• US announces $83M in latest round of tribal housing grants

    Emergency management officials on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota have a new building, but they have been operating out of an old jail that's set to be torn down. A new round of grant funding that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Tuesday will make those connections and help emergency responders into their new digs. The $3.4 million grant to the Oglala Sioux Tribe is part a third round of “imminent threat funding” from HUD, using money from the American Rescue Plan Act.

  • Shock in Colombia over murder of 14-year-old indigenous activist

    Breiner David Cucuñame was shot dead while on patrol with the unarmed group Indigenous Guard Breiner David Cucuñame. Photograph: Twitter/ParquesColombia A 14-year old indigenous activist has been murdered in Colombia, prompting horror and shock at the latest in a spate of killings of environmentalists and social leaders in the South American country. Breiner David Cucuñame was shot dead on Friday while on patrol with the Indigenous Guard, an unarmed group which seeks to protect indigenous lands

  • Native Americans want to ditch the name Squaw Valley. A county supervisor says context matters

    Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig, who moved to the area from Orange County as a teenager, accuses Roman Rain Tree of being an 'outsider.'

  • Tarnished Gold: Illegal mining stokes Indigenous divisions

    The mining encampment that stretches across a mountainside in Brazil’s Amazon is dotted with plastic tarpaulin covers. Of all places this squatter settlement shouldn’t exist, it’s here: in Brazil’s northernmost Roraima state that doesn’t permit gold prospecting, inside one of the nation’s Indigenous reserves where mining activity is illegal and on the flanks of this mountain – Serra do Atola – that traditional leaders of the Macuxi people hold sacred. Such relentless pressure is rekindling long-standing divisions in local communities here on the Raposa Serra do Sol reserve about the best path forward for their collective well-being.

  • Here's when women, Native Americans and other groups could vote in the United States

    When were groups of Americans able to vote in the United States? When were they promised voting rights, and when were those promises kept or broken?

  • Heavy rains leave Brazil indigenous group homeless again

    Heavy rains have pounded the mining region of Minas Gerais state in southeast Brazil relentlessly for the past two weeks, causing dams to overflow and flooding towns and roads. More than 20 people have died.

  • Tribal Leaders Weigh in on the Catholic Church's Effort to Engage over Indian Boarding Schools

    An increasing number of Catholic organizations are joining the discussion about Indian boarding schools. In November, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop James Wall of Gallup, New Mexico, chairman of its Native American Affairs subcommittee, sent a letter on behalf of the organization to all U.S. bishops, encouraging them to initiate truth and healing discussions with local Nations.

  • L.A. County foster care system to ramp up services in Indigenous languages

    The motion by the Board of Supervisors comes in response to the abuse of a 4-year-old boy in foster care.

  • Indigenous news outlets, nonprofits drive deeper coverage

    Kiowa tribal member Tristan Ahtone remembers just getting started in journalism over a decade ago and pitching ideas on Indigenous topics. “Nowadays there’s not enough content to fill demand, which is fantastic,” said Ahtone, a former longtime Native American Journalists Association board member and current editor at large at nonprofit media outlet Grist. Native American communities have seen more robust news coverage in recent years, in part because of an increase in Indigenous affairs reporting positions at U.S. newsrooms and financial support from foundations.

  • ‘Getting the Story Right:’ Native American Journalists Seek to Improve Montana’s Local Coverage of Indigenous Issues

    In October, Apsaalooké journalist Luella Brien quit her job at Big Horn County News in a huff. Brien said the County News, a weekly in Montana’s Big Horn County, had a long-standing reputation of not covering Native issues. {source}<h5><a href="http://bit.ly/NNONewsButton" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="color: #008080;">Want more Native News?

  • Indigenous coalition takes fight to rename town of Squaw Valley to federal board

    The coalition's founder said Fresno County leaders have ignored his proposal. He likened the term "squaw" to the "C-word," aimed specifically at Indigenous women.

  • Indigenous communities in Mexico are replacing corn crops with cannabis

    Indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico, are replacing corn crops with cannabis in anticipation of marijuana being legalized in the country.What’s happening: Ten communities in the sierra formed the collective Oaxaca Highlands and are in the process of obtaining growing permits.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.They plan to use the plant to sell products containing CBD, dishes flavored with cannabis seed, and clothes and beer made with hemp.A Mexican Sup

  • COVID-19 Positivity Rate Has More Than Tripled Across Indian Country Since Dec. 26

    With the new year comes a new wave of COVID across Indian Country, and much of the country in general. Indian Health Service (IHS) Chief Medical Officer Dr. Loretta Christensen wrote to Native News Online that all 12 service areas have seen “a significant increase” of positive COVID-19 cases in the last few weeks. The positivity rate more than tripled from the day after Christmas through the new year, compared to the week leading up to the holiday, IHS data shows.

