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Mashpee Wampanoag

article Native Americans warn of 'devastating impact' of land proposal (12/11/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag hold a special place in U.S. history as the tribe that first met the European settlers known as Pilgrims and participated in the...
article Mashpee Town Manager to Travel to D.C. to Support Wampanoag Land Bill (10/1/2018)
(Connecticut) -- Selectmen in Mashpee have agreed to send Town Manager Rodney Collins to Washington D.C. as part of an effort to protect the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe...
press release Mashpee Tribe files court complaint on Interior Department decision (9/28/2018)
(Massachusetts) --   The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe filed a complaint in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the U.S. Department of...
article Large Forces At Odds With Tribal Bill (9/28/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- While the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has received strong support in the Massachusetts delegation, neighboring Rhode Island has thrown a possible wrench...
article Mashpee tribe sues Interior Department over land decision (9/28/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- In a new chapter of a long-running legal saga, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is now suing the U.S. Department of the Interior in an effort to defend the...
article Mashpee tribe sues Interior Department over land decision (9/27/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- In a new chapter of a long-running legal saga, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is now suing the U.S. Department of the Interior in an effort to defend the...
article Tribe sues feds over decision not to affirm reservation (9/27/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- A Cape Cod tribe filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging the Trump administration’s decision not to protect its 300-acre reservation...
article Interior denies Mashpee trust land: ‘You do not meet definition of an Indian’ (9/19/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- The room fell silent as Jessie Little Doe Baird gripped the podium, engraved with a “United States Senate” emblem, as she held back her tears before...
article Interior Department rules against tribe in trust land bid (9/19/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior ruled on Sept. 7 it cannot hold land in trust for a Massachusetts tribe, reversing a decision it made under former...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Confront 'Loss Of Self-Governance' After Interior Department Reversal (9/17/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- The federal government has ruled that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe does not qualify for a reservation, effectively reversing an Obama-era decision to...
article Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Lands in Dispute (9/13/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has been entangled in a legal conflict with the federal government over its native lands in Taunton and Mashpee. Last week...
article NCAI: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe 'stripped' of its sovereignty (9/11/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- The following is a statement from the National Congress of American Indians, the nation's largest inter-tribal advocacy organization.
article Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era (7/18/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Citizens of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe celebrated a milestone this month -- their annual powwow took place on trust land for the first time in 97...
13 Total Articles on this Issue

Lumbee Tribe

article To be Lumbee and American: The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina has been denied federal recognition since 1888 (12/3/2018)
(North Carolina) -- “A lot of people don’t realize Natives are all around you; it’s like we’re hidden in plain sight.” Brittany Hunt, a PhD...
article CHIEF SNEED: Chief Sneed responds to Post article about Lumbees (9/12/2018)
(North Carolina) -- The Washington Post Magazine article, “What Makes Someone Native American? One tribe’s long struggle for full recognition”,...
article Reporter Explores Lumbee Identity, History As Tribe Fights For Federal Recognition (8/30/2018)
(North Carolina) -- The Lumbee of eastern North Carolina have long been identified as Native American by their neighbors and by the state. Even the federal government...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

BIA

article Feds approve Samish Tribe land application (11/28/2018)
(Washington) -- The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved a land application from the Samish Indian Nation that the tribe hopes will end years of struggle when it...
1 Article on this Issue

Native American History Month

article Burt Lake Burnout highlights Biostation history, federal recognition efforts (11/18/2018)
(Michigan) -- Students and faculty gathered Friday night for a Native American Heritage Month event, a historical discussion of the Burt Lake Burnout led by historian...
1 Article on this Issue

Federal Recognition

article Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe holds powwow, aims for federal recognition (11/13/2018)
(Florida) -- Last year, an estimated 10,000 people came to Santa Rosa County for a Native American celebration that recalled the old ways, with native songs and dances,...
article 7 area American Indian tribes gather to celebrate long-awaited federal recognition (10/4/2018)
(Virginia) -- Seven local American Indian Tribes celebrated their federal tribal recognition with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Wednesday. The event took...
article Virginia's Indian tribes celebrate federal recognition (10/4/2018)
(Virginia) -- On land once occupied by their ancestors, members of seven Virginia Indian tribes gathered Wednesday to celebrate being formally recognized by the federal...
article Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees progress on federal recognition bill (7/9/2018)
(Montana) -- A bill to extend federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is taking an important step forward on Capitol Hill this week. H.R.3764,...
article Leech Lake Band gets first hearing on reservation restoration bill (7/9/2018)
(Minnesota) -- A bill to return nearly 12,000 acres to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is getting its first hearing on Capitol Hill this week.
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Connecticut Gaming

article Push is on for EW casino: Pequots, state urge federal approval, cite political pressure (10/19/2018)
(Connecticut) -- The state and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe are pushing again for federal approval that would allow a casino in East Windsor. They asked Wednesday to...
1 Article on this Issue

Florida Gaming

article Amendment 13: Dog racing (10/5/2018)
(Florida) -- An amendment on the ballot in November could spell the end of the nearly 90-year-old greyhound racing industry. It's Amendment 13. If approved by voters...
1 Article on this Issue

