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Chaco Canyon

article Checkerboard complicates effort to protect sacred sites
(New Mexico) -- The battle over oil and gas development across the high desert that surrounds Chaco Culture National Historical Park has been brewing for years. The...
article Tribal, congressional leaders to discuss proposed protections for Chaco Canyon area
(New Mexico) -- Congressional leaders will meet with tribal leaders this weekend to discuss the efforts to protect sacred New Mexico land and the surrounding areas from...
press release New Mexico Delegation Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Haaland Introduce Legislation To Protect Chaco Canyon Area
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, the U.S House Assistant Speaker, and Deb Haaland have introduced...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article CHIEF BAKER: Making great strides in economic growth, development and diversification
(Oklahoma) -- Our tribal government is the sole owner, or shareholder, of Cherokee Nation Businesses. CNB is not just the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, but for all...
1 Article on this Issue

Fond du Lac Band

article Fond du Lac Band steps to prevent child abuse
(Minnesota) -- It’s child abuse awareness month, and communities in the Northland are doing all they can to help spread the word. That includes members of the Fond...
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Fort Mojave

article Too early to say what effect cancellation of Laughlin event will have on Parker Tube Float
(Nevada) -- It’s still too early to determine what effect, if any, the cancellation of the 2019 Laughlin River Regatta will have on the Parker Tube Float. That...
1 Article on this Issue

Habematolel Pomo

article Mendocino National Forest, Habematolel Pomo tribe reestablish traditional plants along Middle Creek
(California) -- The Mendocino National Forest and the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake are teaming up on a project to reestablish native riparian vegetation along Middle...
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Jicarilla Apache Nation

article Leader of Jicarilla Apache Nation stepped down after remarks about 'loose women'
(New Mexico) -- The Jicarilla Apache Nation is choosing a new leader following the resignation of Levi Pesata as president. After five terms on the council, Pesata...
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Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe

article Tribal members nominate 31 to run for May 11 TGB primary
(Wisconsin) -- Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) tribal members nominated 31 persons on Saturday, April 13 at the Sevenwinds Casino Event Center to run for the May 11 primary...
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Lummi Nation

article Lummi Nation calls for 'state of emergency' to aid dwindling orca population
(Washington) -- Elders and leaders of the Lummi Nation released a single Chinook salmon into the Salish Sea off western Washington State Wednesday as part of a spiritual...
1 Article on this Issue

Mascot Issue

article McGill University sports teams drop 'Redmen' name amid criticism
(Montreal) -- McGill University will no longer use the name Redmen for its men's varsity sports teams after students argued the term was a racial slur. Suzanne...
1 Article on this Issue

Mississippi Band of Choctaw

article Choctaw Indian couple indicted for bomb threats, bank robbery on reservation
(Mississippi) -- David Keith Frazier, 33, and Lauren C. Willis, 26, both members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, have been indicted by a federal grand jury...
1 Article on this Issue

MMIW

article Bills on missing, murdered indigenous women revived, linked in MT Legislature
(Montana) -- Advocates say they’re hopeful that the Montana Legislature will be able to pass a pair of bills addressing what they have called a crisis of missing...
article Montana panel OKs task force on missing Indian women and children
(Montana) -- A bill to help fight an epidemic of missing and murdered American Indian women and children advanced Friday in the Montana House. The House Judiciary...
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Mohegan Tribe

article Skeletal remains found on Mohegan tribal property
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan and state police are investigating the discovery of skeletal remains on Mohegan property Thursday morning, according to the Norwich Bulletin....
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Navajo Nation

article Former Navajo Nation official sentenced in theft case
(Arizona) -- A former manager of the Navajo Nation's Tuba City Chapter has been sentenced to jail time and probation in a theft case. Priscilla Littlefoot had...
1 Article on this Issue

Nez Perce Tribe

article Falcon Construction puts work on hold to aid in Nez Perce Reservation flood relief
(Idaho) -- Montie Phillips, the owner of Falcon Construction, was surveying an Orofino home Tuesday morning when he discovered flooding nearby. He took action with...
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Pine Ridge

article The cowboy way: Bullriders help finance search efforts for livestock on Pine Ridge Reservation
(Montana) -- Winter storm Ulmer wreaked havoc across Nebraska and South Dakota in mid-March, burying areas with up to 2 feet of snow and causing historic flooding, the...
1 Article on this Issue

