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Mashpee Wampanoag

article Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren accuse Trump administration of ‘craven’ political games (3/29/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren released a joint statement after the Department of the Interior announced the...
article Tribal Chairman Says Trump Administration Ordered Land Taken Out Of Trust (3/29/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- The secretary of the Department of the Interior has ordered that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation land be disestablished, Tribal...
article Tribal leader: ‘This is not the end’ after federal gov’t disestablishes reservation (3/29/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- An unprecedented decision by the U.S. secretary of the Interior to rescind the Mashpee Wampanoag’s land-into-trust comes as a “hardcore...
article Wampanoag chairman: Interior Secretary orders land taken out of trust (3/29/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has ordered that the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation be “disestablished” and its land taken out of trust,...
article Why the Trump administration is moving to ‘disestablish’ a Massachusetts tribe’s reservation (3/29/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is pledging to fight a move by President Donald Trump’s administration to “disestablish” its reservation...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Ordered to "Disestablish Reservation =" by Dept. of Interior (3/28/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- In the midst of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on his tribe, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Chairman Cedric Cromwell says he was informed...
article Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is losing its reservation (3/28/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will lose its reservation status by order of the US Secretary of the Interior, the tribe’s leader said Saturday....
article Mashpee Wampanoag: Feds have ordered reservation to be ‘disestablished,’ land taken out of trust (3/28/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs has notified the Mashpee Wampanoag that their reservation will be disestablished and the land taken out of trust...
article Secretary Of Interior Orders Mashpee Wampanoag Reservation 'Disestablished,' Tribe Says (3/28/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs told the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe on Friday that the tribe's reservation will be "disestablished"...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article National Park Service locations close services on Navajo Nation due to COVID-19 (3/29/2020)
(Arizona) -- Three National Park Service locations on the Navajo Nation in Arizona have closed to visitors to help prevent the spread COVID-19.
article Eastern ranchers say BIA mishandling grazing permits (3/8/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A group of about 20 Eastern Agency ranchers say the three-party agreement governing grazing land on Eastern Navajo has broken down and the Bureau of...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Wampanoag Aquinnah

article Mashpee tribe decision won’t affect Aquinnah (3/29/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- On Friday, the U.S. Department of the Interior removed lands taken into federal trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, a sister tribe to the Wampanoag...
1 Article on this Issue

United Keetoowah Band

article DOI Blocked From Taking Land For Keetoowah Gambling [sub req] (3/26/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma federal judge blocked the U.S. Department of the Interior from taking a two-acre parcel of land into trust for the United Keetoowah Band of...
1 Article on this Issue

Snoqualmie Tribe

article Long-awaited Federal Decision expands Snoqualmie Tribe reservation land base (3/25/2020)
(Washington) -- On March 23rd the Snoqualmie Tribe announced a key federal decision that will increase the size of its approximate 55 acre tribal land base – the...
1 Article on this Issue

Eastern Band of Cherokee

article Cherokee announces preemptive border closure (3/24/2020)
(North Carolina) -- As of press time there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Qualla Boundary, but the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians isn’t waiting until...
1 Article on this Issue

Yurok Tribe

press release Yurok Tribe closes its tribal lands to nonresidents over COVID-19 (3/24/2020)
(California) -- Effective immediately, all Yurok Tribal lands, parks, preserves, beaches and boat launches, including all camping and overnight stays, are closed to NON-...
article Yurok Tribe implements closure on Tribal lands to non-residents (3/23/2020)
(California) -- Effective immediately, the Yurok Tribe said all tribal lands, parks, preserves, beaches and boat launches, including all camping and overnight stays, are...
article Outcry stalls park transfer to Yurok Tribe (3/13/2020)
(California) -- A Del Norte County plan to transfer one of its disused parks to the Yurok Tribe was met Tuesday with the ire of the residents within the park’s...
article Hunter Creek Residents Balk At Proposed County Park Transfer to Yurok Tribe Despite Plans for a Playground (3/10/2020)
(California) -- Members of a water district in Klamath’s Hunter Creek subdivision pushed back against a proposal to transfer a county park to the Yurok Tribe. Paul...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Supreme Court

