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Chaco Canyon

article Navajo lawmakers opt for smaller buffer around national park (sub req) (1/27/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer...
1 Article on this Issue

Oak Flat

article Apache activist Wendsler Nosie followed a lifelong path to Resolution copper mine protest (1/15/2020)
(Arizona) -- Wendsler Nosie Sr., broke his arm when he was 9, the sort of thing that happens to 9-year-old boys. He didn't know it then, but the accident would help...
article A Sacred Place And A Sacred Quest To Save It (12/27/2019)
(Arizona) -- Some of Wendsler Nosie Sr.’s earliest memories are set in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest. “I was about 3 or 4 years old,” the now...
article 'Apaches Standing Strong to Defend Sacred Oak Flat from Mining' (12/6/2019)
(Arizona) -- How do you respond to a White Man whose name is Paul Gosar, an Arizona Congressman who recently said, “You’re still wards of the government....
article Is digging for copper at Oak Flat like mining Mt. Sinai? (11/29/2019)
(Arizona) -- It’s not getting a lot of media attention, but a former chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, Wendsler Nosie Sr., is walking roughly 45 miles from...
article Apache man moving ‘home’ to protest copper mine in Arizona (11/27/2019)
(Arizona) -- Wendsler Nosie Sr. is drawn to a mountainous area in central Arizona where he and other Apaches have harvested medicinal plants, held coming-of-age...
article Tribes Halt Major Copper Mine on Ancestral Lands in Arizona (11/18/2019)
(Arizona) -- Rising above the Arizona desert, the Santa Rita Mountains cradle 10,000 years of Indigenous history. The Tohono O'odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article OP/ED: Cherokee Nation increases effort to save historical sites in northeast Oklahoma (1/13/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Across Cherokee Nation are places rich in Cherokee history. Whether it is a refreshing spring that supplied Cherokee families with life-sustaining water, a...
1 Article on this Issue

