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Blackfeet Nation

article Blackfeet Early Childhood Center tribal employees required to take COVID-19 test
(Montana) -- All Blackfeet Early Childhood Center tribal employees are required to take the COVID-19 test. The tests are located at the Old Eagle Shields building...
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Canadian Land Issues

article Land purchase brings early treaty benefit to Chemainus-area Halalt First Nation
(British Columbia) -- The purchase of two commercial properties, supported through provincial government funding, will benefit the Halalt First Nation by providing...
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Chickasaw Nation

article Mari Hulbutta, ‘the Briefcase Warrior’ From Chickasaw Nation Of Oklahoma Graduates Columbia Law School
(Oklahoma) -- Mari Hulbutta, a star student and Citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, graduated May 20 from Columbia Law School. Hulbutta grew up in a suburb just...
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COVID-19

article Native Americans Are More Vulnerable to Coronavirus—Less Than 3 Percent Have Been Tested
(South Dakota) -- Cases of the novel coronavirus among Native Americans have been growing faster than some of the worst-hit states in the country. Nearly 8,000 cases...
article Native Americans are more vulnerable to coronavirus—less than 3 percent have been tested
(Indian Country) -- Cases of the novel coronavirus among Native Americans have been growing faster than some of the worst-hit states in the country. Nearly 8,000 cases...
article Video: Wes Studi PSA brings attention to the toll of coronavirus on Native American communities
(Oklahoma) -- Academy Award-honored actor, Oklahoma native and Native American icon Wes Studi stars in a public service announcement that's calling attention to the...
article Analysts: COVID-19 economic impact on Montana worse than initially thought
(Montana) -- Experts are reporting Montana's economy will be worse than initially thought due to coronavirus. Last month, researchers from the University of Montana...
article Tribe receives cleaning supplies to keep virus at bay
(Louisiana) -- The United Houma Nation has been delivering food and supplies to the elder members of the tribe since April, and just got some significant help in that...
press release Alaska was coming out of recession when COVID-19 hit. Now the future is more unclear than ever before.
(Alaska) -- How deep will the downturn be, and what will it take before we can say Alaska’s economy is in recovery? What are the benchmarks and what will state...
article Sac and Fox Nation announces COVID-19 economic support program for all enrolled Tribal Members
(Oklahoma) -- During a Special Business Committee Meeting held on May 21st, the Sac and Fox Nation Business Committee approved the Sac and Fox Nation COVID-19 Economic...
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Crow Tribe

article Crow Tribe holds drive-through COVID-19 testing on reservation
(Montana) -- The Crow Tribe and Indian Health Services held drive and walk-through COVID-19 testing for tribal members Wednesday in Lodge Grass. The tribe's incident...
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Dakota Access Pipeline

article Standing Rock, Corps at odds over whether to shut down Dakota Access during review
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has asked a federal judge to effectively shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline while a lengthy environmental review is...
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Donald Trump

article Trump says he won’t close the country if second wave of coronavirus hits
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump on Thursday said “we are not closing our country” if the U.S. is hit by a second wave of coronavirus infections...
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Enbridge Pipeline

article Environmental advocates, landowners seek to stop Enbridge taking land for northern Wisconsin pipeline
(Wisconsin) -- A coalition of environmental advocates and landowners is seeking to stop a Canadian company’s attempt to take private land in order to reroute an...
article Opponents of Enbridge pipeline makeover press PUC to rethink the project
(Minnesota) -- Opponents of Enbridge's proposed pipeline across northern Minnesota Thursday petitioned the state utility regulator to reconsider its approval of the...
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FinCEN

article Manitoba Hydro halts sending workers to construction camp as Keeyask blockade continue
(Manitoba) -- Dozens of residents from across northern Manitoba First Nations assembled outside of Tataskweyak Cree Nation to support a blockade leading to the Keeyask...
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First Nations

