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Appeals court turns back attack on tribal lending operation
Appeals court turns back attack on tribal lending operation (July 5, 2019)

Online lending businesses owned by the Lac Vieux Desert Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians are entitled to sovereign immunity, a federal appeals court ruled.


Supreme Court passes on more Indian law petitions as decision looms in big case
Supreme Court passes on more Indian law petitions as decision looms in big case (June 11, 2019)

After a blockbuster season in which tribal treaties have been front and center, it looks like the Supreme Court is taking a little break from Indian Country.


Zoltan Grossman: Cowboys and Indians unite across the country
Zoltan Grossman: Cowboys and Indians unite across the country (May 20, 2019)

By teaming up to defend the place they all call home, 'cowboys and Indians' are protecting their lands and waters for all.


Bay Mills Indian Community files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers
Bay Mills Indian Community files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers (April 23, 2019)

The opioid crisis has hit Indian Country hard, with high rates of addiction, overdoses and deaths been seen across the nation.


Sault Ste. Marie Tribe becomes second to legalize marijuana in Michigan
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe becomes second to legalize marijuana in Michigan (April 18, 2019)

Adult citizens of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians can use marijuana and grow small amounts under a new law.


'A leader in Indian Country': Bay Mills Indian Community legalizes recreational marijuana
'A leader in Indian Country': Bay Mills Indian Community legalizes recreational marijuana (April 10, 2019)

The Bay Mills Indian Community is the first tribe in Michigan to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.


Cronkite News: States rush to court to overturn Trump's border wall emergency
Cronkite News: States rush to court to overturn Trump's border wall emergency (February 22, 2019)

Sixteen states have filed suit against President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration last week though Arizona and Texas aren’t among them.


Suzan Shown Harjo: 'Big John' made a difference to the lives and histories of Native peoples
Suzan Shown Harjo: 'Big John' made a difference to the lives and histories of Native peoples (February 14, 2019)

The late John Dingell, former Democratic Congressman from Michigan, was a supporter of tribal treaty rights and Indian health care.


Tribal leader tapped for legal transition team in Michigan
Tribal leader tapped for legal transition team in Michigan (November 15, 2018)

Chairperson Aaron Payment of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe will be helping Dana Nessel prepare to serve as Michigan's Attorney General.


Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo
Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo (November 2, 2018)

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians is the latest to comply with the Violence Against Women Act, which recognizes the 'inherent' authority of tribes.


'We were here first': Tribes say Line 5 pipeline tunnel ignores treaty rights
'We were here first': Tribes say Line 5 pipeline tunnel ignores treaty rights (October 15, 2018)

Tribes want a seat at the table in talks over a pipeline that runs through their treaty territory.


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.


Pueblo of Zuni set to reclaim sacred object taken decades ago
Pueblo of Zuni set to reclaim sacred object taken decades ago (August 28, 2018)

A sacred object that was taken from the Pueblo of Zuni more than four decades ago will be returning home


Saginaw Chippewa Tribe faces questions about fatal crash investigation
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Saginaw Chippewa Tribe faces questions about fatal crash investigation (August 28, 2018)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe isn't talking about a fatal crash that claimed the life of a student and resulted in injuries to a second teen.


James Williams: Don't diminish our success with 'rent-a-tribe' slur
James Williams: Don't diminish our success with 'rent-a-tribe' slur (August 28, 2018)

It is sad in this day and age that some people believe American Indian tribes are incapable of addressing their people’s basic needs.


Gun Lake Tribe hosts third annual Sweet Grass Moon Pow Wow
Gun Lake Tribe hosts third annual Sweet Grass Moon Pow Wow (July 12, 2018)

Dancers, drummers and singers are gathering at Camp Jijak in Michigan for the Sweet Grass Moon Pow Wow.


Pokagon Band celebrates influx of $2.3 million in federal housing funds
Pokagon Band celebrates influx of $2.3 million in federal housing funds (July 3, 2018)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians celebrated National Homeownership Month with a big check.


Michigan's highest court accepts case affecting tribe's status as 'local' government
Michigan's highest court accepts case affecting tribe's status as 'local' government (May 25, 2018)

A citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians whose criminal past is hurting his political ambitions is taking his case to a higher power.


Tribes denied federal recognition see mixed decisions in court system
Tribes denied federal recognition see mixed decisions in court system (April 3, 2018)

Being denied federal recognition by the Buerau of Indian Affairs is usually the kiss of death, as many petitioning groups have found over the years.


Nottawaseppi Huron Band mourns passing of Secretary Christine Lanning
Nottawaseppi Huron Band mourns passing of Secretary Christine Lanning (March 29, 2018)

Christine Lanning was known for her 'famous hugs' and for working to prevent domestic violence, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band said.


