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Indian Child Welfare Act survives attack from conservative groupsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Indian Child Welfare Act survives attack from conservative groups (03/21)
Tribal leaders and advocates are breathing a sigh of relief after a federal judge rejected a broad challenge on the historic law.
Supreme Court nominee fares well in review of Indian law recordFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court nominee fares well in review of Indian law record (03/20)
Donald Trump's nominee has a far better record when it comes to tribes than the man he would be replacing on the nation's highest court.
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nomineeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominee (02/17)
It's been a rocky start for the Trump administration but the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the nation's highest court is drawing praise in Indian Country.
Dakota Access ready to start transporting oil sooner than expectedFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Dakota Access ready to start transporting oil sooner than expected (02/13)
Even though Dakota Access is moving a lot faster than anticipated, a federal judge declined to halt construction activities in North Dakota.
More tribes join effort to halt completion of Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
More tribes join effort to halt completion of Dakota Access Pipeline (02/13)
The fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline is entering a crucial phase as tribes and their citizens place their faith in a system of justice that hasn't always addressed their concerns.
President Trump ready to announce choice for vacant Supreme Court seatFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
President Trump ready to announce choice for vacant Supreme Court seat (01/30)
Tribes pay close attention to the nation's highest court because the decisions carry significant impacts in their communities.
Delay in #NoDAPL response points to more changes with President Trump in officeFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Delay in #NoDAPL response points to more changes with President Trump in office (01/27)
New leaders at the Department of Justice and the Department of the Army will get a chance to put their mark on the lawsuit.
Indian Country united in call for full review of Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Indian Country united in call for full review of Dakota Access Pipeline (10/13)
A legal, regulatory and political push continues in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Indian Country eagerly anticipates decision in #NoDAPL lawsuitFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Indian Country eagerly anticipates decision in #NoDAPL lawsuit (09/09)
The ruling could determine the fate of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.
Kickapoo Tribe reaches settlement in long-running water disputeFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Kickapoo Tribe reaches settlement in long-running water dispute (09/08)
Chairman Lester Randall is signing an agreement that paves the way for a reliable source of water on the reservation in Kansas.
Alaska tribes enter new era as state drops land-into-trust battleFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Alaska tribes enter new era as state drops land-into-trust battle (08/16)
Tribes in Alaska will finally be able to follow the land-into-trust process just like their brothers and sisters in the Lower 48.
Tribal citizens secure injunction against North Dakota voter ID lawFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Tribal citizens secure injunction against North Dakota voter ID law (08/02)
A federal judge put a halt to a new voter identification law citing discriminatory impacts on Native Americans.
Tribes in Alaska celebrate long-awaited victory in trust land caseFiled Under: Law | National | Trust
Tribes in Alaska celebrate long-awaited victory in trust land case (07/04)
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has cleared the way for the Bureau of Indian Affairs to approve land-into-trust applications in the 49th state.
Tribes rest easy as Supreme Court wraps up a surprising sessionFiled Under: Law | National
Tribes rest easy as Supreme Court wraps up a surprising session (06/24)
With four Indian law case on the docket, tribes were preparing for the worst.
Supreme Court enters final stretch of historic yet unusual termFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court enters final stretch of historic yet unusual term (06/20)
A record four Indian law cases were on the docket and tribes are still waiting for a decision a closely-watched jurisdiction dispute.
Final rule for Indian Child Welfare Act takes effect December 12Filed Under: Law | National
Final rule for Indian Child Welfare Act takes effect December 12 (06/15)
Tribes and tribal organizations say the new regulations will help prevent the breakup of families in their communities.
John Echohawk of Native American Rights Fund receives top honorFiled Under: Law | National
John Echohawk of Native American Rights Fund receives top honor (06/08)
The Pawnee Nation citizen is being honored with the 'Spirit of Keystone' award from the national Keystone Policy Center.
Mark Trahant: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton battle in New YorkFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton battle in New York (04/18)
Bernie Sanders could still win the day, but how many delegates will he earn?
Supreme Court ruling emboldens tribes in another boundary caseFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Supreme Court ruling emboldens tribes in another boundary case (03/25)
The Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe are defending their reservation borders in a long-running dispute with the state of Wyoming.
Nebraska won't fully concede despite loss in Omaha Tribe's caseFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Nebraska won't fully concede despite loss in Omaha Tribe's case (03/23)
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson (R) is standing down -- for now -- after the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a unanimous victory in a closely-watched reservation diminishment case.
David Wilkins: National organizations must take on disenrollmentFiled Under: Opinion
David Wilkins: National organizations must take on disenrollment (03/23)
To date, I am not aware of any official, public stance taken by any of your organizations in response to political, legal, and cultural terminations of native citizen rights that threatens all Native people’s sovereign existence.
