Selected Native American News Stories

Last updated: September 16, 2020

Next update is planned to be published by: September 23, 2020

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Culture and Tradition

Indigenous tribe sees mission to reclaim remains rom UT as a spiritual issue, not a legal one (Texas Standard) 9/15/20

Senator Jamescita Peshlakai launches effort to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day in Arizona (Indian Country Today) 9/14/20

Arts Scene: Tulsa museums to host major shows featuring Indigenous women artists (Tulsa World) 9/13/20

Mashpee resident honors tribal ancestry with traditional dance (Cape Cod Times) 9/13/20

Education News

Subcommittee hearing: Examining the Bureau of Indian Education's school reopening guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic (Indianz) 9/10/20

Environment and Energy

The Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska releases Inuit-led report: Food Sovereignty and Self-Governance — Inuit Role in Arctic Marine Resource Management (Indian Country Today) 9/14/20

Cherokee Nation firefighters assist western tribes during turbulent fire season (Public Radio Tulsa) 9/11/20

Alaska Native tribes and 15 U.S. states file suits to stop oil drilling in Arctic refuge (Anchorage Daily News) 9/10/20

Corps of Engineers formally launches Dakota Access Pipeline study (The Bismarck Tribune) 9/10/20

As the Arctic thaws, Indigenous Alaskans demand a voice in climate change research (Science Magazine) 9/9/20

Health and Welfare

Native American Youth and Family Center, Community Development Partners, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians break ground on new affordable housing in Portland, Oregon's Cully neighborhood (Indian Country Today) 9/15/20

StrongHearts Native Helpline receives grant to address surge in domestic violence (Indian Country Today) 9/15/20

Wyoming tribe's chair says tribal members were turned away from ER at pandemic's start (Billings Gazette) 9/14/20

CASA announces volunteer training (Tahlequah Daily Press) 9/13/20

More Choctaws Have Died of COVID Than Those Who Died of the Disease in Hawaii. Or Alaska. Or Wyoming. (Pulitzer Center) 9/9/20


Senate democrats call on FCC chairman to expeditiously address the digital divide in Indian Country (Benton Institute for Broadband & Society) 9/15/20

The most important thing a president can do (Indian Country Today) 9/14/20

Celebrating 13 years of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigneous Peoples (Cultural Survival) 9/12/20

Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission responds to United Nations Special Rapporteur’s Report (Indian Country Today) 9/11/20

Navajo Nation requests United States Government extend 50-year Quadrilateral Agreement for one year to allow for consultation with local communities (Indian Country Today) 9/10/20

Land and Water

Tribal perspectives key to Rio Grande study (Albuquerque Journal) 9/11/20

Sacred Places

In Michigan, rising lake levels disturb sacred ground (Bridge Michigan) 9/13/20

O'odham water & land defenders arrested halting border wall (Indianz) 9/9/20

Tribal Government

Cherokee Nation launches $25M in new construction, remodels as part of COVID-19 response plan (Indian Country News) 9/10/20


Arizona policy could help Natives in voter registration hurdle (Indian Country Today) 9/15/20

Tribal nations face continued voter suppression (High Country News) 9/14/20

Arizona has suppressed Black, Latino and Native American voters for more than a century (Arizona Central) 9/13/20

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