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Supreme Court keeps Indian Country in the dark in sovereignty case
Supreme Court keeps Indian Country in the dark in sovereignty case (July 10, 2019)

It's still anyone's guess why the nation's highest court postponed a decision in one of the most consequential Indian law cases in recent history.


Supreme Court shocks Indian Country by failing to resolve closely-watched case
Supreme Court shocks Indian Country by failing to resolve closely-watched case (June 27, 2019)

The nation's highest court threw Indian Country for a loop on the final day of a blockbuster term for tribal rights.


Indian Country braces for Supreme Court decision in closely-watched case
Indian Country braces for Supreme Court decision in closely-watched case (June 26, 2019)

The nation's highest court made Indian Country wait a really, really long time for a decision in one of most consequential cases in recent history.


Supreme Court makes Indian Country wait for decision in closely-watched case
Supreme Court makes Indian Country wait for decision in closely-watched case (June 24, 2019)

Is the nation's highest court on Indian time? It sure looks like it, judging by the wait for a decision in a highly-anticipated case.


Library of Congress names Joy Harjo as first Native U.S. Poet Laureate
Library of Congress names Joy Harjo as first Native U.S. Poet Laureate (June 19, 2019)

Joy Harjo, a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, has been named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States.


Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case
Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case (June 18, 2019)

It only took 194 days for the Supreme Court to issue one sovereignty decision. Where's the other one?


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.


Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision
Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision (June 4, 2019)

It's been more than six months since oral arguments in a closely-watched tribal case but who's counting?


Supreme Court enters final stretch with no new Indian law cases on docket
Supreme Court enters final stretch with no new Indian law cases on docket (May 28, 2019)

It looks like Indian Country can rest easy for now, with no new cases added to the U.S. Supreme Court's docket.


Supreme Court winds down surprising term with two wins for tribal treaties
Supreme Court winds down surprising term with two wins for tribal treaties (May 23, 2019)

Justice Neil Gorsuch has helped tribes win in two cases so far. He's locked out of a third but experts are sensing a sea change on the nation's highest court.


Supreme Court backs off-reservation treaty rights of Crow Tribe
Supreme Court backs off-reservation treaty rights of Crow Tribe (May 20, 2019)

The nation's highest court has once again sided with Indian Country in a treaty rights case.


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.


Indian Country awaits outcome of final cases on Supreme Court docket
Indian Country awaits outcome of final cases on Supreme Court docket (April 15, 2019)

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation's sovereign boundaries and the Crow Tribe's treaty rights are at stake before the highest court in the land.


Bill in Congress requires U.S. to 'sever' relations with Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Bill in Congress requires U.S. to 'sever' relations with Muscogee (Creek) Nation (April 3, 2019)

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is facing political pressure regarding the treatment of its Freedmen.


'What she say, it be law': Tribes protected their women before being stripped of sovereignty
'What she say, it be law': Tribes protected their women before being stripped of sovereignty (March 25, 2019)

Native women are changing the narrative as they continue to secure safety for their sisters.


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.


Bill John Baker: Five Civilized Tribes welcome repeal of termination-era law
Bill John Baker: Five Civilized Tribes welcome repeal of termination-era law (January 7, 2019)

A new federal law is a remedy for a huge injustice that has led to a devastating loss of land for the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole and Muscogee (Creek) Nations.


Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down
Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down (December 14, 2018)

Time is running out for tribes to see action on their legislative agenda as lawmakers prepare to wrap up the 115th session of Congress.


Muscogee (Creek) Nation lawmakers consider independent press bill
Muscogee (Creek) Nation lawmakers consider independent press bill (December 6, 2018)

Efforts are underway to restore freedom of the press to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.


Peter d'Errico: United States admits to genocide in Supreme Court case
Peter d'Errico: United States admits to genocide in Supreme Court case (December 3, 2018)

Will the nation's highest court accept and approve of genocidal efforts against Native nations?


Trump administration argues against tribal sovereignty in Supreme Court case
Trump administration argues against tribal sovereignty in Supreme Court case (November 27, 2018)

The Trump administration's disjointed treatment of Indian Country was on full display as Native American Heritage Month came to a close.


Indian Country legislative agenda falls behind in the Trump era
Indian Country legislative agenda falls behind in the Trump era (November 19, 2018)

Two years of Republican control in the nation's capital have resulted in few concrete gains for Indian Country.


