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News21: More communities face threats from wildfires
News21: More communities face threats from wildfires (August 13, 2019)

The wildfire threat has been ever-present this year.


Cronkite News: Trump administration seeks to restrict access to food stamps
Cronkite News: Trump administration seeks to restrict access to food stamps (July 24, 2019)

'They are telling everyone in this country that it’s ok for people to go hungry,' Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) said after the Trump administration announced tighter food stamp guidelines.


Winnebago Tribe among the first to enter industrial hemp industry
Winnebago Tribe among the first to enter industrial hemp industry (July 22, 2019)

The Winnebago Tribe will soon become the first Indian nation in Nebraska to start planting hemp.


Cherokee citizen Tyler Fish hired to work on Indian issues at White House
Cherokee citizen Tyler Fish hired to work on Indian issues at White House (July 10, 2019)

Midway through the third year of the Trump presidency, someone is finally dedicated to tribal issues at the White House.


Native Sun News Today: Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe must wait to grow hemp
Native Sun News Today: Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe must wait to grow hemp (June 14, 2019)

The Trump administration's failure to finalize hemp regulations is hindering at least one tribe's efforts to join the newly legal industry.


Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands
Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands (June 7, 2019)

Legislation to protect ancestral and sacred tribal lands is gaining steam on Capitol Hill.


Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe presses for decision on industrial hemp
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe presses for decision on industrial hemp (June 5, 2019)

The window to plant hemp is ending soon and the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe wants to get moving.


Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon
Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon (June 4, 2019)

Fresh off one policy strike against the Trump administration, tribes and Democrats in Congress are looking to score another.


'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.


Cronkite News: Industrial hemp farming now legal in almost every state
Cronkite News: Industrial hemp farming now legal in almost every state (May 10, 2019)

The 2018 Farm Bill opened the doors for farmers to grow hemp as an agricultural commodity.


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.


Indian Affairs hearing turns into Trump administration apology tour
Indian Affairs hearing turns into Trump administration apology tour (April 11, 2019)

A hearing on community development in Indian Country turned into an apology tour for the Trump administration as a slate of officials were forced to explain why they turned in their testimony late.


'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.


Solutions elusive for Indian Country as impasse in Washington drags on
Solutions elusive for Indian Country as impasse in Washington drags on (January 15, 2019)

With efforts to resolve the record-breaking government shutdown at a standstill, tribal leaders and advocates are scrambling for ways out of the crisis.


Indian Country makes final push for Farm Bill on Capitol Hill
Indian Country makes final push for Farm Bill on Capitol Hill (December 12, 2018)

A bill that would breathe new life into food sovereignty efforts and expand agricultural and economic development opportunities in Indian Country is almost across the finish line


No more 'Midwest nice': Families fight huge hog farms
No more 'Midwest nice': Families fight huge hog farms (September 25, 2018)

More than 40 families in Iowa are fighting to contain the spread of concentrated animal feeding operations.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills (September 24, 2018)

An audit of the Indian Health Service, a water rights settlement for the Kickapoo Tribe and land for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


John Berrey: Congress can do what's right for Indian Country
John Berrey: Congress can do what's right for Indian Country (August 31, 2018)

The 2018 Farm Bill presents a rare opportunity for Congress to what is right for Indian Country.


Court revives Indian farmer's claim to share of Keepseagle settlement
Court revives Indian farmer's claim to share of Keepseagle settlement (August 17, 2018)

It turns out that the legal battles over the Keepseagle settlement aren't quite finished even as more funds flow to Indian Country.


Native American Agriculture Fund begins work with $266 million fund
Native American Agriculture Fund begins work with $266 million fund (August 15, 2018)

The Keepseagle settlement has created the largest philanthropic organization in Indian Country.


Funds from Keepseagle settlement continue flowing to Indian Country
Funds from Keepseagle settlement continue flowing to Indian Country (August 13, 2018)

Indian farmers and ranchers are getting a second check while tribes, non-profits and other organizations are seeing grants from the Keepseagle settlement.


Democrats: We must build on the successes of self-determination
Democrats: We must build on the successes of self-determination (July 23, 2018)

Congress must remain committed and attentive to fulfilling the United States’ obligations to Indian Country.


Tribal opposition leads to decision against geothermal development
Tribal opposition leads to decision against geothermal development (June 15, 2018)

A portion of the Santa Fe National Forest has been closed to geothermal development in order to protect tribal sacred sites.