Appeals court poses tough questions in Alaska land-into-trust caseFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Appeals court poses tough questions in Alaska land-into-trust case (03/07)
For more than 40 years, nearly every Alaska tribe has been barred from following the land-into-trust process but the hold might be lifting soon.
Updates from Day 2 of National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C.Filed Under: Law | National | Politics
Updates from Day 2 of National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C. (02/24)
Some highlights from the second day of the National Congress of American Indians 2016 executive council winter session in Washington, D.C.
President Obama reaffirms intent to fill vacancy on Supreme CourtFiled Under:
President Obama reaffirms intent to fill vacancy on Supreme Court (02/17)
The passing of Justice Antonin Scalia presents a historic opportunity to reshape the high court's impact in Indian Country.
Supreme Court agrees to review yet another Indian law disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court agrees to review yet another Indian law dispute (12/14)
The justices will determine whether tribal convictions can be used against repeat domestic violence offenders.
Court sides with Indian inmates over closure of sweat lodgeFiled Under: Law
Court sides with Indian inmates over closure of sweat lodge (11/24)
The Massachusetts Department of Corrections shut down a sweat lodge after just six months due to alleged health risks.
Agua Caliente Band seeks support at critical stage in water rights caseFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Agua Caliente Band seeks support at critical stage in water rights case (11/02)
Tribal advocates are worried that a negative ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals could have an impact across Indian Country.
Tribes urged to bring states on board for Supreme Court caseFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Tribes urged to bring states on board for Supreme Court case (10/20)
The state of Mississippi is submitting a brief in defense of the authority of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
Supreme Court rejects petitions in four more Indian law casesFiled Under: Law | National | Sports
Supreme Court rejects petitions in four more Indian law cases (10/05)
Hopes for the reburial of the legendary athlete Jim Thorpe, who was a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, have been dashed by the high court.
Supreme Court agrees to hear Omaha Reservation boundary caseFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court agrees to hear Omaha Reservation boundary case (10/02)
The high court's October 2015 term is shaping up to be a busy and potentially dangerous one for Indian Country.
Appeals court won't award additional fees to late Elouise CobellFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | Law
Appeals court won't award additional fees to late Elouise Cobell (09/18)
The late lead plaintiff sought an additional $10.5 million cover expenses incurred during the course of her 15-year fight to hold the federal government accountable.
Opinion: Alaska will lose appeal in BIA land-into-trust lawsuitFiled Under: Law | Opinion | Trust
Opinion: Alaska will lose appeal in BIA land-into-trust lawsuit (09/02)
When Attorney General Richards loses the state’s appeal, and the assistant secretary of the Interior begins taking title to all of that land into trust, what are the remaining options to prevent that from happening?
Indian inmates in Alabama lose decision over long hair policyFiled Under: Law | National
Indian inmates in Alabama lose decision over long hair policy (08/10)
The long-running dispute could be headed back to the Supreme Court.
Indian Country rallies to return Jim Thorpe back home to OklahomaFiled Under: Law | National | Sports
Indian Country rallies to return Jim Thorpe back home to Oklahoma (07/06)
The National Congress of American Indians, the Native American Rights Fund and current and former members of Congress are supporting repatriation of the legendary athlete.
Supreme Court adds second Indian law case to upcoming termFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Supreme Court adds second Indian law case to upcoming term (06/30)
The justices agreed to resolve a self-determination dispute that will affect how much the Indian Health Service owes to tribes.
Supreme Court agrees to hear first tribal jurisdiction case in yearsFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Supreme Court agrees to hear first tribal jurisdiction case in years (06/15)
The justices granted a petition in Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, a closely-watched case.
Sac and Fox Nation launches campaign to bring Jim Thorpe homeFiled Under: Law | National | Sports
Sac and Fox Nation launches campaign to bring Jim Thorpe home (06/04)
The effort comes as the tribe and the surviving sons of the legendary athlete filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Cherokee law students eager for summer work on Indian issuesFiled Under: Education | Law
Cherokee law students eager for summer work on Indian issues (05/27)
Alayna Farris will be working at the Native American Rights Fund and Bryan Shade will be at the National Indian Gaming Commission.
Mark Trahant: Native village secures return of ancestral territoryFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Mark Trahant: Native village secures return of ancestral territory (05/26)
The return of ancestral territory to an Alaska Native village is historic because the idea of tribal lands in Alaska is growing in both importance and inevitability.
Indian student in federal court over right to wear eagle featherFiled Under: Education | Law | National
Indian student in federal court over right to wear eagle feather (05/20)
Hayden Layne Griffith is due to graduate tomorrow and has been told she can't wear an eagle feather in her cap.
