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Minnesota band taking back land, to ease tribal homelessness

An American Indian tribe in northern Minnesota, saying they want to address their growing homelessness problem, has decided not to renew nearly 350 waterfront lot leases, meaning non-tribal cabin owners will have to leave.

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2/24/2018

article Land believed to be part of a Native American and slave cemetery to be preserved
(New Jersey) -- A sloping half-acre plot of land covered with dirt and straw on the banks of the Hackensack River offers a possible glimpse into ancient history after a...
article OP/ED: Interior Department Moves to Sell Off Public Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- Next month, hundreds of corporate representatives will sit down at their computers, log in to something called EnergyNet, and bid, eBay style, for...

2/23/2018

article Tribe seeks historic protection for Mt. Pleasant Center land
(Michigan) -- The entire 312 acres of the former Mt. Pleasant Center property could be included on the list of National Register of Historic Places, if a proposal is...

2/21/2018

article Tribes ready case on reservation border issue
(Wyoming) -- The Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes will ask the U.S. Supreme Court this week to review a 2017 decision that determined Riverton and other...
article Land fight could grant thousands of indigenous Americans new rights in Canada
(British Columbia) -- When Rick Desautel shot the elk perched high on a steep hillside, he followed his typical routine: he retrieved the fallen animal, dressed it and...

2/20/2018

article Resolution Exempting Utah From Antiquities Act Passes Utah House
(Utah) -- A measure asking Congress to exempt Utah from the 1906 Antiquities Act passed through the Utah House Friday. Lawmakers voted 59-13 to progress Rep. Carl...

2/16/2018

article North Tulsa land dispute sours relationship between Osage tribe and county, officials say
(Oklahoma) -- District Attorney Rex Duncan recently sent a text message inviting the chief of the Osage Nation to get a cup of coffee, the kind of friendly gesture that...

2/15/2018

article Flint gets initial OK to dig -- with conditions -- in Indian burial area
(Michigan) -- The city has preliminary approval to use pressurized water to locate buried service lines in an area where American Indian ancestral remains have been...

2/12/2018

article Grand Canyon copter crashed on tribal land with fewer rules
(Arizona) -- A helicopter crash that killed three British tourists and left four others critically injured happened on tribal land in the Grand Canyon where air tours...

2/11/2018

article Indigenous Land Acknowledgement, Explained
(USA) -- By now, many know that the colonization myth we learned in school doesn’t tell the whole story of how the Americas were settled. In 1492, Christopher...

2/8/2018

article Returning Stolen Land to Native Tribes, One Lot at a Time
(California) -- It’s the winter solstice, but the sun is shining in East Oakland, California. Within view of the freeway, amidst a gritty stretch of neighborhood...
article Indigenous Land Acknowledgement, Explained
(Indian Country) -- By now, many know that the colonization myth we learned in school doesn’t tell the whole story of how the Americas were settled. In 1492,...
article Land fight simmers over Brasilia’s Shrine of Shamans
(Brazil) -- It is one of the most expensive areas in the Brazilian capital – and one of the most sacred. A plot in downtown Brasilia – known as Santuário dos...
article Philippines: CHR: Ancestral lands of indigenous peoples ‘sacred’ and protected by law
(Philippines) -- The Commission on Human Rights reminds the government that any development plans on ancestral domains, including opening them to investors, should take...

2/7/2018

article CSKT land use planner shares concerns over density map repeal
(Montana) -- The Flathead Indian Reservation’s planning director is concerned about the Lake County commissioners’ plan to make the density map advisory...

2/6/2018

article Anishinabek Nation brings treaty rights to the forefront in Lands and Resources Forum
(Ontario) -- For the second year, Grand Council Chief Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee welcomes First Nations, citizens, government, industry and academia to the 2018 Lands and...

