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Lanape Seek Sovereignty in 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 wants to own the lands of an ancestral church, cemetery and schoolhouse where its children were taught before desegregation.

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5/23/2019

article THIS LAND: Who Owns Oklahoma?
(Oklahoma) -- My name is Rebecca Nagle. I am a citizen of Cherokee Nation, a Native American tribe in Oklahoma. I have a story to share with you—one I’m...

5/22/2019

article CHAIRMAN: Tribal treaties are still the supreme law of the land
(Indian Country) -- On Monday the United States Supreme Court decided to rule on a very important case involving treaty rights. While the basic arguments within the case...
article BLOG: End Federal Control of Tribal Lands
(Alabama) -- There are 326 Native American reservations across the country with a total of approximately 1,150,000 residents, and another four million Native Americans...

5/19/2019

article Persistence paid off in the fight to give Native veterans another chance to receive land
(Alaska) -- Nelson Angapak Sr. promised Sen. Ted Stevens to help Alaska Native veterans get another chance to apply for prized land allotments. It took two decades, but...

5/17/2019

article First Nations counsel argues decision to sell P.E.I. land could be harmful to Mi’kmaq claims of title
(Prince Edward Island) -- A decision by cabinet to sell provincial land could be harmful to Mi’kmaq claims of title, the P.E.I. court of appeal heard in closing...
article Cole’s bill to safeguard Indian tribal lands advances to Senate
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) applauded recent action by the U.S. House of Representatives authorizing his bill to put national lands into a trust for...

5/16/2019

article US House bill would clear path for Alaska tribes to put land in trust
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would clear a legal cloud over whether Alaska tribes can put land in trust, giving...
article Populist alliances of 'cowboys and Indians' are protecting rural lands
(USA) -- The sea of red on recent election maps make it look like rural areas are uniformly populated by Republicans. And conventional wisdom suggests that those...

5/13/2019

article Supervisors to consider tribal land trust application
(California) -- The Board of Supervisors this week will discuss a tribal trust application and streamlining cannabis rules. The board will meet beginning at 9 a.m....

5/12/2019

article Commentary: Utah tribal leaders oppose Utah exemption to the Roadless Rule
(Utah) -- he United States should reject Utah’s proposal to allow road building across 4 million acres of Utah’s public lands. This action will neither...
article Historic marker ceremony honors Lucy F. Covington
(Washington) -- The Great Drum was rhythmically beaten by ten Native American Salish Singers seated about it. Their Song drifted over the Palouse Prairie as it had...

5/11/2019

article Ohio History Connection can acquire golf club built around Native American earthworks, judge rules
(Ohio) -- The Ohio History Connection can acquire Moundbuilders Country Club’s lease in order to gain full public access to the Hopewell Octagon Earthworks in...

5/9/2019

article A Native American Tribe Gets Rent as Reparations in Seattle
(Washington) -- Since 2017, the Duwamish Tribe in Seattle has received thousands of letters. Some have been a simple “thanks” or “we’re with you...

5/8/2019

article Unearthing Resistance
(Texas) -- Hollis Rutledge’s second-story office in downtown Mission is a shrine to Texas conservatism. A campaign sign wedged into the front window announces his...
article 'The Pioneers' Dives Deep Into Lives Of Northwest Territory Settlers
(Nevada) -- David McCullough is best known to most readers for his popular biographies of some of the most prominent names in American history — Theodore Roosevelt...

5/5/2019

article BILL RICHARDSON: The invisible heritage of Native Americans is threatened
(Utah) -- This is a terrible time in history to be Native American. And that is really saying something. I was elected to represent New Mexico in Congress in 1982...

5/1/2019

article Leaders: Report cites need for better tribal consultation on infrastructure projects
(Washington D.C.) -- A group of U.S. lawmakers and tribal leaders called attention Wednesday to a government watchdog report that says federal agencies need to improve...
article These Indigenous women are reclaiming stolen land in the Bay Area
(California) -- On a cool morning in December, Johnella LaRose stands in a 2-acre field in east Oakland, overseeing a group of volunteers preparing a section of this...
article OP/ED: Iwi members support Peter Jackson's questions over Shelly Bay sale
(New Zealand) -- "The iwi owners of Shelly Bay", began a recent article on Stuff, have the right to develop the land around Shelly Bay and "it is no-one...
article Minnesota DNR to appeal ruling against renaming Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will challenge a state appeals court decision invalidating the renaming of Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska, the...

4/30/2019

article CHIRP Announces Acquisition of Creek Front Property in Nevada City
(California) -- The California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP)’s Board Chairman Niel Locke announced that CHIRP has successfully acquired property on...
article These Indigenous Women Are Reclaiming Stolen Land in the Bay Area
(California) -- On a cool morning in December, Johnella LaRose stands in a 2-acre field in east Oakland, overseeing a group of volunteers preparing a section of this...

4/29/2019

article Interior Department Offers $27 Million For Fort Belknap Land Buy-Back
(Montana) -- The U.S. Interior Department today announced it’s offering more than $27 million to landowners on the Fort Belknap Reservation in north-central...

