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Trump Adminstration

article The Monuments Trump Doesn’t Support (8/18/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- On Twitter on Thursday morning, I came across two very different points about two different sets of American monuments. The first tweet came from...
article Trump administration abandons tribes in battle over boundaries of reservation in Wyoming (8/15/2017)
(Wyoming) -- The Trump administration has abandoned two tribes as they seek to protect their homelands in Wyoming from an attack by the state government.
article Trump administration backs away from yet another pro-tribal legal opinion (7/26/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Another pro-tribal legal opinion is on the chopping block as the Trump administration struggles with the land-into-trust process.
article Interior secretary to visit Las Cruces amid monuments review (7/26/2017)
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is scheduled to visit Las Cruces this week in connection with the Trump administration's review of Organ Mountains...
article Under Trump, tribal land ownership is not a priority (7/25/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- During President Barack Obama’s eight-year tenure, tribal sovereignty, the power by which tribes govern themselves, was a prime concern. But...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Ilani Casino

article Casino complicating access to road home, nearby residents say (8/16/2017)
(Washington) -- When the much-anticipated Ilani Casino Resort opened in the spring, traffic was backed up for miles with visitors eager to check out the new venue....
1 Article on this Issue

Wilton Rancheria

article Activists Want California Tribe’s Land Into Trust Decision Reversed [sub req] (8/16/2017)
(California) -- A gambling watchdog group and three northern California residents have filed an amended complaint, challenging the federal government’s decision to...
article Superior Court judge rules city properly handled casino land case (8/15/2017)
(California) -- Four Elk Grove residents claimed that city officials mishandled the process of allowing land to be rezoned for Wilton Rancheria’s proposed casino-...
article Elk Grove casino crosses another hurdle at state level (7/20/2017)
(California) -- A planned Elk Grove casino is one step closer to becoming a reality after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a compact that allows the Wilton Rancheria Tribe to...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Mashpee Wampanoag

article Court continues delay of Mashpee tribe’s appeal (8/15/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- A federal court has agreed to further delay proceedings in a lawsuit against the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in anticipation of a government decision that...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe remains confident as Trump team reviews casino bid (8/15/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- The leader of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe remains confident of plans for a long-delayed casino even though the Trump administration was prepared to...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mechoopda Tribe

article Last ditch effort by county to stop Mechoopda Tribe proposed casino near Chico (8/15/2017)
(California) -- Arguments will be heard next month by a federal appeals court in a 15-year legal battle that has prevented the Mechoopda Tribe from opening a casino on...
1 Article on this Issue

Chumash Tribe

article Our View: Deciding a matter of rights (8/13/2017)
(California) -- If the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians have learned nothing else from years as operator of a successful gaming business, it is that you always need a...
article House committee moves Camp 4 trust legislation on to full floor vote (8/7/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill that would reaffirm the decision to place more than 1,400 acres of land into trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has been passed...
article Camp 4 Bill Moves to Full House of Representatives (7/27/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Chumash-sponsored federal bill to immediately place the bucolic Camp 4 property into federal trust unanimously passed out of the Natural...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Shakopee Mdewakanton

article South metro news briefs: Shakopee sells former burial ground back to tribe (8/12/2017)
(Minnesota) -- The City Council last week approved selling a 3-acre parcel back to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) for $100,000 after an archaeological...
article Shakopee sells possible burial site to Mdewakanton Sioux Community (8/2/2017)
(Minnesota) -- After discovering a piece of land might be an old Native American burial site, the city of Shakopee has decided to sell the land to the Shakopee...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

National Indian Gaming Commission

article NIGC issues letter to Kialegee regarding facility in Broken Arrow (8/10/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- The National Indian Gaming Commission issued a letter to Kialegee Tribal Town King Jeremiah Hobia stating the parcel owned by Bim Stephen Bruner is not...
1 Article on this Issue

Beloit Casino

article Ho-Chunk increases presence as casino plan advances (8/8/2017)
(Wisconsin) -- Efforts by Ho-Chunk Nation officials to move the proposed casino project forward are picking up, with the tribe preparing to make a marketing and project...
1 Article on this Issue