article Tulsa, Trump administration warn of upheaval in Creek case (3/22/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The city of Tulsa and the Trump administration warned last week of upheaval in eastern Oklahoma if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Muscogee (...
article Creek reservation case could change Oklahoma forever, Hunter argues (3/18/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Ruling that a Creek reservation exists in eastern Oklahoma “would plunge the State into uncertainty for decades to come,” throwing in doubt...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Bears Ears

article What Are the Trump Administration’s New Plans for Utah Monuments? (3/21/2020)
(Utah) -- Released in February, the Trump administration’s final management plans for Utah’s shrunken Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national...
1 Article on this Issue

Catawba Nation

article Proposed Catawba Indian casino in King’s Mountain moves forward (3/18/2020)
(North Carolina) -- On March 12, the Catawba Indian Nation held a press conference to present renderings and construction plans for a new destination casino on a site in...
article Catawba Indian Nation gets green light for casino in North Carolina; EBCI to sue (3/15/2020)
(North Carolina) -- A recent Department of the Interior (DOI) decision to take land into trust effectively gives the Catawba Indian Nation the green light to open a...
article BIA decision paves the way for Catawba casino in Kings Mountain (3/13/2020)
(North Carolina) -- Plans to build a casino in Kings Mountain could move forward following a decision from the U.S. Department of the Interior to take 16.57 acres in...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article U.S. waives laws, requests input for 91 miles of new border wall construction in Arizona (3/17/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials plan to build or replace more than 91 miles of border barriers along the Arizona-Mexico border in one...
article Protecting And Preserving Ancient Sites At Risk From Sea-Level Rise In Florida (3/12/2020)
(Florida) -- Long before condominiums lined the shoreline in Miami Beach, before air conditioning, many thousands of years before Columbus, people lived along Florida...
article Trump administration changes course with withdrawal of pro-tribal homelands policy (3/11/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Indian Country is once again falling victim to the Trump administration's disastrous tribal homelands agenda with the withdrawal of a legal...
article HOPKINS: We must protect sacred sites from Trump's US-Mexico border wall (3/11/2020)
(Arizona) -- The chairman of the Tohono O'odham, Ned Norris, recently went to Washington, DC to provide testimony before the US Congressional House Natural Resources...
article Interior Department files response to lawsuit challenging land swap for King Cove road (3/11/2020)
(Alaska) -- A third federal court ruling is the next step in the ongoing fight over a proposed emergency access road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge....
article Legislation would improve roads on tribal land (3/11/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has introduced the bipartisan Tribal Transportation Improvement Act with Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota. The...
article Interior files response to lawsuit challenging King Cove road land swap (3/9/2020)
(Alaska) -- A third federal court ruling is the next step in the ongoing fight over a proposed emergency access road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge....
article Jackson Rancheria to gain over 800 acres of tribal land after federal trust decision (3/5/2020)
(California) -- The tribe that runs the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is set to expand its tribal lands by more than 800 acres in Amador County.
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Tohono O’odham

article Indigenous group reaffirms importance of Quitobaquito Springs amid border wall construction (3/13/2020)
(Arizona) -- Members of the Tohono O'odham Nation reaffirmed the modern relevancy of a sacred site in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument impacted by border wall...
1 Article on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Mining Tribal Land Weighs on Crow Family as Cost of Prosperity (3/12/2020)
(Montana) -- Wayne Moccasin turned his face into a light breeze suffused with the pungent smell of sagebrush. He pointed to a broad basin of prairie where he used to run...
article Canada has enough pipelines to circle the globe several times. Can they ever be incident-free? (3/7/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Energy companies should invest more of their profits in safety inspections and replacing aging infrastructure, says the former chair of the U.S....
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article The Most Critical Fight Against Trump's Border Wall You've Never Heard Of (3/12/2020)
(Texas) -- “We’ve been here thousands of years,” said Isidro Leal, a member of the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, or Esto’k Gna, as he...
article Trump’s Border Wall Isn’t Just an Assault on Native Americans, It’s an Assault on American History (3/12/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- In early January, President Trump threatened on Twitter to destroy 52 sites “important to Iran and the Iranian culture” should that...
article US says resuming coal sales has little impact; critics balk (3/7/2020)
(Montana) -- The Trump administration said Wednesday a resumption of coal sales from public lands that had been blocked under former President Barack Obama will result...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