article Indigenous communities remain cautious as lockdown restrictions ease
(Alberta) -- First Nations communities in the Wood Buffalo area are remaining cautious as Alberta eases its social distancing restrictions and public health orders. When...
article Facing racist social media attacks, Manitoulin Island leaders plead for tolerance
(Ontario) -- Peace and tranquility are usually two words synonymous with Manitoulin Island, but right now there is tense feeling in the air. Elected leaders have been...
article Ottawa announces another $75M in pandemic funding for Indigenous people living off-reserve
(Ottawa) -- The federal government says it will provide $75 million to organizations that address the "critical needs" of Indigenous people living in urban...
article Order to remove highway blockade presented to First Nations, but chiefs vow not to back down
(Manitoba) -- The chief of a Northern Manitoba First Nation was served with a court order to remove a blockade on Highway 280 outside Split Lake May 20. The order,...
article Measures to stop spread of COVID-19 in First Nations limited by lack of infrastructure: report
(Manitoba) -- Suggested measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 won't be effective in remote Manitoba First Nations unless housing conditions and access to clean...
article Civil claim against former chief of Acho Dene Koe First Nation dismissed
(North Canada) -- A civil claim against the former chief of Acho Dene Koe First Nation has been dismissed. ADK Holdings Ltd., the corporate arm of Acho Dene Koe First...
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Fond du Lac Band

article CHAIRMANS VIEW: Glimmers of hope are shining through the suffering, hardship
(Michigan) -- The burden of uncertainty weighs heavily on the shoulders of those of us privileged to be serving as elected officials during this difficult time. As a...
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Grand Portage Band

article Grand Portage asks non-residents to avoid travel on tribal land, roads at this time
(Minnesota) -- During the weekly update on the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tribal Chair Beth Drost reminded...
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Kalispel Tribe

article Council extends data contract with Kalispel Tribe
(Washington) -- The City Council found its way to doing some non-coronavirus related business last Tuesday night, passing resolutions approving project engineering...
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Keystone XL Pipeline

article First piece of disputed Keystone XL pipeline finished
(Montana) -- A Canadian company has built the first piece of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S. border and started work on labor camps in...
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Lac du Flambeau

article First COVID-19 Case Confirmed At Lac du Flambeau Reservation
(Wisconsin) -- The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Tribal President Joseph Wildcat Sr. confirmed Wednesday the first case of COVID-19 on the...
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Land Issues

article Brings Plenty: Good relationships are better than lawsuits
(South Dakota) -- Weekends are for family. That’s a long-standing tradition for my kiddos and me. Last Sunday was no different. My teenager and I spent the day...
article Dispute over South Dakota tribal checkpoints escalates after Gov. Kristi Noem seeks federal help
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem appealed to the Trump administration for help Wednesday in resolving a dispute over roadside checkpoints set up by two...
article Oglala spokesman: Noem is putting lives at risk in checkpoint dispute
(South Dakota) -- Gov. Kristi Noem is putting 72,000 Native Americans' lives at risk in her dispute over checkpoints on reservations, an Oglala Sioux Tribe spokesman...
article South Dakota governor takes tribe checkpoint flap to White House
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Wednesday she is appealing to President Donald Trump's administration in her standoff with two American Indian...
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Leech Lake Band

article Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Stay at Home Order Extended to June 1, 2020
(Minnesota) -- The Leech Lake Tribal Council has extended the “Stay at Home Order” for Leech Lake Reservation residents until June 1st, 2020. As many know,...
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Marijuana & Hemp

article Red Lake Nation Votes To Pass Medical Marijuana Referendum
(Minnesota) -- Members of the Red Lake Nation approved legalization of medical cannabis within the nation’s boundaries yesterday, which was approved 80.59% to 19....
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Mashpee Wampanoag

article EDITORIAL: Nature Also A Consideration
(Massachusetts) -- It is unfortunate that members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe are subject to harassment while exercising their rights to fish outside of state...
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Mining & Drilling

article US to grant more time to consider New Mexico drilling plan
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Thursday he’ll extend the public comment period on a contested plan that will guide oil and gas...
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Navajo Nation

