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September 10, 2022, 6:45 PM

South Dakota tribes buy land near Wounded Knee massacre site

Two American Indian tribes in South Dakota have agreed to purchase 40 acres of land near the Wounded Knee National Historic Landmark on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
September 10, 2022, 6:45 PM
2 months ago

Navajo Code Talker Samuel Sandoval dies; 3 left from group

One of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers has died.
2 months ago
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Pope seeks prayers for his 'penitential' Canadian pilgrimage

He will apologize to Indigenous groups for abuses by Catholic institutions.
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Tribal elders recall painful boarding school memories

They delivered powerful testimony about their time in government-backed schools.
3 months ago
Tribal elders recall painful boarding school memories
4 months ago

1 tribal officer killed, 1 wounded in Arizona shootings

Arizona authorities say a tribal police officer was fatally shot during a traffic stop on a reservation and the suspect, who stole the officer's vehicle, later died in a shootout that left another officer wounded
4 months ago
1 tribal officer killed and 1 wounded in Arizona shootings
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Seaside towns offer free beach passes to Native Americans

New England communities are providing free beach access to Native Americans.
4 months ago
Seaside towns offer free beach passes to Native Americans
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Native students exercise right to wear regalia at graduation

Native American students in southern Utah donned beaded caps and eagle feathers at high school graduations this week, months after the state passed a law enshrining their right to wear tribal regalia at the ceremonies
4 months ago
Native students exercise right to wear regalia at graduation
5 months ago

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.
5 months ago
Report outlines federal 'abuse' of Native children at boarding schools
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Native American artist, chief, Oklahoma lawmaker Haney dies

Enoch Kelly Haney, a Native American artist, Seminole Nation chief and Oklahoma state lawmaker, has died at age 81
5 months ago
Native American artist, chief, Oklahoma lawmaker Haney dies
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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.
5 months ago
Native Americans facing disenrollment fight to remain with tribe
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Proposal to restore sovereignty to tribes in Maine advances

The Maine Senate has advanced a historic proposal to restore tribes’ sovereignty
5 months ago
Proposal to restore sovereignty to tribes in Maine advances
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Maine House advances plan to give state tribes sovereignty

The Maine Legislature has taken the first vote in giving the state’s tribes the same rights enjoyed by federally recognized tribes across the country
5 months ago
Maine House advances plan to give state tribes sovereignty
6 months ago

Tribes seek more inclusion, action from US officials

“I want the era where tribes have been on the back burner to be over."
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Native American leaders seek more from US consultations
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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.
6 months ago
Sacred land returned to Native tribe
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Washington OKs 1st statewide missing Indigenous people alert

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a bill that creates a first-in-the-nation statewide alert system for missing Indigenous people
6 months ago
Washington OKs 1st statewide missing Indigenous people alert
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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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Canadian Indigenous leaders to meet pope over school abuse

Indigenous leaders expect nothing less than a public apology from Pope Francis.
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Remains of massacred ancestors returned to Wiyot Tribe

The remains of 20 Native Americans massacred in Northern California in 1860 have been returned to their tribe
8 months ago
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EPA plans to revisit state request for tribal land oversight

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to reconsider a decision made under the Trump administration that allowed the state to regulate environmental issues in Indian Country
9 months ago
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Ex-boarding school for Native children owning up to its past

The Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota has undertaken a reckoning with its troubled past
9 months ago
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Reviving Ojibwe spiritual traditions, one pet at a time

Members of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe are working to address animal neglect.
10 months ago
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Judge denies Seminole Tribe's stay on gambling expansion

Earlier ruling would block the tribe’s deal with the state to expand gambling.
10 months ago
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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.
10 months ago
Biden signs executive order to improve safety, justice for Native Americans
10 months 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.
10 months ago
The story behind a Native American dance and its power of spiritual healing
10 months ago

White House to host 1st summit of tribal nations since 2016

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are set to host the first tribal nations summit since 2016
10 months ago
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102 died at Native American boarding school in Nebraska

Researchers say they have uncovered the names of 102 Native American students who died at a federally operated boarding school in Nebraska
10 months ago
1 year ago

Navajo Nation President Nez signs ban on indoor smoking

The ban includes in the tribe’s casinos.
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Tribe given land where ancestors survived near-annihilation

The land where the Rhode Island Narragansett tribe survived near-annihilation in a battle with English colonists in 1675 has been transferred to the tribe
1 year ago
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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
1 year ago

Dwindling Alaska salmon leave Yukon River tribes in crisis

Two salmon species have all but disappeared from Alaska's Yukon River this year.
1 year ago
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Fred Dakota, Native American gambling pioneer, dies at 84

Fred Dakota opened a garage casino in Michigan in the 1980s.
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Former Nevada ‘sundown town’ stands by siren amid reckoning

Efforts to silence a century-old siren that blares every night in Minden, Nevada, are sparking debates over how to confront the region's history of racism and violence
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Tribe claims remains of kids who died at assimilation school

The government-run school was meant to assimilate them into white culture.
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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
1 year ago

Navajos say new Arizona restrictions will complicate voting

To some, the changes will make voting more difficult than it already is.
1 year ago
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50 years ago, election ushered in new era for US tribes

An election 50 years ago ushered in new era for U.S. tribes.
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High court takes up case on virus relief funding for tribes

Case will determine who's eligible for $530 million in virus relief funding.
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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.
1 year ago
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.
1 year ago
Deb Haaland to create unit to investigate missing and murdered Native Americans
2 years ago

In a pandemic, Navajo community steps up for its vulnerable

A strong sense of community and taking care of one another has come to the aid.
2 years ago
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Proposal would create a new state-recognized tribe in Maine

Leaders of other tribes cite a lack of a formal standard for tribal recognition.
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Pandemic leaves tribes without US recognition at higher risk

Tribe leaders say pandemic poses more risk to tribes without federal recognition
2 years ago
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Washington, Oregon, 29 tribes sue over plan to move archives

They're trying to to stop the sale of the National Archives building in Seattle.
2 years ago
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Fast rollout of virus vaccine trials reveals tribal distrust

Few Native American tribes have signed up to participate in clinical trials.
2 years ago
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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.
2 years ago
For Native Americans, the fight against mascots is much bigger than sports
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Tribes try to shield elders and their knowledge from virus

Across the nation, Native American tribes work to protect their oldest members.
2 years ago
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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.
2 years ago
Haaland makes history as Department of the Interior nominee
2 years ago

Minority pushes Trump agenda largely unpopular among tribes

The Navajo Nation vice president is part of a vocal minority backing Trump.
2 years ago
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Navajo Nation calls for investigation into Fort Hood deaths

Nation member was the latest soldier from the Army post in Texas to die.
2 years ago
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Tribes struggle to meet deadline to spend virus relief aid

Tribes wrestle with competing needs, restrictive laws and inadequate staffing.
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