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$4M W. Village House Won’t Go to Indian Tribe; Millionaire Reneges on Promise

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 Indians. He no longer feels that way, apparently. In a piece headlined “Millionaire reneges on promise to give West Village property back to American Indian tribe” Melissa Klein of the New York Post chronicles Bourgeois’s change of heart, which now will never be buried at Wounded Knee.

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6/4/2020

article Noem calls on Trump to end road blocks
(South Dakota) -- At a May 21 teleconference, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said she sent a letter asking U.S. President Donald Trump to help end Cheyenne River Sioux...
article OP/ED: Taking A Stand For Tribes In South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- As a Native Hawaiian, I stand in support of the Cheyenne River Sioux, the Oglala Lakota and the Rosebud Sioux, who are being threatened with legal...
press release 50 Years Ago: Tribe wins lawsuit over lands lost
(Navajo Nation) -- The Navajo Tribe won a major court battle against the federal government for stealing lands that should belong to the tribe.The Indian Claims...

6/3/2020

article OP/ED: Public health and tribal sovereignty
(South Dakota) -- Two issues about public health and Tribal sovereignty are pressing deeply into my conscience. The first is the July 3 fireworks display at Mount...
article Prof Pommersheim Talks Checkpoints
(South Dakota) -- Governor Kristi Noem demanded that the checkpoints be removed. After the tribes stood their ground, she sent a letter to President Donald Trump...
article Exiled to Indian Country: Otoe-Missouria Tribe
(Oklahoma) -- Billie Ann Tohee, an Otoe-Missouria tribal citizen and Iowa tribe descendant, recognizes the unequal opportunities that surfaced once the Europeans forced...

5/29/2020

article Trump administration accelerates efforts to secure land for border wall: report
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is ramping up efforts to secure land along the U.S.-Mexico border for construction of a wall by increasing the pace at...
article Concerns about design, tribal involvement lead to pause on decision about statue proposed for Riverfront Park
(Washington) -- Some public pushback and concerns about Spokane tribal involvement have caused park officials to pause plans for the next piece of public art in...

5/28/2020

article SD’s congressional delegation asks federal government for guidance on checkpoints
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota’s congressional delegation did not come out in support of tribal COVID-19 checkpoints but also did not call them illegal as Gov....

5/27/2020

article South Dakota's congressional delegation requests federal guidance on tribal checkpoints
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota’s congressional delegation issued a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior and Attorney General William Barr requesting...

5/26/2020

article Tribal leaders oppose online consultations with the U.S. during the pandemic
(Washington D.C.) -- For the first time, both the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service have moved public hearings and tribal consultation to a virtual format,...
article No response yet from federal government about tribes' checkpoints, Gov. Kristi Noem says
(South Dakota) -- Gov. Kristi Noem said she hasn't received a response from federal authorities about the state's investigation into two tribes' checkpoints...
article Old Town residents, tribal leaders fight to have a say over state’s largest landfill
(Maine) -- Residents of Old Town and Penobscot tribal leaders worry that Maine has become the dumping ground for New England as the Juniper Ridge Landfill has for years...

5/23/2020

article ICYMI: Decision In Tribe's Case Pending After Judge Hears Arguments
(Washington D.C.) -- A decision with implications for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s sovereignty over reservation lands is pending after federal Judge Paul L....

5/22/2020

article Louisiana Breaks Ground on Isle de Jean Charles Resettlement Project Amid Pandemic
(Louisiana) -- The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t changed life much for Chris Burnet, a lifelong resident of Isle de Jean Charles, a quickly eroding strip of land among...

5/21/2020

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...

5/20/2020

article Noem asks President Trump to help resolve checkpoint dispute with tribes
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota Attorney General has been investigating the COVID-19 checkpoints on the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River reservations and forwarding...
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 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...

5/19/2020

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...

5/15/2020

article Desautel-Sinixt case postponed until fall session in Supreme Court of Canada
(Washington) -- The Supreme Court of Canada announced, April 29, that it would only hear a handful of cases - via video-conference - in June, and all other cases that...

