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Land Issues

article VIDEO: No response from province after Mi’kmaq file title claim over large swath of New Brunswick (1/15/2017)
(New Brunswick) -- Mi’kmaq from Elsipogtog have filed an Aboriginal title claim in New Brunswick. The claim, filed in court last November, covers a third of the...
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Osage Tribe

article Osage Nation reacquires 43,000 acres of sacred land (1/15/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- It is always somewhat emotional for Osage Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear when he looks out over historical tribal lands recently returned to the...
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Lumbee Tribe

article Ruling means tribe can seek recognition through Interior Department (1/14/2017)
(North Carolina) -- The Lumbee Tribe can now pursue federal recognition through the federal Department of Interior’s petition process, but the chairman of the...
article Lumbee Tribe may have new chance to win full federal recognition (1/13/2017)
(North Carolina) -- The Lumbee Tribe in December may have won a new path toward full recognition from the federal government. The solicitor for the federal Department of...
article Lumbee Indians seek federal recognition (9/20/2016)
(North Carolina) -- Twenty bills that would have granted federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina have failed to pass in Congress since 1988. These...
article Editorial: Lumbee Tribe deserves full share of federal benefits (9/12/2016)
(North Carolina) -- This is an old story. Too old. It’s about the Lumbee Tribe. Any tribal members younger than 60 weren’t even alive when it began.
article Bill puts gaming in play for Lumbees (9/10/2016)
(North Carolina) -- Lumbee Tribal Chairman Harvey Godwin isn’t concerned that the Lumbee Recognition Act considered by the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs...
article Our View: Lumbee recognition effort rekindled in Washington (9/9/2016)
(North Carolina) -- This is an old story. Too old. It's about the Lumbee Tribe. Any tribal members younger than 60 weren't even alive when it began. It's the...
article Recognition revisited (9/8/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. Richard Burr told the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Wednesday that the delay on federal recognition for the Lumbee Tribe is “...
article Our View: Lumbee recognition effort rekindled in Washington. (9/8/2016)
(North Carolina) -- This is an old story. Too old. It's about the Lumbee Tribe. Any tribal members younger than 60 weren't even alive when it began.
article Lumbee Tribe Of North Carolina continuing fight for federal recognition (9/7/2016)
(North Carolina) -- The Lumbee Tribe Of North Carolina is continuing with its efforts to gain full federal recognition and revealed that its Chairman, Harvey Godwin,...
article Senate bill would give Lumbees full recognition and millions of dollars (9/7/2016)
(North Carolina) -- The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is trying again to persuade Congress to give its people millions of dollars in federal benefits that other...
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Dakota Access Pipeline

article Burgum holds first meetings with tribal leaders (1/7/2017)
(North Dakota) -- In his first full week in office, Gov. Doug Burgum held meetings with North Dakota Native American tribes in what he calls an effort to understand the...
article Local view: The truth is lost in news coverage of protesters (12/11/2016)
(Minnesota) -- On Dec. 2, the first paragraph of a News Tribune story, “North Dakota pipeline protest targets downtown banks,” caught my attention.“A...
article MORON ALERT: Tribal sovereignty is harming Native Americans more than the pipeline (11/5/2016)
(New York) -- We’re monitoring this closely, and I think, as a general rule, my view is that there’s a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native...
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Unrecognized Tribes

article Some "Unrecognized" Tribes Still Waiting After 130 Years (12/24/2016)
(USA) -- When President Obama held the eighth White House Tribal Nations Conference last fall, all 567 federally recognized tribes were invited to attend.
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Cherokee Nation

article COLUMN: Leadership Oklahoma Class — Appreciating investments (12/11/2016)
(Oklahoma) -- The November Leadership Oklahoma session was in Tahlequah with a focus on tribal government and community and economic development. The session goals...
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Donald Trump