article Every Corner of the Navajo Nation Has Been Hit By COVID-19
(Arizona) -- Lucinda Charleston’s children reminded her that she wasn’t young anymore. But despite their worry, she assembled an emergency public health team...
article Trump Bungled Pandemic Response In Navajo Nation: Leader
(Washington D.C.) -- Weeks of delays in delivering vital coronavirus aid to Native American tribes exacerbated the outbreak, the president of the hard-hit Navajo Nation...
article COVID-19 Further Strains Care Disparities Among Native Americans
(Utah) -- Each weekday, Terrell Benally wakes up early to drive an hour to the nearest Walmart in Cortez, Colorado, 60 miles away from his home on the Navajo reservation...
article Live Mic: Navajo Nation takes on coronavirus onslaught
(Utah) -- As coronavirus alters our world, Indian Country has been hit especially hard — and nowhere more so than Navajo Nation. The pandemic has forced tribal...
article Local woman, who has blindness, makes masks for Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Sacheen Smith was born and raised in Albuquerque. Growing up, much of her family, including her two grandmothers, lived on the Navajo Nation. Today, her...
article UCSF Sends Second Wave of Health Workers to Navajo Nation
(California) -- As cases of COVID-19 continue to mount in Navajo Nation, UC San Francisco is sending a second team of health care workers – 13 nurses and six...
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Sand Creek Massacre

article Chief Niwot and the Sand Creek Massacre
(Colorado) -- Chief Niwot was a Southern Arapaho tribal leader who lived from 1825 until 1864. His name “Niwot” translates to “left-handed.” The community of Niwot,...
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Shinnecock Tribe

article Shinnecock’s Lance Gumbs Represents Tribal Nations during New York Assembly Joint Hearing on COVID-19 Impact
(New York) -- The data emerging from the COVID-19 deaths reveals that a disproportionate number of people of color are being impacted by the pandemic. On Monday, the New...
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St. Regis Mohawk

article Tribal leaders taking community health disparities into account when deciding to remain in State of Emergency
(New York) -- A St. Regis Mohawk Tribe spokesperson says tribal leaders are taking public health disparities between Akwesasne and the surrounding communities into...
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Voter Suppression

article Four years and a settlement later: a North Dakota voter ID law will still impact the Native American vote
(North Dakota) -- A 2018 federal judge’s ruling may still be impacting Native Americans’ right to vote in North Dakota. The law requires all voters to show...
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Other News

article KSUT broadcasting Tribal Radio from Ute Mountain, south of Cortez
(Colorado) -- After three years of work, KSUT has connected the two Ute tribes of Southwest Colorado through Tribal Radio, with a new FM signal broadcasting off of...
article Traditional healers cultivate healing plants and lost heritage
(Montana) -- Cheryl Morales started the medicinal garden at the Aaniiih Nakoda College demonstration farm with only four plants: yarrow, echinacea, plantain and licorice...
article Chehalis Indian Tribe begins manufacturing hand sanitizer at new distillery
(Washington) -- The Chehalis Indian Tribe and Heritage Distilling Co. (HDC), announced Thursday that they have teamed up to produce up to 600,000 gallons of hand...
article No lawyer appointed yet for Kevin Mantla murder appeal
(North Canada) -- A Gameti man serving time for murder and attempted murder says he has no hope of appealing his conviction himself because he can barely read and has no...
article Manitoba watchdog clears 2 First Nations police force officers in fatal Long Plain shooting
(Manitoba) -- The Independent Investigation Unit is clearing a pair of Manitoba First Nations Police Service officers of wrongdoing in the shooting death of Ben Richard...
article First Nation in B.C. not happy with school name compromise
(British Columbia) -- A school in northern British Columbia was planning on changing its name to honour the area’s Indigenous history. But that name change received...
article Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Reduces Tuition 10% for the 2020-2021 School Year
(New Mexico) -- IAIA announced today a 10% decrease in tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, IAIA has made this decrease to make it...
article Stanford junior named Udall Scholar
(California) -- Stanford junior Caroline Pecos-Duarte, ’21, is a recipient of the Udall Scholarship, which provides support for college sophomores and juniors interested...
article Washington Institute of American Indian Studies reschedules 45th anniversary event
(Washington) -- May 16 marked the Institute of American Indian Studies’ 45th anniversary. A celebration was planned, then postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. The new...
article Earliest known man with Native American DNA ancestry lived in Siberia
(Siberia) -- A man who lived in Siberia about 14,000 years ago is the earliest known person in the world to have the specific mix of genes seen in people with Native...
article Painted Rock Conservation Area is a look at Native American history
(Missouri) -- More than 1,400 acres of beautiful hiking trails, boardwalks, ponds and campsites await at the Painted Rock Conservation Area near Westphalia. The area, 7...
article Support Native Language Center to Help Fight COVID-19
(Washington D.C.) -- Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) is calling for the inclusion of a provision in the next coronavirus relief bill to establish a Native American Language...
article New documentary explores life of Native American up for sainthood
(South Dakota) -- What can an American Indian who was the second cousin of the great war chief Crazy Horse and a veteran of the Battle of Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee...
article How an ‘Urban Rez’ Grew Into a ‘Native Nation’
(California) -- Larissa FastHorse’s Cornerstone piece about L.A. County’s Native peoples wasn’t just adapted for Arizona—it was rebuilt from the...
article NAC: Music Maker: Hāwane Rios
(Hawaii) -- Kanaka Oiwi singer Hāwane Rios is weaving her upbringing of traditional hula and chant into her latest release “Kū Kia´í Mauna – Together...

