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10/17/2017

article Interior Dept., Warm Springs Tribes in land buy-back program
(Washington D.C.) -- Acting Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs John Tahsuda announced Tuesday that the Interior Department has signed an agreement with the...

10/14/2017

article OP/ED: Newhall settlement helps protect environment
(California) -- As a conservation biologist in Southern California, I’ve always shuddered at the prospect of sprawling developments paving over our iconic...

10/13/2017

article Valuing Land’s Interconnectedness
(Rhode Island) -- Among the framed pictures in the office of Shannon Brawley, the executive director of the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association, is a pencil...
article Interior Department may expand recreational shooting on federal lands
(Arizona) -- Target shooting, hunting and fishing could be expanded on public lands under a federal proposal drawing attention in Arizona.

10/12/2017

article Minnesota band taking back land, to ease tribal homelessness
(Minnesota) -- An American Indian tribe in northern Minnesota, saying they want to address their growing homelessness problem, has decided not to renew nearly 350...

10/10/2017

article A Territorial Land Grab That Pushed Native Americans to the Breaking Point
(Washington D.C.) -- It was one treaty too far. William Henry Harrison, at the time, governor of Indiana territory (covering present-day Indiana and Illinois), had for...

10/8/2017

article Indigenous Land Action Committee continues to oppose Gill Tract development, alleging ‘stolen’ Ohlone land
(California) -- From Emeryville to Berkeley, members of the Ohlone tribe, one of the dominant Native American tribes in the Bay Area, have protested development on what...
article ‘The true birthplace of Berkeley’: Ohlone tribe defends sacred Shellmound site
(California) -- For Corrina Gould, a member of the Ohlone tribe, the site at 1900 Fourth St. is more than a parking lot — to her, the site is a sacred burial land...
article Pokanoket Nation takes step forward in struggle for identity, ancestral lands
(Rhode Island) -- The Pokanokets claim that their ancestors never gave up sovereignty and never willingly handed over their lands. They say that they are sovereign...

10/7/2017

article Tribe purchases sacred ancestral grounds including site of Bear River Massacre
(Idaho) -- The land where the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation’s ancestors’ bones lie along the Bear River is now their own. Darren Parry, chairman...

10/2/2017

article OP/ED: Interior Secretary Zinke's Assault on America's Public Lands
(Indian Country) -- You may not be aware that the US Department of Interior controls one fifth of the land in the United States—including our national parks, and...
article OP/ED: Keep up the fight to protect Carrizo Plain National Monument
(California) -- Out on the Carrizo Plain, the Chumash — the indigenous people of this land — make ceremony. We burn sacred fires and Grandfather Sage,...

9/30/2017

article Lake Superior island returned to Chippewa
(Minnesota) -- The 13 small Lake Superior islands off the northeast tip of Minnesota aren’t even on most maps, let alone most Minnesotans’ radar. But the...
article Telescope on land sacred to Native Hawaiians moves forward
(Hawaii) -- A long-running effort to build one of the world’s largest telescopes on a mountain sacred to Native Hawaiians is moving forward after a key approval...

9/29/2017

article Telescope Moves Forward on Land Sacred to Native Hawaiians
(Hawaii) -- A long-running effort to build one of the world’s largest telescopes on a mountain sacred to Native Hawaiians is moving forward after a key approval...
article Yurok Lands Act introduced by Huffman
(Washington D.C.) -- North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) introduced the Yurok Lands Act, a pivotal piece of legislation that tribal officials said aims...

9/28/2017

article BC Treaty Commission praises Tla'amin Nation relations
(British Columbia) -- For the past 15 years relations between Powell River and Tla’amin Nation have been making strides and strengthening. Now, for the second time...

9/27/2017

article County board unlikely to act on proposed transfer of land to tribe
(Iowa) -- It's unlikely that the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors will take a public stance on federal legislation to transfer federally owned land popular with...
article A look at 3 sites proposed as new national monuments
(USA) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended changes to some existing national monuments, including shrinking their size and allowing more uses such as...

9/26/2017

article Brown and Pokanoket Reach Agreement on Preservation and Tribal Access to Bristol Land
(Rhode Island) -- Brown University and Pokanoket tribe members who have been encamped on Brown's property in Bristol since Aug. 20 have reached an agreement...
article Brown, tribe sign agreement to end tribal encampment
(Rhode Island) -- Brown University says it has reached an agreement to end an encampment by members of a Native American tribe on land it owns in Rhode Island.
article Pokanoket statement on the agreement with Brown University
(Rhode Island) -- Sagamore Po Wauipi Neimpaug released a statement Tuesday afternoon in response to the deal struck between the Pokanoket Tribe and Brown university over...
article California woman gives land sale inheritance to Utah tribe
(Utah) -- A retired California professor gave $250,000 to a northeastern Utah tribe to compensate for her great-grandparents profiting off land that once belonged to the...