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.


Keweenaw Bay Indian Community secures federal permit to manufacture tobacco
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community secures federal permit to manufacture tobacco (December 12, 2017)

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is joining the tobacco manufacturing business and is partnering with an Indian owned firm..


Saginaw Chippewa Tribe selects Ronald Ekdahl for chief as council takes office
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe selects Ronald Ekdahl for chief as council takes office (December 6, 2017)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe has a new leader. Ronald Ekdahl was sworn in as chief on December 5, 2017.


Saginaw Chippewa Tribe set to recover more than $9 million from former broker
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe set to recover more than $9 million from former broker (November 3, 2017)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe is set to recover more than $9.6 million from a former financial adviser who engaged in fraud.


Michigan appeals court classifies Sault Tribe government as 'local' in new decision
Michigan appeals court classifies Sault Tribe government as 'local' in new decision (October 24, 2017)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is considered a 'local' government under the Michigan constitution, the state's appeals court ruled.


Saginaw Chippewa Tribe acquires culturally significant property for $1.1 million
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe acquires culturally significant property for $1.1 million (September 14, 2017)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe purchased 32 acres at Tawas Lake, an important wild rice cultivation site in Michigan.


Gun Lake Tribe mourns loss of former chair Leah Sprague-Fodor at age of 48
Gun Lake Tribe mourns loss of former chair Leah Sprague-Fodor at age of 48 (September 13, 2017)

Leah Sprague-Fodor, a former chairperson of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, passed away on September 10.


EHN: Menominee Nation demands stronger federal oversight of Back Forty Mine
EHN: Menominee Nation demands stronger federal oversight of Back Forty Mine (August 25, 2017)

In its continued fight against a mine near sacred waters, the Menominee Nation wants stronger federal regulations to apply as officials weigh the final permit for mine approval.


Grand Traverse Band wasn't consulted about ill-timed visit by Christopher Columbus replica ships
Grand Traverse Band wasn't consulted about ill-timed visit by Christopher Columbus replica ships (August 16, 2017)

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians is on the waters in Michigan to document the arrival of two Christopher Columbus replica ships.


Sault Tribe vows fight after Trump team rejects land-into-trust applications
Sault Tribe vows fight after Trump team rejects land-into-trust applications (July 27, 2017)

The Trump administration has made its first major land-into-trust decision and it doesn't look good for Indian Country.


Saginaw Chippewa Tribe council member resigns after drug charge
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe council member resigns after drug charge (July 7, 2017)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe accepted the resignation of a council member who is facing a felony drug charge.


Sault Ste. Marie Tribe hosts Olympian Billy Mills for fun run and walk
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe hosts Olympian Billy Mills for fun run and walk (May 3, 2017)

Billy Mills, a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is still the only American to ever win the Gold medal in the 10,000-meter race.


Appeals court bars tribal citizen from entering county in Michigan
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Appeals court bars tribal citizen from entering county in Michigan (April 7, 2017)

Eugene Rantanen wasn't banished by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. Instead, he asked to be exiled from his tribe's reservation.


Little River Band breaks ground on $170M housing development
Little River Band breaks ground on $170M housing development (March 29, 2017)

The 'Odeno' project in Fruitport Township, Michigan, will include up to 300 homes.


Winona LaDuke: Tribes emboldened by resistance at Standing Rock
Winona LaDuke: Tribes emboldened by resistance at Standing Rock (February 1, 2017)

The surge of formal opposition to tar sands and fracked oil pipelines shows how Standing Rock resistance has emboldened Great Lakes tribes.


Bad River Band calls for removal of aging pipeline on reservation
Bad River Band calls for removal of aging pipeline on reservation (January 12, 2017)

The Line 5 pipeline has been transporting oil through the reservation since 1953.


EHN: Menominee Nation won't back down from fight against mine on sacred ground
EHN: Menominee Nation won't back down from fight against mine on sacred ground (January 6, 2017)

The open pit gold, zinc and copper mine would be near tribal burial sites and centuries old raised garden beds along the Menominee River, the center of the Menominee Tribe's creation story.


Saginaw Chippewa Tribe removes members amid per cap issues
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe removes members amid per cap issues (October 20, 2016)

The Michigan tribe earlier this year lowered the annual payment to $60,000 for most adults.


House approves national water bill without #NoDAPL amendment
House approves national water bill without #NoDAPL amendment (September 28, 2016)

Lawmakers worked late into the night to address a water crisis but not the one being followed by Indian Country.


Environmental Health News: Menominee Nation battles mining project
Environmental Health News: Menominee Nation battles mining project (September 20, 2016)

Guy Reiter was an archaeologist before he was an activist. But the two merged after a dream six years ago.