5/20/2020

article Noem: Evidence on 'unlawful' tribal checkpoints turned over to federal government
(South Dakota) -- Gov. Kristi Noem said the state has collected and turned over to federal authorities evidence of "unlawful checkpoints" set up by tribes in...
article Montana Judge Halts Ballot Gathering Restrictions Weeks Before June Primary
(Montana) -- A Montana judge agreed Wednesday to put a temporary restraining order on a state law that tribal groups say harshly disenfranchises Native American voters....
article 'Ogden's Own Distillery' delivering 485 gallons of hand sanitizer to Navajo Nation
(Utah) -- "Ogden's Own Distillery" is hand-delivering 485 gallons of hand sanitizer to the Navajo Nation Wednesday. The tribal lands, which lie in the four...
article How Orenda Tribe Is Supporting Hard-Hit Navajo Nation During the Coronavirus
(New Mexico) -- When Amy Yeung decided to leave her work as a design executive in Los Angeles, she knew there was only one place to go: New Mexico. The entrepreneur and...
article Chief Hoskin to visit Claremore Friday for elder food distribution event
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation citizens are encouraged to come by Christ United Methodist Church in Claremore Friday take part in the Cherokee Nation’s emergency...
article How a S.D. Native American tribe is protecting its people from COVID-19
(South Dakota) -- The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in north-central South Dakota has received extensive state and national press coverage in recent days after Gov. Kristi...
article Northern Arapaho man dies after contracting coronavirus; Wyoming fatality total now at 11
(Wyoming) -- An 11th Wyoming coronavirus patient, a Northern Arapaho man, has died after contracting the virus, the tribe’s chairman said Wednesday. The death...
article Wyoming tribes receive millions in coronavirus relief money from federal government
(Wyoming) -- The two Wyoming tribes have said they’ve received a combined $19 million in coronavirus relief funding from the federal government to help them as...
article First Nations partners of Keeyask 'not backing down' from blockades over COVID-19 fears
(Manitoba) -- All four First Nations who are partners in the Keeyask hydro project are now blocking workers from entering the northern Manitoba work site, as they wait...
article Listuguj First Nation in Quebec appeals to New Brunswick to open its doors
(Quebec) -- A Mi’gmaq First Nation in Quebec is appealing to the province of New Brunswick to allow its members to cross a bridge and allow it to shop in a nearby...
article First COVID-19 case on reservation in Lac du Flambeau confirmed
(Wisconsin) -- The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Tribal President, Joseph Wildcat Sr., confirmed Wednesday evening that a person on their...
article Nez Perce Tribal Police Say "Mexican Oxy" Cause of Recent Overdose Situation
(Idaho) -- On the evening of Monday, May 18, Nez Perce Tribal Police Department (NPTPD) officers were dispatched to respond to reports of a potential overdose situation...
article The small Native American tribe fighting Trump's wall in South Texas
(Texas) -- When President Trump announced plans to build a wall along the Rio Grande River, Juan Mancias smelled a rat. Mancias is the Carrizo/Comecrudo tribal leader...
article Canada Energy Regulator recruiting Indigenous people to join new advisory committee
(Canada) -- The Canada Energy Regulator is looking for Indigenous people to join a new advisory committee that is expected to play "a key advisory role" to the...
article Kanesatake chief calls for Oka park to stay closed to prevent spread of COVID-19
(Quebec) -- Oka provincial park is opening on Wednesday, allowing about half the usual daily visitors to explore the hiking trails and shoreline of the Lake of Two...
article Kanesatake Mohawks block entrance to Oka provincial park
(Quebec) -- Kanesatake Mohawks set up checkpoints at the entrance to Oka provincial park Wednesday, as the park was due to reopen, stopping cars as they arrived and...
article Comment period on Chaco area drilling to be extended, secretary says
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico residents will have more time to express opinions about oil and gas drilling near Chaco Culture National Historical Park, U.S. Interior...
article Drilling on Public Lands: Native American Voices Frustrated by Virtual Public Hearings Over Zoom
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has attempted to plow forward with its plans to open up public lands to drilling for oil and gas exploration. To do so, it...
article Environmental watchdogs are raising alarms over Pebble and other projects. But is anyone listening?
