More: sovereignty

Chip Colwell: Acknowledge the Indigenous caretakers of the land
Chip Colwell: Acknowledge the Indigenous caretakers of the land (July 17, 2019)

Land acknowledgment is a recognition of a truth, a kind of verbal memorial that we erect in honor of indigenous peoples.


Oglala Sioux Tribe adopts marriage equality law
Oglala Sioux Tribe adopts marriage equality law (July 17, 2019)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe is the first Indian nation in South Dakota to recognize same-sex marriages.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Our people are being micromanaged to death
Ivan Star Comes Out: Our people are being micromanaged to death (July 11, 2019)

The descendants of Lakota people no longer have control over their lives.


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.


YES! Magazine: City aims to do more for urban Indian population
YES! Magazine: City aims to do more for urban Indian population (July 10, 2019)

New Mexico's largest city amended a decades-old ordinance to recognize tribal sovereignty and create more services for Native people living in urban centers.


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.


Mark Trahant: 10 Indian Country questions for the presidential debate
Mark Trahant: 10 Indian Country questions for the presidential debate (June 25, 2019)

Democrats are holding their first presidential debates but the candidates most familiar with Indian issues are not participating.


UW News: Heritage marker recognizes Ho-Chunk Nation history and sovereignty
UW News: Heritage marker recognizes Ho-Chunk Nation history and sovereignty (June 24, 2019)

A new marker recognizes the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk, acknowledges the circumstances that led to their forced removal, and honors the tribe's history of resistance and resilience.


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.


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?


House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance Indian Country bills
House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance Indian Country bills (June 17, 2019)

Bills addressing the sovereign rights of tribes, aging Indian schools and the history of Ponca people are moving forward on Capitol Hill.


Indians of All Tribes celebrates 50th anniversary of Alcatraz takeover
Indians of All Tribes celebrates 50th anniversary of Alcatraz takeover (June 13, 2019)

Veterans of the 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island will return to the site of the historic takeover.


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.


Native Sun News Today: Supreme Court decision impacts tribal sovereignty
Native Sun News Today: Supreme Court decision impacts tribal sovereignty (June 3, 2019)

Tribal sovereignty is always a court ruling away from being reduced, perhaps one day, even eliminated.


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.


Decision on Cherokee Nation chief candidate comes down to the wire
Decision on Cherokee Nation chief candidate comes down to the wire (May 27, 2019)

Voters of the Cherokee Nation are going to the polls in a matter of days as a key candidate fights to stay on the ballot.


Shinnecock Nation debuts first electronic billboard amid opposition
Shinnecock Nation debuts first electronic billboard amid opposition (May 24, 2019)

The Shinnecock Nation is asserting sovereignty in New York, drawing complaints and threats of litigation along the way.


Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress
Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress (May 22, 2019)

A bill to protect Native women from violence and address the #MMIW crisis has stalled on Capitol Hill.


Gabe Galanda: Trump administration asks tribes about Indian blood
Gabe Galanda: Trump administration asks tribes about Indian blood (May 16, 2019)

Should the federal government stop issuing Certificates of Degree of Indian Blood?


'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation
'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation (May 10, 2019)

The Yurok Tribe is asserting its sovereignty with the passage of a new hemp law.


Appeals court appears skeptical of attack on tribal lending operation
Appeals court appears skeptical of attack on tribal lending operation (May 8, 2019)

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals doesn't hear from Indian Country often but it was hard to tell as a closely-watched tribal case came up for consideration.


'Under Attack': Fate of tribal lending industry in hands of appeals court
'Under Attack': Fate of tribal lending industry in hands of appeals court (May 6, 2019)

Tribes are paying close attention to a court case that they say will have a major impact on efforts to improve economic conditions in their communities.


Oglala Sioux Tribe bans South Dakota governor from reservation
Oglala Sioux Tribe bans South Dakota governor from reservation (May 2, 2019)

Tribal-state relations continue to erode in South Dakota, barely four months after a Republican governor was sworn into office.


