Selected Native American News Stories

Last updated: March 20, 2019

Next update is planned to be published by: April 1, 2019

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Culture and Tradition

Native American inmates win right to long hair in Texas prison (Houston Chronicle) 3/18/19

Following emotional debate, Legislature approves Indigenous People's Day (Alamogordo Daily News) 3/15/19

Economic Development

Public road use won’t open tribal business to state tax liability (Courthouse News) 3/19/19.

Alaska delegation moves to protect Native craftsmen (U.S. Congressman Dong Young) 3/15/19 (See 116th Congress S.804)

Tribes shut out of 'Opportunity Zone' deals (Oklahoma Watch) 3/15/19

Frank's Landing Indian Community loses decision in sovereignty case (Indianz) 3/13/19 (See Frank's Landing Indian Community v. National Indian Gaming Commission)

Environment and Energy

Native Sun News Today: Tribes protest passage of bill protecting Keystone XL Pipeline (Indianz) 3/18/19

Tribes request more stringent standards for pollutants in Lake Koocanusa (Flathead Beacon) 3/18/19

Ho-Chunk Nation ready to move forward with off-reservation casino (Indianz) 3/18/19

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raises concerns about Wells Fargo and Standing Rock (Indian Country Today) 3/14/19

The Karuk Tribe fights growing wildfire threat and a lack of funding (High Country News) 3/12/19

Health and Welfare

Native Sun News Today: New panhandling law called racist toward Indian people (Indianz) 3/19/19

Indian Child Welfare Act likely headed to Supreme Court (Indianz) 3/19/19 (See Brackeen v. Zinke)

AUDIO: 5th Circuit Court of Appeals oral arguments in Brackeen v. Zinke (Indianz) 3/13/19 (See Brackeen v. Zinke)

Subcommittee Hearing: Unmasking the hidden crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women (MMIW): Exploring solutions to end the cycle of violence (Natural Resources Committee) 3/14/19

'They are not your children': Future of Indian Child Welfare Act in hands of appeals court (Indianz) 3/14/19 (See Brackeen v. Zinke) (See Materials from Turtle Talk)

Lawsuit blames Indian Health Service and 'rent-a-doc' for Lakota woman's death (Indianz) 3/14/19


Public road use won't open tribal business state tax liability (Court House News Service) 3/19/19 (See Washington State Department of Licensing v. Cougar Den)

Harold Frazier: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe won't allow flag in state capitol (Indianz) 3/18/19

New House Tribal Affairs Committee aims to advance state relationships (Alaska Public Radio) 3/18/19

Defying US Borders, Native Americans are asserting their territorial rights (The Nation) 2/22/19

Land and Water

Pieces of Haaland's first bill become law as part of Public Lands Package (Native News Online) 3/13/19 (See 116th Congress H.R.1050)

Recognition and Enrollment

Two more NJ tribes have recognition reaffirmed (Cision) 3/18/19

Sacred Places

Protecting indigenous lands protects the environment. Trump and Bolsonaro threaten both. (The Washington Post) 3/18/19

Tribes and community witnesses call out Trump admin over illegal monument cuts at Natural Resources Hearing, highlight fuel considerations (Natural Resources Committee) 3/14/19

Trump's national monument mischief (Real Clear Policy) 3/13/19


New laws move up Washington's presidential primary and improve voting access for tribes (The Olympian) 3/18/19

Udall, Lujan introduce bicameral Native American Voting Rights Act (Native News Online) 3/13/19 (See 116th Congress S.739)

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