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11/17/2019

article Comment period on Tongass roadless rule exemption closing
(Alaska) -- Alaskans testified in front of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources in Washington D.C. Wednesday regarding the U.S. Forest Service’s proposed...

11/15/2019

article A luxurious surf park is proposed for an impoverished part of the desert. Some residents are crying foul
(California) -- A one-of-a-kind surf club resort is being proposed for a largely undeveloped stretch of land in the eastern Coachella Valley, an area of the desert that...

11/13/2019

article BLM responds to tribes’ criticism over planning process for draft resource management plan
(Alaska) -- The Orutsararmiut Native Council is calling the federal planning process for how 13 million acres of public land is managed in the region “woefully...
article Alaskans take Roadless Rule fight to DC
(Washington D.C.) -- Seven Alaskans were in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, testifying to Congress about the Trump administration’s proposal to lift the Roadless Rule...
article How would lifting the Roadless Rule change Tongass logging? Not much, both sides say
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump Administration has proposed to exempt the Tongass National Forest from the Roadless Rule. That rule is despised by supporters of the...

11/12/2019

article Thousands of Alaska Native veterans now eligible for land allotments, but hurdles remain
(Alaska) -- Last month at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Fairbanks, Sen. Dan Sullivan met with veterans from around the state and discussed newly enacted...
article Alaskans Push to Save US Largest National Forest
(Alaska) -- Environmentalists, fishers, and tribal leaders in Alaska will attest before the Congress on Wednesday to save America's most prominent national forest as...

11/11/2019

article In Tlingit land-rights loss, a Native American rights attorney lays out injustice and hope for the future
(Alaska) -- Walter Echo-Hawk is, essentially, a walking law library. It makes sense, given that he’s been practicing law since 1973. He rattles off cases from...

11/10/2019

article Hundreds peacefully protest border-wall construction’s ‘desecration of tribal lands’
(Arizona) -- In a remote desert wildlife refuge Saturday afternoon in southwestern Arizona, hundreds of people protested the construction of a border wall in what many...

11/8/2019

article In Tlingit land-rights loss, a Native American rights attorney lays out injustice and hope for the future
(Alaska) -- Walter Echo-Hawk is, essentially, a walking law library. It makes sense, given that he’s been practicing law since 1973. He rattles off cases from...

11/7/2019

article $4M W. Village House Won’t Go to Indian Tribe; Millionaire Reneges on Promise
(New York) -- Cancel the thoughtful gesture. It was three years ago that millionaire Jean-Louis Goldwater Bourgeois said he wanted to give his Manhattan home back to the...
article Colorado Highway Expansion Routed Over Ancient Native American Sites
(Colorado) -- Just outside Durango, Colo., archeologist Rand Greubel stands on a mesa surrounded by juniper trees. He points to a circular hole in the ground, about 30...
article Campus’ Indigenous Land Roots Acknowledged
(North Carolina) -- On Monday evening, the denizens of Wake Forest congregated at the center of campus in Reynolda Hall for an event that was the first of its kind in...

11/5/2019

article SDSU Passes Resolution Acknowledging Campus Lies on Native Land
(California) -- San Diego State University formally recognized that its campus rests on land belonging to the Kumeyaay people with the San Diego State University...
article Muskoka communities working towards Indigenous land acknowledgments
(Ontario) -- Local governments across Muskoka will be giving a nod to the original residents of the area at all their meetings in the near future.

11/4/2019

article Why Some Native Hawaiians End Up Selling Coveted Homesteads
(Hawaii) -- When Eric and Heidi Arrington first moved into their home in Nanakuli in 1996, they thought it would be their forever home. The two-story house with a big...
article The land the NDIS forgot: the remote Indigenous communities losing the postcode lottery
(Australia) -- More than half of Northern Territory participants in the disability scheme are Indigenous – and for those who live on country, isolation, culture...

11/3/2019

article OP/ED: The importance of Indigenous perspectives in land management
(Colorado) -- A 380,000-gallon oil leak from the Keystone pipeline, which has been heavily contested by Native Americans and First Nations peoples in recent years,...

11/1/2019

article When Native Americans Briefly Won Back Their Land
(New York) -- They came from near and far: Native American chiefs and representatives of various tribes bearing gifts for a historic meeting. Their destination was Fort...

10/31/2019

article Southeast tribes unite to oppose lifting Roadless Rule
(Alaska) -- Six tribal governments in Southeast Alaska on Tuesday issued a joint statement condemning the Forest Service’s plan to roll back the Roadless Rule,...
article Environmentalists, tribes oppose Clark County lands bill
(Nevada) -- Conservationists, rural governments and Native American tribes are opposing a sweeping lands proposal from Clark County over fears that it could restart an...

10/25/2019

article BOOK: ‘Shadowlands’ goes inside ‘one whacked-out American story’
(Oregon) -- The 2016 armed takeover of an Oregon bird sanctuary by antigovernment protesters had a bit of everything: impassioned talk of freedom and “We the...

10/24/2019

article Replanting culture and history on aboriginal land
(Montana) -- The Creator set the table for the Bitterroot Salish, and in response the Bitterroot Salish lived in harmony with creations flora and fauna gift, ensuring...

10/23/2019

article Gullah Geechee: distinct US culture risks losing island home to climate crisis
(Louisiana) -- The 2019 hurricane season, which has already seen parts of Texas flooded and the Bahamas devastated, is prompting existential angst for a unique US...

