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Holiday Giveaway

The holiday season is here!  I’m giving away 3 – $100 gift cards this month!  And you have my permission after shopping for others, […]

First Nations from Across Canada to Gather for AFN Virtual Special Chiefs Assembly

(Ottawa, ON) – First Nations leaders, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Women, Youth and Veterans from coast-to-coast-to-coast will gather virtually next week for discussions and deliberations on […]

Tanner v. Cayuga Nation Cert Petition

Here: Petition Questions presented: 1. In view of Sherrill, whether New York tribes exercise “concurrent” jurisdiction over fee lands within the plenary taxing and regulatory authority […]

Assembly of First Nations announces names of First Nation delegates travelling to Vatican City

(Ottawa, ON) – Today, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is releasing the names and titles of the 13 First Nation delegates who will travel […]

Opinion: Ethnic Fraud in Academic Institutions is One Strand of a Much Bigger Problem

The cases of ethnic fraud in academic institutions—mainly being reported in Canada—have started many conversations over how to prevent people from claiming an Indigenous identity […]

Virginia Executive Order on Tribal Consultation

Va. Order Gives Tribes More Power Over State Permits By Clark Mindock, Law 360 Read the article here! Further Reading: Gov. Northam’s Press Release: Washington […]

AFN BULLETIN – AFN Calls for urgent action and more equitable participation of Indigenous Peoples Following COP26: UN Climate Change Conference 2021

SUMMARY:  The AFN sent a small delegation to the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) taking […]

Keep the UP Wild: The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC)

Keep the UP Wild The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) and their Michigan partners are currently working on a project to designate four areas […]

It’s Time to Properly Acknowledge Native American Veterans

Veterans Day is the one day a year, we set aside to honor our military heroes that have fought and died in order to protect […]

Egregious Misconduct: 2021 Indigenous Law Conference Day 2 Panel 4 – Ethics

Please register to join us virtually for the 18th Annual ILPC/TICA Indigenous Law Conference! For information about the agenda, sponsorships, and registration, please visit the […]

The Atlanta Braves Are World Series Champs, But The ‘Tomahawk Chop’ Debate Rages On

The Atlanta Braves are officially baseballs’ best team, after defeating the Houston Astros 4-2 in the World Series. Yet, the gesture known as the “tomahawk […]

Indian Law Issues in the News (10/25/2021)

Detroit News: First lady Jill Biden visits Saginaw Chippewa center to discuss youth mental health Arizona Capitol Times: Ducey gives tribe $30M for water rights […]


(Ottawa, ON) – The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is pleased to announce the release of the Key Findings and Recommendations for Decision-makers of the […]

Indigenous Community Calls on Fox News to Fire Hosts Over Racist Comments

You may have seen the “Fox News Primetime” segment in which hosts Rachel Campos-Duffy and Jesse Watters defended Columbus Day and depicted indigenous people as […]

Michigan Indian Legal Services Needs Assessment

Michigan Indian Services provides legal services statewide to income-eligible individuals and tribes, advocates for the rights of individuals that advances systems of justice, and works […]

Ribbon Skirt and Earring Giveaway

Let’s continue celebrating 25 years of with another great giveaway! Thanks to our friends at AC and Associates for this great prize. Prize Ribbon […]


(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald acknowledges the victory for children and families with the Federal Court of Canada’s […]

Bears Ears/Grand Staircase-Escalante/Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Proclamations signed

Proclamation on Bears Ears National Monument Proclamation on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Proclamation on Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

‘Stoodis!’ & ‘Skoden’ — ‘Reservation Dogs’ Puts NDN Slang in Focus

The hit series “Reservation Dogs,” created by Sterling Harjo and Taika Waititi, has accomplished something few other shows have: it’s managed to introduce a mainstream […]

Most Memorable Pow Wow Moments

Finally, I was able to attend my first Pow Wow in 2 years. With my trip, I have been reflecting on some of my best […]

More Eighth Circuit Briefs in Noem v. Haaland

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe brief CRST brief addendum/Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Vance declaration Briefs posted earlier are available here.


