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Mark Trahant: The first nations should have the first say on the next president
Mark Trahant: The first nations should have the first say on the next president (February 25, 2019)

What if there was an Indian Country primary? Call it an experiment.


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.


Meskwaki Nation offers $50K reward for woman missing since January 2015
Meskwaki Nation offers $50K reward for woman missing since January 2015 (January 17, 2019)

Rita Janelle Papakee, a mother of four, was last seen on the Meskwaki Settlement in Iowa four years ago.


Republicans attempt to isolate lawmaker with history of racial statements
Republicans attempt to isolate lawmaker with history of racial statements (January 16, 2019)

Native advocates have long questioned Steve King's priorities. Now Republicans are turning against him.


'We'll be bold': Efforts continue to provide urban Indians with services
'We'll be bold': Efforts continue to provide urban Indians with services (January 11, 2019)

Plans for a halfway house for tribal citizens in Sioux City, Iowa, are moving forward thanks to a $300,000 donation.


President Trump signs two more Indian Country bills into law
President Trump signs two more Indian Country bills into law (December 12, 2018)

Policies adopted during more paternalistic eras of federal Indian policy are finally coming to an end.


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.


March held in honor of Native children lost in foster care
March held in honor of Native children lost in foster care (November 22, 2018)

Activists continue to march in honor of Native children who died after being taken from their families.


No more 'Midwest nice': Families fight huge hog farms
No more 'Midwest nice': Families fight huge hog farms (September 25, 2018)

More than 40 families in Iowa are fighting to contain the spread of concentrated animal feeding operations.


'Release our brother': Riders seek justice for Leonard Peltier
'Release our brother': Riders seek justice for Leonard Peltier (August 6, 2018)

The Leonard Peltier Freedom Ride is a 1,500-mile journey for justice for the imprisoned American Indian activist.


Community leaders push for treatment center for urban Indians
Community leaders push for treatment center for urban Indians (June 4, 2018)

More than a dozen federal, state and local leaders met to discuss substance abuse and homelessness among the Native community.


Iowa Tribe reclaims land within reservation with conservation deal
Iowa Tribe reclaims land within reservation with conservation deal (April 2, 2018)

The Iowa Tribe is slowly reclaiming ownership of its reservation along the Nebraska-Kansas line.


Winnebago Tribe promotes food sovereignty for future generations
Winnebago Tribe promotes food sovereignty for future generations (March 30, 2018)

Native and non-Native farmers, ranchers and agricultural advocates met on the Winnebago Reservation to discuss regenerative agriculture.


Chickasaw citizen Kevin Washburn named dean of law school in Iowa
Chickasaw citizen Kevin Washburn named dean of law school in Iowa (March 20, 2018)

Kevin Washburn, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is making history once again in academic circles.


Ponca Tribe prepares for brighter future with plans for $26 million health center
Ponca Tribe prepares for brighter future with plans for $26 million health center (December 6, 2017)

The Ponca Tribe's Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center is poised for a big move in Omaha, Nebraska.


'Stand up, fight back!' -- Annual march to honor lost Native children continues
'Stand up, fight back!' -- Annual march to honor lost Native children continues (November 23, 2017)

Fifteen years ago, Native people in Sioux City sought the help of Iowa state leaders. Their anger turned into the Memorial March to Honor Our Lost Children.


House set to approve bill to remove state jurisdiction on Meskwaki Settlement
House set to approve bill to remove state jurisdiction on Meskwaki Settlement (October 31, 2017)

Another termination-era law, this one affecting the Meskwaki Nation, is on the chopping block.


House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills
House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills (July 24, 2017)

Bills to address jurisdiction for the Meskwaki Tribe, the status of an Alaska Native village and a land-into-trust application for the Chumash Tribe are on the agenda.


Trump Cabinet officials 'invited' to House hearing on Indian bills
Trump Cabinet officials 'invited' to House hearing on Indian bills (June 6, 2017)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is holding its first legislative hearing of the year but the witness list isn't quite there yet.


House subcommittee finally takes up tribal bills after going silent
House subcommittee finally takes up tribal bills after going silent (May 31, 2017)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is taking up three pro-tribal bills at a hearing on June 7.