10/22/2019

article Climate change has finally caught up to this Alaska village
(Alaska) -- They've boxed their clothes and piled into boats and said goodbye to neighbors—for now. This month, a pioneering group of residents from the Alaska...
article Montana legislator brings anti-public lands campaign to D.C. hearing on wildlife corridors
(Montana) -- A public lands opponent from Montana continued to call for the transfer of federal lands during a congressional hearing on wildlife corridors. The House...
article The Next Yellowstone: How Big Money Is Building A New Kind Of National Park
(Montana) -- The northern Great Plains aren’t much to look at. It’s the drab, boring part of a cross-country interstate drive between Seattle and Chicago. No...

10/20/2019

article A Western Alaska village, long threatened by erosion and flooding, begins to relocate
(Alaska) -- As night fell outside their small home, Sharon and Owen David cleaned by the dim light of a ceiling fixture. Plastic totes and boxes holding their belongings...
article Native American community, city in talks about possible land swaps
(South Dakota) -- About 25 community members gathered Thursday evening in Rapid City to brainstorm land uses and funding mechanisms if the Native American community is...
article PETERSON: Respect Alaska tribes’ rights on the Tongass question
(Alaska) -- The Central Council Tlingit and Haida Constitution declares as our peoples’ inherent right that our tribal government, “Protect, preserve and...

10/18/2019

article Man starts hunger strike in Kanesatake over 301-year-old land dispute
(Ontario) -- A First Nations man in Quebec is on the eighth day of a hunger strike to raise awareness of a 301-year-old unresolved land dispute in Kanesatake. Al...

10/14/2019

article Indigenous Land Stewardship program applies old solutions to modern problems
(British Columbia) -- There's a growing recognition that traditional Indigenous knowledge will be needed to help mitigate the climate crisis, and Justin Sidon wants...
article Eureka plans ceremony for Wiyot Tribe land transfer
(California) -- The city of Eureka will host a ceremony to formally transfer lands on Indian Island, back to the Wiyot Tribe. With the “Return of Tuluwat”...

10/11/2019

article Seattle was named after a tribal chief. Now his descendants own less than an acre of city land.
(Washington) -- The Native American tribe whose former leader inspired this city’s name plans to kick off its celebration of Indigenous People’s Day with a...
article FIGHTING BACK: Texas tribe files suit in federal court
(Texas) -- As border wall construction is underway in the Rio Grande Valley, some residents are still fighting back; this time in a federal court house. For more than 10...
article ‘Landless’ tribes stake out selections in the Tongass
(Alaska) -- Southeast Alaska tribal communities who were excluded from forming village corporations in the 1970s continue to push for a land settlement. Residents and...

10/9/2019

article OP/ED: Making National Parks Accessible to Native People Again
(USA) -- A violent, racist history has kept Native people off their ancestral lands for decades. How can we remove the barriers that still exist today?

10/8/2019

article South Texas tribe says government surveyors encroached on their lands for border wall
(Texas) -- Members of the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas say government surveyors entered their tribal cemetery lands without permission recently and marked the area...

10/3/2019

article Judge awards rare advance costs to Beaver Lake Cree Nation in land rights case
(Alberta) -- A judge has ordered the provincial and federal governments to pay advance legal costs in an action brought by an Alberta First Nation fighting for control...

10/1/2019

article US wants to block tribes from protecting historical and cultural areas on public lands
(Washington D.C.) -- The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes ask for your help in engaging the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service to make sure it does not...

9/30/2019

article Land claims researcher to give talk at UNBC
(British Columbia) -- A land claims researcher with the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs who works with her community on projects such as Indigenous cultural heritage, land...

9/27/2019

article Study examines effects of climate change, land loss on Louisiana’s Houma tribe
(Louisiana) -- Repeated disasters and environmental changes on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast are rapidly eroding the land, and along with it, an Indigenous tribe’s...

9/25/2019

article Member of Hia Ced O’odham says border wall is ‘desecrating’ tribal ancestral remains in Arizona
(Arizona) -- Nellie Jo David broke into tears on Tuesday afternoon when she tried to describe the “devastation” that she feels because of a 30-foot-tall...
article Yabuk’ʷali, the Tacoma ‘Fishing Wars’ bridge, is still the place for a fight
(Washington) -- The old bridge where police officers gathered in preparation to raid the Puyallup Fish Camp on the banks of the Puyallup River 49 years ago on September...
article Return of land fulfills vision of local Nipmuc tribe
(Massachusetts) -- Nearly 100 local and regional natives and nonnatives came together to acknowledge and honor the fulfillment of a vision of the local Nipmuc tribe, the...

9/24/2019

article Faced with an important decision on the Tongass, why is the federal government supporting Alaska’s timber industry?
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the middle of making a crucial decision about how it manages the Tongass National Forest. In 2018, the state of...

9/21/2019

article Atlanta-based ministry returns sacred land to Wyandotte Nation after 176 years
(Ohio) -- The United Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon returned sacred land to the Wyandotte Nation. The land in Ohio has been held in trust for 176 years by the...
article The U.S. once forced this Native American tribe to move. Now they’re getting their land back.
(Ohio) -- The humble-looking mission church in the middle of a cemetery was built two centuries ago with $1,333 and Native Americans’ labor. John Stewart, a...
article UMD adopts formal statement recognizing location on American Indian land
(Minnesota) -- The University of Minnesota Duluth has adopted a formal statement to recognize its location on traditional and ancestral American Indian land. UMD is the...

