A Native American legal group is encouraged by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s record
Dakota Access Pipeline backers are keeping the project’s status under wraps
The Nez Perce tribe expresses concerns over sovereignty and other interests
Norway’s second largest pension fund is divesting millions from companies involved in the Dakota Access Pipeline
Nez Perce tribal group in Idaho advocates removing dams to revive salmon populations
Newly renamed Black Elk Peak in South Dakota was the site of the Lakota spring celebration
Landmark ruling reaffirms the Yakama tribe’s right to transport goods freely in Washington state
New law requires Wyoming schools to teach Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho history and culture
Ceremony honors code talker veterans of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
The families of 17 Standing Rock Sioux veterans are receiving Congressional Gold Medals in honor of the men’s service as code talkers during World War I. The men were among those fighting in the trenches along the Western Front in France seven years before Native Americans were granted citizenship by the United States government.
Following the massive, months-long protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, lawmakers in South Dakota enacted laws curtailing protests in that state. The legislation is in anticipation of demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. Now that it’s in effect, the bill stiffens penalties for protesters, expressly restricts blocking highways, and allows the governor to establish temporary ‘safe zones’ where access is limited.
The Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency could eliminate jobs and environmental services at 18 Southeast Alaska tribes. Those tribes use the EPA’s Indian General Assistance Program. President Donald Trump’s proposal, intended to boost the defense budget, would slash the program’s $65-million funding by 29 percent.