RECAP: Sovereignty and Native Women's Safety at US Capitol

Native women rallied to honor survivors of violence and to push for renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.

'Now is the time for truth, healing, and unity': Sarah Eagle Heart joins Women's March leadership

Oglala Sioux citizen Sarah Eagle Heart plans to focus on #MMIW and elevate Indigenous issues as part of the Women's March board.

Lawsuit filed against Native news organizations

A non-Indian attorney who was ousted from his job is seeking $6 million for alleged defamation in the Native media.

Tribes battle Trump administration over Keystone XL Pipeline

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Fort Belknap Indian Community are fighting the Keystone XL Pipeline in court.

Prayer circle welcomes Native students back to campus

For the last couple of semesters, students and staff at Western Dakota Tech have been gathering for a prayer circle to begin the semester.

'The tribe sees the lake as a relative': Red Lake Nation protects homelands

These waters were, and are, the very pulse of Ojibwe traditional culture.

Josué Rivas: I will be an ancestor to honor

I began a healing process recently to better understand my role as a father of my own son.

James Giago Davies: There's more to the Black Hills Settlement than meets the eye

We need to face some dark truths about ourselves. One, we wanted the money, not the land.

Eastern Shoshone Tribe and Northern Arapaho Tribe expand partnerships with university

The Wind River Reservation and the University of Wyoming are growing partnerships across the board and it’s all having a positive effect on Indian student enrollment.

Pueblo of Santa Ana issues statement to 'disavow' connection to Donald Trump rally

The Pueblo of Santa Ana wants everyone to know that the tribe has nothing to do with Donald Trump's visit to New Mexico.

Sacred Apache site in Arizona is home to endangered squirrel

The Mount Graham red squirrel is found only in the Pinaleño Mountains of Arizona, home of a sacred Apache place.

Oklahoma turns to private law firm for help with tribal gaming compacts

The state of Oklahoma is relying on outside legal expertise as it seeks to negotiate new Class III gaming compacts with tribes despite major disagreements about the upcoming talks.

Tribes take a hit as gamblers in North Dakota turn to electronic pull tabs

At least two tribes have seen a decline in revenues now that non-Indian pull tab operations are up and running in North Dakota.

Trump administration pressed to take action on #MMIW crisis

Key lawmakers questioned the Trump administration's efforts to address missing and murdered indigenous women – and they weren’t always satisfied with the answers.

'The Duwamish people are still here': Tribe hindered by lack of recognition

A grassroots movement encourages non-Natives in Seattle, Washington, to pay monthly reparations to the Duwamish Tribe.

That time the Lakota girl became a famous singer in South Dakota

Olivia Gonzalez was 14 years old when she was asked to come up on stage and sing. The rest is history.

Indigenous politician Wab Kinew falls short in historic leadership bid

Wab Kinew could have been the first Indigenous person to lead Manitoba as the chief executive of the province.

The greatest Lakota warrior of all never signed a treaty

There are no true traditionalists left in Indian Country to put it bluntly.

House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples convenes hearing on #MMIW crisis

What is the Trump administration doing about missing and murdered Indigenous women? Lawmakers are seeking answers.

Native man shot in neck by police officer hit with maximum sentence

"Did he just get 30 years?": A Native mother is shocked by the harsh sentence imposed on her son, who was shot in the neck by a police officer.

United Keetoowah Band celebrates historic decision in homelands case

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians can acquire homelands over the objections of a much larger and more politically engaged tribe, a federal appeals court ruled.

Native children still being lost to the child welfare system

Like many indigenous nations in the United States, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has been losing children to the state for generations.

Is there a correlation between historic trauma and PTSD in Indian Country?

Too many people, especially non-Natives say, "Get over it." If only it was that simple. One does not take centuries of trauma and get rid of it overnight.

A 'sham': Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation being denied federal recognition

How can one branch of the federal government have a more than 100-year relationship and sign a 30-year agreement with an Indian tribe, while another denies its very existence?

Trump administration broke law during government shutdown

The Trump administration violated federal law when it diverted funds during the recent shutdown, the Government Accountability Office determined.

Pokagon Band in early stages of Class III gaming compact talks in Indiana

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is set to make history again by entering into a Class III gaming compact in Indiana.

Ponca Tribe on track to get back into Indian gaming industry

The Ponca Tribe has started construction on the Fancy Dance Casino in Oklahoma, with an opening expected in early 2020.

Trump administration eyes changes in Indian home loan program

The Trump administration is proposing to impose income limits for the first time on applicants to the Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program.

Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation expands engagement with all citizens

As Principal Chief, I remain committed to enhancing civic and cultural engagement between the Cherokee Nation and our at-large Cherokee Nation citizens.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Raising the mininum wage is not the answer

With 6.9 million open jobs in our country, we should provide people with the education and resources they need to succeed.

Rep. Tom Cole: America and our allies are locked in a modern-day technology race

While lawmakers debate numerous issues of significance, an important matter surrounding personal freedom and national security quietly looms in the background.

