Selected Native American News Stories

Last updated: March 24, 2017

Next update is planned to be published by: April 5, 2017

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Culture and Tradition

Leonard Peltier sues after his art pulled from Olympia exhibit (Seattle PI) 3/21/17

Broken treaties: an oral history tracing Oregon's Native population (Oregon Public Broadcasting) 3/20/17

Economic Development

Apache tribe blames US for forest ailments (Courthouse News Service) 3/21/17

Inland Congressman introduces bill to provide broadband access to tribal members (Patch) 3/17/17 (See U.S. Congress Legislation H.R.1581)

Environment & Energy

Hopi Tribe and Native activists lose cases over aging power plant (Indianz) 3/20/17 (See Yazzie v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Hopi v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

US appeals court rejects emergency request to stop oil from flowing through Dakota Access pipeline (Jurist Twenty) 3/19/17

Judge combines 4 tribes' lawsuits over pipeline (Capital Journal) 3/18/17

First utility scale solar plant opens on tribal lands here in Southern Nevada (News3LV) 3/17/17

Tribe takes NRC to mat on uranium permits (Native Sun News Today) 3/15/17

Health & Welfare

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on diabetes (Indianz) 3/21/17

Subcommittee examines federal nutrition programs (House Committee on Agriculture) 3/21/17 (Statement by Jerry Tonubbee, Choctaw Nation PDF)

Indian Child Welfare Act survives attack from conservative groups (Indianz) 3/21/17 (Turtle Talk material)

ICWA: Goldwater case thrown out of federal court (Indian Country Today) 3/21/17

Trump budget takes an axe to Native housing allocations (Indian Country Today) 3/21/17

Someone to turn to: Coalition holds listening session about sexual assault at LLTC (Bemidji Pioneer) 3/20/17

Tribes say VA not doing enough for homeless Indian veterans (Indian Country Today) 3/20/17

New domestic violence hotline [StrongHearts Native Helpline] starts service (Farmington Daily Times) 3/19/17


Native Nations and the Trump Administration (KGNU) 3/22/17 [Featuring NARF Staff Attorney Heather Whiteman Runs Him]

Court allows claim for alleged underpayment from Cobell settlement (Indianz) 3/22/17

Northern Arapaho, feds move to settle in Wind River lawsuit (Casper Star Tribune) 3/21/17

Land & Water

Reading into proposed Blackfeet Water Rights Compact (Glacier Reporter) 3/22/17

Tribes' federal water rights include groundwater—but how much? (JD Supra) 3/22/17

Northwestern members of Congress reintroduce bill to improve safety and sanitation at Columbia River tribal fishing sites (Public Now) 3/21/17

Supreme Court considers petition in casino land-into-trust dispute (Indianz) 3/20/17

Jury convicts Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupiers in second trial (Indian Country Today) 3/14/17

Recognition & Enrollment

Federal recognition sought for 6 Virginia tribes (Fredericksburg) 3/21/17 (See U.S. Congress Legislation S.691)

Mishewal Wappo Tribe returns to court to seek federal recognition (Indianz) 3/21/17

Disenrollments could cost Nooksack tribe sovereignty (KUOW) 3/18/17

Sacred Places

Why is water sacred to Native Americans? (The Conversation) 3/21/17

Tribal group says elimination of Bears Ears would be tragic (U.S. News) 3/18/17

Patagonia celebrates Bears Ears National Monument with 360-degree interactive films (Digital Trends) 3/17/17

SUWA and partners win stay on proposed ATV route in Bears Ears (Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance) 3/14/17

Cronkite News: San Carlos Apache Tribe marches for sacred site (Indianz) 3/14/17

Sovereign Immunity

Washington Supreme Court rejects sovereign immunity defense in quiet title action (National Law Review) 3/21/17 (See Lundgren v. Upper Skagit Indian Tribe)

Courts continue trend of recognizing tribal immunity in bankruptcy proceedings (Holland & Knight) 3/21/17 (See In re Money Center of America, Inc.)

Oneida Nation prevails as Supreme Court declines immunity case (Indianz) 3/20/17 (See Meyers v. Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin)

Tribal Government

Resort management firm says Chukchansi tribe owes it $21 million for helping reopen casino (The Fresno Bee) 3/21/17 (Turtle Talk material)

Osage Nation passes referendum to legalize same-sex marriage (Indianz) 3/21/17


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