9/18/2019

article New Mexico tribe loses claim to national preserve
(New Mexico) -- A federal judge has rejected an effort by a Native American tribe to reclaim Valles Caldera National Preserve. U.S. District Judge James Browning...

9/13/2019

article 450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts
(Arizona) -- On a dirt road past rows of date trees, just feet from a dry section of Colorado River, a small construction crew is putting up a towering border wall that...

9/11/2019

article Will a tribal village rise in a San Juan Capistrano park?
(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 Western Michigan University honors place on indigenous land in public statement
(Michigan) -- Western Michigan University acknowledged its place on indigenous land in a public statement approved by the Board of Trustees Wednesday. The board approved...

9/10/2019

article Ancestral land to be returned to Nipmuc tribe at public ceremony in Petersham
(Massachusetts) -- Anyone with even a passing interest in the history of New England can’t help but be aware of just how badly Native Americans were treated...

9/9/2019

article Rent Is Recognition and Restitution for Seattle’s Native Inhabitants
(Washington) -- A grassroots movement encourages non-Native city dwellers to pay monthly reparations to the Duwamish, a Native American tribe that’s petitioned for...

9/8/2019

article Miami leaders call Inhofe amendment ‘unfair’
(Washington D.C.) -- Civic and tribal leaders in Miami thought they were following proper channels when working with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Grand...

9/6/2019

article Feds to sell oil and gas leases in San Juan County cultural areas, ignoring pleas from tribal officials and others
(Utah) -- For the third time since last year, the Bureau of Land Management is auctioning oil and gas leases on archaeologically rich canyons and mesas in San Juan...
article $500,000 campaign underway for the Southeast ‘landless’ tribes
(Alaska) -- Southeast’s landless tribal communities want to form five new village corporations out of 115,000 acres of Tongass National Forest. The effort has new...
article BLOG: 'Big Mountain: Land, Resistance and Native Hate Unfolding' by NaBahe Katenay 'Big Mountain: Land, Resistance and Native Hate Unfolding' by NaBahe Katenay
(Arizona) -- Native American history has been re-written for the purpose of patriotism toward capitalist-aggression. The former, indigenous America, already had the...

9/5/2019

article Companies Are Looking to Cash in on Utah’s Public Lands
(Utah) -- On December 4, 2017, Patagonia made waves for its unusual home screen. Smack in the middle of the holidays, when the company could’ve been maximizing its...
article Proponents of new state hold meeting in Moses Lake
(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 AUDIO: Monacan Tribe Fights for Historic Site Faced With Construction
(North Carolina) -- East of Charlottesville, at a point where two rivers merge, there’s a little-known site with great historical value. For centuries, it was home...

9/4/2019

article Q&A: Rebecca Nagle and the Podcast “This Land”
(Indian Country) -- Rebecca Nagle has a modest request for people who would like to support American Indians. Pay attention. “When Native rights are in front of...

9/3/2019

article San Juan County spent $360K on high-priced, first-class-flying attorneys for Recapture Canyon right of way
(Utah) -- Just east of Blanding, White Mesa drops into a sandstone canyon dotted with juniper trees, home to ancient cliff dwellings. It’s a peaceful place most of...

9/1/2019

article Making a Monument
(California) -- When developers set their sights too close to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains, concerned citizens won public and tribal support to create a...

8/30/2019

article New Jersey tribe sues over land use
(New Jersey) -- A Native American tribe in the United States state of New Jersey has filed a federal lawsuit against its neighbours. The Ramapough Lenape Nation accuses...
article Native American lawsuit: New Jersey tribe sues over land use
(New Jersey) -- A Native American tribe in the United States state of New Jersey has filed a federal lawsuit against its neighbours. The Ramapough Lenape Nation accuses...

8/29/2019

article Governor signs land trust, Mattaponi Reservation will double in size
(Virginia) -- The Mattaponi Indian Tribe will gain over 100 acres of additional land in King William County, doubling the size of the reservation, when a land trust...
article Is the USDA now leaning toward a full exemption of the Roadless Rule in Alaska?
(Alaska) -- President Donald Trump is pushing for a full exemption of the Roadless Rule in Alaska, according to a Washington Post story published this week. It’s...

8/27/2019

article Virginia Gov. Northam Signs Deal Expanding Mattaponi Reservation
(Virginia) -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a land trust agreement that transfers more than 100 acres of land to the Mattaponi Indian Reservation. The governor...

8/26/2019

article Governor Northam signs land trust agreement with Mattaponi Tribe
(Virginia) -- Governor Ralph Northam on Monday announced the signing of a land trust agreement with the Mattaponi Indian Tribe. The agreement will formally transfer over...
article Odawa Tribal Operator Loses Federal Case That Would Have Dramatically Expanded Reservation in Northern Michigan
(Michigan) -- The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBBOI), which operates the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey, Michigan, has failed in its legal bid to have...
article Governor Northam Signs Land Trust Agreement with the Mattaponi Tribe
(Virginia) -- Governor Ralph Northam today announced the signing of a land trust agreement with the Mattaponi Indian Tribe. The agreement will formally transfer over 100...
article Many consider 5G small cell installations to be at best an eye sore and at worst a serious health risk
(USA) -- 5G, the fifth generation of wireless technology, will give consumers access to more information faster and make businesses more efficient, and will create an...

8/24/2019

article Judge: NW Lower Peninsula is not an Indian reservation
(Michigan) -- A federal judge has rejected an effort to have portions of the northwestern Lower Peninsula declared an American Indian reservation. In a 51-page decision...