EPA ignores tribal consultation requirement with plans for uranium mine

After tribal citizens roundly rejected draft permits to provide Black Hills water to a foreign uranium mine project, the Environmental Protection Agency revised the wording for a new comment period.

Workshop fosters communication between tribal, state, and federal agencies

It’s a common theme often stated, but rarely executed: The need to work together and build agency-tribe relationships before there is an emergency.

Trump administration takes $3.8 billion from military to pay for border wall

"They are illegally stealing money from our troops," a Democratic lawmaker said after the Trump administration announced a diversion of $3.6 billion in military funds for the border wall.

Fires in Amazon shed light on long-standing issues facing Indigenous peoples

The fires that spread swiftly across the Amazon in recent weeks drew international attention to a problem Indigenous Brazilians have been facing for years.

Presidential hopefuls embrace Indigenous movement against unwanted pipelines

The Indigenous battles against Keystone XL and Dakota Access have finally emerged as a critical component of the 2020 presidential campaign.

Data shows most American terrorists are angry White men

Despite racist and anti-immigrant scapegoating, data shows that most American terrorists are resentful White men inspired by White supremacist and misogynist rhetoric

Supreme Court to rule on 'Dreamers' program for young immigrants

Republican-led states are supporting the Trump administration's efforts to end the Dreamers program for young immigrants.

Oglala Sioux Tribe considers passing hate crime law

A hate crime law could be the first for tribal governments offering protection for LGBTQ citizens, Mary Annette Pember reports in Indian Country Today.

Rosemont copper mine suffers another setback in decade of legal battles

A copper mine opposed by the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Hopi Tribe has hit another snag.

Lummi Nation seeks protections for 'relations under water'

"What we do to the web of life, we do to ourselves. If any strand of the web is broken, the whole web is affected," the Lummi Nation stated.

What does 'We are all treaty people' mean, and who speaks for Indigenous students on campus?

While there has been a recent growing awareness of Indigenous cultures at Canadian universities, racism, violence and dismissal still dominate conversations on campus.

Editorial: Oklahoma governor right to demand more revenues from tribes

Should tribes share more of their gaming revenues with the state of Oklahoma? One newspaper says yes.

Donors step up after field of corn destroyed on Winnebago Reservation

An "anonymous farmer" mowed down a 2-acre plot of corn on the Winnebago Reservation, threatening programs for Indian students.

John Dossett sues Indianz.Com over National Congress of American Indians #MeToo allegations

A non-Indian attorney who lost his job at the nation's largest inter-tribal advocacy organization is suing Native media and Native journalists for writing about it.

James Giago Davies: It can’t all be Uncle Sam's way

How did the government get this power over tribes? They took it.

Deadlines loom for Navajo looking to take part in land buy-back program

Time is running out for landowners on the Navajo Nation who want to take part in the second round of a $1.9 billion federal program.

'Our children are sacred': New leader takes over Indian education program

Whitnee Pearce has hit the ground running in her new position as head of Indian education in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Appeals court decision affirms tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians

Tribes can serve protection orders against non-Indians under their "inherent" sovereignty, an issue that several presidential candidates are raising on the road to the White House.

Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mining in sacred Black Hills

"The tribe is fighting back," an attorney for the Oglala Sioux said of plans for a large scale uranium mine in South Dakota.

Karuk Tribe turns to traditional knowledge to protect homelands

Returning prescribed fire to California forests is the focus of a new climate-adaptation plan from the Karuk Tribe, but the federal government will need to play big role.

Columbia River basin site shows early evidence of first Americans

Stone tools and artifacts unearthed in Idaho suggest that people lived there 16,000 years ago, more than a thousand years earlier than previously thought.

Trump administration seeks to hold migrant families indefinitely

A new rule allows the federal government to detain minors and their families indefinitely in "safe and sanitary" facilities, reflecting concern for minors’ "vulnerability."

Scotts Valley Band sues Trump administration over homelands decision

The Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians is in court to defend plans for a casino in the Bay Area of California.

Bill Graham: Catawba Nation deserves 'fair shake' under federal law

The Catawba Nation is trying to open a casino in North Carolina and is turning to Congress for some help.

Pawnee veteran seeks return of ancestor's remains and regalia

The eldest living descendant of White Fox, a Pawnee man who lived in the 1800s, is seeking the return of his ancestors remains and regalia from Sweden.

Nashville Indigenous community honors Luther Medicine Bird White Eagle

Luther Medicine Bird White Eagle was a well-respected member of the Indigenous community in Tennessee's capital city.

Elizabeth Warren: Broadband plan offers $5 billion to Indian Country

The Democratic candidate for president wants to set aside $5 billion to help tribes expand broadband in their communities.

Harrie Vredenburg: Indigenous ownership of pipeline on the table in Canada

Project Reconciliation is a direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call for Indigenous communities "gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects."

