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Fort Ancient, other Hopewell Earthworks nominated for World Heritage List

The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks will be the first site in Ohio nominated to the World Heritage List. The designation would officially make them among the most significant natural and historic wonders on earth.

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Land Issues

3/22/2019

article Lower Elwha Tribe to buy more downtown Port Angeles property
(Washington) -- The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe has signed a purchase agreement to buy the land and buildings that house the Cornerhouse Restaurant and Lounge, the...

3/21/2019

article Some tribal governments say Alaska Roadless Rule decision moving too fast
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Forest Service quietly hit another milestone in its ongoing efforts to consider building new roads in the Tongass National Forest. Last month, it...

3/19/2019

article For Native Americans, US-Mexico border is an 'imaginary line'
(USA) -- Immigration restrictions were making life difficult for Native Americans who live along – and across – the U.S.-Mexico border even before President...
article Federal, state rulings favor Ramapough nation in Mahwah
(New Jersey) -- In separate but related rulings issued Monday, state and federal agencies have taken actions favoring the Ramapough Lenape Nation based in the township....
article Justice Department: Ramapough Indians' Denial Of Religious Freedom Complaint Should Proceed
(New Jersey) -- A denial of religious freedom complaint filed by the Ramapough Mountain Indians against the township of Mahwah is ready to be heard, the U.S. Justice...

3/18/2019

article Feds File Statement of Interest in Native American Religious Land Use Case filed Against Mahwah
(New Jersey) -- The Department of Justice today filed a Statement of Interest in U.S. District Court in New Jersey supporting claims by the Ramapough Mountain Indians (...

3/15/2019

article FCC, Indian Tribes Face Off Over Small-Cell Equipment Sites
(Washington D.C.) -- More than a dozen American Indian tribes and an environmental advocacy group are heading to court to fight a Federal Communications Commission move...
article Tribes Vie at DC Circuit for Input on Telecom Work
(Washington D.C.) -- A lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission may have overplayed the agency’s hand Friday at the D.C. Circuit in denying that a 2018...

3/13/2019

article The Alaska Roadless Rule decision is moving along. Some tribal governments say it’s moving too fast.
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Forest Service quietly hit another milestone in its ongoing efforts to consider building new roads in the Tongass National Forest. Last month, it...

3/11/2019

article A Tribal Camp in South Texas Is Vowing to Resist Trump’s Wall
(Texas) -- The 1,600-member Carrizo/Comecrudo tribe of South Texas knows no borders. Called the Esto’k Gna in their Native language, the tribe’s people have...

3/8/2019

article Coastal Commission signs off on Trinidad Rancheria land trust plan for harbor area
(California) -- The California Coastal Commission today voted unanimously, with one abstention, to move forward with designating land near the Trinidad harbor as part of...

3/6/2019

article Brazil Considers Allowing Mining Activity in Indigenous Land, Near Border
(Brazil) -- Brazil’s Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said the government is considering allowing mining activity in restricted areas such as indigenous...

3/4/2019

article Trinidad Rancheria looks to gain private control of land around harbor
(California) -- The Trinidad Rancheria tribe hopes to enter a “federal land trust” that would grant the tribe private control over the area surrounding...
article Armed invaders encroach on Brazil's tribal lands
(Brazil) -- Ten days after Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro took office, dozens of men entered protected indigenous land in a remote corner of the Amazon...

2/28/2019

article Trinidad Rancheria’s Plans to Put the Harbor into Federal Trust Raise Concerns as Key Hearing Nears
(California) -- In January of 2000, the Trinidad Rancheria purchased the rundown pier in the town harbor, along with nine adjacent parcels of commercial land, including...

2/25/2019

article Bill to criminalize blocking off Utah roads faces no obstacle in House committee
(Utah) -- A presentation on a Utah bill that would make it a misdemeanor crime to obstruct state or local roads began with a photo slideshow. During the Monday hearing...

2/21/2019

article Brazil indigenous group mobilises against planned soy railway
(Brazil) -- The Kayapo, a Brazilian Amazon indigenous group, is mobilising to protect its land rights as the government works to launch an ambitious soy railway project...
article Brazil wants to legalize agribusiness leasing of indigenous lands
(Brazil) -- Since his time as a federal deputy, Jair Bolsonaro, has consistently advocated for the exploitation of indigenous lands (TIs) for agricultural purposes by...

2/20/2019

article Contentious meeting focuses on island resettlement
(Louisiana) -- An open house put on by the Louisiana Office of Community Development regarding the resettlement of the residents of Isle de Jean Charles turned heated at...

2/19/2019

article Native “Wall Warriors” march and gear up for a Standing Rock-style fight
(Arizona) -- President Donald J. Trump’s border wall will do more than just keep out asylum seekers. Its construction will also damage the ecosystem, destroy...

2/18/2019

article Utah jumps into a Ute Tribe lawsuit staking claim to 2 million acres of land and a billion dollars in reparations
(Utah) -- The state of Utah is jumping into a lawsuit staking claim to about two million acres of land and a billion dollars in reparations. In a court filing obtained...

2/16/2019

article Tribe Meets with Police Over Death Threats
(Texas) -- The Texas tribe taking a stand against the border wall is now dealing with death threats. Mission Police Department say they are now investigating. Juan...

2/15/2019

article Utah, Farm Bureau Back Monument Cuts Opposed By Tribes (sub req)
(Washington D.C.) -- Utah and the American Farm Bureau Federation urged a D.C. federal court Friday to toss suits from environmental groups and Native American tribes...

