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Native candidates for Congress see good news in final campaign stretch
Native candidates for Congress see good news in final campaign stretch (October 4, 2018)

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


'America was always great': Nation says goodbye to John McCain
'America was always great': Nation says goodbye to John McCain (September 4, 2018)

There were more laughs than tears for John McCain whose funeral service drew scores of political power players of the last four decades – but not the current president.


Chinook Nation heads to court to battle federal government's 'genocide'
Chinook Nation heads to court to battle federal government's 'genocide' (May 8, 2018)

The tribe whose ancestors welcomed Lewis and Clark to the Northwest more than 200 years ago is still fighting for federal recognition.


Republicans advance bill to prevent name changes at sacred site
Republicans advance bill to prevent name changes at sacred site (March 14, 2018)

Republicans are reaching back to the Obama administration to justify a bill that prevents any changes to the namesake of Devils Tower National Monument.


Mark Charles: An annual reminder of the 'official' apology to Native peoples
Mark Charles: An annual reminder of the 'official' apology to Native peoples (December 22, 2017)

This past Tuesday I tried to have a normal day. I knew it was December 19.


Report faults Department of Justice for public safety issues in Indian Country
Report faults Department of Justice for public safety issues in Indian Country (December 18, 2017)

The Department of Justice isn't doing enough to improve public safety in Indian Country, seven years after the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act.


Director of Office of Indian Energy quits after more offensive remarks surface
Director of Office of Indian Energy quits after more offensive remarks surface (September 5, 2017)

The Trump administration's Indian energy czar suddenly resigned after being confronted with even more offensive online remarks.


Senate approves bill to designate clinic in honor of late veteran Joe Medicine Crow
Senate approves bill to designate clinic in honor of late veteran Joe Medicine Crow (August 8, 2017)

A bill to designate a clinic for the late Joe Medicine Crow, a celebrated veteran from the Crow Tribe, is moving forward in the 115th Congress.


Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications
Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications (July 20, 2017)

In a major setback for Indian Country, the Trump administration is poised to erect more hurdles for tribes seeking to restore their homelands.


Trump administration receives 1.4M comments on national monuments
Trump administration receives 1.4M comments on national monuments (July 12, 2017)

The Department of the Interior has closed an unprecedented public comment period on a number of national monuments, including one of great interest in Indian Country.


Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid
Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid (July 5, 2017)

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a Republican from Oklahoma, is one of just two tribal citizens in Congress.


Trump administration rolls out first rule under historic trust reform law
Trump administration rolls out first rule under historic trust reform law (June 26, 2017)

Indian Country is entering a new era in trust reform amid major changes at the Department of the Interior.


Director of Office of Indian Energy deletes offensive Twitter account
Director of Office of Indian Energy deletes offensive Twitter account (June 23, 2017)

The Trump administration's director of the Office of Indian Energy at the Department of Energy deleted his Twitter account after The Washington Post asked about a series of offensive messages.


Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's budget threatens to disrupt Indian Country
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's budget threatens to disrupt Indian Country (June 12, 2017)

It’s not too strong to say that Donald Trump's budget plan would mean an early death for too many people in Indian Country, writes Mark Trahant.


Dakota Access Pipeline begins shipping oil months behind schedule
Dakota Access Pipeline begins shipping oil months behind schedule (June 1, 2017)

Thanks to President Donald Trump, the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline is now operational.


Office of Special Trustee pitches President Trump’s lower budget request as 'taxpayer' savings
Office of Special Trustee pitches President Trump’s lower budget request as 'taxpayer' savings (May 23, 2017)

The agency is one the few in federal government whose responsibilities solely affect Indian Country.


Trump administration revives huge mine opposed by tribes in Alaska
Trump administration revives huge mine opposed by tribes in Alaska (May 12, 2017)

The Pebble Mine had been squashed by the Obama administration -- even Barack Obama visited the area to meet with Native fisherwomen.


President Trump fires director of Federal Bureau of Investigation
President Trump fires director of Federal Bureau of Investigation (May 10, 2017)

James Comey visited several reservations during his tenure and linked high rates of violent crime to complex jurisdictional issues in Indian Country.


Alaska Native group challenges President Trump and Secretary Zinke on Arctic drilling
Alaska Native group challenges President Trump and Secretary Zinke on Arctic drilling (May 4, 2017)

REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands) and other environmental groups are taking on the Trump administration.


Ute Tribe demands 'voice' as Donald Trump orders review of Bears Ears monument
Ute Tribe demands 'voice' as Donald Trump orders review of Bears Ears monument (April 28, 2017)

Ute leaders are taking on powerful interests as they seek to prevent the the Trump administration from undermining the new Bears Ears National Monument.


