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Tribes Stand Their Ground for Grizzly Bears — and Us

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 people who opposed removal of endangered species protections for Yellowstone grizzlies (“delisting”) in comments and petitions submitted last year to the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS). This represents about 99.99% of all comments received by the FWS.

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Land Issues

8/12/2018

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

8/11/2018

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

8/8/2018

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

8/7/2018

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

8/6/2018

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

8/1/2018

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

7/31/2018

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

7/24/2018

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

7/22/2018

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

7/21/2018

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

7/19/2018

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

7/18/2018

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

7/16/2018

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

7/14/2018

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

7/10/2018

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

7/9/2018

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

7/6/2018

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

7/5/2018

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

7/4/2018

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

7/3/2018

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

7/2/2018

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

7/1/2018

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

6/29/2018

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

6/27/2018

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

6/25/2018

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

6/19/2018

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

6/18/2018

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

6/12/2018

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

6/11/2018

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

6/6/2018

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

6/5/2018

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

6/2/2018

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

5/29/2018

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

5/26/2018

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

5/24/2018

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

5/22/2018

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

5/21/2018

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

5/17/2018

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

5/16/2018

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

5/15/2018

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

5/14/2018

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

5/9/2018

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

5/7/2018

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

5/3/2018

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

5/2/2018

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

4/29/2018

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

4/26/2018

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

4/25/2018

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

4/24/2018

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

4/21/2018

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

4/13/2018

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

4/11/2018

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

4/10/2018

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

4/9/2018

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

4/7/2018

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

4/6/2018

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

4/4/2018

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

4/3/2018

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

3/31/2018

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

3/28/2018

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

3/24/2018

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

3/23/2018

article Mekap’sk Mi’kmaq deliver demands to N.L. government for Northern Peninsula claim
(North Canada) -- The Mekap’sk Mi’kmaq Band continues to move forward with formalizing its claim over the Northern Peninsula region of Newfoundland. The band...

3/22/2018

article FCC Alters Small Cell Oversight, Tribal Review Process
(Washington D.C.) -- The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday passed a sweeping proposal to lift federal requirements for reviewing wireless infrastructure...
article FCC approves siting reform despite protests
(Washington D.C.) -- Small cells will no longer be subject to historic and environmental reviews under new rules adopted by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC...
article Confederated Tribes develop Hollering Place in Empire
(Oregon) -- Last Thursday the Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians signed into an agreement with the city of Coos Bay'...
article MORON ALERT: Cheney bill aims to preserve monument name
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill that will protect the country’s first national monument from a name change passed the House Natural Resources Committee this week with...

3/21/2018

article Ute Indian Tribe Asserts Ownership of All Federal Lands in the Uncompahgre Reservation
(Washington D.C.) -- On March 8, 2018, the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation (the "Tribe") filed a lawsuit in the United States District...
article Tribal Groups Call for FCC to Reject Infrastructure Rules Changes
(Washington D.C.) -- Two groups representing tribal governments urged FCC commissioners to reject proposed changes to wireless infrastructure regulations. The National...
article How Louisiana is paying millions to move Native American residents off of shrinking island
(Louisiana) -- The effects of global warming can be seen and touched in Louisiana, where officials have begun buying higher ground to relocate an entire town in a bayou...
article BLOG: Ute Indian Tribe Asserts Ownership of All Federal Lands in the Uncompahgre Reservation
(Utah) -- On March 8, 2018, the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation (the "Tribe") filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the...

3/20/2018

article Ohlone Tribe Protests Proposed West Berkeley Housing Development
(California) -- Native American activists were protesting in West Berkeley Tuesday morning, fighting a developer’s proposal to build on a sacred village and burial...
article Tribes leading the charge to protect public lands
(Montana) -- Last week, the federal government made legal arguments in cases where Indian tribes seek to protect sacred places on federal public lands.

3/19/2018

article The desert, divided: The Borderlands under Trump
(Arizona) -- In early January, almost everyone in the country seemed to have the flu, including U.S. House Rep. Raúl Grijalva. “My grandkids made me sick!”...

3/18/2018

article MORON ALERT: Cheney bill aims to preserve monument name
(Wyoming) -- A bill that will protect the country’s first national monument from a name change passed the House Natural Resources Committee this week with the help...
article Taking a stand for the land: Tribes must stand together for culturally significant areas
(New Mexico) -- The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument adjoins Taos Pueblo Tribal Lands from the southwest end and expands beyond the Colorado State Border. The Rio...

3/14/2018

article Toksook Bay Tribe receives more than 10 million federal dollars for trail construction
(Alaska) -- The Trump administration has awarded a major grant to a small community on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The Toksook Bay Tribe has received more than $10...

3/13/2018

article First Nation gets land transferred as part of resort deal in British Columbia
(British Columbia) -- Crown land has been transferred to the Simpcw First Nation as part of a deal related to the development of the Valemount Glacier Resort northeast...

3/12/2018

article Runners Respond to Attack on Public Lands by Creating One Glorious Relay Event
(Utah) -- With both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments facing massive cuts to their boundaries, Native runners and allies are running to send a...

3/10/2018

article Utes Hit Feds With Water, Land Mismanagement Suits [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation has filed two sets of suits against the federal government in D.C. district court and the U...

3/6/2018

article OP/ED: From Utah’s Red Rock Desert, A Call for Protecting Our Public Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- “What this country needs is a businessman for president,” says Gatewood, the banker in John Ford’s classic western, “...
article Piikani Nation reclaims status over traditional territory in United States
(Montana) -- History was made on Feb. 26 when the Piikani Nation was given full membership and admitted into the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council (RMTLC) at an...

3/5/2018

article Mobile home park on tribal land near Scottsdale faces closure after 50 years
(Arizona) -- Residents of a 55-plus mobile home park on the Salt River Reservation near Scottsdale, some of whom have lived there for decades, will be forced to move...

3/4/2018

article The True Cost of the Louisiana Purchase
(Louisiana) -- It’s a familiar chapter in our history, part of the triumphant narrative of westward expansion: In 1803, the United States bought a massive chunk of...

3/3/2018

article LAND GRAB: Gianforte authors two bills to release almost 690,000 acres of wilderness study areas in Montana
(Montana) -- Taking a step further than his U.S. Senate counterpart, Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte has drafted two bills proposing to release almost 690,000 acres of...

2/28/2018

article Senate Advances Resolution Asking Washington To Exempt Utah From Future NM Designations
(Washington D.C.) -- Grand County Republican Rep. Carl Abrecht's HJR1 is pretty straightforward. Its 36 short lines of text conclude with an appeal to Utah's...

2/27/2018

article BLM speeds ahead on Grand Staircase-Escalante plans
(Utah) -- Federal authorities at Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are moving forward to create new plans for managing the area, despite several...
article Arizona Offers Land Swap Deal For Hopi Trust Land Southeast Of Flagstaff
(Arizona) -- Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain is reviewing a land swap deal between the federal and state governments. The land under negotiation sits to the southeast of...

2/25/2018

article Port Angeles lays out terms of land sale to Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
(Washington) -- The Port Angeles City Council, facing a balloon payment of $1 million in 2021, agreed last week on terms for selling a prime downtown parcel to the Lower...

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...

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