More: land-into-trust

House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control
House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control (March 22, 2019)

Homelands for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians and federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


United South and Eastern Tribes pledge unity amid uncertainty in the Trump era
United South and Eastern Tribes pledge unity amid uncertainty in the Trump era (March 4, 2019)

'This is Indian land,' tribal leaders were told. But does the Trump administration believe it?


Top official at Department of the Interior hit with ethics complaint
Top official at Department of the Interior hit with ethics complaint (March 1, 2019)

Democrats and watchdog groups are calling for an investigation into David Bernhardt, who has been tapped to lead the Department of the Interior by President Trump.


Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country
Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country (February 28, 2019)

A 698-page bill that helps tribes and Alaska Natives is on its way to President Trump for his signature.


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.


Tribes remain wary of Trump administration despite apparent concessions on policy disasters
Tribes remain wary of Trump administration despite apparent concessions on policy disasters (February 21, 2019)

With one figure forced out under a cloud, the official tapped to lead the Department of the Interior is promising a new era of relations with Indian Country.


Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians vows to keep fighting for homelands
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians vows to keep fighting for homelands (February 14, 2019)

A federal judge has dealt a setback to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, whose homelands have long been the subject of controversy.


Native leaders deliver rebuke of Trump administration at State of Indian Nations
Native leaders deliver rebuke of Trump administration at State of Indian Nations (February 11, 2019)

With key Trump officials in the audience, the nation's largest and oldest inter-tribal advocacy group opened a historic week in Washington with a stinging rebuke of the president and his policies.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe said to rebuke chairman as financial situation worsens
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe said to rebuke chairman as financial situation worsens (January 25, 2019)

Things are not looking good for the People of the First Light, whose homelands are in danger of being taken out of trust by the Trump administration.


Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe faces opposition to land-into-trust application
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe faces opposition to land-into-trust application (January 16, 2019)

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is seeking to restore more of its homelands but local officials are putting up a fight.


Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon
Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon (January 8, 2019)

The nation's highest court has delivered good news to tribes whose sovereign rights were being challenged.


Secretary Ryan Zinke resigns amid 'false allegations' of wrongdoing
Secretary Ryan Zinke resigns amid 'false allegations' of wrongdoing (December 15, 2018)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is stepping down from the Trump administration following yet another report of pervasive misconduct at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues fight for homelands
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues fight for homelands (November 28, 2018)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been dealt a major setback, nearly 400 years after helping the Pilgrims survive.


Quapaw Nation restores small portion of homelands in Kansas
Quapaw Nation restores small portion of homelands in Kansas (November 28, 2018)

It only took a few years the Quapaw Nation has restored 211 acres of its homelands in Kansas.


Peter d'Errico: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe falls victim to anti-Indian law
Peter d'Errico: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe falls victim to anti-Indian law (November 26, 2018)

Federal Indian law is a field of law designed by the United States to dominate Native Nations.


Samish Nation celebrates approval of land-into-trust application
Samish Nation celebrates approval of land-into-trust application (November 20, 2018)

It took more than eight years but the Samish Nation has finally secured approval of a land-into-trust application in Washington state.


'Termination is here': Tribes rally against Trump administration
'Termination is here': Tribes rally against Trump administration (November 14, 2018)

Tribal leaders are calling on Congress to repudiate the Trump administration in light of recent decisions that undermine the federal government's trust relationship.


Recap: #StandWithMashpee march for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Recap: #StandWithMashpee march for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (November 14, 2018)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is fighting to protect its reservation in Massachusetts.


National Congress of American Indians unites in face of termination threat
National Congress of American Indians unites in face of termination threat (October 24, 2018)

Indian Country continues to stand behind the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, whose homelands are slated to be taken out of trust by the Trump administration.


New face of Bureau of Indian Affairs returns to Alaska after making history
New face of Bureau of Indian Affairs returns to Alaska after making history (October 16, 2018)

Tara Sweeney, the new Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for the Trump administration, is back home in Alaska.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: It's time to protect our tribal homelands
Brian Lightfoot Brown: It's time to protect our tribal homelands (September 28, 2018)

The Supreme Court's Carcieri ruling has created an unfair, immoral obstacle to many tribes.