2/5/2018

article OP/ED: Tell Trump And Zinke No To Shrinking National Monuments
(USA) -- Trump and Secretary of the Interior are scheming to shrink our national monuments, and they’ll be successful unless you say no. The petition from The...
article Tribes Stand Their Ground for Grizzly Bears — and Us
(Wyoming) -- Wyoming is the first Northern Rockies state to initiate a hunting season for grizzly bears in over 40 years. Yet hunting grizzlies is an anathema to 850,000...

1/29/2018

article Bill Would Renew Battle Over Federal Land in Arizona
(Arizona) -- A group of lawmakers in Arizona has renewed a fight on federal ownership of land with a bill that would steer the attorney general to consider joining a...

1/27/2018

article Native Americans fed up with asking Boulder's permission to hold ceremonies on 'stolen land'
(Colorado) -- Eighteen months ago, the City Council declared that the day most call Columbus Day would be celebrated in Boulder as Indigenous Peoples' Day. The...

1/26/2018

article Noem bill targets reservation fugitives
(South Dakota) -- With support from several local and area law-enforcement officials, U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., has introduced federal legislation to address the...
article Proposed bill prevents fugitives from fleeing to tribal lands
(South Dakota) -- U.S. Reps. Kristi Noem and Trey Gowdy have introduced legislation to close a loophole for fugitives. The Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution (UFAP)...

1/25/2018

article Maui Telescope Protestor Battles Over Hawaiian Language Use in Court
(Hawaii) -- There’s a court case that’s drawing a lot of attention and not just for the reason the defendant is on trial but because he is insisting on...

1/24/2018

article Yakama Nation Has A Lot Riding On The Rattlesnake Ridge Landslide
(Washington) -- The Yakama Nation is asking Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency for the Rattlesnake Ridge landslide. It’s a steep slope...
article Colorado to host summit of tribal leaders this summer
(Colorado) -- The 2018 Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show, a major convention for the outdoor industry, kicks off today in Denver. When the snow melts, the industry will...

1/23/2018

press release Alaska Delegation Hails Landmark Agreement for Life-Saving Road
(Alaska) -- U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young, all R-Alaska, today released the following statements after the Department of the Interior and...

1/22/2018

article Feds OK Deal for a Road Through Alaska Wilderness
(Alaska) -- The Interior Department has completed a land swap that will allow Alaska to build a gravel road through a wildlife refuge in the southwestern part of the...
article Tribal Leaders Plan Summit For Denver In Wake Of National Monument Changes
(Colorado) -- Public lands are in the spotlight following the Trump administration’s decision to shrink two national monuments in Utah by 2 million acres. Both...

1/21/2018

article Class war in the American west: the rich landowners blocking access to public lands
(Montana) -- The Diamond Bar X is a postcard-perfect slice of Montana solitude. A former cattle ranch that’s been parceled up into sprawling home sites, it sits...

1/20/2018

article The fight over America's national monuments, explained
(USA) -- The Trump administration is pursuing a major rollback of federal land protections — prompting a furious response. Here's everything you need to know.
article Tribal land issues pressed
(Utah) -- A group involved in American Indian issues like the future of Bears Ears National Monument in Southern Utah plans to raise money and provide information about...

1/15/2018

article Indian Country News: A rancher’s claim to tribal land
(Indian Country) -- This week, the Bundy family stunned the nation again, this time with the shocking dismissal of a federal case against Cliven Bundy, the scofflaw...
article United States Forest Service finalizes plan to protect Apache Leap; approval comes after detailed consultation with stakeholders
(Arizona) -- The United States Forest Service has finalized plans for the Apache Leap Special Management Area (SMA) to protect the culturally significant site above the...

1/13/2018

article Indian Country News: A rancher’s claim to tribal land
(Nevada) -- This week, the Bundy family stunned the nation again, this time with the shocking acquittal of Cliven Bundy, the scofflaw rancher who made headlines in 2014...

1/10/2018

article Tribal Fairness Act awards land back to a Douglas County Indian Tribe
(Oregon) -- President Trump signed the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act into law on Monday, January 8. This placed more than 31,000 acres of land into trusts for the...