Trump singles out new Bears Ears monument as an 'abuse' of government's power
Trump singles out new Bears Ears monument as an 'abuse' of government's power (April 26, 2017)

The new monument enjoys strong support across Indian Country but the president sounded more concerned about the views of non-Indians in Utah.


Indian health care law safe for now as GOP targets Obamacare
Indian health care law safe for now as GOP targets Obamacare (March 8, 2017)

The Indian Health Care Improvement Act isn't affected by the repeal provisions of the new Republican health proposal.


Gyasi Ross: Barack Obama's complicated legacy in Indian Country
Gyasi Ross: Barack Obama's complicated legacy in Indian Country (February 9, 2017)

The Thing About Skins on the Pros and Cons of the Obama Administration.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets for first oversight hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets for first oversight hearing (February 7, 2017)

Lawmakers will hear from tribal leaders and federal officials about emergency management in Indian Country.


Gabe Galanda: The Obama administration's disenrollment legacy
Gabe Galanda: The Obama administration's disenrollment legacy (January 25, 2017)

'By and large President Obama got it wrong on disenrollment until the end of his presidency.'


Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes one last rule from the Obama era
Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes one last rule from the Obama era (January 23, 2017)

President Donald Trump imposed a regulatory freeze on his first day in office but it didn't affect the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation vote
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation vote (January 23, 2017)

The Montana Republican is vowing to respect tribal sovereignty, promote self-determination and protect treaty rights when it comes to making decisions.


Leonard Peltier remains behind bars as Obama rejects bid for clemency
Leonard Peltier remains behind bars as Obama rejects bid for clemency (January 19, 2017)

Leonard Peltier, 72, is serving two life sentences after being convicted for the murders of two FBI agents.


President Barack Obama names first members of Native youth commission
President Barack Obama names first members of Native youth commission (January 17, 2017)

Anita Fineday (White Earth) and Russ McDonald (Spirit Lake) are joining the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children.


Alaska tribe makes history with approval of trust land application
Alaska tribe makes history with approval of trust land application (January 13, 2017)

It's only 1.08 acres but a decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs marks a major milestone in Alaska Native history.


Native Sun News Today: Leonard Peltier prosecutor supports clemency bid
Native Sun News Today: Leonard Peltier prosecutor supports clemency bid (January 11, 2017)

In an extraordinary action, former federal prosecutor James Reynolds sent an open letter to President Barack Obama requesting clemency for convicted activist Leonard Peltier


Jacqueline Keeler: New monument marks victory for tribal sites
Jacqueline Keeler: New monument marks victory for tribal sites (January 10, 2017)

By protecting an area rich in indigenous history, President Obama has shown that some things are worth more than money.


Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians
Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians (January 10, 2017)

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) was forced to admit that he opposed landmark provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.


Interior Department touts tribal homeland efforts as Obama era comes to an end
Interior Department touts tribal homeland efforts as Obama era comes to an end (January 5, 2017)

The Obama administration has helped tribes restore more than 2 million acres of land since January 2009.


Republicans take initial steps to dismantle Indian health care law
Republicans take initial steps to dismantle Indian health care law (January 4, 2017)

The GOP pledge to repeal Obamacare leaves the Indian Health Care Improvement Act at risk.


Statue of imprisoned activist Leonard Peltier coming down in D.C.
Statue of imprisoned activist Leonard Peltier coming down in D.C. (January 3, 2017)

American University initially took no position on the 9-foot-tall wooden statue but changed course after hearing from an FBI-affiliated group.


Karen Diver: President Obama ushers in a new era in federal-tribal relations
Karen Diver: President Obama ushers in a new era in federal-tribal relations (January 3, 2017)

The Special Assistant to President Barack Obama for Native American Affairs, announces the release of a report that details some of the policy advances of the last eight years.


Obama cites Native subsistence needs in ban on offshore drilling
Obama cites Native subsistence needs in ban on offshore drilling (December 21, 2016)

An Alaska Native corporation plans to 'fight' the decision to outlaw development on more than 100 million acres in the Arctic Ocean.


Donald Trump's environmental nominee takes credit for tribal water deal
Donald Trump's environmental nominee takes credit for tribal water deal (December 21, 2016)

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) tried to get the lawsuit filed by the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation thrown out of court.


Northwest tribes prepare to rebury ancestor known as Ancient One
Northwest tribes prepare to rebury ancestor known as Ancient One (December 20, 2016)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is required to transfer the remains of the Kennewick Man within 90 days.


President Obama signs land bills for two tribes in Oregon into law
President Obama signs land bills for two tribes in Oregon into law (December 15, 2016)

The legislation makes it easier for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to restore their homelands.


Song from Elouise Cobell documentary on shortlist for Oscar nod
Song from Elouise Cobell documentary on shortlist for Oscar nod (December 14, 2016)

The critically-acclaimed documentary about the late Elouise Cobell is garnering more notice.


