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Agua Caliente

press release The Best Laid Plans: Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza
(California) -- The banners hanging at the future home of the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza in downtown Palm Springs read “2020 Vision” — a reminder of...
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Blood Quantum

article Blood Quantum in Focus
(Montana) -- Growing up in Ronan on the Flathead Indian Reservation, Tailyr Irvine, a local photojournalist and enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai...
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COVID-19

article COVID-19 Cases Spiking In State's Indigenous Communities
(Wisconsin) -- Coronavirus cases have tripled since the beginning of September among American Indians across Wisconsin as the state has witnessed a surge in new cases of...
article ‘How long can we make this fly?’ Schools and COVID-19
(Wyoming) -- The first day of the 2020 school year was unlike any other Sheridan County School District 1 Superintendent Pete Kilbride had experienced. It wasn’t...
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DOI

article Interior says Pendley to remain at BLM despite 'dramatic tweets' from Democrats
(Washington D.C.) -- House Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) urged the Department of the Interior to press pause on many of its public lands decisions...
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Lumbee Tribe

article Lumbee Recognition Act Is Pandering To Win NC Votes Says Eastern Band Chief
(North Carolina) -- The Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians says both major party presidential candidates are pandering to another tribe in North...
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McGirt

article Hoskin says Oklahoma Council on Public Affairs letter opposes tribes
(Oklahoma) -- In another development to appear in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s McGirt v. Oklahoma decision, a conservative think tank sent a letter in early...
article Jurisprudence in limbo
(Oklahoma) -- Jurisprudence in Oklahoma is in limbo after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state has no jurisdiction in cases that occur on what was once an Indian...
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Menominee Tribe

article Remains found on Menominee Reservation identified; man wanted for questioning
(Wisconsin) -- Menominee Tribal Police are looking for a 34-year-old man for questioning in the case of human remains found in a burned vehicle. The man is identified as...
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Native Voices

article NAC: Book of the Month: “The Ghost Road: Anishinaabe Responses to Indian Hating” by Matthew Fletcher
(Indian Country) -- Matthew Fletcher, creator of the Turtle Talk blog and member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, uncovers the story on how the...
article Native American Family Drama 'Sovereign' From Ava DuVernay in the Works at NBC
(Hollywood) -- Ava DuVernay is producing the first-ever Native American family drama developed for network television. Titled “Sovereign,” the potential...
article NBC, Ava DuVernay Developing Native American Family Drama Sovereign
(Hollywood) -- NBC has given a put pilot commitment to Sovereign, a Native American family drama from Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated executive producer Ava DuVernay...
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Native Vote

article North Dakota activists race to turn out Indigenous vote despite mail-in ballot challenges
(North Dakota) -- Sisters Joletta and Theodora Bird Bear live across from one another on a remote stretch of western North Dakota highway roughly 9 miles east of...
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Navajo Nation

article Navajo Nation's financial relief program readies to launch for initial group
(New Mexico) -- Enrolled members of the Navajo Nation who are 65 and older or who have disabilities will be first to apply for the tribe's hardship assistance...
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Oglala Sioux

article Oglala Sioux Tribe issues lockdown order due to rising COVID-19 cases
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe has issued a reservation-wide lockdown order because of rising COVID-19 cases. According to a post made on the tribe’s...
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Oklahoma Gaming

article Calendar Shows Governor and Big Business Conferred Prior to Tribal Sovereignty Snatch
(Oklahoma) -- TYT has obtained a copy of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s scheduling calendar for June, July, and August 2020. TYT obtained it after filing an Open...
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Pascua Yaqui

article Judge denies request by Pascua Yaqui tribe to reopen an early voting site in Pima County
(Arizona) -- A federal judge denied a request by the Pascua Yaqui Nation to reinstate an early voting site within the tribe's community, affirming a decision by the...
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St. Regis Mohawk

article Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe announces November COVID-19 drive-thru testing dates
(New York) -- The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is set to host COVID-19 drive-thru testing next month. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has announced that additional COVID-19...
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Thanksgiving

