2023 Native Lands & Sacred Places News Stories (Land Back, Treaty Rights, Tribal Homelands, Historic Protections) News Stories

Ohio’s Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks are nation’s newest UNESCO World Heritage site (Cleveland.com) 9/19/2023

‘It plays to our historical trauma’: Tonawanda Seneca Nation and Orleans County aim to stop STAMP pipeline (WKBW ABC 7 Buffalo) 9/19/2023

Federal authorities announce plan to safeguard sacred tribal lands in New Mexico's Sandoval County (ABC News) 9/18/2023

How the land back movement is unraveling manifest destiny (Sierra Magazine) 9/11/2023

Feds will visit Western Alaska to offer Native Vietnam-era veterans land (Alaska Public Media) 9/7/2023

Final oil and gas lease to be relinquished in Montana's Badger-Two Medicine area (Red Lake Nation News) 9/5/2023

Native tribe to get back land 160 years after largest mass hanging in US history (Guardian) 9/2/2023

Louisiana company gets $2.6 million to give up oil lease on sacred Native American land (Nola.com) 9/2/2023

Native Hawaiians fear Maui land grab (Native News Online) 8/29/2023

Shoshone-Bannock tribes support BLMs decision to protect cultural resources (Tribal Gaming and Hospitality) 8/28/2023

Tribal nations help guide proposal for new Pacific Ocean marine sanctuary (Sacramento Bee) 8/24/2023

South Jersey land once inhabited by tribe is returned to Native American group (NJ.com) 8/22/2023

Native Hawaiian sacred sites have been damaged in the Lahaina wildfires – but, as an Indigenous scholar writes, their stories will live on (The Conversation) 8/11/2023

Federal judge tosses Utah lawsuit seeking to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments (Salt Lake Tribune) 8/11/2023

Arizona tribes to take larger role in managing new monument near Grand Canyon (AZ Central) 8/11/2023

Tree removals at Brackenridge Park target of Indigenous group’s lawsuit against San Antonio project (San Antonio Express News) 8/10/2023

President Biden designates the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument (Native News Online) 8/8/2023

State challenges petition to create Indian Country in Juneau (Cordova Times) 8/7/2023

The Fight for Oak Flat: Indigenous voices in the green energy transition (Native News Online) 8/4/2023

Alaska asks judge to determine whether federal officials can create ‘Indian country’ in the state (Alaska Beacon) 8/3/2023

Wounded Knee “killing fields” one step closer to return to Tribes (Rapid City Journal) 7/22/2023

Tribal nation sues Poarch Creek and Auburn University over desecration of sacred site (Advance Local Alabama) 7/21/2023

‘Enough is enough’: Native Hawaiians slam Canada for supporting telescope on sacred land (Canada's National Observer) 7/18/2023

Feds hear from tribes, residents, local leaders on Grand Canyon national monument proposal (Arizona Daily Sun) 7/18/2023

For Grand Ronde tribes, reclaiming land is a way of healing (Oregon Public Broadcasting) 7/17/2023

House subcommittee considers “racially motivated” and “unnecessary” bill on Mount Rushmore (Native News Online) 7/15/2023

Oil and gas withdrawal around US park stirs debate over economic costs for Native American tribe (Albuquerque Journal) 7/14/2023

Wasatch Back congressman proposing land swap to resolve Bear Ears controversy (KPCW) 7/14/2023

University of Minnesota grapples with reparation demands from tribes who say they were victims of land grabs (MinnPost) 7/13/2023

Native Americans argue in court that 2 mining projects would destroy religious sites (NPR) 7/11/2023

The struggle to reclaim home - preview: Lakota Nation vs. United States (Cowboys & Indians) 7/7/2023

Arizona’s Oak Flat is sacred land to some Native Americans but proposed as a giant copper mine (Arizona's Family) 6/28/2023

Snoqualmie implements a first of its kind land protection tax (Indian Country Today) 6/28/2023

When $1 billion isn’t enough. Why the Sioux won’t put a price on land. (Christian Science Monitor) 6/28/2023

Tribal leaders urge legislators to support reestablishment of Lake Traverse Reservation boundaries (Dakota News Now) 6/27/2023

Appeals court to hear challenges to lithium mine from environmentalists, tribes (NPR) 6/27/2023

Restoring lost lands (American Indian Magazine) Spring 2023

King Cove tribes, local government organizations react to court of appeals decision on the 2019 land exchange agreement (Alaska Native News) 6/17/2023

Criticism, praise directed at Chaco 10-mile buffer order issued by interior secretary (Las Cruces Sun News) 6/12/2023

Landless San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe could finally get its own homeland (Cronkite News) 6/7/2023

‘It would come back one day.’ The Yokuts and Tulare Lake meet again (KVPR) 6/7/2023