2/12/2019

article The Senate just passed the decade’s biggest public lands package. Here’s what’s in it.
(Washington D.C.) -- The bipartisan measure would create more than 1.3 million acres of wilderness out West, add three national park units and expand eight other

2/11/2019

article Appeals court rules Trump can build border wall
(California) -- A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the Trump administration has the power to waive environmental laws in order to speed up border wall...

2/10/2019

article Area of former Badlands Bombing Range could remain off-limits
(South Dakota) -- The last Defense Department-owned piece of the former Badlands Bombing Range has been made safer by extensive cleanup efforts, but it could remain...

2/9/2019

article VIDEO: Woman gives money from farm land sale back to tribe who once hunted there
(Montana) -- Florence Schloneger donated a portion of her farm sale proceeds to the Kanza Heritage Society, a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the...

2/1/2019

article Mich. Cities, Counties Can't Nix Tribe's Boundary Suit (sub req)
(Michigan) -- A Michigan federal judge on Thursday declined to throw out a tribe's suit seeking state recognition of its reservation borders, rejecting a group of...

1/29/2019

article Mashpee Wampanoag Opposes Tribal Land Bill In Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- A Native American tribe on Martha's Vineyard says it is opposed to federal legislation aimed at securing land for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe....
article Massachusetts tribe opposes tribal land bill in Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- A Native American tribe on Martha’s Vineyard says it is opposed to federal legislation aimed at securing land for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe...

1/28/2019

article Tribal Border Alliance Calls For Better Access to Native Lands
(Arizona) -- Tribal leaders representing indigenous people who live along the United States borders wrapped up their two-day summit with a virtual press conference on...
article Tribes At Border Propose Visa
(Arizona) -- As lawmakers debate U.S. immigration policy, that may or may not include some form of new wall along the U.S.- Mexico border, many Native American tribes...

1/27/2019

article Island residents’ concerns over relocation discussed
(Louisiana) -- State, parish and tribal officials are discussing concerns about of the resettlement of residents from the shrinking Isle de Jean Charles. Pat Forbes,...

1/21/2019

article Decision to put local lands on National Register to be made this summer
(Oregon) -- A crowd showed up to Thursday's informational meeting over the application to put twenty-square miles of Native lands on Oregon’s National Register...

1/15/2019

article Local Native lands considered for Oregon's National Register
(Oregon) -- Twenty-square miles of Native lands are being considered for Oregon’s National Register. The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw...
article LETTER: One Land-Grant University’s Commitment to Native Americans Can Serve as Model
(Indiana) -- I was pleasantly surprised to see your recent article calling long-overdue attention to the lack of commitment of higher education to Native American...

1/13/2019

article Ancient Wrongs And Public Rights Reconsidered
(USA) -- If we’re not careful, noted the historian T. H. Watkins, we could talk ourselves out of the public lands entirely—even the national parks. “...
article Nevada panel backs new tribal name for Jeff Davis Peak near Utah border
(Nevada) -- A state board wants to change the name of a mountain peak in eastern Nevada's Great Basin National Park to more appropriately recognize a geological area...

1/12/2019

article Isle de Jean Charles Tribe Turns Down Funds to Relocate First US 'Climate Refugees’ as Louisiana Buys Land Anyway
(Louisiana) -- The announcement that the State of Louisiana had purchased land for a resettlement project spearheaded by the Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-...

1/9/2019

article Retreating from rising sea, state completes purchase of Isle de Jean Charles relocation site
(Louisiana) -- The state has finalized the purchase of a sugar farm near Houma to relocate some of the remaining residents of Isle de Jean Charles, an island rapidly...
article State of Louisiana buys land for Isle de Jean Charles resettlement
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Land Trust on behalf of the Office of Community Development is purchasing 515 acres of farmland in the Schriever area of Terrebonne Parish...
article Nevada panel backs new tribal name for mountain named after Confederate president
(Nevada) -- A state board wants to change the name of a mountain peak in eastern Nevada’s Great Basin National Park to more appropriately recognize a geological...

1/6/2019

article Partnership Aims to Help New Mexico Tribe Monitor Its Land
(New Mexico) -- A Native American community in northern New Mexico will soon get help from solar-powered drones to monitor its vast land holdings from above. Under a new...

1/2/2019

article Cole bill to update Native American land transfers in Okla. receives final approval
(Washington D.C.) -- Republican legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) to change a federal law that has restricted how Native Americans in Oklahoma bequeath...

12/27/2018

article Feds spend $145M buying back Crow, Northern Cheyenne land
(Montana) -- More than $145 million has been spent by the federal government since 2014 buying land shares for Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribal governments, according...

12/24/2018

article Brokers selected for mixed-use project on Valley tribal land
(Arizona) -- Palmer Development, the developer of the 245,000-square-foot, mixed-use complex called The Edge, selected brokers from Cushman & Wakefield and CBRE to...

12/19/2018

article Congress weighs returning 12,000 acres to Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
(Minnesota) -- The federal government would return 11,760 acres of land to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe as part of a measure moving through Congress. The measure...

12/18/2018

article Nenana Native Association gets $9M grant for bridge project
(Alaska) -- The Nenana Native Association has been awarded a $9.1 million grant to complete a long-awaited bridge project in the Alaska town of Nenana.