8/23/2019

article Judge rejects tribe's bid to declare big chunk of Up North its reservation
(Michigan) -- A huge swath of the northwestern Lower Peninsula is not tribal reservation land, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running case where many area residents...

8/22/2019

article A corporate land and water grab is happening in Utah — and the Trump administration isn’t doing anything to stop it
(Utah) -- A company wants to mine sand in southern Utah about 10 miles from Zion National Park to use for fracking and has signed contracts to buy more than 391 million...
article Native Americans may lose their homes to rising waters on Louisiana island
(Louisiana) -- Tropical Storm Chantal, churning in the north Atlantic, is no threat to land at the moment. But it's expected to be an above-average hurricane season...
article Māori group in battle for valuable land in Sydney
(Australia) -- A legal battle in Sydney, Australia is under way with a Māori group claiming valuable land was given to them by Aboriginal people 200 years ago. The...

8/21/2019

article Federal judge dismisses Odawa lawsuit last week
(Michigan) -- In a sudden turn of events, a federal judge last week ruled against the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and dismissed the lawsuit against the...
article A tale of restored tribal lands turns bittersweet in the wake of an Oregon wildfire
(Oregon) -- The smell of scorched soil and burnt wood filled the air. Michael Rondeau, CEO of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, looked over the damage, clad...

8/20/2019

article When public lands become tribal lands again
(Oregon) -- The smell of scorched soil and burnt wood filled the air. Michael Rondeau, CEO of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, looked over the damage, clad...

8/19/2019

article Governor seeks resolution in Ute Tribe lawsuit over 2 million acres of land, $1B in reparations
(Utah) -- Gov. Gary Herbert is hoping for a resolution to a tribal lawsuit seeking 2 million acres of land in eastern Utah and a billion dollars in reparations. The Ute...
article Nellis seeks land expansion amid push-back from Moapa native tribe
(Nevada) -- Nellis Air Force Base is looking to expand the Nevada Test and Training Site amid push-back from local Native American tribe, the Moapa Band of Paiutes. It...
article Conditions too risky to continue prescribed burn on Southern Ute reservation
(Colorado) -- The fire management branch of the Southern Ute Agency stopped a prescribed burn Monday on reservation land because of risky weather and fuel conditions....

8/18/2019

article Governor hopes for resolution in lawsuit over 2 million acres of land in eastern Utah and $1 billion in reparations
(Utah) -- Governor Gary Herbert is hoping for a resolution to a tribal lawsuit seeking two million acres of land in eastern Utah and a billion dollars in reparations....
article How to Counter Trump’s Disastrous Attack on Our Public Lands
(Utah) -- Slashing two national monuments in Utah may have received the most attention, but Trump’s Interior Department and U.S. Forest Service have been quietly,...

8/10/2019

article Tester Presses BLM Chief William Pendley on Past Positions
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is concerned about the hiring of William Perry Pendley as the new acting co-director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM),...
article Enviros and media fight a Utah court ruling they fear could block the public from challenging closed-door meetings
(Utah) -- A lawsuit headed to the Utah Supreme Court began, like many southern Utah disputes, as a fight over public lands. But it’s become a case about open...

8/9/2019

article Court Vacates FCC Dereg of Cell Tower-Site Reviews
(Washington D.C.) -- Turns out the race to 5G can't run roughshod over the landscape, at least as the FCC has proposed it. In a partial defeat for the FCC and a...

8/7/2019

article The most important podcast in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Murder, federal overreach and a Supreme Court case that will influence the fate of nations – all are topics of interest in a new and one-of-kind...

7/30/2019

article Burns Paiute tribal lands see restoration projects
(Oregon) -- Conservation programs on three separate tribal properties in Grant and Harney counties have improved habitat for fish and wildlife on riparian, upland and...

7/29/2019

article Preliminary plan could create Native American Cultural site on Renard Island
(Wisconsin) -- An idea to develop an old man-made landfill site into a Native American cultural center is on the table. Members of the Ho-Chunk Nation introduced the...

7/28/2019

article Native American Tribe Protests Treatment Of Migrants At U.S. Border
(Texas) -- Indigenous activists from across the country came to the Rio Grande Valley on Saturday to protest the treatment of migrants at the U.S. border, including...
article Native American Tribe raising awareness on effect of immigration policies
(Texas) -- A Native American Tribe is attempting to raise awareness about President Trump’s immigration policies and how they are not only affecting immigrants but...

7/26/2019

article OP/ED: Indigenous People Demand an End to Detention on Stolen Lands
(Indian Country) -- Not far from a detention center in McAllen, Texas, Indigenous people will gather on Saturday for a demonstration, joining their voices to the ongoing...

7/25/2019

article Nipmuk group buys land in Petersham for cultural center
(Massachusetts) -- For hundreds of years the indigenous people known as Nipmuc or “freshwater people” have called the woodlands, lakes and streams of Central...

7/22/2019

article NWT Métis Nation disappointed in territory's handling of Thaidene Nene reserve
(North Canada) -- The Northwest Territory Métis Nation (NWTMN) says it's disappointed in the way the territorial government has handled the proposed Thaidene Nene...

7/16/2019

article Forest service chief talks timber sales in visit to Alaska’s Tongass National Forest
(Alaska) -- The head of the U.S. Forest Service visited Alaska’s Tongass National Forest recently to investigate timber sales and related issues. U.S. Sen. Lisa...

7/11/2019

article OP/ED: I've started acknowledging the people who lived on this land first – and you should too
(Indian Country) -- In Toronto, before singing “O Canada,” students and teachers in public schools begin their day by acknowledging that they are on the...