article American Indian & Alaska Native Tribal Leaders Invited to Listening Session with Trump Transition Team (12/11/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Western Caucus Foundation is hosting a listening session with Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), chairman of the Trump Native...
article From the Archives: Trump & the Indians (9/26/2016)
(New Jersey) -- Editor’s Note: This story first appeared in the November 1993 issue of New Jersey Monthly under the headline “Casinos and Indians.”
article Ramapoughs' anger at Donald Trump endures (7/5/2016)
(New Jersey) -- When they sought federal recognition as a tribe 26 years ago, the Ramapoughs liked their chances. They had documented the history of their community in...
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State Recognition

article Tribe Can Sue New Jersey for Recognition (11/2/2016)
(New Jersey) -- A federal judge ruled that the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape tribe can sue New Jersey to get state recognition, which they say they once had, until the state...
article Lenni-Lenape tribal nation earns its day in court | Editorial (11/1/2016)
(New Jersey) -- It's appropriate that South Jersey's Nantikoke Lenni-Lenape Tribe, whose legitimacy has been placed in purgatory by an action of the State of New...
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South Carolina Gaming

press release Celebrated Casino Company Partners With Waccamaw Indian People of South Carolina (10/31/2016)
(South Carolina) -- The celebrated casino development company founded by television personality, author, and former Donald Trump vice president Gary Green, has entered...
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Federal Recognition

article Federal judge rules Cumberland County-based tribal nation lawsuit can proceed (10/28/2016)
(New Jersey) -- A Cumberland County-based tribal nation won a victory in its attempt to maintain what it contends is an important state recognition that helps it get...
article Judge greenlights American Indian tribe's suit against state (10/28/2016)
(New Jersey) -- A federal judge has given the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribe a greenlight to continue its civil rights lawsuit brought against New Jersey's attorney...
article Lenni-Lenape suit against N.J. attorney general can proceed, judge rules (10/28/2016)
(New Jersey) -- A federal court judge has ruled a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribe against New Jersey's Office of the...
article Montana and Virginia tribes 'duped' with federal recognition bill (9/16/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress hasn't extended federal recognition to a tribe since 2000 but six tribes in Virginia and another in Montana think they have a shot this...
article Eastern Pequots appeal denied petition for acknowledgment (8/25/2016)
(Connecticut) -- In its latest attempt to restart the federal acknowledgment process, the Historic Eastern Pequot Tribe has appealed a recently denied petition submitted...
article A Connecticut Tribe Fights for Recognition, and a Piece of the Casino Industry (6/27/2016)
(Connecticut) -- In Connecticut, two Indian tribes, the Mohegans and the Mashantucket Pequots, years ago built shiny monuments to American capitalism in the form of...
article Schaghticoke Indian Tribe Revives Federal Recognition Effort (6/7/2016)
(Connecticut) -- The Kent-based Schaghticoke Indian Tribe has launched a bid for federal recognition, a move that could help the tribe reclaim land and consider the...
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Seminole Tribe

article D'ERRICO: Seminole ‘Tribe’ Embraces ‘Domestic Dependency’ (10/24/2016)
(USA) -- The Seminole Nation has a high profile in litigation about Indian gaming. In 1991, the Seminole sued the State of Florida under the U.S. Indian Gaming...
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Labor & Tribes

article Indian tribes may be sovereign, but their casinos remain subject to federal scrutiny (10/18/2016)
(Washington) -- A California-based tribe’s recent loss at the National Labor Relations Board could reignite interest in controversial legislation affecting Indian...
article NLRB Defends Attempt to Enroach on Tribal Sovereignty (5/28/2016)
(Michigan) -- On May 23, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that it has authority over labor practices at two Michigan tribal...
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Tejon Tribe

article Casino fears complicate tribe's bid for home (10/15/2016)
(California) -- Kathryn Montes Morgan went to school at the old Meridian School on David Road near Wheeler Ridge Road from kindergarten to fifth grade. She’s...
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Mohegan Sun

