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Sovereignty & Federal Recognition

Land Issues

article Tongva Nation Continues Fighting for Federal Recognition (9/25/2020)
(California) -- Despite a history in Southern California dating back more than two millennia, the descendants of the native inhabitants of Los Angeles County continue...
article Decades-long Mohawk land claim settlement negotiations appear to be progressing (9/18/2020)
(New York) -- Parties appear to be growing closer to a settlement in the decades-long land claim dispute between the Mohawks, Franklin County and St. Lawrence County.
article The Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of South Texas Struggles for Sovereignty and Environmental Justice (6/24/2020)
(Texas) -- In south Texas, existing oil and gas production, several planned fracked gas pipelines and President Trump’s effort to build a border wall between Texas...
article Prof Pommersheim Talks Checkpoints (6/3/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Governor Kristi Noem demanded that the checkpoints be removed. After the tribes stood their ground, she sent a letter to President Donald Trump...
article NAC: Checkpoints and check-ins (5/19/2020)
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and leaders of the Cheyenne River Sioux and Oglala Sioux tribes remain in a verbal and legal standoff. The governor...
article Desautel-Sinixt case postponed until fall session in Supreme Court of Canada (5/15/2020)
(Washington) -- The Supreme Court of Canada announced, April 29, that it would only hear a handful of cases - via video-conference - in June, and all other cases that...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article EPA set secret deadline for Oklahoma tribes to fight loss of sovereignty (9/24/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- The Trump administration’s top environmental official has set a Monday deadline for Oklahoma tribes to weigh in on a proposal that could let the...
article The small Native American tribe fighting Trump's wall in South Texas (5/20/2020)
(Texas) -- When President Trump announced plans to build a wall along the Rio Grande River, Juan Mancias smelled a rat. Mancias is the Carrizo/Comecrudo tribal leader...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Tobacco & Cigarettes

article Why New York Vape Shops are Moving to Native American Reservations (9/16/2020)
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new $117 billion budget signed last April, has set in place some questionable measures. Amongst other things, it banned flavoured...
article Native American Reservations a Haven for New York Vape Shops (7/27/2020)
(New York) -- Around Thanksgiving 2019, two months after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order that banned sales of flavored vaping products in New York, Taobi...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Wisconsin Oneida

article Hobart mulling options after federal reversal in Oneida case (9/10/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- What started over a permit for an apple festival and turned into the Oneida Nation losing most of its reservation has been reversed by three federal...
1 Article on this Issue

Choctaw Nation

article Choctaw Nation chief announces formation of sovereignty committee (9/2/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- On Sept. 2, Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton announced the formation of the Sovereignty for Strong Communities Commission in the wake of the U.S. Supreme...
1 Article on this Issue

Indian Gaming

article OP/ED: Gaming Exclusivity Is An Agreement Between Sovereign Equals (8/27/2020)
(Connecticut) -- In an op-ed published last week, Sportech, PLC blamed the Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes for “blocking” proposed legislation to legalize...
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article U.S. executes only Native American on federal death row (8/26/2020)
(Indiana) -- The United States executed the only Native American on federal death row on Wednesday over opposition from the Navajo Nation, which accuses the government...
1 Article on this Issue

Marijuana & Hemp

article Bay Mills Indian Community jumps into marijuana industry (8/21/2020)
(Michigan) -- Bay Mills Indian Community will develop a community-owned marijuana business on its tribal lands across the state of Michigan. According to a press release...
1 Article on this Issue

Maine Gaming

article Maine Lawmakers Advance Expansion Of Rights For Wabanaki Tribes, But Hurdles Remain (8/7/2020)
(Maine) -- A state legislative committee this week advanced the largest expansion of rights for the state's Wabanaki tribes in four decades. But the effort to...
article Judiciary Committee advances long-sought bill recognizing sovereignty of Maine’s tribes (8/6/2020)
(Maine) -- Members of the Maine legislature’s Judiciary Committee voted six-to-one on Thursday to approve an amended version of an omnibus bill that will make 22...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Wampanoag Aquinnah

article Tribal members can park along West Basin (8/5/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- Tribal members will be allowed to park at the bend along West Basin Road in order to access common land that is a federally granted birthright for all...
1 Article on this Issue

Snoqualmie Tribe

article Reinvesting in Itself (7/29/2020)
(Washington) -- The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe is sprawling. Approximately 500 members, governed by an elected council and tribal constitution, live in areas scattered...
1 Article on this Issue