Not 'extinct': Colville Tribes win appeal in hunting rights case in Canada
Not 'extinct': Colville Tribes win appeal in hunting rights case in Canada (May 2, 2019)

Rick Desautel, a Colville veteran who lives in the U.S., has once again won the right to hunt on ancestral territory across the border.


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.


Lucky seven? New leader of Department of the Interior already under scrutiny
Lucky seven? New leader of Department of the Interior already under scrutiny (April 16, 2019)

Tribes, Democrats and watchdog groups are paying close attention to David Bernhardt, derided by some as a creature of Washington's swamp.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Colonial governments make money off of stolen land
Doug George-Kanentiio: Colonial governments make money off of stolen land (April 16, 2019)

An end to infighting is in sight if we can stand and see it beginning with the demanding what is ours.


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.


'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency
'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency (April 11, 2019)

With David Bernhardt at the helm, the Department of the Interior has been one disaster after another, tribes and their advocates assert.


'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.


Peter d'Errico: Chief George Manuel broke new ground with 1974 book
Peter d'Errico: Chief George Manuel broke new ground with 1974 book (April 9, 2019)

'The Fourth World' by George Manuel richly deserves its status as a foundational work.


House adds more Indian Country provisions to Violence Against Women Act
House adds more Indian Country provisions to Violence Against Women Act (April 3, 2019)

Debate opened on the Violence Against Women Act amid doubts about its future in a Congress divided along party lines.


New law and policy firm boasts majority ownership by Native women
New law and policy firm boasts majority ownership by Native women (April 2, 2019)

The Big Fire Law and Policy Group promises to fight for tribes and their rights.


House moves closer to passage of Violence Against Women Act
House moves closer to passage of Violence Against Women Act (April 1, 2019)

Amendments to strengthen tribal sovereignty are being considered for inclusion in the Violence Against Reauthorization Women Act.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: American has long been oppressive to anyone who is not white and male
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: American has long been oppressive to anyone who is not white and male (March 29, 2019)

As U.S. Sovereignty increased, Indigenous Sovereignty decreased so that a policy of dispossession and land acquisition could follow.


AUDIO: Confirmation hearing for David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior
AUDIO: Confirmation hearing for David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior (March 28, 2019)

The government post with the most responsibility in Indian Country might soon be filled by a longtime lawyer and lobbyist.


Dominic O'Sullivan: Māori sovereignty should count in public affairs
Dominic O'Sullivan: Māori sovereignty should count in public affairs (March 25, 2019)

The 1840 Treaty of Waitangi guaranteed Māori authority over their own affairs.


Gavin Clarkson: Indian Country should thank Donald Trump for Justice Gorsuch
Gavin Clarkson: Indian Country should thank Donald Trump for Justice Gorsuch (March 20, 2019)

President Donald Trump has elevated a new champion for Indian Country to the Supreme Court.


For Native Americans, US-Mexico border is an 'imaginary line'
For Native Americans, US-Mexico border is an 'imaginary line' (March 19, 2019)

Life was already difficult for Native Americans who live along – and across – the border even before President Donald Trump declared a national emergency.


Rep. Deb Haaland: Indigenous peoples are under attack in Donald Trump's America
Rep. Deb Haaland: Indigenous peoples are under attack in Donald Trump's America (March 18, 2019)

We must stand up against toxic rhetoric and brutal attacks on the rights of indigenous peoples.


'An abomination': Republicans try to strip tribal jurisdiction from Violence Against Women Act
'An abomination': Republicans try to strip tribal jurisdiction from Violence Against Women Act (March 18, 2019)

A bill to renew the Violence Against Women Act is moving forward in a more partisan era, impacting how tribes are able to protect women.


Appeals court schedules lengthy hearing in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Appeals court schedules lengthy hearing in Indian Child Welfare Act case (March 11, 2019)

Arguments are taking place in a case that tribes say goes to the very heart of their sovereignty and their relationship with the United States.


Bill John Baker: Stand strong and stand up for our Native children
Bill John Baker: Stand strong and stand up for our Native children (March 11, 2019)

Our children are our hope, our strength and our future. They are not for the taking.


