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Supporters of Abbey Lynn Steele stand outside the Pennington County Jail on Dec. 6, 2022. (Courtesy photo)

‘An addict and treated like a criminal’: Native woman’s death sparks questions

BY: - December 19, 2022

In May of 2021, Abbey Lynn Steele gave birth to her first child, a baby boy. A urine test showed methamphetamine in his system. Steele, who turned 19 that month, also tested positive for meth. The drug’s detection in the baby’s urine assured that Steele would not keep full custody under South Dakota law. Its […]

Argonaut Wharf near Campbell River is the primary export port for the Myra Falls mine in Strathcona Provincial Park in British Columbia. (Alex Ratson via Getty Images)

Tribes seek U.S. help to curb Canadian mining threats to Northwestern states

BY: - December 9, 2022

Indigenous leaders from the Northwest renewed their call this week for the federal government to pressure Canada to stop additional mining activity in British Columbia, which they say contaminates waters and threatens Native American ways of life in Alaska, Montana and Idaho. As British Columbia plans to expand its profitable coal, copper and gold mining […]

President Joe Biden and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland talk about new initiatives for Native Americans and a possible new national monument sacred to many Southwest tribes at the 2022 White House Tribal Nations Summit, held at the Department of the Interior on Nov. 30, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

At tribal summit, Biden pledges federal commitment to Indian Country

BY: - November 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday said he is poised to designate Avi Kwa Ame, a sacred site for Native American tribes in southern Nevada, as a national monument that would ensure the preservation of ancestral lands for those 12 tribes.  “I’m committed to protecting this sacred place that is central to the creation […]

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Wilma Mankiller served in the top leadership role of the Cherokee Nation from 1985 to 1995. (Peter Turnley/Corbis Historical via Getty Images)

Wilma Mankiller, first female principal chief of Cherokee Nation, continues to inspire

BY: - November 28, 2022

If you fish in your pocket or purse for a U.S. quarter today, there’s a chance you’ll see Wilma Mankiller’s face. She was the Cherokee Nation’s first female principal chief, and she inspired generations of Cherokees and young Native people like me. In 2022, Mankiller was one of the first women honored by appearing on […]

Racism, reproductive rights, inflation top concerns for voters of color

BY: - October 21, 2022

Leaders from six national racial justice organizations presented polling data they’ve conducted that shows widespread concern about racism, reproductive rights and eroding economic stability, while also suggesting that voters are increasingly concerned that leaders from both political parties are becoming more out of touch with the realities they face. The data presented by the Advancement […]

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Indian Child Welfare Act faces test before the U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - October 10, 2022

Today we celebrate Indigenous People’s Day as a way to honor and reflect upon Native American history and culture. Overwhelmingly approved by Oregon’s Legislature in 2021 and officially recognized in 13 other states, Indigenous Peoples Day is also an opportunity to support efforts that strengthen Indigenous communities. The Indian Child Welfare Act, passed in 1978, […]

Tribal law enforcement boosted under bill proposed by members of Congress from the West

BY: - September 23, 2022

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers re-introduced legislation Thursday to provide more resources for tribal law enforcement, an issue they say has become more urgent as Congress begins to consider how to respond to a July Supreme Court case that complicated state-tribal criminal jurisdiction. The bill, introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego […]

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Justice Department funds to aid tribal law enforcement and help Indigenous victims of crime

BY: - September 22, 2022

The U.S. Department of Justice announced it will provide more than $246 million in grants to Native American and Alaska Native communities for improvements in law enforcement and justice. The well-received announcement was made in Anchorage on Wednesday at the start of the federal government’s annual tribal consultation conference on violence against women. Allison Randall, […]

U.S. Supreme Court building. (Jim Small/Arizona Mirror)

Tribal leaders testify before Congress about sovereignty in legal systems

BY: - September 21, 2022

Sovereignty on Native American land is being attacked by the United States’ highest court, leaders from various tribal nations told members of Congress this week. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Castro v. Huerta earlier this year allows state prosecutors to take over criminal prosecutions for crimes that occur on Indigenous nations, and it’s causing confusion […]

First woman and Alaska Native elected to represent Alaska in U.S. House

BY: - September 1, 2022

Democrat Mary Peltola will become the first woman to represent Alaska in the U.S. House of Representatives and the first Alaska Native ever to serve in Congress. The former state legislator and current tribal fisheries leader is the first Democrat to win a U.S. House race here in 50 years and will serve the remaining […]