Mauna Kea

article Thirty Meter Telescope Project Now To Be Paused Until February 2020 (1/1/2020)
(Hawaii) -- Construction for the Thirty Meter Telescope at Mauna Kea, a controversial project for which UC Santa Barbara’s Chancellor Henry T. Yang chairs its...
article Why are Jason Momoa and other Native Hawaiians protesting a telescope on Mauna Kea? What's at stake? (8/22/2019)
(Hawaii) -- On Hawaii's Big Island, protests against the construction of a 18-story telescope atop a dormant volcano that some Native Hawaiians consider sacred have...
article Mauna Kea's Thirty Metre Telescope Is The Latest Front In The New Fight For Indigenous Sovereignty (8/12/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Kealoha Pisciotta used to journey up Mauna Kea in Hawaii for work. A Native Hawaiian (or Kanaka Maoli), Pisciotta worked at the Joint Astronomy Center for...
article Mauna Kea: What it is, why it’s happening, and why we should all be paying attention (8/12/2019)
(Hawaii) -- At the base of Mauna Kea, the world’s tallest mountain and the first point on earth where raindrops touch the earth, the largest land defense action in...
article ‘Justice League’ Stars Jason Momoa & Ezra Miller Reunite To Protest TMT Construction (8/12/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa, recently took to Instagram to express his protest against the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea in...
article Mauna Kea's Thirty Meter Telescope Is the Latest Front in the New Fight for Indigenous Sovereignty (8/9/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Kealoha Pisciotta used to journey up Mauna Kea in Hawaii for work. A Native Hawaiian (or Kanaka Maoli), Pisciotta worked at the Joint Astronomy Center for...
article Why protecting Mauna Kea in Hawai'i is a crucial fight for native rights (8/9/2019)
(Hawaii) -- I have always been proud that Hawaiian blood courses through my veins. That's why recent news of Mauna Kea emphatically hit me – and the Pacific...
article Mauna Kea is a clear voice from the Hawaiian people. (But they don't hear) (8/4/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Healani Sonoda-Pale is a Native Hawaiian activist, organizer, and a ku kia’i mauna or mountain protector. She was one of more than a hundred faculty...
article The fight over Mauna Kea is about more than a telescope (8/3/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Hawaii Gov. David Ige this week rescinded his emergency proclamation aimed at thwarting native Hawaiian protesters and granted the Thirty Meter Telescope (...
article Inside the protests over the Thirty Meter Telescope (7/25/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Around three in the morning on July 15, Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua, her partner and six other protectors chained themselves to the cattle guard at the Mauna...
article Indigenous Hawaiian protester calls on Canada to stop funding giant telescope (7/22/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Protesters at Hawaii's Mauna Kea will continue "standing on the mountain" until the construction of a giant telescope is shut down, says...
article For activists, Thirty Meter Telescope fight a boiling point in Native Hawaiian history (7/21/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Walter Ritte has been fighting for decades to protect Native Hawaiian rights, inspiring a new generation of activists trying to stop construction of a giant...
article Hundreds of Thirty Meter Telescope opponents protest in Waikiki (7/21/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Hundreds of protesters marched along Kalauaka Avenue this morning in opposition to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope at Mauna Kea on Hawaii...
article Mauna Kea is only latest thing they want to take, 'we will not give it to them' (7/21/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Mauna Kea, also known as Mauna a Wakea, is a 13,800 foot high mountain on Hawai‘i Island, and considered the most sacred site to Kanaka ‘Ōiwi,...
article Protests continue around state, nation against TMT (7/21/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Hundreds continue to gather in solidarity against the construction of TMT on Mauna Kea. On the Valley Isle, employees at the Old Lahaina Luau shared their...
article Thirty Meter Telescope opponents host workshops at Mauna Kea (7/21/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Paddlers, club officials and spectators showed their support for the Mauna Kea protestors today during the Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association...
article Standing Rock Sioux stand with Hawaiian telescope protesters (7/21/2019)
(North Dakota) -- Standing Rock Sioux tribal members plan to gather at the epicenter of the Dakota Access pipeline protests to show solidarity with Native Hawaiians who...
article Native Hawaiians Protesting Construction on a Sacred Mountain Prepare “For the Long Haul” (7/20/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Hundreds of Native Hawaiians and their supporters gathered last week at the base of Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in the state, to block construction of a...
article Standoff on Hawaii mountain is about more than a telescope (7/20/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Walter Ritte has been fighting for decades to protect Native Hawaiian rights, inspiring a new generation of activists trying to stop construction of a giant...
article LETTER: UCLA American Indian Studies Center Supports Kia‘i of Mauna Kea (7/20/2019)
(California) -- Chokma/ Aloha Kākou, The UCLA American Indian Studies Center is a community of students, faculty, and stakeholders advocating for Indigenous and American...
article Native Hawaiians Protesting Construction on a Sacred Mountain Prepare “For the Long Haul” (7/19/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Hundreds of Native Hawaiians and their supporters gathered last week at the base of Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in the state, to block construction of a...
article Dozens of Honolulu police officers deployed to assist law enforcement at Mauna Kea (7/16/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Dozens of Honolulu police officers were en route to Hawaii Island on Tuesday morning to support law enforcement at the base of Mauna Kea after what was a...
article In new victory for protesters, police back away from Mauna Kea for second straight day (7/16/2019)
(Hawaii) -- For the second straight day, law enforcement authorities on Hawaii Island said Tuesday that they would take no action against Thirty Meter Telescope...
article Why an 18-story, billion-dollar telescope is compelling hundreds to protest at the foot of a mountain (7/16/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Hundreds of protesters gathered at the base of a mountain in Hawaii on Monday to block the construction of a billion-dollar telescope on its peak. To Native...
24 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article The sea wanted to take this California lighthouse. Now, it's part of a conflict between a town and two tribes (11/29/2019)
(California) -- It stood like a pretty sea siren atop the coastal bluff overlooking the rocky outcrops of Trinidad Bay. The cheery little lighthouse, with its cherry-red...
article AUDIO: Monacan Tribe Fights for Historic Site Faced With Construction (9/5/2019)
(North Carolina) -- East of Charlottesville, at a point where two rivers merge, there’s a little-known site with great historical value. For centuries, it was home...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Fight over Proposed Quarry on Tribal Land is Shaping Up to be Silicon Valley’s Standing Rock (11/28/2019)
(California) -- Just past noon on Sep. 8, hundreds of people gather in prayer. This isn’t a typical Sunday church service, though. The congregation has come to the...
article Oil Drilling Plan Near Sacred Utah Monument Draws Tribal Opposition (9/10/2019)
(Utah) -- The U.S. government will allow oil and gas companies to make lease bids Monday on lands considered archaeologically sensitive near a national monument...
article Oil drilling plan near Utah monument draws tribal opposition (9/9/2019)
(Utah) -- The U.S. government will allow oil and gas companies to make lease bids Monday on lands considered archaeologically sensitive near a national monument...
article US Forest Service issues review of underground Arizona mine (8/10/2019)
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Forest Service on Friday issued a draft environmental review of a proposed underground copper mine in the mountains east of Phoenix, saying it...
article Tsilhqot'in roadblock halts Taseko mine work on land it considers sacred (7/2/2019)
(British Columbia) -- An Indigenous roadblock has stopped workers and equipment heading to do preliminary work on a proposed copper and gold mine in the Chilcotin, west...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

