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Sovereignty & Federal Recognition

Chinook Tribe

article Little Shell Band: Tribes face coronavirus without federal help (4/9/2020)
(Montana) -- In the midst of a global pandemic, the legacy of federal Indian policy could once again turn deadly, forcing some tribal nations to fight the novel...
article Specter of Pandemic Dire for Tribes Fighting for Federal Recognition (4/7/2020)
(Washington) -- In the midst of a global pandemic, the legacy of federal Indian policy could once again turn deadly, forcing some tribal nations to fight the novel...
article Chinook tribe wins court battle; stage set to seek recognition (1/20/2020)
(Washington) -- A judge ruled Jan. 10 that a federal ban preventing the Chinook Indian Nation from reapplying for federal tribal recognition is unjustified. U.S....
article Court upholds Chinook challenge for recognition (1/15/2020)
(Washington) -- The federal district court for the Western District of Washington on Jan. 11 issued an order invalidating a Department of Interior rule that barred the...
article Chinook win court battle, path for federal recognition open (1/14/2020)
(Washington) -- A federal judge ruled Jan. 10 that a ban preventing the Chinook Indian Nation from reapplying for federal tribal recognition is unjustified. U.S....
article Judge Orders Feds to Reevaluate Tribal Recognition Rule (1/10/2020)
(Washington) -- A federal judge declined on Friday to order the government to allow the Chinook Indian Nation to reapply for federal recognition, but he did toss out the...
article Chinook Nation pursues tribal recognition in federal court (1/8/2020)
(Washington) -- The Chinook Indian Nation returned to federal court on Monday to carry forward their longstanding fight to re-petition the US government to restore...
article Judge calls out 'mischief' in treatment of Chinook (1/7/2020)
(Washington) -- During a hearing Monday, Jan. 6 over whether the Chinook Indian Nation will be able to reapply for federal recognition, the judge in the case called out...
article Chinook Tribe Still Fighting Government Erasure (1/6/2020)
(Washington) -- Bronze-cast carvings depicting the heroes of Chinook Indian mythology will soon greet visitors entering Seattle’s Burke Museum, their exploits...
article Chinook tribe back in court Monday on long quest to regain federal recognition (1/3/2020)
(Washington) -- The decades-long quest of Chinook tribal members to regain federal recognition gets another airing in court on Monday. A U.S. District Court judge is...
article Chinook Indian Nation organizing rally for court hearing (12/31/2019)
(Washington) -- he Chinook Indian Nation is asking supporters rally for a court hearing regarding the tribe’s right to reapply for federal recognition. The rally...
11 Total Articles on this Issue

Mississippi Band of Choctaw

article Miss. Choctaws Claim Immunity In $1.4M Car Crash Suit (sub req) (4/8/2020)
(Mississippi) -- The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is immune to a negligence claim stemming from allegations that one of its former Parks and Wildlife staffers...
1 Article on this Issue

Ho-Chunk Tribe

article Ho-Chunk casino poised for federal decision (4/1/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- After two years of milestones for the Ho-Chunk Nation’s Beloit casino-resort project in 2018 and 2019, a tribe official says action is expected soon...
1 Article on this Issue