9/25/2017

article Brown University Reaches Agreement With Protestors Over Tribal Lands
(Rhode Island) -- The Native American group that camped out for weeks on land owned by Brown University has ended their demonstration. The university and the group...
article Pokanoket Tribe, Brown University reach deal on Bristol land dispute
(Rhode Island) -- The Pokanoket Tribe ended its nearly five-week-long encampment on a Brown University property in Bristol on Monday after reaching an agreement with the...
article Juneau officials to consider returning land to tribe
(Alaska) -- A movement has begun to return a portion of Juneau land to those who originally inhabited it. The Juneau Empire reports the City and Borough of Juneau Deputy...
article Professor gives $250K to Ute Indian Tribe to compensate for great-grandparents profiting off tribal land sales
(Utah) -- She doesn’t consider it a donation (though she jokes the IRS might look at it that way). And she doesn’t think it makes her a saint of any sort....
article Should sacred sites be given back to Native Americans?
(Minnesota) -- In June, leaders of the Newport United Methodist Church in Minnesota agreed to return a sacred rock to the Dakota people. The large red rock was moved...

9/24/2017

article OP/ED: In defense of keeping Desert Peaks as it is
(New Mexico) -- If there’s one place that speaks to the great history, culture and natural beauty New Mexico offers, it’s our Organ Mountains Desert Peaks.
article This land is your land … for now
(Nevada) -- A leaked Interior Department memo sent to the White House recommends shrinking Gold Butte and several other national monuments, according to the Associated...

9/23/2017

article City officials to consider giving Indian Point land to Native nonprofit
(Alaska) -- Last year, Juneau’s Indian Point was added to the National Register of Historic Places. This year, a movement has begun to get a portion of the land...

9/20/2017

article Province announces commitment of land to Canada for Sayisi Dene First Nation Reserve
(Manitoba) -- The Manitoba government will be entering into a bilateral provincial Relocation Claim Lands Agreement with the Sayisi Dene First Nation, Indigenous and...
article Residents face eviction amid plans to redevelop Songhees land
(British Columbia) -- Residents of a mobile home park on Songhees First Nation land that is poised for redevelopment are distraught and uncertain about their futures...

9/19/2017

article Ariz. Tribe Says Feds Must Face Trust Mismanagement Suit (sub req)
(Arizona) -- The White Mountain Apache Tribe on Friday fought a partial dismissal bid of its suit claiming the federal government failed in its trust duty to the tribe...
article Over 1500 indigenous communities in danger of losing their land
(Argentina) -- Argentina's Indigenous Territorial Emergency Law, which restrains legal evictions and prevents native communities from losing their ancestral lands,...

9/18/2017

article Secretary Zinke goes against tribal interests with monument recommendations
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is urging President Donald Trump to reduce the boundaries of monuments supported by tribes,...
article OP/ED: Give tribes real authority in Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- President Barack Obama's controversial designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah last year was widely touted as a victory for...

9/17/2017

article Shrink at least 4 national monuments and modify a half-dozen others, Zinke tells Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump modify 10 national monuments created by his immediate predecessors,...
article Zinke wants to trim Gold Butte, other national monuments
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that six of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration be reduced in size, with...
article Legal claims cloud University, Pokanoket encampent dispute
(Rhode Island) -- Since the Pokanoket Tribe began an encampment on University-owned property in August, contradictory claims to the land have clouded communications...

9/15/2017

article Alaska communities request land be put into federal trust
(Alaska) -- Two Alaska tribal communities are hoping to take advantage of a policy change that allows for land to be placed into federal trust. The Daily News-Miner...
article Two more Alaska tribes apply to put land into trust with BIA
(Alaska) -- Two more tribes are asking the federal government to put land into trust, including one that seeks to remove a 2.5-acre parcel from the Kenai Peninsula...
article OP/ED: Washington State Should Respect Tribal Rights and Court Ruling on Culverts
(Washington) -- The Seattle Human Rights Commission writes in response to the Seattle Times recent editorial “The Supreme Court must clarify culvert ruling,...
article Judge Nixes Challenge To Calif. Tribal Trust Land Decision (sub req)
(New York) -- A California federal judge on Thursday tossed a suit by a community group seeking to block the Bureau of Indian Affairs from taking approximately 853 acres...
article Pair of Historians Supports Name Change for Mount Doane
(Montana) -- A pair of Montana historians says they support a call from a pair of Native American tribes to change the name of Mount Doane in Yellowstone National Park....

9/14/2017

article Indian Land Capital Co. helps tribes reclaim ancestral land
(Montana) -- An unusual finance company based in the St. Paul suburb of Little Canada is playing a big role in helping tribes repurchase ancestral lands that should...

9/13/2017

article Bolsa Chica Land Trust marks 25th anniversary while fighting to preserve Native American site
(California) -- As the Bolsa Chica Land Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend, the group is focusing on acquiring 11 acres of developer-owned property on...

9/12/2017

article Ft. Yukon and Ninilchik tribes submit applications for trust status
(Alaska) -- Two Alaska tribes have submitted applications to place lands into trust with the federal government. Ft. Yukon wants to put just under two acres, where a...

9/11/2017

article Pokanoket Nation Rallies Support with March to Brown
(Rhode Island) -- A Sept. 5 march through the leafy, tree-lined streets of the East Side, down Thayer Street to the iconic gateway at Brown University, brought added...

9/9/2017

article Native Community Rallies to Protect “Standing Rock of the Bay Area”
(California) -- On Friday, California Indian Country leaders and their allies gathered at theWest Berkeley Shellmound and sacred Ohlone village site. Winnemem Wintu...