(Alaska) -- Pebble Mine opponent Lindsey Bloom thought she had the goods. When she saw a video showing an executive from Pebble’s parent company make a pitch to...
article The White Mesa Mill Has Become A Dumping Ground For Radioactive Waste, Tribe And Advocates Say
(Utah) -- When the White Mesa Mill was built in 1980, it was permitted to process domestic uranium ore for 15 years. There were no plans for it to be an international...
article Trump cancels portion of border wall over rising costs
(Arizona) -- The Trump administration told a federal court Wednesday that it has canceled a portion of border wall it had planned to build near Yuma, Arizona, saying...
article Florida, Tribes Among The Latest To Get Federal OK For Hemp Production
(Florida) -- The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, which controls more than 270,000 acres in and around the Florida Everglades, has won a key approval from the U.S....
article Judge Rules In Favor Of Shinnecock In Billboard Dispute
(New York) -- A judge in New York has lifted a temporary restraining order against the Shinnecock Indian Nation that had prevented the tribe from finishing work on a...
article Shinnecock Tribe Wins Right to Keep Electronic Billboard on Long Island
(New York) -- The Shinnecock Indian Nation got a victory in New York state Supreme Court in its fight to keep its electronic billboard, built on a right-of-way along...
article Blue Lake Rancheria donates 500 sheet sets to help homeless amid pandemic
(California) -- To help the homeless quarantined during the COVID-19 crisis, the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe said they donated 500 sheet sets and 70 pillows to the...
article How A Company Misappropriated Native American Culture To Sell Health Insurance
(USA) -- Jill Goodridge was shopping for affordable health insurance when a friend told her about O’NA HealthCare, a low-cost alternative to commercial insurance....
article Hundreds of non-medical masks with Indigenous flair made for First Nations communities
(British Columbia) -- Shelly Johnson is a professor at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C., and the Canada research chair in Indigenizing Higher Education, but...
article NAC: Coping with grief from a distance
(Indian Country) -- The coronavirus pandemic is putting barriers between family members and their grief over loved ones who have walked on. Families often can’t be...
article The Navajo Nation’s Diné College Faces the Worst Coronavirus Outbreak in the Country
(Arizona) -- The coronavirus pandemic is a calamity for untold numbers of college students across the country. However, it is hard to imagine a college where students...
article Earliest known person of the Native American ancestry lived in Siberia
(Siberia) -- A man who lived in Siberia about 14,000 years ago is the earliest known person in the world to have the specific mix of genes seen in people with Native...
article Gardening Advice from Indigenous Food Growers
(South Dakota) -- Many Americans are now experiencing an erratic food supply for the first time. Among COVID-19’s disruptions are bare supermarket shelves and...
article Unraveling the Romanticized Story of Pocahontas
(USA) -- When Disney released the "Pocahontas" film in 1995 and its follow-up "Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World" in 1998, the studio added music...
article Artist Kent Monkman's painting of partially nude Trudeau with laughing women creates uproar online
(Manitoba) -- Renowned Cree artist Kent Monkman has come under fire for his new painting that shows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau partially nude, on all fours, preparing...
article Indigenous art keeps selling, at home and abroad
(Australia) -- Two major international sales of Australian Indigenous art are being planned and the category is holding its value better than others in the local market...
article Out of control wildfire prompts Pine Creek First Nation to declare state of emergency
(Manitoba) -- Pine Creek First Nation has declared a state of emergency as a large wildfire continues to burn near the community, fought by crews on the ground and in...
article Crow Creek tribal leaders sentenced in embezzlement case
(South Dakota) -- A former chairwoman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and a council member have been sentenced in a tribal embezzlement scheme involving four others....
article Wes Studi Urges the Public to Assist Indian Country Amid COVID-19
(Texas) -- Legendary actor Wes Studi has developed a public service announcement (PSA) to raise awareness of the serious effects of COVID-19 in Indian Country and...