article US Supreme Court to hear tribal casino employee immunity case (10/7/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court will tackle the issue of whether a limousine driver for a Mohegan Tribe casino is entitled to sovereign immunity in a...
article United States Supreme Court may soon consider tribal immunity case (10/6/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- Following its summer recess, the United States Supreme Court is back in session and is reportedly due to hear a case considering whether the...
article Mohegan Tribal Chairman takes home Indian sovereignty award (9/17/2016)
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan tribal leaders made a promise when they were recognized as a sovereign nation in 1993 that they would use the status to further not only their...
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Poarch Creek

article Tribal Immunity: A legal rule with an advantage (9/24/2016)
(Alabama) -- A little after 10 on the morning of New Year’s Day 2015, Casey Wilkes and her boyfriend, Alex Russell, got in Casey’s car and headed down U.S....
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Native Voices

article Ernest Stevens: Sorry but tribal sovereignty isn't some 'loophole' (8/11/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- I am writing to respond to one of several articles that have been authored recently by Naomi Schaefer Riley in her attempt to generate interest in...
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Marijuana & Hemp

article After marijuana charges, questions on sovereignty emerge (8/6/2016)
(South Dakota) -- The Flandreau Santee Sioux had an understanding with the federal government: the tribe could grow and sell marijuana so long as it kept it on the...
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Schaghicoke Tribe

article Schaghticoke Continues Fight For Federal Recognition -- And Its Benefits (7/13/2016)
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut has announced its new Keno game, introduced in April, brought in $12 million in its first two months. That’s nearly twice what the...
article Connecticut’s Schaghticoke Tribal Nation continues to fight for status and equal rights among the state’s tribes (7/2/2016)
(Connecticut) -- The struggle is real for the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation (STN), who since 1981 has petitioned for federal recognition and most recently the right to...
article BIA says Schaghticoke petition is lacking (6/10/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Thursday said a petition for recognition from the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe is missing four key elements that would...
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Chumash Tribe

article Opinion: What Have the Chumash Negotiations Wrought? (7/4/2016)
(California) -- In 2015, a congressional subcommittee, acting at the behest of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, threatened county government into “...
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Tigua Tribe

article Tigua council pass ordinance requiring state police to gain permission before entering tribal lands (7/4/2016)
(Texas) -- Tigua facilities are now off limits to Texas state police unless permission is granted, based on a new ordinance the tribal council passed just a short time...
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National Congress of American Indians

article Tribal Sovereignty Is Hot Topic At Gathering Of Native American Leaders In Spokane (6/30/2016)
(Washington) -- There’s been a lot of political buzz this week at the mid-year conference of the National Congress of American Indians in Spokane.
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Connecticut Gaming

article Federal officials: 2 tribes 'exhausted' recognition efforts (6/9/2016)
(Connecticut) -- The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs has notified two state-recognized tribes in Connecticut that they've exhausted both administrative and judicial...
article Eastern Pequots resurrect federal recognition bid (6/2/2016)
(Connecticut) -- The Eastern Pequot Tribe has renewed its pursuit of federal recognition, a crucial status it won in a 2002 Bureau of Indian Affairs decision that was...
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Supreme Court

article Supreme Court debates 'inherent' tribal sovereignty in new ruling (6/9/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- As Indian Country continues to wait for a decision in a closely-watched tribal jurisdiction case, a different sovereignty dispute is once again...
article Non-Status Indians in the U.S., Part 2: Daniels v. Canada/Crown (5/22/2016)
(Canada) -- In the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Daniels v. Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development), 2016 SCC 12, the Court was asked to resolve...
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Other News

