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A Hard-Fought Victory To Restore Tribal Land Faces New Threat In Trump Era

Along with being a self-proclaimed champion of public lands, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke vowed to be an advocate for America’s indigenous communities and their right to self-determination. “Sovereignty should mean something,” the former Montana congressman told the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs during a January confirmation hearing.

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8/22/2017

article Pokanoket tribe, Brown Univ. to meet on Bristol land dispute
(Rhode Island) -- The leader of the tribal group that is occupying Brown University property around Mount Hope Bay said Tuesday that he and representatives of the Ivy...
article Meet the nation’s most endangered monuments
(USA) -- Sweeping wilderness vistas. Archaeological relics dating back thousands of years. Undersea worlds of corals, anemones and rare marine species. Their fate could...

8/21/2017

article Members of Pokanoket tribe, supporters occupy Brown University land in Bristol
(Rhode Island) -- A group identifying itself as the Pokanoket nation and its supporters occupied the grounds of Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum Sunday...
article Tribe sets up encampment on contested land donated to Brown University decades ago
(Rhode Island) -- Dozens of people, including members of a Native American tribe and their supporters, have set up an encampment on Brown University land, saying the...
article Fate of 21 national monuments will land on Trump’s desk this week
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration this week is expected to release plans for potentially shrinking or revoking the status of 21 national monuments, setting...

8/19/2017

article Zinke under fire from public lands advocates
(Washington) -- As the Trump administration's review of national monument designations reaches a close, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is facing more heat than ever...
article Commentary: The Antiquities Act was meant to protect Indian history
(Utah) -- Bureaucrats and politicians currently threaten the heritage of Native Americans — the groups whose histories the Antiquities Act of 1906 was intended to...

8/18/2017

article Gulf Coast land loss threatens food sovereignty
(Louisiana) -- Native Americans living along Louisiana's ragged Gulf Goast are some of the first communities in North America hit by land loss and severe flooding...

8/17/2017

article Brazil: campaigners welcome court rulings in favor of indigenous land rights
(Brazil) -- Indigenous activists and human rights campaigners around the world yesterday celebrated Brazil’s Supreme Court ruling unanimously in favor of...

8/14/2017

article Echoes of Oak Flat: 4 Pick Sloan Dams That Submerged Native Lands
(North Dakota) -- The Oak Flat land grab is just one of many acts of the federal government that has seized Indian land or despoiled it. Dams, mines, railroads, timber...

8/10/2017

article Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands: Protect Hanford Reach
(Washington) -- Washington state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz is urging the U.S. Interior Department to preserve the nation’s National Monuments, one...
article 27 National Monuments Are Under Review. Here Are Five to Watch
(New York) -- No president has ever abolished a national monument designated by a predecessor. President Trump may try to change that. Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the...
article Living On Ohlone Land: A Panel Discussion by California Women Tribal Leaders
(California) -- Approximately 500 people gathered together at the First Congregational Church of Oakland to hear a panel discussion entitled, “Living on Ohlone...

8/7/2017

article Hoopa rapper protests Arkley’s Indian Island comments
(California) -- Security National CEO Rob Arkley’s proposal last week that he would buy Eureka-owned property on Indian Island has drawn letters of protest from...

8/5/2017

article A Hard-Fought Victory To Restore Tribal Land Faces New Threat In Trump Era
(Washington D.C.) -- Along with being a self-proclaimed champion of public lands, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke vowed to be an advocate for America’s indigenous...
article Ownership of Tribal Land Restored at the Kashia Coastal Reserve
(California) -- "Understanding Kashia's history is understanding the struggle," says Reno Franklin, Chairman of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians. The Kashia...

8/4/2017

article Groups Defend Ironwood Forest National Monument Status
(Arizona) -- Conservation and political interests in Arizona are joining together to oppose a review of monuments across the country, including Ironwood Forest northwest...

8/2/2017

article Yurok Group Issues Statement Responding to Arkleys’ Indian Island Comments
(California) -- The Tsurai Ancestral Society is deeply saddened by the recent statements made by Mr. Arkley regarding the Tuluwat (Indian Island) land transfer. Mr....

8/1/2017

article DOI Narrows Scope Of Tribal Land Buyback Program [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior plans to target a smaller number of tribes to take part in a massive land buyback program as the department...
article Dakotas Tribes Eligible for Federal Land Buyback Program
(North Dakota) -- Several American Indian tribes in the Dakotas are eligible for a federal program to return land on reservations to tribal control. The buyback program...
article Interior Announces Revised Strategy, Policies To More Effectively Reduce Fractionation Of Tribal Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- Following extensive analysis and feedback received from tribal leaders and American Indian landowners, the Department of the Interior has announced...
article MORON ALERT: Rob Arkley Wants to Buy Indian Island to Keep Eureka From Returning it to ‘The Natives’
(California) -- Rob Arkley, Eureka’s notorious real estate tycoon/political powerbroker/bankruptcy expert, went on KINS Radio’s “Talkshop”...

7/31/2017

article Stakeholders fume over Zinke’s shortened Nevada monuments visit
(Nevada) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who said Sunday he would like his federal agency to be known as the “happy department,” left some unhappy campers...
article Zinke caps review of Nevada monuments with Bunkerville visit
(Nevada) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spoke to reporters early Sunday evening in this rural Clark County community as he wrapped up a much-anticipated visit to...