5/19/2020

article Report: ‘Grossly inaccurate’ data used to divvy up relief funds for tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Treasury Department relied on “grossly inaccurate” data in deciding how to divvy up billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief...
article House-backed HEROES Act proposes additional stimulus funds for tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act Friday, which includes $20 billion for tribal governments for COVID-19 related...
article Harvard Study: Feds Miscalculated in Its Distribution of CARES Act Funds to Tribes
(Massachusetts) -- An study released Monday by three leading universities suggests the Trump administration miscalculated in its distribution of $4.8 billion to tribes...
article Will Navajo people, ravaged by COVID-19, also be disenfranchised?
(Arizona) -- There is probably no better time to disenfranchise an entire group of people than during a pandemic. We’re all preoccupied. We live daily with new...
article NAC: Checkpoints and check-ins
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and leaders of the Cheyenne River Sioux and Oglala Sioux tribes remain in a verbal and legal standoff. The governor...
article Outbreak on edge of Navajo Nation overwhelms rural hospital
(New Mexico) -- On the eve of New Mexico's shutdown of bars and restaurants to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the city of Gallup came alive for one last night...
article Saving Chaco: As coronavirus consumes New Mexico, drilling threatens sacred land
(New Mexico) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed tribal communities in New Mexico, where Native Americans comprise about 11 percent of the state’s population but a...
article Makah Tribe's early shelter in place order may seem extreme, but it's working
(Washington) -- The Makah Tribe was the first community in the state to shut down and has isolated its small population since March 16. Its geography, with only one road...
article On California’s Tribal Lands, Protecting Elders Means Putting Customs, Tourism On Pause
(California) -- Curving down the stretch of Highway 20 that hugs the oak-lined shore of Clear Lake, there are no obvious signs that you’re near tribal land...
article Injunction calls for removal of Manitoba blockade set up over COVID-19 concerns
(Manitoba) -- A court injunction is ordering members of a Manitoba First Nation who are worried about the spread of COVID-19 to remove a blockade set up at a...
article Saving Chaco: As coronavirus consumes New Mexico, drilling threatens sacred land
(New Mexico) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed tribal communities in New Mexico, where Native Americans comprise about 11 percent of the state’s population...
article Denver Bank Helping Native Communities Navigate The Tricky World Of Pandemic Assitance Loans
(Colorado) -- Native American communities have historically faced barriers when it comes to banking. The coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated those challenges....
article Rama First Nation's smoke shops are back in business
(Ontario) -- Smoke shops on Rama First Nation re-opened today. The cigarette sellers were ordered closed by Chief and Council of Rama as of April 8. Originally, it was a...
article State DOT begins tribal voter ID campaign in Belcourt
(North Dakota) -- We're in the early stages of the 2020 election season, and state leaders are doing their part to make sure residents of our Native American...
article Judge denies state injunction request to remove Shinnecock billboard
(New York) -- A state Supreme Court judge has denied New York state’s request for a preliminary injunction to remove the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s billboard...
article Native Women's Shelter forced to close after outbreak among staff
(Quebec) -- The Native Women's Shelter in Montreal, a vital service for the city's Indigenous population, has had to close its doors because of COVID-19. Nakuset...
article Stillaguamish Tribe provides funds for new Oso ambulance
(Washington) -- The Tribe recently donates $180,000 to the Oso Fire District and $300,000 to the North County Regional Fire Authority The Stillaguamish Tribe made two...
article The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Respond to COVID-19