5/14/2020

article Cheyenne River Tribe and Oglala Sioux Tribe maintain lockdowns
(South Dakota) -- In an all too familiar pandemic, the ravaging affects some Native American communities experience resonates back centuries. Each pandemic presents...
article How South Dakota's Governor Is Targeting Sioux Tribes Over Coronavirus Checkpoints
(South Dakota) -- Due to a wholly inadequate federal response to the coronavirus pandemic, it has largely been up to states to execute their own plans to protect...
article Native American tribe says sovereignty allows checkpoints
(South Dakota) -- The head of a Native American tribe said Wednesday it won't comply with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's demand to remove coronavirus...
article On South Dakota’s Sioux Reservations, Checkpoints Save Lives
(South Dakota) -- A standoff over safety and sovereignty is intensifying in South Dakota. Two Indigenous tribes there, the Cheyenne River Sioux and the Oglala Sioux,...

5/13/2020

article South Dakota's governor will allow checkpoints on tribal roads, but not state highways in a possible compromise
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota's governor on Tuesday offered what appeared to be an attempted compromise to at least one Native American tribe in a disagreement over...

5/6/2020

article Land conservancy returns ancient cultural site to Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes
(Oregon) -- On Tuesday, May 5, North Coast Land Conservancy (NCLC) transferred ownership of historical tribal lands at Neawanna Point Habitat Reserve – 18.6 acres...
article “The Black Hills Are Not For Sale”
(South Dakota) -- Regina Brave remembers the moment the first viral picture of her was taken. It was 1973, and 32-year-old Brave had taken up arms in a standoff between...
article OP/ED: Ask Who Paid for America’s Universities
(USA) -- This is how deep it goes. Even an essay calling for a fairer America missed the injustice at the core of the nation’s character. “From some of its...

5/5/2020

article Tribes regain foothold in South County
(Oregon) -- Historical tribal lands between Seaside and Gearhart are back in native hands. The North Coast Land Conservancy on Tuesday announced the transfer of 18 acres...

4/30/2020

article Tribes ask feds to stop work on Roadless Rule plan
(Alaska) -- Eight Southeast Alaska Native tribes want the U.S. Department of Agriculture to stop working on a plan to rollback the Roadless Rule for the Tongass National...

4/28/2020

article The Public Wants Ranchers Out of Point Reyes National Seashore
(California) -- The National Park Service recently released the public comments on how Point Reyes National Seashore should be managed and they show that the vast...
article Fiona Apple on Her New Album and Acknowledging Indigenous Lands
(Indian Country) -- In a broadcast exclusive, world-renowned singer-songwriter Fiona Apple joins Democracy Now! for the hour to discuss her critically acclaimed new...

4/27/2020

article Nevada fight over bombing range pits tribes vs. U.S. Navy
(Nevada) -- On any given day, the remote desert valleys of central Northern Nevada can feel like the most peaceful places on earth. Until the noise from the jets arrives...

4/26/2020

article Nevada fight over bombing range pits tribes vs. U.S. Navy
(Nevada) -- On any given day, the remote desert valleys of central Northern Nevada can feel like the most peaceful places on earth. Until the noise from the jets arrives...

4/23/2020

article Cornell’s Land Grant Heritage: A Sinister Tradition?
(New York) -- As a land-grant institution, Cornell is “charged with advancing the lives and livelihoods of the state’s citizens through teaching, research...

4/22/2020

article Tribe’s public records requests costing city nearly $20,000
(California) -- A request under the state Public Records Act filed by the Wopumnes Nisenan-Mewuk Tribe of El Dorado County has cost the city of Placerville nearly $20,...
article Court: Arizona Tribes Can Sue Over Indian School Land Deal
(Arizona) -- Arizona tribes have the right to sue the federal government for allowing a major developer to default on payments it was supposed to make to obtain the old...

4/20/2020

article Court allows tribe to sue U.S. government over education deal
(Arizona) -- Arizona tribes have the right to sue the federal government for allowing a major developer to default on payments it was supposed to make to obtain the old...
article The Original Sin Of Our Nation’s First Public Universities
(USA) -- America’s first public universities came into existence with the Morrill Land-Grant Act, signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862. Named after...

4/13/2020

article As Sea Level Rise Threatens Their Ancestral Village, a Louisiana Tribe Fights to Stay Put
(Louisiana) -- Ten years ago, as news of the BP oil disaster reached Louisiana’s Grand Bayou Indian Village, Rosina Philippe dispatched her brother Maurice...

4/12/2020

article 3 North Dakota colleges may soon acknowledge campuses are on Indigenous land
(North Dakota) -- Staff with North Dakota’s two flagship universities and a college in Wahpeton, N.D., are working on statements that will recognize the campuses...