1/9/2018

article Trinidad Memorial LIghthouse Will Be Moved to New Site Tomorrow, Say Rancheria and Civic Club
(California) -- From the the Trinidad Rancheria and the Trinidad Civic Club, who also add: “The crane and truck required to relocate the Trinidad Memorial...
article Forest land now under tribe control
(Oregon) -- Several thousand acres of federal forest land have been put under management of the Coquille Indian Tribe and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians...
article The Coquille Indian Tribe now has more control over its forest land.
(Oregon) -- The Coquille Indian Tribe now has more control over its forest land. President Donald Trump signed the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act on Monday, the...
article Tribal Fairness Act awards land back to a Douglas County Indian Tribe
(Oregon) -- President Trump signed the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act into law on Monday, January 8. This placed more than 31,000 acres of land into trusts for the...

1/8/2018

article Interior paves way for contentious Alaskan refuge road
(Alaska) -- The Interior Department has agreed to a proposal to exchange parcels owned by an Alaskan tribal corporation for lands within the Izembek National Wildlife...

1/7/2018

article Lighthouse Relocation Near Ancestral Village Sparks Protests
(California) -- For some people living in the small coastal Humboldt County community of Trinidad, the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse — which is actually a replica...
article Sense of urgency surrounds Isle de Jean Charles relocation
(Louisiana) -- As negotiations take place for a relocation site for residents and former residents of Isle de Jean Charles, there’s concern about this year’s...

1/6/2018

article In Alaska, a Deal Is Made for a Controversial Road Inside a Refuge
(Alaska) -- The Interior Department is poised to approve a land swap in Alaska that would allow the remote town of King Cove to build a road through the sensitive...
article Interior Department strikes land swap deal with Alaskan village for road through national wildlife refuge
(Alaska) -- The Interior Department has approved a land swap deal that will allow a remote Alaskan village to construct a road through the Izembek National Wildlife...
article Forest Service completes management plan for Apache Leap
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Forest Service has approved a plan for managing an area outside Superior that's adjacent to a proposed copper mine. The Apache Leap Special...
article Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act set to become US law
(Washington D.C.) -- In a rare example of bipartisan law making, House Resolution (HR) 1306, The Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act, will convey more than 32,000 acres...

12/28/2017

article Protesters Climb Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse to Object to Current Relocation Plans
(California) -- Four protesters have climbed the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse this morning, and about a dozen more are on the ground, to protest the city’s efforts...
article Protesters scale Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse
(California) -- The City of Trinidad has a duty to protect the Tsurai Village as well as the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse. Moving the lighthouse to more stable ground on...
article Coalition acquires final block of Port Gamble forest land
(Washington) -- The final chunk of North Kitsap forest land available for purchase from Pope Resources has been acquired, the culmination of a decade of work by the Port...

12/27/2017

article The True Intent Behind Reducing Utah’s National Monuments
(Utah) -- The day after President Trump’s National Monument announcement, Utah Representative Chris Stewart proposed legislation that would create a new National...
article Caltrans helps with American Indian cultural site preservation
(California) -- In this Caltrans News Flash, Caltrans works closely with Kashaya-Pomo leaders in Sonoma County to preserve the tribe’s land and heritage. Over the...

12/26/2017

article Pope's Chilean Tour 'Could Damage Indigenous Communities'
(Chile) -- Mapuche leaders say they aren't opposed to the pope's imminent visit, but warn that his arrival may actually serve to aggravate their situation. Pope...
press release Saying They’ve Been ‘Maligned,’ Trinidad Rancheria Calls for ‘Cooperative Body’ to Resolve Trinidad Lighthouse Dispute
(California) -- Recently, the Cher-ae Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria (Trinidad Rancheria), a Federally Recognized Tribe, has been attacked politically and...