Grand Traverse Band objects to settlement for oil pipeline spills
Grand Traverse Band objects to settlement for oil pipeline spills (September 20, 2016)

The Michigan tribe is calling for a full environmental review of an oil pipeline that crosses through treaty territory.


Pokagon Band set to reclaim ancestors from museum in Illinois
Pokagon Band set to reclaim ancestors from museum in Illinois (September 13, 2016)

The Lake County Discovery Museum is following the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.


Gun Lake Tribe selects Scott Sprague to serve as new chairman
Gun Lake Tribe selects Scott Sprague to serve as new chairman (September 12, 2016)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians has undergone some major leadership changes this year.


Keweenaw Bay Indian Community mourns loss of two firefighters
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community mourns loss of two firefighters (August 31, 2016)

James Shelifoe, 23, and Alan Swartz, 25, were killed in an accident while their crew was on its way to fight a fire.


Pokagon Band completes work on more housing units in Michigan
Pokagon Band completes work on more housing units in Michigan (July 8, 2016)

Families are ready to move into the first eight housing units at Pokégnek Édawat Hartford.


County might end Grand Traverse Band land-into-trust appeal
County might end Grand Traverse Band land-into-trust appeal (June 30, 2016)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the tribe's application for 12 acres but the land has been in limbo for more than three years.


Gun Lake Tribe hosts 2nd annual Sweet Grass Moon Powwow in July
Gun Lake Tribe hosts 2nd annual Sweet Grass Moon Powwow in July (June 24, 2016)

The July 9-10 event features a sunrise ceremony, a sobriety walk, a golf tournament, drum and dance competitions and an honoring for veterans.


Aaron Payment re-elected as chairman of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe
Aaron Payment re-elected as chairman of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe (June 24, 2016)

Chairman Aaron Payment was among a slew of incumbents who were re-elected by voters of the Michigan tribe.


Bay Mills Indian Community sees land base grow under President Obama
Bay Mills Indian Community sees land base grow under President Obama (June 15, 2016)

The Michigan tribe's reservation has grown by more than 1,180 acres in the last few years.


Gun Lake Tribe selects familiar name to succeed retired chairman
Gun Lake Tribe selects familiar name to succeed retired chairman (June 13, 2016)

Leah Sprague-Fodor is the daughter of D.K. Sprague, who led the Michigan tribe for 24 years.


Nottawaseppi Huron Band to prosecute non-Indians under VAWA
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Nottawaseppi Huron Band to prosecute non-Indians under VAWA (May 5, 2016)

The Michigan tribe adopted a domestic violence code in March to comply with the federal law.


Former leader of Grand Traverse Band sentenced for sex crimes
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Former leader of Grand Traverse Band sentenced for sex crimes (May 4, 2016)

Derek Bailey will spend at least 25 years in prison after being sentenced in two different sexual abuse cases.


Former leader of Grand Traverse Band found guilty of sex crimes
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Former leader of Grand Traverse Band found guilty of sex crimes (April 11, 2016)

Derek Bailey faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years after being convicted of abusing a minor in Michigan.


Aaron Payment: Affordable Care Act boosts Indian Country health
Aaron Payment: Affordable Care Act boosts Indian Country health (March 21, 2016)

American Indians and Alaskan Natives, long recognized as having the highest poverty rates of any ethnic group, have better access to medical care more than ever before. We can thank the Affordable Care Act.


Gina McCarthy: Flint water crisis puts attention on justice issues
Gina McCarthy: Flint water crisis puts attention on justice issues (March 15, 2016)

It’s tragic that it took a disaster of this scale for this issue to get the attention it deserves. Now let’s do something about it.


Donald Trump racks up 3 more victories as Clinton and Sanders split wins in 2 states
Donald Trump racks up 3 more victories as Clinton and Sanders split wins in 2 states (March 9, 2016)

Republicans voted in Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan and Mississippi while Democrats went to the polls in Michigan and Mississippi.


Hannahville Indian Community youth see success in agriculture
Hannahville Indian Community youth see success in agriculture (March 2, 2016)

The youth center started an aquaponics program and it's already providing benefits on the reservation.


Broker accused of lying to tribal client about $190M in investments
Broker accused of lying to tribal client about $190M in investments (February 8, 2016)

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed a complaint against Gopi Vungarala, who was an investment manager for the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan.


Gun Lake Tribe announces retirement of longtime chair D.K. Sprague
Gun Lake Tribe announces retirement of longtime chair D.K. Sprague (February 4, 2016)

D.K. Sprague led his people through a number of major milestones, including federal recognition and the establishment of the tribe's land base.


Gyasi Ross: African and Native Americans share much in common
Gyasi Ross: African and Native Americans share much in common (January 29, 2016)

The treatment of Natives foretold how black folks would be treated.