3/31/2020

article Historic Michigan tribal burial ground threatened by coastal erosion
(Michigan) -- In June of 1662, hundreds of invading Native Americans from the Iroquois nation were killed on the shore of Lake Superior by local Chippewa defending their...

3/30/2020

article Land-grab universities / Expropriated Indigenous land is the foundation of the land-grant university system.
(California) -- On August 29, 1911, a Yahi man known as Ishi came out of hiding near Oroville, California. He had spent decades evading settlers after the massacre of...
article Tribal council voices opposition to Hwy 101 development
(California) -- The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band “adamantly opposes” the proposed development at the Betabel property along Highway 101, the tribe wrote in a...

3/25/2020

article These Native American women came to Philadelphia to see their ancestral land. They found apartments and a parking garage.
(Philadelphia) -- Six women from the Iroquois Confederacy in upstate New York traveled to Philadelphia recently to reconnect with a patch of tribal land. They came to...

3/17/2020

article U.S. waives laws, requests input for 91 miles of new border wall construction in Arizona
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials plan to build or replace more than 91 miles of border barriers along the Arizona-Mexico border in one...
article U. Minnesota-Twin Cities to formally recognize it sits on Native American land
(Minnesota) -- The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus plans to formally offer a statement noting that it sits upon Native American land, and supporters hope it...

3/13/2020

article Opinion: US government is accountable for repaying our tribe for the theft of our land
(Alaska) -- The Bill to require Alaska to recognize 229 tribes is largely symbolic and would not change how tribal governments already operate. First Wolf House of Kuiu...

3/12/2020

article Protecting And Preserving Ancient Sites At Risk From Sea-Level Rise In Florida
(Florida) -- Long before condominiums lined the shoreline in Miami Beach, before air conditioning, many thousands of years before Columbus, people lived along Florida...

3/11/2020

article Trump administration changes course with withdrawal of pro-tribal homelands policy
(Washington D.C.) -- Indian Country is once again falling victim to the Trump administration's disastrous tribal homelands agenda with the withdrawal of a legal...
article HOPKINS: We must protect sacred sites from Trump's US-Mexico border wall
(Arizona) -- The chairman of the Tohono O'odham, Ned Norris, recently went to Washington, DC to provide testimony before the US Congressional House Natural Resources...
article Interior Department files response to lawsuit challenging land swap for King Cove road
(Alaska) -- A third federal court ruling is the next step in the ongoing fight over a proposed emergency access road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge....
article Legislation would improve roads on tribal land
(Washington D.C.) -- Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has introduced the bipartisan Tribal Transportation Improvement Act with Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota. The...

3/9/2020

article Interior files response to lawsuit challenging King Cove road land swap
(Alaska) -- A third federal court ruling is the next step in the ongoing fight over a proposed emergency access road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge....

3/5/2020

article Jackson Rancheria to gain over 800 acres of tribal land after federal trust decision
(California) -- The tribe that runs the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is set to expand its tribal lands by more than 800 acres in Amador County.

3/2/2020

article Editor’s opinion: A look at the big picture of a small island
(Louisiana) -- The Gulf, science has established beyond a reasonable doubt, is coming for the rest of us. The story of Isle de Jean Charles’ demise has been told...

3/1/2020

article As Gulf swallows Louisiana island, displaced tribe fears the future
(Louisiana) -- It’s all but assumed this island will one day disappear beneath the waves. Perhaps the water will only cover the road, leaving Isle de Jean Charles...

2/29/2020

article 'Exiled to Indian Country:' The trails to Indian Territory define what later became Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- The Trail of Tears, the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma, was one of the most inhumane policy implementations in American history —...
article Historic collaboration: If you love trails, thank a desert rider and tribal elders
(California) -- I would have never seen the ferns of Dripping Springs without a certain group of equestrians. Little known, they are old Palm Springs at its finest. We...

2/27/2020

article Border Wall’s Toll on Landowners Recounted at House Hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- For five generations, Nayda Alvarez’s family has owned the land where she has made a home in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas. It’s...
article As Gulf swallows Louisiana island, displaced tribe fears the future
(Louisiana) -- It’s all but assumed this island will one day disappear beneath the waves. Perhaps the water will only cover the road, leaving Isle de Jean Charles...