12/22/2017

article Senate approves restoring land to Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians
(Washington D.C.) -- The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians will have 17,519 acres of land returned to them if President Donald Trump signs a bill that passed the...
article Senate endorses forest equity for Coquille Tribe
(Washington D.C.) -- After more than 20 years, the Coquille Indian Tribe finally may be freed from unfairly cumbersome forest management rules. The U.S. Senate voted...
article Western Oregon tribal restoration bill unanimously passes through Senate
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill to place thousands of acres of federal lands into the hands of Oregon Native American tribes passed through the U.S. Senate and is headed for...
article Island residents closer to finding new home
(Louisiana) -- After nearly two years of deliberations, the state has entered negotiations to purchase a 515-acre sugar cane farm in Schriever where officials hope to...
article Tribe Will Move From Shrinking Island to Louisiana Farm
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana officials have chosen a sugar cane farm as the next home for residents of a tiny, shrinking island, a move funded with a 2016 federal grant...

12/21/2017

article Jackson Rancheria Miwuk Tribe buys more Calaveras land
(California) -- The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, the controlling tribe behind the Jackson Rancheria Casino and Resort outside Jackson, has purchased what is...
article Yukon ice patches nominated as potential world heritage site
(Yukon) -- Some renowned archeological areas in southern Yukon could become part of a UNESCO world heritage site. The Yukon ice patches — a series of sites within...
article State chooses site near Thibodaux to relocate Isle de Jean Charles climate refugees
(Louisiana) -- After nearly two years of deliberations, the state has entered negotiations to purchase a 515-acre sugar cane farm near Thibodaux where officials hope to...

12/12/2017

article Trump team reinstates delay for land-into-trust applications without consulting tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has quietly reinstated a waiting period for land-into-trust applications, reversing an Obama-era policy without consulting...
article Protect Native American antiquities, but stop government overreach: Paher and Cobb
(Nevada) -- Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has mandated an extensive reduction of national monuments in Utah and Nevada promulgated by the Obama administration....

12/10/2017

article Montana Tribe Wary of Monument Offer, Seek Land’s Ownership
(Montana) -- Even as it clashes with American Indians over reductions to national monuments in the Southwest, the Trump administration is pursuing creation of a new...
article MORON ALERT: Recent SCOTUS ruling has major ramifications
(New York) -- To the Editor: On Nov. 27 an event of immense significance occurred that went almost completely unnoticed. The last two lawsuits challenging the federal...

12/9/2017

article National monument eyed in Montana as others reduced by Trump
(Montana) -- Even as it clashes with American Indians over reductions to national monuments in the Southwest, the Trump administration is engaging with a Montana tribe...

12/1/2017

article Maliseets win claim over land that includes part of downtown Edmundston, N.B.
(New Brunswick) -- A federally recognized tribunal in Canada ruled Tuesday that a large part of downtown Edmundston, New Brunswick, is on tribal lands of the Madawaska...

11/30/2017

article 5,000 indigenous citizens forced from homes in land war
(Mexico) -- More than 5,000 indigenous Mexicans including pregnant women, sick children and the elderly have been forced to flee their homes because of a land war...
article Paraguay Launches First Website To Register Native Lands
(Paraguay) -- Various indigenous groups have launched the first online platform mapping ancestral Indigenous territories in Paraguay which are either formally recognized...

11/29/2017

article Evidence entered for both sides in tribal lawsuit
(Michigan) -- Testimony and evidence has been entered for the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians lawsuit against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. The case is still...

11/27/2017

article Indigenous women lead effort to reclaim ancestral lands
(California) -- Off 105th Avenue in Oakland, right before the road meets San Leandro Creek, past the raised gardens of a nonprofit called Planting Justice, is a mostly...
article Tribe wants building in 'trust' status
(Wyoming) -- The Northern Arapaho Tribe has asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs to take a Riverton property it owns into trust status. If granted, the designation would...

11/25/2017

article Ontario Proposes to Give Thousands of Kilometers of Georgian Bay Shoreline to American First Nation
(Ontario) -- The Ontario government is offering most of its islands in northern Georgian Bay, in hopes of resolving a disputed land claim, to Wikwemikong Indian Band,...