Mashpee Wampanoag

article Mashpee Wampanoag tribe gets backing from House bill protecting reservation from Trump administration decision (7/27/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation that would prevent the Trump administration from rescinding a Native American tribe's...
article Federal grand jury subpoenas Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to turn over financial records, sources say (7/14/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, embroiled for years in a complicated legal fight to save its reservation, has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury to...
article What connects casinos, the first Thanksgiving and the Trump administration? (5/28/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- “Unless you walk in moccasins” it’s a difficult concept to capture, says Cedric Cromwell, chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe in...
article BLOG: Judge ridicules Interior Dept. document on taking back land from Mashpee Wampanoag tribe (5/28/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe that welcomed the pilgrims in 1620 has been fighting with the federal government over the removal of the tribe’s 321...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article OP/ED: Cherokee Nation won't surrender its sovereignty (7/24/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Citizens of the Five “Civilized” Tribes have been on a roller coaster ride this week. We were ecstatic to learn the Justice Neil Gorsuch...
1 Article on this Issue

Passamaquoddy Tribe

article Tribes want to keep sovereignty bid on Mainers’ minds as it remains stuck in Legislature (7/21/2020)
(Maine) -- Maine tribes are launching an advocacy effort to keep their push for sovereignty on voters’ minds as the future of a wide-spanning bill before the out-...
1 Article on this Issue

McGirt

article Inland Northwest tribal leaders, lawyers praise key Supreme Court decision on tribal sovereignty (7/11/2020)
(Washington) -- In a decision hailed by Native American leaders in the Inland Northwest as a victory for tribal sovereignty, the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a...
1 Article on this Issue

Supreme Court

article OP/ED: How the Creek Nation Finally Prevailed in Oklahoma (7/10/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- In a fitting coda to the blockbuster Supreme Court term that ended yesterday, the court decided a major American Indian law case, one that matters for our...
article OU Native American studies professor says Supreme Court ruling affirms Indigenous sovereignty (7/10/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- A Native American studies professor said the U.S. Supreme Court’s Thursday ruling that much of Oklahoma is a Native American reservation was a landmark for...
article SCOTUSblog: Justices toe hard line in affirming reservation status for eastern Oklahoma (7/10/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The first thing we learned Thursday morning with the announcement of the decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma was that Chief Justice John Roberts didn...
article What a New Supreme Court Decision Means for Native American Sovereignty (7/10/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- On Thursday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case McGirt v. Oklahoma that much of the eastern half of Oklahoma falls within...
article OP/ED: Do we redefine sovereignty? (5/15/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Within Oklahoma, the Native American tribes in our state are sovereign nations. There are 29 tribal sovereign nations in Oklahoma, and these tribes have...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Federal Recognition

article OP/ED: What Nixon Got Right About Native Tribes – And Why The Next President Needs To Heed The Lesson (7/2/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Fifty years ago on July 8, President Richard Nixon issued one of the most important addresses in the long, tragic history of U.S. government...
article Despite legal battle, Michigan tribe remains hopeful for recognition (6/17/2020)
(Michigan) -- Lansing resident Paul Parkey knows he’s Native American, and the federal government isn’t going to change his mind. Parkey’s tribal community, the Burt...
article Judge rules Burt Lake Band can apply for federal recognition (5/23/2020)
(Michigan) -- A federal judge has ruled that the Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians can reapply for federal recognition, and tribal authorities have until...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Little Shell Tribe

article Little Shell Members Use Social Media, Genealogy, Events To Connect (6/29/2020)
(Montana) -- After the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians gained federal recognition six months ago, students from the University of Montana School of Journalism...
article Little Shell Nationhood Passes Six Month Mark (6/19/2020)
(Montana) -- Last year, the federal government recognized a new tribe in Montana; the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa. As the tribe determines what federal aid will mean...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Cayuga Indian Nation

article Cayuga Nation Sues DOI Over Land-Into-Trust Delay (sub req) (6/17/2020)
(New York) -- The Cayuga Nation hit the U.S. Department of the Interior with a complaint in D.C. federal court Tuesday, alleging that the department has illegally taken...
1 Article on this Issue

COVID-19

article Sovereignty and safety concerns front of mind for Indigenous communities warding off COVID-19 (6/15/2020)
(Canada) -- On May 22, freezing rain pelts down on northern Manitoba’s Provincial Road 280, the north access road to the site of the Keeyask hydro project. About...
article Sovereignty and safety concerns front of mind for Indigenous communities warding off COVID-19 (6/15/2020)
(Manitoba) -- On May 22, freezing rain pelts down on northern Manitoba’s Provincial Road 280, the north access road to the site of the Keeyask hydro project. About...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Shinnecock Tribe

article State Loses a Round in Fight Against Shinnecock Billboards (6/1/2020)
(New York) -- New York State's effort to prevent the Shinnecock Indian Nation from operating two 60-foot-tall electronic billboards on Sunrise Highway in Hampton...
article Judge denies state injunction request to remove Shinnecock billboard (5/19/2020)
(New York) -- A state Supreme Court judge has denied New York state’s request for a preliminary injunction to remove the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s billboard...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Muscogee Creek

article Exiled to Indian Country: Muscogee (Creek) Nation (5/27/2020)
(Indian Country) -- “Our language and ways are from where our strength comes,” said Dana Tiger, an artist and registered Muscogee tribal citizen. The...
1 Article on this Issue