(Ottawa, ON) – Today, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald acknowledges the importance of Orange Shirt Day, urging all Canadians to spend […]

Wisconsin Tribes Sue to Stop State’s Idiotic Wolf Hunt

Here are the materials in Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin v. Cole (W.D. Wis.): 1 Complaint


(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald congratulates newly re-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada on achieving […]

Disney+ Series ‘Hawkeye’ to Feature Two Indigenous Actors

Marvel has a reputation for creating fictional superheroes that resonate with audiences worldwide. Come late fall, indigenous fans of Marvel will have one of their […]

California COA (again) Permits Tax on Leased Allotments

Here are the materials in Albrecht v. County of Riverside (Cal. Ct. App.): Opinion Opening Brief Desert Water Agency Brief County of Riverside Brief Coachella […]

‘Keep It Sacred’ — Say No to Commercial Tobacco

More than one in five indigenous adults smoke, compared to 13.7 of adults overall. And according to the CDC, indigenous people have the highest prevalence […]

Four Cert Petitions Filed in Texas v. Haaland [Brackeen ICWA Case]

Today Texas, the individual plaintiffs, the Solicitor General, and the intervening tribal nations filed petitions for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the Court […]

Deanna Standing Cloud – Female Pow Wow MC – Pow Wow Life Podcast Episode 33

Deanna Standing Cloud became one of the first females to Emcee at a Pow Wow in 2017.  In this episode, Deanna discusses her journey to […]

AFN National Chief Archibald launches a strategic direction toward positive and evolutionary change for First Nations and all Canadians in “The Healing Path Forward: 2021 Federal Priorities for Strengthening and Rebuilding First Nations”

(Ottawa, ON) – Today, The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald launched “The Healing Path Forward,” a platform outlining the priority areas […]

Federal Court Decides Menominee v. Lexington Ins. Co.

Here are the materials in Menominee Indian Tribe v. Lexington Ins. Co. (N.D. Cal.): 1 Notice of Removal 1-2 Complaint 58 Amended Complaint 62 Lexington […]

Leah Tsinajinnie – Navajo Professional Disc Golfer – Pow Wow Life Podcast Episode 32

Leah Tsinajinnie recently changed sports from Ultimate to Disc Golf.  She was a collegiate National Champion and professional Ultimate player.  Leah is now on the […]

AFN BULLETIN – August 18, 2021 – 44th General Federal Election

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Job Announcements

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Reservation Dogs Gives us Yet Another Chapter of Onscreen Indigenous Magic

The moment you turn on FX’s new comedy, “Reservation Dogs,” you realize you’re watching something special. The show was co-created by Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Muscogee Creek) […]

AFN BULLETIN – August 5, 2021 – Lac Seul Wins Supreme Court of Canada Appeal, Decision Sets Precedent for Equitable Compensation

SUMMARY: Lac Seul First Nation has won an appeal to have damages reviewed for historical flooding on its lands and confirming the Crown’s fiduciary duties […]

Tenth Circuit Orders Tribal Court Exhaustion in Ute Dispute with Former Contractor

Here is the opinion in Becker v. Ute Indian Tribe. Briefs: Ute Opening Brief Becker Brief Lawrence Brief Ute Reply Lower court order here: 136 […]

Opinion: Critical Race Theory and Why Native Americans Need a Seat at the Table

Critical Race Theory has firmly cemented its place among the most discussed topics of 2021, with many members of the media and the academic community sharing […]

AFN BULLETIN – Annual General Assembly and National Chief Election 2021 – July 26, 2021

National Chief Election Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chiefs-in-Assembly from across Canada made history earlier this month electing RoseAnne Archibald as the first ever woman […]

Pow Wow Calendar Update – July 23, 2021

Many are still having to cancel or change their dates, so check back to our calendar often! 2021 Pow Wow Calendar Check the list below […]

Active Efforts Case from South Dakota Supreme Court [ICWA]

inrechDownload South Dakota is sending us into the weekend with a positive attitude with this decision. In a shocking development [not shocking] it turns out […]

National Chief RoseAnne Archibald Seeks Urgent Action from Federal Government after Release of Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Report on Unmarked Graves

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald joined Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Kúkpi7 Rosanne Casimir, her Council and community, Elders, special […]

Escape to Alcatraz Chronicles Rise of Native Voices, Struggles That Persist To This Day

“Escape to Alcatraz,” the new documentary series by Hulu, gives us an up-close look at the 19 months in which Native Americans occupied the abandoned […]

Pow Wow Calendar Update – July 9, 2021

Pow Wows are happening again in some areas! Many are still having to cancel or change their dates, so check back to our calendar often! […]