Tribal items still going up for sale as lawmakers advance STOP Act
Tribal items still going up for sale as lawmakers advance STOP Act (May 17, 2018)

A bipartisan bill aimed at stopping the trafficking of tribal items is taking a step forward on Capitol Hill amid ongoing concern over the sale of cultural property.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on pro-tribal farm bill
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on pro-tribal farm bill (May 15, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is working to ensure the Farm Bill doesn't leave tribal communities behind.


Council for Native American Farming and Ranching schedules June 20 meeting
Council for Native American Farming and Ranching schedules June 20 meeting (May 8, 2018)

With Indian farmers and ranchers still waiting on a second payout from the Keepseagle settlement, an advisory board created by the historic lawsuit is preparing for its next meeting.


Native Sun News Today: A 'great day' as Keepseagle settlement funds due for release
Native Sun News Today: A 'great day' as Keepseagle settlement funds due for release (April 6, 2018)

Though no firm date is available, final Keepseagle settlement payments are expected before the end of the year.


Winnebago Tribe promotes food sovereignty for future generations
Winnebago Tribe promotes food sovereignty for future generations (March 30, 2018)

Native and non-Native farmers, ranchers and agricultural advocates met on the Winnebago Reservation to discuss regenerative agriculture.


Keepseagle checks finally coming to Indian farmers and ranchers
Keepseagle checks finally coming to Indian farmers and ranchers (March 26, 2018)

It's official -- the long-running legal fight over the remaining funds in the $760 million Keepseagle settlement is finally over.


Fate of Keepseagle settlement funds in hands of Supreme Court
Fate of Keepseagle settlement funds in hands of Supreme Court (March 19, 2018)

The fate of $380 million in leftover funds from the Keepseagle settlement is in the hands of the nation's highest court.


Expect longer wait for Keepseagle payments as legal dispute drags out
Expect longer wait for Keepseagle payments as legal dispute drags out (January 23, 2018)

Indian farmers and ranchers who experienced discrimination at the Department of Agriculture will have to wait even longer for resolution of the historic Keepseagle lawsuit.


Winnebago Tribe launches HoChunk Harvest food sovereignty project
Winnebago Tribe launches HoChunk Harvest food sovereignty project (January 18, 2018)

A new initiative on the Winnebago Reservation seeks to improve the health of residents in the northeast Nebraska community.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on agribusiness opportunities
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on agribusiness opportunities (January 16, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding its first hearing of 2018.


Keepseagle payments delayed as opponents take case to Supreme Court
Keepseagle payments delayed as opponents take case to Supreme Court (January 10, 2018)

Indian farmers and ranchers are on pins and needles as they wait for another round of payments from the historic yet mangled Keepseagle lawsuit.


Trump administration offers harsh view on $680 million Keepseagle settlement
Trump administration offers harsh view on $680 million Keepseagle settlement (October 2, 2017)

A federal appeals court won't rehear a challenge to the remaining funds in the $680 million Keepseagle settlement even as the Trump administration characterized it as a bad deal.


Court decision supports release of $380M in Keepseagle settlement funds
Court decision supports release of $380M in Keepseagle settlement funds (May 16, 2017)

Another big chunk of funds should be headed to Indian Country as part of a historic settlement over discrimination against Indian farmers and ranchers.


David Ganje: Wetlands management remains a mess in the United States
David Ganje: Wetlands management remains a mess in the United States (February 28, 2017)

Wetlands play a role in the ecosystem and provide benefits for both people and wildlife.


Native Sun News Today: Appeals court takes up Keepseagle lawsuit
Native Sun News Today: Appeals court takes up Keepseagle lawsuit (February 8, 2017)

Two tribal citizens are disputing how the remaining $380 million in settlement funds will be used.


Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribe launches new project with USDA
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribe launches new project with USDA (January 26, 2017)

The new partnership will establish a demonstration farm on Tribal lands in Oklahoma to showcase the effectiveness of soil health practices.


Tribes celebrate designation of national monument at Bears Ears
Tribes celebrate designation of national monument at Bears Ears (January 9, 2017)

The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition successfully lobbied President Barack Obama to protect 1.35 million acres of sacred sites and ancestral lands in Utah.


