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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.


Cronkite News: Wildfire near Hopi Reservation remains under control
Cronkite News: Wildfire near Hopi Reservation remains under control (June 17, 2019)

Amidst the sweet-smelling smoke of ponderosa pine, wildland firefighters are laboring to maintain – not extinguish – a blaze on federal forest land near the Hopi Reservation.


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.


Montana Free Press: Crow Tribe seeks protections for ancestral and sacred lands
Montana Free Press: Crow Tribe seeks protections for ancestral and sacred lands (June 5, 2019)

The Crow Nation of Montana wants a say in the future of the Crazy Mountains, a range that shaped the history of the tribe and the West at large.


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.


Native Sun News Today: Black Hills uranium settlement aids cleanup on Navajo Nation
Native Sun News Today: Black Hills uranium settlement aids cleanup on Navajo Nation (May 2, 2019)

A court settlement over radioactive and toxic uranium mining waste abandoned in the Black Hills will help the Navajo Nation with a new health study.


Cronkite News: Ancestral tribal sites threated by copper mine
Cronkite News: Ancestral tribal sites threated by copper mine (December 11, 2018)

Tribal monitors are helping collect data on culturally significant sites that are facing an uncertain future in Arizona.


Hopi Tribe loses challenge to use of wastewater at sacred site
Hopi Tribe loses challenge to use of wastewater at sacred site (November 29, 2018)

A ski resort on public land uses reclaimed sewage to make snow on sacred land.


'This was always our home': Yurok Tribe welcomes indigenous leaders to forest
'This was always our home': Yurok Tribe welcomes indigenous leaders to forest (September 28, 2018)

The Yurok Tribe is buying back ancestral lands, rebuilding its economy and becoming more self-sufficient.


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.


Witness list for hearing on bill to return land to Leech Lake Band
Witness list for hearing on bill to return land to Leech Lake Band (July 10, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking testimony on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act.


Leech Lake Band gets first hearing on reservation restoration bill
Leech Lake Band gets first hearing on reservation restoration bill (July 9, 2018)

A bill to return nearly 12,000 acres to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is getting its first hearing this week.


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.


Washoe Tribe asks Congress for help with restoring homelands
Washoe Tribe asks Congress for help with restoring homelands (May 8, 2018)

'If federal land is going to be transferred, it should be returned to its original owners,' said Washoe Tribe Chairman Neil Mortimer.


Native Sun News Today: Forest Service plan aims to protect Lakota sacred sites
Native Sun News Today: Forest Service plan aims to protect Lakota sacred sites (March 29, 2018)

The Custer Gallatin National Forest is seeking to protect an area in South Dakota that includes petroglyph and sacred sites.


Havasupai Tribe sees mixed victory in litigation to protect Grand Canyon from uranium
Havasupai Tribe sees mixed victory in litigation to protect Grand Canyon from uranium (December 13, 2017)

The Havasupai Tribe and environmental groups saw a mixed victory as they seek to protect the Grand Canyon in Arizona from uranium mining.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes promise 'war' over gold mining in sacred Black Hills
Native Sun News Today: Tribes promise 'war' over gold mining in sacred Black Hills (December 11, 2017)

Great Plains tribal leaders, at a meeting with U.S. Forest Service personnel on November 21, fired a barrage of constitutional arguments against proposed federal permitting of new gold exploration in the Black Hills.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe decries 'consultation' on Black Hills mining plan
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe decries 'consultation' on Black Hills mining plan (November 30, 2017)

Leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe are objecting to plans to mine for gold near a Lakota spiritual site in South Dakota.


Cronkite News: Environmental groups sue to block 'dangerous' copper mine in Arizona
Cronkite News: Environmental groups sue to block 'dangerous' copper mine in Arizona (November 29, 2017)

Environmental groups sued the Forest Service this week to block what they called the 'dangerous' Rosemont copper mine, citing concerns ranging from habitat destruction to drinking water contamination at the project southeast of Tucson.


Trump administration set to advance copper mine on sacred Apache site
Trump administration set to advance copper mine on sacred Apache site (July 13, 2017)

Before Indian Country's attention turned to the #NoDAPL movement, there was the fight to save Oak Flat, a sacred Apache site in Arizona, from a huge mine.


Karuk Tribe brings traditional science to federal land management
Karuk Tribe brings traditional science to federal land management (April 6, 2017)

The Karuk were once denied the right to practice an ancient tradition. Now scientific and resource management circles are seeing the merits of controlled burning.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes asked to participate in treaty 'land grab' in South Dakota
Native Sun News Today: Tribes asked to participate in treaty 'land grab' in South Dakota (February 23, 2017)

The state wants to take over federally-managed land that was promised to the Sioux Nation by treaty.