Sterling Cosper: Muscogee (Creek) Nation deserves a free press
Sterling Cosper: Muscogee (Creek) Nation deserves a free press (November 19, 2018)

The former manager of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's news outlet speaks out about the repeal of the tribe's freedom of the press law.


Muscogee (Creek) Nation condemned for changes at media outlet
Muscogee (Creek) Nation condemned for changes at media outlet (November 13, 2018)

The formerly independent Mvskoke Media is being placed under the control of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's executive branch.


Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing (November 13, 2018)

Tribal leaders from Arizona, North Dakota and Oklahoma are testifying in support of bills that affect their communities.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing (November 12, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work after the historic mid-term election.


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.


Supreme Court set for major showdown in tribal sovereignty case
Supreme Court set for major showdown in tribal sovereignty case (October 11, 2018)

Oral arguments in a closely-watched reservation boundary case take place on November 27.


Supreme Court gains new member as Trump's shadow looms large in Indian cases
Supreme Court gains new member as Trump's shadow looms large in Indian cases (October 9, 2018)

Opposition in Indian Country wasn't enough to derail President Trump's controversial nominee to the Supreme Court.


Supreme Court opens new term with major Indian law cases on docket
Supreme Court opens new term with major Indian law cases on docket (October 1, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court is back in session as Indian Country awaits the fate of controversial nominee Brett Kavanaugh.


'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case
'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case (September 27, 2018)

Tribes across the nation, advocates for Native women and a bipartisan group of former federal prosecutors are taking a stand in one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases in recent history.


Supreme Court takes up Indian law petitions amid major controversy
Supreme Court takes up Indian law petitions amid major controversy (September 24, 2018)

With a high-stakes nomination in doubt, the Supreme Court is preparing for a term that's already going to be a busy one for tribal interests.


'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.


Indian Country awaits busy season at Supreme Court amid big change
Indian Country awaits busy season at Supreme Court amid big change (August 15, 2018)

The Supreme Court might get a new justice soon but it's not clear whether Brett Kavanaugh understands tribes and their issues.


Muscogee Creek Freedmen file lawsuit to restore citizenship
Muscogee Creek Freedmen file lawsuit to restore citizenship (July 26, 2018)

The Freedmen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation are suing the Trump administration and the leader of their tribe.


Graham Lee Brewer: Death penalty case poses test for tribal sovereignty
Graham Lee Brewer: Death penalty case poses test for tribal sovereignty (May 30, 2018)

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a death penalty case that could significantly change the legal definition of Indian Country in Oklahoma.


Muscogee Nation clashes with state in reservation boundary dispute
Muscogee Nation clashes with state in reservation boundary dispute (May 21, 2018)

The Muscogee Nation and the state of Oklahoma are headed into a historic sovereignty clash thanks to the Supreme Court.


Another Indian law case in limbo as high court turns to Trump again
Another Indian law case in limbo as high court turns to Trump again (May 14, 2018)

For the third time in an Indian law case, the nation's highest court has asked the Trump administration for guidance despite a lack of leadership in key executive positions.


Trump administration sides with industry in reservation boundary case
Trump administration sides with industry in reservation boundary case (April 3, 2018)

The Trump administration is siding with industry interests in a closely-watched reservation boundary case pending at the U.S. Supreme Court.


Tribes see continued challenges as more cases head to highest court
Tribes see continued challenges as more cases head to highest court (February 21, 2018)

An unusually large number of Indian law petitions have been presented to the nation's highest court as tribes face continued challenges to their sovereignty.


One Native Woman's Struggle: 'We've had colonizers beat us up for centuries'
One Native Woman's Struggle: 'We've had colonizers beat us up for centuries' (December 22, 2017)

Dode Barnett stood before a door leading to the tribal council’s offices, talking to a colleague when it happened.


Appeals court won't revisit historic decision in Muscogee Nation boundary case
Appeals court won't revisit historic decision in Muscogee Nation boundary case (November 9, 2017)

A closely-watched reservation boundary case could be headed to the nation's highest court, setting up a clash between tribes, states and the Trump administration.