Democrats warn of 'termination of tribal nations' as Trump nominee lands spot on key court
Democrats warn of 'termination of tribal nations' as Trump nominee lands spot on key court (February 26, 2019)

Democrats are sounding the alarm after Republicans confirmed a Trump nominee for a lifetime spot on a key federal appeals court despite Indian Country's objections.


AUDIO: Sen. Maria Cantwell on Trump nominee and tribal sovereignty
AUDIO: Sen. Maria Cantwell on Trump nominee and tribal sovereignty (February 26, 2019)

A Trump nominee who has repeatedly advocated against tribal interests is up for a lifetime appointment to a key federal appeals court.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation invests in education and our young people
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation invests in education and our young people (February 25, 2019)

This year, the Cherokee Nation will award a record-breaking $5.7 million to public school districts in Oklahoma.


Fond du Lac Band kept in the dark about trail derailment on reservation
Fond du Lac Band kept in the dark about trail derailment on reservation (February 20, 2019)

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is speaking out after a train carrying coal derailed on the reservation in northern Minnesota.


The Conversation: Indigenous researchers plant seeds of hope for health and climate
The Conversation: Indigenous researchers plant seeds of hope for health and climate (February 19, 2019)

It’s the land that brings us together, the land that teaches relationship-based ways of knowing about the natural world and its food systems.


Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers on opposite sides as Trump declares wall emergency
Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers on opposite sides as Trump declares wall emergency (February 18, 2019)

The four Native members of Congress are on opposite sides of the battle over the wall at the U.S. border.


Mark Trahant: The #GreenNewDeal and Indian Country
Mark Trahant: The #GreenNewDeal and Indian Country (February 11, 2019)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey unveiled the 'Green New Deal' with goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.


Steven Newcomb: We the people of the dominated Native nations
Steven Newcomb: We the people of the dominated Native nations (February 11, 2019)

Native nations need a path to liberate themselves from the U.S.’s claim of a right of oppression over them.


Mark Trahant: When the State of the Union was tragic for Indian Country
Mark Trahant: When the State of the Union was tragic for Indian Country (February 6, 2019)

President Trump proudly displays a portrait of Andrew Jackson, the architect of Indian removal, at the White House.


Winona LaDuke: White Earth Nation recognizes rights of wild rice
Winona LaDuke: White Earth Nation recognizes rights of wild rice (February 4, 2019)

Finally, plant species have rights, too.


Winnebago Tribe still fighting back a year after raid on reservation
Winnebago Tribe still fighting back a year after raid on reservation (February 4, 2019)

Federal agents raided the reservation in what leaders of the Winnebago Tribe have called an attack on their sovereignty.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country and the 2020 presidential race
Mark Trahant: Indian Country and the 2020 presidential race (February 1, 2019)

Presidential elections are a policy debate, so how about one that includes Native American voices?


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe secures 'big victory' for hemp in Indian Country
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe secures 'big victory' for hemp in Indian Country (January 31, 2019)

Thanks to the efforts of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, hemp production is now legal in Indian Country.


Native lawmaker secures leadership positions on key Congressional committee
Native lawmaker secures leadership positions on key Congressional committee (January 30, 2019)

The House Committee on Natural Resources has a new vice chair and it's a Native person for the first time in history.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Native patriots at Alcatraz paved the way for all of us
Doug George-Kanentiio: Native patriots at Alcatraz paved the way for all of us (January 30, 2019)

One of the more admirable traits of the Mohawk people is the ability to shake things up, to disturb the complacent, to agitate, confront and demand.


Mark Trahant: Tribes urged to assert sovereignty over climate change
Mark Trahant: Tribes urged to assert sovereignty over climate change (January 30, 2019)

Fawn Sharp has a message for big oil: Time’s up.


Mark Trahant: Tribal voices missing in debate over shutdown and border wall
Mark Trahant: Tribal voices missing in debate over shutdown and border wall (January 25, 2019)

As the shutdown debate drags on in Washington, tribal leaders were meeting thousands of miles away to assert their rights.