National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian Country
National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian Country (December 13, 2016)

The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act includes one repatriation provision, two major infrastructure packages, three land-into-trust acquisitions and four water settlements.


Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in Congress
Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in Congress (December 13, 2016)

Tribes have been having trouble getting water settlements through Congress but those hurdles posed no problems for the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation.


Mike Lee: Don't declare monument at sacred Bears Ears in Utah
Mike Lee: Don't declare monument at sacred Bears Ears in Utah (December 13, 2016)

The administration recently blocked the Dakota Access Pipeline due to strong opposition from local residents. I urge it to give the same respect to the residents of San Juan County, Utah.


Donald Trump's Interior pick offers mixed record on Indian issues
Donald Trump's Interior pick offers mixed record on Indian issues (December 12, 2016)

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) fought an off-reservation casino and opposed stronger protections for Native women during her time on Capitol Hill.


James Giago Davies: President Obama could have stopped #NoDAPL abuses
James Giago Davies: President Obama could have stopped #NoDAPL abuses (December 8, 2016)

For years involved parties knew the pipeline conflict up at Standing Rock was coming. For years. They knew.


Kirk Francis: Indian Country must remain vigilant despite #NoDAPL victory
Kirk Francis: Indian Country must remain vigilant despite #NoDAPL victory (December 6, 2016)

While it is important that we recognize the value and benefit that our collective advocacy efforts had in securing this win, we must remain equally vigilant and steadfast in our determination to ensure that the next administration does not reverse this decision.


Congress passes long-awaited land bills for two tribes in Oregon
Congress passes long-awaited land bills for two tribes in Oregon (December 6, 2016)

The bills help the Siletz Tribes and the Grand Ronde Tribes restore their homelands.


Indian Country cheers historic decision on Dakota Access Pipeline
Indian Country cheers historic decision on Dakota Access Pipeline (December 5, 2016)

The battle is far from over but a long-standing request to examine the impacts of the controversial project is now on the table thanks to the Obama administration.


James Giago Davies: Finding the real enemy in the #NoDAPL fight
James Giago Davies: Finding the real enemy in the #NoDAPL fight (December 5, 2016)

A line was crossed the night they cut loose with water cannons up at Standing Rock drenching unarmed protesters in below freezing wind chill.


Native Sun News Today: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe summons allies in #NoDAPL fight
Native Sun News Today: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe summons allies in #NoDAPL fight (December 1, 2016)

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and allies summoned public pressure on President Barack Obama to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Sioux Nation to President Obama: Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
Sioux Nation to President Obama: Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (November 30, 2016)

Get the Army out of Indian country. Stop the oil pipeline. Protect our drinking water. Preserve our Native homeland.


Democracy Now: Sen. Bernie Sanders on Dakota Access Pipeline and treaty rights violations
Democracy Now: Sen. Bernie Sanders on Dakota Access Pipeline and treaty rights violations (November 29, 2016)

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has been a vocal supporter of the water protectors.


Blackfeet Nation landowners see more than $273M in land offers
Blackfeet Nation landowners see more than $273M in land offers (November 28, 2016)

The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations finally comes to the reservation where the late Elouise Cobell launched her landmark trust fund lawsuit.


Democracy Now: North Dakota county sheriff 'not worthy of a shred of belief'
Democracy Now: North Dakota county sheriff 'not worthy of a shred of belief' (November 23, 2016)

A Democracy Now! update from Wayne Wilansky, the father of 21-year-old activist Sophia Wilansky, who was injured during the standoff at Standing Rock in North Dakota.


Oklahoma governor discussed Indian issues with Donald Trump
Oklahoma governor discussed Indian issues with Donald Trump (November 23, 2016)

Gov. Mary Fallin (R) is under consideration to run the Department of the Interior, which oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Charles Trimble: Water protectors need more than our prayers
Charles Trimble: Water protectors need more than our prayers (November 23, 2016)

If President Obama, a proven friend of the Indian nations, won’t do anything, will these peaceful demonstrators – these selfless protectors of Mother Earth – be fired upon with weapons far more devastating than Hotchkiss Cannons that tore apart bodies of those killed at Wounded Knee in 1890?


Alaska Natives battle Donald Trump on potential name change at highest mountain
Alaska Natives battle Donald Trump on potential name change at highest mountain (November 22, 2016)

Alaskans have always referred to the highest mountain peak in North America as Denali but the incoming president has vowed to change it.


Dakota Access Pipeline continues legal push as frontline hit by assaults in North Dakota
Dakota Access Pipeline continues legal push as frontline hit by assaults in North Dakota (November 21, 2016)

Upwards of 300 people were injured by law enforcement in the largest single crackdown to date.