Meskwaki Tribe diversifies economy with barbecue sauces and more
Meskwaki Tribe diversifies economy with barbecue sauces and more (April 21, 2017)

Over the years, the tribe has expanded into real estate, information technology, tobacco, coffee, construction and food.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal group advocates for Indian health
Native Sun News Today: Tribal group advocates for Indian health (March 30, 2017)

The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board serves tribes and tribal citizens in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting (March 29, 2017)

The bills address health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of bills
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of bills (March 27, 2017)

Health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes are on the agenda.


Dakota Access submits another status update entirely under seal
Dakota Access submits another status update entirely under seal (March 22, 2017)

The wealthy backers of the Dakota Access Pipeline appear closer than ever to completing their controversial project but there's no way for the public to know for sure.


Award-winning group raises funds for Water Protector legal fund
Award-winning group raises funds for Water Protector legal fund (March 6, 2017)

The Water Protector Legal Collective has been providing =services for people who have been arrested in connection with the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on four bills
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on four bills (September 12, 2016)

Land-into-trust, state jurisdiction in Indian Country, Columbia River treaty rights and a water settlement are on the agenda.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds another hearing to schedule
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds another hearing to schedule (September 6, 2016)

The committee will be taking up four bills at the September 14 hearing.


Dakota Access Pipeline lacks key approval to build at Lake Oahe site near reservation
Dakota Access Pipeline lacks key approval to build at Lake Oahe site near reservation (August 26, 2016)

Work on the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline remains on hold in North Dakota amid legal and regulatory hurdles.


Park employees 'get away' with breaking laws at sacred monument
Park employees 'get away' with breaking laws at sacred monument (August 18, 2016)

One superintendent stole tribal remains from Effigy Mounds National Monument and another oversaw construction that harmed tribal burial mounds.


Court decision highlights sentencing disparities in Indian Country
Court decision highlights sentencing disparities in Indian Country (August 15, 2016)

A member of the Meskwaki Tribe who was convicted of murdering his parents will likely stay behind bars for the rest of his life.


Meskwaki Tribe cancels 102nd annual powwow after death in community
Meskwaki Tribe cancels 102nd annual powwow after death in community (August 12, 2016)

The event had already gotten off to a shaky start as storms swept through the community on the first night of Meskwaki Powwow.


Tribes and Native youth join forces in campaign to stop oil pipeline
Tribes and Native youth join forces in campaign to stop oil pipeline (August 11, 2016)

Youth from two tribes ran 2,000 miles across the country as their leaders mounted a legal challenge to the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Republican who goes against tribes credits 'civilization' to White people
Republican who goes against tribes credits 'civilization' to White people (July 19, 2016)

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) questioned whether non-Whites have contributed to advances in society.


Former official admits he kept tribal ancestors in garbage bags
Former official admits he kept tribal ancestors in garbage bags (July 12, 2016)

Wounds remain open for 20 tribes whose ancestors were illegally removed from the Effigy Mounds National Monument and kept in garbage bags in a top official's garage.


Official who stole remains claims 'devotion' to Native Americans
Official who stole remains claims 'devotion' to Native Americans (July 5, 2016)

The former superintendent of the Effigy Mounds National Monument is painting himself as a victim even though he stole tribal ancestors and kept them in boxes in his home for 12 years.


Dakota Access Pipeline to go underneath tribal burial site in Iowa
Dakota Access Pipeline to go underneath tribal burial site in Iowa (June 22, 2016)

The controversial energy project is moving forward despite objections from tribes and indigenous activists.


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.


More burial mounds still being discovered at national monument in Iowa
More burial mounds still being discovered at national monument in Iowa (May 19, 2016)

The Ho-Chunk Nation plans to visit the Effigy Mounds National Monument to help confirm the latest find.


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe seeks halt to construction of pipeline
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe seeks halt to construction of pipeline (May 12, 2016)

Work on the Iowa portion of the 1,100-mile Dakota Access Pipeline is due to start next week.


Omaha Tribe welcomes long overdue assistance for 2011 disaster
Omaha Tribe welcomes long overdue assistance for 2011 disaster (April 20, 2016)

Flooding along the Missouri River caused extensive damage on the Nebraska and Iowa sides of the reservation.


Native Sun News: Tribes organize against Dakota Access Pipeline
Native Sun News: Tribes organize against Dakota Access Pipeline (April 13, 2016)

Some 60 riders mounted horseback on April 1 to ride 25 miles north from the capital of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to the community of Cannon Ball, where they inaugurated a spirit camp in defiance of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.