Mashpee Wampanoag

article BLOG: The US government just "disestablished" a Native American reservation (3/31/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs told the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe on Friday that the tribe's reservation will be "disestablished"...
article Federal bureau revoking reservation status for Massachusetts tribe (3/31/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is losing reservation status for over 300 acres in Massachusetts under a Trump administration rollback. The Mashpee...
article Feds revoking reservation status for tribe's 300 acres (3/31/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- A tribe is losing reservation status for its more than 300 acres in Massachusetts, raising fears among Native American groups that other tribes could...
article Mashpee Tribe Slams Government Decision to Remove Reservation from Federal Trust (3/31/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- Four hundred years ago, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe in Massachusetts allied with English settlers in Plymouth and helped them through their first year...
article Massachusetts politicians riled by Trump administration tribal land decision (3/30/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- Federal lawmakers are pledging to fight back against the Trump administration's decision late last week to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag...
article Federal appeals court to review Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe claim (2/6/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- On February 5, a federal appeals court in Boston heard arguments over a long-standing dispute between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and local residents...
article Mashpee Tribe Back in Court to Defend Soveriegnty and Casino (2/6/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe had its day in a federal appeals court Wednesday, as its lawyers argued for the tribe’s right to self-governance and...
article Mashpee Tribe Back in Court to Fight for Sovereignty and $1 Billion Genting-Backed Casino (2/6/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe had its day in a federal appeals court Wednesday, as its lawyers argued for the tribe’s right to self-governance and...
article Mashpee tribe presses bid for sovereignty (2/5/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe stepped out of a federal court Wednesday feeling hopeful. “I’m feeling like our attorneys did a...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

Cowlitz Tribe

article Cowlitz Tribe Celebrates 20 Years Since Federal Recognition (2/21/2020)
(Washington) -- More than 500 people took part in a special program Feb. 16 marking 20 years since the Cowlitz Indian Tribe gained official recognition by the federal...
article Cowlitz Tribe celebrates 20 years of federal acknowledgement Sunday (2/18/2020)
(Washington) -- This past Valentine’s Day was even more special for members of the Cowlitz Tribe. More important than the day’s usual heart-shaped boxes of...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Settlement Act

article BLOG: A big sticking point remains as tribal sovereignty effort hits Maine Legislature (2/15/2020)
(Maine) -- It could be a historic day for tribal relations in Maine as a key slate of recommendations move to the Legislature with a major sticking point remaining. The...
article Governor, attorney general urge caution on changes to 1980 state-tribal agreement (2/15/2020)
(Maine) -- Gov. Janet Mills and Attorney General Aaron Frey are raising concerns about the “unintended consequences” of making sweeping changes to the 40-...
article Maine Lawmakers Consider Changes To Act That Would Alter Tribal-State Relationship (2/15/2020)
(Maine) -- Tribal leaders, lawmakers, religious groups and others are urging passage of nearly two dozen recommended changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement...
article What you need to know about the latest bid to restore sovereignty to Maine’s tribes (2/15/2020)
(Maine) -- After months of negotiations, the most recent effort to restore some sovereignty to Maine tribes will get its first trial in the Legislature. Friday will mark...
article Gov. Mills splits with top Democrats to hit 'sweeping nature' of tribal sovereignty effort (2/14/2020)
(Maine) -- Gov. Janet Mills split with top Democratic lawmakers to say in a Friday letter she is concerned with the “sweeping nature” of a slate of...
article Justice for indigenous women at stake with Maine tribal sovereignty bill (2/14/2020)
(Maine) -- The first of two public hearings was held Friday morning before the Maine Legislature’s Judiciary Committee on a bill to implement a majority of the 22...
article Tribal leaders, lawmakers voice support of tribal sovereignty bill; Gov. Mills not fully onboard (2/14/2020)
(Maine) -- Lawmakers and tribal leaders focused on a proposed law Friday that would give tribes in Maine more sovereignty. But even as many of them expressed support for...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Little Shell Tribe