California's Genocide

article A new state policy puts Native Americans first in line for Diablo Canyon land sale (3/10/2020)
(California) -- The speculation began as soon as PG&E announced it would shutter Diablo Canyon: What will happen to all that beautiful, vacant land surrounding the...
1 Article on this Issue

Cayuga Indian Nation

article Citing Cayuga Nation violence, Union Springs officials ask federal judge to rule soon (3/9/2020)
(New York) -- With the recent violence involving the Cayuga Nation Police Department at a nation property in Seneca Falls, Union Springs officials are asking a federal...
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article Warm temperatures still hampering winter road access to northern First Nations (3/9/2020)
(Ontario) -- Warm weather continues to play havoc with winter roads to northwestern Ontario First Nations. Roads to all communities are now open to at least partial...
article Recognition of title rights ‘still a struggle’ for First Nation after court win (3/6/2020)
(British Columbia) -- As members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation mull a draft deal over rights and title, another Indigenous community knows what that kind of...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Lumbee Tribe

article State funds to help Lumbee Tribe continue dam work (3/8/2020)
(North Carolina) -- New state funding was announced this week and it’s set to help the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina continue a recovery project. The North...
1 Article on this Issue

GasLink

article It’s up to all Wet’suwet’en people to work through agreement: Bellegarde (3/7/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says it’s up to all Wet’suwet’en people to work through the draft...
1 Article on this Issue

Agua Caliente

article Bill seeks to recognize California tribal land now occupied by schools, libraries (3/6/2020)
(California) -- Schools, parks, libraries and museums across the state may choose to start publicly recognizing that they sit on what was once tribal land, if a new bill...
1 Article on this Issue

Canadian Land Issues

article The Delgamuukw decision: Wet’suwet’en and Gitxsan rights suffer a setback in B.C. court (3/6/2020)
(British Columbia) -- In a small Vancouver apartment, Yagalahl pored over transcripts into the morning hours, scribbling, making corrections, copying. She didn’t...
1 Article on this Issue

CSKT

article OP/ED: The case for transferring federal lands back to Native Americans (3/6/2020)
(Montana) -- A proposal by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) to transfer the National Bison Range – 18,800 acres – to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (...
1 Article on this Issue

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe

article Sault Ste. Marie Tribe wins major victory in homelands litigation (3/6/2020)
(Michigan) -- The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has scored a major court victory against the Trump administration, whose officials have been hostile to land...
article DOI Held Wrong To Refuse Mich. Tribe's Land-Into-Trust Bid [sub req] (3/5/2020)
(Michigan) -- A D.C. federal judge has largely ruled in favor of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians on its claims that the U.S. Department of the Interior...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Other News

