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Gianforte lobbies Interior to delist Northern Continental Divide grizzlies
Gianforte lobbies Interior to delist Northern Continental Divide grizzlies (October 9, 2019)

The Trump administration is being pressed to remove protections for the grizzly bear, an animal held sacred by numerous tribes.


Wildlife service considers changes to habitat area for endangered Mount Graham red squirrel
Wildlife service considers changes to habitat area for endangered Mount Graham red squirrel (September 16, 2019)

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


Ute Tribe calls new eagle policy a 'step in the right direction'
Ute Tribe calls new eagle policy a 'step in the right direction' (August 14, 2019)

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.


Trump administration announces change to eagle policy in Indian Country
Trump administration announces change to eagle policy in Indian Country (August 13, 2019)

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.


Tribal Leaders: Preserve eagle feathers for federally recognized tribes
Tribal Leaders: Preserve eagle feathers for federally recognized tribes (July 18, 2019)

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


Eagle feather petition draws intense interest in Indian Country
Eagle feather petition draws intense interest in Indian Country (July 15, 2019)

A petition that could lead to major changes in the way eagle feathers are eagle parts are handled by the federal government has generated significant controversy.


Native Sun News Today: Keystone XL threatens endangered species
Native Sun News Today: Keystone XL threatens endangered species (June 18, 2019)

The Keystone XL Pipeline will lead to habitat destruction on the Great Plains, one scientist warns.


Cronkite News: Groups score win in effort to protect California condors
Cronkite News: Groups score win in effort to protect California condors (May 31, 2019)

Environmental groups are trying to ban the use of lead shot out of concern for endangered California condors.


Cronkite News: Charges dropped against volunteers for work along U.S. border
Cronkite News: Charges dropped against volunteers for work along U.S. border (February 25, 2019)

Federal misdemeanor charges have been dropped against four humanitarian aid workers who faced criminal convictions for their work along the U.S.-Mexico border.


Cronkite News: Volunteer group debates future after convictions for border work
Cronkite News: Volunteer group debates future after convictions for border work (January 24, 2019)

More than a decade ago, a No More Deaths volunteer left plastic water jugs in the desert for migrants crossing the Mexican border.


Cronkite News: Volunteers found guilty for work near U.S. border
Cronkite News: Volunteers found guilty for work near U.S. border (January 22, 2019)

Four humanitarian aid workers were found guilty after leaving aid for migrants in a restricted area of a national wildlife refuge.


Cronkite News: Volunteers on trial for helping U.S. border crossers
Cronkite News: Volunteers on trial for helping U.S. border crossers (January 18, 2019)

No More Deaths has been providing water, food and medical aid for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border for more than a decade.


Cronkite News: Supreme Court rules in endangered frog case
Cronkite News: Supreme Court rules in endangered frog case (November 28, 2018)

The Supreme Court made it harder to designate critical habitat for endangered species, in a ruling that business and property rights groups said corrects federal government overreach.


'I have it on my fireplace': New York governor took eagle feather
'I have it on my fireplace': New York governor took eagle feather (August 13, 2018)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is promising to do something about an eagle feather he said his family took without permission.


'No one is above the law': Bill aims to strengthen federal repatriation law
'No one is above the law': Bill aims to strengthen federal repatriation law (July 31, 2018)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking to strengthen the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in response to lax enforcement of the law.


Trump administration seeks to revamp Endangered Species Act
Trump administration seeks to revamp Endangered Species Act (July 23, 2018)

The Trump administration's plan to revamp the Endangered Species Act is drawing praise from the industry and scorn from environmental groups.


Secretary Zinke blames Democrats for delaying Indian Affairs nominee
Secretary Zinke blames Democrats for delaying Indian Affairs nominee (July 3, 2018)

Tara Sweeney waited a long time to be confirmed as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. Who is to blame?


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on subsistence
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on subsistence (June 18, 2018)

Key members of Congress are taking a look a subsistence, just a week after tribes scored an unusual victory in a treaty rights case.


Trump administration paves way for contested road to Native village
Trump administration paves way for contested road to Native village (January 22, 2018)

The change in power in the nation's capital has proven beneficial for a Native community thousands of miles away.


Trump administration moves to open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling
Trump administration moves to open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling (September 18, 2017)

Alaska Native corporations stand to benefit from development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge but the Gwich'in people strongly oppose oil and gas development.


Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes dealt setback on National Bison Range
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes dealt setback on National Bison Range (August 28, 2017)

Thanks to Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are back to square one when it comes to the National Bison Range in Montana.


Northern Cheyenne Tribe challenges Trump administration on grizzly bears
Northern Cheyenne Tribe challenges Trump administration on grizzly bears (June 30, 2017)

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe is planning to sue the Trump administration for removing protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.


