Selected Native American News Stories

Last updated: May 19, 2017

Next update is planned to be published by: May 26, 2017

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Culture and Tradition

Money and patrimony: The stewardship of tribal artifacts (Santa Fe New Mexican) 5/19/17 (See 114th Congress S.3127)

After dispute, school allows student to wear eagle feather for graduation (Hamilton Journal-News) 5/16/17

Burial objects returned to sacred site (Cape Cod Times) 5/14/16

R.I. tribe protests repatriation ceremony (Cape Cod Times) 5/13/17

National Native American veterans memorial to be erected in DC (U.S. Army News) 5/11/17

New Yale partner faulted for handling of tribal artifacts (New York Times) 5/11/17

The Indian Removal Act is on view at the National Archives for the first time (Hyperallergic) 5/8/17

Economic Development

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe cannabis trial opens in South Dakota (Indianz) 5/18/17

The National Center applauds approval of key Indian Country economic development legislation (NCAIED) 5/17/17

American Indian tribe battles Texas to keep bingo center open (Texarkana Gazette) 5/11/17

Tribe tells 10th Circuit New Mexico overregulates casinos (Courthouse News Service) 5/9/17

Employee or contractor? Double-tax case could help businesses challenge IRS (Morning Star) 5/9/17 (See Mescalero Apache Tribe v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue)

Flandreau tribe, state, clash in court (Argus Leader) 5/7/17


HB43 provides funds for Alaskan Native and Native American education (Brigham Young) 5/16/17

Federal court dismisses lawsuit over fry bread incident at Indian school (Indianz) 5/11/17 (Turtle Talk Materials)

Schumer, Gillibrand announce $23 million increase in impact aid that will benefit western NY schools (Sen. Gillibrand Press Release) 5/10/17

MSU team receives $282,000 grant for new approach to tribal issues (Montana State University) 5/10/17

Trump administration rejects grant for Blackfeet Nation college prep program (Indianz) 5/9/17

Environment & Energy

Tribes drop appeal, pipeline battle continues (Industrial Equipment News) 5/18/17

Judge dismisses lawsuit against 5 who pipeline says interfered with project (Grand Forks Herald) 5/18/17

Dakota Access seeks to intervene in Oglala Sioux tribe's lawsuit (Indianz) 5/17/17

Navajo utility, local, native-owned solar-storage systems vendor bring sustainable energy to the reservation (Energy Central) 5/17/17

Tribes in US, Canada unite against Keystone XL oil pipeline (The Washington Post) 5/16/17

Trump administration revives huge mine opposed by tribes in Alaska (Indianz) 5/12/17

Dakota Access pipeline has first leak before it's fully operational (The Guardian) 5/10/17

U.S. lawmakers seek looser energy development rules for tribal lands (Reuters) 5/9/17 (See 115th Congress S.245, H.R.210)

Water is rallying cry for opponents at uranium-mine hearing (Rapid City Journal) 5/9/17

Tribal groups press U.S. Senate to keep BLM methane waste rule (Public News Service) 5/8/17

Bering Sea elders condemn executive order on leasing (Bristol Bay Times) 5/5/17

Health & Welfare

Lawmakers push to renew Special Diabetes Program for Indians (Indianz) 5/18/17

Udall, Heinrich, Luján announce funding for substance abuse treatment at IHS and partner facilities, including NCI in Gallup (Sen. Tom Udall Press Release) 5/17/17


Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts (Indianz) 5/18/17

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves three bills at meeting (Indianz) 5/17/17 (See 115th Congress S.458; S.691; S.1116)

Court decision supports release of $380M in Keepseagle settlement funds (Indianz) 5/16/17 (See Keepseagle v. Perdue)

Hearing on high-risk tribal programs highlights void in Trump leadership team (Indianz) 5/15/17

Confirmation hearing scheduled for top Interior Department official (Indianz) 5/12/17

After James Comey's firing, Indian Affairs hearings on hold (Indian Country Today) 5/12/17

Trump injects 'race' into debate with questions about Indian funding (Indianz) 5/8/17 (See 115th Congress H.R.244)

Native American advocates size up Trump administration (CNN) 5/6/17

Land & Water

Supreme Court turns back challenge to 2008 land trust decision (Rome Sentinel) 5/17/17 (See Central New York Fair Business Association v. Zinke)

4th Judicial District Court upholds conviction in elk poaching case (Sheridan Press) 5/17/17

Judge grants Mashpee tribe's stay request (The Mashpee Enterprise) 5/16/17

Battle looms as Trump allies look to 'privatize' Native American reservations (Sputnik News) 5/15/17

New Jersey town asks judge to order tribe to remove teepees (U.S. News) 5/12/17

Oregon's Klamath tribes show stewardship with water call (The Hill) 5/10/17

Blackfeet Nation ratifies water compact (Indian Country) 5/10/17

Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands (Indianz) 5/9/17 (See 115th Congress H.R.215)

Senate approves water bill for one tribe and land bill for two others (Indianz) 5/9/17 (See 115th Congress S.140, S.249)

Senate passes Flake-McCain bill to complete the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Settlement (Sen. McCain Press Release) 5/9/17 (See 115th Congress S.140)

Closing arguments for 'takings' case today (Herald and News) 5/9/17 [Klamath River]

Blood quantum debate renewed: Legislature passes bill that would lower requirement for Hawaiian homestead successors (Hawaii Tribunal Herald) 5/7/17

Mashpee Wampanoag say fight over land about more than proposed casino (Cape Cod Times) 5/5/17

Recognition & Enrollment

Bills to recognize Virginia tribes move forward in Congress (CBS19) 5/17/17 (See 115th Congress H.R.984)

Sonoma County tribe loses bid to regain federal status (Press Democrat) 5/12/17

Nooksack Tribe remains without recognized council as Trump administration digs in (Indianz) 5/12/17 (See Nooksack Indian Tribe v. Zinke)

Sacred Places

Deadline looms in Secretary Zinke's review of Bears Ears and other monuments (Indianz) 5/15/17

Trump's attack on national monuments threatens California sites, Native Americans' culture (Sacramento Bee) 5/14/17

Battle over Bears Ears heats up as Trump rethinks its monument status (New York Times) 5/14/17

Interior secretary tours Bears Ears, hotly contested monument in Utah (PBS) 5/9/17

Is a monument the best way to save sacred land? (Cortez Journal) 5/9/17

GOP senator says 'the Indians' should 'just take my word for it' on sacred tribal lands (ThinkProgress) 5/8/17

Will Bears Ears be the next Standing Rock? (New York Times) 5/6/17

Tribes seek meetings with Interior over Bears Ears (Indian Country Today) 5/5/17

With national monuments under review, Bears Ears is focus of fierce debate (NPR) 5/5/17

Sovereign Immunity

Matthew Fletcher: Expect 'uptick' in litigation after Supreme Court decision (Indianz) 5/17/17 (See Lewis v. Clarke)

Fourth Circuit again rejects arbitration request under payday loan agreement (JD Supra) 5/15/17 (See Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Great Plains Lending, LLC; Hayes v. Delbert; Dillon v. BMO Harris Bank, N.A.)

Exploring tribal sovereign immunity with Lewis v. Clarke (K&L Gates) 5/11/17 (See Lewis v. Clarke)

Tribal Government

Justice Department expands program to combat crime on tribal lands (WILX 10) 5/9/17

Flandreau tribe, state, clash in court (Argus Leader) 5/6/17

Nevada firm, executives agree to pay Montana tribe $2.5M (Flathead Beacon) 5/5/17


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