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Deadlines loom for Navajo looking to take part in land buy-back program
Deadlines loom for Navajo looking to take part in land buy-back program (September 2, 2019)

Time is running out for landowners on the Navajo Nation who want to take part in the second round of a $1.9 billion federal program.


Tribes meet for annual summer gathering at Bears Ears National Monument
Tribes meet for annual summer gathering at Bears Ears National Monument (July 19, 2019)

Pueblo culture is the focus of an annual meeting at Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.


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.


Cronkite News: Tribal leaders push for water rights settlements on Capitol Hill
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders push for water rights settlements on Capitol Hill (June 27, 2019)

Tribal leaders are seeking support for bills that would guarantee water to their people in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.


House subcommittee takes testimony on tribal water settlement bills
House subcommittee takes testimony on tribal water settlement bills (June 26, 2019)

Water rights for the Navajo Nation, the Hualapai Tribe and Pueblo tribes are being taken up on Capitol Hill.


Cronkite News: Navajo scientist calls uranium mining a risk to tribal lands
Cronkite News: Navajo scientist calls uranium mining a risk to tribal lands (June 26, 2019)

Including uranium on a list of 'critical minerals' opens the door to expedited mining that will put tribal lands and national parks at risk, lawmakers were told.


'Champions of Pride': Native Americans celebrated for work in LGBTQ community
'Champions of Pride': Native Americans celebrated for work in LGBTQ community (June 3, 2019)

Native Americans and Indigenous people are well represented in The Advocate magazine's annual list of 'Champions of Pride.'


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at meeting (May 13, 2019)

Bills affecting Indian education, treaty rights and water rights are moving forward on Capitol Hill.


Navajo Nation in mourning after body of 4-year-old missing girl is found
Navajo Nation in mourning after body of 4-year-old missing girl is found (April 4, 2019)

Anndine Jones, 4, was last seen on March 14 on the Utah portion of the Navajo Nation.


House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control
House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control (March 22, 2019)

Homelands for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians and federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


Tribal officials worry Bears Ears cuts leave sacred spaces vulnerable
Tribal officials worry Bears Ears cuts leave sacred spaces vulnerable (March 14, 2019)

President Trump's decision to reduce the Bears Ears National Monument is harming tribal sites, members of Congress were told.


Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country
Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country (February 28, 2019)

A 698-page bill that helps tribes and Alaska Natives is on its way to President Trump for his signature.


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.


Navajo Nation resorts to food drive as longest government shutdown continues
Navajo Nation resorts to food drive as longest government shutdown continues (January 24, 2019)

Tribes are growing increasingly alarmed by the never-ending government shutdown that has no solution in sight.


Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon
Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon (January 8, 2019)

The nation's highest court has delivered good news to tribes whose sovereign rights were being challenged.


Mark Trahant: Native voters play key role in historic election
Mark Trahant: Native voters play key role in historic election (November 20, 2018)

Now that the election is over, let’s take a tour through Indian Country’s data landscape.


Native candidates claim majority on county commission in Utah
Native candidates claim majority on county commission in Utah (November 8, 2018)

The non-Native hold on power in San Juan County, Utah, has finally come to an end.


Ute Tribe welcomes return of ancestral land in Colorado
Ute Tribe welcomes return of ancestral land in Colorado (November 5, 2018)

'This good man reached out to the Ute Tribe, on his own, to return this land to us,' Chairman Luke Duncan said.


Supreme Court gains new member as Trump's shadow looms large in Indian cases
Supreme Court gains new member as Trump's shadow looms large in Indian cases (October 9, 2018)

Opposition in Indian Country wasn't enough to derail President Trump's controversial nominee to the Supreme Court.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules meeting and hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules meeting and hearing (October 1, 2018)

A Navajo Nation water settlement, a bill to repeal a paternalistic federal policy and broadband in Indian County are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


P. David Polly: Trump creates disaster with cuts to monument
P. David Polly: Trump creates disaster with cuts to monument (September 24, 2018)

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has been jeopardized by the Trump administration.


Trump administration restricts tribal involvement at Bears Ears
Trump administration restricts tribal involvement at Bears Ears (August 30, 2018)

The Trump administration continues to dismantle the Bears Ears National Monument despite objections from tribes.


Another Native vote first with two tribal citizens on ballot
Another Native vote first with two tribal citizens on ballot (August 29, 2018)

Voters in Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District will make a historic choice this November, with two Cherokee citizens on the ballot.