11/20/2017

article Hoh Tribe buying property in Forks; feasibility study will help determine uses of buildings
(Washington) -- The Hoh Tribe is increasing its presence in Forks as a property owner. The tribe recently completed the fourth of four building and land purchases...

11/7/2017

article Yakama Nation sues Klickitat County over boundary
(Washington) -- The Yakama Nation has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Klickitat County in an ongoing dispute over whether 95,000 acres in the area is...
article Former Phoenix Indian School Land Goes Up For Sale To Benefit Native American Education
(Arizona) -- A 15-acre parcel of land on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Indian School Road is up for sale. The area is considered by some to be one of the...

11/5/2017

article City wants to control riverfront land
(Iowa) -- In the 1980s, the J.I Case Co. factory along the Bettendorf riverfront became one of many Quad-City manufacturing plants to close, and in 1986, the company...

11/2/2017

article New Mexico tribe closes access to cultural landmark
(New Mexico) -- A northern New Mexico Native American tribe has shut down access to a cultural and geological landmark amid concerns of "visitor abuse."

10/25/2017

article Navajo, other tribes call land-use bill a step in the right direction
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders backed a House bill Wednesday that would give tribes the ability to control more of their land, instead of having to get federal...
article San Carlos Apache Tribe objects to Apache Leap Management Plan
(Arizona) -- Six individuals, including the chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, have submitted objections to the Southwestern Region of the Forest Service regarding...

10/23/2017

article Feds Defend Highway Project That Razed Tribes’ Holy Site
(Oregon) -- A federal judge seemed skeptical Monday about the government’s argument that it was within its rights to destroy burial grounds and a ceremonial site...
article Tribes seek reparations over destroyed Oregon site
(Oregon) -- Government lawyers asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by tribal elders who say the Oregon Department of Transportation destroyed a sacred site...
article Izembek road opponents struggle to shine light on Interior Department plans
(Alaska) -- Opponents of a longtime effort to build a road from King Cove to Cold Bay — through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge — say they are...
article Moving back to traditional lands
(Washington) -- The Colville Reservation is 1.4 million acres, and some estimations have placed the traditional lands of the 12 Colville Confederated Tribes at nearly 40...

10/21/2017

article Shoshone tribe plans to buy the Bear River land where a Utah-based militia slaughtered their ancestors 155 years ago
(Utah) -- At the site of the Bear River Massacre, in a grassy valley of southern Idaho, there’s a small monument made of stone that sits on the side of the highway.

10/20/2017

article Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma buys land
(Oklahoma) -- The Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma, which includes descendants of Modoc Indians removed from their ancestral lands following the end of the 1872-73 Modoc War, has...

10/17/2017

article Interior Dept., Warm Springs Tribes in land buy-back program
(Washington D.C.) -- Acting Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs John Tahsuda announced Tuesday that the Interior Department has signed an agreement with the...

10/14/2017

article OP/ED: Newhall settlement helps protect environment
(California) -- As a conservation biologist in Southern California, I’ve always shuddered at the prospect of sprawling developments paving over our iconic...

10/13/2017

article Valuing Land’s Interconnectedness
(Rhode Island) -- Among the framed pictures in the office of Shannon Brawley, the executive director of the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association, is a pencil...
article Interior Department may expand recreational shooting on federal lands
(Arizona) -- Target shooting, hunting and fishing could be expanded on public lands under a federal proposal drawing attention in Arizona.

10/12/2017

article Minnesota band taking back land, to ease tribal homelessness
(Minnesota) -- An American Indian tribe in northern Minnesota, saying they want to address their growing homelessness problem, has decided not to renew nearly 350...

10/10/2017

article A Territorial Land Grab That Pushed Native Americans to the Breaking Point
(Washington D.C.) -- It was one treaty too far. William Henry Harrison, at the time, governor of Indiana territory (covering present-day Indiana and Illinois), had for...

