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Crooked Media launches ‘This Land’ podcast. Cherokee host Rebecca Nagle asks: 'Who owns Oklahoma?’

Any week now, the Supreme Court could decide just who owns half the land in Oklahoma. The internationally-recognized Supreme Court case, Carpenter v. Murphy, in which Patrick Dwayne Murphy, a Creek man convicted of murder and sentenced to death, has challenged the jurisdictional rights of the state of Oklahoma and Native tribes. The case, which has spurred tremendous controversy, poses the question of who exactly owns land in Oklahoma.

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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...

8/24/2019

article Judge: NW Lower Peninsula is not an Indian reservation
(Michigan) -- A federal judge has rejected an effort to have portions of the northwestern Lower Peninsula declared an American Indian reservation. In a 51-page decision...

8/23/2019

article Judge rejects tribe's bid to declare big chunk of Up North its reservation
(Michigan) -- A huge swath of the northwestern Lower Peninsula is not tribal reservation land, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running case where many area residents...

8/22/2019

article A corporate land and water grab is happening in Utah — and the Trump administration isn’t doing anything to stop it
(Utah) -- A company wants to mine sand in southern Utah about 10 miles from Zion National Park to use for fracking and has signed contracts to buy more than 391 million...
article Native Americans may lose their homes to rising waters on Louisiana island
(Louisiana) -- Tropical Storm Chantal, churning in the north Atlantic, is no threat to land at the moment. But it's expected to be an above-average hurricane season...
article Māori group in battle for valuable land in Sydney
(Australia) -- A legal battle in Sydney, Australia is under way with a Māori group claiming valuable land was given to them by Aboriginal people 200 years ago. The...

8/21/2019

article Federal judge dismisses Odawa lawsuit last week
(Michigan) -- In a sudden turn of events, a federal judge last week ruled against the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and dismissed the lawsuit against the...
article A tale of restored tribal lands turns bittersweet in the wake of an Oregon wildfire
(Oregon) -- The smell of scorched soil and burnt wood filled the air. Michael Rondeau, CEO of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, looked over the damage, clad...

8/20/2019

article When public lands become tribal lands again
(Oregon) -- The smell of scorched soil and burnt wood filled the air. Michael Rondeau, CEO of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, looked over the damage, clad...

8/19/2019

article Governor seeks resolution in Ute Tribe lawsuit over 2 million acres of land, $1B in reparations
(Utah) -- Gov. Gary Herbert is hoping for a resolution to a tribal lawsuit seeking 2 million acres of land in eastern Utah and a billion dollars in reparations. The Ute...
article Nellis seeks land expansion amid push-back from Moapa native tribe
(Nevada) -- Nellis Air Force Base is looking to expand the Nevada Test and Training Site amid push-back from local Native American tribe, the Moapa Band of Paiutes. It...
article Conditions too risky to continue prescribed burn on Southern Ute reservation
(Colorado) -- The fire management branch of the Southern Ute Agency stopped a prescribed burn Monday on reservation land because of risky weather and fuel conditions....

8/18/2019

article Governor hopes for resolution in lawsuit over 2 million acres of land in eastern Utah and $1 billion in reparations
(Utah) -- Governor Gary Herbert is hoping for a resolution to a tribal lawsuit seeking two million acres of land in eastern Utah and a billion dollars in reparations....
article How to Counter Trump’s Disastrous Attack on Our Public Lands
(Utah) -- Slashing two national monuments in Utah may have received the most attention, but Trump’s Interior Department and U.S. Forest Service have been quietly,...

8/10/2019

article Tester Presses BLM Chief William Pendley on Past Positions
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is concerned about the hiring of William Perry Pendley as the new acting co-director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM),...
article Enviros and media fight a Utah court ruling they fear could block the public from challenging closed-door meetings
(Utah) -- A lawsuit headed to the Utah Supreme Court began, like many southern Utah disputes, as a fight over public lands. But it’s become a case about open...

8/9/2019

article Court Vacates FCC Dereg of Cell Tower-Site Reviews
(Washington D.C.) -- Turns out the race to 5G can't run roughshod over the landscape, at least as the FCC has proposed it. In a partial defeat for the FCC and a...

8/7/2019

article The most important podcast in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Murder, federal overreach and a Supreme Court case that will influence the fate of nations – all are topics of interest in a new and one-of-kind...

7/30/2019

article Burns Paiute tribal lands see restoration projects
(Oregon) -- Conservation programs on three separate tribal properties in Grant and Harney counties have improved habitat for fish and wildlife on riparian, upland and...

7/29/2019

article Preliminary plan could create Native American Cultural site on Renard Island
(Wisconsin) -- An idea to develop an old man-made landfill site into a Native American cultural center is on the table. Members of the Ho-Chunk Nation introduced the...

7/28/2019

article Native American Tribe Protests Treatment Of Migrants At U.S. Border
(Texas) -- Indigenous activists from across the country came to the Rio Grande Valley on Saturday to protest the treatment of migrants at the U.S. border, including...
article Native American Tribe raising awareness on effect of immigration policies
(Texas) -- A Native American Tribe is attempting to raise awareness about President Trump’s immigration policies and how they are not only affecting immigrants but...

7/26/2019

article OP/ED: Indigenous People Demand an End to Detention on Stolen Lands
(Indian Country) -- Not far from a detention center in McAllen, Texas, Indigenous people will gather on Saturday for a demonstration, joining their voices to the ongoing...

