Selected Native American News Stories

Last updated: March 3, 2021

Next update is planned to be published by: March 10, 2021

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Culture and Tradition

Vision Maker Media celebrates Women's History Month in March with online film event and panel discussion featuring prominent Indigenous women leaders (Yahoo Finance) 3/2/21

What's old is new: The return of Peacemaking (Indian Country Today) 3/1/21

Panelists explain how patriarchies altered two-spirit, Native cultures (Tahlequah Daily Press) 2/26/21

Economic Development

Marijuana legalization opens new economic path for South Dakota tribes (Indian Country Today) 3/1/21

Education News

New Mexico's Indigenous education advocate faces tough job (Santa Fe New Mexican) 2/28/21

University of Colorado, Denver: Native American College Tuition Bill (Patch) 2/25/21

Environment and Energy

Tribes could play a cricual role in achieving a bold new conservation goal (Audubon Magazine) Spring 2021

Illinois Indigenous and environmental groups call Biden administration to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline expansion (The Daily Northwestern) 3/2/21

Quinault, Suquamish Tribe highlight climate crisis in front of U.S. Senate (The Daily Chronicle) 2/26/21

Health and Welfare

'We're born Indian and we die white': Indigenous leaders in California fear COVID deaths are going undercounted (USA Today) 2/27/21

UMN researcher collaborates with American Indian tribes working toward smoking cessation (The Minnesota Daily) 2/25/21

NM’s health exchange reaches out to tribal communities (Navajo Times) 2/25/21

Bipartisan bill renews effort to strengthen Tribal transportation infrastructure (Indian Country Today) 2/24/21


Schatz secures $80 million for Native Hawaiian healthcare, housing, and education programs in COVID-19 relief bill (Indian Country Today) 3/2/21

President Biden to NCAI: “I'm committed to working with you to write a new and better chapter” (Native News Online) 2/28/21

Haaland's confirmation grilling raises questions on bias (Public Radio Tulsa) 2/26/21

A call to action: Native communities’ priorities in focus for the 117th Congress (Indianz) 2/24/21

Land and Water

Webinar: Restoring land: Fee-to-trust and Native sovereignty (Environmental Law Institute)

'Steps toward healing': Dakota tribe reclaims its land — and its story (Minnesota Public Radio) 3/3/21

Oregon court affirms Klamath Tribes' water rights (Turtle Talk) 2/28/21

Court upholds Klamath Tribes' water rights, irrigators plan to challenge (Herald and News) 2/27/21

Indigenous groups are slowly gaining more say in the management of a swiftly changing northern Bering Sea (Arctic Today) 2/26/21

Recognition and Enrollment

What tribal sovereignty means for Freedmen citizenship (High Country News) 3/3/21

Pandemic leaves tribes without US recognition at higher risk (Lompoc Record) 2/27/21

Bureau of Indian Affairs opens consultation on federal recognition (Indianz) 2/25/21

Sacred Places

Bi-Partisan Utah Bill would help establish Bears Ears Visitor Center in San Juan Cty (San Juan Record) 3/2/21

San Carlos Apache Tribe cheers ‘right move’ to protect sacred site from copper mine (Indianz) 3/1/21

Tribal Government

In tribal constitution change, the Cherokee Nation addresses a history of enslavement (NPR) 2/24/21


Mashpee Wampanoag tribal members sue over mail-in voting plan (Cape Cod Times) 3/1/21

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hears from Native leaders (Montana Public Radio) 2/28/21

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