7/28/2017

article Battle over tribe's land moves to county court
(New Jersey) -- The Mahwah municipal judge on Thursday recused himself from hearing a zoning case against the Ramapough Lenape Nation over teepees and other structures...
article By helicopter and on horseback, Zinke reviews monuments
(New Mexico) -- Ranchers who want to scale back two national monuments in New Mexico competed for attention with the outdoor recreation industry as U.S. Interior...

7/27/2017

article Forest Service, Alaska Native corporation transfer land
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Forest Service and an Alaska-based Native corporation announced the transfer of 12 square miles (31 square kilometers) of land from the Alaska...
article Interior Secretary Visits Las Cruces; Makes No Commitment On Size Of Monument
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is visiting New Mexico this week as part of his nationwide tour connected to a review of 27 national monument...
article With Gift of Land Near Fones Cliffs, Rappahannock Tribe Expands Return to the River Initiative
(Virginia) -- The Rappahannock Tribe joined environmental advocates in a recent ceremony to celebrate a donation of land on their original territory. The gift will be...

7/21/2017

article RV tour fighting to keep Nevada's national monuments safe
(Las Vegas) -- An RV bus rolled through Las Vegas on Friday as part of a conservation group's fight against an executive order brought on by President Trump. In...

7/20/2017

article Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications
(Washington D.C.) -- In a major setback for Indian Country, the Trump administration is poised to erect "new" hurdles for tribes seeking to restore their...
article Samish Nation still waiting for decisions on land-into-trust applications
(Washington) -- For those needing proof of the delays associated with the land-into-trust process, look no further than the Samish Nation.

7/19/2017

article LEGAL BLOG: Trump Official Provides Insight Into the Administration's Stance on Land-Into-Trust Acquisitions and Its Interpretation of the IRA
(Washington D.C.) -- The Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held a July 13 hearing to compare 21st century trust land acquisition practices with...
article Eureka council makes progress on wards, Indian Island transfer and visitor center
(California) -- Eureka Council unanimously affirmed the city's commitment to restoring Indian Island to the Wiyot Tribe. Tribal Chairman Ted Hernandez was in...

7/18/2017

article DeFazio secures House passage of Tribal Authority Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The House of Representatives on July 11 approved legislation introduced by Congressman Peter DeFazio that would expand the land rights of three...
article Eureka City Council approves agreement with Wiyot Tribe
(California) -- The Eureka City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved of an agreement between the city and Wiyot Tribe to continue transferring ownership of Indian...
article Klamath Tribes meet with Interior's Zinke
(Washington) -- Klamath Tribes Chairman Don Gentry and a Klamath Tribes delegation voiced support for the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument expansion — among...
article Port, tribes celebrate Clover Island changes
(Washington) -- The Port of Kennewick together with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Tamastslikt Cultural Institute will bless several...

7/17/2017

article App shows historic boundary of Native American land in Kalamazoo
(Michigan) -- A free educational app launched this month as part of a campaign to accurately portray the history of indigenous Native Americans in Kalamazoo. In a...
article Eureka City Council to consider ward redistricting, Indian Island, visitor center
(California) -- In its only meeting of the month, Eureka City Council will tackle a wide variety of issues including a land transfer to the Wiyot Tribe and a new...
article Federal court dismisses petition by Warlie/Napoles families
(California) -- On July 7, 2017, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California dismissed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus under the Indian Civil Rights...

7/13/2017

article Tensions rise as Mohawk activists square off with Oka mayor over development
(Quebec) -- A real estate development in Oka is raising tensions in the Mohawk community of Kanesatake. On Wednesday morning, a group of protesters led by Mohawk rights...

7/12/2017

article City supports Samish effort to move land to trust
(Washington) -- The Samish Indian Nation has some support as it fights to get control of several pieces of land throughout Skagit County, including two in Anacortes. The...
article Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians would get land under bill passed by House Tuesday
(Oregon) -- The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians would receive land under a bill that was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday. The Western...
article Public Overwhelmingly Supports Keeping Monuments Intact
(Washington D.C.) -- The public comment period for President Donald Trump’s review of 27 national monuments and marine sanctuaries ended Monday, and environmental...

7/11/2017

article Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests
(Washington D.C.) -- If Indian Country is looking for a fair shake as a key Congressional committee looks into the land-into-trust process for a second time, it's...
article Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Statement on the End of the Monuments Review Public Comment Period
(Washington D.C.) -- On Monday, July 10, the formal public comment period closed for the review of national monuments. More than 1.2 million comments were received on...
article U.S. Interior Department receives over 2 million comments on monument review
(Washington D.C.) -- The issue of whether to preserve, shrink or revoke the protected status of two dozen U.S. national monuments drew more than 2 million public...
article Lake Superior Tribes Return Lands To Reservations Through Federal Programs
(Wisconsin) -- Northern Wisconsin tribes on Lake Superior have purchased land that will be added to their reservations using money from federal programs. In the last...
article Native American community, Metro work together to provide culturally appropriate access to public land
(Montana) -- Like any good Native American storyteller, I need to start at the beginning. Not with a creation story, not at 1492, but where this story begins for me.