10/8/2017

article Indigenous Land Action Committee continues to oppose Gill Tract development, alleging ‘stolen’ Ohlone land
(California) -- From Emeryville to Berkeley, members of the Ohlone tribe, one of the dominant Native American tribes in the Bay Area, have protested development on what...
article ‘The true birthplace of Berkeley’: Ohlone tribe defends sacred Shellmound site
(California) -- For Corrina Gould, a member of the Ohlone tribe, the site at 1900 Fourth St. is more than a parking lot — to her, the site is a sacred burial land...
article Pokanoket Nation takes step forward in struggle for identity, ancestral lands
(Rhode Island) -- The Pokanokets claim that their ancestors never gave up sovereignty and never willingly handed over their lands. They say that they are sovereign...

10/7/2017

article Tribe purchases sacred ancestral grounds including site of Bear River Massacre
(Idaho) -- The land where the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation’s ancestors’ bones lie along the Bear River is now their own. Darren Parry, chairman...

10/2/2017

article OP/ED: Interior Secretary Zinke's Assault on America's Public Lands
(Indian Country) -- You may not be aware that the US Department of Interior controls one fifth of the land in the United States—including our national parks, and...
article OP/ED: Keep up the fight to protect Carrizo Plain National Monument
(California) -- Out on the Carrizo Plain, the Chumash — the indigenous people of this land — make ceremony. We burn sacred fires and Grandfather Sage,...

9/30/2017

article Lake Superior island returned to Chippewa
(Minnesota) -- The 13 small Lake Superior islands off the northeast tip of Minnesota aren’t even on most maps, let alone most Minnesotans’ radar. But the...
article Telescope on land sacred to Native Hawaiians moves forward
(Hawaii) -- A long-running effort to build one of the world’s largest telescopes on a mountain sacred to Native Hawaiians is moving forward after a key approval...

9/29/2017

article Telescope Moves Forward on Land Sacred to Native Hawaiians
(Hawaii) -- A long-running effort to build one of the world’s largest telescopes on a mountain sacred to Native Hawaiians is moving forward after a key approval...
article Yurok Lands Act introduced by Huffman
(Washington D.C.) -- North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) introduced the Yurok Lands Act, a pivotal piece of legislation that tribal officials said aims...

9/28/2017

article BC Treaty Commission praises Tla'amin Nation relations
(British Columbia) -- For the past 15 years relations between Powell River and Tla’amin Nation have been making strides and strengthening. Now, for the second time...

9/27/2017

article County board unlikely to act on proposed transfer of land to tribe
(Iowa) -- It's unlikely that the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors will take a public stance on federal legislation to transfer federally owned land popular with...
article A look at 3 sites proposed as new national monuments
(USA) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended changes to some existing national monuments, including shrinking their size and allowing more uses such as...

9/26/2017

article Brown and Pokanoket Reach Agreement on Preservation and Tribal Access to Bristol Land
(Rhode Island) -- Brown University and Pokanoket tribe members who have been encamped on Brown's property in Bristol since Aug. 20 have reached an agreement...
article Brown, tribe sign agreement to end tribal encampment
(Rhode Island) -- Brown University says it has reached an agreement to end an encampment by members of a Native American tribe on land it owns in Rhode Island.
article Pokanoket statement on the agreement with Brown University
(Rhode Island) -- Sagamore Po Wauipi Neimpaug released a statement Tuesday afternoon in response to the deal struck between the Pokanoket Tribe and Brown university over...
article California woman gives land sale inheritance to Utah tribe
(Utah) -- A retired California professor gave $250,000 to a northeastern Utah tribe to compensate for her great-grandparents profiting off land that once belonged to the...

