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Bill John Baker: Five Civilized Tribes welcome repeal of termination-era law
Bill John Baker: Five Civilized Tribes welcome repeal of termination-era law (January 7, 2019)

A new federal law is a remedy for a huge injustice that has led to a devastating loss of land for the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole and Muscogee (Creek) Nations.


Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down
Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down (December 14, 2018)

Time is running out for tribes to see action on their legislative agenda as lawmakers prepare to wrap up the 115th session of Congress.


Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing (November 13, 2018)

Tribal leaders from Arizona, North Dakota and Oklahoma are testifying in support of bills that affect their communities.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing (November 12, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work after the historic mid-term election.


Padraig Kirwan: How the Choctaw Nation brought hope to Ireland
Padraig Kirwan: How the Choctaw Nation brought hope to Ireland (October 9, 2018)

The Choctaw people suffered devastating losses in their history but still found time to help others.


Small number of school safety grants make it to Indian Country
Small number of school safety grants make it to Indian Country (October 2, 2018)

The Trump administration announced more than $70 million in school safety grants but fewer than five went to Indian Country.


'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case
'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case (September 27, 2018)

Tribes across the nation, advocates for Native women and a bipartisan group of former federal prosecutors are taking a stand in one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases in recent history.


Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation sue opioid manufacturers
Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation sue opioid manufacturers (August 6, 2018)

The Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation are the latest to sue opioid manufacturers for the drug crisis in Indian Country.


'A victory for Indian Country': Deb Haaland secures primary win in historic run for Congress
'A victory for Indian Country': Deb Haaland secures primary win in historic run for Congress (June 6, 2018)

Indian Country witnessed history as Deb Haaland secured a commanding victory in her bid to become the first Native woman in the U.S. House.


Pro-tribal and pro-Trump? Choctaw citizen seeks voice in Congress
Pro-tribal and pro-Trump? Choctaw citizen seeks voice in Congress (March 16, 2018)

Gavin Clarkson knows the value of hard work and education, having learned those lessons from his Choctaw father.


Choctaw Nation welcomes Irish prime minister for historic visit
Choctaw Nation welcomes Irish prime minister for historic visit (March 13, 2018)

The Choctaw Nation welcomed the prime minister of Ireland for a historic visit that highlighted the strong ties between the two governments.


Choctaw citizen leads Native committee at Department of Justice
Choctaw citizen leads Native committee at Department of Justice (February 8, 2018)

R. Trent Shores, a Choctaw Nation citizen who serves as a top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma, has taken on a new leadership role within the Trump administration.


Choctaw Nation citizen taking oath of office as top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma
Choctaw Nation citizen taking oath of office as top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma (December 12, 2017)

A ceremonial swearing-in is taking place for R. Trent Shores, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation who serves as the U.S. Attorney for Northern Oklahoma.


Native hire at university in Oklahoma won't discuss Native background
Native hire at university in Oklahoma won't discuss Native background (July 5, 2017)

A new professor at the University of Oklahoma's Native American Studies Department claims to be Choctaw but key documents indicate that isn't the case.


Choctaw Nation travels to Ireland to dedicate 'Kindred Spirits' sculpture
Choctaw Nation travels to Ireland to dedicate 'Kindred Spirits' sculpture (June 19, 2017)

Leaders and citizens of the Choctaw Nation helped unveil a sculpture that recognizes the tribe's historic connections to the Irish people.


Choctaw Nation citizen lands senior job at Bureau of Indian Affairs
Choctaw Nation citizen lands senior job at Bureau of Indian Affairs (June 12, 2017)

The Trump administration is finally filling out its leadership team at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Choctaw Nation on a development boom with dozens of projects
Choctaw Nation on a development boom with dozens of projects (May 31, 2017)

The Choctaw Nation is busy with 40 projects, including a $219 million headquarters in Durant, Oklahoma.


Choctaw artist Waylon Gary White Deer finds new home in Ireland
Choctaw artist Waylon Gary White Deer finds new home in Ireland (April 5, 2017)

The Choctaw Nation's ties to Ireland go back to 1847, when tribal citizens donated their own money to help people thousands of miles away.


Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agenda
Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agenda (February 20, 2017)

Scott Pruitt, as attorney general in Oklahoma, repeatedly fought tribes on jurisdiction, immunity and taxation fronts.