Agua Caliente Band moves forward with plans for third gaming facility

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is seeking to open a third casino on land contiguous to the reservation.

Ponca Tribe faces more litigation as opponents continue to fight casino

Opponents in Iowa and Nebraska aren't heeding the Ponca Tribe's call for a more cooperative relationship when it comes to gaming.

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation settles Wells Fargo lawsuit for $6.5 million

Wells Fargo will pay $6.5 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged a history of "unfair, deceptive, fraudulent and illegal practices" aimed at elders and Dine language speakers.

Clara Caufield: That time this Cheyenne grandma got lost at Crow Fair

I have been to Crow Fair many times, but not on foot, wearing cowboy boots. It is a long stretch and after a while, all the camps look alike.

Little Traverse Bay Bands lose lawsuit over status of reservation

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians do not have a treaty-established reservation in Michigan, a federal judge ruled.

Mark Trahant: Donald Trump tried to buy an Indigenous island

Living under another another colonial regime is probably not in the cards for the Inuit people of Greenland.

Richard Velky: Schaghticoke Tribal Nation left behind once again

When it comes to gaming, the same old tribes play the same old tune in Connecticut.

YES! Magazine: Sovereign Sisters are building sovereign societies

Food security, traditional agriculture, and local self-reliance are key to regenerative societies of the future.

Cronkite News: Native workers laid off as power plant nears closure

The last 265 workers are being laid off, another step toward the looming closure of a coal-fired power plant on tribal land in Arizona.

Mattaponi Tribe signs agreement to expand land holdings on reservation

The Mattaponi Tribe is nearly doubling the size of its land holdings in Virginia.

Shawnee Tribe announces September 12 opening date for long-awaited casino

It took more than a decade but the Shawnee Tribe is finally ready to debut the Golden Mesa Casino.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community invests nearly $50 million in gaming projects

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is on track to complete an expansion of its flagship casino after unveiling upgrades at another facility.

Pete Buttigieg touts health care plans as benefit for Indian Country

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg didn't attend a historic Native forum like several others but he's still reaching out to Native voters.

Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation is moving forward together

I am humbled and grateful for your confidence in me to serve our great Cherokee Nation as your Principal Chief for the next four years.

Native Sun News Today: Johnson-O'Malley program finally in line for an update

Modernizing the Johnson-O’Malley Program for Indian students is going to take a lot of work.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians

The Special Diabetes Program for Indians has proven to be effective and we need to further invest in the program to continue to build on its success.

Rep. Tom Cole: Trade deal advances nation's economy and creates more jobs

The economic success that America has experienced lately is truly historic.

Native American Democratic leaders call for climate change debate

Among tribal communities, climate change is not theoretical, it is not conjecture.

Native Sun News Today: Summit focuses on sacredness of water

Tribal advocates are seeking a World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water as they fight the Keystone XL Pipeline.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Joe Sestak at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Joe Sestak, a former U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania, brought his military experience to the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Steve Bullock at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock faced some technical difficulties as he outlined his vision for Indian Country.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Amy Klobuchar at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Amy Klobuchar, a U.S. Senator from Minnesota, was among the record number of participants in a historic Native issues forum.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Marianne Williamson at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

There will be no Andrew Jackson in the White House if best-selling author Marianne Williamson becomes president.

Presidential candidates tackle tough issues at historic Native forum

From freeing Indian activist Leonard Peltier to improving Indian health care, the 2020 candidates for president didn't run from the difficult issues at the historic Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum.

RECAP: Afternoon session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

The final afternoon of the historic Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum featured presentations from five Democratic candidates for president.

RECAP: Morning session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

From veteran Joe Sestak's call for tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians to Navajo citizen Mark Charles and his #WeThePeople platform, here's what went down at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum.

Arne Vainio: These things are trying to tell you something.

Tobacco is central to all of our ceremonies. We offer it to the spirits when we say our prayers and I put it on clean ground for them every morning so they can help us live in a good way.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Bernie Sanders at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Bernie Sanders, the U.S. Senator from Vermont, discussed his Indian Country platform with tribal leaders and tribal citizens.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Julián Castro at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Julián Castro, a former Obama administration official, was the first presidential candidate in the 2020 cycle with a detailed Indigenous agenda.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Kamala Harris at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Kamala Harris, the U.S. Senator from California, was among the record number of participants in the historic #NativeVote2020 event.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Mark Charles at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Mark Charles, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is running for president in 2020 as an Independent.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren at Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Elizabeth Warren, the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, shared her sweeping plans to improve the federal-tribal relationship at a historic Indian Country event.

Presidential candidates focus on Native issues at historic forum

Democratic presidential candidates are reaching out to Native voters at a historic forum in one of the most critical states of the 2020 campaign.

Day 2: Tune into the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

History is being made as 11 candidates for president in 2020 are taking part in a forum focused solely on the concerns of Native Americans.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Taking back our Indian education system

The educational system on the Indian reservations across America have always operated at the whims of the federal government.

