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Brazil Considers Allowing Mining Activity in Indigenous Land, Near Border

Brazil’s Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said the government is considering allowing mining activity in restricted areas such as indigenous lands and Brazil’s border areas, currently restricted to economic activities.

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8/10/2020

article PHOTOS: Virus Revs Engine As Thousands Of Maskless Bikers Attend SD Rally
(South Dakota) -- Tens of thousands of bikers have descended upon the South Dakota city of Sturgis in recent days for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally — virus...

8/8/2020

article Program allows some Alaska Native Vietnam vets to get land
(Alaska) -- Stewy Carlo had a short life, but he lived every moment. While serving in the Army, he bought a 1951 Mercedes and motored around Europe. After his service...

8/7/2020

article Commentary: We demand respect for our Kumeyaay people. Our sacred sites must not be destroyed.
(California) -- Howka. You are on Kumeyaay land! My name is Jacob Alvarado Waipuk. I am Ipai Kumeyaay from the village of Ahmukatlatl, also known as San Pasqual...
article Land Grab: Native Americans Demand More Recognition From Ohio Universities
(Ohio) -- Growing up in Cleveland, Cherokee tribal member Nicole Doran said Chief Wahoo always made her uncomfortable. “I remember growing up and seeing this...
article Interactive: See the Lands Sold to Fund Ohio’s Land 'Grant' Universities
(Ohio) -- Growing up in Cleveland, Cherokee tribal member Nicole Doran said Chief Wahoo always made her uncomfortable. “I remember growing up and seeing this caricature...

8/6/2020

article Public meetings will focus on resource management plan amendment, including Chaco land use
(New Mexico) -- Federal officials invite the public to participate in virtual open houses regarding changes to the draft Farmington Mancos-Gallup Resource Management...

8/5/2020

article Raleigh Finally Pays Due to Indigenous People in a Dix Park Ceremony
(North Carolina) -- The ancient percussion of cicadas rattles in the treetops above Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park as Kaya Littleturtle uses golden eagle feathers to...
article Tribes and Wildlife Would Benefit Under Custer Gallatin National Forest Plan
(Indian Country) -- Covering more than 3 million acres in Montana and South Dakota, Custer Gallatin National Forest is one of the most ecologically, socially,...

7/31/2020

article After 250 years, Esselen Tribe regains a piece of its ancestral homeland
(California) -- After 250 years, the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County is returning home. A $4.5-million land deal, brokered by Portland-based environmental group Western...
article Esselen tribe leader: 'It’s like getting the Sistine Chapel back'
(California) -- The Esselen people finally have their land back. The Esselen, one of the five tribes of central California, purchased about 2-square miles of their land...
article Alaska Tribes Petition to Preserve Tongass National Forest Roadless Protections
(Alaska) -- Last week, nine native Alaska tribes filed a petition calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to halt the removal of protections for the Tongass...
article Congress passes bill to help manage federal land
(Arizona) -- Congress last week approved a bill that will provide nearly $1 billion annually to maintain national parks and buy additional land to protect wildlife,...

7/28/2020

article Is The Fight Over the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Done?
(Nevada) -- Could the fight over control of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge be over? For two years, environmentalists, hunters, tribal leaders and others have fought...
article Colorado State University acknowledges its establishment at ‘dire cost to Native Nations’
(Colorado) -- Many things have shaped Dr. Henrietta Mann’s life. She’s a Cheyenne-Arapaho citizen who has resided in Weatherford, Oklahoma for the last 12...

7/27/2020

article Big Sur tribe regains land 250 years after being removed
(California) -- Nearly 250 years ago, when Spanish soldiers built a military outpost in Monterey and Franciscan padres founded the Carmel, Soledad, and San Antonio...
article Kumeyaay Nation protests border wall construction
(California) -- The dusty air at a segment of land between the U.S.-Mexico border near Campo Kumeyaay Nation Reservation was filled with singing, prayer, percussion and...

7/22/2020

article An Oregon Arts Nonprofit Will Transfer Its Land to a Native-Led Cultural Organization
(Oregon) -- In a monumental act of repatriation, ownership of the Yale Union building in Portland, Oregon and the land it sits on will be transferred to the Native Arts...
article Battle over ancient tribal village still simmering
(California) -- Calling the city of Placerville’s bulldozing in the area of an ancient Indian village on Upper Broadway an “act of war,” the Wopumnes...