12/17/2018

article Shrinking of Utah National Monument May Threaten 660 Bee Species
(Utah) -- In December of last year, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation announcing his plans to shrink Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument...

12/16/2018

article Looking at Indian Mounds Regional Park differently
(Minnesota) -- The local native community and the City of St. Paul are working together on a cultural landscape study of Indian Mounds Regional Park that includes...
article Arizona state parks projects are under review after director's firing
(Arizona) -- Plans to expand and improve Arizona’s state parks system are under review as key projects face delays and cost increases. The projects are drawing new...

12/12/2018

article Douglas County, Cow Creek Tribe would like to purchase Elliott State Forest
(Oregon) -- Douglas County government and the Cow Creek Tribe of Umpqua Band of Indians submitted letters of interest to the State Lands Board last week saying they...

12/5/2018

article Eureka City Council votes to return Indian Island to the Wiyot Tribe
(California) -- Eureka City Council, by a unanimous vote, will transfer Indian Island back to the Wiyot Tribe. Two points of clarification were made Tuesday evening. The...

12/4/2018

article Eureka Considers Moving Forward with Indian Island Transfer
(California) -- The Eureka City Council is slated tonight to decide whether to move forward with transferring ownership of Indian Island back to the Wiyot Tribe. The...

12/3/2018

article 'This is our land': K'atl'odeeche First Nation continues opposition to claims on traditional land
(North Canada) -- Members of the K'atl'odeeche First Nation near Hay River, N.W.T., continue to oppose any outside claims to their traditional lands. The chief...

11/30/2018

article BIA qualifies Samish Nation to have lands put into trust
(Washington) -- The Samish Indian Nation — a tribe that has been referred to as a landless tribe without a reservation — qualifies to have its lands put into...

11/27/2018

article OP/ED: Kerry White should not be making public land policy
(Montana) -- Given how much Montanans value public lands, it’s reasonable to expect the Montana Legislature would elect someone as chair of the House Natural...

11/26/2018

article MORON ALERT: Kerry White should not be making public land policy
(Montana) -- Given how much Montanans value public lands, it’s reasonable to expect the Montana legislature would elect someone as chair of the House Natural...

11/25/2018

article Navajo Nation, state land office complete land transfer
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation and the New Mexico State Land Office have finalized a land exchange for areas that include part of San Juan County. The entities...

11/24/2018

article 200 acres of Indian Island could be transferred back to Wiyot tribe early in 2019
(California) -- The Eureka City Council may vote on approving the city planning commission’s recent recommendation to declare approximately 202 acres of land on...

11/22/2018

article Amicus brief filed in bid to protect monuments, Udall says
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Sen. Tom Udall wants to protect New Mexico’s national monuments from what he calls an overreach from the White House.

11/21/2018

article 1,020 acres near Bear Butte sells to tribes for $2.3 million
(South Dakota) -- Two Native American tribes, already invested in hundreds of acres of property in the vicinity of Bear Butte, added significantly to their land holdings...

11/20/2018

article Indian Island anticipated to be returned to Wiyot Tribe
(California) -- Indian Island, it’s a piece of Humboldt Bay that hasn’t been used for many years, and recently the process to return the land back to the...

11/18/2018

article COMMENTARY: Continued attacks on public lands will hurt for generations
(New Mexico) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior protects and manages the nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other...

11/16/2018

article Tribal lands in Nevada to receive $5.8 million for environmental improvements
(Nevada) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awards $5.8 million in funding to18 tribes in Nevada to invest in environmental programs and water infrastructure....

11/13/2018

article OP/ED: Tribal rights must be part of shoreline discussion
(Washington) -- The saying goes that if it is too good to be true – it probably is. As promoted by the Tri-City Development Council, the “no-cost”...

11/11/2018

article DEROSIER: Blackfeet veterans seek Zinke's aid on Badger-Two Medicine leases
(Montana) -- Today, Native Americans serve in the U.S. military at the highest rate per capita of any ethnic or cultural population, and Montana is home to more than 6,...

11/10/2018

article Acjacheman Nation fights against nuclear waste stored on California coastline
(California) -- ​Twenty seven years ago, a Bechtel engineer named Brock, working for Southern California Edison, discovered a Native American burial site during a...

11/7/2018

article Oglala Sioux Tribe buys 50 acres on I-90
(South Dakota) -- A little history was made Wednesday when the Oglala Sioux Tribe bought 50 acres along I-90 with an eye on tourism development. The tribe closed on the...

11/4/2018

article Supervisors to get update on Disputed Triangle tax case
(Arizona) -- Mohave County supervisors will get an update Monday on the ongoing tax case regarding the Aria litigation. The supervisors will meet in executive session to...

11/2/2018

article The Sokaogon Chippewa Community Signs Offer To Purchase Hoffman Property
(Wisconsin) -- The Sokaogon Chippewa Community signed an offer to purchase on October 31, 2018, for 190 acres known as the Hoffman Property. The property, currently...

10/31/2018

article Tribe Responds to Allegations of Damage at Native Sites
(Arizona) -- The chairman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes says any damage to cultural sites near Lake Havasu would be blatantly disrespectful to Native Americans....
article Gorge Commission meets with four Treaty Tribes
(Oregon) -- Columbia River Gorge Commission and U.S. Forest Service hold a “Gorge 2020” Management Plan Review session today with Confederated Tribes of Warm...