7/10/2017

article Mystic Lake will host northern tribal summit in August
(Minnesota) -- American Indian leaders from tribes near the U.S.-Canadian border will meet in August at Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel in Prior Lake to talk about border...
article Grand Staircase-Escalante was set up to fail
(Utah) -- When Carolyn Shelton began working at southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in 2001, she expected to leave it in better shape for...

7/5/2017

article Indigenous people shut out of national monument decision: Loni Romo
(Nevada) -- In May, my mother and I received a unique opportunity through the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada: to travel to Washington, DC and speak as indigenous Christian...

7/4/2017

article Eureka City Council to discuss transferring Indian Island land to Wiyot Tribe this month
(California) -- On Monday the city of Eureka reaffirmed its commitment to transferring city-owned land on Indian Island to the Wiyot Tribe. “That’s a move...

7/3/2017

article Tiny Utah city drops appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in Ute boundary dispute, says it wants to negotiate ‘in good faith’
(Utah) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dismissed an appeal by Myton in a legal battle over the boundaries of Ute Indian Tribe lands within the Duchesne County city....
article Eureka reaffirms commitment to transferring Indian Island to Wiyot Tribe
(California) -- In March of 2015, the Wiyot Tribe made a request to the City of Eureka for the transfer of the city owned property on Indian Island. The island is a...

6/29/2017

article California’s Monumental Distress
(California) -- In April, the Carrizo Plain National Monument, located in a remote area east of San Luis Obispo, California, erupted with wildflowers in an occasional...

6/28/2017

article Britain’s Futile Attempt to Keep American Colonists From Taking Tribal Land
(USA) -- Picture this: In the 1760s, a team of colonial surveyors meets a group of leaders representing major Native American tribes in what will one day become the...
article Plan for Cowichan Tribes to take over land management fails to garner support
(British Columbia) -- An attempt to shift management of the Cowichan Tribes’ band lands from the federal government to the First Nation will not go forward because...

6/26/2017

article Tribe calls review of Nevada national monuments 'unnecessary'
(Nevada) -- The Las Vegas Band of Paiutes called the review of national monuments "unnecessary" as the Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visited...

6/19/2017

article Rappahannock Tribe Regains Land at Fones Cliffs
(Virginia) -- You've likely have heard the story of Captain John Smith's famous encounter with the Rappahannock Tribe. While exploring the Rappahannock River,...

6/18/2017

article Desperation is driving an indigenous tribe in Venezuela to make the trek into Brazil
(Brazil) -- Bergassio Quiñonez knew he had to get his family out of Venezuela when his wife and two young daughters went without eating for four days. Their home in...

6/17/2017

article Judge sides with Riverside County in Agua Caliente tribe's land tax lawsuit
(California) -- A federal judge has ruled in favor of Riverside County in a case brought by a Palm Springs-based Native American Indian tribe seeking to exempt leased...

6/14/2017

article Tribe's fight for 'Sweet Water' site lands before judge
(New Jersey) -- Attorneys for the Ramapough Lenape Nation argued in Superior Court Tuesday that a temporary restraining order filed by Mahwah Township should be thrown...

6/13/2017

article Board affirms Oregon county's denial of railroad expansion
(Oregon) -- An Oregon county had substantial evidence when it denied Union Pacific Railroad's proposed track expansion along the Columbia River where an oil train...

6/11/2017

article First Nation Trying to Reclaim What was Once Theirs
(Nova Scotia) -- A very impertinent vote will be made in the summer month of July. The future vote will be to decide if a First Nation that is situated not too far from...

6/5/2017

article It Happened Here: Treaty of 1855 took land, created the Yakama Nation
(Washington) -- One hundred sixty-two years ago this week on June 9, U.S. government officials and 14 Native American leaders gathered in Walla Walla to sign a document...

5/31/2017

article Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribes often face enormous obstacles in the nation's capital and a Congressional hearing that flew under Indian Country's radar helps...

5/30/2017

article Red Cliff Tribe Buys Back Public Lands
(Wisconsin) -- The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa recently bought around 80 acres of land from Bayfield County. The tribe has been working with the county,...
article Santa Ana Pueblo wants to rename San Felipe Mesa
(New Mexico) -- Right now, but maybe not for much longer, a mesa about 20 miles west of Bernalillo is known on maps as San Felipe Mesa, likely named by Spanish...
article Sokaogon Chippewa now enforcing Recreational Vehicle Resolution & Ordinance
(Wisconsin) -- This past Wednesday, May 17, the Sokaogon Mole Lake Tribal Council enacted its Resolution 05-17E-2017 to improve and enforce recreational vehicle use on...

5/29/2017

article Public debates status for Nevada’s Gold Butte monument
(Utah) -- A debate is raging in the inbox of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior about whether President Donald Trump should keep the scenic, ecologically fragile and...

5/24/2017

article Supervisors informed of potential hurdle to new cell tower
(Iowa) -- The new communication tower located on the Grundy County Secondary Roads property may run into a rather bizarre roadblock as a Native American tribe based in...
article Sacred ground connects past to present
(Michigan) -- Hundreds of Native American burial sites are scattered throughout northern Michigan, where thousands of ancestors have been laid to rest. Greensky Hill...
article Jesuit Mission Gives Up Colonial Approach, Returns Land to Native American Tribe
(South Dakota) -- The Jesuit St. Francis Mission announced that it is relinquishing 525 acres of unused land within the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The...