9/4/2017

article Pokanoket Tribe Rejects Brown University's Offer
(Rhode Island) -- The Pokanoket Tribe recently rejected an offer from Brown University to end its occupation of disputed Native American land on the school's...
article Tribe to lead march to Brown University over land dispute
(Rhode Island) -- A Native American tribe plans to lead a march to Brown University over land they say was illegally taken from them hundreds of years ago.

9/3/2017

article Letter: David Andrews: Brown should return land to R.I.’s Pokanoket Tribe
(Rhode Island) -- As a 2012 Brown University graduate, I am appealing to President Christina Paxson and Brown’s leadership and administration to return the 375...

9/2/2017

article Bill to extend tax exemption on tribal fee-to-trust land delayed
(California) -- A state bill that would provide a tax exemption for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and other Native American tribal lands during a fee-to-trust...

9/1/2017

article Tribe rejects land-dispute agreement offer, Brown says
(Rhode Island) -- A proposed agreement to end the encampment by Native Americans on the grounds of Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum’s collection center...

8/28/2017

article Pokanoket Tribe Occupies Brown to Reclaim Land
(Rhode Island) -- There’s a lot of history, much of it violent, at the 375-acre property now occupied by the Pokanoket Tribe. In 1675, the mostly wooded site on...

8/27/2017

article Pokanoket Tribe says Brown University’s response to land dispute is ‘nonsense’
(Rhode Island) -- The Pokanoket Tribe says a letter last week from the steering committee of Brown University’s Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative...

8/26/2017

article Shrinking monuments could open land for mining and drilling, but energy industry isn't interested
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation for President Trump to shrink some national monuments opens up the possibility for new mining or...
article Po Metacom Camp responds to Brown letter disputing Pokanoket legitimacy
(Rhode Island) -- The Pokanoket Nation, the Federation of Aboriginal Nations of America (FANA) and the FANG Collective have responded to Brown University’s Native...

8/24/2017

article Boulder Native American advocates riled by details-free report on national monuments
(Utah) -- Native American advocates, environmentalists and others closely watching for word today on U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke's recommended changes...
article 'Let's stand for the mountains!': the Native American rockers fighting to be heard
(Ontario) -- On a Monday evening in August, I am sitting at a Holiday Inn in downtown Toronto with John Angaiak, a Yup’ik Inuit musician who has travelled more...

8/23/2017

article Tribal leaders, Brown U. meet over Bristol land dispute
(Rhode Island) -- Brown University officials on Wednesday met with leadership of the Pokanoket Nation as the tribe and their supporters remain camped out on a parcel of...
article Zinke’s decision on NM’s national monuments expected Thursday
(New Mexico) -- After spending all summer reviewing 27 national monuments – including two in New Mexico – it’s decision time for Interior Sec. Ryan...

8/22/2017

article Pokanoket tribe, Brown Univ. to meet on Bristol land dispute
(Rhode Island) -- The leader of the tribal group that is occupying Brown University property around Mount Hope Bay said Tuesday that he and representatives of the Ivy...
article Meet the nation’s most endangered monuments
(USA) -- Sweeping wilderness vistas. Archaeological relics dating back thousands of years. Undersea worlds of corals, anemones and rare marine species. Their fate could...

8/21/2017

article Members of Pokanoket tribe, supporters occupy Brown University land in Bristol
(Rhode Island) -- A group identifying itself as the Pokanoket nation and its supporters occupied the grounds of Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum Sunday...
article Tribe sets up encampment on contested land donated to Brown University decades ago
(Rhode Island) -- Dozens of people, including members of a Native American tribe and their supporters, have set up an encampment on Brown University land, saying the...
article Fate of 21 national monuments will land on Trump’s desk this week
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration this week is expected to release plans for potentially shrinking or revoking the status of 21 national monuments, setting...

8/19/2017

article Zinke under fire from public lands advocates
(Washington) -- As the Trump administration's review of national monument designations reaches a close, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is facing more heat than ever...
article Commentary: The Antiquities Act was meant to protect Indian history
(Utah) -- Bureaucrats and politicians currently threaten the heritage of Native Americans — the groups whose histories the Antiquities Act of 1906 was intended to...

8/18/2017

article Gulf Coast land loss threatens food sovereignty
(Louisiana) -- Native Americans living along Louisiana's ragged Gulf Goast are some of the first communities in North America hit by land loss and severe flooding...

8/17/2017

article Brazil: campaigners welcome court rulings in favor of indigenous land rights
(Brazil) -- Indigenous activists and human rights campaigners around the world yesterday celebrated Brazil’s Supreme Court ruling unanimously in favor of...

8/14/2017

article Echoes of Oak Flat: 4 Pick Sloan Dams That Submerged Native Lands
(North Dakota) -- The Oak Flat land grab is just one of many acts of the federal government that has seized Indian land or despoiled it. Dams, mines, railroads, timber...