10/30/2018

article Archaeologist claims state parks ignore Native sites
(Arizona) -- The agency that oversees Arizona’s state parks has a history of advancing building projects by blatantly ignoring Native American sites and artifacts...
article Lawmakers call for criminal probe of bulldozed archaeological sites, firing of Parks director
(Arizona) -- Four Native American state lawmakers have called for criminal investigations of state Parks after The Arizona Republic reported this week that the agency...
article Grand Mound site to remain closed, officials not happy with decision
(Minnesota) -- What’s in a name? Upon hearing of the Minnesota Historical Society’s decision to keep the Grand Mound Historic Site closed to the public,...

10/28/2018

article A grand gesture: Nevada City School of the Arts donates office space to Nisenan
(California) -- Nevada City School of the Arts director Holly Pettitt said that as long as she's known her school is on historically-relevant land that once belonged...
article Native American Tribe Suffers From Artillery Noise From US Military Base
(Washington) -- The Nisqually Native American Tribe is suffering from the continuous noise of heavy artillery tested at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord not far from its...

10/26/2018

article The Redding Rancheria is opening a new location in Weaverville
(California) -- The Redding Rancheria announced on Friday that they purchased two acres of land in Weaverville for the purpose of opening up a new health campus....

10/21/2018

article A new state park at Grand Staircase?
(Utah) -- A group of Utah lawmakers want to use a federal law to create a new state park within the boundaries of the former Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument...

10/19/2018

article In Montana, anti-public lands and anti-Native groups converge
(Montana) -- When Elaine Willman was a kid, her father worked as a traveling insurance salesman. Her family moved often; in second grade, she switched schools seven...

10/17/2018

article State, tribe executives plan to meet on Central Idaho Land Exchange proposal
(Idaho) -- During the four months since the announcement of the state’s new effort to explore an idea for undoing the checkerboard ownership pattern of the Lochsa...
article The feds want a Ute tribe lawsuit staking claim to 2 million acres of eastern Utah dismissed
(Utah) -- The federal government is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Ute tribe staking claim to nearly two million acres of land in eastern Utah. It'...

10/16/2018

article Tribes Slam FCC Small-Cell Rule At DC Circ. (sub req)
(Washington D.C.) -- A slew of Native American tribes and tribal organizations asked the D.C. Circuit to strike down a Federal Communications Commission rule that lets...

10/5/2018

article The True Native New Yorkers Can Never Truly Reclaim Their Homeland
(New York) -- When the Dutch arrived in the 17th century in what’s now New York City, their encounters with the indigenous peoples, known as the Lenape, were, at...

10/2/2018

article MORON ALERT: Group objects to 'anti-government' event featuring Ammon Bundy in Montana
(Montana) -- An Oct. 13 event in Whitefish that says it will highlight property and civil rights is coming under criticism from several groups, saying it will feature...

10/1/2018

article Taos Pueblo acquires Lineberry Estate
(New Mexico) -- A New Mexico pueblo has re-acquired land it says is part of its history. According to the Taos News, the Taos Pueblo purchased the Lineberry Estate last...

9/24/2018

article Bears Ears, Grand Staircase lawsuits will stay in D.C., as judge rejects Trump administration motion to move them to Utah
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge has denied the government’s effort to move the lawsuits against President Donald Trump’s shrinking of the Bears Ears and...

9/21/2018

article Land sale approved for Port Angeles hotel
(Washington) -- Trust won out over caution Thursday during a rare joint meeting between the Lower Elwha Tribal and City councils. On a 4-2 vote, the Port Angeles City...
article Public meetings set for downsized Grand Staircase plans
(Utah) -- The management of the downsized Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument will be the subject of two public meetings next month. The Bureau of Land...

9/20/2018

article Akwesasne Mohawk council puts settlement of 130-year-old land grievance to a vote
(Quebec) -- The Kanien'kehá:ka community of Akwesasne will decide whether or not to accept a $240 million settlement offer from Canada by a referendum, with voting...

9/18/2018

article How this tribe got their coastal California lands returned
(California) -- The Kashia Band of Pomo Indians has called the coast along what is now Sonoma County, California, home for more than 12,500 years. There, the ‘...

9/16/2018

article Settlement Conference Ordered in Tule Lake Airport Dispute
(California) -- Lawyers for the Tule Lake Committee are preparing for a pre-trial settlement conference for the civil case Tule Lake Committee v. City of Tulelake, et....

9/15/2018

article Tribes Face Rougher Road For Land-Into-Trust Bids [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior’s rejection this month of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's application to have its Massachusetts land...
article Land purchase will preserve 600 acres near Casper
(Wyoming) -- Turning off State Route 257, the bus rumbles down a dirt road under a clear blue sky, pitching and grinding through a sea of copper grass toward the North...
article Proposed Lochsa designation loses ground
(Idaho) -- There’s a chance a proposal to designate the Lochsa River corridor as a National Historic site could be scuttled even before the state review board...

9/13/2018

article Bill passes amending blood quantum requirements on inherited restricted land
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 2606 Wednesday, allowing land inherited by citizens of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw,...
article House passes amendments to Stigler Act
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously passed amendments to the Stigler Act aimed at removing blood quantum requirements for restricted...

9/12/2018

article House moves to protect Native-owned land
(Oklahoma) -- Legislation that would eliminate blood requirements for some Native American landholders seek­­­ing to hold onto ancestral land passed the U.S...