5/23/2017

article Reno-Sparks Indian Colony celebrates return of ancestral land
(Nevada) -- For what has been considered the greatest development of today's generation, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony (RSIC) hosted elected officials and tribal...
article Federal Report Shows Poor Tribal Road Conditions Contribute to Student Absenteeism
(Arizona) -- A new federal report says poor road conditions on tribal nations contribute to higher rates of school absences for students. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius...

5/22/2017

article Central Council of Tlingit-Haida applying to put downtown land in federal trust
(Alaska) -- The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is looking to protect its land for future generations, starting with seven small parcels of...
article OP/ED: Gradual approach takes us closer to a considered treaty
(Australia) -- On Wednesday, delegates from across indigenous Australia will meet at Uluru for the national convention of the Referendum Council’s First Nation...

5/21/2017

article Indigenous Australians Win Decades-Long Land Rights Battle
(Australia) -- After a 30-year battle, indigenous groups on Australia’s Cape York peninsula are celebrating the return of more than 160,000 hectares of tribal land...

5/16/2017

article Yakima commissioner wants Yakamas to pay for reservation road improvements
(Washington) -- Yakima County Commissioner Mike Leita wants the county to hold off on a proposal to resurface an 8-mile stretch of Fort Road on the Yakama reservation,...

5/15/2017

article Battle Looms as Trump Allies Look to 'Privatize' Native American Reservations
(Washington D.C.) -- Allies of US President Donald Trump are planning to push through a controversial plan to privatize tribal government-run services on Native American...
article Trump’s attack on national monuments threatens California sites, Native Americans’ culture
(Washington D.C.) -- The protection and preservation of the cultural lands and sacred places of Native American people is of supreme importance to sovereign American...
article Editorial: Poncas rightly take ownership of Chief Standing Bear Trail
(Nebraska) -- A powerful sense of connection traditionally linked native tribes to their home areas in the Great Plains, scholar David Wishart observes in his book,...
article Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Gains Ownership of Biking and Hiking Trail
(Nebraska) -- A section of biking and hiking trail from Beatrice to Barneston is now owned by the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. A deed ceremony last week capped a Remembrance...

5/11/2017

article Jesuits to return 525 acres of land to Native Americans
(South Dakota) -- The Jesuits are returning more than 500 acres in South Dakota to the Rosebud Sioux. The formal return of the property is expected to be complete...

5/10/2017

article In the US, Sioux tribe receives land from South Dakota Jesuits
(South Dakota) -- The Jesuit-run St Francis Mission, which serves the Lakota peoples in south-central South Dakota, announced it will return about 500 acres to the...
article Timber Company, Tribe Left With Little After Vote To Cancel Elliott State Forest Sale
(Oregon) -- For the timber company and Native American tribe that had bid to buy the a public forest from Oregon, Tuesday was the day they learned their months spent...

5/9/2017

article Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands
(Washington D.C.) -- The new leader of the Department of the Interior is committed to "protecting and strengthening" tribal sovereignty, according to a letter...
article Jesuits to return 525 acres of South Dakota land to Rosebud Sioux
(South Dakota) -- The Jesuits are returning more than 500 acres, dotted throughout 900,000 acres on a Rosebud reservation in South Dakota, to the Rosebud Sioux. "It...

5/3/2017

article Secretary Zinke advocates 'off-ramp' for taking lands out of trust
(Washington D.C.) -- The new leader of the Department of the Interior believes tribes should be able to exercise more control over their lands. But comments Secretary...
article Native Americans Fear Loss of Culture Over Trump's Border Wall
(Arizona) -- Ever since he can remember, Richard Saunders has seen families cross the fence on his Native American reservation in southern Arizona, where the U.S.-...
article Trump’s Plan To Dismantle National Monuments Comes With Steep Cultural And Ecological Costs
(Washington D.C.) -- In the few days since President Trump issued his Executive Order on National Monuments, many legal scholars have questioned the legality of his...

5/1/2017

article American Indians want Trump to revive memorial on Staten Island
(New York) -- Native Americans are urging President Trump to undo a century-old injustice: by making good on a broken promise made by President Howard Taft in 1913 to...
article Antiquities Act Under Fire From White House
(Washington D.C.) -- Sally Jewell was President Barack Obama’s interior secretary when she presided over a listening session last summer in the postcard-pretty...
article Central Council working to put Juneau parcels into trust
(Alaska) -- Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization has applied to the federal government to put seven parcels in downtown Juneau into a federal trust.
article Zinke reopens Recapture Canyon to motor vehicles
(Utah) -- The Bureau of Land Management banned motor vehicles in southern Utah’s Recapture Canyon in 2007, after unauthorized ATV trail-building damaged ancient...

4/30/2017

article Trump monuments order targets Canyons of the Ancients
(Colorado) -- The Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is one of the 24 monuments targeted in President Donald Trump's order calling for a sweeping review by...

4/29/2017

article Part of 128-year-old BLM debt closer to settlement
(Montana) -- Grazed and farmed federal land in north-central Montana proposed to be restored to native shortgrass prairie is being considered by the Bureau of Land...