article Montana American Indian tribe celebrates federal recognition (1/30/2020)
(Montana) -- Hundreds of citizens of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana gathered on Jan. 25 to celebrate recent federal recognition, lining up outside...
article The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians celebrates federal recognition (1/28/2020)
(Montana) -- The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has been seeking federal recognition since the 1930s. In December 2019, the Little Shell became the 574th...
article Little Shell Celebrate Federal Recognition: "The Entire Thing Is About Identity" (1/27/2020)
(Montana) -- This weekend, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians celebrated something generations have fought for and that 400 other U.S. tribes are without:...
article Senator Tester Applauds Little Shell Ruling (1/27/2020)
(Montana) -- Last month, the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe was recognized as a sovereign nation by the federal government, which Montana Senator Jon Tester has been urging...
article "Waiting for the day that never comes is over!" Little Shell Tribe celebrates federal recognition after years of struggle (1/26/2020)
(Montana) -- Just a month ago, Little Shell of Chippewa Creek in the Electric City became the 574th federally recognized tribe, after a long journey spanning roughly a...
article Historic celebration held for Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa (1/26/2020)
(Montana) -- The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians had a celebration on Saturday at the Holiday Inn in Great Falls to mark their recent federal recognition after a...
article Montana American Indian tribe celebrates federal recognition (1/26/2020)
(Montana) -- Hundreds of members of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana gathered Saturday to celebrate recent federal recognition, lining up outside...
article 'We knew it was going to happen:' Little Shell celebrates federal recognition (1/25/2020)
(Montana) -- It's been a long road to federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana, but on Saturday it was time to celebrate. Nearly...
article ‘We are building a country now': Little Shell celebrates federal recognition (1/25/2020)
(Montana) -- For decades, members of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe called the day they would get federal recognition “the day that never comes.” Not...
article Little Shell Tribe celebrates being federally recognized (1/24/2020)
(Montana) -- The Little Shell Tribe will have a commemoration Saturday night in honor of receiving federal recognition. The Tribe will have to buy 200 acres of land...
article Montana tribe to celebrate federal recognition with public (1/7/2020)
(Montana) -- A Native American tribe in Montana has planned a celebration after recently gaining federal recognition. The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of...
11 Total Articles on this Issue

Federal Recognition

article The Duwamish people were here first. Should Seattleites pay them rent? (1/27/2020)
(Washington) -- To help right the wrongs of history, thousands of people are paying rent each month to the Duwamish Tribe. Called “Real Rent Duwamish,” the...
article Munsee Tribe in Kansas Works to Regain Federal Recognition (1/3/2020)
(Kansas) -- Connie Hildebrandt has long known she was Chippewa, but it wasn’t until 2005, when her hometown newspaper published a small announcement about a...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Lumbee Tribe

article COMMENTARY: Tobacco Minimum Age Law Should Raise a Red Flag for States' Rights Supporters (1/24/2020)
(North Carolina) -- ... The first piece of legislation is S.1368, also known as The Lumbee Recognition Act. Sponsored by North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom...
article Cherokee chief testifies against Lumbee recognition (1/8/2020)
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is the only federally recognized Native American tribe in North Carolina, but that could change if a bill...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Tribes Unite to Protect Bristol Bay Salmon and Native Sovereignty (1/21/2020)
(Alaska) -- Canadian First Nations, Washington State Tribal leaders, and leaders from Native American regional and national organizations held a press conference to...
1 Article on this Issue

Red Lake Tribe

article Minnesota Supreme Court reaffirms Red Lake sovereignty in DWI case (1/21/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court reaffirmed the sovereignty of Red Lake Nation in a recent decision about a DWI arrest from 2017. The decision issued Jan. 15...
1 Article on this Issue

Unrecognized Tribes

article Bureau of Indian Affairs proposes change affecting Alaska tribal recognition (1/16/2020)
(Alaska) -- Alaska tribes seeking federal status will have to demonstrate more than 80 years of history under a new process proposed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The...
1 Article on this Issue