9/11/2018

article Charities pledge nearly $500M to help Indigenous groups gain forest management rights
(California) -- A coalition of charitable groups and the government of Norway are pledging to spend nearly half a billion dollars over the next four years to prevent...

9/9/2018

article Native Americans Propose Change To Yellowstone Landmark Names
(Montana) -- On a cold January day more than a century ago, U.S. troops massacred nearly 200 Piikani people on a Montana river bank. Most were women, children and old...

9/7/2018

article NT could seize land for indigenous gallery
(Australia) -- The Northern Territory government could seize land owned by Alice Springs Town Council if it doesn't voluntarily hand it over so a National Aboriginal...

9/5/2018

article Looking Back on a Land Dispute in the 1950's
(Wisconsin) -- This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz tells us about a land dispute on Partridge Lake in the 1950s. Wisconsin First...
article Quad Cities Native American groups concerned about Coal Valley development
(Illinois) -- Four months after a nearly 91-acre development was approved in Coal Valley, two Native American groups are raising concerns about the site. The last survey...

9/4/2018

article After missing out on Tahoe land, Washoe tribe eyeing south Reno
(Nevada) -- After an attempt to reclaim ancestral land near Lake Tahoe fizzled, an American Indian tribe is now seeking land in south Reno. The Washoe Tribe of...

8/26/2018

article Tule Lake Committee Files Lawsuit to Stop Transfer of Airport to Modoc Tribe
(California) -- The Tule Lake Committee on Aug. 21 filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, in Sacramento, seeking a...

8/22/2018

article A federal lawsuit over reservation boundaries pits tribe against its Northern Michigan neighbors
(Michigan) -- Some of Northern Michigan's top vacation destinations are at the heart of a lawsuit filed by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. The tribe...
article Tule Lake Committee seeks injunction to stop airport sale
(California) -- The Tule Lake Committee filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court Tuesday for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento seeking a preliminary...
article Native American center ready for legal battle over land annexation
(Michigan) -- Supporters of the proposed $42 million Tribes Hill Heritage Center project want the 55- acre tract of land they plan to build on annexed from the town of...
article Tule Lake Committee seeks injunction to stop airport sale
(California) -- The Tule Lake Committee filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court Tuesday for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento seeking a preliminary...

8/16/2018

article BLM Wants Grand Staircase-Escalante Open for Business
(Utah) -- Under a new plan released Wednesday by the Bureau of Land Management, most of the land President Trump excised from Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument...
article New plans for Utah national monuments reveal resource extraction was goal of Trump’s attack
(Utah) -- The Trump administration released draft plans on Wednesday outlining how it intends to allow resource extraction on vast swaths of land that President Donald...

8/14/2018

article Why Native Americans Are Struggling to Protect Their Sacred Places
(Washington D.C.) -- Forty years ago the U.S. Congress passed the American Indian Religious Freedom Act so that Native Americans could practice their faith freely and...

8/12/2018

article ICYMI: When Native Americans Were Forcibly Removed From a Mendocino Indian Reservation
(California) -- In the course of our team's research for the "California Coastal Trail" episode that focuses on MacKerricher State Park in Mendocino County...

8/11/2018

article Prospects Are Looking Up for This Gulf Coast Tribe Relocating to Higher Ground
(Louisiana) -- “We are displaced. Our once large oak trees are now ghosts. The island that provided refuge and prosperity is now just a frail skeleton,” says...

8/8/2018

article OP/ED: Subsistence and state management of Alaska waterways aren’t incompatible
(Alaska) -- I was disheartened to read last week's opinion piece portraying the state's participation in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Sturgeon v. Frost as an...

8/7/2018

article Native tribes tell DOI in Ketchikan meeting to keep land-trust program
(Alaska) -- In 2014, Alaska tribes won a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior (DOI) for the right to put land into trusts, expelling the “Alaska...
article Mich. Counties, Cities Seek Nix Of Tribe's Boundaries Suit
(Michigan) -- A group of Michigan cities and counties have urged a federal court to nix the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians' lawsuit accusing the state of...

8/6/2018

article Forest Service releases draft plan for Chugach Forest
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Forest Service is seeking feedback from the public on a draft revision to a management plan for a national forest in Alaska. The Peninsula Clarion...

8/1/2018

article 'Calexit' supporters revamp campaign with plan to convert half of California into 'autonomous Native American nation'
(California) -- Organizers of a long-running initiative to secure California’s secession from the United States now say they want to give away nearly half of the...

7/31/2018

article 'Calexit' leaders are back with a new plan to set aside land for Native Americans
(California) -- The activists behind the “Calexit” proposal to cleave California are scrapping their old plans in favor a new secessionist proposal, one that...

7/24/2018

article Jury Selection To Begin For FBI Agent Charged In Finicum Shooting
(Oregon) -- On Jan. 26, 2016, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation spokesman LaVoy Finicum flew down a remote stretch of tree-lined highway in eastern Oregon. He...
article Tracing the Native American Roots of Natural Icons in the U.S.
(Colorado) -- Colorado resident Jaylyn Gough was tired of seeing the Native American roots of the outdoor spaces she loved being ignored. She knew each of these natural...

7/22/2018

article Study maps Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park with drones
(Colorado) -- The Ute Mountain Ute tribe is turning to high-tech aerial photogrammetry to document and preserve the history of its tribal park, which is more than twice...