article 400 years on, Mayflower's legacy includes pride, prejudice
(Massachusetts) -- Four centuries after white Europeans stepped off the Mayflower and onto America’s shores, some descendants of the colonists are wrestling with...
article OP/ED: The Unspoken Truth Behind Thanksgiving
(Oklahoma) -- Deeply imbedded within American culture, the celebration of Thanksgiving tends to be among the few instances in which our education system addresses Native...
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Tulalip Tribe

article As Tulalip elders die from COVID-19, tribes lose more than family
(Washington) -- When Jacquie Williams-Battle first heard her mother was sick in early March, she didn’t think much of it. “I kind of thought it was just...
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Warm Springs Tribe

article Public can join Oct. 27 Chúush Fund webinar
(Oregon) -- A Tuesday, Oct. 27 public webinar will address a fund that was established in response to the need for clean water at the Warm Springs Reservation. Since May...
article Warm Springs, other Oregon tribes among first to receive FCC spectrum licenses
(Oregon) -- The Federal Communications Commission this week issued the first set of spectrum licenses through the agency’s first-of-its-kind Rural Tribal Priority...
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Wind River

article As COVID-19 Cases Surge, Tribal Leaders Urge Young People To "Stay Home"
(Wyoming) -- After getting an initial COVID-19 outbreak under control, tribal leaders on the Wind River Reservation are reporting a renewed wave of community spread....
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Other News

article Dakota Access comment period extended
(North Dakota) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is extending the first stage of a court-ordered environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline by one month to...
article Auburn City Council supports Harborview ballot measure
(Washington) -- On Oct. 19, the Auburn City Council threw its unanimous support behind King County Proposition 1. Proposition 1 authorizes King County to issue up to $1....
article Reawaken our Indigenous roots
(New Jersey) -- In 1987, on the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, The New York Times published an article titled "Iroquois Constitution: A Forerunner to...
article ‘Tecumseh and the Prophet’ Review: Brothers in Arms
(Indiana) -- In 1808, on the Wabash River—just downstream from where the Tippecanoe River flows into it—a new settlement was being built, in what is now...