8/10/2017

article Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands: Protect Hanford Reach
(Washington) -- Washington state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz is urging the U.S. Interior Department to preserve the nation’s National Monuments, one...
article 27 National Monuments Are Under Review. Here Are Five to Watch
(New York) -- No president has ever abolished a national monument designated by a predecessor. President Trump may try to change that. Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the...
article Living On Ohlone Land: A Panel Discussion by California Women Tribal Leaders
(California) -- Approximately 500 people gathered together at the First Congregational Church of Oakland to hear a panel discussion entitled, “Living on Ohlone...

8/7/2017

article Hoopa rapper protests Arkley’s Indian Island comments
(California) -- Security National CEO Rob Arkley’s proposal last week that he would buy Eureka-owned property on Indian Island has drawn letters of protest from...

8/5/2017

article A Hard-Fought Victory To Restore Tribal Land Faces New Threat In Trump Era
(Washington D.C.) -- Along with being a self-proclaimed champion of public lands, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke vowed to be an advocate for America’s indigenous...
article Ownership of Tribal Land Restored at the Kashia Coastal Reserve
(California) -- "Understanding Kashia's history is understanding the struggle," says Reno Franklin, Chairman of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians. The Kashia...

8/4/2017

article Groups Defend Ironwood Forest National Monument Status
(Arizona) -- Conservation and political interests in Arizona are joining together to oppose a review of monuments across the country, including Ironwood Forest northwest...

8/2/2017

article Yurok Group Issues Statement Responding to Arkleys’ Indian Island Comments
(California) -- The Tsurai Ancestral Society is deeply saddened by the recent statements made by Mr. Arkley regarding the Tuluwat (Indian Island) land transfer. Mr....

8/1/2017

article DOI Narrows Scope Of Tribal Land Buyback Program [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior plans to target a smaller number of tribes to take part in a massive land buyback program as the department...
article Dakotas Tribes Eligible for Federal Land Buyback Program
(North Dakota) -- Several American Indian tribes in the Dakotas are eligible for a federal program to return land on reservations to tribal control. The buyback program...
article Interior Announces Revised Strategy, Policies To More Effectively Reduce Fractionation Of Tribal Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- Following extensive analysis and feedback received from tribal leaders and American Indian landowners, the Department of the Interior has announced...
article MORON ALERT: Rob Arkley Wants to Buy Indian Island to Keep Eureka From Returning it to ‘The Natives’
(California) -- Rob Arkley, Eureka’s notorious real estate tycoon/political powerbroker/bankruptcy expert, went on KINS Radio’s “Talkshop”...

7/31/2017

article Stakeholders fume over Zinke’s shortened Nevada monuments visit
(Nevada) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who said Sunday he would like his federal agency to be known as the “happy department,” left some unhappy campers...
article Zinke caps review of Nevada monuments with Bunkerville visit
(Nevada) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spoke to reporters early Sunday evening in this rural Clark County community as he wrapped up a much-anticipated visit to...

7/28/2017

article Battle over tribe's land moves to county court
(New Jersey) -- The Mahwah municipal judge on Thursday recused himself from hearing a zoning case against the Ramapough Lenape Nation over teepees and other structures...
article By helicopter and on horseback, Zinke reviews monuments
(New Mexico) -- Ranchers who want to scale back two national monuments in New Mexico competed for attention with the outdoor recreation industry as U.S. Interior...

7/27/2017

article Forest Service, Alaska Native corporation transfer land
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Forest Service and an Alaska-based Native corporation announced the transfer of 12 square miles (31 square kilometers) of land from the Alaska...
article Interior Secretary Visits Las Cruces; Makes No Commitment On Size Of Monument
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is visiting New Mexico this week as part of his nationwide tour connected to a review of 27 national monument...
article With Gift of Land Near Fones Cliffs, Rappahannock Tribe Expands Return to the River Initiative
(Virginia) -- The Rappahannock Tribe joined environmental advocates in a recent ceremony to celebrate a donation of land on their original territory. The gift will be...

7/21/2017

article RV tour fighting to keep Nevada's national monuments safe
(Las Vegas) -- An RV bus rolled through Las Vegas on Friday as part of a conservation group's fight against an executive order brought on by President Trump. In...

7/20/2017

article Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications
(Washington D.C.) -- In a major setback for Indian Country, the Trump administration is poised to erect "new" hurdles for tribes seeking to restore their...
article Samish Nation still waiting for decisions on land-into-trust applications
(Washington) -- For those needing proof of the delays associated with the land-into-trust process, look no further than the Samish Nation.

7/19/2017

article LEGAL BLOG: Trump Official Provides Insight Into the Administration's Stance on Land-Into-Trust Acquisitions and Its Interpretation of the IRA
(Washington D.C.) -- The Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held a July 13 hearing to compare 21st century trust land acquisition practices with...
article Eureka council makes progress on wards, Indian Island transfer and visitor center
(California) -- Eureka Council unanimously affirmed the city's commitment to restoring Indian Island to the Wiyot Tribe. Tribal Chairman Ted Hernandez was in...

7/18/2017

article DeFazio secures House passage of Tribal Authority Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The House of Representatives on July 11 approved legislation introduced by Congressman Peter DeFazio that would expand the land rights of three...
article Eureka City Council approves agreement with Wiyot Tribe
(California) -- The Eureka City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved of an agreement between the city and Wiyot Tribe to continue transferring ownership of Indian...
article Klamath Tribes meet with Interior's Zinke
(Washington) -- Klamath Tribes Chairman Don Gentry and a Klamath Tribes delegation voiced support for the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument expansion — among...
article Port, tribes celebrate Clover Island changes
(Washington) -- The Port of Kennewick together with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Tamastslikt Cultural Institute will bless several...