Cronkite News: San Carlos Apache Tribe fights mine at sacred site
Cronkite News: San Carlos Apache Tribe fights mine at sacred site (January 2, 2017)

Oak Flat, a desert landscape and 90-minute drive outside Phoenix, lies in the midst of an environmental and economic controversy.


Obama administration fudges numbers to reach land-into-trust goal
Obama administration fudges numbers to reach land-into-trust goal (October 12, 2016)

More than 500,000 acres has been placed in trust but the figure includes properties that weren't the subject of land-into-trust applications.


President Obama signs Nevada Native Nations Land Act into law
President Obama signs Nevada Native Nations Land Act into law (October 7, 2016)

Six tribes in Nevada will be regaining some of their ancestral territory under H.R.2733, the Nevada Native Nations Lands Act.


California doctor admits stealing 20K Native artifacts from federal lands
California doctor admits stealing 20K Native artifacts from federal lands (August 17, 2016)

Jonathan Bourne took the items -- including some from burial sites -- and kept them in his home.


Hopi Tribe loses lawsuit over reclaimed wastewater at sacred site
Hopi Tribe loses lawsuit over reclaimed wastewater at sacred site (August 16, 2016)

A long-running dispute over the presence of treated sewage in the San Francisco Peaks has hit another snag.


House approves bills to transfer federal lands to tribes in California
House approves bills to transfer federal lands to tribes in California (July 6, 2016)

The Tule River Tribe and the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians saw bipartisan support for their land-into-trust bills.


House passes land-into-trust bills for tribes in Nevada and Arizona
House passes land-into-trust bills for tribes in Nevada and Arizona (June 8, 2016)

Six tribes in Nevada and another one in Arizona are closer to securing new trust lands thanks to action on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.


House takes up land-into-trust bills for tribes in Nevada and Arizona
House takes up land-into-trust bills for tribes in Nevada and Arizona (June 6, 2016)

H.R.2733, the Nevada Native Nations Lands Act, and H.R.2009, the ascua Yaqui Tribe Land Conveyance Act, are set for passage on June 7.


Carolyn Pease-Lopez: Work together to protect sacred Crow land
Carolyn Pease-Lopez: Work together to protect sacred Crow land (May 16, 2016)

Land managers and citizens alike must see beyond the boundaries we’ve drawn on the maps, and manage the Pryors as a valued, sacred whole.


Senate approves bill to transfer federal lands to six Nevada tribes
Senate approves bill to transfer federal lands to six Nevada tribes (April 14, 2016)

The Nevada Native Nations Land Act now awaits action in the House.


Supreme Court won't review Alaska tribe's victory in roads case
Supreme Court won't review Alaska tribe's victory in roads case (March 28, 2016)

The Organized Village of Kake won a decision that protects the Tongass National Forest from roads, logging and other development.


City delays settlement over wastewater at sacred site in Arizona
City delays settlement over wastewater at sacred site in Arizona (March 10, 2016)

The Hopi Tribe reached the settlement to address the use of treated sewage at the San Francisco Peaks.


South Dakota lawmakers kill bill to support return of land to tribes
South Dakota lawmakers kill bill to support return of land to tribes (February 11, 2016)

Rep. Shawn Bordeaux (D), a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, spoke in favor of a resolution that called for 'full and fair compensation' to the Sioux Nation.


Native Sun News: Firm suspends work on mine near sacred site
Native Sun News: Firm suspends work on mine near sacred site (January 29, 2016)

The Canadian company that proposed to mine rare earth minerals near the culturally significant tribal landmark of Mahto Tipila, or Devils Tower, suspended activities at the so-called Bear Lodge Project.


Federal agencies closed offices in Oregon amid safety concerns
Federal agencies closed offices in Oregon amid safety concerns (January 8, 2016)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has remained open because the agency that serves the Burns Paiute Tribe is more than 200 miles from the site of the armed takeover.


Activists protest use of reclaimed wastewater in sacred peaks
Activists protest use of reclaimed wastewater in sacred peaks (November 19, 2015)

The San Francisco Peaks in Arizona are being desecrated by the use of treated sewage at a privately-operated ski resort located on federal land.


Blackfeet Nation gears up for action on drilling at sacred site
Blackfeet Nation gears up for action on drilling at sacred site (November 3, 2015)

The tribe is cheering Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for opposing development in the Badger-Two Medicine Area but the battle isn't over yet.


Arizona tribes back creation of new monument at Grand Canyon
Arizona tribes back creation of new monument at Grand Canyon (October 14, 2015)

Stopping uranium development is a major focus of the proposed Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument in Arizona.


