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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...
article After President Trump reduced the monument by 85%, what remains of Bears Ears? (5/6/2019)
(Utah) -- For the past 13,000 years, humans have inhabited this part of the West. They carved arrowheads from stone and hunted giant sloths. They learned to farm corn...
article Emails: Interior officials considered delaying report (4/19/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Newly disclosed internal emails show senior Interior Department aides contemplated whether they could delay the release of a Fish and Wildlife...
article Utah Navajos Continue Fight Against Expanded Bears Ears National Monument (3/29/2019)
(Utah) -- The recent decision by the County Commission to reverse its previous position and condemn the Trump administration move to vastly reduce the size of the...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Mauna Kea

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...
23 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

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...
article Tribes Seek Injunction against Hudbay Minerals’ Colossal Copper Mine Set to Desecrate Burial Grounds and Sacred Sites (5/16/2019)
(Arizona) -- Three Native American Tribes have filed a preliminary injunction against Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals to stop its plans to raze lands which...
article Tribal leaders call for less drilling near sacred sites at congressional hearing in Santa Fe (4/16/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Leaders of the Navajo Nation and Pueblo tribes expressed frustration Monday with federal oversight of oil and gas leases on public holdings near ancient...
article Considering the sacred: Lawmakers weigh push to restrict drilling near sacred sites (4/15/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Federal lawmakers ventured thousands of miles to hear from tribal leaders, archaeologists and others Monday as advocates urge Congress to establish...
article Tribes urge US to ban drilling around sacred New Mexico site (3/26/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Native American leaders are banding together to pressure U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around a sacred tribal site that features massive...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

First Nations

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...
article Sask. artifact rules violate international law, says professor (6/7/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- The failure to notify First Nations of a rare artifact discovery in central Saskatchewan violates international law, says an academic. The bigger...
article Growing First Nations coalition will 'go the distance' to stop Sask. road project after artifacts found (6/6/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- A growing coalition of First Nations says it's prepared to "go the distance" to stop a controversial gravel road project in central...
article Saskatchewan First Nations want road project stopped after rare artifact discovery (6/5/2019)
(Saskatchewan) -- Sheldon Wuttunee says he felt connected to his ancestors when he held an ancient Indigenous artifact in his hands for the first time Wednesday. The...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands (6/7/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration won't stand in the way of legislation to protect ancestral tribal territory from development despite adopting a policy...
1 Article on this Issue

Chaco Canyon

article US officials to put off oil leases near sacred tribal land (5/29/2019)
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has agreed to put off oil and gas leasing for a year on land that tribes consider sacred surrounding Chaco Canyon...
article Which people will make recommendations about land use near Chaco? (4/30/2019)
(New Mexico) -- A group consisting primarily of tribal leaders and environmental advocates will make recommendations to State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard...
article The Greater Chaco landscape: The pueblos speak out (4/27/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Chaco Canyon and its landscape represent arguably the single most significant cultural site on public land in America, but, in an administration not...
article Tribal, congressional leaders to discuss proposed protections for Chaco Canyon area (4/13/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Congressional leaders will meet with tribal leaders this weekend to discuss the efforts to protect sacred New Mexico land and the surrounding areas from...
article BLOG: Native Americans Need to Know their Land will be Protected (4/8/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Native American leaders are banding together to pressure U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around sacred tribal land that features massive...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Unearthing Resistance (5/8/2019)
(Texas) -- Hollis Rutledge’s second-story office in downtown Mission is a shrine to Texas conservatism. A campaign sign wedged into the front window announces his...
1 Article on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article Deep in a cave, Cherokee texts still have much to teach (4/25/2019)
(Alabama) -- Working deep underground in a vast cavern system in modern-day Alabama, in the south-eastern United States, scientists have been translating messages...
article BLOG: Cherokee Wrote Backward Messages in Cave to Speak to the Spirit World (4/10/2019)
(Alabama) -- Nearly 200 years ago, Cherokee gathered inside a cave in Alabama and, using their newly minted alphabet, wrote ceremonial messages onto the walls and...
article Cave Markings Tell of Cherokee Life in the Years Before Indian Removal (4/10/2019)
(Alabama) -- On April 30, 1828, a Cherokee stickball team stepped into the underworld to ask for help. Carrying river-cane torches, the men walked into the mouth of...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Caddo Nation

article Pool: Building and rebuilding at Caddo Mounds (4/23/2019)
(Texas) -- Last week the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris burned, and there was a disaster overtaking a cultural monument about the same time here in East Texas. A...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article KEELER: Notre Dame and the Fight for Sacred Lands (4/19/2019)
(USA) -- In Chiapas, Mexico, I first considered the difference between the kind of society that builds monumental architecture in stone and the kind that nurtures great...
1 Article on this Issue

