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Albert Bender: Indian activists cheer release of human trafficking survivor
Albert Bender: Indian activists cheer release of human trafficking survivor (January 16, 2019)

Cyntoia Brown is finally going free after spending half of her life behind bars.


Albert Bender: Freedom finally arrives for survivor of human trafficking
Albert Bender: Freedom finally arrives for survivor of human trafficking (January 14, 2019)

Cyntoia Brown has spent half of her life in prison for killing a man when she was 16 years old.


Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians completes largest repatriation
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians completes largest repatriation (September 12, 2018)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians recently returned ancestral remains and burial objects to their resting place.


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.


Albert Bender: Paying tribute to great Cherokee leader Dragging Canoe
Albert Bender: Paying tribute to great Cherokee leader Dragging Canoe (April 13, 2018)

Dragging Canoe led the Indigenous forces and almost wiped out the first white settlement in Middle Tennessee.


Albert Bender: Too many Native Americans are already in prison
Albert Bender: Too many Native Americans are already in prison (March 28, 2018)

Native Americans are incarcerated at a rate of 38 percent higher than the national average.


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.


Albert Bender: Indigenous community labels Trump an 'Indian Hater' in protest
Albert Bender: Indigenous community labels Trump an 'Indian Hater' in protest (January 16, 2018)

President Donald Trump can rest assured that when and if he ever returns to Nashville, Tennessee, he will find the same unwelcoming committee of Indigenous people waiting on him.


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.


Albert Bender: Hundreds march to protest climate change policies in the Trump era
Albert Bender: Hundreds march to protest climate change policies in the Trump era (December 19, 2017)

On a cold wintry day, hundreds of concerned Tennesseans protested the U.S. government’s decision, spearheaded by President Trump, to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.


Albert Bender: Trail of Tears Walk commemorates forced removal of tribes
Albert Bender: Trail of Tears Walk commemorates forced removal of tribes (October 27, 2017)

The forced removal of Indian nations from their homelands is a shameful and indelible scar on the body politic of this country.


Albert Bender: Native community celebrates first Indigenous Peoples' Day in Nashville
Albert Bender: Native community celebrates first Indigenous Peoples' Day in Nashville (October 19, 2017)

In the wake of the proclamation of Mayor Megan Berry and the resolution of the Metro Nashville City Council both recognizing October 9 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a celebration was held here by members of the local Native community.


Albert Bender: Tennessee's capital city takes big step on Indigenous Peoples' Day
Albert Bender: Tennessee's capital city takes big step on Indigenous Peoples' Day (October 9, 2017)

On October 5, Nashville, the capital city of Tennessee, took the momentous step of recognizing the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.


House subcommittee schedules hearing on bill affecting Indian land in Oklahoma
House subcommittee schedules hearing on bill affecting Indian land in Oklahoma (October 3, 2017)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is taking testimony on three tribal bills, including one of significant interest in Oklahoma.


Donald Trump praises Andrew Jackson but neglects history of genocide
Donald Trump praises Andrew Jackson but neglects history of genocide (March 16, 2017)

Andrew Jackson is widely reviled as one of the worst presidents for Indian Country but he has one prominent admirer in the White House.


Albert Bender: City joins fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline
Albert Bender: City joins fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (January 31, 2017)

Nashville City Council passes resolution in support of Standing Rock Sioux opposition to pipeline.


Rep. Don Young vows quick action on tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee bills
Rep. Don Young vows quick action on tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee bills (February 25, 2016)

H.R.3477, the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act, and H.R.3599, the Eastern Band Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act, saw strong support at a hearing on Capitol Hill.


Witness list for House hearing on tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee bills
Witness list for House hearing on tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee bills (February 23, 2016)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will hold its first hearing of 2016 on February 24.


House panel to take up tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee bills
House panel to take up tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee bills (February 18, 2016)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will hold its first hearing of 2016 on February 24.


