Selected Native American News Stories


Last updated: February 17, 2017

Next update is planned to be published by: March 1, 2017

This page includes news from the most recent update.
To see earlier articles, please visit the news archive.

Culture and Tradition

New First Nations report details policy efforts that tribal communities are using to reclaim their local food systems (EIN) 2/17/17 (Report PDF)

Bill to study culture training for ND legislators fails in Senate (Bismarck Tribune) 2/15/17

Blackfeet members head to Hawaii on a cultural exchange (KFBB) 2/14/17

After 90 years, rural Oregon school district to drop Indian mascot (KLCC) 2/10/17

Smithsonian establishments explore how stereotypes shape American culture (Essence) 2/10/17

Economic Development

Republican lawmaker renews push for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (Indianz) 2/14/17

Navajo Nation President tells Trump administration that Indian tribes need to own tribal land (Native News Online) 2/14/17

Environment & Energy

Hearing on injunction against Dakota Access Pipeline moved to February 28 (Indianz) 2/17/17

Native Americans brace for impact as EPA undergoes changes (PBS) 2/17/17

Army Department formally cancels review of Dakota Access Pipeline (Indianz) 2/16/17

Judge denies request to halt Dakota Access pipeline work (Missouri Lawyers) 2/14/17

Tribes threatened by climate change are afraid Trump will freeze them out (Buzzfeed) 2/17/17

Native American tribes make new court filing to stop Dakota Access pipeline (Reading Eagle) 2/14/17

More tribes join effort to halt completion of Dakota Access Pipeline (Indianz) 2/13/17

Dakota Access ready to start transporting oil sooner than expected (Indianz) 2/13/17

Health & Welfare

Native women host Capitol Hill briefing on missing and murdered sisters (Indianz) 2/15/17

Tribal leaders hear dueling messages on Indian health in the new Donald Trump era (Indianz) 2/14/17

Intergovernmental

Dakota Access Pipeline protesters meet with authorities over emergency evacuation order (WWGP) 2/17/17

Bureau of Indian Affairs issues 'trespass' notice to #NoDAPL camp (Indianz) 2/17/17

North Dakota pipeline protest spurs South Dakota legislation (Pioneer) 2/16/17

Tribe Files New Suit as Army Corps Announces Eviction Deadline for Water Protectors (eNews Park Forest) 2/16/17

Tribe sues feds over withholding of $14 million (Gillette News Record) 2/15/17

These federal programs that serve tribes are broken, report says (Buzzfeed) 2/14/17 (GAO High-Risk Report PDF)

Trump's border wall builds apprehension across Tohono O'odham Nation (Indian Country Today) 2/9/17

Native Americans struggle to find housing while facing discrimination (NPR) 2/1/17

Land & Water

National Congress of American Indians reacts to Trump's executive order to build a wall on border (Native News Online) 2/17/17

Officials field concerns on Pojoaque Basin water plan (Santa Fe New Mexican) 2/17/17

Tribes, wildlife advocates spar with ag groups over bison bill (Bozeman Daily) 2/16/17

Connecticut: tribe can't sue for $600 million for land grab (Hartford Courant) 2/15/17

'Takings' trial adjourns (Hearld & News) 2/15/17

Feds ordered to increase Klamath flows for coho (The Siskiyou Daily News) 2/14/17

MT County fights for lost revenue from tribes' dam (Courthouse News) 2/13/17

Recognition & Enrollment

Disputed Accohannock tribe seeks Maryland recognition (Delmarva) 2/17/17

Little Shell recognition could become a reality (Char-Koosta News) 2/16/17

Sacred Places

What makes a mountain, hill or prairie a 'sacred' place? (The Californian) 2/16/17

21 tribes seek intervention in freeway case (Ahwatukee) 2/15/17

Highway 101 bypass project looking inevitable (Courthouse News) 2/13/17

Op-ed: Tribes worked patiently for Bears Ears Monument, and it should endure (Salt Lake Tribune) 2/11/17

Dakota Access pipeline to continue despite concerns for sacred sites, water (The Christian Century) 2/10/17

Sovereign Immunity

Georgia AG follows familiar pattern; settles suit against California payday lender for alleged rent-a-tribe scheme (JD Supra) 2/13/17

Tribal Government

ICWA guide for tribal governments and leaders (Turtle Talk) 2/1/17 (PDF)

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