San Carlos Apache

article Former San Carlos Apache Chairman Walking To Ancestral Land To Protect It From Mine (11/28/2019)
(Arizona) -- Wendsler Nosie Sr. said the U.S. government won’t protect his holy land, so he’ll have to. Nosie Sr. is the former chairman of the San Carlos...
1 Article on this Issue

Shinnecock Tribe

article PBS to air documentary chronicling Shinnecocks' efforts to save sacred sites (11/12/2019)
(New York) -- A five-year documentary project detailing the struggle of the Shinnecock Indian Nation to maintain its identity in the face of development around...
article PBS to air documentary chronicling Shinnecocks' efforts to save sacred sites (11/11/2019)
(New York) -- A five-year documentary project detailing the struggle of the Shinnecock Indian Nation to maintain its identity in the face of development around...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Winnemem Wintu

article Winnemem Wintu Tribe reminds people not to spread cremains on sacred ground (11/8/2019)
(California) -- People come from all over the world to do it, but the Winnemem Wintu Tribe is reminding people not to dump cremated remains on sacred land. Chief Caleen...
1 Article on this Issue

Suquamish Tribe

article Crown land to be returned to Squamish Nation, including world-class rock climbing area (10/28/2019)
(British Columbia) -- Long before the small plot of land near a provincial park in Squamish, B.C. was a climbing haven, it belonged to the Squamish Nation — and now that...
1 Article on this Issue

Trail of Tears

article United Methodists return land to Native Americans (10/5/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- The humble-looking mission church in the middle of a cemetery was built two centuries ago with $1,333 and Native Americans’ labor. John Stewart, a...
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article The 27 sites Nova Scotia has announced as newly protected lands (10/1/2019)
(Nova Scotia) -- The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) is applauding a move by the province that will protect more than 14,000 hectares of land. In a media release, the group...
article First Nations burial site caught in bureaucracy (6/12/2019)
(British Columbia) -- Lightning Rock is a sacred site to the Semá:th (Sumas) First Nation in the Fraser Valley. Thousands of people could be buried nearby, including...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Ho-Chunk Tribe

article ‘These spaces are sacred’: Ho-Chunk speaker urges mindfulness, reverence of campus indigenous sites (9/25/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Politics and social structures tend to divide us, but our shared reverence for the land and its history can be the bond that unites us, Samantha...
1 Article on this Issue

Forest County Potawatomi

article Human remains found on Fort Hall Indian Reservation (9/16/2019)
(Idaho) -- The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes say remains have been found on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation that may belong to a man who has been missing for more than a year.
1 Article on this Issue