States cheer Trump decision on grizzly bears amid tribal concerns about hunts
States cheer Trump decision on grizzly bears amid tribal concerns about hunts (June 23, 2017)

The governors of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming are thanking the Trump administration for removing protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.


Secretary Zinke removes protections for grizzlies over tribal objections
Secretary Zinke removes protections for grizzlies over tribal objections (June 22, 2017)

Just hours after promising to consult tribes before making any decisions that affect their interests, the new leader of the Department of the Interior heralded the removal of protections for grizzly bears.


Secretary Zinke won't return land taken from Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
Secretary Zinke won't return land taken from Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (April 18, 2017)

The National Bison Range is located entirely within reservation boundaries but the leader of the Interior Department described it as 'public' land.


House panel takes up bill to approve road for Alaska Native village
House panel takes up bill to approve road for Alaska Native village (April 4, 2017)

Residents of King Cove have been pushing for the road for decades as a way to save lives in their Aleut community.


Tribal opposition leads to delay on status of Yellowstone grizzly
Tribal opposition leads to delay on status of Yellowstone grizzly (January 12, 2017)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received more than 650,000 comments about protections for the sacred animal.


Alaska Native village still seeking approval for 'life-saving road'
Alaska Native village still seeking approval for 'life-saving road' (January 11, 2017)

Indian Country remains wary of Republican president-elect Donald Trump but change in the nation's capital could benefit a rural Native community in Alaska.


Christopher Ketcham: Bundy verdict puts target on federal workers
Christopher Ketcham: Bundy verdict puts target on federal workers (November 1, 2016)

'With the jury acquittals last week of Ammon and Ryan Bundy and their accomplices in the 41-day armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon last winter, the lives of federal land managers in the American West got a whole lot more difficult.'


Jury acquits defendants for armed standoff on tribal territory in Oregon
Jury acquits defendants for armed standoff on tribal territory in Oregon (October 28, 2016)

'This is off-the-charts unbelievable,' a defense attorney said in response to the shocking verdicts.


Jury restarts deliberations in armed standoff on tribal territory
Jury restarts deliberations in armed standoff on tribal territory (October 27, 2016)

A juror who once worked for the federal government was removed after questions were raised about his impartiality.


Jury deliberates verdicts in armed standoff on tribal territory in Oregon
Jury deliberates verdicts in armed standoff on tribal territory in Oregon (October 26, 2016)

Anti-government protesters with guns and ammunition took over a federal refuge that was once a reservation for the Burns Paiute Tribe.


Kootenai Tribe aims to revive only herd of caribou in United States
Kootenai Tribe aims to revive only herd of caribou in United States (October 3, 2016)

Only about 12 Selkirk caribou live in parts of Idaho and Washington state.


Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe tries to revive #NoDAPL complaint
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe tries to revive #NoDAPL complaint (September 20, 2016)

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed the case but the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe wants to ensure its voice is heard as the fight continues.


Another rollercoaster week as #NoDAPL fight enters new phase
Another rollercoaster week as #NoDAPL fight enters new phase (September 19, 2016)

The fate of the $3.8 billion project rests on actions in faraway Washington, D.C.


All-White jury hears opening statements in armed standoff trial
All-White jury hears opening statements in armed standoff trial (September 14, 2016)

An attorney for one of the ringleaders claimed the federal government didn't own a refuge that was stolen from the Burns Paiute Tribe.


Trial opens into standoff on land stolen from Burns Paiute Tribe
Trial opens into standoff on land stolen from Burns Paiute Tribe (September 13, 2016)

The armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon generated international and criminal charges.


Vernon Finley: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes seek return of National Bison Range
Vernon Finley: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes seek return of National Bison Range (August 15, 2016)

The idea of simply restoring the National Bison Range to federal trust ownership for the tribes for continued bison conservation and public visitation purposes is a logical one.


Tribes host prayer ceremony for grizzly bear at Glacier National Park
Tribes host prayer ceremony for grizzly bear at Glacier National Park (August 10, 2016)

Tribes say they weren't properly consulted about the Obama administration's decision to lift protections for the sacred animal.


Federal authorities file warrant for shield stolen from Acoma Pueblo
Federal authorities file warrant for shield stolen from Acoma Pueblo (August 2, 2016)

The Acoma Pueblo ceremonial shield is being held by an auction house in France that has made millions of dollars by selling tribal items.


Native Sun News: Tribes denounce racism in fight over grizzly bears
Native Sun News: Tribes denounce racism in fight over grizzly bears (August 2, 2016)

Native Sun News obtained a copy of the email sent to USFWS Director Ashe that is titled 'Stop the Racism' and catalogs a litany of verified incidents that GOAL categorizes as 'a shameful display of racism.'