7/21/2018

article Immigrants took land from Native Americans in Delaware. They want some of it back.
(Delaware) -- In today’s heated political environment, it’s hard to avoid chants from anti-immigrant activists calling on foreigners to go home or pushing...

7/19/2018

article One year later: Indian Island transfer from city to tribe moves forward
(California) -- Wednesday marked one year since the Eureka City Council unanimously voted to approve of an agreement between the city of Eureka and Wiyot Tribe to...

7/18/2018

article Lanape Seek Sovereignty in Delaware
(Delaware) -- A Native American tribe in Delaware is seeking to reclaim land and establish sovereignty. The News Journal of Wilmington reports the Lenape Indian tribe...

7/16/2018

article Lenape Indian Tribe looks to reclaim historic Delaware land, establish sovereignty
(Delaware) -- Lenape Indian Chief Dennis Coker's ancestors are buried in a small cemetery on Denneys Road near the Fork Branch Preserve just outside the capital city...

7/14/2018

article Tule Lake Committee makes counter offer for Tulelake airport land
(California) -- An offer to more than double the amount the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma has agreed to pay for the city of Tulelake to purchase the land underlying the...

7/10/2018

article Witness list for hearing on bill to return land to Leech Lake Band
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding a legislative hearing on S.2599, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act, on...
article Only land link to Churchill, Man., may be sold and revived: rail company
(Manitoba) -- The company that owns a broken rail line to Churchill in northern Manitoba says talks to sell the line and restore it are back on. Hudson Bay Railway says...

7/9/2018

article Land-trust case raises red flags across Indian Country
(Massachusetts) -- A modest courthouse and a fledgling police force, a housing development for American Indian families and a school where students are taught...

7/6/2018

article Fresh doubt for Alaska tribes seeking land-in-trust
(Washington D.C.) -- A new legal opinion from the solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior throws doubt on whether Alaska tribes can gain “Indian Country...

7/5/2018

article Apache woman, in odd twist, has key to new US border wall
(Texas) -- Eloisa Tamez is Lipan Apache and her ancestors owned her shrinking parcel of desert on the US border a century before the war that imposed the boundary...

7/4/2018

article LEGAL BLOG: Supreme Court Declines Review of Tenth Circuit Case Holding Tribal Acquisition of an Interest in an Allotment Defeats Eminent Domain Authority
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court recently denied a petition to review the Tenth Circuit’s opinion in Public Service Company of New Mexico v. Barboan1. The...
article Two ADOT construction projects on US 70 on San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation
(Arizona) -- Arizona Department of Transportation crews are continuing work on one construction project and will soon begin another to enhance safety along U.S. Highway...

7/3/2018

article Interior Dept. withdraws opinion on Alaska Native ‘land into trust’
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior’s solicitor said Friday that it has withdrawn an 11th-hour Obama-era opinion that allowed the federal government to...

7/2/2018

article Apache woman, in odd twist, has key to new US border wall
(Texas) -- She does not identify as Mexican or American. Eloisa Tamez is Lipan Apache and her ancestors owned this land a century before the war that imposed the...
article This land is whose? Rancher pitted against rancher in grazing battle on Pine Ridge Reservation
(South Dakota) -- Curtis Temple says the rain has come at the right time, making for an excellent grass situation on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Still, the grass...

7/1/2018

article The Nation That Sits Astride the U.S.-Canada Border
(New York) -- “Sir, can you take your hands out of your pockets, please?” I complied, sitting uncomfortably on a metal bench as a Customs and Border Patrol...
article Indigenous Professor From B.C.-Alaska Border Nation Forced To Leave Canada
(British Columbia) -- A First Nations woman working to revive a threatened language in her traditional territory of northern British Columbia says she's being forced...
article Yukon carver pulls out of prestigious Indigenous art market over U.S. border crossing concerns
(Yukon) -- An Indigenous carver from Ross River, Yukon, has pulled out of one of the world's largest and longest-standing Indigenous art markets, over fears of...

6/29/2018

article Land run, allotted land = a lot of land
(Oklahoma) -- The history of jurisdiction and land in Oklahoma is perhaps more storied, dynamic and complex than any other state. The acquisition of tribal lands by non-...
article Sealaska gives cultural plot to Wrangell’s “landless” tribe
(Alaska) -- The Southeast native corporation, Sealaska, gave Wrangell’s local tribe a piece of land known as Totem Park. At Sealaska’s anual meeting in...

6/27/2018

article New Mexico pueblos affirm support for national monuments
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico Native American leaders are reaffirming their support for two national monuments in the state that were among those reviewed last year by the...

6/25/2018

article Tribe’s ranching agreements unresolved
(New Mexico) -- While the Navajo Nation prepares to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of 1868, the tribe has been working on a ranching...
article B.C. First Nation narrowly rejects self-government, land and resource treaty
(British Columbia) -- A British Columbia First Nation has voted against a treaty proposal from the B.C. and Canadian governments that would have included self-government...

6/19/2018

article Utah considers jumping into a tribal lawsuit over a huge chunk of land and a billion dollars
(Utah) -- Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is considering jumping into a lawsuit over a huge chunk of land in the eastern side of the state. The Ute Tribe has filed a...
article Seattle Hikers May Be Trampling On Tribal Treaty Rights
(Washington) -- At 2 o’clock on a recent Friday afternoon, the parking lot at the Mailbox Peak trailhead was almost full. This much was to be expected: Mailbox is...