9/25/2017

article Brown University Reaches Agreement With Protestors Over Tribal Lands
(Rhode Island) -- The Native American group that camped out for weeks on land owned by Brown University has ended their demonstration. The university and the group...
article Pokanoket Tribe, Brown University reach deal on Bristol land dispute
(Rhode Island) -- The Pokanoket Tribe ended its nearly five-week-long encampment on a Brown University property in Bristol on Monday after reaching an agreement with the...
article Juneau officials to consider returning land to tribe
(Alaska) -- A movement has begun to return a portion of Juneau land to those who originally inhabited it. The Juneau Empire reports the City and Borough of Juneau Deputy...
article Professor gives $250K to Ute Indian Tribe to compensate for great-grandparents profiting off tribal land sales
(Utah) -- She doesn’t consider it a donation (though she jokes the IRS might look at it that way). And she doesn’t think it makes her a saint of any sort....
article Should sacred sites be given back to Native Americans?
(Minnesota) -- In June, leaders of the Newport United Methodist Church in Minnesota agreed to return a sacred rock to the Dakota people. The large red rock was moved...

9/24/2017

article OP/ED: In defense of keeping Desert Peaks as it is
(New Mexico) -- If there’s one place that speaks to the great history, culture and natural beauty New Mexico offers, it’s our Organ Mountains Desert Peaks.
article This land is your land … for now
(Nevada) -- A leaked Interior Department memo sent to the White House recommends shrinking Gold Butte and several other national monuments, according to the Associated...

9/23/2017

article City officials to consider giving Indian Point land to Native nonprofit
(Alaska) -- Last year, Juneau’s Indian Point was added to the National Register of Historic Places. This year, a movement has begun to get a portion of the land...

9/20/2017

article Province announces commitment of land to Canada for Sayisi Dene First Nation Reserve
(Manitoba) -- The Manitoba government will be entering into a bilateral provincial Relocation Claim Lands Agreement with the Sayisi Dene First Nation, Indigenous and...
article Residents face eviction amid plans to redevelop Songhees land
(British Columbia) -- Residents of a mobile home park on Songhees First Nation land that is poised for redevelopment are distraught and uncertain about their futures...

9/19/2017

article Ariz. Tribe Says Feds Must Face Trust Mismanagement Suit (sub req)
(Arizona) -- The White Mountain Apache Tribe on Friday fought a partial dismissal bid of its suit claiming the federal government failed in its trust duty to the tribe...
article Over 1500 indigenous communities in danger of losing their land
(Argentina) -- Argentina's Indigenous Territorial Emergency Law, which restrains legal evictions and prevents native communities from losing their ancestral lands,...

9/18/2017

article Secretary Zinke goes against tribal interests with monument recommendations
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is urging President Donald Trump to reduce the boundaries of monuments supported by tribes,...
article OP/ED: Give tribes real authority in Bears Ears National Monument
(Utah) -- President Barack Obama's controversial designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah last year was widely touted as a victory for...

9/17/2017

article Shrink at least 4 national monuments and modify a half-dozen others, Zinke tells Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump modify 10 national monuments created by his immediate predecessors,...
article Zinke wants to trim Gold Butte, other national monuments
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that six of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration be reduced in size, with...
article Legal claims cloud University, Pokanoket encampent dispute
(Rhode Island) -- Since the Pokanoket Tribe began an encampment on University-owned property in August, contradictory claims to the land have clouded communications...

9/15/2017

article Alaska communities request land be put into federal trust
(Alaska) -- Two Alaska tribal communities are hoping to take advantage of a policy change that allows for land to be placed into federal trust. The Daily News-Miner...
article Two more Alaska tribes apply to put land into trust with BIA
(Alaska) -- Two more tribes are asking the federal government to put land into trust, including one that seeks to remove a 2.5-acre parcel from the Kenai Peninsula...
article OP/ED: Washington State Should Respect Tribal Rights and Court Ruling on Culverts
(Washington) -- The Seattle Human Rights Commission writes in response to the Seattle Times recent editorial “The Supreme Court must clarify culvert ruling,...
article Judge Nixes Challenge To Calif. Tribal Trust Land Decision (sub req)
(New York) -- A California federal judge on Thursday tossed a suit by a community group seeking to block the Bureau of Indian Affairs from taking approximately 853 acres...
article Pair of Historians Supports Name Change for Mount Doane
(Montana) -- A pair of Montana historians says they support a call from a pair of Native American tribes to change the name of Mount Doane in Yellowstone National Park....