Bears Ears

article Native tribes frozen out of controversial plan for Bears Ears Monument (8/22/2019)
(Utah) -- Federal law requires our government to consult with Native American tribes about the Bears Ears monument in southern Utah. But Trump is only giving lip service...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article History of Sacred Tribal Rock Turned Monument Rethought (1/27/2020)
(Kansas) -- An effort is underway to more fully tell the story of a boulder that was a sacred prayer rock for a Native American tribe before it was moved to Lawrence and...
article Native American group files new claims in Alamo lawsuit (1/23/2020)
(Texas) -- A Native American group has filed an amended petition in its federal lawsuit claiming the Alamo is a cemetery that merits legal protection.The Tap Pilam...
article Native American Group Tap Pilam Renews Legal Fight Over Human Remains at Alamo (1/23/2020)
(Texas) -- A San Antonio group that claims to be descended from indigenous people buried at the Alamo have renewed its legal fight against the State over human remains...
article Native American 14th century 'sweat lodge' discovered in Mexico City (1/22/2020)
(Mexico) -- A native American sauna has been discovered in Mexico City dating back to the 14th century. The so-called 'sweat lodge' was found at an...
article Lost Native American treasure missing for three centuries could be found in Britain (1/19/2020)
(UK) -- A long-lost piece of Native American history missing for more than three centuries could be found in Britain this year. Metacom was chief of the Wampanoag tribe...
article LSU mounds could be oldest man-made structure, but peer review necessary, professor says (1/19/2020)
(Louisiana) -- A dream — actually, more of a nightmare — prompted LSU geology professor Brooks Ellwood to take a new look at earthen mounds that Gov. Huey...
article Town seeks $38K renovation of local landmark (1/10/2020)
(Rhode Island) -- Since 1982, Enishkeeptompaug, a large, wooden sculpture depicting a Narragansett Indian Tribe chief, has overlooked Kingstown Road and Sprague Park....
article America Has Never Cared About Sacred Sites (1/8/2020)
(USA) -- This past weekend, President Trump repeatedly threatened to target Iranian cultural sites should Iran respond to his administration’s assassination of...
article BLOG: Who was the first non-Native American to see Yellowstone? (1/8/2020)
(Wyoming) -- According to the National Parks Service, the area now known as Yellowstone National Park has been home to humans for more than 11,000 years, with the...
article White Sands is the US' newest national park (1/6/2020)
(New Mexico) -- It was the midst of the Great Depression when President Herbert Hoover declared a swath of undulating, eerily pale dunes in southern New Mexico a...
article 3 Bodies Found Inside Alamo Cathedral, Reigniting Dispute Over Native-American Burial Ground (12/26/2019)
(Texas) -- The discovery of three human graves in the church of the Alamo in San Antonio has reignited a dispute over the Native American presence at the historic site....
article Forty unmarked graves found on Tallahassee golf course (12/26/2019)
(Florida) -- Forty graves believed to belong to Leon County slaves were confirmed earlier this month at the Capital City Country Club in Tallahassee by the National Park...
article Glen Canyon Recreation Area asks people to stay away from rock art site (12/24/2019)
(Arizona) -- Visitors to a national recreation area straddling the Arizona-Utah border are being asked to stay away from a rock art site that features sheep carved...
article Archeologists visit sacred Native American site for the Winter Solstice (12/21/2019)
(New York) -- Kenneth Beattie, a retired Florida State University production arts specialist and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, ceremoniously sprinkles tobacco on one of the...
article 3 Bodies Found Buried In The Alamo Church In San Antonio (12/15/2019)
(Texas) -- An archeological and renovation project at the Alamo Church in San Antonio turned up an unexpected find on Friday. Three bodies were found buried in a...
article Should we instead rename Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive for a woman named Kitihawa? (12/4/2019)
(Illinois) -- In October when a member of the City Council, David Moore of the 17th Ward, proposed that Lake Shore Drive be renamed for Jean Baptiste Point du Sable,...
article Excavating subterranean histories of Ringwood Mines and the Ramapough Lunaape Nation, part 2 (12/3/2019)
(New Jersey) -- I first visited Ringwood, New Jersey, in February of 2018 with a group of fifteen students enrolled in my design studio class at Rutgers University...
article ‘To Preserve the Future of Our Past’: Tribes Work for World Heritage Designation of Ohio Earthworks (12/3/2019)
(Ohio) -- In October, Chief Billy Friend of the Wyandotte Nation addressed a crowd in Dublin, Ohio. It was a celebration of the city’s new Ferris-Wright Park,...
article Largest Child-Sacrifice Graveyard Strikes Huge Blow to Native American Innocence Myth (11/2/2019)
(Peru) -- Every Columbus Day, liberals insist that the story of European colonization is a simple narrative of good versus evil: horrible Europeans came upon innocent...
article Climbers Permanently Banned From Uluru, Australia's Sacred Red Rock (10/28/2019)
(Australia) -- The sacred red rock named Uluru, located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in central Australia, has been permanently closed to tourists looking to climb...

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