7/17/2017

article App shows historic boundary of Native American land in Kalamazoo
(Michigan) -- A free educational app launched this month as part of a campaign to accurately portray the history of indigenous Native Americans in Kalamazoo. In a...
article Eureka City Council to consider ward redistricting, Indian Island, visitor center
(California) -- In its only meeting of the month, Eureka City Council will tackle a wide variety of issues including a land transfer to the Wiyot Tribe and a new...
article Federal court dismisses petition by Warlie/Napoles families
(California) -- On July 7, 2017, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California dismissed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus under the Indian Civil Rights...

7/13/2017

article Tensions rise as Mohawk activists square off with Oka mayor over development
(Quebec) -- A real estate development in Oka is raising tensions in the Mohawk community of Kanesatake. On Wednesday morning, a group of protesters led by Mohawk rights...

7/12/2017

article City supports Samish effort to move land to trust
(Washington) -- The Samish Indian Nation has some support as it fights to get control of several pieces of land throughout Skagit County, including two in Anacortes. The...
article Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians would get land under bill passed by House Tuesday
(Oregon) -- The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians would receive land under a bill that was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday. The Western...
article Public Overwhelmingly Supports Keeping Monuments Intact
(Washington D.C.) -- The public comment period for President Donald Trump’s review of 27 national monuments and marine sanctuaries ended Monday, and environmental...

7/11/2017

article Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests
(Washington D.C.) -- If Indian Country is looking for a fair shake as a key Congressional committee looks into the land-into-trust process for a second time, it's...
article Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Statement on the End of the Monuments Review Public Comment Period
(Washington D.C.) -- On Monday, July 10, the formal public comment period closed for the review of national monuments. More than 1.2 million comments were received on...
article U.S. Interior Department receives over 2 million comments on monument review
(Washington D.C.) -- The issue of whether to preserve, shrink or revoke the protected status of two dozen U.S. national monuments drew more than 2 million public...
article Lake Superior Tribes Return Lands To Reservations Through Federal Programs
(Wisconsin) -- Northern Wisconsin tribes on Lake Superior have purchased land that will be added to their reservations using money from federal programs. In the last...
article Native American community, Metro work together to provide culturally appropriate access to public land
(Montana) -- Like any good Native American storyteller, I need to start at the beginning. Not with a creation story, not at 1492, but where this story begins for me.

7/10/2017

article Mystic Lake will host northern tribal summit in August
(Minnesota) -- American Indian leaders from tribes near the U.S.-Canadian border will meet in August at Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel in Prior Lake to talk about border...
article Grand Staircase-Escalante was set up to fail
(Utah) -- When Carolyn Shelton began working at southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in 2001, she expected to leave it in better shape for...

7/5/2017

article Indigenous people shut out of national monument decision: Loni Romo
(Nevada) -- In May, my mother and I received a unique opportunity through the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada: to travel to Washington, DC and speak as indigenous Christian...

7/4/2017

article Eureka City Council to discuss transferring Indian Island land to Wiyot Tribe this month
(California) -- On Monday the city of Eureka reaffirmed its commitment to transferring city-owned land on Indian Island to the Wiyot Tribe. “That’s a move...

7/3/2017

article Tiny Utah city drops appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in Ute boundary dispute, says it wants to negotiate ‘in good faith’
(Utah) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dismissed an appeal by Myton in a legal battle over the boundaries of Ute Indian Tribe lands within the Duchesne County city....
article Eureka reaffirms commitment to transferring Indian Island to Wiyot Tribe
(California) -- In March of 2015, the Wiyot Tribe made a request to the City of Eureka for the transfer of the city owned property on Indian Island. The island is a...

6/29/2017

article California’s Monumental Distress
(California) -- In April, the Carrizo Plain National Monument, located in a remote area east of San Luis Obispo, California, erupted with wildflowers in an occasional...

6/28/2017

article Britain’s Futile Attempt to Keep American Colonists From Taking Tribal Land
(USA) -- Picture this: In the 1760s, a team of colonial surveyors meets a group of leaders representing major Native American tribes in what will one day become the...
article Plan for Cowichan Tribes to take over land management fails to garner support
(British Columbia) -- An attempt to shift management of the Cowichan Tribes’ band lands from the federal government to the First Nation will not go forward because...

6/26/2017

article Tribe calls review of Nevada national monuments 'unnecessary'
(Nevada) -- The Las Vegas Band of Paiutes called the review of national monuments "unnecessary" as the Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visited...

6/19/2017

article Rappahannock Tribe Regains Land at Fones Cliffs
(Virginia) -- You've likely have heard the story of Captain John Smith's famous encounter with the Rappahannock Tribe. While exploring the Rappahannock River,...

6/18/2017

article Desperation is driving an indigenous tribe in Venezuela to make the trek into Brazil
(Brazil) -- Bergassio Quiñonez knew he had to get his family out of Venezuela when his wife and two young daughters went without eating for four days. Their home in...