RECAP: Afternoon session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

From Amy Klobuchar's "I care" moment to Steve Bullock's defense of the Indian Child Welfare Act, here's a recap of what you might have missed.

RECAP: Morning session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

The historic Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum is underway in Sioux City, Iowa, in the homelands of several tribes.

Record number of presidential candidates lined up for historic Native issues forum

The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum is the first of the 2020 cycle to focus on Indian Country's issues.

Tune into the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

History is being made as 11 candidates for president in 2020 are taking part in a forum focused solely on the concerns of Native Americans.

Native Sun News Today: Unlikely benefactor brings cheer to Indian kids

For over a quarter century Brian Uptgraft has been delivering toys to Indian Country, the latest being the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Chairman of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces recall election in September

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been in turmoil following the Trump administration's refusal to stand up for the tribe's land rights.

The Conversation: Research focuses on diversity of Native languages

Prior to European contact, North America was home to speakers of around 400 Native languages.

Cronkite News: Deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide are growing

Deaths of despair – the term for deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide – have seen "alarming" increases across the country since 2005.

Elizabeth Warren vows sweeping improvements in Indian policy as president

With a prominent Indian Country figure as a supporter, Elizabeth Warren is promising major changes if she makes it to the White House.
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Native Sun News Today: Community leaders step forward for Native youth

For generations, many children from the Cheyenne River Reservation have been lost to the system and never to be heard from again.

James Giago Davies: Is there another war around the corner?

Today, we face a fascist takeover of our values that urges us to take up arms, protect our borders, make America great again, even if we have to go to war.

'Vindication and justice': Paskenta Band hails guilty pleas in major theft case

Members of a once powerful family of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians admitted to stealing nearly $5 million from their tribe.

Native Sun News Today: Sentencing delayed again for Lakota boy's death

Kylen Shangreaux was only two years old when he was murdered on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Mark Trahant: Taking the Red Road to the White House

I imagine how much Frank LaMere would enjoy participating in his own presidential forum next week in Iowa.

YES! Magazine: Thousands stand guard at sacred Mauna Kea in Hawaii

Native Hawaiians and other Indigenous peoples need more authority in the federal and state project processes that affect them.

Clara Caufield: Who must we cherish? Old friends like an old cowboy

To me, a great blessing is an old cowboy, Tom Ford, now 91 and blind.

Former chief of Muscogee (Creek) Nation indicted for bribery

George Tiger is being accused of soliciting and accepting bribes while working for the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town.

Ute Tribe calls new eagle policy a 'step in the right direction'

The Ute Tribal Business Committee appreciates the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s efforts to establish a new policy promoting the direct collection of eagle feathers found on tribal lands.

Navajo Nation pays tribute to warriors on Code Talker Day

Five surviving Navajo Code Talkers, including Thomas H. Begay, John Kinsel, Peter MacDonald, and Joe Vandever, were honored by the Navajo Nation.

Harold Frazier: Victory for our children and the Indian Child Welfare Act

It is imperative for the United States to honor the laws to protect our children and the begin to heal the damages done to our families.

Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit targets tribal takeover of IHS hospital

Urban Indian patients are suing the federal government to ensure their care remains in the hands of the Indian Health Service.

The Conversation: Indigenous activists reject train through Maya homelands

The president of Mexico wants to run a $6 billion tourist train through Maya homelands. He says Mother Earth already approved it.

Absentee Shawnee Tribe showcases Native history at casino

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe is paying tribute to prominent Native Americans at one of its casinos in Oklahoma.

Enterprise Rancheria getting closer to debut of long-awaited casino

The Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria is getting ready to welcome guests to its Hard Rock development in California.

Tejon Tribe wins approval for intergovernmental agreement with county

The future continues to look bright for the Tejon Tribe, just a few years after being restored to federal recognition.

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community shares less with citizens

Some citizens of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community are upset that their gaming per capita payments haven't kept up with the times.

Trump administration announces change to eagle policy in Indian Country

Bald and golden eagle remains that are found in Indian Country will be able to stay there under a new policy adopted by the federal government.

Former White Mountain Apache Tribe chairman Ronnie Lupe passes on

"He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages," Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood said of the legendary Ronnie Lupe.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation's future is brighter than ever

Nothing has been more important to me than serving the Cherokee people.

Albert Bender: Neighborhood stands up to immigration raid

A father and son who were targeted by U.S. immigration agents managed to escape with the help of their neighbors.

YES! Magazine: Immigration raid prompts outpouring of support

When federal agents engineered the nation’s largest single-state immigration raid in Mississippi, a network of activists knew their work was about to get much harder.

News21: More communities face threats from wildfires

The wildfire threat has been ever-present this year.

'The people spoke': Northern Arapaho Tribe stands by chairman

Citizens of the Northern Arapaho Tribe are standing by Chairman Lee Spoonhunter and his efforts to take his people in a new direction.