“The Glass Ceiling has been Broken!” – RoseAnne Archibald Voted in as First Woman National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chiefs-in-Assembly today elected RoseAnne Archibald as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations at the 42nd Annual General Assembly […]

Leonard Peltier: Native American Activist, Writer and Prisoner

Leonard Peltier has been called everything from an activist, militant, warrior and hero to a criminal and murderer. His legacy is as controversial as it […]


(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde released the below statement following the announcement by Chief Cadmus Delorme about the work […]

Florida Court Awards Nominal Attorney Fees to Miccosukee Tribe in Long-Running Dispute with Lewis Tein Firm

Here are the materials in Lewis Tein P.L. v. Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida (Miami-Dade Cir. Ct.): Miccosukee Brief Miccosukee Affidavit Lewis Tein Brief […]

Our Prime Day 2021 Top Picks

Happy Prime Day! Amazon’s annual two-day shopping event, which kicked off at 3 a.m. ET today, includes discounts on over two million items for Prime […]


(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde welcomes the passing of a federal bill to advance the implementation of the […]

Supreme Court Ruling On Tribal Police Falls Short

Native Americans are saying that the ruling to now allow Native police officers to detain non-Native individuals on their land, is just not enough. Why? […]

BIA Prisoner Loses FOIA Suit against BIA because BIA Provided Everything Demanded

Here is the order in Kovalevich v. Bureau of Indian Affairs (D.D.C.): 28 DCT Order

Years after release of TRC report, most Canadians want accelerated action to remedy damage done by residential school system, says poll

A poll conducted by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, the Assembly of First Nations and Abacus Data shows that the majority of Canadians believe governments […]

Liz Reese Full Commentary on the Cooley Decision

From SCOTUSBlog here. An excerpt: On Tuesday in United States v. Cooley, the Supreme Court upheld a power that tribal governments have long assumed they possessed […]

Powwows Calendar Update – June 4, 2021

Pow Wows are happening again in some areas! Many are still having to cancel or change their dates, so check back to our calendar often! […]

Assembly of First Nations Election 2021 – Announcement of Candidates for the Office of the National Chief

OTTAWA, ON – The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, responsible for the election of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief, has received […]

Motion for Summary Judgment and Amicus Briefs in AFCARS Lawsuit [foster care and adoption data for AI/AN and LGBTQ+ kids]

Final_Motion for Summary Judgment   Plaintiffs have standing to bring this case. Plaintiffs here include the largest federally recognized tribes in California and in the […]

Powwows Calendar Update – May 28, 2021

Pow Wows are happening again in some areas! Many are still having to cancel or change their dates, so check back to our calendar often! […]

Watch 2021 Manito Ahbee Virtual Pow Wow

The Manito Ahbee Virtual Powwow takes place May 21-23, the May long weekend in Canada. Last year, we reached over half a million viewers with […]

Interview – Jana Schmieding Lakota Actress From Peacock’s Rutherford Falls

Rutherford Falls,” Peacock TV‘s binge-worthy new show, manages to do something few ever have: bring multi-dimensional indigenous characters into an American sitcom. While Native Americans have […]

Harvard Law Review Casenote on Williams v. Medley Opportunity Fund II [tribal payday lending]

Here is “Williams v. Medley Opportunity Fund II, LP: Third Circuit Rules that Tribal Payday Lenders Cannot Compel Arbitration.” We posted the materials on this […]


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Powwows Calendar Update – May 7, 2021

Pow Wows are happening again in some areas! Many are still having to cancel or change their dates. Check the list below for the latest […]

Bring Bright Eyes to the Big Screen!

At this week’s live event, we talked to the filmmaker and star actress of a new indigenous film, Bright Eyes. The story chronicles a young […]

NCJFCJ ICWA Courts Publication

NCJFCJ has a cool new publication on ICWA courts, specifically the Duluth ICWA court which is (in my humble opinion) the national model for this […]


Regional Engagement Sessions First Nations National Action Plan on MMIWG First Nations National Action Plan The development of a National Action Plan to End Violence […]

Water Is Life – Fill It Forward Giveaway and Fill it Forward are teaming up to inspire the world to reuse and reduce. To kick off our partnership, we are giving away […]


(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says the 2021 federal budget tabled today in Ottawa includes the largest investment ever […]

Powwow Calendar Update – March 10, 2021

Pow Wows are happening again in some areas! Many are still having to cancel or change their dates. Check the list below for the latest […]