4/28/2017

article Middleborough buys land to protect Native American site
(Massachusetts) -- Middleborough Town Meeting has voted to buy 20 acres from a developer to protect an ancient Native American settlement believed to be on the site. The...

4/25/2017

article Trump to reconsider national monuments created by Obama, Bush and Clinton
(Washington D.C.) -- The fierce debate over public land in the West is expected to intensify following an executive order President Trump plans to sign Wednesday that...
article Zinke to review more than 2 dozen national monuments ‘to make sure the people have a voice’
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday evening that President Trump has authorized him to review any national monument created since Jan. 1,...

4/24/2017

article Trump to issue new order calling into question two decades of national monument designations
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump will sign an executive order Wednesday instructing the Interior Department to review national monument designations his three...

4/22/2017

article LETTER: Muskrat Falls protesters had legitimate grievances
(Quebec) -- "Protest must be a meaningful component in dispute resolution."Pierre Trudeau said in 1956 that the suppression of the right to strike transforms...

4/16/2017

article National Bison Range: Popular, poor and again rudderless
(Montana) -- Last week, the first bison calf was spotted by the staff here at the National Bison Range. It is the signal for them to prepare for their opening weekend,...
article OP/ED: Zinke fogs future of bison range
(Montana) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke should follow up on his baffling announcement last week concerning “changing course” on the National Bison Range...
article Dakota riders head to U.S. border in search of connection with relatives on the other side
(Manitoba) -- Travis Mazawasicuna and about 11 other riders rode their horses to the Boissevain border crossing this weekend, where they met with their relatives from...

4/5/2017

article 6 things to know when developing on tribal land
(Arizona) -- Developing on tribal land can be a complex process with many moving parts. Developers will have to work with the federal government, its (slow) speed,...

3/18/2017

article How should northern on-the-land programs be evaluated?
(Northwest Territories) -- The first pan-territorial On the Land Summit concluded with a frank exchange of views in Dettah, N.W.T. A panel discussion of how on-the-land...

3/5/2017

article UN rights expert urges US to create indigenous land policy
(Washington D.C.) -- UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz [official website] called [press release] Friday for the US to...

3/2/2017

article Utah's ancient sites are in danger, you can help
(Utah) -- From the top of a knobby hill overlooking the confluence of the Virgin and Santa Clara rivers in St. George, archaeologist Greg Woodall can look out and see...

3/1/2017

article City initiates land transfer to Lummi Nation
(Washington) -- The city of Blaine is one step closer to transferring a portion of land on Semiahmoo spit to the Lummi Nation. During a regular meeting on February 27,...

2/28/2017

article Businessman donates 200 acres to local Cahuilla tribe
(California) -- A 200-acre gift of east valley land to the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians could provide affordable housing for more than 1,200 people, the tribe...

2/27/2017

article Small California Indian tribe wins permanent access to sacred site
(California) -- An unusual property deal between a California nonprofit and a north coast Indian tribe has secured access rights for a small group that considers the...

2/22/2017

article Samish weigh in on Swinomish boundaries
(Washington) -- In a letter from the Samish Indian Nation to property owners in the March Point area, the tribe’s chairman reiterated his belief that the...

2/21/2017

article Attorney: Tribe seeks to reshape governance of region
(Michigan) -- Editor's note: The News-Review's editorial board invited attorney Lance Boldrey to submit a guest commentary explaining his clients' position...

2/20/2017

article Border Wall Would Cleave Tribe, and Its Connection to Ancestral Land
(Arizona) -- The phone calls started almost as soon as President Trump signed his executive order, making official his pledge to build a wall to separate the United...
article Tohono O'odham leaders: Trump's wall won't rise on tribal borderland
(Arizona) -- Leaders of the Tohono O’odham Nation southwest of Tucson say they’re confident President Trump’s executive order to build a border wall...

2/15/2017

article Native Americans opposing Dakota Access get a boost from Pope Francis
(Vatican City) -- Two Native American tribes are fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in a federal court, but on Wednesday they appeared to get support from a higher...
article Pope Francis says Indigenous people have rights over their lands
(Vatican City) -- Indigenous people must give prior consent for any economic activity on their ancestral lands, Pope Francis insisted Wednesday as the U.S....
article 21 tribes seek intervention in freeway case
(Arizona) -- All 21 Native American tribes in the Southwest are asking permission to join the appeal against the South Mountain Freeway, but Arizona’s attorney...
article State Land Board votes to sell Oregon's oldest state forest
(Oregon) -- Oregon's state Land Board voted 2-1 on Tuesday to sell the state's oldest public forest. Gov. Kate Brown, the board chair, clashed with its sole...

2/14/2017

article Connecticut: Tribe can’t sue state for $600M for land grab
(Connecticut) -- State officials are claiming government immunity in response to a lawsuit by a Native American tribe seeking more than $600 million for land it says the...

2/13/2017

article MT County Fights for Lost Revenue From Tribes’ Dam
(Montana) -- Three county commissioners from a small town in northwest Montana seem an unlikely trio to take on the federal government. One commissioner is a high school...
article Experts weigh in on Native American claims Dighton Council Oak site is ancient burial ground
(Massachusetts) -- In the run up to Wednesday's hearing on the Council Oak II subdivision, the debate continues over whether enough has been done to determine...
article Highway 101 Bypass Project Looking Inevitable
(California) -- A federal judge indicated Friday he would dismiss without prejudice a lawsuit from two Native American Tribes who say California and the United States...