  • Ex-paramilitaries stand trial for Guatemala civil war rape of 36 indigenous women

    Five former Guatemalan paramilitaries went on trial on Wednesday on charges of raping 36 women from the indigenous Achi group from 1981 to 1985 during the Central American country's decades-long civil war. The paramilitary Civil Self-Defense Patrols (PACs) were created by the Guatemalan army during the conflict to control the indigenous population. Since the signing of peace agreements in 1996, they have been accused of serious human rights violations.

  • The Canadian government will compensate Indigenous children put into 'discriminatory' foster care with $40 billion settlement

    Around 200,000 First Nations children may be compensated, according to the Assembly of First Nations, an Indigenous advocacy organization.

  • Canada reaches agreement to compensate indigenous children taken from families

    TORONTO (Reuters) -Canada announced on Tuesday two agreements totalling C$40 billion ($31.5 billion) to compensate First Nations children who were taken from their families and put into the child welfare system and to reform the system that removed them and deprived them of services they needed. The agreements include C$20 billion for potentially hundreds of thousands of First Nations children who were removed from their families, who did not get services or who experienced delays in receiving services. The agreements come almost 15 years after the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society brought forward a human rights complaint.

  • Original caretakers: Indigenous groups team up with conservationists to protect swaths of US

    Environmental organizations and tribes have been coming together to protect the natural world, and a key part of this teamwork has been land transfers North Cascade mountains in Washington state. Photograph: Gregg Brekke/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock In 2020, an environmental non-profit returned over a dozen acres in Oregon to the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes. Two months later, a conservation group worked with the Esselen Tribe of Monterey county to return more than 1,000 acres in Cali

  • Native American tribes have made progress against COVID-19. Omicron has them 'back in crisis mode.'

    Native American tribes, which have long led the way in vaccination rates and face high COVID-19 vulnerability, are preparing for an omicron surge.

  • Alabama Might Win at Football, but Loses in Indian Country

    Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide football team may be ranked number one in Division I College Football (SEC-West) going into tomorrow’s playoff game against the Cincinnati Bearcats, but if there was a ranking system for repatriation of Indigenous remains, the University of Alabama might be ranked at the bottom of the standings–in any conference. At issue are an estimated 10,000 human remains of seven Muskogean language-speaking tribes that were excavated from what is now an archeological park, called Moundville.

  • A Year of Challenges and Triumphs for Indian Country

    For Indigenous peoples, this year has brought so much promise – and there is no turning back. Leadership matters, and President Biden is committed to strengthening the federal government’s nation-to-nation relationships with Native American and Alaska Native communities. Under his leadership, our Administration immediately began working with Tribes to deliver COVID-19 economic relief through the American Rescue Plan and distributing vaccinations to keep Indigenous families, elders, and communities safe.

  • Quannah Chasinghorse on Lack of Indigenous Representation, Feeling Not 'Pretty Enough' Growing Up

    "Lack of representation really does take a toll on you," Indigenous model and land protector Quannah Chasinghorse told Porter of not feeling seen in the fashion industry

  • Alabama Responds to Tribal Claims; Repatriation Tentatively Moves Forward

    Earlier this month, a federal committee determined that at least 5,892 human remains held in The University of Alabama’s museums collection are culturally linked to seven present day Muskogean-speaking tribes located throughout Alabama, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Florida. The University of Alabama had previously considered the remains and artifacts “unaffiliated.” Under NAGPRA, once human remains or objects are culturally affiliated, the institution must file a federal Notice of Inventory Completion to enable other tribes to determine their interest in claiming them.

  • EPA plans to withdraw a Trump-era rule that gave the state of Oklahoma power over environmental issues on tribal lands

    Oklahoma Tribal nations criticized the EPA for not consulting with them when making the decision in 2020.

  • White House Announces $10 Million in Funding Awards for Tribal Internet

    Today, the White House announced nearly $10 million in funding awards from  the Departments of Commerce, Treasury, and Agriculture that will be leveraged to expand access to affordable, reliable, and high-speed internet services to Tribal Nations. “This is just the beginning,” Libby Washburn, Special Assistant to the President for Native Affairs at the White House, told Native News Online. Last year, Congress authorized the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which provides $1 billion in COVID-relief aid funding for tribal broadband, to be administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

  • Inuit TikToker goes with mom to get traditional tattoos: ‘Normalize Indigenous facial tattoos’

    Indigenous influencer Shina Novalinga shared her emotional tattoo journey on TikTok.