Supreme Court declines petition in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Supreme Court declines petition in Indian Child Welfare Act case (January 9, 2017)

A Choctaw Nation girl will remain with her relatives instead of being displaced by a non-Indian foster couple.


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.


Donald Trump's Energy nominee sits on board for Dakota Access Pipeline owner
Donald Trump's Energy nominee sits on board for Dakota Access Pipeline owner (December 14, 2016)

The connections between Republican president-elect Donald Trump and the controversial pipeline continue to get stronger.


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.


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.


Oklahoma lawmakers push for approval of tribal water rights deal
Oklahoma lawmakers push for approval of tribal water rights deal (September 29, 2016)

A settlement for the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation is close to becoming law even though it has never been put to a hearing.


California's highest court won't disrupt placement of Choctaw Nation girl
California's highest court won't disrupt placement of Choctaw Nation girl (September 15, 2016)

A non-Indian couple is now planning to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Editorial: Settlement recognizes tribal role in water management
Editorial: Settlement recognizes tribal role in water management (August 15, 2016)

An agreement reached among officials from the state, Oklahoma City and two American Indian tribes ends what many expected would be a lengthy and costly fight over water rights.


Oklahoma tribes herald 'momentous achievement' on water rights
Oklahoma tribes herald 'momentous achievement' on water rights (August 12, 2016)

The Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation will play a role in determining how water is allocated in their treaty territory.


Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation resolve water rights lawsuit
Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation resolve water rights lawsuit (August 11, 2016)

The tribes asserted ownership to water under the 1830 Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek.


Court won't disturb placement of Choctaw Nation girl in ICWA dispute
Court won't disturb placement of Choctaw Nation girl in ICWA dispute (July 11, 2016)

A foster family in California has begun claiming to incorporate 'Native American culture into their lives' as part of an attempt to keep the girl from living with her relatives.


Geek Squad Academy takes digital camp to Choctaw Nation youth
Geek Squad Academy takes digital camp to Choctaw Nation youth (June 14, 2016)

About 180 students from the Oklahoma tribe are getting a crash course in the latest technologies.


Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney continues to question law
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney continues to question law (June 10, 2016)

Despite losing in the courts, an attorney based in Washington, D.C., remains intent on undermining the 1978 law.


Washington and North Dakota tribes join Promise Zone program
Washington and North Dakota tribes join Promise Zone program (June 6, 2016)

The Spokane Tribe and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians will work closely with federal agencies to address economic development, employment and other needs.


California court won't upset placement of Choctaw Nation child
California court won't upset placement of Choctaw Nation child (March 31, 2016)

An attorney who has repeatedly challenged the Indian Child Welfare Act vowed to take the dispute to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.


Conservative website urges readers to contact Choctaw Nation
Conservative website urges readers to contact Choctaw Nation (March 24, 2016)

The campaign against the Indian Child Welfare Act extends to conservative organizations and conservative media.


Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act lawyer pursues appeal in California
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act lawyer pursues appeal in California (March 23, 2016)

A Choctaw Nation girl is now living with relatives -- including a sibling -- in Utah but that isn't stopping a California couple from trying to claim custody.


Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney takes on another dispute
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney takes on another dispute (March 22, 2016)

Despite losing in the court system, an attorney based in Washington, D.C., has succeed in drawing negative attention to the law and to the Choctaw Nation in a case from California.


Choctaw Nation to break ground on new headquarters in March
Choctaw Nation to break ground on new headquarters in March (February 3, 2016)

The 500,000 square-foot building in Durant, Oklahoma, will consolidate programs and services that are currently housed at about 30 different locations.


Search underway for Indian murder defendant who escaped jail
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Search underway for Indian murder defendant who escaped jail (December 14, 2015)

Paul Newberry, 24, had been arrested in July with the help of a Choctaw Nation police officer.


Veteran from Choctaw Nation honors fellow Vietnam warriors
Veteran from Choctaw Nation honors fellow Vietnam warriors (November 11, 2015)

Tinker Perkins is collecting the names of all the Native Americans who fought in Vietnam.


Woman pleads guilty for stealing $585K from Choctaw Nation
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Woman pleads guilty for stealing $585K from Choctaw Nation (October 16, 2015)

Carma Lynn Elliott admitted she stole the money from the Oklahoma tribe over a six-year period beginning in 2005.