7/8/2019

article Council Has Reservations About Tribe's Move to Elk Run
(Minnesota) -- Rochester City Council members say they need more information on plans for the Elk Run Property, which has sat undeveloped in Pine Island for more than a...
article Lomakatsi: The next generation puts their hands on the land
(Oregon) -- On a gently sloping woodland in the rural community of Fall River Mills, CA, an hour east of Mount Shasta, teenagers Jaboris and Kris are gathering small...

7/7/2019

article Trump’s border wall construction threatens sacred lands of Carrizo/Camecrudo
(Texas) -- President Donald J. Trump’s border wall will do more than just keep out asylum seekers. Its construction will also damage the ecosystem, destroy ancient...

7/5/2019

article New Kodiak park dedicated to Alutiiq ancestors uprooted from their homeland
(Alaska) -- The Kodiak Alutiiq/Sugpiaq Repatriation Commission has been working for years to recover artifacts and human remains of the community’s ancestors. As...

7/1/2019

article Argentina series part 1: Indigenous people reclaiming their land
(Argentina) -- In Argentina, the descendants of the natives make up only 1.49 percent of the argentinan population. Recent studies however say that over 50 percent of...

6/30/2019

article Crazy Mountains turbulence: Management sparks spirits, feuds
(Montana) -- From an elevation of 9,500 feet in Bruce Gordon’s tiny Cessna, the jagged crags of the Crazy Mountains appear calm and peaceful just beyond the end of...
article Relocation of erosion-threatened Alaska village progresses to ‘sprint’ pace this summer
(Alaska) -- The relocation of an Alaska village is happening fast this summer, after many years of planning and work. Observers say Newtok’s transition to...

6/29/2019

article Relocation of erosion-threatened Alaska village progresses to ‘sprint’ pace this summer
(Alaska) -- The relocation of an Alaska village is happening fast this summer, after many years of planning and work. Observers say Newtok’s transition to...
article A San Fernando Valley Native American tribe says 50-acre Porter Ranch park should honor tribe’s history
(California) -- In the latest twist in a months-long saga over the naming of a sprawling Porter Ranch park, a local Indian tribe has proposed naming the site to honor...
article Battle for Sargent Ranch to heat up
(California) -- As shadows of red-tailed hawks dart across rolling hills of green, cougars creep through hidden canyons of this pristine expanse — long revered as...
article Northam announces land acquisition for Chickahominy Tribe
(Virginia) -- Gov. Ralph Northam has announced an important land acquisition by the Chickahominy Tribe. The 105-acre site, known as Chickahominy on the Powhatan, along...

6/25/2019

article Lack of consultation stalls Athabasca Dene land-claim agreement, says Yellowknives Dene Chief
(North Canada) -- Some Akaitcho First Nations leaders says a group of First Nations in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan have not done enough consultation before...

6/24/2019

article How to Access Tejon Ranch, California’s Largest Private Parcel
(California) -- If you’ve ever driven the 5 Freeway through Angeles National Forest and Los Padres, or through the high desert on the other side, you’ve...

6/23/2019

article Billionaire landowners redraw old boundaries across the West
(Idaho) -- The Wilks brothers grew up in a goat shed, never finished high school and built a billion-dollar fracking business from scratch. So when the brothers, Dan and...

6/21/2019

article 'This Land' Is a Gripping Podcast on Native Land Rights
(USA) -- 'This Land' tells the story of an ongoing case with big stakes for tribal sovereignty. The podcast This Land starts with a murder. In 1999, angry about...

6/20/2019

article Some Alaska Native veterans get another opportunity to claim 160 acres
(Alaska) -- Congress passed a law in March that gives Alaska Native veterans of the Vietnam War another chance to claim 160 acres of land. The Bureau of Land Management...

6/17/2019

article OP/ED: Feds’ proposed rules would erode tribal culture, history
(California) -- Federally recognized tribes are sovereign governments – many of which have undoubtedly contributed vast, significant cultural contributions to the...

6/4/2019

article Southern Arizona group explores Indigenous perspective on rock climbing
(Arizona) -- A Southern Arizona climbing group is addressing the long-standing contention between rock climbers and the peoples whose land they climb on by exploring the...
article State panel recommends name change for Yellowstone's Mount Doane
(Wyoming) -- Concerned with the bloody past of the mountain’s namesake, a state panel is recommending that Mount Doane in Yellowstone National Park be renamed as...

6/1/2019

article New Jersey couple donate their land to Native Americans whose ancestors once called it home
(New Jersey) -- Jim and Margaret Hogan bought a historic piece of rural Burlington County for $9,000 in 1973. The wooded 1½-acre lot on Route 206 at Tuckerton...

5/29/2019

article Tribe calls meeting on 'life-threatening' road conditions
(Utah) -- The Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation Business Council has called a public meeting for June 1 to address what they described as “hazardous...
article Tribes sue Lake County, property owner over road
(Montana) -- A Lake County right-of-way dispute has reached federal court. Both Lake County and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes maintain that they have...

5/25/2019

article Indian Island Likely to Return to Wiyot Tribe Next Month
(California) -- After an unexpected delay, the unprecedented repatriation of Indian Island to the Wiyot Tribe is poised to come before the Eureka City Council for final...

5/24/2019

article Crooked Media launches ‘This Land’ podcast. Cherokee host Rebecca Nagle asks: 'Who owns Oklahoma?’
(Oklahoma) -- Any week now, the Supreme Court could decide just who owns half the land in Oklahoma. The internationally-recognized Supreme Court case, Carpenter v....

