Selected Native American News Stories

Last updated: January 10, 2019

Next update is planned to be published by: January 24, 2019

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Culture and Tradition

First-ever Indigenous Peoples March will fight against injustices faced across the globe (EcoWatch) 1/10/19

Acoma Pueblo celebrates return of cultural items (Albuquerque Journal) 12/19/18

Economic Development

Seneca Nation told to continue sharing gaming revenues with New York (Indianz) 1/8/19

Court says it lacks jurisdiction in casino licensing case (Northern California Record) 12/27/18

Idaho sports poster company charged with wire fraud of Oglala Sioux Tribe (Argus Leader.) 12/21/18


Cherokee Nation applauds passge of Johnson-O'Malley reform bill (Native News Online) 1/9/19 (See 115th Congress S.943)

Navajo Techincal University receives approval from HLC to open campus site in Pueblo of Zuni (Native News Online) 1/5/19

Education Department investigates discrimination against Native students (Indian Country Today) 1/5/19

Report: U.S. fails in funding obligations to Native Americans (Navajo-Hopi Observer) 1/1/19

On a reservation, a second chance for prisoners and their warden (ProPublica) 12/28/18

Hearing in Neshaminy Redskins nickname lawsuit set (Patch) 12/19/18

Environment and Energy

Big Navajo Energy receives funding to provide solar energy to Navajo families (Native News Online) 1/10/19

Supreme Court won't review wind farm case (Energy Central News) 1/9/19 (See Osage Wind, LLC, et al. v. United States)

Noem wants to build a tribal relationship, wants 'uneventful' KXL construction (SDPB Radio) 1/8/19

Rural Nevada residents lash out over tribal horse roundup (Reno Gazette Journal) 1/8/19

Fod du Lac Band challenges Minntac permit (Pine Journal) 1/8/19

Navajo company looks into buying northern Arizona coal mine (Arizona Daily Sun) 1/7/19

Grand Canyon protected from mining for now (NARF) 1/2/19

Health and Welfare

Adoption didn't solve the 'Indian Problem' (High Country News) 1/9/19

Woman in coma who gave birth to baby boy is a tribal citizen of San Carlos Apache Tribe (Native News Online) 1/9/19

Urban Indigenous communities push for action to address violence against women (Seattle Weekly) 1/9/19

Shutdown impacts Native American's ability to get health services (NPR) 1/8/19

Government shutdown strikes home on Wind River reservation (Wyoming Public Media) 1/4/19

Murkowski to revive bill intended to help Native women (Anchorage Daily News) 12/28/18 (See 115th Congress S.1942)

Health crisis ongoing for SD's Native Americans (Public News Service) 12/26/18

Rep. Mullin introduces bill to keep IHS doors open despite government shutdown (Native News Online) 12/21/18 (See 115th Congress H.R.7362)

Native Americans are under-reported in opioid overdose data (High Country News) 12/21/18

The NIH is bypassing tribal sovereignty to harvest genetic data from Native Americans (Motherboard) 12/21/18


Nevada board endorses Shoshone name 'Doso Doyabi' for mountain (Indianz) 1/10/19

Senate Committe on Indian Affairs retains bipartisan leadership (Indianz) 1/9/19

Supreme Court takes up another Indian law case with few on the horizon (Indianz) 1/8/19 (See Herrera v. Wyoming)

Meet Ruth Buffalo, the first Native American Democratic woman in North Dakota's statehouse (Newsweek) 1/6/19

Utah GOP candidate sues after Navajo wins county election (U.S. News) 1/4/19

Shutdown leaves food, medicine and pay in doubt in Indian Country (The New York Times) 1/1/19

Government shutdown in Montana will hit national parks, forests, tribes hardest (Missoulian) 12/21/18

Tulalip Tribes appeal a loss in federal sales-tax case (Herald Net) 12/21/18 (See The Tulalip Tribes and the Consolidated Borough of Quil Ceda Village v. The State of Washington )

Report on funding for Native Americans also urges federal recognition of Native Hawaiians (Hawaii News Now) 12/21/18

Winnebago Tribe wins round in lawsuit to defend its sovereignty (Indianz) 12/19/18 (See HCI Distribution, INC v. Peterson)

Land and Water

Masphee tribe's casino land bill re-introduced in Congress (South Coast Today) 1/9/19 (See 116th Congress H.R.312)

Chumash reintroduces legislation to place Camp 4 into federal trust (Santa Ynez Valley Star) 1/9/19 (See 116th Congress H.R.317)

Judge denies government request for stay in Cape tribe's lawsuit (Cape Cod Times) 1/3/19

Bipartisan bill to control sea lions, save salmon on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers signed into law (U.S. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler) 12/19/18 (See 115th Congress H.R.2083)

Recognition and Enrollment

Tester, Daines reintroduce bill recognizing Little Shell (U.S. Senator Jon Tester) 1/8/19 (See 116th Congress H.R. 297 and S.51)

Oklahoma leaders applaud vote to end blood metric for Five Tribes (Tulsa World) 12/25/18 (See 115th Congress H.R.2606)

Utah Senator blocks vote on Montana tribe's recognition (U.S. News) 12/23/18 (See 115th Congress S.39)

Sacred Places

'This is our land': Native Americans see Trump's move to reduce Bears Ears monument as an assault on their culture (Los Angeles Times) 12/25/18

Sovereign Immunity

Casinos on every corner? No! How Carpenter v. Murphy affects tribal sovereignty (Indian Country Today) 12/20/18 (See Carpenter v. Murphy)

Tribal Government

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians welcomes new attorney general (Indianz) 1/9/19

Begaye vetoes change to tribe's employment law (Albuquerque Journal) 1/9/19

Southeast villages looking to form tribal courts (Juneau Empire) 12/20/18

Tribal Jurisdiction

Attorneys respond to Supreme Court's questions about Murphy case (The Journal Record) 12/28/18 (See Carpenter v. Murphy)


North Dakota asks Judge to dismiss tribe's voter ID lawsuit (The New York Times) 1/8/19

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