December 12, 2018
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Congress sends more Indian Country bills to President Trump

Indian energy, Indian education and Indian health are gaining a boost as the 115th Congress comes to a close.

Winnebago Tribe defends sovereignty in dispute with state officials

The Winnebago Tribe's economic development corporation is battling the state of Nebraska in federal court. Tens of millions of dollars are at stake.

Video: Mother of Native man who died after police encounter speaks

A jury in Nebraska has cleared a fired police officer for beating a Native man who later died.

'Silent Crisis': The missing and murdered in Indian Country

Federal law enforcement officials and Native women will be discussing the missing and murdered in Indian Country at a hearing in Washington, D.C.

Arne Vainio: I do not see spirits. Someday, I will

Someday we will all make that journey and what we give of ourselves will be what remains.

Cronkite News: Ancestral tribal sites threated by copper mine

Tribal monitors are helping collect data on culturally significant sites that are facing an uncertain future in Arizona.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community shares $1.48 million in gaming revenues

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is sharing its good fortune with communities in Michigan.

'They're on trial, too': Fired officer blames Native man's family for death

Zachary Bear Heels, 29, died after a beating by police officers but one of them doesn't think he should be held responsible.

Judge blocks pre-construction activities for Keystone XL Pipeline

Native activists have won another ruling in their fight against the controversial crude oil project.

Tim Giago: Christmas at a boarding school on the Pine Ridge Reservation

We Lakota celebrate Christmas because it was an important part of our culture to give and share gifts on special occasions.

Bill John Baker: Saving our Cherokee language by identifying fluent speakers

If our language disappears, we will be without the core of the vibrant and thriving culture we share from generation to generation.

Mark Trahant: So, is President Donald Trump a crook?

Federal prosecutors have now publicly alleged that the answer is yes, the president is a crook.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes are a barrier to freedom of the press

Owning about 75 percent of Indian mass media, tribal governments are a key barrier to independent reporting in American Indian outlets, according to a new report.

Cronkite News: Navajo girl carries on family's boxing tradition

Mariah Bahe, 14 years old, is the reigning Arizona State Junior Olympics champion in boxing.

The Conversation: The genocide of the Inuit people in Canada

The Ahiarmiut are entitled to an acknowledgement by the Canadian government that they were victims of genocide.

Seminole Tribe loses appeal in long-running taxation dispute

The Seminole Tribe must pay utility taxes to the state of Florida, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for a second time.

Secretary Ryan Zinke backs Washington NFL team's return to D.C.

Will the Washington NFL team and its racist mascot be returning to the nation's capital with the help of the Trump administration and Congress?

Public hearings set for two off-reservation casinos in Midwest

The Midwest regional office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs is busy with off-reservation gaming projects.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe warns of losses due to stalled casino

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is facing a bleak winter thanks to the Trump administration.

Mohegan Tribe lands entertaiment partner for casino in South Korea

The Mohegan Tribe is working with a big film studio on a theme park at its casino in South Korea.

Albert Bender: Racism to blame for missing and murdered Native people

The brutal murder of Amanda Webster emphasizes the plight of Indigenous women throughout the country.

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

The Violence Against Women Act remains mired in partisan politics but tribes continue to utilize the law to protect their communities.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala woman wins national rodeo pageant title

Kade Bettelyoun, from the Pine Ridge Reservation, is the 2019 Miss Indian Rodeo.

Remembering the Big Foot Riders on anniversary of massacre at Wounded Knee

We are fast approaching the 128th anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee.

Erika Dyck: Canada's shameful history of sterilizing Indigenous women

We are finding a disturbing legacy of sterilization of Indigenous women.

Fired police officer mounts defense in Native man's death

Zachary Bear Heels, a 29-year-old citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, died after being repeatedly shocked and punched by police officers in Omaha, Nebraska.

Tribes and organizations seek respect for cultural and sacred items

There is a long history of looting and stealing Indian burials and important cultural and sacred patrimony.

Native Sun News Today: Apology offered for Wounded Knee massacre

The massacre at Wounded Knee haunted a descendant of the U.S. Army general who was the commander of the infamous 7th Cavalry.

YES! Magazine: How Standing Rock changed one doctor's life

Dr. Tara Sood rushed to volunteer with the Indigenous-led protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Deb Haaland stands by Sen. Elizabeth Warren amid DNA doubts

Some in Indian Country have questioned Sen. Elizabeth Warren's decision to go public with a DNA analysis.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation lawmakers consider independent press bill

Efforts are underway to restore freedom of the press to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe seeks to name clamming grounds

The Washington Committee on Geographic Names will be taking action on the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe's request to name Littleneck Beach.

Pechanga Band quickly wins approval for naming rights deal

The Pechanga Band's naming rights came as a surprise to local officials and to the tribe which previously held them.

Pueblo of Tesuque 'absolutely pleased' with response to new casino

New Mexico's newest tribal gaming facility opened to the public on the day after Thanksgiving.

Pamunkey Tribe sees support for gaming development in Virginia

According to a new poll, 64 percent of voters want to see the Pamunkey Tribe open a casino.

Fired police officer violated policy by repeatedly shocking Native man

Zachary Bear Heels, 29, was tasered 12 times by a police officer before he died in Omaha, Nebraska.

Hearing scheduled on missing and murdered in Indian Country

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be confronting the "silent crisis" of the missing and the murdered at a hearing on December 12.

Bureau of Indian Education manager investigated for sexual misconduct

A manager at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in New Mexico had a sexual relationship with a student. That's not prohibited.

Shakopee Tribe donates more than $5 million to Indian Country

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community continues to share its good fortune with Indian Country.

Native artists selected for year-long fellowship in Oklahoma

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship continues to foster Native talent.