Land Issues

article Tribes hope Indian Land Claims Task Force will lead to recognition of sovereignty (1/13/2020)
(Maine) -- On Tuesday Jan. 14, the Maine Indian Claims Task Force will present to the Maine Judiciary Committee regarding the state of sovereignty of tribal societies in...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Massachusetts politicians riled by Trump administration tribal land decision (3/31/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- Federal lawmakers are pledging to fight back against the Trump administration's decision late last week to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's...
article USET SPF: Tribal sovereignty should not be held hostage by Washington politics (3/14/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The right of a Tribal Nation to have a land base is a core aspect of Tribal sovereignty and cultural identity, and it represents the foundation of...
article The Delgamuukw decision: When the ‘invisible people’ won recognition (3/10/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The tears eventually dried after B.C. Supreme Court ruled in 1991 that the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en nations did not own or have...
article Sovereign immunity cited in appellate court ruling in Kaw tribal dispute (2/15/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- A Kay County judge exceeded his authority when he issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the then-chair and acting police chief of the Kaw Tribe of...
article Task Force Report Calls For Sweeping Changes To Maine Tribes' Relationship To State Government (1/14/2020)
(Maine) -- A new report is proposing sweeping changes in the way Maine’s tribes interact with state government. The findings come from a task force charged with...
article DAVIS: The Battle Over Tribal Sovereignty: Case Takes Aim At The Use Of Third-Party Vendors (12/12/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Each of the 573 federally recognized Native American tribes in the United States has its own unique culture and history, but they all share one...
article OP/ED: 'Sovereignty is nonpartisan' (12/3/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- It was the first day of the impeachment inquiry hearings and the media and public swarmed around and inside the Longworth House Office Building....
article After 37 Years, One Yosemite Native American Tribe Is Still Fighting for Government Recognition (11/13/2019)
(California) -- After a nearly four-decade struggle for recognition from the United States government, the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation were informed by the federal...
article What is tribal sovereignty? An expert explains (9/29/2019)
(North Dakota) -- “Sovereignty” was a go-to term for Democratic hopefuls at the Native American Presidential Candidate Forum in Sioux City, Iowa, last month...
article Calif. Tribe Says Feds Ignoring Calls For Recognition Of Gov't (sub req) (9/17/2019)
(California) -- The California Valley Miwok Tribe has sued the U.S. Department of the Interior, claiming in D.C. federal court the agency has failed to respond to...
article Will a tribal village rise on San Juan Capistrano land? (9/11/2019)
(California) -- Acjachemen tribal members said they hope to end delays that have dragged out for 4 years efforts to build a small simulated Native American village in a...
article Proponents of new state hold meeting in Moses Lake (9/7/2019)
(Washington) -- Proponents of a plan to split Washington into two states held a meeting in Moses Lake that organizers called an attempt to clear up misconceptions about...
article Congresswoman Haaland and Sen. Warren Release Proposal To Address Chronic Underfunding and Barriers to Sovereignty in Indian Country (8/17/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- United States Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus and the first Native woman to preside over...
article These 'weeds' could fill in the nutrition gap in low-income communities (8/10/2019)
(USA) -- Have you ever considered who defines a weed, or how plants get demoted into that category? It seems any plant that survives human “progress” is...
article Cupeño Indians being 'terminated' a century after being evicted from homelands (8/8/2019)
(California) -- The Agua Caliente Tribe of Cupeño Indians has been rebuffed in its quest to gain federal recognition, representing another setback in a long a history of...
article Tribal leaders, lawmakers mull changes to tribal sovereignty (7/24/2019)
(Maine) -- Tribal leaders and lawmakers in Maine have begun to work together on potential reforms to a 1980 agreement in hopes of spurring economic development and...
article Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Improve Federal-State-Local Coordination (7/24/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Rob Bishop, R-Utah, on Tuesday introduced legislation aimed at improving the relationships between federal, state...
article Alaska must embrace tribal sovereignty: Sovereignty must exist in practice, not just in principle. (7/2/2019)
(Alaska) -- Alaska has struggled to improve its relationship with Alaska Natives for a long time now. Since the inception of the state, admission of the difficulty...
article House committee advances bill recognizing sovereign rights of tribes in Texas (6/22/2019)
(Texas) -- A bipartisan bill recognizing the sovereign rights of two tribes in Texas and placing them on the same footing as just about every other Indian nation when it...
article Report dings feds' consultation with tribes on projects (5/2/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- A group of U.S. lawmakers and tribal leaders are calling attention to a watchdog report that says federal agencies need to improve their process of...

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