Rosalyn LaPier: Feeling the power of tribal sacred sites
Rosalyn LaPier: Feeling the power of tribal sacred sites (August 14, 2018)

Historically, Native American tribes have struggled to explain why certain landscapes are sacred for them.


Navajo candidate going back on ballot after winning lawsuit
Navajo candidate going back on ballot after winning lawsuit (August 8, 2018)

The non-Indian power structure in a Utah county is slowly being dismantled.


Another Native woman advances in historic year for Native candidates
Another Native woman advances in historic year for Native candidates (August 8, 2018)

Another Native woman is making history after winning her primary for a U.S. Congress seat in Kansas.


'That's a big screwup': Federal agency exposed tribal sites in drilling report
'That's a big screwup': Federal agency exposed tribal sites in drilling report (July 18, 2018)

Federal officials mistakenly published confidential information about cliff dwellings, spiritual structures, rock art and other Native sites in Utah.


Mark Trahant: Bears Ears gains a voice with #NativeVote18 results
Mark Trahant: Bears Ears gains a voice with #NativeVote18 results (June 28, 2018)

A county commission race in Utah was a local referendum of sorts on the Trump administration’s actions to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument.


Navajo Nation raises treaty in opposition to Trump reorganization
Navajo Nation raises treaty in opposition to Trump reorganization (June 27, 2018)

The Navajo Nation has come up a pointed argument against the Trump administration's reorganization of the Department of the Interior.


Supreme Court delivers bad news to tribes as term draws to a close
Supreme Court delivers bad news to tribes as term draws to a close (June 25, 2018)

The nation's highest court won't be letting Indian Country rest over the summer.


'Locked in cages': James Singer on forced separation of families
'Locked in cages': James Singer on forced separation of families (June 20, 2018)

Immigrant children and families being separated by our government is a despicable policy and must stop now.


Jana Richman: Discovering the healing power of the desert
Jana Richman: Discovering the healing power of the desert (June 14, 2018)

Nature offers solace for a man living with depression—and a lesson in acceptance for his anxious partner.


High Country News: Tribes await action on water settlements in Congress
High Country News: Tribes await action on water settlements in Congress (June 1, 2018)

Tribal nations are currently asserting water rights as a way to ensure economic vitality, affirm sovereignty and provide basic services that some communities lack.


Three men accused raping 9-year-old Native girl in Utah found not guilty
Three men accused raping 9-year-old Native girl in Utah found not guilty (May 14, 2018)

Despite the testimony of the Native victim, now 11 years old, a jury cleared three men of sexual assault.


Three men go on trial for allegedly raping 9-year-old Native girl
Three men go on trial for allegedly raping 9-year-old Native girl (May 7, 2018)

Three men are on trial in Utah state court for allegedly sexually assaulting a 9-year-old Native girl two years ago.


Angelo Baca: Bears Ears faces serious threat under the Trump administration
Angelo Baca: Bears Ears faces serious threat under the Trump administration (April 18, 2018)

Bears Ears is at the center of a critical discussion around Indigenous rights and protection of sacred sites and traditional uses in the United States.


Senate candidate Mitt Romney supports dismantling of Bears Ears
Senate candidate Mitt Romney supports dismantling of Bears Ears (March 9, 2018)

Though he has distanced himself from President Donald Trump in the past, Mitt Romney is in lockstep with the administration now that he needs votes for his Senate campaign.


A highway named for President Trump? Tribal leaders say not so fast
A highway named for President Trump? Tribal leaders say not so fast (March 8, 2018)

An effort to name a highway in Utah after President Donald Trump is apparently dead after drawing significant attention beyond the state's borders.


The Conversation: The toxic legacy of uranium mining in the United States
The Conversation: The toxic legacy of uranium mining in the United States (February 23, 2018)

Uranium – the raw material for nuclear power and nuclear weapons – is having a moment in the spotlight.


Cronkite News: Tribes stand united against GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
Cronkite News: Tribes stand united against GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (February 1, 2018)

Leaders of five tribes accused Republican lawmakers of 'cherry-picking' tribal members to support an 85 percent reduction in the Bears Ears National Monument.


Tribal leaders finally invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
Tribal leaders finally invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (January 29, 2018)

Tribal leaders with connections to the Bears Ears National Monument are finally getting their say on Capitol Hill amid efforts to erode protections on their ancestral lands.


Former employee of Ute Tribe charged with nine counts of extortion
Former employee of Ute Tribe charged with nine counts of extortion (January 25, 2018)

A former employee of the Ute Tribe is accused of extorting $110,000 from companies and individuals doing business on the reservation in Utah.