'A breach of trust': Navajo leaders criticize federal ban on oil, gas drilling near tribal sites (KSL.com) 6/7/2023

Feds withdraw land around Chaco from drilling (Santa Fe Reporter) 6/2/2023

Transfer of western Minnesota park land to Upper Sioux Community approved by Legislature (West Central Tribune) 5/27/2023

Utah’s latest attack on the Antiquities Act (High Country News) 5/25/2023

Feds pause progress of mine that tribal leaders say will destroy sacred Indigenous site in Arizona (Native News Online) 5/24/2023

Biden administration pauses copper mining project on Oak Flat, a sacred Apache site (Grist) 5/24/2023

Quinault Indian Nation moving 500 acres to federal trust (The Daily World) 5/17/2023

South Dakota Rep. Dusty Johnson introduces bill to preserve Wounded Knee massacre site (Aberdeen News) 5/16/2023

Minnesota poised to close state park, return land to Dakota tribe (Star Tribune) 5/11/2023

Forced from Grand Canyon National Park, the Havasupai Tribe embraces spiritual homecoming (AP News) 5/11/2023

Biden administration supports bill to resolve U.P. tribe's land claim (The Detroit News) 5/4/2023

New Mexico lawmakers renew push for Chaco protections (Santa Fe New Mexican) 5/3/2023

Tribal members and allies protest CSULB’s soil treatment plan on Puvungna (Long Beach Post) 4/26/2023

San Carlos Apache take copper mine fight to United Nations (Grist) 4/26/2023

Ancestral lands to be returned from the City of Tucson to Tohono O’odham Nation (KVOA) 4/18/2023

U.S. Interior Secretary celebrates Nevada's new national monument (KRNV) 4/17/2023

Tribes, leaders celebrate Avi Kwa Ame national monument (Las Vegas Review-Journal) 4/14/2023

'Our ancestors have lived on these lands for thousands of years,' | Michigan tribe signs tribal forest protection act (Native News Online) 4/11/2023

Tribes want US protection for areas next to the Grand Canyon (US News & World Report) 4/11/2023

Tribe: Park not recreational land (Marshal Independent) 4/7/2023

AZ tribal lands for San Juan Southern Paiute up for ratification – again (Fronteras) 4/5/2023

House subcommittee hearing highlights bills on land leases in Indian Country (Tribal Business News) 4/2/2023

It’s been a place of worship for centuries. Now a copper mine threatens its future (Grist) 3/30/2023

The Vatican repudiates ‘Doctrine of Discovery,’ which was used to justify colonialism (Oregon Public Broadcasting) 3/30/2023

Responding to Indigenous, Vatican rejects Discovery Doctrine (ABC) 3/30/2023

President Biden creates national monuments in Nevada, Texas mountains (Navajo-Hopi Observer) 3/28/2023

Court rehears case to protect Oak Flat, an Apache sacred site in Arizona (Religion News Service) 3/21/2023

Joe Biden designates Avi Kwa Ame a national monument (Indian Country Today) 3/20/2023

Lawmakers propose expanding Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument (Native News Online) 3/9/2023

Land transfer to Upper Sioux Community clears first step in Minnesota Legislature (West Central Tribune) 3/8/2023

Lawmakers dispute over bill to include a Penobscot tribal member on the Baxter State Park Authority (Maine Public Radio) 2/27/2023

Bipartisan legislation reintroduced to solidify tribal trust agreements (Native News Online) 2/27/2023

'Land, heritage and culture protected.' U.S. court sides with Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (Cape Cod Times) 2/15/2023

‘This is about self-determination and sovereignty’ (Indianz) 2/14/2023

University of Minnesota says it will return forestry land to Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Star Tribune) 2/9/2023

Bill to give around 76 acres of land back to Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians passes House (WBIR) 2/7/2023

Macon’s Ocmulgee Mounds expected to become National Park, but roadblocks remain (Georgia Public Broadcasting) 2/6/2023

A dam project flooded his family's North Dakota home. He waged a historic legal battle to get just compensation (Dickinson Press) 2/3/2023

What does the nation’s commitment to tribal co-stewardship mean for public lands? (High Country News) 2/1/2023

Reps. Vargas, Issa reintroduce bill to place sacred Chokla Mountain in trust (Times of San Diego) 1/25/2023

Oklahoma court says Kickapoo Reservation was disestablished (Texarkana Gazette) 1/20/2023

California tribe signs historic co-stewardship agreement with Joshua Tree National Park (Native News Online) 1/18/2023

State of Alaska sues Interior over Tlingit and Haida land trust transfer (Native News Online) 1/18/2023

Tax bill would exempt tribal members transferring fee land (Montana Standard) 1/17/2023

Pascua Yaqui Tribe gets 30 acres of land back, opening new economic development opportunities (Tribal Business News) 1/4/2023

Clean energy project clashes with important Yakama site (The Columbian) 1/1/2023

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