6/18/2018

article Calif. Tribe Asks 9th Circ. To Revisit DOI Casino Land Ruling [sub req]
(California) -- The Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to rethink its ruling backing the U.S. Department...
article Native American tribe holds out hope for Laconia drive-in property
(New Hampshire) -- The likely presence of Native American artifacts beneath the Weirs Beach Drive-in scuttled a developer’s plan to buy the property last year, but...

6/12/2018

article American Indians fear U.S.-Mexico border wall will destroy ancient culture
(Texas) -- To the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Indians, the water of the Rio Grande that divides the United States and Mexico sanctifies religious rites and purifies their...

6/11/2018

article City to hear update on Indian Point, New JACC, downtown property
(Alaska) -- Juneau Mayor Ken Koelsch will give an update on the state of Juneau’s Indian Point to the City and Borough Lands and Resources Committee meeting in...

6/6/2018

article Coyote Hole passes into Native American hands
(California) -- The Mojave Desert is filled with ancient petroglyphs and other symbols of the past preserved in the landscape. Community members have been working to...

6/5/2018

article LEGAL BLOG: Tribal Challenge to Road Construction: Federal Appellate Court Addresses National Historic Preservation Act and Clean Water Act Issues
(South Dakota) -- The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (“Court”) affirmed a lower court ruling addressing challenges to Clean Water Act...

6/2/2018

article Huffman backs off Tolowa Dee-ni’ land bill
(California) -- Del Norte’s representative in Congress has decided against developing a proposed bill from the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation that would have made it...

5/29/2018

article BLM hosting workshop on Grand Staircase-Escalante area economic development
(Utah) -- The federal government is asking Southern Utah residents to help create plans for economic development in the area President Donald Trump ordered removed from...
article Commentary: Forest landowners’ salmon efforts lead by example
(Washington) -- Salmon recovery is in the news again, with Washington tribes and the federal government recently appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court over whether the...

5/26/2018

article Sacred site in Joshua Tree conveyed to Native American Land Conservancy
(California) -- On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, the Board of Supervisors authorized the conveyance of 30.25 acres of unincorporated area in Joshua Tree to the Native American...
article Fort Ancient, other Hopewell Earthworks nominated for World Heritage List
(Ohio) -- The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks will be the first site in Ohio nominated to the World Heritage List. The designation would officially make them among the...

5/24/2018

article The Native Americans Who Call the Grand Canyon Home
(Arizona) -- Jason Nez wears a wool vest, scuffed boots, and a look of total concentration. We’re on the remote eastern rim of the Grand Canyon in the Navajo...

5/22/2018

article Oregon tribes allowed to buy, develop private property without federal approval
(Oregon) -- Northwest tribes used to need an act of Congress to develop property bought privately. But now a bill to eliminate that arduous process sits on President...

5/21/2018

article Indian Tribes Continue to Challenge the NLRB's Jurisdiction Over Casinos Located on Indian Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- Indian tribes continue to challenge the NLRB's jurisdiction over casinos located on Indian lands and courts continue to side with the NLRB. In...
article AG argues against Supreme Court review of tribal boundary case
(Wyoming) -- The Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes have not posed "any new or significant concern about the law of reservation diminishment" that...
article One million dollar houses atop San Pasqual Valley
(California) -- When Charlie Jancic thinks about wildfire in the San Pasqual Valley, it’s from real life. In 2007, the Witch Fire and Guejito Fire took his house...

5/17/2018

article Congress passes legislation that will return land control to Cow Creek Tribe
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress passed the Oregon Tribal Economic Development Act Wednesday. It will allow Oregon tribes including the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of...

5/16/2018

article Congress restores Oregon tribes' control over private lands
(Washington D.C.) -- Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, with Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR 2) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR 4) announced Wednesday that Congress has passed the...
article Today's debate: Should tribes have first crack at federal land transfers?
(Nevada) -- In two high-profile cases this month, American Indian tribes are working to halt the transfer of federal lands to private and/or local government control. In...

5/15/2018

article 'We would own the lands and control the lands': B.C. First Nation prepare to ratify 'historic $37 million dollar treaty with government
(British Columbia) -- Negotiators have signed off on a new treaty agreement between the federal and provincial governments and the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation...

5/14/2018

article Tribe condemns Rep. Amodei plan to transfer mine property
(Nevada) -- A Nevada tribe is condemning a congressman's proposal to give more than 2,000 acres of federal land at a contaminated mine to the corporation responsible...

5/9/2018

article Second forum on Sioux San Lands to be held Thursday
(South Dakota) -- A forum on the history of the Rapid City Indian board School and Sioux San Lands will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Dahl Arts Center. An...

5/7/2018

article American Indian tribe stakes claim to parts of Tahoe ski resort and golf course properties
(Nevada) -- An American Indian tribe with deep roots in the Lake Tahoe basin is seeking to reclaim land that’s part of a Nevada resort area. The Washoe Tribe of...
article Northern Nevada tribe seeks reclaim land near Lake Taho
(Nevada) -- An American Indian tribe wants to reclaim land near a Northern Nevada ski resort and golf course rather than have it come under control of resort operators...
article Umatilla group works to regain land purchased by Army Corps
(Washington) -- Fifty years ago, construction of the John Day Lock and Dam east of The Dalles changed the city of Umatilla forever. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,...