Cayuga Nation sues cable network over portrayal in 'Billions' show

A popular cable series did little to disguise the identity of the 'Cayuga' people who were depicted in a recent episode.

Leech Lake Band debuts new casino by setting fry bread record

The Leech Lake Band set a Guinness World Record with a fry bread that weighed 150.2 pounds.

Ponca Tribe scores another legal victory against casino opponents

The Ponca Tribe can continue to operate its gaming facility on its homelands in Iowa.

Indian Child Welfare Act survives legal attack but obstacles remain

Tribal leaders and advocates celebrated after an appeals court rebuffed opponents of the Indian Child Welfare Act in one of the most closely-watched cases in recent history.

Historic Indian college secures charter from Otoe-Missouria Tribe

Bacone College in Oklahoma continues to gain support from Indian nations.

Mark Trahant: Indigenous knowledge to saving climate and land

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report included interviews with Indigenous populations as a key source.

Tim Giago: Waving goodbye to one form of social media

I have always tried not to follow the flock, but it seems that nearly everyone I know is on Facebook so I decided to see what it was all about.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Ray Cook always stood up for his Mohawk ideals

Ray Cook was one of the most passionate of writers, a believer in the viability of his heritage and one committed to a long standing tradition among his people.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Stop violence by addressing mental health

It’s time for all of us to work together to address the mental health crisis in our country and stop violence before it happens.

Rep. Tom Cole: America must continue to stand with a great ally

The United States has been a long-time friend and ally of the Jewish state of Israel.

Clara Caufield: Indian elders are lucky enough to remain valued

Perhaps America could take a lesson from our Indian ways: the elders must be cherished.

Kristin Ohlson: Farming can help solve our climate crisis

"By helping young farmers gain access to land, everyone can help play a role," says Bilal Sawari of the National Young Farmers Coalition.

'This meal is a victory': Cafe Ohlone earns Critic's Pick from New York Times

Cafe Ohlone, a restaurant serving contemporary Native cuisine, continues to earn accolades for its unique approach to Indigenous food.

Cronkite News: New app brings 'Indigenous DC' to your mobile devices

The "Guide to Indigenous DC" takes users on a tour of sites that link to Native American prehistory all the way to modern history.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Indigenous people victimized by Donald Trump's racism

The president is a racist, but he needs to keep that hate within himself.

Lac du Flambeau Band leaders accused in new online lending lawsuit

Leaders and employees of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians are being sued by a consumer of the tribe's online lending operation.

Lac Courte Oreilles Band announces new drug testing policy

The Lac Courte Oreilles Band, the largest local employer, will no longer employ random drug tests or screen for marijuana.

Cupeño Indians being 'terminated' a century after being evicted from homelands

The Cupeño people survived near genocide and forced removal. They may not be able to overcome disenrollment and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Tim Giago: Music and movie nights on the Pine Ridge Reservation

Times were really tough on the reservation after the war, but these kind and gentle people found the time and the money to make Sunday nights their own.

Cherokee Nation inauguration scheduled for August 14

Chuck Hoskin Jr. will be taking over as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. He's announced some big plans for the tribe.

Bill John Baker: More homeownership opportunities for Cherokees

More than 8,000 Cherokee Nation citizens living in four Arkansas counties now have a new option available for homeownership.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Breaking the hold of the Doctrines of Discovery

If we are to break the chains of "federal trust" and colonial "paternalism" we must know our opponents and have a strong command of our collective histories.

Native Sun News Today: Black Hills land claim attorney passes on

The late attorney Arthur Lazarus, Jr., handled the Sioux Nation's landmark claim to the Black Hills.

Democracy Now: 'Mauna Kea is known as our kupuna, our ancestor'

A historic indigenous resistance is unfolding on the Big Island of Hawaii, where thousands have descended on Mauna Kea, a sacred Native site.

The Conversation: Indigenous peoples forced to fight for basic rights

If Canada continues to ignore its obligations to Indigenous peoples, reconciliation will remain but a superficial buzzword.

Cronkite News: 'Radical harm reduction collective provides critical service

While the debate around clean needle exchange programs continues, one organization works in a legal gray area to help stop the spread of disease.

Indian lawmaker withdraws repatriation bill after being linked to 'genocide'

A bill aimed at improving repatriation policies in California has been shelved amid outcry from Native activists and some tribes.

Tribes receive $63 million from HUD for housing and community projects

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians welcomed a $700,000 grant to expand its food distribution program.

Warm Springs Tribes seek $12.25 million for damages from fire

The Nena Springs Fire started on a ranch near the Warm Springs Reservation and ended up burning more than 68,000 acres in Oregon.

Eight accused of stealing more than $5 million from Miccosukee Tribe

Federal authorities announced charges against eight people accused of stealing more than $5 million in cash from the casino owned by the Miccosukee Tribe.

