2021 Tribal Government Stories

Chief signs order asserting treaty right for citizens to hunt, fish in Cherokee Nation Reservation (Tahlequah Daily Press) 12/21/21

Charlene Stern: Recognize sovereignty, fight for 'inherent rights' (Indian Country Today) 12/18/21

Yurok Tribe issues emergency declaration to raise awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women (Indian Country Today) 12/17/21

Self-governance and sense of community drive tribal COVID response (Anchorage Daily News) 12/8/21

Sage Memorial Hospital breaks ground on new hospital campus on the Navajo Nation (Native News Online) 11/5/21

Osage Nation declares Juneteenth national holiday (KTUL) 11/4/21

Quapaw addresses new criminal justice center, McGirt application (Indian Country Today) 10/27/21

Chief Hoskin officially signs Verna D. Thompson Early Childhood Education Act into law to replace, upgrade Head Start centers (Indian Country Today) 10/20/21

$19 Million approved for Church Rock factory by Navajo Nation Council (Indian Country Today) 10/4/21

Indian tribes are governing well. It's the states that are failing (Washington Monthly) 9/30/21

The Cherokee Nation has agreed to a $75M settlement with opioid distributors (Oregon Public Broadcasting) 9/28/21

Marilyn Vann becomes the first Freedman in Cherokee Nation government (High Country News) 9/28/21

Muscogee Nation voters pass press protections (Indian Country Today) 9/24/21

Tribal governments adopting vaccine mandates amid COVID-19 surges (Indian Country Today) 9/22/21

Cherokee Nation passes historic nearly $3 billion budget (Indian Country Today) 9/14/21

Native youth are stepping up & repping (Indian Country Today) 9/8/21

Chief Hoskin calls for comprehensive behavioral health system, construction of new Hastings hospital, new Head Start facilities, Adair County immersion school and more in State of the Nation Address (Indian Country Today) 9/7/21

Tomicita Woodie accuses Zuni Governor of multiple abuses of power (Indian Country Today) 8/12/21

President Nez and Vice President Lizer deliver the State of the Navajo Nation Address (Indian Country Today) 7/20/21

Celebrating the one year anniversary of McGirt (Indianz) 7/12/21

Navajo Nation Council approves Phase II of Hardship Assistance for remaining tribal members (Navajo-Hopi Observer) 7/6/21

Cherokee Nation becomes first tribe to self-govern tribal transportation (Indian Country Today) 6/30/21

How the Chehalis Tribe in Washington state overturned a racist 1834 law (Lakota Times) 6/10/21

Cheat sheet: Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act 101 (Indian Country Today) 6/7/21

Muscogee National Council approves constitutional amendment ballot question on free press (Red Lake Nation News) 6/3/21

Choctaw Nation taking first steps to grant citizenship to Freedmen (NPR) 5/28/21

Tribes to confront bias against descendants of enslaved people (The New York Times) 5/28/21

Call Number with American Libraries Podcast: NILL Director Anne Lucke discusses the importance of a library dedicated to tribal law

Strengthening Cherokee Nation’s self-determination (Indianz) 5/17/21

Secretary Haaland approves new constitution for Cherokee Nation, guaranteeing full citizenship rights for Cherokee Freedmen (Indian Country Today) 5/13/21

Agua Caliente tribal council members elected, Chairman Grubbe continues in two-year term (Desert Sun) 4/6/21

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sets in-person election date (Cape Cod Times) 3/24/21

Chief Hoskin signs legislation for substance abuse treatment, tribal wellness programs (The Claremore Daily Progress) 3/22/21

CN Tribal Council refines juvenile code, confirms Barnard as judge (Tahlequah Daily Press) 3/15/21

Making history: Bay Mills Indian Community now being led by all-female council for the first time in the tribe’s history (The Mining Journal) 3/12/21

Chickasaw Nation enhances its commitment to public safety (Red Lake Nation News) 3/12/21

Hoskin signs into law ‘Cherokee Nation Park, Wildlands, Fishing and Hunting Preserve Act of 2021’ (Tahlequah Daily Press) 3/3/21

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

Cherokees remove all references to 'blood' from tribal laws (The Oklahoman) 2/23/21

Navajo Nation will strengthen federal advocacy with investment in land and property near Capitol Hill (Indian Country Today) 2/16/21

Te-Moak opens new tribal court (Elko Daily Free Press) 2/8/21

Navajo Nation Council approves COVID-19 curfew fines to help public safety (Farmington Daily Times) 2/1/21


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