House panel schedules a second hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
House panel schedules a second hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (January 18, 2018)

Republican leaders are taking another stab at a controversial bill that would gut the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and restrict tribal involvement on their ancestral lands.


Uranium mining company pushed Trump administration to reduce Bears Ears
Uranium mining company pushed Trump administration to reduce Bears Ears (January 16, 2018)

A uranium mining company based in Canada stands to benefit from the gutting of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.


The Conversation: Threats to Bears Ears and sacred places violate human rights
The Conversation: Threats to Bears Ears and sacred places violate human rights (December 18, 2017)

Legal and policy frameworks in both the U.S. and Canada fail to reflect emerging norms related to Indigenous legal and cultural traditions and human rights.


YES! Magazine: President Trump's shrinking of Bears Ears won't survive in courts
YES! Magazine: President Trump's shrinking of Bears Ears won't survive in courts (December 8, 2017)

Research by environmental and natural resources law scholars shows the president’s action will likely be overturned by the courts.


Trump administration throws up hurdles for first new tribal water rights settlements
Trump administration throws up hurdles for first new tribal water rights settlements (December 7, 2017)

The Trump administration is expressing major concerns about the first new tribal water rights settlements being considered in Congress.


Jacqueline Keeler: President Trump again uses Navajo elders as props for political purposes
Jacqueline Keeler: President Trump again uses Navajo elders as props for political purposes (December 6, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke brought a Navajo grandmother onstage and held her by the shoulders and President Donald Trump turned to engage her awkwardly from time to time.


Secretary Zinke slams 'special interests' after tribes go to court to save Bears Ears
Secretary Zinke slams 'special interests' after tribes go to court to save Bears Ears (December 5, 2017)

Tribes are fighting back after President Donald Trump announced a dramatic dismantling of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up two tribal water rights settlements
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up two tribal water rights settlements (December 5, 2017)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking up the first new tribal water rights settlements of the Trump era this week.


Tribes plan lawsuit as President Trump schedules visit to reduce size of Bears Ears in Utah
Tribes plan lawsuit as President Trump schedules visit to reduce size of Bears Ears in Utah (November 29, 2017)

Over the objections of Indian Country, President Donald Trump will be reducing the size of the Bears Ears National Monument during a visit to Utah.


Tribes still in the dark as Trump administration moves to roll back Bears Ears
Tribes still in the dark as Trump administration moves to roll back Bears Ears (November 16, 2017)

Tribal leaders continue to complain of lack of consultation as the Trump administration keeps them in the dark about the Bears Ears National Monument.


Navajo Nation welcomes public hearings into voting districts in Utah county
Navajo Nation welcomes public hearings into voting districts in Utah county (November 7, 2017)

A federal judge in Utah has scheduled two public hearings to determine how to draw the districts in a county where the Native vote has been suppressed for decades.


President Trump plans to shrink boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument
President Trump plans to shrink boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument (October 27, 2017)

President Donald Trump is once again going against tribal interests with plans to shrink the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.


Bears Ears remains in limbo as Republicans leave tribes out of monument bill
Bears Ears remains in limbo as Republicans leave tribes out of monument bill (October 13, 2017)

A bill being rushed through Congress is raising alarms in Indian Country about the future of the Bears Ears National Monument and other important places.


Bureau of Indian Affairs supports change for name of 'Negro Bill Canyon' in Utah
Bureau of Indian Affairs supports change for name of 'Negro Bill Canyon' in Utah (October 13, 2017)

The United States Board on Geographic Names has adopted a new name for 'Negro Bill Canyon' in Utah.


Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation acquires site of 1863 massacre
Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation acquires site of 1863 massacre (October 6, 2017)

The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation has reacquired 640 acres of ancestral territory, including the site of the 1863 Bear River Massacre.


Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon
Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon (October 2, 2017)

The U.S. Supreme Court is back at work this week with a new member and a slew of Indian law cases on the horizon.


Ute Tribe thanks retired professor whose ancestors benefited from 'stolen' land
Ute Tribe thanks retired professor whose ancestors benefited from 'stolen' land (September 26, 2017)

The Ute Tribe is thanking a retired college professor for a $250,000 donation intended to make up for 'stolen' land.


Mark Trahant: #NativeVote18 field grows with seven Native candidates for Congress
Mark Trahant: #NativeVote18 field grows with seven Native candidates for Congress (September 25, 2017)

There are now seven #NativeVote18 candidates for U.S. Congress -- three Republicans and four Democrats.