Kansas Legislature approves tobacco compacts with two tribes
Kansas Legislature approves tobacco compacts with two tribes (March 24, 2016)

The Iowa Tribe and the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation entered into the agreements and negotiations continue with two more tribes.


Iowa Tribe joins fight against oil pipeline on aboriginal territory
Iowa Tribe joins fight against oil pipeline on aboriginal territory (March 24, 2016)

The Iowa Utilities Board granted a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline without consulting the tribe, according to a new letter.


New leader of Indian Health Service plans big trip to Great Plains
New leader of Indian Health Service plans big trip to Great Plains (March 23, 2016)

Mary Smith, who was named acting director of the agency earlier this month, wants to hear from 'all of the tribes' in a region that has been under intense scrutiny in Indian Country and in Congress.


Native Sun News: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe battles pipeline plan
Native Sun News: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe battles pipeline plan (March 14, 2016)

As the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe mobilizes to prevent construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Iowa Utilities Board is holding a webcast public hearing March 9-10 of its latest deliberations about the hazardous liquid project application.


Bernie Sanders won Democratic precinct on Meskwaki Reservation
Bernie Sanders won Democratic precinct on Meskwaki Reservation (February 3, 2016)

The state of Iowa as a whole narrowly went for Hillary Clinton but members of the Meskwaki Tribe overwhelmingly favored Bernie Sanders.


Mark Trahant: Self-determination should be on the table for presidential campaign
Mark Trahant: Self-determination should be on the table for presidential campaign (February 3, 2016)

My ideal? Presidential campaigns would focus on policy, not the politicians, and the first votes would be cast in states like Arizona, New Mexico, or even Montana, where issues that impact First Americans would get a full airing by all the campaigns.


Ted Cruz wins GOP caucus as Hillary Clinton claims victory in Iowa
Ted Cruz wins GOP caucus as Hillary Clinton claims victory in Iowa (February 2, 2016)

The Republican Senator from Texas cruised past front-runner Donald Trump as the former Secretary of State claimed victory over Bernie Sanders.


Charles Schneider: Restore criminal jurisdiction to Meskwaki Tribe
Charles Schneider: Restore criminal jurisdiction to Meskwaki Tribe (January 25, 2016)

Senate File 2022 rescinds state jurisdiction, leaving the Meskwaki with jurisdiction over offenses committed by tribe members against tribe members on settlement territory.


Meskwaki Tribe moves closer to removing state from jurisdiction
Meskwaki Tribe moves closer to removing state from jurisdiction (January 21, 2016)

The state of Iowa could relinquish authority over crimes committed by tribal members on the Meskwaki Settlement.


Meskwaki Tribe secures $1.6M ANA grant to benefit produce farm
Meskwaki Tribe secures $1.6M ANA grant to benefit produce farm (January 6, 2016)

The money will be used to plant more crops at the 40-acre Red Earth Gardens and provide more opportunities for tribal youth.


Ex-monument official to apologize for theft of ancestral remains
Ex-monument official to apologize for theft of ancestral remains (January 4, 2016)

Thomas A. Munson will serve one year of probation and will be required to apologize to the 12 tribes associated with the Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa.


Mary Annette Pember: Ex-official admits to theft of ancestors
Mary Annette Pember: Ex-official admits to theft of ancestors (December 22, 2015)

Tribal leaders expressed anger and outrage over Thomas Munson’s actions as well as what some see as leniency by federal prosecutors.


Former monument official charged for stealing Indian remains
Former monument official charged for stealing Indian remains (December 17, 2015)

The ancestral remains were taken from the Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa shortly before the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act became law in 1990.


Winnebago Tribe corporation announces $107M in developments
Winnebago Tribe corporation announces $107M in developments (December 4, 2015)

Ho-Chunk Inc. is investing in the Siouxland region, an area near the reservation that's home to many tribal members.


Omaha Tribe to continue with studies of marijuana and hemp
Omaha Tribe to continue with studies of marijuana and hemp (November 10, 2015)

Chairman Vernon Miller wasn't worried about a setback for a tribe in neighboring South Dakota.


Omaha Tribe considers next steps for marijuana operation
Omaha Tribe considers next steps for marijuana operation (November 5, 2015)

The tribe plans to work with federal and state officials in Nebraska and Iowa going forward.


Winnebago Tribe couldn't afford $1.3M in per capita payments
Winnebago Tribe couldn't afford $1.3M in per capita payments (August 10, 2015)

Members are upset about the loss of the $250 payment but youth benefited from a $300 clothing allowance.