2/11/2017

article Trump’s Border Wall Builds Apprehension Across Tohono O’odham Nation
(Arizona) -- President Donald Trump’s executive order to construct a border wall on the US-Mexico border has caused Tohono O’odham tribal members to become...

1/30/2017

article Indigenous Peoples in the US Vow to Block Trump's Wall
(Arizona) -- The second-largest Indigenous tribe in the United States has vowed to block President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall which, if constructed,...
article Caltrans will remain part of local tribes’ lawsuit over Willits bypass, judge rules
(California) -- A federal judge in Oakland ruled on January 23 that CalTrans shall remain a defendant — along with the Federal Highway Administration — in a...

1/28/2017

article Facebook creator Mark Zuckerburg drops lawsuits seeking to buy Hawaiin land
(Hawaii) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Friday that he was dropping lawsuits seeking to buy out Native Hawaiians who own small pieces of land within his sprawling...

1/27/2017

article Indigenous tribes: Arizona road a threat to sacred land
(Arizona) -- Native American tribes in Arizona have banded together in filing legal documents to protest the construction of a highway they feel is threatening their...
article Tribe Uneasy About Border Surveillance Plans on Their Land
(Arizona) -- Tensions are high on the Tohono O’odham Nation, where Border Patrol has proposed high-tech surveillance towers as part of a sophisticated “...
article Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg drops Hawaiian land lawsuits after backlash
(Hawaii) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Friday he was dropping lawsuits that had aimed to compel hundreds of Hawaiians to sell their land after the 32-year-old...

1/25/2017

article Mark Zuckerberg reconsiders suing Native Hawaiians over their ancestral land
(Hawaii) -- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said he is “reconsidering” a series of lawsuits against Hawaiians to force them to sell small parcels of...
article USDA, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes restoring grazing land
(Oklahoma) -- The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes are teaming up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a research and demonstration project to help restore grazing land.
article Ramapoughs' court date over unauthorized teepees postponed
(New Jersey) -- A local Native American tribe's day in court, to answer charges it illegally built teepees on tribe property without permission, will have to wait,...

1/22/2017

article Anishinabek man lays land claim over Benny forest in northern Ontario
(Ontario) -- An Anishinabek man is seeking a land claim over Benny forest in northern Ontario to stop commercial logging in the area. "It's been in the family a...

1/20/2017

article CTA’s land-into-trust application approved
(Alaska) -- The Department of the Interior announced January 13th approval of Craig Tribal Association’s land-into-trust application. This is the first application...
article Man of the People Mark Zuckerberg Sues to Keep Native Hawaiians Off His Kauai Estate
(Hawaii) -- Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of the world’s largest social network, would just like some privacy. In the past year alone, the 32-year-old...
article Keller responds to redistricting suggestion
(Washington) -- A discussion item on the Feb. 8 Nespelem District meeting agenda released early Tuesday proposed a redistricting that appeared to omit the Keller...

1/16/2017

article Craig tribe gets Alaska’s first federal land trust
(Alaska) -- About an acre owned by the Craig Tribal Association will be the first Alaska Native land to go into trust with the federal government. The Ketchikan Daily...
press release Department of Interior Approves Craig Tribal Association’s Land-into-Trust Application
(Alaska) -- The Department of Interior (DOI) announced Friday that it has approved Craig Tribal Association’s (CTA) land-into-trust application to place a 1.08-...

1/15/2017

article VIDEO: No response from province after Mi’kmaq file title claim over large swath of New Brunswick
(New Brunswick) -- Mi’kmaq from Elsipogtog have filed an Aboriginal title claim in New Brunswick. The claim, filed in court last November, covers a third of the...
article P.E.I. First Nations may try to block Mill River sale
(Prince Edward Island) -- First Nations chiefs on P.E.I. say they are shocked and disappointed to hear that the provincial government is proceeding with the sale of...
article Reconciliation more than land acknowledgments, Aboriginal groups say
(Manitoba) -- An increasing number of institutions across the country have started making verbal land acknowledgments to the Aboriginal groups who traditionally occupied...

1/14/2017

article Utah Town Urges High Court To Hear Tribal Boundary Dispute
(New York) -- A Utah city has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its petition challenging a decision in a Native American tribe’s lawsuit over its reservation...
article Tribal Land in Alaska Put into Trust
(Alaska) -- Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts, who leads the Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, on Friday...

1/11/2017

article Olympia’s McAllister Springs site to return to Nisqually Tribe
(Washington) -- To save money, the city of Olympia is expected to transfer ownership of McAllister Spring, its former drinking water source, to the Nisqually Tribe. The...
article West Berkeley Shellmound site sacred, project opponents say
(California) -- Native Americans from the Bay Area and afar and their non-Indian allies have intensified their push to derail a proposed mixed-use development on the...
article Southwest Alaska islands designated historic landmark by Obama administration
(Alaska) -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Wednesday announced designation of a historic landmark in Southwest Alaska's Walrus Islands. The new designation doesn...

1/8/2017

article OP/ED: Make public lands a priority
(California) -- In my life, I’ve served four different terms on the Round Valley Tribal Council and worked for years as a K-12 teacher. I believe in the need to...