7/20/2020

article Sacred Arizona spring drying up as border wall construction continues
(Arizona) -- Midway down a cactus-covered hill in one of the driest parts of Arizona is a miracle: a spring. Water continually streams out of the ground, down a small...

7/17/2020

article With input from local tribes, LMN’s Washington ferry terminal is optimized for minimal environmental impact
(Washington) -- When the Mukilteo ferry terminal—the eastern terminus of the Washington State Ferries (WSF) system’s Mukilteo-Clinton route—was...
article Kátł'odeeche Fırst Natıon taking legal action against government over 'unauthorized' cabins
(North Canada) -- The Kátł'odeeche Fırst Natıon says it's initiating a legal battle with the g​​overnment of the Northwest Territories and two Métis groups over the "...

7/16/2020

article An Oregon Arts Organization Has Voluntarily Repatriated Its Only Building to a Native American Group in Recognition of Historic Tribal Ownership of the Land
(Oregon) -- After ten years, Yale Union, a contemporary art center in Portland, Oregon, is shutting down and transferring ownership of its land and historic building to...
article Commentary: Congress must repeal the waiver authority to protect Kumeyaay cultural legacy
(California) -- In southeastern San Diego County between Campo and Boulevard, the Kumeyaay Bands are pressing the Border Patrol and the Army Corps of Engineers to grant...

7/15/2020

article Local tribe asks for authority to manage sacred land
(Nevada) -- The Moapa Band of Paiutes is asking the U.S. Air Force to grant them the authority to manage sacred land. The tribe’s demands come after a proposal...
article Ohio Hoping to Designate Indian Sites on World Heritage List
(Ohio) -- Jennifer Aultman serves as the director of historic sites and museums at Ohio History Connection. She's a trained anthropologist and archaeologist and is...
article West Coast Trail closed to overnight camping after consultation with First Nations
(British Columbia) -- Parks Canada has closed overnight backcountry access to several areas in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve — including the West Coast Trail — for...
article National Parks May Become Latest Battleground in Reopening
(Arizona) -- Glowing purple and scarlet in fading afternoon light, the geological marvel that is the Grand Canyon, the crown jewel of America’s national park...

7/13/2020

article Native artifacts delay Northampton roundabout construction until at least August
(Massachusetts) -- Construction of the proposed roundabout at Hatfield and North King streets is now hold until at least Aug. 6 because of the 8,000- to 10,00-year-old...

7/11/2020

article California tribe at odds with border officials, wall construction crews
(California) -- A Native American tribe from eastern San Diego County continues to interrupt the on-going border wall construction in this part of California. For weeks...
article Over 150 years ago, tribal land revived the University. Now, American Indian leaders, students and faculty want this history addressed
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council released resolutions for the University of Minnesota to address its historical injustices against American Indian...

7/10/2020

article What the Landmark Supreme Court Decision Means for Policing Indigenous Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Lately, we’ve heard a lot about the notion of “lawlessness” and the need to restore “law and order” within the United States...
article The Catholic Church Siphoned Away $30 Million Paid to Native People for Stolen Land
(Minnesota) -- The brittle wooden floors creek as we climb the stairs to the long room that served as a dormitory for Ojibwe girls at St. Mary's Mission School on...
article Kumeyaay stand their ground
(California) -- It was only the first week in July but the desert heat had already hit 90 degrees by 8 a.m. outside the Golden Acorn casino in Campo Wednesday. About 100...
article Nevada Democrats aim to block Nellis bombing range expansion
(Nevada) -- Gov. Steve Sisolak said he is backing Nevada's Democratic congressional delegation, which is opposing a military effort to widen the boundaries of a vast...