article Brazil to Deliver security force to Native land Following two shot dead (3/28/2020)
(Brazil) -- Brazil will send a crisis safety force to the native reserve of Cana Brava from the northeastern state of Maranhao to guard the Guajajara tribe following two...
article These Native American women came to Philadelphia to see their ancestral land. They found apartments and a parking garage (3/26/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Six women from the Iroquois Confederacy in upstate New York traveled to Philadelphia recently to reconnect with a patch of tribal land. They came to...
article Judge again rejects Vegas pipeline from rural valleys along Utah border (3/14/2020)
(Nevada) -- A state judge has again rejected a decades-long bid to tap groundwater beneath vast rangelands in northeast Nevada and pipe it to fast-growing suburbs and...
article Work starts on Cattaraugus Territory section of Thruway (3/10/2020)
(Nevada) -- New York State Thruway Authority officials said Tuesday work has begun on a "critical" infrastructure project to repair and completely rebuild an...
article Preserving Traces of the Great Basin Indians (3/6/2020)
(Indian Country) -- I am re-writing this article to make an announcement about this book with a special offer to reduce my inventory of this title. Having several cases...
article Group of Native Americans wants housing developers to stop construction on possible ancient burial site (2/23/2020)
(Alabama) -- To passersby, the lot just outside of Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary just looks like another construction site. But one group of Native Americans...
article The Monacan Indian Nation Fights To Keep A Historic Site Untouched (2/20/2020)
(Virginia) -- In central Virginia, at the point where the Rivanna River flows into the James, there’s a site of deep significance to the Monacan Indian Nation — Rassawek...
article 'We still have title': How a landmark B.C. court case set the stage for Wet'suwet'en protests (2/13/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Amid the backdrop of nationwide protests, blockades and arrests, Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs on the front lines of the fight to stop a pipeline...
article ‘Parasite’ Upsets Oscars Best Picture Favorite ‘1917,’ But Bettors Win Elsewhere (2/10/2020)
(Hollywood) -- Oddsmakers in the two states where legal betting on Hollywood’s biggest night were permitted – New Jersey and Indiana – initially had...
article The Most Important Thing Taika Waititi Did at the Oscars Was Acknowledge That They Take Place on Native Lands (2/9/2020)
(Hollywood) -- It was great, obviously, when Taika Waititi won an Oscar. It was great when he said “kia ora,” the universal Māori kindness—very broadly...
article Day 4: RCMP continue enforcement against Wet'suwet'en over pipeline injunction (2/9/2020)
(Canada) -- It is day four of the RCMP's enforcement of an injunction order in northern B.C. to ensure that Coastal GasLink and its contractors can resume work in a...
article Sask. Métis government to ask court to strike 'competing' land claim (2/6/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- Métis Nation-Saskatchewan plans to file a series of motions in Federal Court related to a "competing" land claim for a large tract of land in...
article Robinson-Huron Treaty First Nations demand Ottawa, Ontario stop land claim talks that impact their rights (2/5/2020)
(Ottawa) -- First Nations that are part of the Robinson-Huron Treaty group demanded Tuesday that Canada and Ontario back off ongoing land claim talks with neighbouring...
article 'Welcome home': Pomo tribe begins work on development on newly granted reservation near Windsor (1/31/2020)
(California) -- A sprawling, wooded tract of land west of Windsor is now the fifth tribal reservation in Sonoma County, fulfilling the long-sought goal of the Lytton...
article Lake County questions water compact effect on county land (1/30/2020)
(Montana) -- Lake County’s commissioners and some residents are questioning what the Montana Water Rights Protection Act will mean for county land.
article Akwesasne moves ahead in $239M Dundee land claim settlement after appeals dismissed (1/28/2020)
(Quebec) -- Akwesasne is one step closer to settling a 130-year-old land grievance with Canada after a year of reviewing appeals lodged against the results of a...
article Native Americans Were First Residents of US Capital Area (1/26/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- During his time as president of the United States, Gerald Ford decided to build an outdoor swimming pool at the White House. National Park Service...
article Indigenous group identifies property to build cultural centers, but no plans are set (1/19/2020)
(Michigan) -- The group that helped resurrect a local Native American powwow event last summer is beginning to lay the groundwork to share their culture year-round...
article 'Landmark' Indigenous knowledge collaboration (1/9/2020)
(Indonesia) -- Commitment to preserving traditional knowledge proves successful in Indonesia. The Indonesian archipelago is one of the most biologically rich areas on...
article Almost 450 residences coming to South Philly waterfront land once eyed for casino (1/8/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Just to the southeast of the Riverview Theater multiplex lies a vast swathe of marshland on the Delaware River, where developers have tried to build...

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