10/22/2020

article Stitt panel releases principles for state-tribe relations after McGirt ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt’s Commission on Cooperative Sovereignty on Thursday released a list of five over-arching principles it proposes the state use in...
article Harjo: Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. playing sidekick to state in post-McGirt sovereignty battle
(Oklahoma) -- Maskokvlke! Tsalagi! Lookout, Muscogee People and all sovereignty champions! I am sorry to tell you that the Oklahoma Attorney General and the Cherokee...
article Trump adds support to Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bill
(North Carolina) -- Full federal recognition of North Carolina’s Lumbee Tribe got a boost with President Donald Trump expressing support for a U.S. Senate bill...
article From poverty to power: Deb Haaland's fast Washington rise
(Washington D.C.) -- While most members of Congress are millionaires, Deb Haaland is still paying off her two student loans — $323 every month. But as the New...
article Trump administration pitches second-term policies to Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is promising Native Americans improved infrastructure, increased business opportunities, higher-quality education and...
article The Native Vote Is Crucial This Election—and Under Threat
(USA) -- Speaking with The Washington Post for a cringe-inducing piece about the influx of people moving to Montana, Candace Carr Strauss, the CEO of the Big Sky Chamber...
article Judge denies early voting site within Pascua Yaqui Tribal lands
(Arizona) -- An Arizona federal judge ruled Thursday that there will not be early voting or a ballot drop box in the Pascua Yaqui Tribe's reservation October 26...
article First Nations have their own legal authority to regulate their fishing rights
(Nova Scotia) -- It has been 21 years since Donald Marshall Jr. was acquitted by the Supreme Court of Canada of illegal fishing under Canada’s federal fishing laws...
article Section of Pat Bay Highway closes for Mi’kmaq fishing rights demonstration
(Nova Scotia) -- A section of Highway 17 will be closed Oct. 23 from noon to 1 p.m. to allow for a planned demonstration in support of Mi’kmaq fishing rights. The...
article OST issues seven day lockdown on Pine Ridge Reservation
(South Dakota) -- A seven day lockdown on the Pine Ridge Reservation will go into affect October 23 at 10 p.m. until October 30 at 6 a.m. The decision was made by the...
article New reporting portal launches for missing indigenous persons
(Montana) -- Blackfeet Community College announced the launch of a new missing indigenous persons reporting portal. It aims to streamline reporting efforts to help...
article Confrontation in Caledonia after judge grants permanent injunction against 1492 Land Back Lane camp
(Ontario) -- A confrontation between the Ontario Provincial Police and some Six Nations members happened in Caledonia, Ont., hours after an Ontario Superior Court judge...
article Tribes make new move to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Native American tribes opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline once again have asked a federal judge to stop the flow of oil while the legal battle over...
article FBI visits Lakota-run winter housing camp to discuss safety issues
(South Dakota) -- The FBI on Thursday visited Camp Mniluzahan, a Lakota-run winter camp established on tribal land outside Rapid City jurisdiction. The camp was...
article Native American Protesters To Appear In Court In Arizona
(Arizona) -- After they were arrested for blocking a highway near a Border Patrol checkpoint on Indigenous Peoples Day, activists will be in court. They say sacred sites...
article Hopi Tribe Races To Expand Access To Clean Running Water
(Arizona) -- The most common advice for beating COVID-19: Wash your hands. But that simple instruction isn't so simple when you don’t have access to clean...
article Could Biden Name an Indigenous Secretary of the Interior? Environmental Groups are Hoping He Will.
(Washington D.C.) -- Although the November election is still weeks away, Democrats are already thinking about the makeup of the new administration they hope to see in...
article Progress for Indian Tribes Act helps Native nations move towards self-governance
(North Dakota) -- According to the Indian Health Service, the Spirit Lake Tribe is the only Native nation in North Dakota with a tribal self-governance compact already...
article A question of who owes whom
(Washington) -- Members of city staff and council met with lawyers and councilmembers of the Kalispel Tribe Oct. 1 to discuss perspectives regarding the city’s...
article Indigenous Voters Are Getting Hit Hard by Polling Station Cuts in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- Nicole Donaghy fondly remembers being in the North Dakota side of Standing Rock during the 2018 midterm election, when a 90-year-old Sioux man...
article 'I trusted them with my son': Mother of Indigenous teen who died in B.C. group home speaks out for first time
(British Columbia) -- Samantha Chalifoux carries a bouquet of fresh flowers and lays them on a memorial in front of the group home where her son Traevon Chalifoux-...
article Coronavirus cases jump among Wisconsin's American Indians
(Wisconsin) -- Coronavirus cases among American Indians in Wisconsin have tripled since Sept. 1, far surpassing the growth rate among other races. Data from the state...
article In Landmark Approval, BIA Grants Coquille Tribe Autonomy Over Its Forest Lands
(Oregon) -- A Native American tribe in Oregon has become the first in the U.S. to receive full authority to manage its forests. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the...
article Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Emergency Operations Center issues second COVID-19 potential exposure notice
(New York) -- The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center said there is potential low-risk exposure from an individual who tested positive for COVID...
article How to Plan a Trip to Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- With 370,000 citizens, Cherokee Nation is the most populous tribal nation based in the United States. Headquartered in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the nation'...
article Rassawek: An Ancient Nation Continues To Fight An Uphill Battle
(Virginia) -- The historic capital of the Monacan Indian Nation, located less than an hour from Richmond, was added to a list of America’s Most Endangered Historic...
article This Texas newsroom has a new Indigenous affairs reporter who never planned to work for mainstream news
(Texas) -- At 10, Pauly Denetclaw found an article in Time Magazine that she’d keep, and read again and again, for years. It was about girls going through puberty...
article We must burn the West to save it
(California) -- To live in many parts of the American West today is to live with wildfires. And to suppress those fires is only to delay, and worsen, the inevitable. The...
press release Principal Chief Richard Sneed Responds to Political Pandering Regarding Lumbee Recognition Act
(North Carolina) -- The following is a statement from Principal Chief Richard Sneed of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians responding to political pandering regarding...