Native Sun News: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe battles oil pipeline
Native Sun News: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe battles oil pipeline (June 8, 2016)

Officials shut down construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline immediately after objectors at the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation raised a 'human shield of prayer' on May 24.


Iowa board approves energy pipeline work amid tribal objections
Iowa board approves energy pipeline work amid tribal objections (June 7, 2016)

The Upper Sioux Community, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribes have raised concerns about a burial site in the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Northern Arapaho Tribe expects to secure federal permit to take eagle
Northern Arapaho Tribe expects to secure federal permit to take eagle (May 16, 2016)

The Obama administration has dropped an appeal in the long-running case.


Defendant who damaged tribal sites at refuge remains at large
Defendant who damaged tribal sites at refuge remains at large (March 24, 2016)

According to authorities, Jake Ryan helped dig a road and latrines on and near sacred areas at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.


Secretary Jewell meets with Burns Paiute Tribe and visits refuge
Secretary Jewell meets with Burns Paiute Tribe and visits refuge (March 22, 2016)

The Interior Department is promising to increase the Oregon tribe's role at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, its ancestral home.


Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe blasts grizzly bear decision
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe blasts grizzly bear decision (March 15, 2016)

The US Fish and Wildlife has announced its proposed rule to strip Endangered Species Act protections from Yellowstone’s grizzly bears that despite formal objections submitted by some fifty tribes and the Assembly of First Nations.


Defendants charged for damaging sacred Burns Paiute Tribe site
Defendants charged for damaging sacred Burns Paiute Tribe site (March 10, 2016)

A superseding indictment was unsealed and listed more charges against 26 people in connection with the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.


Young member of Tulalip Tribes indicted for role in Oregon standoff
Young member of Tulalip Tribes indicted for role in Oregon standoff (March 7, 2016)

Eric Lee Flores, 22, apparently went back and forth between his reservation and the wildlife refuge in Oregon at the start of the 41-day occupation.


Tribes slam decision to remove protections for Yellowstone bears
Tribes slam decision to remove protections for Yellowstone bears (March 4, 2016)

Vice President Tom Poor Bear of the Oglala Sioux Tribe said the decision will lead to non-Indian hunting.


Additional charges expected in armed takeover at wildlife refuge
Additional charges expected in armed takeover at wildlife refuge (February 25, 2016)

The 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon cost taxpayers at least $3.3 million.


Bundy family members finally charged for 2014 armed standoff
Bundy family members finally charged for 2014 armed standoff (February 18, 2016)

Cliven, Ammon and Ryan Bundy and two of their supporters were indicted for taking up arms against federal officers in Nevada.


Armed occupiers dug road and latrine near tribal sites at refuge
Armed occupiers dug road and latrine near tribal sites at refuge (February 17, 2016)

The trenches were large and at least one of them was found to contain human feces, according to a document filed in federal court.


Burns Paiute Tribe to help assess damage from armed takeover
Burns Paiute Tribe to help assess damage from armed takeover (February 12, 2016)

Authorities will be looking for damage to sacred sites and thousands of artifacts at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.


Armed occupation of wildlife refuge in Oregon ends with arrests
Armed occupation of wildlife refuge in Oregon ends with arrests (February 11, 2016)

Cliven Bundy is being held in the same jail as his two sons and is facing charges in connection with a standoff at his ranch in Nevada in 2014.


Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes welcome return of land
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes welcome return of land (February 10, 2016)

The National Bison Range was established in 1908 and is located entirely within the boundaries of the Flathead Reservation.


Burns Paiute Tribe might seek to reopen judgment for stolen lands
Burns Paiute Tribe might seek to reopen judgment for stolen lands (February 8, 2016)

Some 850 tribal members each received just $743.20 in 1969 for the taking of their 1.78-million acre ancestral reservation.


Four people remain at refuge in Oregon as FBI defends shooting
Four people remain at refuge in Oregon as FBI defends shooting (January 29, 2016)

The FBI continues to negotiate with the holdouts in hopes of resolving the takeover of the ancestral reservation of the Burns Paiute Tribe.


Leader of armed takeover tells followers to leave federal refuge
Leader of armed takeover tells followers to leave federal refuge (January 28, 2016)

Even as the group dwindled, Burns Paiute Tribe Chairwoman Charlotte Rodrique expressed concerns about the occupation.


Steven Newcomb: Federal refuge belongs to Burns Paiute Tribe
Steven Newcomb: Federal refuge belongs to Burns Paiute Tribe (January 28, 2016)

The mainstream media, however, is unlikely to ever acknowledge that to this day the lands in question are still Northern Paiute Nation territory.