article White House releases tribal nations progress report (1/14/2017)
(USA) -- It's a renewed era of federal-tribal relations, according to the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference progress report released earlier this month....
article Furst Draft: Long history behind latest Prairie Island filing (12/3/2016)
(Minnesota) -- Minneapolis attorney, legal activist and author Erick Kaardal last month launched the latest salvo in a long-running battle involving the Mdewakanton...
article Seattle School Board Calls for Federal Recognition of the Duwamish Tribe (10/19/2016)
(Washington) -- The Seattle School Board has done what the federal government has failed to do since 2001. Formally recognize the Duwamish Tribe as an indigenous nation...
article Uncertainty over casino rights delays vote on supporting Muwekma Tribe recognition (10/5/2016)
(California) -- A San Jose City Council resolution to support the local Muwekma Ohlone Tribe's efforts to gain federal recognition was deferred after a councilmember...
article ‘It’s a historical moment:’ First indigenous court created in Canada (10/2/2016)
(Canada) -- The Mohawk band council of Akwesasne has introduced what is considered the first indigenous legal system in Canada outside a federal framework. While First...
article Kaine speaks out on Native-American tribe recognition (9/25/2016)
(Virginia) -- Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine speaks of ongoing efforts to push for government recognition of Virginia’s Native-American tribes...
article Oroville Konkow Maidu tribe petitions for national recognition (9/18/2016)
(Oregon) -- Members of the Konkow Valley Band Maidu tribe gathered in a shaded pavilion at Riverbend Park on Saturday. The official business of the day was to sign a...
article Little Shell Tribe Hits Groundbreaking Milestone In Struggle For Federal Recognition (9/11/2016)
(Montana) -- The Montana Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has sought federal recognition for almost 4 decades and tribal officials say they’re now the...
article American Indian tribe in Vermont seeks federal status again (9/4/2016)
(Vermont) -- An American Indian tribe in Vermont is seeking federal status again after it was denied recognition more than eight years ago. Tribe leaders from the...
article Vermont Abenaki build cultural awareness (9/4/2016)
(Vermont) -- Abenaki tribes in Vermont have been hard at work promoting education and trying to improve public perception of American Indians. Roger Longtoe, Chief of...
article Missisquoi Abenaki renew hope for federal recognition (9/3/2016)
(Vermont) -- Chief Lawrence "Moose" Lampman hopes to do what other chiefs before him, including his father, failed to do. He wants to obtain federal...
article Tribal summit looks at unity, empowerment (8/14/2016)
(North Dakota) -- The 20th annual United Tribes Technical College Tribal Leaders Summit will be held Sept. 6-8 at the Bismarck Event Center Exhibition Hall. The theme...
article OPINION: Work together to determine best course for trust land (7/17/2016)
(Washington) -- The situation has only worsened since our editorial 12 months ago calling for the City of Bremerton, the Suquamish Tribe and the owners of the federally-...
article Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs visits Blood Tribe to sign settlement (7/17/2016)
(Canada) -- The Minister of Indigenous and Northern affairs, Carolyn Bennett was in Standoff, Alta. to sign a settlement recognizing a claim that dates back over 70...
article Who’s covered by federal safety laws? (6/26/2016)
(Oregon) -- Matt Fox told his supervisors that if no changes were made, one night an employee carrying buckets of fish across an unfinished bridge and down a steep,...
article Feds Drop Lawsuit Against Indian Tribe’s Killing Bald Eagles (5/28/2016)
(Wyoming) -- The Northern Arapaho tribe has won a court case that could lead to its receiving federal permission to kill bald eagles for religious ceremonies on the Wind...
article Appropriations bill blocks new federal recognition regulation (5/24/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- An appropriations bill released on Tuesday prevents the Bureau of Indian Affairs from implementing reforms to the federal recognition process.
article Bureau of Indian Affairs to deny federal status to Cherokee group (5/13/2016)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs is proposing to deny federal recognition to a group known as the Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokees.
article Georgia Group Fails Federal Test For Tribal Recognition [sub req] (5/13/2016)
(New York) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs has moved to determine that a group known as the Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee Inc...
article Gwich'in Tribal Council board approves self-government agreement-in-principle (5/1/2016)
(Canada) -- The Gwich'in Tribal Council's board of directors approved its self-government agreement-in-principle at a special meeting held Wednesday."We now...

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