10/21/2020

article President Trump backs recognition bill for the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
(North Carolina) -- President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday his full support of the Lumbee Recognition Act, a U.S. Senate bill that would give the Lumbee Tribe of...
article Oklahoma AG suggests federal law to let tribes share jurisdiction with state after McGirt ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s attempt to broker an agreement between the state and its most powerful American Indian tribes concerning...
article In Oklahoma, “Yet Another Broken Promise” to Native Americans
(Oklahoma) -- Last week, millions of people across the country observed Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In addition to commemorating the cultures and achievements of...
article Supreme Court ruling could cost Oklahoma $300 million
(Oklahoma) -- The July U.S. Supreme Court ruling which determined that treaties agreed to in the 1800s are still valid could cost the state as much as $300 million in...
article ‘As long as you love Jesus’: The battle for Pine Ridge’s children
(South Dakota) -- The Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota covers approximately 2.8 million acres (1.13 million hectares) and is home to almost 20,000 members of the...
article Trump releases 'Promise to Indian Country' tribal policy on the heels of Biden plan
(Washington D.C.) -- The White House released its tribal policy platform Tuesday, outlining six key topics ranging from education and health care to law enforcement and...
article Navajo Nation reports 30 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation health officials report 30 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 but no additional deaths. The latest figures released Tuesday night bring the...
article N.S. judge issues injunction to end interference, threats against Sipekne'katik fishery
(Nova Scotia) -- A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has issued a temporary court injunction to end blockades, interference and threats against Sipekne'katik band...
article Blackfeet Tribe reports 12 deaths from COVID CDC Assessment Team here to assist Blackfeet Country
(Montana) -- Blackfeet Country welcomed Phillip Talboy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) this week, arriving from the CDC in Atlanta, GA. “I am a COVID...
article The Montana Voters Who Could Decide Control of the Senate
(Montana) -- On the cool, drizzly last Saturday of September, Montana’s governor, Steve Bullock, spent yet another afternoon on the road, travelling from the...
article The Term ‘Spirit Animal’ Is Cultural Appropriation That’s Harmful to Indigenous Peoples—Here’s Why You Should Strike It From Your Vocabulary
(USA) -- The first time Chelsey Luger heard the phrase “spirit animal,” it was 2012—around the time she noticed that non-Native Americans started...
article ‘It’s Not Like Her To Just Take Off Like This’: Family Pleads For Return Of Missing Montana Mom Who Vanished Last Month
(Montana) -- The family of a Montana mother of three who was last seen a month ago, is concerned the young woman is being held against her will. Last month, Kimberly...
article Where Thunder Finds Her: Visibility for Indigenous Women Through Savanna’s Act
(North Dakota) -- Just two days before Indigenous Peoples' Day earlier this month, and after three years of bureaucratic delays, President Trump signed Savanna's...
article Purdue Pharma Reaches $8.34 Billion Settlement Over Opioid Probes
(Washington D.C.) -- The Justice Department reached an $8.34 billion settlement with OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma LP, the agency said Wednesday, helping clear the way...
article Judge Denies Tribes' Request To Freeze Keystone XL Pipeline Construction
(Montana) -- A U.S. district court judge on Oct. 16 rejected tribes’ request for a temporary hold on construction of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline in northern...
article Tohono O’Odham Condemns Use of Tear Gas at Border Wall on Protesters
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O’Odham Nation is condemning the Trump administration for its use of tear gas by law enforcement near a Border Patrol checkpoint last week...
article 1492 Land Back Lane files 11th hour constitutional question as injunction hearing looms
(Ontario) -- The spokesperson for a Six Nations land reclamation camp that has halted a housing development in Caledonia, Ont., served notice to Ottawa and Ontario on a...
