More: treaties

‘Broken promises’ report details government’s history of failing tribes
‘Broken promises’ report details government’s history of failing tribes (November 21, 2019)

Tribal leaders went before Congress to demand the government address longstanding problems in Indian Country – and not for the first time.


Sicangu man wants to revive Tokala Society
Sicangu man wants to revive Tokala Society (November 21, 2019)

A Rosebud Sioux citizen wants to revive an old tradition of governance which is made up of a council of leaders, which would maintain the language, history and culture of the tribe.


Economic Development sometimes a pitfall
Economic Development sometimes a pitfall (November 19, 2019)

It’s all about money….and land? .... And power. We are capitalists, after all.


Standing Rock seeks hearing to deny DAPL bid to double oil flow
Standing Rock seeks hearing to deny DAPL bid to double oil flow (November 18, 2019)

The Dakota Access Pipeline has experienced 12 spills of more than 6,100 gallons of crude oil in less than two years of operation.


KXL oil spill in North Dakota
KXL oil spill in North Dakota (November 12, 2019)

As tribal representatives took part in Keystone XL expansion hearings in South Dakota, the original pipeline erupted in neighboring North Dakota.


Native rights advocates quash pipeline Riot Boosting Act
Native rights advocates quash pipeline Riot Boosting Act (November 7, 2019)

Native pipeline fighters celebrated the death of a state law aimed at preventing them from protesting against the Keystone XL Pipeline.


KXL Pipeline fighters call for backup at water permit hearings
KXL Pipeline fighters call for backup at water permit hearings (October 30, 2019)

A Canadian company needs a large amount of water for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Tribes and water protectors are fighting back.


YES! Magazine: Activists return to Alcatraz as key anniversary approaches
YES! Magazine: Activists return to Alcatraz as key anniversary approaches (October 28, 2019)

A new generation of Native activists took a canoe journey around Alcatraz to mark Indigenous Peoples Day and pay homage to occupation of the island 50 years ago.


IHS history makes doctors like Weber inevitable
IHS history makes doctors like Weber inevitable (October 28, 2019)

It took more than 25 years before the hammer of justice came down on pedophile pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber. His crimes were over a century in the making at the Indian Health Service.


The reality of Native American Studies
The reality of Native American Studies (October 21, 2019)

I salute those professors who created Native American Studies. They had to start from scratch.


UW News: Law school events focus on uranium and treaties
UW News: Law school events focus on uranium and treaties (October 15, 2019)

The University of Wyoming College of Law is hosting two public events focusing on water contamination on one reservation and and a treaty rights case recently decided by the Supreme Court.


Yakama Nation calls for removal of Columbia River dams
Yakama Nation calls for removal of Columbia River dams (October 14, 2019)

'The false religious doctrine of Christian discovery was used by the United States to perpetuate crimes of genocide and forced displacement against Native Peoples.'


Cherokee leader's legacy lives on in Nashville
Cherokee leader's legacy lives on in Nashville (October 14, 2019)

An audience at the Tennessee State Museum was reminded that the Cherokee war chief, the redoubtable Dragging Canoe, fought battles on the very ground they were standing on.


Are we a vanquished 'tribe' or an independent 'Nation?'
Are we a vanquished 'tribe' or an independent 'Nation?' (October 10, 2019)

As Lakota people, we must realize the fact that our ancient world view is as valid as any other.


Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity
Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity (October 9, 2019)

So what's going on with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation case? No one knows.


Waiting on the Supreme Court to return eastern Oklahoma to Indigenous nations
Waiting on the Supreme Court to return eastern Oklahoma to Indigenous nations (October 9, 2019)

All of Indian Country is waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court to do what is morally and legally right.


IHS doctor found guilty
IHS doctor found guilty (October 7, 2019)

A federal jury convicted former Indian Health Service pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber of all 11 criminal counts for sexually abusing four boys on the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Private development in the Crazy Mountains sparks anxiety for wilderness advocates
Private development in the Crazy Mountains sparks anxiety for wilderness advocates (September 30, 2019)

What wilderness advocates and members of the Crow Tribe called a 'nightmare' scenario in Montana’s Crazy Mountains appears to be coming true, and sooner than they thought.


Cherokee Nation’s historic delegate to Congress
Cherokee Nation’s historic delegate to Congress (September 30, 2019)

The Cherokee people have spent generations surviving and persevering through a series of federal policies that conspire to destroy our government, break up our families and relegate our people to the pages of history.


Tribes hold Trump feet to fire on tar-sands pipeline permit
Tribes hold Trump feet to fire on tar-sands pipeline permit (September 30, 2019)

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Fort Belknap Indian Community are defending their treaty rights against the Trump administration's push for the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Siku Allooloo: Canada is built on racism, genocide, violence, and theft
Siku Allooloo: Canada is built on racism, genocide, violence, and theft (September 27, 2019)

Two generations saw our Inuit and Dine homelands in Northern Canada nearly destroyed. Now my way of life is one of cultural repair.