Horses on federal forest land in Arizona were once tied to tribes
Horses on federal forest land in Arizona were once tied to tribes (September 7, 2015)

No one from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community or the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation has come forward to claim the animals.


Blackfeet Nation states opposition to drilling on sacred land
Blackfeet Nation states opposition to drilling on sacred land (September 3, 2015)

Everyone but one person spoke out against energy development in the Badger-Two Medicine Area in Montana.


Ute Tribe helped search for boy who spent 28 hours alone in forest
Ute Tribe helped search for boy who spent 28 hours alone in forest (August 25, 2015)

Malachi Bradley got separated from his family in a national forest that borders the Uintah and Ouray Reservation.


Editorial: 'Priceless' Indian petroglyphs used for target practice
Editorial: 'Priceless' Indian petroglyphs used for target practice (August 24, 2015)

It’s bad enough that federal crews have to clean up after the shooters leave their bullet-riddled detritus behind in the forests.


Obama promises long-overdue action on drilling on sacred land
Obama promises long-overdue action on drilling on sacred land (August 19, 2015)

Leaders of the Blackfeet Nation and their supporters oppose energy development in the Badger-Two Medicine Area of Montana.


Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne woman joins fire crew
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne woman joins fire crew (August 17, 2015)

Ariel Rodriquez, at age 23 got tired of holding down desk, waitress and in-side summer jobs to help finance her college education.


Salt River Tribe opposes removal of wild horses on federal land
Salt River Tribe opposes removal of wild horses on federal land (August 5, 2015)

The U.S. Forest Service plans to round up horses from land adjacent to the reservation.


Tribes call for new national monument on sacred lands in Utah
Tribes call for new national monument on sacred lands in Utah (August 5, 2015)

More than two dozen tribes are calling on President Barack Obama to protect 1.9 million acres of sacred and historic territory.


Youth from Absentee Shawnee Tribe visit ancestral Illinois land
Youth from Absentee Shawnee Tribe visit ancestral Illinois land (July 14, 2015)

Nearly a dozen young tribal members visited sites in and around the Shawnee National Forest.


House adds sacred sites amendment to Interior appropriations bill
House adds sacred sites amendment to Interior appropriations bill (July 8, 2015)

No one spoke in opposition to a provision that seeks to strengthen an executive order issued by then-president Bill Clinton in 1996.


Blackfeet Nation launches campaign to ban drilling at sacred site
Blackfeet Nation launches campaign to ban drilling at sacred site (April 23, 2015)

The tribe is calling on Congress and the Obama administration to cancel 18 drilling leases in the Badger-Two Medicine Area.


Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe plans roundup of horses
Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe plans roundup of horses (April 10, 2015)

Animal rights groups are questioning a proposal to gather as many as 2,000 horses on federal land surrounding the reservation.


Blackfeet Nation opposes energy development on sacred lands
Blackfeet Nation opposes energy development on sacred lands (March 30, 2015)

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) is backing the tribe's efforts to cancel oil and gas leases in the sacred Badger-Two Medicine Area.


USDA Blog: Youth from Angoon Tribe carry on their traditions
USDA Blog: Youth from Angoon Tribe carry on their traditions (November 20, 2014)

Tribal members helped build a footbridge in the Tongass National Forest.


USDA Blog: California tribes work to maintain traditional foods
USDA Blog: California tribes work to maintain traditional foods (November 18, 2014)

The Karuk Tribe and the Yurok Tribe are working with the University of California and the U.S. Forest Service to maintain their traditional foods.


Nez Perce Tribe seeks update to historic trail from 1877 journey
Nez Perce Tribe seeks update to historic trail from 1877 journey (September 11, 2014)

Chief Joseph led his people across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana to avoid being forced onto a reservation.


Hoopa Valley man takes over as supervisor of national forest
Hoopa Valley man takes over as supervisor of national forest (August 11, 2014)

Merv George said he is the first American Indian to serve as supervisor in the U.S. Forest Service.


President Obama signs bill to finalize Sandia Pueblo land swap
President Obama signs bill to finalize Sandia Pueblo land swap (June 10, 2014)

Exchange has been in the works for more than 10 years.


Measure to finalize Sandia Pueblo land exchange sent to Obama
Measure to finalize Sandia Pueblo land exchange sent to Obama (May 30, 2014)

Deal expands the reservation and helps protect land within national forest.


Nez Perce Tribe sues to block gold mine on federal forest land
Nez Perce Tribe sues to block gold mine on federal forest land (April 25, 2014)

The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho is suing the Obama administration to stop a gold mine.