2/26/2020

article Interior official: Border wall helps environment, sacred sites
(Washington D.C.) -- An Interior Department official defended the Trump administration’s construction of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico as an...
article THAT'S RACIST!!: Democrats Feature American-Indian Tribe Known For Rampant Drug-Smuggling To Speak Against Border Wall
(Washington D.C.) -- House Democrats invited the leader of the Tohono O’odham Nation to speak out against construction of the U.S.-Mexico wall, despite the tribe...
article Tribal Leader: Work to Build Border Wall Hurts Sacred Land
(Washington D.C.) -- A Native American leader from Arizona grew emotional Wednesday as he told a congressional committee about the pain members of his tribe feel about U...
article It’s illegal to destroy saguaro cacti. So why are they being removed for Trump’s border wall?
(Arizona) -- In Arizona, cactus rustling — stealing or killing the state’s iconic saguaros — is a felony. It’s illegal to shoot or deface the...
article Tribal Nation Condemns ‘Desecration’ to Build Border Wall
(Arizona) -- Cut down a saguaro cactus in Arizona and you can face years in prison. But over the past several weeks, work crews have been destroying dozens of the...
article GAO: Examples of Certain Federal Requirements That Apply to Cultural Resources and Factors That Impact Tribal Consultation
(Washington D.C.) -- Examples of federal laws and regulations that apply to Native American cultural resources include: The Native American Graves Protection and...

2/25/2020

article Suffolk Superior Court nixes tribe’s request over Long Island Bridge suit
(Massachusetts) -- A Suffolk Superior Court judge has denied a Native American tribe’s request to intervene in Quincy’s lawsuit opposing Boston’s plan...
article The strange, true story of how Mt. Disappointment got its name
(California) -- Poor Mt. Disappointment. Located high in the San Gabriel Mountains, it’s the only peak in the 60-mile-long range with such an unflattering name....
press release Sacred sites destroyed by DHS vital to Native American cultures, Association on American Indian Affairs Executive Director will testify to Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- Association on American Indian Affairs Executive Director and Attorney Shannon Keller O’Loughlin will testify to Congress Wednesday that...

2/24/2020

article Judge: Natives can’t interfere in Long Island Bridge dispute
(Massachusetts) -- A Native American tribe has been denied the right to intervene in a two-year battle between Boston and the City of Quincy over whether or not a bridge...
article Tribe Wants An Environmental Review Of Long Island Bridge Project
(Massachusetts) -- Boston's effort to rebuild a bridge from Quincy to Long Island, with the goal of reestablishing substance abuse treatment there, has been held up...

2/22/2020

article Ellison: Mille Lacs Band Still Has 61K-Acre Reservation
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota’s attorney general contends the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation still exists. In a legal filing this week, Attorney General Keith Ellison...

2/19/2020

article Group Opposes Rebranding Of Bandelier National Monument As A National Park
(New Mexico) -- In a move that could be compared to swimming against the tide, an advocacy group in New Mexico is urging the state's U.S. senators not to push for...

2/17/2020

article Navy expansion in Nevada draws vocal condemnation
(Washington D.C.) -- It may come down to a choice between national defense and cultural and environmental protection. "These are sacred homelands and resources for...

2/16/2020

article Column: Taika Waititi’s striking announcement at the Oscars
(Illinois) -- Though ceremonial land acknowledgment strikes me as performative and therefore somewhat empty, I’m all for anything that provokes a more honest...
article Proposed national monument south of Las Vegas gets boost from lands bill
(Nevada) -- Linda Otero isn’t used to thinking in terms of man-made borders and boundaries. As a member of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, she believes all of the...

2/15/2020

article Arizona Native American tribe protests Trump's border wall
(Arizona) -- Activists and a Native American tribe protested President Donald Trump's border wall near the Southern Arizona border patrol station in Ajo on Saturday...
article Border Wall Construction Destroying Sacred Native American Burial Grounds
(Arizona) -- Construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall in Arizona has led to the disruption of a UNESCO ecological preserve containing Native American...
article Several Stakeholders Object To Navy's Expansion Proposal In Fallon
(Nevada) -- The US Navy wants to expand the training area for its fighter pilot school at the Naval Air Station in Fallon to four times its current size. KUNR...
article Tribal claim adds new twist to Long Island bridge flap
(Massachusetts) -- Suffolk Superior Court Judge Robert Ullmann on Thursday said he expects to rule within the next week whether to allow a Native American tribe to...