Shoshone-Bannock Tribes demand consultation to protect ancestral lands
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes demand consultation to protect ancestral lands (September 25, 2019)

The federal government has treaty and trust responsibilities to tribal governments, including the protection of tribal cultural resources.


Native Sun News Today: Bamboozled by State jurisdiction
Native Sun News Today: Bamboozled by State jurisdiction (September 23, 2019)

Every tribe has one treasure it must protect from plunder, a treasure that dwarfs all other treasures combined — tribal sovereignty.


Tim Giago: A matter of life and death at Indian Health Service hospital
Tim Giago: A matter of life and death at Indian Health Service hospital (September 23, 2019)

What is happening at the Sioux San Hospital in South Dakota is no longer a laughing matter.


Gov. Pete Ricketts: Standing tall for justice in the US Capitol
Gov. Pete Ricketts: Standing tall for justice in the US Capitol (September 20, 2019)

A statue of Ponca Chief Standing Bear will be on display for years to come, and I encourage Nebraskans to look for it when they next visit the U.S. Capitol.


'The tribe sees the lake as a relative': Red Lake Nation protects homelands
'The tribe sees the lake as a relative': Red Lake Nation protects homelands (September 16, 2019)

These waters were, and are, the very pulse of Ojibwe traditional culture.


Federal judge in Great Falls hears Keystone XL arguments
Federal judge in Great Falls hears Keystone XL arguments (September 16, 2019)

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Fort Belknap Indian Community are fighting the Keystone XL Pipeline in court.


There’s more to the Black Hills Settlement than meets the eye
There’s more to the Black Hills Settlement than meets the eye (September 16, 2019)

We need to face some dark truths about ourselves. One, we wanted the money, not the land.


'The Duwamish people are still here': Tribe hindered by lack of recognition
'The Duwamish people are still here': Tribe hindered by lack of recognition (September 13, 2019)

A grassroots movement encourages non-Natives in Seattle, Washington, to pay monthly reparations to the Duwamish Tribe.


An apple is what grows on a tree
An apple is what grows on a tree (September 12, 2019)

There are no true traditionalists left in Indian Country to put it bluntly.


United Keetoowah Band celebrates historic decision in homelands case
United Keetoowah Band celebrates historic decision in homelands case (September 9, 2019)

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians can acquire homelands over the objections of a much larger and more politically engaged tribe, a federal appeals court ruled.


EPA Ignores tribal consultation
EPA Ignores tribal consultation (September 5, 2019)

After tribal citizens roundly rejected draft permits to provide Black Hills water to a foreign uranium mine project, the Environmental Protection Agency revised the wording for a new comment period.


Presidential hopefuls embrace Indigenous movement against unwanted pipelines
Presidential hopefuls embrace Indigenous movement against unwanted pipelines (September 4, 2019)

The Indigenous battles against Keystone XL and Dakota Access have finally emerged as a critical component of the 2020 presidential campaign.


What does 'We are all treaty people' mean, and who speaks for Indigenous students on campus?
What does 'We are all treaty people' mean, and who speaks for Indigenous students on campus? (September 3, 2019)

While there has been a recent growing awareness of Indigenous cultures at Canadian universities, racism, violence and dismissal still dominate conversations on campus.


James Giago Davies: It can’t all be Uncle Sam's way
James Giago Davies: It can’t all be Uncle Sam's way (September 2, 2019)

How did the government get this power over tribes? They took it.


Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mining in sacred Black Hills
Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mining in sacred Black Hills (August 29, 2019)

'The tribe is fighting back,' an attorney for the Oglala Sioux said of plans for a large scale uranium mine in South Dakota.


Harrie Vredenburg: Indigenous ownership of pipeline on the table in Canada
Harrie Vredenburg: Indigenous ownership of pipeline on the table in Canada (August 28, 2019)

Project Reconciliation is a direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call for Indigenous communities 'gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects.'


Little Traverse Bay Bands lose lawsuit over status of reservation
Little Traverse Bay Bands lose lawsuit over status of reservation (August 27, 2019)

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians do not have a treaty-established reservation in Michigan, a federal judge ruled.


Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation is moving forward together
Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation is moving forward together (August 23, 2019)

I am humbled and grateful for your confidence in me to serve our great Cherokee Nation as your Principal Chief for the next four years.


Native Sun News Today: Summit focuses on sacredness of water
Native Sun News Today: Summit focuses on sacredness of water (August 22, 2019)

Tribal advocates are seeking a World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water as they fight the Keystone XL Pipeline.