7/9/2020

article Lake Powell Pipeline Route Runs Through Sacred Land, Says Southern Paiute Tribe
(Arizona) -- Draft plans for the Lake Powell Pipeline have the project running through sacred and culturally significant lands to the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians. The...
article U.S. Supreme Court decision could impact American Indian reservations in Kansas
(Kansas) -- The U.S. Supreme Court made a decision on Thursday that ruled a large portion of eastern Oklahoma as a Native American reservation. The question before the...
article What A Supreme Court Ruling Means For Native Americans And Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- A major ruling today from the Supreme Court found nearly half of Oklahoma falls within an Indian reservation. The case was about whether a Muscogee Creek...
article Indigenous tribe in California faces off with a border wall that’s destroying their history
(California) -- On Monday June 29, The indigenous Kumeyaay people held a protest at the border wall between California and Mexico. Activists accused President Donald...

7/7/2020

article What Is the U.S.-Mexico Border to Indigenous Peoples Who Have Lived There?
(USA) -- For Indigenous peoples of the Americas, the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly a symbol and tool of genocide. When this border was created, Indigenous peoples...

7/5/2020

article Protest against border wall construction that could desecrate ancient Kumeyaay lands draws hundreds
(California) -- Members of the Kumeyaay Nation were joined by hundreds of people at the Hall of Justice on Sunday to protest construction of a segment of the border wall...

7/4/2020

article Latgawa name should be commemorated on county land
(Oregon) -- On the recent proposal to change the three “Dead Indian” geographic names, the Jackson County commissioners voted to respond to the Oregon Geographic Names...

7/2/2020

article Trump administration hires tech firm to build a virtual border wall, an idea Democrats have praised
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has awarded a major border security contract to a California technology start-up that will use artificial intelligence on...
article Indigenous group plans sit-in calling for removal of Land Run Monument
(Oklahoma) -- A well-known monument that greets visitors to Bricktown River Walk Park is now surrounded in controversy. A group called the Society to Protect Indigenous...
article Native American Tribe Calls Campaign To Stop Roundabout 'Misleading'
(Massachusetts) -- A Native American tribe is calling out opponents to a traffic roundabout in western Massachusetts for being "misleading." The Nipmuc Nation...
article Tk’emlups, Simpcw First Nations chiefs call on Tiny House Warriors to leave Blue River protest camp
(British Columbia) -- The chiefs of two Kamloops-area First Nations are calling for the Tiny House Warriors protest group to leave its camp near Blue River and stop its...

7/1/2020

article California tribe blocks border-wall demolition on ‘ancestral burial grounds’
(California) -- About a dozen members of the Kumeyaay Nation and supporters gathered in the tiny outpost of Boulevard, Calif., to stop demolition work along the U.S.-...
article Hawaii Supreme Court rules in favor of Native Hawaiians in land trust case
(Hawaii) -- The Hawaii Supreme Court today took the state to task for its mismanagement of the land trust for Native Hawaiians and allowed a class-action lawsuit to...
article Native Hawaiians Get Final Award in Decades-Old Trust Lands Suit (sub req)
(Hawaii) -- Indigenous Hawaiian home land trust beneficiaries who sued the state over 20 years ago for mismanagement of the trust’s assets will at long last obtain...
article Kumeyaay tribe blocks border wall construction on native burial grounds
(California) -- Members and allies of the Kumeyaay Nation in Campo blocked construction of the border wall on Monday by standing in front of an area where pre-...
article California Legislation Would Encourage Schools, Parks, Libraries and other Public Institutions to Recognize Tribes as Traditional Stewards of the Land
(California) -- Bipartisan legislation in the California Assembly would encourage the state’s public institutions to recognize Native American tribes as...

6/30/2020

article California tribe blocks border-wall demolition on ‘ancestral burial grounds’
(California) -- About a dozen members of the Kumeyaay Nation and supporters gathered in the tiny outpost of Boulevard, Calif., to stop demolition work along the U.S.-...
article Nipmuc Nation says it doesn’t support lawsuit, petition to stop roundabout
(Massachusetts) -- The Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts is taking issue with a petition and lawsuit calling for a halt to construction of a roundabout at a Native American...

6/27/2020

press release Interior, BLM seeks comments for land allotment for Alaska Native Vietnam vets
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management are seeking public comments to inform the land allotment program for Alaska Native...