9/14/2017

article Indian Land Capital Co. helps tribes reclaim ancestral land
(Montana) -- An unusual finance company based in the St. Paul suburb of Little Canada is playing a big role in helping tribes repurchase ancestral lands that should...

9/13/2017

article Bolsa Chica Land Trust marks 25th anniversary while fighting to preserve Native American site
(California) -- As the Bolsa Chica Land Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend, the group is focusing on acquiring 11 acres of developer-owned property on...

9/12/2017

article Ft. Yukon and Ninilchik tribes submit applications for trust status
(Alaska) -- Two Alaska tribes have submitted applications to place lands into trust with the federal government. Ft. Yukon wants to put just under two acres, where a...

9/11/2017

article Pokanoket Nation Rallies Support with March to Brown
(Rhode Island) -- A Sept. 5 march through the leafy, tree-lined streets of the East Side, down Thayer Street to the iconic gateway at Brown University, brought added...

9/9/2017

article Native Community Rallies to Protect “Standing Rock of the Bay Area”
(California) -- On Friday, California Indian Country leaders and their allies gathered at theWest Berkeley Shellmound and sacred Ohlone village site. Winnemem Wintu...

9/4/2017

article Pokanoket Tribe Rejects Brown University's Offer
(Rhode Island) -- The Pokanoket Tribe recently rejected an offer from Brown University to end its occupation of disputed Native American land on the school's...
article Tribe to lead march to Brown University over land dispute
(Rhode Island) -- A Native American tribe plans to lead a march to Brown University over land they say was illegally taken from them hundreds of years ago.

9/3/2017

article Letter: David Andrews: Brown should return land to R.I.’s Pokanoket Tribe
(Rhode Island) -- As a 2012 Brown University graduate, I am appealing to President Christina Paxson and Brown’s leadership and administration to return the 375...

9/2/2017

article Bill to extend tax exemption on tribal fee-to-trust land delayed
(California) -- A state bill that would provide a tax exemption for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and other Native American tribal lands during a fee-to-trust...

9/1/2017

article Tribe rejects land-dispute agreement offer, Brown says
(Rhode Island) -- A proposed agreement to end the encampment by Native Americans on the grounds of Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum’s collection center...

8/28/2017

article Pokanoket Tribe Occupies Brown to Reclaim Land
(Rhode Island) -- There’s a lot of history, much of it violent, at the 375-acre property now occupied by the Pokanoket Tribe. In 1675, the mostly wooded site on...

8/27/2017

article Pokanoket Tribe says Brown University’s response to land dispute is ‘nonsense’
(Rhode Island) -- The Pokanoket Tribe says a letter last week from the steering committee of Brown University’s Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative...

8/26/2017

article Shrinking monuments could open land for mining and drilling, but energy industry isn't interested
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation for President Trump to shrink some national monuments opens up the possibility for new mining or...
article Po Metacom Camp responds to Brown letter disputing Pokanoket legitimacy
(Rhode Island) -- The Pokanoket Nation, the Federation of Aboriginal Nations of America (FANA) and the FANG Collective have responded to Brown University’s Native...

8/24/2017

article Boulder Native American advocates riled by details-free report on national monuments
(Utah) -- Native American advocates, environmentalists and others closely watching for word today on U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke's recommended changes...
article 'Let's stand for the mountains!': the Native American rockers fighting to be heard
(Ontario) -- On a Monday evening in August, I am sitting at a Holiday Inn in downtown Toronto with John Angaiak, a Yup’ik Inuit musician who has travelled more...

8/23/2017

article Tribal leaders, Brown U. meet over Bristol land dispute
(Rhode Island) -- Brown University officials on Wednesday met with leadership of the Pokanoket Nation as the tribe and their supporters remain camped out on a parcel of...
article Zinke’s decision on NM’s national monuments expected Thursday
(New Mexico) -- After spending all summer reviewing 27 national monuments – including two in New Mexico – it’s decision time for Interior Sec. Ryan...

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...

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