Little Shell Tribe

article Congressman Gianforte sponsors bill for Little Shell Tribe (9/16/2018)
(Montana) -- The U.S. House passed a bill on Thursday that would give federal recognition to the Little Shell of Chippewa. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., sponsored the...
1 Article on this Issue

Muscogee Creek

article Indian territory again? An old Oklahoma murder case spotlights tribal sovereignty (9/10/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- Set beside a gravel county road, the painted cross stands chest-high in a small circle of bricks, brushed by tall grass and black-eyed Susans and daisies....
1 Article on this Issue

Land Issues

article A federal lawsuit over reservation boundaries pits tribe against its Northern Michigan neighbors (8/22/2018)
(Michigan) -- Some of Northern Michigan's top vacation destinations are at the heart of a lawsuit filed by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. The tribe...
1 Article on this Issue

Tuscarora Nation

article JACOBS: Tuscarora Indians are federally recognized (8/14/2018)
(North Carolina) -- According to the U.S. Department of Interior-Bureau of Indians Affairs’ Memorandum Letter dated Sept. 26, 1975, the 10-page letter by the...
article Tuscarora Nation fights back after raids on casinos (7/27/2018)
(North Carolina) -- Members of the Tuscarora Nation are speaking out after law enforcement raided three illegal casinos, arrested 24 members, and seized vehicles,...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Ruffey Rancheria

article Siskiyou-area tribe’s reinstatement questioned (8/6/2018)
(California) -- A move to restore federal tribal recognition to a long defunct Siskiyou County Indian rancheria has received a major blow. Research done by a college...
article Karuk Tribe questions restoration of Ruffey Rancheria (5/25/2018)
(California) -- A Northern California congressman says his bill to restore the Ruffey Rancheria in Siskiyou County 60 years after the federal government dissolved it...
article Ruffey Rancheria Restoration Opposed By Other Tribes (5/23/2018)
(California) -- Siskiyou County's representative in Congress, Doug LaMalfa, introduced a bill to restore federal status to a group of Native Americans in the county...
article 'Ruffey' tribal recognition bill passes committee (5/9/2018)
(California) -- A congressional bill to restore federal recognition to a Northern California tribe is headed toward final committee consideration after being approved...
article California tribe concerned about proposed bill (5/9/2018)
(California) -- A Northern California tribe is concerned about a bill that could restore a different tribe that was terminated by the federal government. The Karuk tribe...
press release Ruffey Rancheria Restoration Act Advances (5/9/2018)
(California) -- We, the people of the Ruffey Rancheria, are very pleased that HR 3535 – the Ruffey Rancheria Restoration Act of 2018 – has now advanced out...
article Tribes seek another hearing on controversial federal recognition bill (5/5/2018)
(California) -- Even more tribes are raising questions about a bill to restore federal recognition to the Ruffey Rancheria in California. The tribe was terminated by an...
article Tribes oppose Siskiyou County rancheria proposal (5/3/2018)
(California) -- Members of American Indian tribes throughout California are raising concerns over a bill in Congress sponsored by U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa that would...
article Bill to Re-establish Ruffey Rancheria Causes Controversy, According to the Karuk Tribe (5/2/2018)
(California) -- Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) recently introduced a controversial bill to restore a terminated Indian Rancheria which would be handed over to a group of...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

Supreme Court

article What sovereignty means for America’s Indian tribes (7/15/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- AMID the headline-grabbing news from the Supreme Court this term—the travel ban upheld, Anthony Kennedy’s retirement—came...
article SCOTUS Relists Bearcomesout v. United States (5/25/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Whether the “separate sovereign” concept actually exists when Congress’s plenary power over Indian tribes and the general erosion...
article Why a tribal treaty rights case in Washington will likely end up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court (5/24/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Washington state stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in fuel tax revenue and possibly more if a state Supreme Court decision involving...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Carcieri Fix

article Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill (6/14/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- A controversial bill to strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its federal recognition powers has just gotten more messy. Indian Country has already...
1 Article on this Issue

Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency

press release Shady Crypto-bank Targets Tribes: Tribal Sovereignty – What Makes Mensarii Credit Union Different (5/24/2018)
(Internet) -- The Mensarii cryptocurrency credit union is unlike any other you might have heard of before. What makes it different? The answer lies in Tribal Sovereignty...
1 Article on this Issue

