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Harrie Vredenburg: Indigenous ownership of pipeline on the table in Canada
Harrie Vredenburg: Indigenous ownership of pipeline on the table in Canada (August 28, 2019)

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.'


RECAP: Afternoon session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
RECAP: Afternoon session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 19, 2019)

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.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation's future is brighter than ever
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation's future is brighter than ever (August 13, 2019)

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


Tribally-owned housing company continues to expand operations
Tribally-owned housing company continues to expand operations (July 23, 2019)

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


Winnebago Tribe among the first to enter industrial hemp industry
Winnebago Tribe among the first to enter industrial hemp industry (July 22, 2019)

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


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation steps up for the 2020 Census
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation steps up for the 2020 Census (July 19, 2019)

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


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Native people still treated as invisible
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Native people still treated as invisible (July 10, 2019)

Native Americans are not chopped liver.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota visionary honors traditions with new technology
Native Sun News Today: Lakota visionary honors traditions with new technology (July 8, 2019)

On every reservation there is a visionary, a person who tries to create something new and promising, to protect something old and important.


Cronkite News: Tribal leaders push for water rights settlements on Capitol Hill
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders push for water rights settlements on Capitol Hill (June 27, 2019)

Tribal leaders are seeking support for bills that would guarantee water to their people in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.


Native Sun News Today: Native institution helps fulfill financial dreams
Native Sun News Today: Native institution helps fulfill financial dreams (June 17, 2019)

Discussing money and finances in homes has been a taboo for many generations.


Bill John Baker: A wonderful story of perseverance and resiliency
Bill John Baker: A wonderful story of perseverance and resiliency (June 13, 2019)

Northeastern Oklahoma is an area with some of the best outcomes for American Indian children in the country.


Trump order hinders tribal energy contracts despite preference in federal law
Trump order hinders tribal energy contracts despite preference in federal law (May 21, 2019)

Federal agencies spent about $6 billion on energy for their facilities in 2017 yet tribes are being passed over for contracts.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation helps tribal citzens grow their businesses
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation helps tribal citzens grow their businesses (May 16, 2019)

Small businesses are our lifeline and represent a bright future for tribes in Oklahoma.


Mark Trahant: President Trump is about to make Indian Country more expensive
Mark Trahant: President Trump is about to make Indian Country more expensive (May 14, 2019)

Agriculture is big business in Indian Country. So is construction. Both are impacted by Trump's trade war.


Cronkite News: Indian Country falling behind when it comes to broadband
Cronkite News: Indian Country falling behind when it comes to broadband (May 9, 2019)

Fewer than half the households on tribal lands in Arizona have access to broadband internet, and only one exceeds the state average.


'Under Attack': Fate of tribal lending industry in hands of appeals court
'Under Attack': Fate of tribal lending industry in hands of appeals court (May 6, 2019)

Tribes are paying close attention to a court case that they say will have a major impact on efforts to improve economic conditions in their communities.


The Revelator: Bringing energy independence to Indian Country
The Revelator: Bringing energy independence to Indian Country (May 2, 2019)

An organization focused on increasing energy independence for American Indians is helping to bring light, jobs and new opportunities to tribal communities.


Mark Trahant: Choctaw citizen Gavin Clarkson makes another run for office
Mark Trahant: Choctaw citizen Gavin Clarkson makes another run for office (April 18, 2019)

After two losses at the polls, Gavin Clarkson is back in the race in New Mexico.


'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency
'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency (April 11, 2019)

With David Bernhardt at the helm, the Department of the Interior has been one disaster after another, tribes and their advocates assert.


Indian Affairs hearing turns into Trump administration apology tour
Indian Affairs hearing turns into Trump administration apology tour (April 11, 2019)

A hearing on community development in Indian Country turned into an apology tour for the Trump administration as a slate of officials were forced to explain why they turned in their testimony late.


AUDIO: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on community development
AUDIO: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on community development (April 10, 2019)

The Trump administration has put a loan guarantee program at the Bureau of Indian Affairs on the chopping block.


Twitter Recap: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing with Trump administration
Twitter Recap: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing with Trump administration (April 10, 2019)

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney made her first appearance before Congress and had to apologize for being late with her testimony.