Muscogee Creek

article TURTLE TALK: In Major Ruling, Tenth Circuit Holds Muscogee (Creek) Reservation Boundaries Remain Intact (8/8/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- Tenth Circuit in Murphy v. Royal holds that allotted Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation in Oklahoma has not been disestablished, reversing State death...
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Wampanoag Aquinnah

article Supreme Court hearing sought in Aquinnah gaming case (8/8/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- The state and town of Aquinnah formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to consider overturning a lower court ruling that paved the way for...
article Town, State Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Casino Case (8/8/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- The town of Aquinnah, the commonwealth and a community group on Tuesday hurled what amounts to a legal Hail Mary pass, asking the U.S. Supreme Court...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Hoopa rapper protests Arkley’s Indian Island comments (8/7/2017)
(California) -- Security National CEO Rob Arkley’s proposal last week that he would buy Eureka-owned property on Indian Island has drawn letters of protest from...
article Yurok Group Issues Statement Responding to Arkleys’ Indian Island Comments (8/2/2017)
(California) -- The Tsurai Ancestral Society is deeply saddened by the recent statements made by Mr. Arkley regarding the Tuluwat (Indian Island) land transfer. Mr....
article LEGAL BLOG: Trump Official Provides Insight Into the Administration's Stance on Land-Into-Trust Acquisitions and Its Interpretation of the IRA (7/19/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held a July 13 hearing to compare 21st century trust land acquisition practices with...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article Cherokee Nation, BIA place Ochelata health center land into trust (8/5/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Eastern Oklahoma Regional Office agreed to place 240 acres owned by the Cherokee nation into federal trust.
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Iowa Tribe

article Commissioners to finalize road plan with Iowa Tribe (8/5/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- The Payne County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday for the first time in more than a week with several agreements that need approving. Meeting 9 a.m...
1 Article on this Issue

Marijuana & Hemp

article Pot company buys entire California town (8/4/2017)
(California) -- American Green Inc., a maker of cannabis products, is taking an unusual step to attract new customers as it capitalizes on California legalizing...
1 Article on this Issue

Swinomish Tribe

article Skagit officials stoke resentment of Swinomish pursuits of sovereignty and treaty promises (8/4/2017)
(Washington) -- Elaine Willman brought her anti-tribal sovereignty, anti-tribal treaty rights campaign to Skagit County, Washington, on May 20, 2017. She conducted what...
1 Article on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Estimate for Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline replacement jumps 9 percent (8/3/2017)
(Minnesota) -- Enbridge says its Line 3 replacement pipeline is getting more expensive in the wake of regulatory delays and changes to the project. The proposed oil...
article Pipeline builder buying farm used as protest encampment (8/1/2017)
(Pennsylvania) -- A company building a $3 billion pipeline to carry natural gas is purchasing a southeastern Pennsylvania farm that has served as a base of operations...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Canadian Land Issues

article Frustration mounts as land dispute continues in Oka, Que. (8/2/2017)
(Quebec) -- Frustration continues to mount in Kanesatake, Que., where residents of the Mohawk community are once again rallying to protect a stand of trees known as The...
1 Article on this Issue

Cobell

article Dakotas tribes eligible for federal land buyback program (8/2/2017)
(North Dakota) -- Several American Indian tribes in the Dakotas are eligible for a federal program to return land on reservations to tribal control.
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Sault Ste. Marie Tribe

article Casino denied for Michigan tribe (8/2/2017)
(Michigan) -- The new Kewadin Lansing Casino won’t see the light of day -at least for now- as the Michigan Gaming Commission has rejected the Sault St. Marie tribe...
1 Article on this Issue

Miccosukee Tribe

article Tribal pair praises recent Michigan land-into-trust denials (8/1/2017)
(Michigan) -- Last week’s decision by the United States Department of the Interior not to take two parcels of land into trust for Michigan’s Sault Ste Marie...
1 Article on this Issue