6/25/2020

article Tribal Leaders Say Border Wall, Other Projects Continue To Threaten Sacred, Historic Sites
(Arizona) -- As President Donald Trump was hailing the pace of border wall construction Tuesday, Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. was bemoaning it as a...
article UC Berkeley’s Indigenous organizations continue fight for visibility
(California) -- On UC Berkeley’s campus, Indigenous students continue to fight for their voices to be heard through organizations that work to speak out against...

6/24/2020

article For now, no border wall will split Cocopah reservation along the Colorado River
(Arizona) -- President Donald Trump’s border wall now stretches along just more than 200 miles of U.S.-Mexico borderland. Progress hasn’t slowed during the...
article The Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of South Texas Struggles for Sovereignty and Environmental Justice
(Texas) -- In south Texas, existing oil and gas production, several planned fracked gas pipelines and President Trump’s effort to build a border wall between Texas...

6/23/2020

article The Dawes Act of 1887 Dimished Tribal Ownership
(South Dakota) -- The 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie is one of many promises that established the Great Sioux Reservation. This includes the entire Black Hills and much of...
article Tribal leaders say border wall, other projects continue to threaten sacred, historic sites
(Arizona) -- As President Donald Trump was hailing the pace of border wall construction Tuesday, Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. was bemoaning it as...

6/22/2020

article The “American Taliban” and the Destruction of Native American Sacred Sites
(Washington D.C.) -- Remember when Ted Cruz called the Native American activists who pulled down a Christopher Columbus statue in Minnesota the “American Taliban...

6/19/2020

article Kennedy Introduces Bill That Would Protect Tribal Land In Pandemic
(Washington D.C.) -- Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Massachusetts) has introduced a bill into the US House of Representatives that would “prohibit the...

6/18/2020

article For Now, No Border Wall For Arizona Tribe’s Colorado River Stretch
(Arizona) -- President Trump's wall now stretches along 200 miles of U.S.-Mexico borderland. Progress hasn’t slowed during the coronavirus pandemic; in some...
article Seizing and selling tribal land in Kansas funded scores of American universities
(Kansas) -- Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and 30 other schools owe at least part of their existence to land...

6/17/2020

article UND acknowledges it's on land once occupied by Native Americans
(North Dakota) -- UND has issued a statement acknowledging the campus sits on land once occupied by Native Americans. The statement comes after more than a year of...

6/16/2020

article Devils Tower Vs. Bear Lodge: How A Name Shapes The Way Westerners Approach Holy Ground
(Wyoming) -- Standing 867 feet tall, equal roughly to a 62-story building, Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming is an awe-inspiring site. To many of the indigeous tribes...

6/15/2020

article For Now, No Border Wall For Arizona Tribe's Colorado River Stretch
(Arizona) -- President Trump's wall now stretches along 200 miles of U.S.-Mexico borderland. Progress hasn't slowed during the coronavirus pandemic; in some...
article Seizing And Selling Tribal Land In Kansas Funded Scores Of American Universities
(Kansas) -- Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and 30 other schools owe at least part of their existence to land...

6/11/2020

article Gov. Dunleavy signs agreement returning Alaska Native land, including historic cemetery, to tribe
(Alaska) -- The state of Alaska will return a historic Native cemetery and portions of a traditional townsite to the Gulkana tribal government under a new agreement...
article No border wall for Arizona tribe's Colorado River stretch
(Arizona) -- President Trump's wall now stretches along 200 miles of U.S.-Mexico borderland. Progress hasn’t slowed during the coronavirus pandemic; in some...
press release Bill to acknowledge Native American presence advances
(California) -- AB 1968, a legislative proposal to encourage public schools, parks, libraries and museums to recognize past tribal guardianship of lands where their...

6/10/2020

article Canyons of the Ancients celebrates 20th birthday
(Colorado) -- This week, the Bureau of Land Management honors the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument’s 20-year anniversary. The 176,000-acre monument was...

6/9/2020

article Forest Service Set to Rule on Road Building in Tongass National Forest
(Alaska) -- In a few weeks, the Trump administration will make a final decision about the fate of one of the world’s last remaining temperate forests. The Tongass...

6/8/2020

article By paying attention, tribes in the Northwoods are leading the way on climate change
(Indian Country) -- If the forests of northern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan keep secrets, it’s only because people fail to listen. For about 500 years, since...

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...

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