6/17/2017

article Judge sides with Riverside County in Agua Caliente tribe's land tax lawsuit
(California) -- A federal judge has ruled in favor of Riverside County in a case brought by a Palm Springs-based Native American Indian tribe seeking to exempt leased...

6/14/2017

article Tribe's fight for 'Sweet Water' site lands before judge
(New Jersey) -- Attorneys for the Ramapough Lenape Nation argued in Superior Court Tuesday that a temporary restraining order filed by Mahwah Township should be thrown...

6/13/2017

article Board affirms Oregon county's denial of railroad expansion
(Oregon) -- An Oregon county had substantial evidence when it denied Union Pacific Railroad's proposed track expansion along the Columbia River where an oil train...

6/11/2017

article First Nation Trying to Reclaim What was Once Theirs
(Nova Scotia) -- A very impertinent vote will be made in the summer month of July. The future vote will be to decide if a First Nation that is situated not too far from...

6/5/2017

article It Happened Here: Treaty of 1855 took land, created the Yakama Nation
(Washington) -- One hundred sixty-two years ago this week on June 9, U.S. government officials and 14 Native American leaders gathered in Walla Walla to sign a document...

5/31/2017

article Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribes often face enormous obstacles in the nation's capital and a Congressional hearing that flew under Indian Country's radar helps...

5/30/2017

article Red Cliff Tribe Buys Back Public Lands
(Wisconsin) -- The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa recently bought around 80 acres of land from Bayfield County. The tribe has been working with the county,...
article Santa Ana Pueblo wants to rename San Felipe Mesa
(New Mexico) -- Right now, but maybe not for much longer, a mesa about 20 miles west of Bernalillo is known on maps as San Felipe Mesa, likely named by Spanish...
article Sokaogon Chippewa now enforcing Recreational Vehicle Resolution & Ordinance
(Wisconsin) -- This past Wednesday, May 17, the Sokaogon Mole Lake Tribal Council enacted its Resolution 05-17E-2017 to improve and enforce recreational vehicle use on...

5/29/2017

article Public debates status for Nevada’s Gold Butte monument
(Utah) -- A debate is raging in the inbox of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior about whether President Donald Trump should keep the scenic, ecologically fragile and...

5/24/2017

article Supervisors informed of potential hurdle to new cell tower
(Iowa) -- The new communication tower located on the Grundy County Secondary Roads property may run into a rather bizarre roadblock as a Native American tribe based in...
article Sacred ground connects past to present
(Michigan) -- Hundreds of Native American burial sites are scattered throughout northern Michigan, where thousands of ancestors have been laid to rest. Greensky Hill...
article Jesuit Mission Gives Up Colonial Approach, Returns Land to Native American Tribe
(South Dakota) -- The Jesuit St. Francis Mission announced that it is relinquishing 525 acres of unused land within the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The...

5/23/2017

article Reno-Sparks Indian Colony celebrates return of ancestral land
(Nevada) -- For what has been considered the greatest development of today's generation, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony (RSIC) hosted elected officials and tribal...
article Federal Report Shows Poor Tribal Road Conditions Contribute to Student Absenteeism
(Arizona) -- A new federal report says poor road conditions on tribal nations contribute to higher rates of school absences for students. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius...

5/22/2017

article Central Council of Tlingit-Haida applying to put downtown land in federal trust
(Alaska) -- The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is looking to protect its land for future generations, starting with seven small parcels of...
article OP/ED: Gradual approach takes us closer to a considered treaty
(Australia) -- On Wednesday, delegates from across indigenous Australia will meet at Uluru for the national convention of the Referendum Council’s First Nation...

5/21/2017

article Indigenous Australians Win Decades-Long Land Rights Battle
(Australia) -- After a 30-year battle, indigenous groups on Australia’s Cape York peninsula are celebrating the return of more than 160,000 hectares of tribal land...

5/16/2017

article Yakima commissioner wants Yakamas to pay for reservation road improvements
(Washington) -- Yakima County Commissioner Mike Leita wants the county to hold off on a proposal to resurface an 8-mile stretch of Fort Road on the Yakama reservation,...

5/15/2017

article Battle Looms as Trump Allies Look to 'Privatize' Native American Reservations
(Washington D.C.) -- Allies of US President Donald Trump are planning to push through a controversial plan to privatize tribal government-run services on Native American...
article Trump’s attack on national monuments threatens California sites, Native Americans’ culture
(Washington D.C.) -- The protection and preservation of the cultural lands and sacred places of Native American people is of supreme importance to sovereign American...
article Editorial: Poncas rightly take ownership of Chief Standing Bear Trail
(Nebraska) -- A powerful sense of connection traditionally linked native tribes to their home areas in the Great Plains, scholar David Wishart observes in his book,...
article Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Gains Ownership of Biking and Hiking Trail
(Nebraska) -- A section of biking and hiking trail from Beatrice to Barneston is now owned by the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. A deed ceremony last week capped a Remembrance...

5/11/2017

article Jesuits to return 525 acres of land to Native Americans
(South Dakota) -- The Jesuits are returning more than 500 acres in South Dakota to the Rosebud Sioux. The formal return of the property is expected to be complete...