USDA awards first $10M loan to help consolidate Indian land base
USDA awards first $10M loan to help consolidate Indian land base (December 6, 2016)

The Native American Community Development Corporation Financial Services will act as an intermediary to help individual Indians purchase fractional land interests.


Council on Native American Farming and Ranching gets new members
Council on Native American Farming and Ranching gets new members (December 5, 2016)

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack appointed six members and re-appointed five others to the panel.


Sen. Heidi Heitkamp considers role in Donald Trump administration
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp considers role in Donald Trump administration (December 1, 2016)

Controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline has caused the lawmaker to veer from her role as an outspoken advocate for Indian issues.


Yakama Nation secures $30M loan to expand utility company
Yakama Nation secures $30M loan to expand utility company (October 27, 2016)

The tribe is seeking to provide electric service throughout the entire reservation in Washington.


Lakota Country Times: 'Reel Jobs' school nurtures Lakota talent
Lakota Country Times: 'Reel Jobs' school nurtures Lakota talent (October 21, 2016)

Lakota Country has more than its fair share of talented artists.


Kristi Noem: Addressing the many challenges in Indian Country
Kristi Noem: Addressing the many challenges in Indian Country (October 10, 2016)

The challenges ahead are undeniable, but I’m confident even the most daunting hurdles will be overcome.


Native Sun News: Appeal delays release of Keepseagle checks
Native Sun News: Appeal delays release of Keepseagle checks (July 22, 2016)

Keepseagle claimants who were hoping to receive a supplemental payment of $21,275 sometime this summer will have to wait for the outcome of an appeal filed by the ex-husband of one of the lead plaintiffs.


Sovereignty at issue in debates over genetically modified foods
Sovereignty at issue in debates over genetically modified foods (July 18, 2016)

Food sovereignty in Indian Country is at play as the debate over genetically modified foods continues on legal and political fronts.


Tribes gear up for fight over protections for sacred land in Utah
Tribes gear up for fight over protections for sacred land in Utah (July 15, 2016)

The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is battling Republican politicians over a proposed national monument.


Reno-Sparks Indian Colony raises awareness of health issues with hoop house
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony raises awareness of health issues with hoop house (July 12, 2016)

The Nevada tribe is hoping to educate its youth about the importance of cultivating their own food.


Nominees sought for Council for Native American Farming and Ranching
Nominees sought for Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (July 6, 2016)

The group works on ways to eliminate barriers to Native American participation in Department of Agriculture programs.


Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill
Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill (June 22, 2016)

Only a handful of tribes have entered the marijuana industry but Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) wants to punish them by cutting off their federal funds.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to discuss rural programs
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to discuss rural programs (June 20, 2016)

Tribes and tribal colleges have benefited from grants, loans and other programs at the Department of Agriculture's Rural Development.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting (June 20, 2016)

Bills to expand tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians, improve law and order in Indian Country and boost tribal participation on federal forest lands are on the agenda.


Native Sun News: Additional funds coming from Keepseagle case
Native Sun News: Additional funds coming from Keepseagle case (June 14, 2016)

Parties in the Keepseagle settlement reached an agreement which will provide original claimants a supplemental payment of $18,500 directly and $2,775 paid to the IRS on their behalf, for a total supplemental award of $21,275.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to hear testimony on wildfires
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to hear testimony on wildfires (June 6, 2016)

S.3014, the Tribal Forestry Participation and Protection Act, authorizes tribes to


Washington and North Dakota tribes join Promise Zone program
Washington and North Dakota tribes join Promise Zone program (June 6, 2016)

The Spokane Tribe and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians will work closely with federal agencies to address economic development, employment and other needs.


Keepseagle attorneys open application process for $38M in grants
Keepseagle attorneys open application process for $38M in grants (May 25, 2016)

Grants will be awarded to non-profits, tribal programs and educational institutions that provide services to Native farmers and ranchers.


Keepseagle attorneys announce $38 million in one-time grants
Keepseagle attorneys announce $38 million in one-time grants (May 17, 2016)

The Native American Agricultural Fast Track Fund will award the funds by the end of the year.


Ben Thiel: USDA loan helps young Indian rancher grow her business
Ben Thiel: USDA loan helps young Indian rancher grow her business (May 9, 2016)

We’re committed to helping producers build strong farming and ranching communities, while helping them to manage their risks as they grow their business.