'Land is not lawfully in trust': Opponents seek action on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
'Land is not lawfully in trust': Opponents seek action on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (September 12, 2018)

Indian Country is entering uncharted territory with the Trump administration's move to take a tribe's reservation out of trust.


NCAI: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe 'stripped' of its sovereignty
NCAI: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe 'stripped' of its sovereignty (September 11, 2018)

The National Congress of American Indians disagrees strongly with the Department of the Interior’s decision affecting the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.


Trump administration takes Indian Country back to termination era
Trump administration takes Indian Country back to termination era (September 10, 2018)

Less than two months into the job, the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has set an ominous tone for tribal nations.


Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians prevails in homelands litigation
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians prevails in homelands litigation (September 5, 2018)

The cards continue to fall into place for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, whose homelands have long been the subject of controversy.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still waiting on Trump administration
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still waiting on Trump administration (August 28, 2018)

The federal government hasn't taken an Indian nation's land out of trust since the termination era and one tribe hopes it stays that way.


Tara Sweeney quietly takes helm at Bureau of Indian Affairs
Tara Sweeney quietly takes helm at Bureau of Indian Affairs (August 16, 2018)

Tara Sweeney has been serving as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for more than two weeks but the Trump administration has kept her out of view.


'First time since termination era': Tribe's trust land remains at risk in Trump era
'First time since termination era': Tribe's trust land remains at risk in Trump era (July 25, 2018)

The Trump administration won't stand in the way of bipartisan legislation to protect the homelands of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from litigation.


Witness list for hearing on tribal homelands and economic development bills
Witness list for hearing on tribal homelands and economic development bills (July 23, 2018)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is taking testimony on tribal homelands and economic development bills.


Shingle Springs Band acquires 35.9 acres for $1.2 million
Shingle Springs Band acquires 35.9 acres for $1.2 million (July 20, 2018)

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians has acquired land near its reservation in northern California.


Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era
Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era (July 18, 2018)

Due to litigation, the Trump administration might be forced to do something unprecedented -- take a tribe's trust land out of trust.


Lytton Band moves closer to success with tribal homelands legislation
Lytton Band moves closer to success with tribal homelands legislation (July 9, 2018)

The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians is getting closer to securing a permanent homeland for its people.


States win big victory with Supreme Court ruling on online taxation
States win big victory with Supreme Court ruling on online taxation (June 21, 2018)

The nation's highest court has opened the door for states to impose taxes on internet sales, a major development that further encroaches on tribal efforts to expand their economies.


Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians welcomes action on homelands bill
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians welcomes action on homelands bill (June 14, 2018)

A bill to place 1,400 acres in trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is closer to becoming law.


Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill
Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill (June 13, 2018)

A controversial bill to strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its federal recognition powers has just gotten more messy.


Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians inches forward with homelands bill
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians inches forward with homelands bill (June 11, 2018)

Another tribal homelands bill is moving forward on Capitol Hill after years of bitter battles in California.


Supreme Court sides with tribal interests in sovereign immunity case
Supreme Court sides with tribal interests in sovereign immunity case (May 21, 2018)

In a rare win for Indian Country, the nation's highest court has sided with tribal interests in a closely-watched sovereign immunity case.


Hopi Tribe seeks support for long-overdue land transfer
Hopi Tribe seeks support for long-overdue land transfer (May 18, 2018)

The Hopi Tribe is looking to federal government to fulfill a long-overdue promise that's connected to a seemingly endless land dispute.


House committee schedules markup on four Indian Country bills
House committee schedules markup on four Indian Country bills (May 7, 2018)

The House Committee on Natural Resources is set to advance four bills, including a controversial federal recognition measure.


Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee finally lands confirmation hearing
Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee finally lands confirmation hearing (May 1, 2018)

Tara Sweeney, the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is finally getting her day on Capitol Hill.


Tribal homelands hit a wall under President Trump after historic Obama era
Tribal homelands hit a wall under President Trump after historic Obama era (April 25, 2018)

Newly disclosed figures show Indian Country is losing ground when into comes to land-into-trust in the Trump era.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up tribal homelands legislation
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up tribal homelands legislation (April 25, 2018)

After years of work in California and on Capitol Hill, two tribes are finally getting another chance to present their homelands bills.