Sharice Davids

article ‘Not a showoff.’ Sharice Davids’ quiet approach endears her to Democratic leaders
(Kansas) -- When Rep. Sharice Davids arrived in Washington, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver was eager to mentor his fellow Democrat, whose district sits on the other side of the...
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Tobacco & Cigarettes

article Staff Editorial: Tobacco age limit poses dilemma for tribes
(Washington) -- The Washington State Legislature recently passed a bill that would raise the legal age to purchase cigarettes, other tobacco products, e-cigarettes and...
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Other News

article Hoeven, Cramer, McSally Introduce Legislation to Enhance Tribal Road Safety
(Washington D.C.) -- Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today introduced, S. 1211, the Addressing Underdeveloped and...
article 'Always put your language first'
(Oklahoma) -- Erin Griffin's greatest joy is hearing students speak Dakota to each other as she walks through the halls at Sisseton Wahpeton College. When she joined...
article Keynote: Leadership comes naturally for Native women
(Oklahoma) -- Mention Native American women and the first names to come to mind for most Americans are Pocahontas and Sacajawea. These women were known for their roles...
article Perspectives about education shared during forum
(New Mexico) -- Various perspectives were shared today at a forum featuring five panelists who shared their experiences during the "Education is Our Human Right...
article School district denies high school student from wearing Native American emblems to graduation: 'These items are who he is'
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma high school senior Tvli Birdshead was looking forward to finally receiving his high school diploma, while proudly wearing his tribe’s honor...
article 108-year-old woman among few Native American WWII veterans
(Kansas) -- Julia Kabance isn’t sure about her new residence. At 108 (109 in August, she says), she had been living independently in her home in St. Marys until...
article San Francisco Photo Project Replaces Controversial Statue with Living American Indians
(California) -- When San Francisco’s Arts Commission removed a controversial statue from Civic Center that depicted a fallen American Indian beneath a looming...
article 'Telling the stories is healing' in Globe Theatre's Making Treaty 4, performer says
(Saskatchewan) -- There were many days that Mandy Goforth would come home from rehearsals for Making Treaty 4 and just cry and cry. "Telling the stories is healing for...
article Desert Hearts Reveals Lineup for 2019 Festival
(California) -- In two weeks, the high desert forests surrounding the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation will reverberate with the sounds of underground house and techno....
article VIDEO: Finding the connection to his community is essential to carver Joshua Watts
(British Columbia) -- Joshua Watts, a Nuu-chah-nulth carver, is reconnecting with his Lake Cowichan roots these days. He’s carved a superb modern piece for the...
article Haliwa-Saponi crown new tribal royalty
(North Carolina) -- The Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe recently hosted its annual Tiny Miss/Little Miss/Junior Miss Princess Pageant. Starting in 2011, this pageant is a...
article When traditions fade, Native Americans dance to remember
(New York) -- For 56 years, Louis Mofsie has danced with his troupe, making Native American heritage shine and ensuring that age-old steps live on, even if their tribes...
article Girl, 15, reported missing from Polson
(Montana) -- A 15-year-old Native girl has been reported missing from Lake County. Whisper Littleowl-Horseman was last seen on Wednesday, April 10 in Polson. According...
article Necropsy reveals brutal shovel beating of Mexican gray wolf
(Arizona) -- A report obtained by an Arizona-based environmental group reveals the severity of injuries suffered by a Mexican graywolf that was trapped and beaten with a...

4/12/2019

article Native American Women Are Facing a Crisis
(Indian Country) -- Native American women and girls are facing an epidemic of violence that is hiding in plain sight. They are being killed or trafficked at rates far...
article U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Official Reverses Camp 4 Trust Decision
(California) -- The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs leader has withdrawn a decision to take 1,400 acres into trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, saying more...
article Supreme Court upholds residential school compensation for former student
(Manitoba) -- A former residential school student is entitled to compensation for abuse at the hands of a nun, the Supreme Court of Canada says in a decision that helps...
article What the drought contingency plan means for Arizona Native communities
(Arizona) -- Seven states including Arizona have already agreed to the drought contingency plan after months of negotiations between local, federal and tribal leaders....
article McGill dumps Redmen team name after calls from Indigenous community
(Quebec) -- Montreal's McGill University has announced it will change the name of its men's varsity sports teams — the Redmen — after calls from...
article Award-winning Native journalist arrested on charge of intoxicated driving
(New Mexico) -- Jenni Monet, the award-winning journalist whose reports and insights about Native issues are among the most widely read around the world, was arrested in...
article 'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency
(Washington D.C.) -- A former energy industry lobbyist who has promoted mineral development as "sovereignty" for Indian Country easily won confirmation as the...
article Science is "a Democrat thing": Mantra of the Trump administration revealed
(USA) -- Science, according to a Trump appointee at the Department of the Interior, is "a Democrat thing." Those words were reportedly used to justify the...
article State 21 law does not apply to tribes
(Washington) -- With Attorney General Bob Ferguson, dozens of students, legislators and local health leaders there to bear witness, Gov. Jay Inslee signed HB 1074 into...
article 'Stop playing politics' with flood-threatened Kashechewan, regional chief says
(Ontario) -- The Grand Chief of the territory governing Kashechewan First Nation in northern Ontario is tearing into the federal government over an unfulfilled promise...
article Three Mi’maw grandmothers vow to keep up the pressure on Alton Gas
(Nova Scotia) -- The three mi’kmaw grandmothers arrested Wednesday for trespassing and ignoring a court order not to block the Alton Gas site say their fight...
article Law Professor Enumerates Flaws With President's Monument Modifications
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump clearly exceeded his authority when he lopped roughly two million acres off of two national monuments in Utah, according to a law...
article Semiahmoo First Nation charges non-band residents $50K for water
(British Columbia) -- Naomi Mitchell has lived on Semiahmoo First Nation land for decades, but if the 79-year-old doesn't come up with at least $50,000 by mid-June,...
article Jicarilla Apache Nation hosting special election for new president after resignation
(New Mexico) -- The Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico is holding a highly anticipated special election for president on April 17. The former President Levi Pesata...
article Candidates from Alberta's political parties agree: Indigenous representation matters
(Alberta) -- When Vincent Rain collected enough signatures to earn the nomination as the Alberta Party candidate for Lesser Slave Lake, he was ready to start campaigning...
article Ontario budget's cuts to Indigenous Affairs a setback for reconciliation, says Carolyn Bennett
(Ontario) -- The Ontario budget released this week has some saying that reconciliation does not appear to be a priority with the new Progressive Conservative government.
article WaPo Files Countersuit Against Nick Sandmann
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Post fired back at Nick Sandmann's legal team this week with a motion to dismiss the $250 million defamation lawsuit filed by the...
article 6 More Sentenced In Embezzlement of $1.5M From Ute Mountain Tribe
(Colorado) -- After a 3-year investigation into the embezzlement of funds from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, 16 defendants have been convicted and sentenced for their...
article Canadians should be outraged over stories of coerced sterilization says NDP MP
(Saskatchewan) -- It’s completely unimaginable. You go to the hospital to give birth and leave never able to do so again. Over 100 women, mostly Indigenous, have...
article Kindred Spirits: When the Irish Starved, the Choctaw Tried to Feed Them (Podcast)
(Oklahoma) -- As Ireland starved, help came from an unlikely place. How the Choctaw people came to the aid of strangers on an island thousands of miles away is the...
article UN Human Rights Committee Questions the US About Its Implementation of Convenant that Includes Indigenous Peoples
(Geneva) -- On April 2nd, 2019 the United Nations (UN) Committee on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR) presented a list of questions to the United States of America (US)...