2/12/2020

article 'A true desecration': Sacred Native American site blasted for Trump border wall
(Arizona) -- Red-lettered signs warning of "BLASTING" began appearing over the past week at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a remote desert region in...
article Tohono O’odham Nation chairman upset with blasting at sacred burial sites
(Arizona) -- The Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. is criticizing the assistant secretary for Indian Affairs after they say crews started blasting sacred...

2/10/2020

article The Dissonance of a Land Acknowledgment at the Oscars
(Hollywood) -- There is something obviously insane about Parasite, a Korean film about the violence of wealth inequality, winning the top honor at an event that sends...
article The Oscars acknowledged the indigenous land Hollywood sits on
(Hollywood) -- An indigenous filmmaker introduced an award for an indigenous actor with an acknowledgement to the indigenous people whose lands they stood on. The...
article Leaders say border wall blasting typical of feds’ neglect of tribes
(Arizona) -- Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris said the “controlled blasting” for a border wall that will ultimately cut through his...
article Could Sussex Native American history be lost to development?
(Delaware) -- Chief Michael Quiet Bear Morabito doesn’t want to see any more of his people's history lost to development. Environmentally sensitive land in...
article GALLERY: Native Americans, residents hold candlelight vigil to protest development
(Delaware) -- Chincoteague and Assateague Native Americans stand together with nearby residents during a candlelight vigil over a proposed development they worry will...

2/9/2020

article Interior Announces More than $32 Million in Conservation Funding for Pennsylvania to Reclaim and Repurpose Abandoned Coal Mines
(Pennsylvania) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt recently announced the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation...

2/4/2020

article Tiny Indigenous Land Highlights Brazil's Environmental Woes
(Brazil) -- Their bodies painted black, dozens of members the Brazil’s Guarani Mbya tribe lift their hands and sing a mourning song for hundreds of felled trees beside...

1/27/2020

article New study: Native Americans didn’t change the landscape as much as previously thought
(Massachusetts) -- In the thousands of years before Europeans arrived, Native Americans didn’t actively manage the landscape as much as previous research has...

1/25/2020

article California State Historical Resources Commission To Consider Eight Properties for Action - Includes Pioneertown Mane Street Historic District
(California) -- Burro Flats Cultural District. Restricted, Ventura County. The Traditional Cultural Property in the Santa Susana Mountain Range includes natural caves...

1/22/2020

article Coastal erosion unites village of Kivalina and Louisiana tribes in UN complaint
(Alaska) -- As climate change hits coastal communities in Alaska, many tribes are being forced to consider moving from their ancestral lands. But it’s not a...

1/21/2020

article Ranchers and tribes at odds over tribal remains and antiquity protection on public lands
(Arizona) -- A spat between ranchers and Native American tribes is threatening to torpedo a special panel which seeks to keep construction projects from damaging tribal...

1/19/2020

article LSU mounds could be oldest man-made structure, but peer review necessary, professor says
(Louisiana) -- A new look at some very old microscopic bone fragments may have lead to a new determination on the age of the earthen mounds on LSU's campus that Gov...
article Volunteers, BLM worked for years to list 199 Moab-area rock art sites on the National Register, but park service overruled nomination
(Utah) -- Pam and Quentin Baker were so drawn to the rock art around Moab that they built their retirement home there in the late 1990s and relocated to the southeastern...

1/18/2020

article Contentious Jumbo Valley to become Indigenous protected area after feds provide $21M
(British Columbia) -- A First Nation has been given over $21 million to create an indigenous protected area in one of the most contentious valleys in British Columbia....

1/16/2020

article Two visions collide amid push to restore Montana plains
(Montana) -- We bounce in the truck along a furrowed road, through a mud slick and up to a bluff that looks out to the curve of the Earth. The plains glow emerald in...

1/15/2020

article Morgan Hill throws support behind tribal band in effort to preserve sacred land in South Bay
(California) -- In the South Bay, city leaders in Morgan Hill voted unanimously to throw their support behind the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. The Amah Mutsun are hoping 6,...
article Comments sought on proposed Lower Sioux Agency land conversion
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting public comments through Feb. 10 on an environmental assessment involving 125 acres of...

1/13/2020

article Tribes hope Indian Land Claims Task Force will lead to recognition of sovereignty
(Maine) -- On Tuesday Jan. 14, the Maine Indian Claims Task Force will present to the Maine Judiciary Committee regarding the state of sovereignty of tribal societies in...