California Gaming

article TRIBAL LEADERS: In Response: Casinos reopening is a matter of sovereignty (5/20/2020)
(California) -- Re “San Diego County casinos are about to gamble with patrons’ lives” (May 14): Your editorial board has expressed concern over the...
article Northern California casinos nearly ready to open doors — but Newsom wants tribes to back off (5/18/2020)
(California) -- Northern California’s casinos are gearing up to reopen — with temperature stations to screen customers for COVID-19 and fewer slot machines...
article Some casinos run by Native Americans are set to reopen, not subject to US laws (5/18/2020)
(California) -- Several San Diego casinos are taking a gamble with COVID-19 this week and are reopening. Because these casinos are on Native American reservations, they...
article Governor appeals to tribes to reconsider their decisions to reopen casinos (5/16/2020)
(California) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom has appealed to San Diego County’s tribal governments to reconsider their decisions to reopen their casinos this week. In a...
article Dr. Wilma Wooten admits she doesn’t have power to prevent tribal casinos reopening (5/15/2020)
(California) -- The county appeared to soften its stance Thursday in regard to tribal casino reopenings, a day after announcements that operations will be restarted on...
article County backs off plan to block casino openings, recognizes sovereign right (5/14/2020)
(California) -- County officials on Thursday backed off of their opposition to tribal nations’ plans to reopen casinos that have been closed for two months and now...
article San Diego County health officials critical of casinos' plans to reopen next week (5/14/2020)
(California) -- San Diego County health officials were critical of local casinos’ plans for reopening when asked about the issue during Wednesday's daily...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Washington Gaming

article Three more tribal casinos re-open Monday despite Inslee's wishes (5/18/2020)
(Washington) -- If you re-open a casino on Washington tribal land - they will come. At 10 a.m. when the doors opened at the Emerald Queen Casino (EQC) in Fife, there was...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article To Native Americans, reparations can vary from having sovereignty to just being heard (9/25/2020)
(Indian Country) -- In Oklahoma, the people of the Muscogee Creek Nation Reservation have just won their long-standing fight for sovereignty. In San Francisco, the...
article Ute bands are assigned Indian agencies (9/9/2020)
(Colorado) -- The original peoples of the High Rockies, and Colorado more broadly, have a long and storied history that spans thousands of years and contains complex...
article NAC: Sovereignty and the death penalty (8/17/2020)
(Indian Country) -- The Navajo Nation is asking President Trump to halt the execution of Lezmond Mitchell, scheduled for Aug. 26. He is the only enrolled citizen on...
article Maine Tribes And Janet Mills Struggle To Compromise On Sweeping Sovereignty Measure (8/2/2020)
(Maine) -- The fate of a complicated tribal sovereignty proposal looked grim on Friday, when frustrated tribal leaders reported only scant agreement with Maine Gov....
article Iroquois Nationals competing in World Games ‘just makes sense’ (8/2/2020)
(Alabama) -- The most popular Indigenous lacrosse team on Turtle Island may be inching closer to competing on the sport’s highest international stage. A recent...
article Maine tribes and Janet Mills struggle to compromise on sweeping sovereignty measure (7/31/2020)
(Maine) -- The fate of a complicated tribal sovereignty proposal looked grim on Friday, when frustrated tribal leaders reported only scant agreement with Maine Gov....
article OP/ED: Refocusing the state-tribal relationship around responsibility, respect and reciprocity (7/31/2020)
(Maine) -- The Maine Indian Tribal State Commission (MITSC) was created by the Tribes and the State of Maine during the government negotiations that settled the...
article Maine tribes hope for state to restore sovereignty (7/29/2020)
(Maine) -- Maine’s Native American tribes say they lost control over their own lands 40 years ago, and are hoping the Legislature will return at least some of the...
article Iroquois Exclusion from IWGA Event Renews Debate over Sovereignty (7/24/2020)
(Alabama) -- The Iroquois Nationals would not need passports to travel to Birmingham, Alabama. But the question of Haudenosaunee sovereignty — and the governing...
article Court halts cleanups and demolitions at Winnemucca Indian Colony, questions council's legitimacy (6/18/2020)
(Nevada) -- Following recent attempts to evict residents amid an ongoing lawsuit over who has the legal right to live at the Winnemucca Indian Colony, a court has...
article Free of state rules, Native American casino plans June 10 opening (5/20/2020)
(New York) -- Free of state regulations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone casino, along with two others in Central New York...
press release LaFave resolution reaffirms the sovereignty of tribal nations (5/13/2020)
(Michigan) -- State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) Wednesday introduced a resolution reaffirming the sovereignty of tribal nations and encouraging Michigan’s...
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...

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