4/26/2019

article North American indigenous chafe at restrictions along U.S.-Canada border
(Washington) -- As plans for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border are raising fears that the ancestral lands of Native Americans in the south will be divided, indigenous...
article Cow Creek Tribe to get 17,500 acres of timber land restored
(Oregon) -- The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians is getting 17,519 acres of timber land as part of the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act signed in January of...
article Cow Creek Tribe to get 17,500 acres of timberland restored
(Oregon) -- The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians is getting 17,519 acres of timberland as part of the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act signed in January of...

4/25/2019

article Native American: NFL field in Dayton could disturb ancient burial ground
(Ohio) -- A local Native American is speaking out against the city of Dayton’s plans for a new football field at Triangle Park to commemorate the NFL’s very...

4/24/2019

article Critics Say State “Hijacked” Isle de Jean Charles Tribe’s Resettlement Plan
(Louisiana) -- Albert Naquin, Chief of the Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe (IDJC), often loses sleep over his tribe’s fate as its historic...
article Eroding mound just one impact of land loss
(Louisiana) -- Covered in shrubs and trees, one piece of land rises above the rest of the marsh grass. A boat ride down Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes is the only way to reach...

4/23/2019

article Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe officials object to resettlement plan amendment
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana State government is taking public comments today, April 23, until 5 p.m. on an amendment to its action plan to resettle the Biloxi-...
article County updates letters to BIA over Big Valley trust applications
(California) -- The county of Lake has agreed to alter letters it planned to send to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in response to fee to trust land applications by Big...

4/22/2019

article Native Americans Find Surprising Ally in N.J. Fight: Trump Administration
(New Jersey) -- A knee-high pile of rocks sits in a far corner of a gated community set among rolling hills known as the Polo Club. To the Ramapough Lenape Nation, which...

4/21/2019

article Trial Against Mahwah's Ramapough Lenape Tribe Begins Monday
(New Jersey) -- A Bergen County Superior Court trial will begin Monday involving the Ramapough Lenape Nation tribe, the township, and the Ramapo Hunt & Polo Club....

4/18/2019

article Juaneño tribal leaders are ‘devastated’ by another delay in construction of San Juan Capistrano park
(California) -- As plans for a park and cultural center devoted to the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians continue to stall in San Juan Capistrano, tribal leadership is...

4/17/2019

article Ice road along Kuskokwim River a ‘blessing’ for villages
(Washington) -- Village residents are once again creating the ice road along the Kuskokwim River after extending it more than 250 miles last year in an unprecedented...

4/10/2019

article County to revise letter on Big Valley land trust after comments from tribe
(California) -- The Lake County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to revise a drafted letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior that will comment on the Big...
article Lemoore opposes Santa Rosa Rancheria's land acquisition proposal in city
(California) -- To many people outside of the tribe, the Santa Rosa Rancheria is synonymous with Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, south of Lemoore. But the tribe owns...
article BLOG: A Battle is Being Waged to Save Bears Ears, Chaco Canyon National Parks
(Washington D.C.) -- During his tenure, Barack Obama gave roughly 553 million acres of land national protection (more than even famed conservationist Theodore Roosevelt...

4/9/2019

article Burning Man backers blast BLM’s proposed restrictions
(Nevada) -- Nearly 200 Burning Man backers packed a casino meeting room to mostly complain about new conditions and restrictions the government wants to place on the...

4/8/2019

article Brazil tribal lands under new threat from farmers, miners
(Brazil) -- A decade after the Macuxi people won a bloody legal battle to expel rice planters from their reservation in a remote part of Brazil, their hold over...
press release Udall Urges Action To Improve Indian Roads
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led an oversight hearing on “Tribal Transportation:...

4/5/2019

article Lemoore objects to Tachi property pursuit
(California) -- While originally a consent calendar item, Lemoore City Council discussed at length an objection letter in regards to a tribal land acquisition...
article County comments on Big Valley tribal land acquisition filing
(California) -- The Lake County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider submitting a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior requesting a deadline extension...
article Bureau of Land Management Reclassification of Public Domain Lands in Western Oregon
(Oregon) -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) yesterday announced that it will begin to prepare an environmental assessment for the reclassification of public domain...

3/31/2019

article AUDIO: On Public Lands, Visitors Surge While Federal Management Funds Decline
(California) -- It's the boom times in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., which is wrapping up a winter of record snowfall. Eager to take advantage of it, Donovan Sliman and his...

3/29/2019

article Judge rejects Trump plan for road in Alaska wildlife refuge
(Alaska) -- The Trump administration violated federal law with a proposed road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska, a federal judge ruled Friday, saying the...

3/25/2019

article Can Native American Tribes Protect Their Land If They’re Not Recognized by the Federal Government?
(Indian Country) -- Louise Miranda Ramirez has fought to protect her ancestral lands and cultural sites for most of her 60-plus-year lifetime. “It’s so hard...

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...

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