RECAP: Afternoon session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
RECAP: Afternoon session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 19, 2019)

From Amy Klobuchar's 'I care' moment to Steve Bullock's defense of the Indian Child Welfare Act, here's a recap of what you might have missed.


RECAP: Morning session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
RECAP: Morning session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 19, 2019)

The historic Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum is underway in Sioux City, Iowa, in the homelands of several tribes.


Elizabeth Warren vows sweeping improvements in Indian policy as president
Elizabeth Warren vows sweeping improvements in Indian policy as president (August 16, 2019)

With a prominent Indian Country figure as a supporter, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is promising major changes in the federal-tribal relationship.


Mark Trahant: Taking the Red Road to the White House
Mark Trahant: Taking the Red Road to the White House (August 15, 2019)

I imagine how much Frank LaMere would enjoy participating in his own presidential forum next week in Iowa.


Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit targets tribal takeover of IHS hospital
Native Sun News Today: Lawsuit targets tribal takeover of IHS hospital (August 14, 2019)

Urban Indian patients are suing the federal government to ensure their care remains in the hands of the Indian Health Service.


Cupeño Indians being 'terminated' a century after being evicted from homelands
Cupeño Indians being 'terminated' a century after being evicted from homelands (August 8, 2019)

The Cupeño people survived near genocide and forced removal. They may not be able to overcome disenrollment and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Native Sun News Today: Black Hills land claim attorney passes on
Native Sun News Today: Black Hills land claim attorney passes on (August 7, 2019)

The late attorney Arthur Lazarus, Jr., handled the Sioux Nation's landmark claim to the Black Hills.


'He was a force': Attorney in Sioux Nation land claim passes on at age of 92
'He was a force': Attorney in Sioux Nation land claim passes on at age of 92 (August 5, 2019)

Arthur Lazarus Jr., an Indian law practitioner who represented the Sioux Nation in its Black Hills land claim, died on July 27, 2019.


Aaron Payment: Candidates must understand and respect tribal sovereignty
Aaron Payment: Candidates must understand and respect tribal sovereignty (July 31, 2019)

For too long, partisan politics have taken the Native Vote and needs of Indian Country for granted.


Candidates make first major play for Native vote in 2020 presidential race
Candidates make first major play for Native vote in 2020 presidential race (July 25, 2019)

The 2020 Democratic presidential field is a crowded one. Some candidates are distinguishing themselves in Indian Country.


Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service 'continues to fail in its duty'
Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service 'continues to fail in its duty' (July 24, 2019)

The Indian Health Service has a trust and treaty responsibility to provide proper health care to tribal members and it continues to fail in its duty.


Bethany Berger: Trump wasn't the first president to confront the Supreme Court – and back down
Bethany Berger: Trump wasn't the first president to confront the Supreme Court – and back down (July 24, 2019)

As Donald Trump agrees reluctantly to respect the Supreme Court, he follows a long-ago legal victory of the Cherokee Nation.


Tim Giago: Invite Lakota warriors to the buffalo roundup in South Dakota
Tim Giago: Invite Lakota warriors to the buffalo roundup in South Dakota (July 22, 2019)

The Lakota people referred to the buffalo as their relative, either by brother or sister.


Winona LaDuke: The new smallpox blanket being offered to Indigenous peoples
Winona LaDuke: The new smallpox blanket being offered to Indigenous peoples (July 22, 2019)

You can’t make this stuff up. At the end of the fossil fuel era, the plan is to transfer the liability to Native people.


Tribal Leaders: Preserve eagle feathers for federally recognized tribes
Tribal Leaders: Preserve eagle feathers for federally recognized tribes (July 18, 2019)

Leaders of the Ute Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe are calling on fellow Indian nations to oppose an eagle feather petition they say weakens treaty rights and undermines sovereignty.


Indian Country Today: Miami Tribe excluded from event on own homelands
Indian Country Today: Miami Tribe excluded from event on own homelands (July 18, 2019)

July 16 was the first General Mad Anthony Day in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Not everyone, including the Miami Tribe, was celebrating.


Mark Trahant: The Indian law legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens
Mark Trahant: The Indian law legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens (July 18, 2019)

John Paul Stevens often supported the rights of tribes during his time on the nation's highest court.


Witness list for Indigenous Peoples hearing on Indian Country legislation
Witness list for Indigenous Peoples hearing on Indian Country legislation (July 16, 2019)

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is taking testimony on tribal land claims, tribal self-governance, Indian education and Indian policy.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Tribes must unite for Black Hills
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Tribes must unite for Black Hills (July 15, 2019)

Most Lakota with any common sense know that there will never be a deal struck to return all of the Black Hills to the Indian people.


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe seeks hearing on expansion of Dakota Access Pipeline
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe seeks hearing on expansion of Dakota Access Pipeline (July 11, 2019)

The backers of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline are seeking to double operations in North Dakota.