1/5/2017

article For tribes, new designations are culturally monumental
(USA) -- One of the great fallacies associated with the outdoors is that diverse peoples are not present in or connected to it. If people are sincere in wanting to see...
article National Defense Bill to transfer Fort Wingate back to tribes
(New Mexico) -- Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and the U.S. Senate voted for a bill that would support troops and defense programs across New Mexico, as well as transfer Fort...

1/4/2017

article House GOP rules change will make it easier to sell off federal land
(Washington D.C.) -- House Republicans on Tuesday changed the way Congress calculates the cost of transferring federal lands to the states and other entities, a move...

1/3/2017

article 860 acre Mescalero land transfer request submitted to Senate Joint committee
(Washington D.C.) -- On Dec. 16, State Senator Cliff R. Pirtle introduced a discussion draft for Senate Joint Memorial (SJM) 3 requesting the United States Congress to...

12/30/2016

article For Native Americans, new national monument a rare victory
(Washington D.C.) -- When President Obama issued two controversial proclamations on Wednesday, establishing new national monuments in swaths of scenic land in Utah and...
article Ducey threatens legal action if new Grand Canyon monument is established
(Arizona) -- Gov. Doug Ducey is threatening legal action if President Obama sets aside 1.7 million acres of public lands in Arizona for a new Greater Grand Canyon...

12/29/2016

article Obama designates two new national monuments in the West
(Washington D.C.) -- Further burnishing his environmental legacy, President Obama on Wednesday designated two new national monuments in rugged areas of Utah and Nevada...
article Alaska village pins hopes for road through federal refuge on Trump
(Alaska) -- A remote Alaska village that has been rebuffed in efforts to build a road through a national wildlife refuge will try again when President-elect Donald Trump...

12/28/2016

article With new monuments in Nevada, Utah, Obama adds to his environmental legacy
(Washington D.C.) -- President Obama on Wednesday created new national monuments in a sacred tribal site in southeastern Utah and in a swath of Nevada desert, after...

12/26/2016

article Native American chiefs spar over $4M West Village house
(New York) -- Rival chiefs of a Native American tribe with roots in Manhattan are fighting over, what else? A house on the banks of the Hudson River. The spat started...

12/22/2016

article Tribe says 'wrong righted' in transfer of Lake Sakakawea land to tribe
(North Dakota) -- Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox said the recent restoration of 25,000 acres of land bordering Lake Sakakawea to the tribes helps mend an...

12/20/2016

article Disgusted by White Land Theft, Millionaire Gives Home to Tribe
(New York) -- The US$4-million property will become a prayer house for Indigenous youth where they can get in touch with their roots, history and language. Expressing...

12/19/2016

article Reports of privatizing oil-rich Native lands are overblown, but big changes are still in store under Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- When Oklahoma legislator Markwayne Mullin recently told Reuters, "We should take tribal land away from public treatment," the backlash was...
article Millionaire Donates West Village Townhouse to Native American Tribe
(New York) -- Jean-Louis Goldwater Bourgeois—the millionaire son of renowned sculptor Louise Bourgeois—is in the process of donating his multi-million-dollar...

12/14/2016

article Swinomish want historic reservation reinstated
(Washington) -- Several area leaders and property owners are worried that proposed changes to the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community constitution could mean new...
article City Creek signs spark controversy
(Idaho) -- Signs posted by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in the City Creek trailhead area were meant to point out the land was owned by the tribes. But the signs were...
article Shoshone-Bannock Tribes exerting ownership of City Creek Trailhead
(Idaho) -- The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are excited to begin enhancing the City Creek Trailhead area to better preserve plant and animal life, and improve responsible...

12/13/2016

article Tribe Claims Ownership of City Creek Trailhead System
(Idaho) -- The next time you use the City Creek Trailhead near Pocatello, you'll probably notice a new sign. That's because there's a new claim tonight, over...

12/10/2016

article Oregon’s Elliott State Forest nears likely sale, with Roseburg-based timber company Lone Rock Resources leading the bid
(Oregon) -- Environmental groups hope top state government officials next week will either scrap or delay a proposal to sell the 82,500-acre state-owned Elliott State...

12/7/2016

article Department of Interior proposes streamlined rules for fossil rich areas
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior has proposed new rules for fossil rich areas managed by four different federal bureaus. The rule aims to make...
article Legislation to benefit Siletz, Grand Ronde Tribes headed to the President’s desk
(Washington D.C.) -- The House of Representatives unanimously passed two bills today (Dec. 7) streamlining the fee-to-trust process for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz...
article Swinomish address controversial amendments with Anacortes City Council
(Washington) -- An attorney for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community addressed the City Council on Monday about concerns over proposed changes to the tribe’s...

12/6/2016

article Congressman Mullin Seeks to Clarify His Statements to Privatize Tribal Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma) was a supporter of Donald Trump in his run for the presidency. Mullin (Cherokee) served as co-chair of...
article Trump Adviser Says Media ‘Distorted’ His Plans For Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- An adviser to President-elect Donald Trump says the media “distorted” his plan to give American Indian tribes control over their lands...
article Trump Energy Policy: President-Elect Considering Controversial Privatization Of Oil And Gas On Native American Reservations
(Washington D.C.) -- Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline route in North Dakota may have won a victory this week, but Native Americans may have an even bigger fight...
article Trump's promise to get feds out of tribal land development a welcome change
(Washington D.C.) -- President-elect Trump’s Native American Affairs Coalition announced plans this week to kill a federal policy that prevented tribal councils...

