastern United States, lacks full federal recognition due to a law passed during the disastrous termination era.

Native Sun News Today: 'I don't feel safe around cops'

The slap heard round the world, or at least Indian Country, has caused quite the commotion. A middle school girl who was struck by a police officer is the one facing an assault charge.

Tim Giago: Having a good time on the Oprah Winfrey Show

Suzan Shown Harjo, Michael Haney and I were seated in the small dining room in a hotel, waiting for a car to take us to the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Health Center will transform health care for generations

The largest tribal outpatient health facility is now open in the capital of the Cherokee Nation.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Celebrating Native Americans all year round

I am proud to embrace my Cherokee heritage and I believe that our heritage and traditions should be celebrated not only in November, but year-round.

Rep. Tom Cole: Reflecting on all of our blessings

Especially during a time of great division and polarization, it is important for Americans to join in collective gratitude this year.

Albert Bender: A National Day of Mourning for Indigenous peoples

The official proclamation of Thanksgiving has its origins in slaughter, gore and carnage.

YES! Magazine: Native youth take care of their ancestral lands

The Tribal Steward Program introduces young people to land conservation and restoration in Northwest tribal communities.

Clara Caufield: Remembering holidays in our nation's capital

Years ago, I moved from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, the only home my children knew,, to Washington, D.C.

Cronkite News: White House announces #MMIW #MMIP task force

President Trump authorized creation of an eight-member panel to coordinate the federal response to the problem of murdered and missing indigenous women.

Navajo Nation pays tribute to Korean War veteran Oliver Leo Kirk

Flags are flying at half-staff in honor of Oliver Leo Kirk, a Korean War veteran and Navajo Nation police officer who passed away at the age of 88.

'The worst we have ever seen': Statue depicting Sacagawea being removed

A statue shows Sacagawea, the Native woman who helped the Lewis and Clark expedition, at the feet of the White men assigned to lead it.

Jamul Indian Village serves unique brand of wine at casino

Diners at the casino owned by the Jamul Indian Village can enjoy the tribe's own brand of wine.