Upper Skagit

article DECISION: Upper Skagit Tribe v. Lundgren (5/21/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe purchased a roughly 40-acre plot of land and then commissioned a boundary survey. The survey convinced the Tribe that...
article Justices Punt Decision on Land Dispute With Tribe (5/21/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday perpetuated a years-long fight between a couple and a Native American tribe over a single acre of land in...
article Supreme Court sides with tribal interests in sovereign immunity case (5/21/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- In a rare win for Indian Country, the nation's highest court has sided with tribal interests in a closely-watched sovereign immunity case. By a...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Wampanoag Aquinnah

article Tales From Granny Squannit: Don’t You Dare! The Mashpee Wampanoag Are Sovereign (5/5/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- Talk about making an elder ill to the core! The Mashpee Board of Selectmen did a good job making many of us sick with their greedy tactics on the...
1 Article on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article HOPKINS: Native Tribes Could Lose Federal Recognition of Tribal Sovereignty Under Trump (4/24/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Under the guise of Medicaid reform, it was reported by Politico on April 22 that the Trump administration is considering steps that would undermine...
article Trump’s Direct Assault on Native American Tribal Sovereignty (4/24/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Much has been made of Donald Trump’s history of racist statements about African Americans and Latinos. We’ve heard a lot less about his...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Other News

article Recognition of the tribes (10/12/2018)
(Virginia) -- The grounds of Werowocomoco in Gloucester County have seen a great deal of history dating back at least 800 years, centuries before the first Europeans...
article Seven Virginia Tribes Celebrate Federal Recognition on York River (10/9/2018)
(Virginia) -- Tribal leaders from seven Virginia tribes gathered this week to celebrate the recognition they’ve finally received from the federal government.
article Tribe Seeks Reconsideration On Federal Jurisdiction Ruling (10/5/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has pushed back against a recent Department of the Interior decision with a new lawsuit filed in the US District Court for...
article Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees major progress on federal recognition bill (9/10/2018)
(Montana) -- With time running out in the 115th Congress, a bill to extend federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is taking a major step...
article Pacific County tribal nation could see recognition (6/25/2018)
(Oregon) -- A federal judge says a Native American tribe who lived on the Willapa can proceed with seven of eight legal claims as part of its long effort to gain federal...
article Chinook Tribe Has Its Day In Court, But Still Faces Long Road To Recognition (5/9/2018)
(Washington) -- The Chinook Indian Nation is taking its fight for federal recognition into the courtroom. U.S. District Court Judge Ronald B. Leighton heard oral...
article Burgeo Mi'kmaq split off to form Newfoundland's newest Aboriginal band (4/25/2018)
(North Canada) -- Disenchanted by the Qalipu First Nation Band's enrolment process, a group of Indigenous people in Burgeo have decided to form their own Mi'kmaq...
article The Monacan Nation has been in Central Virginia for hundreds of years. This year, it finally received federal recognition. (2/17/2018)
(Virginia) -- They’ve been persecuted, ignored, had their identity altered and their existence denied, but descendants of those who greeted the first American...
article OP/ED: What Pocahontas’s Heirs Need Isn’t a New Reservation (2/17/2018)
(New York) -- This may sound like a news flash from the 19th century, but it happened last month: The president signed a little-noticed bill officially recognizing six...
article RADIO: Why A Local American Indian Tribe Doesn’t Want Official Recognition (2/6/2018)
(Virginia) -- Last week, the Trump administration granted federal recognition to six American Indian tribes in Virginia. The move makes those tribes eligible for federal...
article Tribal sovereignty threatened by new bill (2/5/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- There is major concern amongst South Dakota’s tribal leaders about a bill (H.R.4864) introduced by South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem and...
article US Recognizes 6 Virginia Native American Tribes (1/31/2018)
(Virginia) -- Stephen Adkins, chief of the Chickahominy Indian Tribe of Charles County, Virginia, could not be happier: Monday, President Donald Trump signed legislation...
article WASHBURN: Good News on Federal Recognition of Virginia Tribes (1/31/2018)
(Indian Country) -- Three years ago, no federally-recognized tribes existed in Virginia, one of the thirteen original American states. It was not, of course, that...
article After 20 years, local Native American tribes finally given recognition (1/30/2018)
(Virginia) -- Native American tribes across the state, including right here in Hampton Roads, are about to get a big boost. On Monday, President Donald Trump signed a...
article EDITORIAL: Federal recognition of “first contact” tribes long overdue (1/19/2018)
(Virginia) -- AFTER decades of failed attempts, a bipartisan effort by members of Virginia’s congressional delegation to pass legislation granting long-overdue...
article A historic moment as Congress approves first tribal recognition bill in decades (1/12/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- A landmark bill to recognize six tribes in Virginia is headed to President Donald Trump for his signature. Final passage of H.R.984, the Thomasina E...
article Gloria Steinem to Feature as Arena Stage's SOVEREIGNTY Post-Show Panelist (12/19/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will host a special post-show conversation with Gloria Steinem on Sunday, January 28 following...
article Governor Vetoes Montaukett Recognition (12/7/2017)
(New York) -- For the second time in four years, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have led to state recognition of the Montaukett Indian Nation. The...
article Governor Cuomo Again Vetoes Legislation To Recognize Montaukett Indian Tribe (11/30/2017)
(New Jersey) -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has again derailed efforts by state legislators to officially recognize the Montaukett tribe, who were stripped of their...
article All about Tribal sovereignty and treaties (11/10/2017)
(Michigan) -- Many people are curious how Native people can be a Sovereign Nation within the United States borders. Sovereignty means having the right to make decisions...

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