4/11/2019

article Senate Confirms Bernhardt as Interior Secretary Amid Calls for Investigations Into His Conduct
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for the oil and agribusiness industries, as secretary of the interior....
article US attorney general to see how Alaska tribal courts address violence against women
(Alaska) -- The nation’s attorney general says he’s planning a trip to Alaska in order to witness its tribal courts and how they address violence against...
article Rep. Haaland Marks 100 Days in Office with House Floor Speech
(Washington D.C.) -- On Tuesday, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01), a tribal citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, marked her first 100 days in office with a House Floor...
article Video: Journalist's profane, name-calling arrest after she claims racial profiling
(New Mexico) -- The profanity-laced, name-calling DWI arrest of an 'award-winning journalist' who champions Native American rights was captured on sheriff's...
article BLOG: The Trump administration's attack on Indian Country
(Indian Country) -- The Trump administration is waging an unprecedented attack on Indian Country. Unless Congress steps up soon, Native Americans across the country...
article Indian Affairs hearing turns into Trump administration apology tour
(Washington D.C.) -- A routine hearing before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday turned into an apology tour for the Trump administration as a slate of...
article U.S. House subcommittee to host hearing at Standing Rock on voting rights
(North Dakota) -- A U.S. House subcommittee will hold a field hearing on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation next week to gather input on barriers that prevent Native...
article Indigenous groups accuse Conservatives of 'shameful' stalling tactics on rights bill
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous groups are urging the Senate to quickly pass legislation to cement provisions of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous...
article 'Enough is enough': Tribes endorse bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- With backing from one of the first Native women in Congress, tribes are calling for a permanent ban on energy development on their ancestral lands...
article Tribes push for a stronger voice in state government
(Nevada) -- Amber Torres, the chairwoman of the Walker River Paiute Tribe, has been vocal in her criticism of how the state handled the cleanup of the Anaconda Copper...
article American Indian Law & ERISA
(Indian Country) -- ERISA is a complex, broad-reaching federal law that governs most retirement and welfare benefit plans of private-sector employers.
article NDP MP asks public safety minister to trigger RCMP probe into coerced sterilization
(Ottawa) -- An NDP MP has written to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale urging him to use "all legitimate tools" to have the RCMP open an investigation into...
article Judge in CNN, Washington Post Libel Case Is No Stranger to Free Speech Fights
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky judge overseeing separate multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuits by a teen whose photographed faceoff with a Native American in Washington...
article How the N.W.T.'s 911 service will handle its 11 official languages
(North Canada) -- A big question when talking about implementing 911 emergency services in the Northwest Territories is how it will be offered in the territory's 11...
article 'Neither Wolf Nor Dog' opens in Shakopee
(Minnesota) -- The success of Scottish director Steven Lewis Simpson's adaptation of Minnesota Book Award-winning novel, "Neither Wolf Nor Dog," defies logic — Hollywood...
article 7,000 Year Old Indigenous Story Proved True
(Australia) -- The Gugu Badhun people have been retelling the story of a huge explosion that rocked the Australian landscape for 230 generations. After new evidence,...

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