7/25/2019

article Nipmuk group buys land in Petersham for cultural center
(Massachusetts) -- For hundreds of years the indigenous people known as Nipmuc or “freshwater people” have called the woodlands, lakes and streams of Central...

7/22/2019

article NWT Métis Nation disappointed in territory's handling of Thaidene Nene reserve
(North Canada) -- The Northwest Territory Métis Nation (NWTMN) says it's disappointed in the way the territorial government has handled the proposed Thaidene Nene...

7/16/2019

article Forest service chief talks timber sales in visit to Alaska’s Tongass National Forest
(Alaska) -- The head of the U.S. Forest Service visited Alaska’s Tongass National Forest recently to investigate timber sales and related issues. U.S. Sen. Lisa...

7/11/2019

article OP/ED: I've started acknowledging the people who lived on this land first – and you should too
(Indian Country) -- In Toronto, before singing “O Canada,” students and teachers in public schools begin their day by acknowledging that they are on the...

7/8/2019

article Council Has Reservations About Tribe's Move to Elk Run
(Minnesota) -- Rochester City Council members say they need more information on plans for the Elk Run Property, which has sat undeveloped in Pine Island for more than a...
article Lomakatsi: The next generation puts their hands on the land
(Oregon) -- On a gently sloping woodland in the rural community of Fall River Mills, CA, an hour east of Mount Shasta, teenagers Jaboris and Kris are gathering small...

7/7/2019

article Trump’s border wall construction threatens sacred lands of Carrizo/Camecrudo
(Texas) -- President Donald J. Trump’s border wall will do more than just keep out asylum seekers. Its construction will also damage the ecosystem, destroy ancient...

7/5/2019

article New Kodiak park dedicated to Alutiiq ancestors uprooted from their homeland
(Alaska) -- The Kodiak Alutiiq/Sugpiaq Repatriation Commission has been working for years to recover artifacts and human remains of the community’s ancestors. As...

7/1/2019

article Argentina series part 1: Indigenous people reclaiming their land
(Argentina) -- In Argentina, the descendants of the natives make up only 1.49 percent of the argentinan population. Recent studies however say that over 50 percent of...

6/30/2019

article Crazy Mountains turbulence: Management sparks spirits, feuds
(Montana) -- From an elevation of 9,500 feet in Bruce Gordon’s tiny Cessna, the jagged crags of the Crazy Mountains appear calm and peaceful just beyond the end of...
article Relocation of erosion-threatened Alaska village progresses to ‘sprint’ pace this summer
(Alaska) -- The relocation of an Alaska village is happening fast this summer, after many years of planning and work. Observers say Newtok’s transition to...

6/29/2019

article Relocation of erosion-threatened Alaska village progresses to ‘sprint’ pace this summer
(Alaska) -- The relocation of an Alaska village is happening fast this summer, after many years of planning and work. Observers say Newtok’s transition to...
article A San Fernando Valley Native American tribe says 50-acre Porter Ranch park should honor tribe’s history
(California) -- In the latest twist in a months-long saga over the naming of a sprawling Porter Ranch park, a local Indian tribe has proposed naming the site to honor...
article Battle for Sargent Ranch to heat up
(California) -- As shadows of red-tailed hawks dart across rolling hills of green, cougars creep through hidden canyons of this pristine expanse — long revered as...
article Northam announces land acquisition for Chickahominy Tribe
(Virginia) -- Gov. Ralph Northam has announced an important land acquisition by the Chickahominy Tribe. The 105-acre site, known as Chickahominy on the Powhatan, along...

6/25/2019

article Lack of consultation stalls Athabasca Dene land-claim agreement, says Yellowknives Dene Chief
(North Canada) -- Some Akaitcho First Nations leaders says a group of First Nations in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan have not done enough consultation before...

6/24/2019

article How to Access Tejon Ranch, California’s Largest Private Parcel
(California) -- If you’ve ever driven the 5 Freeway through Angeles National Forest and Los Padres, or through the high desert on the other side, you’ve...

6/23/2019

article Billionaire landowners redraw old boundaries across the West
(Idaho) -- The Wilks brothers grew up in a goat shed, never finished high school and built a billion-dollar fracking business from scratch. So when the brothers, Dan and...

6/21/2019

article 'This Land' Is a Gripping Podcast on Native Land Rights
(USA) -- 'This Land' tells the story of an ongoing case with big stakes for tribal sovereignty. The podcast This Land starts with a murder. In 1999, angry about...

6/20/2019

article Some Alaska Native veterans get another opportunity to claim 160 acres
(Alaska) -- Congress passed a law in March that gives Alaska Native veterans of the Vietnam War another chance to claim 160 acres of land. The Bureau of Land Management...

6/17/2019

article OP/ED: Feds’ proposed rules would erode tribal culture, history
(California) -- Federally recognized tribes are sovereign governments – many of which have undoubtedly contributed vast, significant cultural contributions to the...

6/4/2019

article Southern Arizona group explores Indigenous perspective on rock climbing
(Arizona) -- A Southern Arizona climbing group is addressing the long-standing contention between rock climbers and the peoples whose land they climb on by exploring the...
article State panel recommends name change for Yellowstone's Mount Doane
(Wyoming) -- Concerned with the bloody past of the mountain’s namesake, a state panel is recommending that Mount Doane in Yellowstone National Park be renamed as...

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