Former leader of Winnebago Tribe sentenced in last of gaming theft cases

A scandal that hit the Winnebago Tribe is finally over.

Non-Indian gaming company sues Trump administration over tribal agreements

A non-Indian company is still trying to derail the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe.

More 2020 presidential candidates line up for historic Native issues forum

The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum continues to grow as Democratic candidates reach out to Native voters.

Mallory Black: Emotional abuse is domestic violence and it's not our way

Domestic violence goes against our traditional ways as Native people.

Rep. Tom Cole: A bipartisan compromise for the American people

The House of Representatives wrapped up its legislative activity before the August work period, and I am proud to report that we ended on a high note.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Budget deal is bad for America's future

We cannot afford to keep kicking the can down the road and passing bills off to the next generation.

Cronkite News: Lawmakers clash along party lines on asylum reform bill

Republican pushed an immigration bill through a party-line vote after preventing Democrats from offering amendments to it.

Joshua Adams: Politicans can't keep ignoring Native Americans

Indigenous communities are pressing politicians to see that native visibility, voices and votes matter.

Vote counts by drone? County asks Havasupai Tribe to consider

Ballot tallies could be flown out of the Havasupai Reservation for the 2020 election.

Prairie Island Indian Community gains support for safe homelands

The Prairie Island Indian Community continues efforts to provide a safe and stable homeland for its people.

Cronkite News: Tribes win ruling against copper mine on ancestral territory

A federal judge has halted plans to begin digging an open-pit copper mine opposed by tribes in Arizona.

The Revelator: Books provide insight into #NoDAPL movement and food sovereignty

New books tackle tough issues related to climate change, extinction, Indigenous sovereignty, ocean conservation and a whole lot more.

Chris Winters: Democratic leaders terrified about impeaching Donald Trump

We may be in the beginning stages of the process that could remove the president.

Indian lawmaker plans to change repatriation bill to include all tribes

After being accused of enforcing "state sponsored genocide" against his fellow people, an Indian lawmaker plans to change a repatriation bill in order to include all tribes in California.

'Who is this guy?': Aide who blamed Rep. Sharice Davids for 'racist system' steps down

Attacking one of the only two Native women in Congress doesn't pay off within Democratic circles.

Trump 'superfan' who claimed false ties to Seminole Tribe sentenced for domestic terrorism

A Donald Trump "superfan" who falsely claimed he was connected to the Seminole Tribe was sentenced to 20 years for mailing pipe bombs to critics of the president.

White Earth Nation chooses new leader after passing of chairman

Voters of the White Earth Nation are going to the polls to elect a new chairman.

'He was a force': Attorney in Sioux Nation land claim passes on at age of 92

Arthur Lazarus Jr., an Indian law practitioner who represented the Sioux Nation in its Black Hills land claim, died on July 27, 2019.

Oklahoma woman pleads guilty to murder of grandchild at Kickapoo Tribe casino

An Oklahoma woman admitted she left her five-year-old grandchild in a locked car in a casino parking lot.

Forest County Potawatomi Community applies for commercial casino license

The Forest County Potawatomi Community is seeking to expand its gaming enterprise with a commercial casino project.

Aaron Payment: Candidates must understand and respect tribal sovereignty

For too long, partisan politics have taken the Native Vote and needs of Indian Country for granted.

Cronkite News: Environmental groups lose challenge to tribal coal mine

Sovereign immunity has protected a coal mine owned by the Navajo Nation from being sued without the tribe's consent.

Tribes hear from Navajo mother at AMBER Alert in Indian Country Symposium

Ashlynne Mike was only 11 years old when she was abducted and murdered on the Navajo Nation.

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe dispels rumors about treatment facility

The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe plans to open a $20 million medication-assisted treatment facility, provided it can overcome local opposition.

Chemehuevi Tribe looks to revive plan for off-reservation casino

The Chemehuevi Tribe is eyeing an off-reservation casino in California as it completes work on a new facility.

Tribal leaders grill 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on Indian issues

As the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates hit the stage for their second round of debates, some of the hopefuls are sitting down with tribal leaders.

Native Sun News Today: Indian relay team wins top title at rodeo

The Mountain Crow Relay Team from Montana has returned to the circuit in a big way.

Indian Country Today: Technology breathes new life into Indigenous languages

For Indigenous peoples, language is truly the breath of life.

Cronkite News: President Trump declares 'big victory' on border wall

Advocates will continue to fight the use of federal funds for the construction of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Senate panel moves quickly on Trump nominee for Indian gaming agency

Sequoyah Simermeyer is on his way to becoming the first Republican-chosen leader of the National Indian Gaming Commission in more than a decade.

Native Sun News Today: Interpreters needed for Indigenous migrants

Mexico alone has nearly five times the number of people of Native ancestry than the U.S. and Canada combined.

Guillermo Torres: Indigenous people take a stand on stolen land

Why are fellow Indigenous Americans being detained on their ancestral land?