5/10/2017

article In the US, Sioux tribe receives land from South Dakota Jesuits
(South Dakota) -- The Jesuit-run St Francis Mission, which serves the Lakota peoples in south-central South Dakota, announced it will return about 500 acres to the...
article Timber Company, Tribe Left With Little After Vote To Cancel Elliott State Forest Sale
(Oregon) -- For the timber company and Native American tribe that had bid to buy the a public forest from Oregon, Tuesday was the day they learned their months spent...

5/9/2017

article Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands
(Washington D.C.) -- The new leader of the Department of the Interior is committed to "protecting and strengthening" tribal sovereignty, according to a letter...
article Jesuits to return 525 acres of South Dakota land to Rosebud Sioux
(South Dakota) -- The Jesuits are returning more than 500 acres, dotted throughout 900,000 acres on a Rosebud reservation in South Dakota, to the Rosebud Sioux. "It...

5/3/2017

article Secretary Zinke advocates 'off-ramp' for taking lands out of trust
(Washington D.C.) -- The new leader of the Department of the Interior believes tribes should be able to exercise more control over their lands. But comments Secretary...
article Native Americans Fear Loss of Culture Over Trump's Border Wall
(Arizona) -- Ever since he can remember, Richard Saunders has seen families cross the fence on his Native American reservation in southern Arizona, where the U.S.-...
article Trump’s Plan To Dismantle National Monuments Comes With Steep Cultural And Ecological Costs
(Washington D.C.) -- In the few days since President Trump issued his Executive Order on National Monuments, many legal scholars have questioned the legality of his...

5/1/2017

article American Indians want Trump to revive memorial on Staten Island
(New York) -- Native Americans are urging President Trump to undo a century-old injustice: by making good on a broken promise made by President Howard Taft in 1913 to...
article Antiquities Act Under Fire From White House
(Washington D.C.) -- Sally Jewell was President Barack Obama’s interior secretary when she presided over a listening session last summer in the postcard-pretty...
article Central Council working to put Juneau parcels into trust
(Alaska) -- Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization has applied to the federal government to put seven parcels in downtown Juneau into a federal trust.
article Zinke reopens Recapture Canyon to motor vehicles
(Utah) -- The Bureau of Land Management banned motor vehicles in southern Utah’s Recapture Canyon in 2007, after unauthorized ATV trail-building damaged ancient...

4/30/2017

article Trump monuments order targets Canyons of the Ancients
(Colorado) -- The Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is one of the 24 monuments targeted in President Donald Trump's order calling for a sweeping review by...

4/29/2017

article Part of 128-year-old BLM debt closer to settlement
(Montana) -- Grazed and farmed federal land in north-central Montana proposed to be restored to native shortgrass prairie is being considered by the Bureau of Land...

4/28/2017

article Middleborough buys land to protect Native American site
(Massachusetts) -- Middleborough Town Meeting has voted to buy 20 acres from a developer to protect an ancient Native American settlement believed to be on the site. The...

4/25/2017

article Trump to reconsider national monuments created by Obama, Bush and Clinton
(Washington D.C.) -- The fierce debate over public land in the West is expected to intensify following an executive order President Trump plans to sign Wednesday that...
article Zinke to review more than 2 dozen national monuments ‘to make sure the people have a voice’
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday evening that President Trump has authorized him to review any national monument created since Jan. 1,...

4/24/2017

article Trump to issue new order calling into question two decades of national monument designations
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump will sign an executive order Wednesday instructing the Interior Department to review national monument designations his three...

4/22/2017

article LETTER: Muskrat Falls protesters had legitimate grievances
(Quebec) -- "Protest must be a meaningful component in dispute resolution."Pierre Trudeau said in 1956 that the suppression of the right to strike transforms...

4/16/2017

article National Bison Range: Popular, poor and again rudderless
(Montana) -- Last week, the first bison calf was spotted by the staff here at the National Bison Range. It is the signal for them to prepare for their opening weekend,...
article OP/ED: Zinke fogs future of bison range
(Montana) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke should follow up on his baffling announcement last week concerning “changing course” on the National Bison Range...
article Dakota riders head to U.S. border in search of connection with relatives on the other side
(Manitoba) -- Travis Mazawasicuna and about 11 other riders rode their horses to the Boissevain border crossing this weekend, where they met with their relatives from...

4/5/2017

article 6 things to know when developing on tribal land
(Arizona) -- Developing on tribal land can be a complex process with many moving parts. Developers will have to work with the federal government, its (slow) speed,...

3/18/2017

article How should northern on-the-land programs be evaluated?
(Northwest Territories) -- The first pan-territorial On the Land Summit concluded with a frank exchange of views in Dettah, N.W.T. A panel discussion of how on-the-land...

3/5/2017

article UN rights expert urges US to create indigenous land policy
(Washington D.C.) -- UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz [official website] called [press release] Friday for the US to...

3/2/2017

article Utah's ancient sites are in danger, you can help
(Utah) -- From the top of a knobby hill overlooking the confluence of the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers in St. George, archaeologist Greg Woodall can look out and see...

3/1/2017

article City initiates land transfer to Lummi Nation
(Washington) -- The city of Blaine is one step closer to transferring a portion of land on Semiahmoo spit to the Lummi Nation. During a regular meeting on February 27,...