The Conversation: First Nations slowly reclaim their ancestral territories
The Conversation: First Nations slowly reclaim their ancestral territories (April 8, 2019)

Over the past 20 years, the courts have validated long-standing claims by First Nations that Canadian governments have systematically ignored and violated the terms of treaties negotiated between 1871 and 1921.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation continues to grow our economy
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation continues to grow our economy (April 8, 2019)

Cherokee Nation Businesses is not just the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, but for all of northeast Oklahoma.


Oklahoma Watch: Indian Country left behind in economic development initiative
Oklahoma Watch: Indian Country left behind in economic development initiative (March 27, 2019)

Tribes have been left out of a major part of a new federal tax incentive, with their governments unable to support projects in some of the nation’s poorest areas.


Gavin Clarkson: Indian Country should thank Donald Trump for Justice Gorsuch
Gavin Clarkson: Indian Country should thank Donald Trump for Justice Gorsuch (March 20, 2019)

President Donald Trump has elevated a new champion for Indian Country to the Supreme Court.


Native Sun News Today: Indian-owned business continues to grow
Native Sun News Today: Indian-owned business continues to grow (March 11, 2019)

Since opening in 2015, HeSapa Enterprises has steadily grown in size and services provided to customers


Winnebago Tribe moves forward with major community expansion plans
Winnebago Tribe moves forward with major community expansion plans (March 1, 2019)

With employment and economic opportunities growing, the Winnebago Tribe is ready to welcome more people to the reservation.


Native Sun News Today: Economic development and the Pine Ridge Reservation
Native Sun News Today: Economic development and the Pine Ridge Reservation (February 20, 2019)

The Pine Ridge Reservation has been designated an Empowerment Zone, a Promise Zone and an Opportunity Zone.


Winnebago Tribe explores new frontiers as opportunities grow on homelands
Winnebago Tribe explores new frontiers as opportunities grow on homelands (February 18, 2019)

On the banks of the Missouri River, not far from where Lewis and Clark camped at the start of their long journey, one tribe is exploring new frontiers of its own.


Bill John Baker: It's time for Oklahoma to celebrate Native American Day
Bill John Baker: It's time for Oklahoma to celebrate Native American Day (February 18, 2019)

Oklahoma’s rich identity is so closely tied to its Native heritage.


James Giago Davies: It's time to make universal basic income a reality
James Giago Davies: It's time to make universal basic income a reality (February 15, 2019)

America has plenty of money for corporate welfare and defense contractors. Why so little for tribal citizens?


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation aims to tell the stories of our people
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation aims to tell the stories of our people (February 11, 2019)

Telling the Cherokee story – our history, our heritage – is a skill that our people have passed down from one generation to the next.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances more legislation in troubled climate
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances more legislation in troubled climate (February 6, 2019)

After a somewhat disappointing start in the Trump era, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs continues to hit the ground running.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules second business meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules second business meeting (February 4, 2019)

Native languages, Native veterans and tribal economic development are the subject of three bills being advanced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


Winnebago Tribe still fighting back a year after raid on reservation
Winnebago Tribe still fighting back a year after raid on reservation (February 4, 2019)

Federal agents raided the reservation in what leaders of the Winnebago Tribe have called an attack on their sovereignty.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal leader addresses lawmakers in South Dakota
Native Sun News Today: Tribal leader addresses lawmakers in South Dakota (January 18, 2019)

President Rodney Bordeaux of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe highlighted the government shutdown and the Keystone XL Pipeline in his State of the Tribes address.


Winnebago Tribe continues to see more return to homelands
Winnebago Tribe continues to see more return to homelands (January 16, 2019)

'Our goal is to create self-sufficiency by getting jobs and opportunity to our local tribal members,' an executive from Ho-Chunk Inc. says.


Jeffrey Whalen: We need a plan to improve our reservation economy
Jeffrey Whalen: We need a plan to improve our reservation economy (January 8, 2019)

We hear over and over again that Oglala Lakota County is the poorest in the nation.


Winnebago Tribe wins round in lawsuit to defend its sovereignty
Winnebago Tribe wins round in lawsuit to defend its sovereignty (December 19, 2018)

The Winnebago Tribe's economic development corporation is challenging the state of Nebraska.