Native Sun News Today: Sioux boxer on slow path to recovery after attack

Keith Courneyer has opened his eyes and is showing signs of improvement. Arrests have been made in connection with the attack.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Assimilation has taken our Native identity away

It is imperative that we revive our indigenous world view and spiritual beliefs.

Debbie Martin: Addressing the health care crisis in Indigenous communities

There are stark differences between the health of Indigenous peoples in Canada and their non-Indigenous counterparts.

Gun Lake Tribe shares shares $9 million with communities in Michigan

Gaming continues to be good business for the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians and its neighbors.

Tribes remain at odds over new gaming developments in Oregon

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe doesn't want the Coquille Tribe to open a new casino.

Court puts hold on controversial Indian Child Welfare Act ruling

Tribes will have to move quickly to save the Indian Child Welfare Act from being invalidated across the nation.

George H.W. Bush, 1924-2018, left lasting mark on Indian Country

George Herbert Walker Bush only served one term as U.S. president but it proved to be a productive one for tribal interests.

Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe heads back to the polls

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe has to choose a new president and vice president after both officials resigned.

Mark Trahant: Congress still working on Indian Country funding bill

The spending bill includes Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education.

KJZZ: Reptile tracks are oldest discovered in Grand Canyon

Reptile tracks discovered in Arizona are about 310 million years old, making them the oldest ever discovered there.

Arrest made in connection with murder of Navajo Nation woman

Amanda Dakota Webster, a 26-year-old mother of three from the Navajo Nation, was murdered on December 1.

Teacher accused of 'cultural assault' against Native students won't return to school

A public school teacher accused of calling one Native student a "bloody Indian" and cutting the hair of another won't be returning to work.

Famous scientist accused of sexual misconduct used 'Native' handshake

Neil deGrasse Tyson is facing scrutiny for an incident in which he offered a so-called "Native" handshake to a subordinate.

Quapaw Nation wins endorsement to operate commercial casino in Arkansas

The Quapaw Nation is returning home to Arkansas with a project named after Chief Saracen.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still working with backer of derailed casino

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe isn't the only one reeling from the Trump administration's termination-era decisions.

Brothers jailed for attack in Pueblo of Pojoaque casino parking lot

An attack at a tribal casino in northern New Mexico left one man with a broken jaw and another with a head injury

'I can't breathe!': Video shows moments before Native man's death

Zachary Bear Heels, a 29-year-old citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, died in an encounter with police in Omaha, Nebraska.

Supreme Court schedules hearing in third Indian law case

Oral arguments in a closely-watched treaty rights case take place on January 8, 2019.

Tim Giago: Sorry but the R-Word does not honor Native Americans

When early settlers needed extra cash they would say, 'Let’s go out and kill some Redskins and collect the bounty on them.'

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation in historic health partnership

Oklahoma State University and the Cherokee Nation are changing the way America trains doctors.

Peter d'Errico: United States admits to genocide in Supreme Court case

Will the nation's highest court accept and approve of genocidal efforts against Native nations?

Mark Trahant: Indian Country left out of latest life expectancy report

Are we living longer or not? For Indian Country the answer is complicated.

Native Sun News Today: Indian athletes once dominated the world of sports

By the close of the 19th century, Indian athletes started to make their mark in baseball and football.

Cronkite News: Secretary Zinke unleashes personal attack on lawmaker

A member of Congress called on Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to resign. The response was blistering.

Alaska Native corporation celebrated drilling victory at White House

The Trump era hasn't been the greatest for tribes in the lower 48 but it's been a different story for one wealthy Alaska Native corporation.

Jury watches video of Native man getting shocked and beaten

A juror broke down in tears after watching video of Zachary Bear Heels getting beaten before his death.

Native Sun News Today: Tribal takeover of troubled hospital questioned

Three Sioux tribes continue to face questions about their efforts to manage an Indian Health Service facility.

Raúl Grijalva: Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke must resign

Ryan Zinke is embroiled in ethics scandals and management failures. The least he can do is step down.

Testimony continues in case of officer on trial for death of Native man

Zachary Bear Heels, a 29-year-old citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, died in an encounter with police in Omaha, Nebraska.

Incoming governor and Native lieutenant launch listening tour in Minnesota

Minnesota's first Native lieutenant governor and her running mate are visiting Indian Country after their historic win on Election Day.

Indian Health Service ordered to pay $15 million for baby's brain damage

Staff caused a baby boy to suffer irreversible brain damage, a federal judge concluded in a stunning decision.

Native Sun News Today: Lakota boxer in hospital after brutal attack

A Yankton Sioux Tribe member is in for the fight of his life after falling victim to reservation violence.

High Country News: It's business as usual for crime on tribal lands

Federal prosecutors in Indian Country declined a third of referred cases in 2017, a quarter of which were sexual assault cases.

Louise Dunlap: My colonizer ancestors set us up for catastrophic failure

I want us to go humbly to the very people our culture tried to exterminate to listen to what they can teach us.

KJZZ: Business challenges anti-LGBTQ discrimination law

Arizona’s highest court will decide whether a law aimed at prohibiting businesses from discriminating against LGBTQ people violates the state constitution.

Hopi Tribe loses challenge to use of wastewater at sacred site

A ski resort on public land uses reclaimed sewage to make snow on sacred land.

Enterprise Rancheria sees progress on 'Hard Rock' development

The Enterprise Rancheria and the Seminole Tribe are working together on a long-awaited casino in California.

Editorial: Don't let prejudice stand in the way of tribe

Prejudices and irrational fears from the past shouldn’t stand in the way of the Pamunkeys’ fight for a better future.

Native Sun News Today: Vigil honors those who lost their lives on the streets

Wisps of snow floated through the air as the names of 44 loved ones who lost their lives on the streets were read in Rapid City, South Dakota.



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