12/5/2016

article Swinomish plan to expand reservation could have major impact
(Washington) -- Tom Grzelak has lived on Fidalgo Island for 22 years, never knowing he might actually be living on an Indian reservation. Now he isn't sure what to...

12/2/2016

article Letter warns of potential property dispute between county, Swinomish
(Washington) -- Skagit County and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community could be gearing up for a fight that affects property currently on the county's tax rolls....
article Sole bid for Elliott State Forest found to be responsive
(Oregon) -- Representatives of timber and tribes teamed together and on Nov. 15 submitted the only bid to purchase the Elliott State Forest from the state. Since then,...

11/30/2016

article Lawsuit by Prairie Island members seeks to elevate status of Mdewakanton Sioux Indians of Minnesota
(Minnesota) -- Seeking formal recognition by the federal government to be consulted with on land issues, three members of the Prairie Island Indian Community and the...

11/24/2016

article Group of American Indians file suit to recover land promised 153 years ago
(Minnesota) -- A group of descendants of the Mdewakanton Sioux Indians of Minnesota (MSIM) have filed a federal lawsuit against the Interior Department in a fight for...
article Tribal judge issues restraining order against family
(California) -- Tribal Judge Bill Kockenmeister, at the request of the Bishop Paiute Tribal Council, issued a restraining order against members of the Warlie family,...

11/22/2016

article The Arizona Tribe That Knows How to Stop a Trump Wall
(Arizona) -- President-elect Donald Trump says that he will build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. It will stop undocumented immigrants from entering the country. It...

11/20/2016

article 3 Native American tribes buy Bear Butte land for $1.1M
(South Dakota) -- A consortium of three Native American tribes has outbid 21 other registered bidders to buy South Dakota property near the Bear Butte monument for more...
article Alaska tribes to resist changing Denali back to Mount McKinley
(Alaska) -- Among Donald Trump's many promises on his way to the White House was a tweeted vow to change the new name of North America's tallest mountain back to...
article Century old mistake rectified, returning tidelands to tribe
(Alaska) -- Correcting a mistake made more than 100 years ago, Mason County has relinquished ownership of almost 30 acres of tidelands to the Squaxin Island tribe. The...

11/15/2016

article Hawaii land board seeks quick dismissal of telescope appeal
(Hawaii) -- Hawaii's land board is urging the state Supreme Court to quickly dismiss an appeal by opponents of a proposed telescope on a dormant Big Island volcano...
article The Arizona Tribe That Knows How to Stop a Trump Wall
(Arizona) -- President-elect Donald Trump says that he will build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. It will stop undocumented immigrants from entering the country. It...

11/8/2016

article Afton projects on hold because of tribes' concerns
(Minnesota) -- Four major projects in downtown Afton are on hold after representatives of tribal governments expressed concerns about possible ancient American Indian...

11/5/2016

article Southern Utes, BLM settle fracking lawsuit
(Colorado) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe and the Bureau of Land Management agreed Friday a tribal rule will govern hydraulic fracturing on tribal land. The tribe sued...

10/29/2016

article Bear Butte land heading to auction block, and tribes may be interested
(South Dakota) -- The auction of 270 acres of land near Bear Butte State Park on Sunday is arousing interest from afar, with representatives of three Native American...
article Muskoday First Nation members vote in favour of trespassing law
(Saskatchewan) -- The Muskoday First Nation held a referendum on a trespass law on Friday. Members of the community — located approximately 150 kilometres...

10/28/2016

article Village of Gulkana looks to Gov. Walker to ‘right a wrong,’ get back burial grounds
(Alaska) -- Nestled in the woods just north of Glennallen lie the descendants of the Ewan family. If Roy S. Ewan had to guess how many were buried beneath the surface,...

10/27/2016

article Tribe aims to make Petoskey area Michigan's largest Indian reservation
(Michigan) -- A Michigan tribe has gone to court in an under-the-radar bid to designate much of Hemingway country as the state's largest Indian reservation. The...
article Historic Announcement Requires Inclusion of Tribes in Management of Lands and Resources
(Alaska) -- U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Jewell made a historic announcement at her presentation at the 50th Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Conference...

10/26/2016

article 'No ambiguity:" Court tells BLM it cannot treat public land as private
(Wyoming) -- The Bureau of Land Management may not treat public lands as private out of practical considerations, a federal appeals court wrote in an opinion released...

10/22/2016

article Order requires inclusion of tribes in land management
(Alaska) -- Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell has had many momentous visits to Alaska — including the renaming of Mt. McKinley to Denali and raised awareness of...
article Fremont County awaits reservation boundary resolution
(Wyoming) -- Pickups and the odd tanker-truck pound along Federal Boulevard on the way out of Riverton. The road carries them south over the Big Wind River toward Lander...
article Acoma Pueblo takes property tax fight to federal court
(New Mexico) -- Acoma Pueblo has launched a legal fight, arguing that a more than century-old federal law prevents local and state officials from collecting property tax...

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