New law opens the door for distilleries in Indian Country
New law opens the door for distilleries in Indian Country (December 13, 2018)

A nearly 200-year-old ban on the manufacture of liquor on tribal lands has been repealed by Congress.


Winnebago Tribe defends sovereignty in dispute with state officials
Winnebago Tribe defends sovereignty in dispute with state officials (December 11, 2018)

The Winnebago Tribe's economic development corporation is battling the state of Nebraska in federal court.


Congress sends two more Indian Country bills to Trump
Congress sends two more Indian Country bills to Trump (November 28, 2018)

The Republican-controlled Congress continues to play catch-up when it comes to Indian Country's agenda in the Trump era.


Only one state makes history with election of first Native governor
Only one state makes history with election of first Native governor (November 7, 2018)

Republican Kevin Stitt came through in Oklahoma while Democrat Paulette Jordan fell short in Idaho.


Sandra Jeff: Gavin Clarkson is the right candidate for Native citizens
Sandra Jeff: Gavin Clarkson is the right candidate for Native citizens (October 29, 2018)

I wholeheartedly endorse Dr. Gavin Clarkson, an enrolled tribal member, for New Mexico Secretary of State.


Tulalip Tribes lose decision in closely-watched dual taxation case
Tulalip Tribes lose decision in closely-watched dual taxation case (October 5, 2018)

Should states and counties be able to tax businesses in Indian Country? One federal judge says yes.


George Wilson: Want to know what tribal corruption looks like?
George Wilson: Want to know what tribal corruption looks like? (September 27, 2018)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe has wasted so many opportunities that it is almost impossible to list them all.


Winnebago Tribe doubles investment in solar energy on reservation
Winnebago Tribe doubles investment in solar energy on reservation (September 24, 2018)

The Winnebago Tribe is continuing its march toward self-sustainability in northeast Nebraska.


Gun Lake Tribe brings in Bob Peters as new chairman
Gun Lake Tribe brings in Bob Peters as new chairman (September 17, 2018)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, has a new leader.


'We still have a lot of work to do': Tribes unite as lawmakers promise action
'We still have a lot of work to do': Tribes unite as lawmakers promise action (September 13, 2018)

Indian Country saw a busy day on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers passing four bills as tribal leaders discussed major issues and controversies.


'Why don't you do the same thing for us?': Oglala candidate asks of Trump
'Why don't you do the same thing for us?': Oglala candidate asks of Trump (September 12, 2018)

Not every tribal election offers voters a clear choice, or even a good choice.


Bureau of Indian Affairs awards grants to tribes for business development
Bureau of Indian Affairs awards grants to tribes for business development (September 5, 2018)

The Trump administration has awarded $400,000 in business development grants in Indian Country.


Warm Springs Tribes confirm closure of Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa
Warm Springs Tribes confirm closure of Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa (August 29, 2018)

Efforts to save the storied Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa in Oregon have failed.


Voters narrow down field for Navajo Nation's highest office
Voters narrow down field for Navajo Nation's highest office (August 28, 2018)

The Navajo Nation election centers on clean water, purged voter rolls and a fading coal economy.


Native American Business Incubator steps in to fill void
Native American Business Incubator steps in to fill void (August 22, 2018)

Native-owned companies have a hard time getting funding and expanding. Two Navajo entrepreneurs want to change that.


Winnebago Tribe moves forward with food sovereignty initiatives
Winnebago Tribe moves forward with food sovereignty initiatives (August 8, 2018)

The Winnebago Tribe’s efforts improve the health of residents have gotten some significant boosts.


'People are ready for something different': Democrat seeks Native vote
'People are ready for something different': Democrat seeks Native vote (August 3, 2018)

Native voters in South Dakota are making some big decisions in 2018.


Native American Bank prepares for big move
Native American Bank prepares for big move (August 3, 2018)

A bank established by the late Elouise Cobell is preparing for the next step in its evolution.


Pueblo tribes welcome action on bill to boost economic development
Pueblo tribes welcome action on bill to boost economic development (July 25, 2018)

Another Indian bill will be crossing President Trump's desk and it's one that seemed doomed just a couple of months ago.


'Long overdue': Congress finalizes bill for Apache water project
'Long overdue': Congress finalizes bill for Apache water project (July 24, 2018)

The White Mountain Apache Tribe and two Pueblo tribes benefit from a bill that gained final approval in Congress.