Cronkite News: Few answers at lengthy hearing over border conditions

A House panel grilled Trump administration officials over family separations and conditions at border facilities, but the hearing produced more partisan sparks than answers.

Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by #MAGA teen at Indigenous Peoples March

A Catholic school student plans to appeal after a $250 million libel lawsuit against The Washington Post was thrown out of court.

Death of Indigenous leader Emyra Wajãpi blamed on miners in Brazil

Emyra Wajãpi was killed in an "invasion" of his people's homelands in the Amazon, tribal leaders said.

Quapaw Nation announces groundbreaking for casino on ancestral territory

The Quapaw Nation plans to open a casino resort in Arkansas next spring but gaming machines will debut much sooner.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians prepares to offer sports betting

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is moving quickly in the wake of a new sports betting law in North Carolina.

Rodney Bordeaux: Rosebud Sioux Tribe must address harmful drugs

The time for action is now! Our children and families depend on it.

Native Sun News Today: North Dakota seeks $38 million for DAPL crackdown

A new lawsuit blames the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for encouraging Indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

James Giago Davies: Indian people still mistreated on their own homelands

There is no doubt about it: law enforcement is racially profiling people, and weeding out the likely loiterers from the white citizenry.

Cronkite News: Trump administration sets execution date for Navajo inmate

Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on federal death row, is being put to death on December 11, 2019, according to the Department of Justice.

Candidates make first major play for Native vote in 2020 presidential race

The 2020 Democratic presidential field is a crowded one but some candidates are distinguishing themselves in Indian Country.

RECAP: National Indian Gaming Commission nominee outlines vision in Trump era

National Indian Gaming Commission nominee Sequoyah Simermeyer sidestepped two major issues at a sparsely-attended confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill.

Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act up for first hearing in new political climate

A bill to help tribes address the impacts of climate change is up for its first hearing in the 116th Congress.

Bill John Baker: Tribal governments ensure Oklahoma’s success

Decades before statehood, tribes built Oklahoma’s first modern infrastructure and institutions.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe expands home for elders

The Oglala Sioux Tribe Nursing Home will open a new 12-bed memory wing in January 2020.

Indian Country Today: 'Stringing Rosaries' focuses on Indian boarding schools

Denise Lajimodiere has kept her promise to Indian boarding school survivors with this sacred oath of a book.

Clara Caufield: Getting married three times in one day

Some of my faithful readers might be interested in this new development, and also become even more convinced I am slipping.

Cronkite News: Veterans Affairs touts improvement in patient wait times

Five years after a hospital for veterans made headlines for falsifying patient wait times, VA officials touted a "tremendous transformation."

Tribes in Texas take a big step forward for their inherent sovereignty

A bill recognizing the inherent rights of two tribes in Texas is slated for passage in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bureau of Indian Affairs confronts huge backlog in aging school system

The $725 million backlog in maintenance at Indian schools is just the tip of the iceberg.

Spirit Lake Nation jurisdiction bill about to clear first hurdle in Congress

A bill to repeal a termination-era law that affects citizens of the Spirit Lake Nation is being advanced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service 'continues to fail in its duty'

The Indian Health Service has a trust and treaty responsibility to provide proper health care to tribal members and it continues to fail in its duty.

Cronkite News: Trump administration seeks to restrict access to food stamps

"They are telling everyone in this country that it’s ok for people to go hungry," Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) said after the Trump administration announced tighter food stamp guidelines.

Bethany Berger: Trump wasn't the first president to confront the Supreme Court

As Donald Trump agrees reluctantly to respect the Supreme Court, he follows a long-ago legal victory of the Cherokee Nation.

President Trump's Indian gaming pick up for confirmation hearing

Donald Trump was openly hostile to tribes when he was in the casino business. Now he gets to pick the federal official overseeing the Indian gaming industry.

Tribally-owned housing company continues to expand operations

Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development arm of the Winnebago Tribe, is the majority owner of a modular home building company.

Rep. Deb Haaland: President Trump is not indigenous to this land

Indian policy throughout history was meant to exterminate us, but we are still here.

Rep. Tom Cole: Bipartisan support needed for America's military

The military deserves our full support in their mission to maintain our national security.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Democrats put party before America's defense

Our military represents our nation’s strength across the globe and we cannot let politics get in the way of that.

Mark Trahant: Washington budget deal important for tribal governments

The drama that has been Washington gets a two-year break after the president and leaders in Congress reach a budget deal.

MSU News: Blackfeet Nation shares in grant to promote food sovereignty

A partnership between Montana State University and the Blackfeet Nation received a grant valued at $2 million to support sustainable agriculture for the Piikani people.

Kaiser Health News: Eastern Cherokees assert sovereignty for health

An innovative hospital run by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians showcases an alternative model of health care that could have lessons for other tribal communities and beyond.

Mary Otto: Dental care program saves lives in Alaska Native communities

In a remote Alaskan village, a low-cost program gives patients something to smile about.