5/3/2018

article Competitor, citizen groups lose 9th Circuit fight against new tribal casino
(California) -- A federal appeals court signed off on the U.S. Interior Department’s decision to take land into trust for a proposed Native American casino,...
article BIA Must Look Again At Tribal Trust Land, DOI Panel Says [sub req]
(California) -- A U.S. Department of the Interior board on Wednesday again undid a Bureau of Indian Affairs' decision to take land in San Diego into trust for the...
article Chiefs at UN Call on Canada to Respect Indigenous Lands
(Ottawa) -- Protecting the environment is inseparable from protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples. In contrast to dominant modern models of individual ownership and...
article UNPFII 17 Adopts Recommendations on Collective Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources
(New York) -- The 17th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII 17), which took place from 16-27 April 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York, US,...

5/2/2018

article 9th Circ. Backs DOI’s Land Acquisition For Calif. Tribal Casino [sub req]
(California) -- The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that rejected challenges to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision to acquire...
article County, tribe reach settlement on shoreline plan
(Washington) -- After more than a year of negotiations, Kittitas County has reached a settlement with the Yakama Nation over its shoreline master program. The Yakama...

4/29/2018

article Discover Oklahoma: Museum, trail tell story of 1889 Land Run
(Oklahoma) -- Many of us remember the excitement and confusion of '89er Land Run Day at our elementary schools — lining up with our makeshift covered wagons in...

4/26/2018

article How the Miwuk tribe is reclaiming part of Yosemite Valley
(California) -- As the sun poked through the trees of Yosemite Valley on a recent morning, a handful of men in plaid shirts, thick vests and baseball caps gathered...
article Santa Clara Pueblo floats federal role to resolve access dispute
(New Mexico) -- Local and state governments have long been at odds with area pueblos over rights on way on public roads that go through tribal lands, creating conflict...

4/25/2018

article CHERYL SCHMIT: Tribe seeks act of Congress to expand lands
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s been said that the only real law of history is the law of unintended consequences. My candidate for good intentions gone haywire comes...

4/24/2018

article Fleischmann: Cherokee Promise bill advances in Tennessee Legislature
(Tennessee) -- A bill passed by the U.S. House last week seeking to return 76 acres of ancestral tribal land to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has been referred to...

4/21/2018

article Federal Government Continues to Give Native American Tribes a Bad Deal
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior has worked steadily to increase opportunity and access to the federal lands and resources under its purview. Earlier...
article Wyo. City, County Urge Justices To Snub Tribes' Land Suits
(Wyoming) -- A Wyoming county and city urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to reject bids by two Native American tribes to overturn a Tenth Circuit decision that...

4/13/2018

article In the California desert, a battery project looms over Native land
(California) -- A company wants to build the world’s biggest battery in the California desert east of Joshua Tree National Park, near the Arizona border. From...

4/11/2018

article Reservation rights: Unratified treaty left local tribes homeless for some time
(Oregon) -- According to kautantowitmecautea, a website hosted by Oklevueha Native American Church, the “Snake Indians” was a name given by pioneers to...

4/10/2018

article Possible ancient remains could halt multi million dollar homes
(Florida) -- Plans for a multi-million dollar lakefront estate in the Bay Hill area of Orange County could be hitting a dead end. That is if ancient human remains...

4/9/2018

article How this tribe got their coastal California lands returned
(California) -- The Kashia Band of Pomo Indians has called the coast along what is now Sonoma County, California, home for more than 12,500 years. There, the “...

4/7/2018

article EDITORIAL: Yes to clean energy, but no to this site
(Nevada) -- Want to know why renewable energy remains controversial, despite widespread agreement that it is vital for our future? The answer is location, location,...

4/6/2018

article Jackson Rancheria tribe buys Yolo Bypass land for $6 million [sub req]
(California) -- In a move to diversify its investments, the owners of the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort have bought about 900 acres of cattle rangeland in Yolo County...
article Trump administration sides with industry in reservation boundary case
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is once again siding with industry interests in a closely-watched reservation boundary case that is pending at the U.S....

4/4/2018

article BLOG: The Atikamekw’s Fight to Protect Their Land and Way of Life
(Quebec) -- Driving along the logging access roads in Atikamekw territory, the land, at first glance, appears pristine and peaceful. In mid-February, the spruce and...

4/3/2018

article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: Stillaguamish Tribe gets around rules on billboards
(Washington) -- The Stillaguamish Tribe has just completed the installation of its sixth huge, flashing billboard along I-5 within a few miles either way of Exit 210 and...

3/31/2018

article MY VIEW: Five years later — more than a monument
(New Mexico) -- I started fishing with my father before I could walk, or crawl for that matter. My dad taught me everything about fishing, and he opened Taos Fly Shop...

3/28/2018

article Land of the Leased: BLM auction could change the landscape in Utah's San Juan and Grand counties
(Utah) -- Public lands advocates feared the day would come. And it did March 20 when the Bureau of Land Management—in a precedent-setting move—auctioned 43...
article OP/ED: The importance of preserving Utah's national monuments
(Utah) -- I’ve spent a lot of time in Utah throughout my life, including this most recent spring break. I’ve gone back to visit family and hit the slopes of...

3/24/2018

article In Louisiana, A Plan To Relocate The Country’s First ‘Climate Refugees’ Hits A Roadblock
(Louisiana) -- A small Louisiana tribe hoping to reunite its members in a new, upland community before their island home disappears under rising seas is now watching...

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