Cheyenne/Arapaho Tribe

article Oklahoma Vice: Casino parking lot at center of gaming scheme up for sale (7/31/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- Land that includes a parking lot next to Lucky Star Casino in Clinton once at the center of a federal gaming investigation is now up for sale for $450,000...
1 Article on this Issue

Bears Ears

article Why Americans are fighting over a gorgeous monument called Bears Ears (7/30/2017)
(Utah) -- The route to Newspaper Rock — so named because it’s carved with ancient petroglyphs — from the tiny city of Monticello, Utah, follows a...
article Let’s be absolutely clear, Secretary Zinke: Nevada’s monuments deserve protection (7/30/2017)
(Las Vegas) -- When Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke leaves Nevada after reviewing the Gold Butte and Basin and Range national monuments, there’s only one acceptable...
article OP/ED: National Monuments Help Preserve Native Cultures (7/30/2017)
(Utah) -- The recent executive order to review national monuments has left many questioning the fate of Bears Ears National Monument, and 26 other national monuments. It...
article At Bears Ears in Utah, Heated Politics and Precious Ruins (7/25/2017)
(Utah) -- My entourage and I blew into Bears Ears National Monument in Utah just as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his entourage departed. Actually, I had brought...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Navajo Nation lawmakers approve purchase of Colorado Ranch (7/28/2017)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation lawmakers have approved the tribe's planned purchase of a large ranch in south-central Colorado for $23 million. Tribal officials say a...
article Navajo Lawmakers Approve Plan To Purchase Colorado Ranch (7/28/2017)
(Colorado) -- The Navajo Nation is moving forward with plans to purchase a $23 million ranch in Colorado. A committee vote on July 25 was the final approval needed.
article Navajo Nation lawmakers approve purchase of Colorado Ranch (7/27/2017)
(Colorado) -- Navajo Nation lawmakers have approved the tribe's planned purchase of a large ranch in south-central Colorado for $23 million.
article Navajo Nation eyes possible purchases of Colorado ranchland considered sacred (7/24/2017)
(Colorado) -- The Navajo Nation has created a committee to look into buying Colorado ranchland that’s home to cattle, bison and two mountains the tribe considers...
article You Have to See This Navajo Nation Tribal Park to Believe It (7/19/2017)
(Utah) -- Even the casual traveler is familiar with US National Parks, but did you know Navajo Native Americans also run their own park system? The tribe's most...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Mohegan Tribe

article Property owner pressing case against Mohegan official over ‘stone groupings’ (7/26/2017)
(Connecticut) -- John Drabik says he’s being stonewalled in a two-year-old dispute with the Mohegan Tribe, which claimed putting a cell tower on an Ancient Highway...
1 Article on this Issue

MGM Resorts

article Springfield cracks down on vacant, boarded-up restaurant across from MGM casino (7/22/2017)
(Massachusetts) -- A vacant building in the South End that once housed the Black Pearl restaurant was recently boarded up after being cited for multiple code violations...
1 Article on this Issue

North Fork Rancheria

article DOI, Calif. Tribe Say Casino Challenge Should Be Tossed [sub req] (7/20/2017)
(California) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior and a California tribe each urged a federal judge on Wednesday to toss a suit challenging department-issued...
1 Article on this Issue

Broken Arrow

article Tribes at odds over Red Creek oversight as City Council hears opposition to 'illegal gaming' at Broken Arrow site (7/18/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- City councilors trying to head off a potential casino in Broken Arrow discussed a draft resolution Tuesday evening affirming their opposition to gaming at...
1 Article on this Issue