1/12/2020

article Judge: County violated federal Indian law In zoning dispute with Lake Superior Tribe
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge has ruled a northern Wisconsin county violated federal Indian law when it enforced its zoning rules on land owned by tribal members within...

1/11/2020

article Judge: County Violated Federal Indian Law In Zoning Dispute With Lake Superior Tribe
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge has ruled a northern Wisconsin county violated federal Indian law when it enforced its zoning rules on land owned by tribal members within...
article Tribal land in East Valley may finally see development. Here's what is envisioned
(Arizona) -- Plenty of big ideas have been floated in the past for a swath of mostly vacant desert at the interchange of two busy freeways in the East Valley. The Salt...

1/10/2020

article Federal Judge Sides With Wisconsin Tribe in Zoning Dispute
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge ruled Thursday in favor of an Indian tribe based in northern Wisconsin, for now settling the tribe’s beef with a county over whose...
article Series of talks to examine importance of public lands
(Montana) -- To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is working with Powell Valley Community Education, Northwest...

1/8/2020

article Bills would prohibit landowners from transferring private property to feds
(Arizona) -- Fearing an eroding tax base, two Republican legislators are leading efforts to block private individuals from transferring property to the federal...

1/2/2020

article Feds waived environment, other regs on 90 miles of state border in 2019
(Arizona) -- The Trump administration waived environmental and other regulations on nearly one-quarter of Arizona’s border with Mexico last year to ease the way...

12/31/2019

article Silicon Valley Construction Boom Threatens Local Tribal Land
(California) -- Just past noon one weekend in September, hundreds of people gather in prayer. This isn’t a typical Sunday church service. The congregation has come...
article Native American 'land taxes:' a step on the roadmap for reparations
(California) -- The two-acre plot deep within east Oakland is a bright green oasis surrounded by urban sprawl. The creek that runs through it has been sealed with cement...

12/28/2019

article Alaska Native group seeks support for Southeast land selections
(Alaska) -- Representatives of an effort to seek land for Alaska Natives in five Southeast Alaska communities spoke briefly with Petersburg’s borough assembly this...

12/27/2019

article Alaska Native group seeks support for Southeast land selections
(Alaska) -- Representatives of an effort to seek land for Alaska Natives in five Southeast Alaska communities spoke briefly with Petersburg’s borough assembly this...

12/25/2019

article Army Corps completes work at Tokeland flood reduction berm
(Washington) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, working with the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe, completed emergency repairs Monday to the flood-prevention berm that...

12/21/2019

article Video shows groundwater drilling near sensitive spring as border wall construction continues
(Arizona) -- Rosemary Schiano drove down a remote road on the U.S.-Mexico border in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument earlier this week, along one of the most pristine...

12/15/2019

article Native American Activists Gathered Again At The Wall Of The Forgotten
(Minnesota) -- For the second night in a row, Native American activists gathered at the Wall of the Forgotten Natives. The activists reoccupied the area near Hiawatha...

12/13/2019

article Tribe loses case against uranium mine
(South Dakota) -- The site of a potential uranium mine in southwest South Dakota will not have to be surveyed for Native American cultural resources, if a decision...
article Oregon Trail advocates disagree with depot proposal
(Oregon) -- The programmatic agreement to protect historical assets at the former Umatilla Chemical Depot will be up for public comment in “very short order,” according...

12/6/2019

article South Texas tribe vows to fight border wall, sues to preserve tribal cemetery
(Texas) -- Sitting outside his tribal headquarters near a tranquil field about a mile from the Rio Grande, the leader of the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas was...

11/29/2019

article The sea wanted to take this California lighthouse. Now, it's part of a conflict between a town and two tribes
(California) -- It stood like a pretty sea siren atop the coastal bluff overlooking the rocky outcrops of Trinidad Bay. The cheery little lighthouse, with its cherry-red...
article Saving Oklahoma's prairies, a vital weapon against climate change
(Oklahoma) -- The late October morning is so bitterly cold that the vaccine a hardy Oklahoman cowboy is trying to administer to an impatient bison has frozen. The...

11/26/2019

article Preparing Native Youth to Steward Ancestral Lands
(Oregon) -- It had been more than a 100 years since the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) people launched a carved canoe in eastern Oregon’s Wallowa Lake. And now in this place...

11/22/2019

article E. Colfax Neighborhood Association makes reparations to Native American tribes
(Colorado) -- The East Colfax Neighborhood Association has established a fund to make reparation payments to the Native American tribes that once lived where the...

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...

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