Muscogee Nation citizen heads to trial for fourth time on murder charge in Oklahoma
Muscogee Nation citizen heads to trial for fourth time on murder charge in Oklahoma (October 2, 2017)

A Muscogee (Creek) Nation is going to trial for murder for a fourth time after a judge said a dispute over the boundaries of the tribe's reservation remains unresolved.


Muscogee Nation citizen seeks dismissal of murder charge as boundary case heats up
Muscogee Nation citizen seeks dismissal of murder charge as boundary case heats up (September 29, 2017)

A citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is waiting to hear whether his murder case will be dismissed as industry interests in Oklahoma flock to court in a closely-related reservation boundary case.


Oklahoma plans to ask court to reconsider ruling on Muscogee Nation boundaries
Oklahoma plans to ask court to reconsider ruling on Muscogee Nation boundaries (August 24, 2017)

A landmark decision that affirmed the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is already having an impact on cases in Oklahoma.


Native business leader J.D. Colbert announces campaign for Congress in Texas
Native business leader J.D. Colbert announces campaign for Congress in Texas (August 21, 2017)

It looks like 2018 is shaping up to big another big year for Native candidates for Congress with J.D. Colbert, who is Chickasaw and Creek, announcing his campaign.


Muscogee Nation issues citizenship card to former police officer accused of murder
Muscogee Nation issues citizenship card to former police officer accused of murder (August 14, 2017)

A landmark court ruling that confirmed the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is already having an impact in Oklahoma.


Muscogee Nation welcomes decision affirming the boundaries of its reservation
Muscogee Nation welcomes decision affirming the boundaries of its reservation (August 9, 2017)

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is welcoming a federal court decision that confirms the boundaries of its reservation in Oklahoma remain intact.


Muscogee Nation citizen wins reversal of death penalty conviction in Oklahoma
Muscogee Nation citizen wins reversal of death penalty conviction in Oklahoma (August 8, 2017)

A citizen of the Muscogee Nation has secured a stunning court victory that not only reverses his death penalty conviction but also reaffirms the historic boundaries of his tribe's reservation.


Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes
Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes (May 26, 2017)

Citizens of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee and Seminole nations are treated differently when it comes to their allotments.


Mona Evans: Creek Nation fails to support Indian Child Welfare Act
Mona Evans: Creek Nation fails to support Indian Child Welfare Act (March 27, 2017)

Where was the Muscogee Nation in tribal member’s Indian Child Welfare Act fight?


Appeals court hears slew of Indian cases amid focus on Supreme Court nominee
Appeals court hears slew of Indian cases amid focus on Supreme Court nominee (March 23, 2017)

Wednesday was just another busy day for Neil Gorsuch and the federal appeals court where he has served as a judge for a decade.


Muscogee Nation lays off more than 100 health care employees
Muscogee Nation lays off more than 100 health care employees (October 5, 2016)

A total of 123 workers were let go and 55 others were transferred elsewhere within the Oklahoma tribe.


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.


Muscogee Nation brothers accused of murder in messy jurisdictional case
Muscogee Nation brothers accused of murder in messy jurisdictional case (August 9, 2016)

The Osage Nation charged Jeremy Reece and Tyler Reece after murder charges in Oklahoma court were dismissed.


Poarch Creeks win ruling in dispute over taxation of trust lands
Poarch Creeks win ruling in dispute over taxation of trust lands (July 12, 2016)

For the second time, a federal appeals court has refused to undermine the status of the Alabama tribe's reservation.


Poarch Band seeks a partial Carcieri fix for existing trust lands
Poarch Band seeks a partial Carcieri fix for existing trust lands (June 20, 2016)

H.R.5486, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Land Reaffirmation Act, protects the Alabama tribe from ongoing litigation.


Oklahoma tribes to help restore habitats for monarch butterfly
Oklahoma tribes to help restore habitats for monarch butterfly (May 13, 2016)

The tribes will plant milkweed on their lands in order to boost the populations of the threatened butterfly.


Muscogee Nation looking to sign Cobell land buy-back agreement
Muscogee Nation looking to sign Cobell land buy-back agreement (February 1, 2016)

The tribe would only be the third in Oklahoma to participate in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.


New leader of Muscogee Nation to deliver first State of the Nation
New leader of Muscogee Nation to deliver first State of the Nation (January 27, 2016)

Principal Chief James Floyd has vowed to focus on improving health care and other services along with bringing more accountability to the tribal government.