Lytton Band

article Lytton land bill still has ‘long way to go’ after passing House (7/18/2017)
(California) -- A bill, H.R. 597 the Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act of 2017, passed the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. last week, bringing the Lytton Tribe...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Tribe asks Sitka to rezone historic cemetery (8/16/2017)
(Alaska) -- In response to a request from a Tribal Council member, the City of Sitka is moving ahead with plans to rezone the downtown Russian Orthodox cemetery.
article 10th Circ. Ruling May Spur Okla. Tribes To Expand Authority [sub req'd] (8/13/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- A Tenth Circuit decision overturning a murder conviction because the alleged crime occurred on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s reservation strongly...
article Do we have too many national monuments? 4 essential reads (8/10/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Under an order from President Trump, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is reviewing the status of 27 national monuments that were designated or expanded...
article Voters Don’t Trust Zinke to Decide on National Monuments (8/10/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Registered voters trust themselves — or local officials — when it comes to the status of designated national monuments, not the federal...
article MnDOT redesigning Highway 23 project after damaging Native American burial site (8/8/2017)
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation is going back to square one with its Minnesota Highway 23 road and bridge project after the agency damaged a...
article RCMP remove radio tower from sacred Dene site near Nahanni Butte (8/5/2017)
(Northwest Territories) -- The RCMP has removed a radio tower from a sacred Dene mountain top site near Nahanni Butte, N.W.T. The tower and its concrete base were...
article Federal Buy-Back Program Puts 326,000 Acres Back in Blackfeet Hands (8/4/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A year after former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the Blackfeet Nation would receive $107 million to purchase fractionated...
article Native American Heritage Commission recognizes SG Mountains as sacred land (8/3/2017)
(California) -- Along with orders by the Trump administration that can jeopardize the future of at least two dozen national monuments, a small reprieve has been given to...
article What’s in a name? A possible snub, say NRD board members miffed about naming of new park (7/30/2017)
(Nebraska) -- The City of Omaha’s call this month for the public to suggest names for a new park came as an unexpected blow for some members of the Papio-Missouri...
article Non-intrusive methods used to chart Ojibwe burial grounds (7/24/2017)
(Minnesota) -- For over a month, people wearing neon safety vests have repeatedly inched their way across broken ground in Duluth's Fond du Lac neighborhood, using...
article Youth are Cultivating Land and Consciousness in California (7/17/2017)
(California) -- Youth in California are rising up to resist injustice and at the same time, generate solutions. This amazing mix of young leaders recently were awarded a...
article Northern parkland returned to Alberta First Nation after 95 years (7/16/2017)
(Alberta) -- Ninety-five years after Parks Canada swallowed a Cree village into Wood Buffalo National Park, the federal and provincial governments have returned the land...
article Bill To Benefit Three Oregon Native American Tribes Advances Through House (7/15/2017)
(Oregon) -- It’s not the first time the bill has been introduced. In previous sessions of Congress, it languished and died. But Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter...
article Legislation To Provide Land Base For Western Oregon Tribes Passes House (7/14/2017)
(Oregon) -- The U.S. House passed legislation this week that would provide a land base for two Western Oregon tribes. The Oregon Tribal Fairness Action (H.R. 1306) would...
article House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process (7/6/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- A key Congressional committee has scheduled a second hearing on the land-into-trust process only this time tribal leaders might actually be invited.
article Big Island 'peace park' plan opposed by telescope protesters (7/1/2017)
(Hawaii) -- Big Island Mayor Harry Kim's plan for a Mauna Kea cultural park is facing strong opposition from Thirty Meter Telescope protesters. Kim sees the...
article Climbers Ignore Native Americans’ Request At Devils Tower (7/1/2017)
(Wyoming) -- Throughout the month of June, the National Park Service asks visitors to refrain from climbing Devils Tower to respect American Indian ceremonies. However,...
article 'We never really did give up the land': Tsuut'ina chief urges public to see Treaty 7 document (6/30/2017)
(Alberta) -- The historic but controversial Treaty 7 should be seen by anyone who wants to understand how Alberta needs to move forward, says the chief of the Tsuut'...
article Canada's National Parks are Colonial Crime Scenes (6/30/2017)
(British Columbia) -- Vancouver’s stanley park—a place known for its dense forests and primeval atmosphere—was, as recently as 150 years ago, home to...
article Land transfer brings closure to Lummi tribe 20 years after ancestors’ remains disturbed (6/30/2017)
(Washington) -- First there was a human cranium, then a large leg bone, and teeth; then Al Scott Johnnie knew he was looking at the remains of his ancestors, disturbed...

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