5/23/2019

article THIS LAND: Who Owns Oklahoma?
(Oklahoma) -- My name is Rebecca Nagle. I am a citizen of Cherokee Nation, a Native American tribe in Oklahoma. I have a story to share with you—one I’m...

5/22/2019

article CHAIRMAN: Tribal treaties are still the supreme law of the land
(Indian Country) -- On Monday the United States Supreme Court decided to rule on a very important case involving treaty rights. While the basic arguments within the case...
article BLOG: End Federal Control of Tribal Lands
(Alabama) -- There are 326 Native American reservations across the country with a total of approximately 1,150,000 residents, and another four million Native Americans...

5/19/2019

article Persistence paid off in the fight to give Native veterans another chance to receive land
(Alaska) -- Nelson Angapak Sr. promised Sen. Ted Stevens to help Alaska Native veterans get another chance to apply for prized land allotments. It took two decades, but...

5/17/2019

article First Nations counsel argues decision to sell P.E.I. land could be harmful to Mi’kmaq claims of title
(Prince Edward Island) -- A decision by cabinet to sell provincial land could be harmful to Mi’kmaq claims of title, the P.E.I. court of appeal heard in closing...
article Cole’s bill to safeguard Indian tribal lands advances to Senate
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) applauded recent action by the U.S. House of Representatives authorizing his bill to put national lands into a trust for...

5/16/2019

article US House bill would clear path for Alaska tribes to put land in trust
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would clear a legal cloud over whether Alaska tribes can put land in trust, giving...
article Populist alliances of 'cowboys and Indians' are protecting rural lands
(USA) -- The sea of red on recent election maps make it look like rural areas are uniformly populated by Republicans. And conventional wisdom suggests that those...

5/13/2019

article Supervisors to consider tribal land trust application
(California) -- The Board of Supervisors this week will discuss a tribal trust application and streamlining cannabis rules. The board will meet beginning at 9 a.m....

5/12/2019

article Commentary: Utah tribal leaders oppose Utah exemption to the Roadless Rule
(Utah) -- he United States should reject Utah’s proposal to allow road building across 4 million acres of Utah’s public lands. This action will neither...
article Historic marker ceremony honors Lucy F. Covington
(Washington) -- The Great Drum was rhythmically beaten by ten Native American Salish Singers seated about it. Their Song drifted over the Palouse Prairie as it had...

5/11/2019

article Ohio History Connection can acquire golf club built around Native American earthworks, judge rules
(Ohio) -- The Ohio History Connection can acquire Moundbuilders Country Club’s lease in order to gain full public access to the Hopewell Octagon Earthworks in...

5/9/2019

article A Native American Tribe Gets Rent as Reparations in Seattle
(Washington) -- Since 2017, the Duwamish Tribe in Seattle has received thousands of letters. Some have been a simple “thanks” or “we’re with you...

5/8/2019

article Unearthing Resistance
(Texas) -- Hollis Rutledge’s second-story office in downtown Mission is a shrine to Texas conservatism. A campaign sign wedged into the front window announces his...
article 'The Pioneers' Dives Deep Into Lives Of Northwest Territory Settlers
(Nevada) -- David McCullough is best known to most readers for his popular biographies of some of the most prominent names in American history — Theodore Roosevelt...

5/5/2019

article BILL RICHARDSON: The invisible heritage of Native Americans is threatened
(Utah) -- This is a terrible time in history to be Native American. And that is really saying something. I was elected to represent New Mexico in Congress in 1982...

5/1/2019

article Leaders: Report cites need for better tribal consultation on infrastructure projects
(Washington D.C.) -- A group of U.S. lawmakers and tribal leaders called attention Wednesday to a government watchdog report that says federal agencies need to improve...
article These Indigenous women are reclaiming stolen land in the Bay Area
(California) -- On a cool morning in December, Johnella LaRose stands in a 2-acre field in east Oakland, overseeing a group of volunteers preparing a section of this...
article OP/ED: Iwi members support Peter Jackson's questions over Shelly Bay sale
(New Zealand) -- "The iwi owners of Shelly Bay", began a recent article on Stuff, have the right to develop the land around Shelly Bay and "it is no-one...
article Minnesota DNR to appeal ruling against renaming Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will challenge a state appeals court decision invalidating the renaming of Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska, the...

4/30/2019

article CHIRP Announces Acquisition of Creek Front Property in Nevada City
(California) -- The California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP)’s Board Chairman Niel Locke announced that CHIRP has successfully acquired property on...
article These Indigenous Women Are Reclaiming Stolen Land in the Bay Area
(California) -- On a cool morning in December, Johnella LaRose stands in a 2-acre field in east Oakland, overseeing a group of volunteers preparing a section of this...

4/29/2019

article Interior Department Offers $27 Million For Fort Belknap Land Buy-Back
(Montana) -- The U.S. Interior Department today announced it’s offering more than $27 million to landowners on the Fort Belknap Reservation in north-central...

4/26/2019

article North American indigenous chafe at restrictions along U.S.-Canada border
(Washington) -- As plans for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border are raising fears that the ancestral lands of Native Americans in the south will be divided, indigenous...
article Cow Creek Tribe to get 17,500 acres of timber land restored
(Oregon) -- The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians is getting 17,519 acres of timber land as part of the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act signed in January of...
article Cow Creek Tribe to get 17,500 acres of timberland restored
(Oregon) -- The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians is getting 17,519 acres of timberland as part of the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act signed in January of...