Editorial: Trust settlement ends sordid chapter in our history
Editorial: Trust settlement ends sordid chapter in our history (October 15, 2015)

Corrupt mismanagement of assets is part of the sordid history of decades of federal Indian policy.


Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation celebrate trust settlement
Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation celebrate trust settlement (October 8, 2015)

The two Oklahoma tribes will receive a total of $186 million to settle trust mismanagement claims against the federal government.


Secretary Jewell heads to Oklahoma for tribal trust settlement
Secretary Jewell heads to Oklahoma for tribal trust settlement (October 5, 2015)

The Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation agreed to accept $186 million to settle a trust mismanagement lawsuit they filed in 2005.


Oklahoma tribes settle trust mismanagement lawsuit for $186M
Oklahoma tribes settle trust mismanagement lawsuit for $186M (September 28, 2015)

The Choctaw Nation will receive $139.5 million and the Chickasaw Nation will receive $46.5 million to resolve a lawsuit filed in 2005.


Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes negotiate hunting agreements
Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes negotiate hunting agreements (September 22, 2015)

The Cherokee Nation signed the first hunting and fishing compact but the deal is controversial among its citizens.


Choctaw Nation secures $60M in funding through Promise Zone
Choctaw Nation secures $60M in funding through Promise Zone (September 8, 2015)

President Barack Obama visited the tribe in July to tout the benefits of the anti-poverty initiative.


Tribes in Oklahoma quick to express disinterest in marijuana
Tribes in Oklahoma quick to express disinterest in marijuana (August 18, 2015)

Merely attending a meeting on marijuana might get your tribe a call from the media.


Tribal comment sought for final round of Promise Zone initiative
Tribal comment sought for final round of Promise Zone initiative (August 4, 2015)

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Agriculture plan to select one more tribal community for the program.


Choctaw Nation police officer helps arrest suspects in murder
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Choctaw Nation police officer helps arrest suspects in murder (August 3, 2015)

Two men -- one of them Native American -- face extradition in connection with the murder of a well-known rancher in Oklahoma.


Choctaw Nation embraces President Obama on 'historic day'
Choctaw Nation embraces President Obama on 'historic day' (July 16, 2015)

The president met with Chief Gary Batton and a group of Native youth before announcing the ConnectHome initiative for high-speed Internet.


Transcript: President Barack Obama speech to Choctaw Nation
Transcript: President Barack Obama speech to Choctaw Nation (July 16, 2015)

Remarks by President Barack Obama on the Launch of ConnectHome Initiative in Durant, Oklahoma.


Choctaw Nation excited for visit from President Barack Obama
Choctaw Nation excited for visit from President Barack Obama (July 15, 2015)

President Barack Obama will meet with Chief Gary Batton, sit down with Native youth and speak to tribal members.


Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation to settle trust litigation
Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation to settle trust litigation (July 14, 2015)

The tribes sued the federal government in 2005, seeking an accounting of their trust assets and trust funds.


Interview: Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton on health care
Interview: Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton on health care (June 22, 2015)

The Durant Democrat shares the final segment of an interview with the leader of the third-largest tribe in the United States.


Interview: Chief Gary Batton of Choctaw Nation shares struggles
Interview: Chief Gary Batton of Choctaw Nation shares struggles (June 16, 2015)

The Durant Democrat interviews Chief Gary Batton, who is rounding out his first term as leader of the Choctaw Nation and is running for election in July.


Interview: Chief Gary Batton of Choctaw Nation shares philosophy
Interview: Chief Gary Batton of Choctaw Nation shares philosophy (June 8, 2015)

The Durant Democrat interviews Chief Gary Batton, who is rounding out his first term as leader of the Choctaw Nation and is running for election in July.


Pine Ridge Reservation among latest named as 'Promise Zone'
Pine Ridge Reservation among latest named as 'Promise Zone' (April 28, 2015)

The Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation will serve as the lead agency to help address poverty, unemployment and economic conditions.


Choctaw Nation citizens slam Vanilla Ice's shaky ancestry claim
Choctaw Nation citizens slam Vanilla Ice's shaky ancestry claim (April 27, 2015)

The actor and rapper is defending his participation in The Ridiculous Six by bringing up his alleged Indian heritage.