Tribes secure hearing on homelands legislation amid drama on Capitol Hill
Tribes secure hearing on homelands legislation amid drama on Capitol Hill (April 18, 2018)

When it comes to tribal homelands, the Senate has some catching up to do with the House.


Yet another tribal homelands measure slated for action on Capitol Hill
Yet another tribal homelands measure slated for action on Capitol Hill (April 16, 2018)

With land-into-trust in limbo under the Trump administration, tribes continue to turn to allies on Capitol Hill for assistance.


Gun Lake Tribe seeks more trust land after victory at Supreme Court
Gun Lake Tribe seeks more trust land after victory at Supreme Court (March 19, 2018)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians is seeking to restore more of its homelands in Michigan.


Trump administration sends mixed signals to tribes with regulatory agenda
Trump administration sends mixed signals to tribes with regulatory agenda (March 6, 2018)

The Trump administration is asking tribes about easing burdens in environmental reviews even as it seeks to add more hurdles in other areas.


Red Lake Nation land swap is 'never going to happen' under Trump
Red Lake Nation land swap is 'never going to happen' under Trump (March 5, 2018)

The Red Lake Nation pulled out of a land swap with an energy company amid concerns that the deal would be held up in Washington, D.C.


National Congress of American Indians adds more speakers for big meeting in D.C.
National Congress of American Indians adds more speakers for big meeting in D.C. (February 8, 2018)

The National Congress of American Indians is finalizing the schedule for its big meeting in Washington, D.C., next week.


Jefferson Keel and Ernie Stevens: A moral obligation to help tribes restore homelands
Jefferson Keel and Ernie Stevens: A moral obligation to help tribes restore homelands (February 1, 2018)

The Department of the Interior has embarked upon changes to Federal Indian policy that could negatively impact our tribal nations for generations to come.


House subcommittee schedules hearing on two more tribal land bills
House subcommittee schedules hearing on two more tribal land bills (February 1, 2018)

Two tribal land bills are getting their first hearing in the 115th Congress.


Tribes in Virginia in line for big changes after gaining federal recognition
Tribes in Virginia in line for big changes after gaining federal recognition (January 30, 2018)

It's official -- there are now 573 federally recognized tribes in the United States.


Bill to restore Eastern Cherokee homelands moves forward in Congress
Bill to restore Eastern Cherokee homelands moves forward in Congress (January 18, 2018)

A bill to return ancestral lands in Tennessee to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is moving forward in the 115th Congress.


National Congress of American Indians welcomes Secretary Zinke again
National Congress of American Indians welcomes Secretary Zinke again (January 17, 2018)

Tribal leaders will be hearing from Secretary Ryan Zinke at an upcoming National Congress of American Indians meeting in Washington, D.C.


House set to approve land 'reaffirmation' bill for Poarch Band of Creek Indians
House set to approve land 'reaffirmation' bill for Poarch Band of Creek Indians (January 15, 2018)

Another tribal homelands bill is taking a big step forward in the 115th Congress this week.


A historic moment as Congress approves first tribal recognition bill in decades
A historic moment as Congress approves first tribal recognition bill in decades (January 12, 2018)

A landmark bill to recognize six tribes in Virginia is headed to President Donald Trump for his signature.


Eastern Cherokees see strong support for Tennessee land-into-trust bill
Eastern Cherokees see strong support for Tennessee land-into-trust bill (January 10, 2018)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is seeing strong support for a bill to restore some of its ancestral lands in Tennessee.


President Trump signs second Indian bill into law to help tribes in Oregon
President Trump signs second Indian bill into law to help tribes in Oregon (January 9, 2018)

Less than a month after securing his first Indian legislative achievement, President Donald Trump has signed a second tribal bill into law.


Trump team reinstates delay for land-into-trust applications without consulting tribes
Trump team reinstates delay for land-into-trust applications without consulting tribes (December 12, 2017)

The Trump administration has quietly reinstated a waiting period for land-into-trust applications, reversing an Obama-era policy without consulting tribes about the change.


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.


Lawmakers advance another tribal land bill as Indian Country braces for change
Lawmakers advance another tribal land bill as Indian Country braces for change (November 28, 2017)

Another tribal homelands bill is taking a major step forward on Capitol Hill as the Trump administration considers changes widely opposed in Indian Country.