Albert Bender: Muscogee Nation candidates reach out to voters
Albert Bender: Muscogee Nation candidates reach out to voters (September 15, 2015)

Indian history was recently made with an election forum in Tennessee for Muscogee Creek candidates running for the offices of principal chief and tribal council.


Bryan Terry: Honor Sequoyah with statue at Tennessee capitol
Bryan Terry: Honor Sequoyah with statue at Tennessee capitol (June 29, 2015)

As a Tennessee legislator with membership in a federally recognized tribe, I have a unique perspective on the situation and I feel that it is my duty to step up during this debate and offer another point of view.


Tennessee groups file civil rights suit over recognition status
Tennessee groups file civil rights suit over recognition status (May 13, 2015)

The Remnant Yuchi Nation, the Tanasi Tribe and the United Eastern Lenape Tribe are seeking more than $60 million in damages.


JoDe Goudy: Yakama Nation committed to well-being of children
JoDe Goudy: Yakama Nation committed to well-being of children (March 12, 2015)

We will continue to monitor this situation carefully to ensure Desi’s safety, health and wellbeing.


Yakama Nation woman fights tribe for custody of 12-year-old
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Yakama Nation woman fights tribe for custody of 12-year-old (March 4, 2015)

The tribe is reportedly objecting to surgery for the boy.


Choctaw Nation issues citizenship to family in child custody case
Choctaw Nation issues citizenship to family in child custody case (February 2, 2015)

Chief Gary Batton became personally involved in order to prevent the adoption of a newborn.


Albert Bender: Indian fighter stole Cherokee Nation's land
Albert Bender: Indian fighter stole Cherokee Nation's land (November 10, 2014)

A fraudulent treaty resulted in the theft of land from the Cherokee Nation in present-day Tennessee.


Students in Tennessee display 'Trail of Tears' banner at game
Students in Tennessee display 'Trail of Tears' banner at game (November 21, 2013)

Students at a public high school in Tennessee brought a 'Trail of Tears' banner to a football playoff game last week, Mother Jones reports.


Cherokee tribes to rebury remains discovered in Tennessee
Cherokee tribes to rebury remains discovered in Tennessee (September 12, 2013)

The three federally-recognized Cherokee tribes will be reburying the remains of 15 ancestors that were uncovered in Tennessee.


Indian trust reform commission     meets in Tennessee on April 29
Indian trust reform commission meets in Tennessee on April 29 (April 12, 2013)

The National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform will meet April 29 in Nashville, Tennessee. Among other topics, the commission will hear from members of the United South and...


Letter: Groups in Tennessee lack connection to real tribes
Letter: Groups in Tennessee lack connection to real tribes (April 16, 2012)

"The subject this time is tribal recognition in Tennessee. The issue failed again this session, thankfully sent away to summer study. The truth as you should know it is that...


Bill to recognize six groups in Tennessee put off for a year
Bill to recognize six groups in Tennessee put off for a year (April 11, 2012)

A bill to recognize six groups in Tennessee has been delayed a year, The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. The Senate State and Local Government narrowly voted 5-4 last week...


Bill to recognize six groups in Tennessee narrowly advances
Bill to recognize six groups in Tennessee narrowly advances (April 4, 2012)

A bill to recognize six groups in Tennessee advanced by a 5-4 split on Tuesday. The Senate State and Local Government was tied 4-4 before Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R)...


BIA issues final decision against Central Band of Cherokees
BIA issues final decision against Central Band of Cherokees (March 26, 2012)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has issued a final determination against federal recognition for the Central Band of Cherokee, a group in Tennessee. The BIA said the group did not...


WPLN: Tribal recognition bill in Tennessee draws complaints
WPLN: Tribal recognition bill in Tennessee draws complaints (March 21, 2012)

"State lawmakers today found themselves asked to determine exactly who should be considered Native American. Supporters of three “remnant” tribes say federal dollars and cultural identity are at stake. Kingsport...


Indian Association of Tennessee  faces loss of federal grant
Indian Association of Tennessee faces loss of federal grant (January 26, 2012)

The Native American Indian Association of Tennessee could lose a $248,000 federal grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The organization plans to use the money to build...