(Oregon) -- As of May 18, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde have detected no positive cases of COVID-19, with 93 tests being completed by the Grand Ronde Health and...
article Tribal company unveils front-line products in global health battle
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Federal recently unveiled a new line of products aimed at addressing the global health crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic, under its Scout...
article ‘Unserviced’: Why some Western Alaska villages lack basic sanitation infrastructure
(Alaska) -- Some communities in Western Alaska rely on crumbling infrastructure to meet their daily sanitation needs. Others depend on untrained water operators....
article Grant L. Real Bird Named Udall Foundation Scholar
(Arizona) -- The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation (Udall Foundation) announced the Udall Undergraduate Scholars for 2020 on May 8. Fifty-five recipients...
article Why Capitalize “Indigenous”?
(Indian Country) -- Ask SAPIENS is a series that offers a glimpse into the magazine’s inner workings. Some readers may have noticed that SAPIENS uses a capital “I” in...
article Why on-the-land educators see opportunity in a global pandemic
(North Canada) -- Most students can identify with the feeling of looking wistfully out a classroom window on a sunny spring day. But for students in northern Canada,...
article How History Affects Indigenous Nations' Response To The Coronavirus
(Wisconsin) -- We recently covered how the Oneida Nation Wisconsin is turning to indigenous agricultural practices to put food on the table during the coronavirus...
article How the pandemic threatens Native Americans — and their languages
(Washington) -- The Spokane people have an unusual way of saying “he got sick”: in their form of the Salish language it translates literally as “he was...
article In a pandemic, technology helps tribe reconnect with Dakota language
(Minnesota) -- These days, Dakota — the native language of the Prairie Island Indian Community — isn't widely spoken. But the tribe is trying to change...
article RADIO: How History Affects Indigenous Nations' Response To The Coronavirus
(Wisconsin) -- We recently covered how the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin is turning to indigenous agricultural practices to put food on the table during the coronavirus...
article Defend the Sacred: How Native Americans Protect Their Religious Freedom
(Indian Country) -- The three bustling camps of water protectors near the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline’s crossing of the Missouri River lay along the placid...
article BOOK: "Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory"
(Indian Country) -- “Unworthy Republic” is an unflinching chronicle of the confiscation of millions of acres of homelands belonging to Native Americans and the expulsion...
article For this Native community, photography has harmed—and healed
(Oklahoma) -- There’s a myth in America that says Native American cultures are declining—where they haven’t disappeared outright. According to a 2015...
article Powwows move online to keep Indigenous communities together
(Arizona) -- As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some Native Americans have found a way to safely host traditional powwows by moving them online. In many Indigenous...
article Warm Springs powwow cancelled amid coronavirus concerns
(Oregon) -- Pi-Ume-Sha, a powwow held annually on the Warm Springs Reservation, has been canceled this year due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. The event had...
article Brazil indigenous tribe fights coronavirus with plants
(Brazil) -- Far from lab coat and face mask territory, a group of indigenous healers with feather and leaf headdresses is working its way up the Amazon river, looking...
article Indigenous Australians Avert an Outbreak—for Now
(Australia) -- When the H1N1 pandemic arrived in Australia in 2009, it took a disproportionately heavy toll on indigenous people, who ultimately suffered a death rate...
article Federal judge sentences 2 more Crow Creek officials in $1M embezzlement ring of 6
(Montana) -- A federal judge in Pierre this week sentenced two more former officials of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in in a case which six tribal officials have admitted...

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