2/28/2017

article Businessman donates 200 acres to local Cahuilla tribe
(California) -- A 200-acre gift of east valley land to the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians could provide affordable housing for more than 1,200 people, the tribe...

2/27/2017

article Small California Indian tribe wins permanent access to sacred site
(California) -- An unusual property deal between a California nonprofit and a north coast Indian tribe has secured access rights for a small group that considers the...

2/22/2017

article Samish weigh in on Swinomish boundaries
(Washington) -- In a letter from the Samish Indian Nation to property owners in the March Point area, the tribe’s chairman reiterated his belief that the...

2/21/2017

article Attorney: Tribe seeks to reshape governance of region
(Michigan) -- Editor's note: The News-Review's editorial board invited attorney Lance Boldrey to submit a guest commentary explaining his clients' position...

2/20/2017

article Border Wall Would Cleave Tribe, and Its Connection to Ancestral Land
(Arizona) -- The phone calls started almost as soon as President Trump signed his executive order, making official his pledge to build a wall to separate the United...
article Tohono O'odham leaders: Trump's wall won't rise on tribal borderland
(Arizona) -- Leaders of the Tohono O’odham Nation southwest of Tucson say they’re confident President Trump’s executive order to build a border wall...

2/15/2017

article Native Americans opposing Dakota Access get a boost from Pope Francis
(Vatican City) -- Two Native American tribes are fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in a federal court, but on Wednesday they appeared to get support from a higher...
article Pope Francis says Indigenous people have rights over their lands
(Vatican City) -- Indigenous people must give prior consent for any economic activity on their ancestral lands, Pope Francis insisted Wednesday as the U.S....
article 21 tribes seek intervention in freeway case
(Arizona) -- All 21 Native American tribes in the Southwest are asking permission to join the appeal against the South Mountain Freeway, but Arizona’s attorney...
article State Land Board votes to sell Oregon's oldest state forest
(Oregon) -- Oregon's state Land Board voted 2-1 on Tuesday to sell the state's oldest public forest. Gov. Kate Brown, the board chair, clashed with its sole...

2/14/2017

article Connecticut: Tribe can’t sue state for $600M for land grab
(Connecticut) -- State officials are claiming government immunity in response to a lawsuit by a Native American tribe seeking more than $600 million for land it says the...

2/13/2017

article MT County Fights for Lost Revenue From Tribes’ Dam
(Montana) -- Three county commissioners from a small town in northwest Montana seem an unlikely trio to take on the federal government. One commissioner is a high school...
article Experts weigh in on Native American claims Dighton Council Oak site is ancient burial ground
(Massachusetts) -- In the run up to Wednesday's hearing on the Council Oak II subdivision, the debate continues over whether enough has been done to determine...
article Highway 101 Bypass Project Looking Inevitable
(California) -- A federal judge indicated Friday he would dismiss without prejudice a lawsuit from two Native American Tribes who say California and the United States...

2/11/2017

article Trump’s Border Wall Builds Apprehension Across Tohono O’odham Nation
(Arizona) -- President Donald Trump’s executive order to construct a border wall on the US-Mexico border has caused Tohono O’odham tribal members to become...

1/30/2017

article Indigenous Peoples in the US Vow to Block Trump's Wall
(Arizona) -- The second-largest Indigenous tribe in the United States has vowed to block President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall which, if constructed,...
article Caltrans will remain part of local tribes’ lawsuit over Willits bypass, judge rules
(California) -- A federal judge in Oakland ruled on January 23 that CalTrans shall remain a defendant — along with the Federal Highway Administration — in a...

1/28/2017

article Facebook creator Mark Zuckerburg drops lawsuits seeking to buy Hawaiin land
(Hawaii) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Friday that he was dropping lawsuits seeking to buy out Native Hawaiians who own small pieces of land within his sprawling...

1/27/2017

article Indigenous tribes: Arizona road a threat to sacred land
(Arizona) -- Native American tribes in Arizona have banded together in filing legal documents to protest the construction of a highway they feel is threatening their...
article Tribe Uneasy About Border Surveillance Plans on Their Land
(Arizona) -- Tensions are high on the Tohono O’odham Nation, where Border Patrol has proposed high-tech surveillance towers as part of a sophisticated “...
article Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg drops Hawaiian land lawsuits after backlash
(Hawaii) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Friday he was dropping lawsuits that had aimed to compel hundreds of Hawaiians to sell their land after the 32-year-old...

1/25/2017

article Mark Zuckerberg reconsiders suing Native Hawaiians over their ancestral land
(Hawaii) -- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said he is “reconsidering” a series of lawsuits against Hawaiians to force them to sell small parcels of...
article USDA, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes restoring grazing land
(Oklahoma) -- The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes are teaming up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a research and demonstration project to help restore grazing land.
article Ramapoughs' court date over unauthorized teepees postponed
(New Jersey) -- A local Native American tribe's day in court, to answer charges it illegally built teepees on tribe property without permission, will have to wait,...

1/22/2017

article Anishinabek man lays land claim over Benny forest in northern Ontario
(Ontario) -- An Anishinabek man is seeking a land claim over Benny forest in northern Ontario to stop commercial logging in the area. "It's been in the family a...

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