Mohegan Tribe welcomes Miss America 2020 Competition to gaming facility

The Miss America pageant will be held in Indian Country for the first time in 2020.

'There was no substance': Ryan Zinke claims exoneration in Indian gaming scandal

The former leader of the Department of the Interior is telling the media and energy interests that he's been cleared of wrondgoing.

Winnebago Tribe among the first to enter industrial hemp industry

The Winnebago Tribe will soon become the first Indian nation in Nebraska to start planting hemp.

Indian Health Service faulted for closure of Rosebud Sioux emergency room

The Indian Health Service cited "staffing changes and limited resources" when shutting down a tribe's emergency room back in 2015. That wasn't the whole story.

Winona LaDuke: The new smallpox blanket being offered to Indigenous peoples

You can’t make this stuff up. At the end of the fossil fuel era, the plan is to transfer the liability to Native people.

Tim Giago: Invite Lakota warriors to the buffalo roundup in South Dakota

The Lakota people referred to the buffalo as their relative, either by brother or sister.

Albert Bender: Hundreds demand immediate closing of concentration camps

The American Indian Coalition held up signs that included "No one is illegal on stolen land" and "Close the fascist concentration death camps now."

Clara Caufield: So just what do 'old' Indian ladies talk about?

For many Native Americans, growing old is not an option, but for those who do, it is a blessing.

Cronkite News: U.S. Senate race shaping up to be one of the most competitive

If there was any question that Arizona’s 2020 Senate race would be one of the nation’s hottest, it was answered with an emphatic 'yes.'

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation steps up for the 2020 Census

Vital funding happens when our citizens are counted. I challenge all Cherokees to participate in the 2020 Census and make a positive difference.

Tribes meet for annual summer gathering at Bears Ears National Monument

Pueblo culture is the focus of an annual meeting at Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Where does Donald Trump want Indians to 'go back' to?

I endured a war on their behalf and acquired diseases as a result, yet I am still a 'damn Indian.'

Cronkite News: Trump impeachment resolution tabled after rebuke of 'racist' tweets

Efforts to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump were tabled by an overwhelming vote of Democrats and Republicans.

Tribes prepare for historic management of troubled Indian Health Service hospital

The newly named Oyate Health Center will be serving the Oyate, or the people, in South Dakota.

Tribal Leaders: Preserve eagle feathers for federally recognized tribes

Leaders of the Ute Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe are calling on fellow Indian nations to oppose an eagle feather petition they say undermines sovereignty.

Mark Trahant: The Indian law legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens

John Paul Stevens often supported the rights of tribes during his time on the nation's highest court.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux council member arrested on drug charges

Cora White Horse has faced no action so far from the Oglala Sioux Tribe after being accused of distributing prescription drugs.

Indian Country Today: Miami Tribe excluded from event on own homelands

July 16 was the first General Mad Anthony Day in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Not everyone, including the Miami Tribe, was celebrating.

Cronkite News: Bills to protect ancestral tribal lands from development advance

Democratic lawmakers beat back a series of Republican amendments before advancing bills to restrict mining around the Grand Canyon and on tribal lands in Arizona and New Mexico.

Native Sun News Today: Shakopee Tribe ready to debut $75 million cultural center

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s new cultural center, Hocokata Ti, opens to the public on July 26, 2019.

Sen. Mike Rounds: Showing RESPECT to Native Americans

Throughout history, Native Americans have been subjected to federal laws that are offensive, immoral and outright racist.

Oglala Sioux Tribe adopts marriage equality law

The Oglala Sioux Tribe is the first Indian nation in South Dakota to recognize same-sex marriages.

Chip Colwell: Acknowledge the Indigenous caretakers of the land

Land acknowledgment is a recognition of a truth, a kind of verbal memorial that we erect in honor of indigenous peoples.

Cronkite News: Lawmakers forced to vote on Trump's 'racist' tweets

"When President Trump attacks people of color to advance his racist, fascist agenda, we have a duty to call it what it is," one leading Democrat said.

Montana Free Press: Democrat ousted from Congress warns party faithful

Montana Democrats got a political reality check at their rules convention.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe continues to fight for gaming rights

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe plans to appeal a judge's decision that places construction of a long-awaited casino under local jurisdiction.

Native lawmakers divided over rebuke of President Trump's 'racist' tweets

"Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!" the president asserted. Democrats thought otherwise.

Arne Vainio: He wanted me to tell you he was sorry.

Are you out there, Danny? I knew your father.

Witness list for Indigenous Peoples hearing on Indian Country legislation

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is taking testimony on tribal land claims, tribal self-governance, Indian education and Indian policy.

Bills to protect ancestral tribal lands from development set to advance

Tribes are supporting legislation to ban energy development on ancestral lands in Arizona and in New Mexico.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers two bills at business meeting

Legislation to support tribal water rights and repeal outdated federal Indian laws are moving forward on Capitol Hill.