4/25/2019

article Native American: NFL field in Dayton could disturb ancient burial ground
(Ohio) -- A local Native American is speaking out against the city of Dayton’s plans for a new football field at Triangle Park to commemorate the NFL’s very...

4/24/2019

article Critics Say State “Hijacked” Isle de Jean Charles Tribe’s Resettlement Plan
(Louisiana) -- Albert Naquin, Chief of the Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe (IDJC), often loses sleep over his tribe’s fate as its historic...
article Eroding mound just one impact of land loss
(Louisiana) -- Covered in shrubs and trees, one piece of land rises above the rest of the marsh grass. A boat ride down Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes is the only way to reach...

4/23/2019

article Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe officials object to resettlement plan amendment
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana State government is taking public comments today, April 23, until 5 p.m. on an amendment to its action plan to resettle the Biloxi-...
article County updates letters to BIA over Big Valley trust applications
(California) -- The county of Lake has agreed to alter letters it planned to send to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in response to fee to trust land applications by Big...

4/22/2019

article Native Americans Find Surprising Ally in N.J. Fight: Trump Administration
(New Jersey) -- A knee-high pile of rocks sits in a far corner of a gated community set among rolling hills known as the Polo Club. To the Ramapough Lenape Nation, which...

4/21/2019

article Trial Against Mahwah's Ramapough Lenape Tribe Begins Monday
(New Jersey) -- A Bergen County Superior Court trial will begin Monday involving the Ramapough Lenape Nation tribe, the township, and the Ramapo Hunt & Polo Club....

4/18/2019

article Juaneño tribal leaders are ‘devastated’ by another delay in construction of San Juan Capistrano park
(California) -- As plans for a park and cultural center devoted to the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians continue to stall in San Juan Capistrano, tribal leadership is...

4/17/2019

article Ice road along Kuskokwim River a ‘blessing’ for villages
(Washington) -- Village residents are once again creating the ice road along the Kuskokwim River after extending it more than 250 miles last year in an unprecedented...

4/10/2019

article County to revise letter on Big Valley land trust after comments from tribe
(California) -- The Lake County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to revise a drafted letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior that will comment on the Big...
article Lemoore opposes Santa Rosa Rancheria's land acquisition proposal in city
(California) -- To many people outside of the tribe, the Santa Rosa Rancheria is synonymous with Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, south of Lemoore. But the tribe owns...
article BLOG: A Battle is Being Waged to Save Bears Ears, Chaco Canyon National Parks
(Washington D.C.) -- During his tenure, Barack Obama gave roughly 553 million acres of land national protection (more than even famed conservationist Theodore Roosevelt...

4/9/2019

article Burning Man backers blast BLM’s proposed restrictions
(Nevada) -- Nearly 200 Burning Man backers packed a casino meeting room to mostly complain about new conditions and restrictions the government wants to place on the...

4/8/2019

article Brazil tribal lands under new threat from farmers, miners
(Brazil) -- A decade after the Macuxi people won a bloody legal battle to expel rice planters from their reservation in a remote part of Brazil, their hold over...
press release Udall Urges Action To Improve Indian Roads
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led an oversight hearing on “Tribal Transportation:...

4/5/2019

article Lemoore objects to Tachi property pursuit
(California) -- While originally a consent calendar item, Lemoore City Council discussed at length an objection letter in regards to a tribal land acquisition...
article County comments on Big Valley tribal land acquisition filing
(California) -- The Lake County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider submitting a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior requesting a deadline extension...
article Bureau of Land Management Reclassification of Public Domain Lands in Western Oregon
(Oregon) -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) yesterday announced that it will begin to prepare an environmental assessment for the reclassification of public domain...

3/31/2019

article AUDIO: On Public Lands, Visitors Surge While Federal Management Funds Decline
(California) -- It's the boom times in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., which is wrapping up a winter of record snowfall. Eager to take advantage of it, Donovan Sliman and his...

3/29/2019

article Judge rejects Trump plan for road in Alaska wildlife refuge
(Alaska) -- The Trump administration violated federal law with a proposed road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska, a federal judge ruled Friday, saying the...

3/25/2019

article Can Native American Tribes Protect Their Land If They’re Not Recognized by the Federal Government?
(Indian Country) -- Louise Miranda Ramirez has fought to protect her ancestral lands and cultural sites for most of her 60-plus-year lifetime. “It’s so hard...

3/22/2019

article Lower Elwha Tribe to buy more downtown Port Angeles property
(Washington) -- The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe has signed a purchase agreement to buy the land and buildings that house the Cornerhouse Restaurant and Lounge, the...

3/21/2019

article Some tribal governments say Alaska Roadless Rule decision moving too fast
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Forest Service quietly hit another milestone in its ongoing efforts to consider building new roads in the Tongass National Forest. Last month, it...

3/19/2019

article For Native Americans, US-Mexico border is an 'imaginary line'
(USA) -- Immigration restrictions were making life difficult for Native Americans who live along – and across – the U.S.-Mexico border even before President...
article Federal, state rulings favor Ramapough nation in Mahwah
(New Jersey) -- In separate but related rulings issued Monday, state and federal agencies have taken actions favoring the Ramapough Lenape Nation based in the township....
article Justice Department: Ramapough Indians' Denial Of Religious Freedom Complaint Should Proceed
(New Jersey) -- A denial of religious freedom complaint filed by the Ramapough Mountain Indians against the township of Mahwah is ready to be heard, the U.S. Justice...