Grand Canyon

article Grand Canyon at 100: Park status protects natural resources, but threats remain, inside and out (3/26/2019)
(Arizona) -- It’s a brisk and quiet February afternoon at the Grand Canyon, and on its south rim stands a small group of people, posing for a photograph. Among...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Badger-Two Medicine deserves protection as sacred ground to Blackfeet (8/15/2019)
(Montana) -- There is a place, deeply sacred to us as Blackfeet people, called the Badger-Two Medicine. It is the backbone of our culture and a major area of our origin...
article NAC: Defending sacred places (8/15/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Kanaka Maoli and their allies are entering their fifth week of demonstrations to prevent construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii. They...
article Honoring the Mounds gathering honors Native American ancestors (8/11/2019)
(California) -- Dozens of people gathered at Beattie Park to honor ties to Native American ancestors. Beattie Park is a registered historic space because of the Native...
article State waiting for response from Flint about digging in Native American burial area (7/31/2019)
(Michigan) -- The state says it’s still waiting to hear more from the city about service line replacement contractors digging in the area of an American Indian...
article OP/ED: North America’s oldest petroglyphs are at Winnemucca Lake (7/24/2019)
(Nevada) -- A few years ago, I attended a program by Eugene Hattori at the Nevada State Museum about the incredibly old petroglyphs that were carved into the tufa...
article Archaeologists uncover lost mound at historic Native American site in Mississippi (7/23/2019)
(Mississippi) -- Until recently only three mounds were known to exist at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians historic site. Recent archaeological studies of the...
article “We Are Not Anti-Science”: Why Indigenous Protectors Oppose the Thirty Meter Telescope at Mauna Kea (7/22/2019)
(Hawaii) -- An extended conversation with Pua Case, an indigenous organizer and activist who is fighting the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, a...
article Hawaii protesters vow 'prolonged struggle' against telescope (7/15/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Protesters vowed to continue demonstrating against the construction of a giant telescope on top of a mountain some Native Hawaiians consider sacred after...
article Protests flare over construction of telescope in Hawaii (7/15/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Singing, chanting and lying on the ground in the road, hundreds of people demonstrated on Monday against the construction of a giant telescope on a...
article Hawaii activists get ready for start of work on telescope (7/14/2019)
(Hawaii) -- Native Hawaiian groups vowed to protect Hawaii's tallest mountain from an attempt to resume construction of a giant telescope. They said they will gather...
article Aborigines say Uluru is sacred. Tourists rushing to beat a hiking ban are trashing it. (7/11/2019)
(Australia) -- It is a holy spot for the indigenous Anangu, where their ancestors rest and outsiders are cursed for disturbing the red-colored Uluru monolith reaching...
article Mt. Vernon Arsenal, Searcy Hospital Among Most Endangered Historic Places (5/31/2019)
(Alabama) -- The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced this week that Mt. Vernon Arsenal, which later became Searcy Hospital, is one of America’s 11...
article Take A Tour Of White Rock (5/31/2019)
(New York) -- The Verona Historical Society invites you to join them on Tuesday, June 4, for a tour of Verona’s historic White Rock. The landmark boulder sits high...
article Rainbow Bridge holds spiritual meaning for Native American tribes (5/23/2019)
(Utah) -- Rainbow Bridge is probably one of the most famous bridges in the United States. But it's not because of the number of people or cars that travel across it...
article Environmental, indigenous groups gather to protect a ‘sacred’ site in Salt Lake City that’s planned to become a massive distribution hub (5/1/2019)
(Utah) -- An off-white teepee rose up from a flat, expansive field in one of Salt Lake City’s largest untouched and most politicized landscapes on Wednesday...
article Indian country has sharp reaction to burning of Notre Dame Cathedral (4/23/2019)
(Arizona) -- Native American Indian Country’s reaction is sharp when it comes to the destruction of sacred sites; all sacred sites. While Indigenous sacred sites...
article This Native American inscription was found deep inside a cave. 200 years later, scholars think they understand its meaning. (4/10/2019)
(Alabama) -- At first glance, it looked like a set of black numbers and letters written in English, perhaps with some symbols included. It had gone unnoticed for nearly...
article Indigenous Peoples Day petition withdrawn from Wellesley Town Meeting (3/29/2019)
(Virginia) -- In late winter, a large group of World of Wellesley (WOW) supporters, led by WOW President Michelle Chalmers, met in front of Town Hall to hold signs and...
article Tribes to testify on Long Island at Quincy council on Monday (3/29/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- Leaders from Native American tribes connected to Long Island and the legacy of genocide perpetrated there will testify before Quincy city councilors...
article Petroglyphs on the Mesa (3/29/2019)
(Texas) -- My interest in digital heritage began with the 2007 field season. This was my first year as field manager for the Lubbock Lake Landmark regional research...

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