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January 23, 2023, 7:53 PM

South Dakota tribe: Storm deaths 'could have been prevented'

December storms buried their reservation in snow and left them stranded.
January 23, 2023, 7:53 PM
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Northern Arizona tribe to get federal aid for flood damage

President Joe Biden has approved a disaster declaration made by the Havasupai Tribe in northern Arizona, freeing up funds for flood damage as it prepares to re-open for tourists
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Biden announces 'long overdue' investments in Indian Country

President Joe Biden said his administration is ushering in a "new era" as he spoke at the White House Tribal Nations Summit.
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Biden announces 'long overdue' investments in Indian Country
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Cherokees ask US to make good on promise: a seat in Congress

The country’s largest Native American tribe, the Cherokee Nation, wants the U.S. government to fulfill a near 200-year-old promise and seat a delegate to Congress.
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Cherokees ask US to make good on promise: a seat in Congress
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Native American model brings representation to fashion world

Quannah Chasinghorse is one of the most in-demand models and also advocates for Native American rights.
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Native American model brings representation to fashion world
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Indigenous groups keep pushing for justice for victims of boarding school abuses

Indigenous groups say there is more work to be done to rectify the pain caused by boarding schools that erased their culture.
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Indigenous groups fight to preserve native language
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Indigenous families seek justice for boarding school abuse as graves of children uncovered

Hundreds of thousands of Indigenous children over the span of 150 years were taken from their families and made to live in U.S. boarding schools. Some never came home.
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Native families seek justice for boarding school abuse as remains of children found
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NY schools told to stop using Native American mascots

Schools in New York state are under orders to stop using Native American references in mascots, team names and logos by the end of the current school year
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Kansas board recommends ending Native American mascots

The Kansas State Board of Education is recommending that school districts end the use of Native America mascots and branding
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Native child welfare law faces major Supreme Court challenge

Law boosts Native American families in foster care, adoptions of Native children
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Massachusetts museum returns sacred items to Sioux tribes

A small Massachusetts museum had about 150 items considered sacred by the Sioux.
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High court to hear water dispute between Navajo, government

The Supreme Court will hear a water dispute involving the U.S. government and the Navajo Nation
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Native American creators pave the way for more Indigenous stories, representation in Hollywood

Hollywood has seen a proliferation of authentic, Indigenous stories, ushering in a new age of Native American representation both on screen and behind the camera. 
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Native American creators expand breadth of Indigenous Hollywood representation
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Native American boarding school victims to speak of abuse

Victims of abusive, government-backed Native American boarding schools are expected to testify as U
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California tribes will manage, protect state coastal areas

Five tribes on California's coast are moving forward in their efforts to protect marine ecosystems as part of the Tribal Marine Stewards Network
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Report outlines federal 'abuse' of Native children at boarding schools

More than 500 American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian children died in federal Indigenous boarding schools across the country, a report finds.
9 months ago
Report outlines federal 'abuse' of Native children at boarding schools
10 months ago

Native Americans facing disenrollment fight to remain with tribe

After being disenrolled from the Nooksack tribe in 2016 after a former tribal chair questioned their ancestral lineage, the Rabang family fights to preserve their family history.
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Native Americans facing disenrollment fight to remain with tribe
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Sacred land returned to Native tribe in Virginia

Sacred land in Virginia will be returned to the Rappahannock Tribe. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland will be in attendance at the celebration.
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Sacred land returned to Native tribe
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Biden signs executive order to improve safety, justice for Native Americans

The president also announced new initiatives to protect tribal lands at the tribal nations summit.
1 year ago
Biden signs executive order to improve safety, justice for Native Americans
1 year ago

The jingle dress: The story behind a Native American dance and its power of spiritual healing

A Navajo photographer and his daughters took the "jingle dress" dance on a journey across the country to bring spiritual healing and bring attention to indigenous issues.
1 year ago
The story behind a Native American dance and its power of spiritual healing
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Interior Secretary Deb Haaland runs Boston Marathon to mark Indigenous Peoples Day

"I run because my ancestors gave me this ability," Haaland wrote.
1 year ago
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland runs Boston Marathon to mark Indigenous Peoples Day
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215 bodies discovered at former residential school for Indigenous children in Canada

A 2015 report said the schools were a component of "cultural genocide."
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215 bodies discovered at former residential school for Indigenous children
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Why Native American children have higher rates of disability

More than 3 million children in the U.S. had a disability in 2019.
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Why Native American children have higher rates of disability
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As Deb Haaland creates unit to investigate missing and murdered Native Americans, a look at why it's necessary

As Deb Haaland creates a unit to investigate missing and murdered Native Americans, a look at why it's necessary.
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Deb Haaland to create unit to investigate missing and murdered Native Americans
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For Native Americans, the fight against mascots is much bigger than sports

The changing names of the Cleveland Indians and the Washington Redskins is a win for Native Americans, but there's still much more to be done, leaders say.
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For Native Americans, the fight against mascots is much bigger than sports
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Haaland makes history as Department of the Interior nominee

Haaland would be the first Native American to serve in the Cabinet if confirmed.
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Haaland makes history as Department of the Interior nominee