article New water crisis hits First Nation already facing country’s longest boil-water advisory
(Thunder Bay) -- The chief of the First Nation that’s been under the longest boil-water advisory in Canada says he had to start evacuating vulnerable community...
article Twenty-Nine Palms tribe proposes hosting Indio Tamale Festival; city council not on board
(California) -- In an Indio City Council meeting Wednesday night, council members mulled an early-stage proposal from the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians to...
article Drag queens feature in the latest bid to get voters to the polls
(USA) -- Okay so the internet hasn’t quite ruined everything — yet. After the virtual roll call at the Democratic National Convention generated buzz and...
article ‘Not a fair fight’: In Kansas, GOP frustrated as money rolls in for Democrat and Senate race tightens
(Kansas) -- In any other year, Rep. Roger Marshall would have been a slam dunk to fill this state's open Senate seat, held by Republicans since 1932. Marshall, 60,...
article Bill would formally recognize First Nations police services
(Alberta) -- The provincial government has tabled a bill which would formally recognize First Nations police services, and may open the door for longer-term funding...
article BIA-volunteer firefighter dispute threatens Pine Ridge Reservation
(South Dakota) -- Structure fires are not unusual on Pine Ridge. Firefighters watching buildings burn to the ground, however, is unusual. A streak of structure fires hit...
article Employee tests positive for COVID-19 at Otoe-Missouria Tribal Daycare
(Oklahoma) -- The Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians posted on their Facebook page Monday night Oct. 19, that one of the employees at the tribal daycare has tested positive...
article Lummi pulls out of COVID vaccine trial
(Washington) -- The Lummi Indian Business Council announced Oct. 15 that Lummi Nation will withdraw from the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial. Doctors at Lummi Nation...
article Ute Mountain Utes face stay-at-home order as COVID cases spike
(Colorado) -- The Ute Mountain Tribe Council has tightened community restrictions in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases on the reservation. Last week, the tribal...
article Black and Native American law school grads faced employment gap in booming pre-COVID market
(USA) -- The overall employment rate for 2019 law school graduates was the highest it had been in over a decade – but Black and Native American job candidates were much...
article COVID complicates college prep for Native students
(New Mexico) -- It’s a crisp late afternoon in Northern New Mexico, the kind of day that invites you to drive with your windows down or chop firewood in...
article Indigenous Food Sovereignty / Local food management practices of the Tolowa Dee-ni, Yurok and other indigenous peoples.
(California) -- When colonizers landed on the North American continent, they were greeted with a land of plenty where deer roamed huge open pastures and wild fruits and...
article INdigital space at ImagineNative offers a place for Indigenous digital creators to shine
(Canada) -- This year, ImagineNative's INdigital space, a showcase of Indigenous-made digital and interactive work, is accessible for free with the festival's...
article Songwriter Danny O’Keefe Guides You To Wondrous Nez Perce Land
(Idaho) -- Native American reservations and surrounding lands are a fountain of knowledge for travelers looking to learn about the early history of our country. Many,...
article Puyallup Tribe could sue dam owners to save imperiled fish
(Washington) -- "Typically, your first response from management is to stop fishing to allow their recovery,” Ladley says. “Well, we stopped fishing for...
article State asks federal court to dismiss suit over Metlakatla tribal citizens’ fishing rights
(Alaska) -- State attorneys are asking a federal court judge to dismiss a fishing rights case brought by Metlakatla Indian Community at the southeastern tip of the state...
article Tribal judge and Oklahoma City bomb survivor dies
(Oklahoma) -- They set flags to half-staff across the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in September — and lowered them...
article Bill Announcement: The White House
(Washington D.C.) -- S. 294, the “Native American Business Incubators Program Act,” which establishes a business incubators grant program within the Department of the...

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