3/18/2019

article Feds File Statement of Interest in Native American Religious Land Use Case filed Against Mahwah
(New Jersey) -- The Department of Justice today filed a Statement of Interest in U.S. District Court in New Jersey supporting claims by the Ramapough Mountain Indians (...

3/15/2019

article FCC, Indian Tribes Face Off Over Small-Cell Equipment Sites
(Washington D.C.) -- More than a dozen American Indian tribes and an environmental advocacy group are heading to court to fight a Federal Communications Commission move...
article Tribes Vie at DC Circuit for Input on Telecom Work
(Washington D.C.) -- A lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission may have overplayed the agency’s hand Friday at the D.C. Circuit in denying that a 2018...

3/13/2019

article The Alaska Roadless Rule decision is moving along. Some tribal governments say it’s moving too fast.
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Forest Service quietly hit another milestone in its ongoing efforts to consider building new roads in the Tongass National Forest. Last month, it...

3/11/2019

article A Tribal Camp in South Texas Is Vowing to Resist Trump’s Wall
(Texas) -- The 1,600-member Carrizo/Comecrudo tribe of South Texas knows no borders. Called the Esto’k Gna in their Native language, the tribe’s people have...

3/8/2019

article Coastal Commission signs off on Trinidad Rancheria land trust plan for harbor area
(California) -- The California Coastal Commission today voted unanimously, with one abstention, to move forward with designating land near the Trinidad harbor as part of...

3/6/2019

article Brazil Considers Allowing Mining Activity in Indigenous Land, Near Border
(Brazil) -- Brazil’s Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said the government is considering allowing mining activity in restricted areas such as indigenous...

3/4/2019

article Trinidad Rancheria looks to gain private control of land around harbor
(California) -- The Trinidad Rancheria tribe hopes to enter a “federal land trust” that would grant the tribe private control over the area surrounding...
article Armed invaders encroach on Brazil's tribal lands
(Brazil) -- Ten days after Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro took office, dozens of men entered protected indigenous land in a remote corner of the Amazon...

2/28/2019

article Trinidad Rancheria’s Plans to Put the Harbor into Federal Trust Raise Concerns as Key Hearing Nears
(California) -- In January of 2000, the Trinidad Rancheria purchased the rundown pier in the town harbor, along with nine adjacent parcels of commercial land, including...

2/25/2019

article Bill to criminalize blocking off Utah roads faces no obstacle in House committee
(Utah) -- A presentation on a Utah bill that would make it a misdemeanor crime to obstruct state or local roads began with a photo slideshow. During the Monday hearing...

2/21/2019

article Brazil indigenous group mobilises against planned soy railway
(Brazil) -- The Kayapo, a Brazilian Amazon indigenous group, is mobilising to protect its land rights as the government works to launch an ambitious soy railway project...
article Brazil wants to legalize agribusiness leasing of indigenous lands
(Brazil) -- Since his time as a federal deputy, Jair Bolsonaro, has consistently advocated for the exploitation of indigenous lands (TIs) for agricultural purposes by...

2/20/2019

article Contentious meeting focuses on island resettlement
(Louisiana) -- An open house put on by the Louisiana Office of Community Development regarding the resettlement of the residents of Isle de Jean Charles turned heated at...

2/19/2019

article Native “Wall Warriors” march and gear up for a Standing Rock-style fight
(Arizona) -- President Donald J. Trump’s border wall will do more than just keep out asylum seekers. Its construction will also damage the ecosystem, destroy...

2/18/2019

article Utah jumps into a Ute Tribe lawsuit staking claim to 2 million acres of land and a billion dollars in reparations
(Utah) -- The state of Utah is jumping into a lawsuit staking claim to about two million acres of land and a billion dollars in reparations. In a court filing obtained...

2/16/2019

article Tribe Meets with Police Over Death Threats
(Texas) -- The Texas tribe taking a stand against the border wall is now dealing with death threats. Mission Police Department say they are now investigating. Juan...

2/15/2019

article Utah, Farm Bureau Back Monument Cuts Opposed By Tribes (sub req)
(Washington D.C.) -- Utah and the American Farm Bureau Federation urged a D.C. federal court Friday to toss suits from environmental groups and Native American tribes...

2/12/2019

article The Senate just passed the decade’s biggest public lands package. Here’s what’s in it.
(Washington D.C.) -- The bipartisan measure would create more than 1.3 million acres of wilderness out West, add three national park units and expand eight other

2/11/2019

article Appeals court rules Trump can build border wall
(California) -- A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the Trump administration has the power to waive environmental laws in order to speed up border wall...

2/10/2019

article Area of former Badlands Bombing Range could remain off-limits
(South Dakota) -- The last Defense Department-owned piece of the former Badlands Bombing Range has been made safer by extensive cleanup efforts, but it could remain...

2/9/2019

article VIDEO: Woman gives money from farm land sale back to tribe who once hunted there
(Montana) -- Florence Schloneger donated a portion of her farm sale proceeds to the Kanza Heritage Society, a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the...

2/1/2019

article Mich. Cities, Counties Can't Nix Tribe's Boundary Suit (sub req)
(Michigan) -- A Michigan federal judge on Thursday declined to throw out a tribe's suit seeking state recognition of its reservation borders, rejecting a group of...

1/29/2019

article Mashpee Wampanoag Opposes Tribal Land Bill In Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- A Native American tribe on Martha's Vineyard says it is opposed to federal legislation aimed at securing land for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe....

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