Inter Tribal Council of Arizona files trust mismanagement caseFiled Under: Education | Law | National | Trust
Inter Tribal Council of Arizona files trust mismanagement case (04/03)
A wealthy family that benefited from the closure of the Phoenix Indian School has reneged on a deal to provide $34.9 million for Indian education.
Man from Omaha Tribe sentenced as habitual domestic offenderFiled Under: Law | National
Man from Omaha Tribe sentenced as habitual domestic offender (03/03)
Terry Harlan has prior domestic violence convictions that were used against him in the latest case.
Updates from day 2 of National Congress of American Indians winter sessionFiled Under: National | Politics
Updates from day 2 of National Congress of American Indians winter session (02/26)
Contract support costs, the Violence Against Women Act and Supreme Court litigation were some of highlights from the second day of the meeting in Washington, D.C.
National Congress of American Indians set for winter conferenceFiled Under: National | Politics
National Congress of American Indians set for winter conference (02/23)
Tribal leaders will hear from top Obama administration officials and key members of Congress.
Mark Trahant: Alaska's unfinished business is tribal sovereigntyFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Alaska's unfinished business is tribal sovereignty (02/20)
Do Alaska Native tribes posses sovereignty? A simple question. And, in Indian Country, the answer is usually a quick 'yes.'
Museum hosts play and panel on Jim Thorpe repatriation disputeFiled Under: Education | Law
Museum hosts play and panel on Jim Thorpe repatriation dispute (02/11)
An appeals court has refused to return the remains of the legendary athlete to his sons.
New governor of Alaska seeks delay in land-into-trust litigationFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
New governor of Alaska seeks delay in land-into-trust litigation (02/05)
The Native American Rights Fund is calling the request a political ploy.
Supreme Court orders another decision in Indian inmates' case Filed Under: Law | National
Supreme Court orders another decision in Indian inmates' case (01/26)
Indian inmates in Alabama are being prevented from growing long hair.
NARF: Supreme Court decision impacts rights of Indian inmatesFiled Under: Law
NARF: Supreme Court decision impacts rights of Indian inmates (01/23)
An update on a religious rights case that affects Indian inmates.
BIA finalizes rule to add Alaska tribes to land-into-trust processFiled Under: Law | National | Trust
BIA finalizes rule to add Alaska tribes to land-into-trust process (12/19)
After decades of being excluded, Alaska tribes will finally be treated the same as those in the lower 48.
Supreme Court brings good news to Cayuga Nation in land disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court brings good news to Cayuga Nation in land dispute (12/08)
The justices won't let a county in New York file a late petition in a foreclosure case.
County files late appeal in Cayuga Nation foreclosure caseFiled Under: Law | National
County files late appeal in Cayuga Nation foreclosure case (11/10)
The tribe and Indian Country have most likely been spared another round of concerns about their record before the Supreme Court.
Steven Newcomb: Native organizations played into UN charadeFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Native organizations played into UN charade (11/04)
A response to Glenn Morris regarding the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.
Supreme Court asks DOJ for views in Mississippi Choctaw caseFiled Under: Business | Law
Supreme Court asks DOJ for views in Mississippi Choctaw case (10/06)
The Dollar General corporation is trying to avoid tribal court jurisdiction.
Judge issues order in Alaska Native language voting rights suitFiled Under: Law | Politics
Judge issues order in Alaska Native language voting rights suit (09/23)
The Native American Rights Fund said the order will set the standard for Native language voters nationwide.
Disputes over attorney fees in Cobell lawsuit still in mediationFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | Law
Disputes over attorney fees in Cobell lawsuit still in mediation (07/02)
Some $13.6 million has been claimed by the Native American Rights Fund and a solo practitioner.
Public school allows Indian graduates to wear eagle feathersFiled Under: Education
Public school allows Indian graduates to wear eagle feathers (06/06)
A record eight Indian students graduated last night.
Alaska tribes turn to banishment to protect small communitiesFiled Under: Law
Alaska tribes turn to banishment to protect small communities (05/19)
Tribes want to protect members of their small communities from drugs, alcohol and violence.
BIA opens public comment on land-into-trust rule for AlaskaFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
BIA opens public comment on land-into-trust rule for Alaska (05/01)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is accepting public comments on a rule that would include Alaska tribes in the land-into-trust process.
Highlights from Day 2 of NCAI winter session in Washington DCFiled Under: National | Politics
Highlights from Day 2 of NCAI winter session in Washington DC (03/13)
The National Congress of American Indians continued its winter session on Tuesday.

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