Assembly of First Nations calls for sustained investments for water certainty

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says urgent action is required to end long-term boil water advisories and achieve […]

NAICJA Tribal Child Welfare Training

December 9-10, 2020, 9-4pm MT Join the National American Indian Court Judges Association and Casey Family Programs for a virtual Judicial Skills Training for Judges who […]

The Assembly of First Nations Knowledge Keepers Council supports the rights of Mi’kmaq people to assert their Treaty Right to Fish within their Territory

October 22, 2020 The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Knowledge Keepers are sending their support to the Mi’kmaq people who are exercising their right to […]

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde says Canada’s fall economic statement is a strong plan for post-pandemic recovery

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde released this statement today following the release of the Government of Canada’s Fall Economic […]

Amicus Brief of NCAI in Census Case

Here is the National Congress of American Indians’ (“NCAI”) Amicus Brief in Trump v. New York, which is being argued today and addresses whether unauthorized […]

2020 Native American Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here again!  Despite what’s going on in the world today, there still should be times of celebration and delight. Friends and family […]

D.C. Circuit Declines to Order Injunction on Construction of Border Wall to Stop Destruction of Sacred Sites over Dissent of Judge Millett

Here is the order in Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation v. Wolf: Order on Motion for Stay Pending Appeal + Dissent Briefs: Opposition Appellants […]

Jonodev Chaudhuri on McGirt in the Harvard Law Review

Jonodev Chaudhuri has published “Reflection on McGirt v. Oklahoma” in the Harvard Law Review Forum.

Southwest Indian Law CLEs

The first one has passed, but the rest are still available and free!  sw-cross-jurisdiction-webinar-flyer-1-2Download

National Chief Bulletin – Update on federal engagement for a Bill to advance implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

SUMMARY In early October, the federal Department of Justice (DoJ) initiated an engagement process respecting a proposed federal Bill to advance implementation of the United […]

Pow Wow Calendar Update – November 13, 2020

Yes!  There are some Pow Wows happening.  Many are still having to cancel or change their dates. Check the list below for the latest Pow […]

Gather – The Fight To Revitalize Our Native Foodways

The stunning documentary, Gather, follows four individuals as they share their experiences as natives and their plan to keep their culture alive while feeding and […]

Connecticut SCT Briefs in Town of Ledyard v. WMS Gaming Inc.

Here: Town of Ledyard Opening Brief WMS Gaming Answer Brief Reply

ASU Law: NAGPRA Panel on Nov. 16

NAGPRA: 30 Years and Beyond Monday, Nov. 16 12:00-1:30 p.m. MST Join us as we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Native American Graves Protection […]

The McGirt Decision, final ILPC/TICA Indigenous Law Conference Panel

17th Annual ILPC/TICA Indigenous Law Conference November 10, 12, and 13, 2020 1-4:30pm ET Panel 6: The McGirt Decision Register and learn more at

Voting Rights and the 2020 Election: Day 3 of the ILPC/TICA Indigenous Law Conference

17th Annual ILPC/TICA Indigenous Law Conference November 10, 12, and 13, 2020 1-4:30pm ET Panel 5: Voting Rights and the 2020 Election Register and learn […]

Pow Wow Calendar Update – November 6, 2020

Yes!  There are some Pow Wows happening.  Many are still having to cancel or change their dates. Check the list below for the latest Pow […]

New Indian Law Scholarship Posted on SSRN

Here: Scaling Commercial Law in Indian Country Texas A&M Law Review, Forthcoming Number of pages: 38 Posted: 21 Sep 2020 Working Paper Series Marc Lane Roark […]

Explore Native – 2020 Native American Heritage Giveaway

Explore Native will show you ways to Explore Native American Culture during Native American Heritage Month. Whether you are a Pow Wow dancer, a Native […]

AFN National Chief Bellegarde welcomes emergency COVID funding for First Nations Early Learning and Child Care

(Ottawa, ON) – National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) welcomes Canada’s announcement of emergency funding for Indigenous Early Learning and […]

10 of the Most Important Dates for Native American History

Native Americans have a rich heritage and legacy, full of beautiful moments and unexpected calamities. We’re going to go over some of the most important […]

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Calls for the Removal of RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde released this statement today calling for the removal of RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki: “Given […]

Tim Giago: A disease that ravages Indian Country and America

I have Type 2 diabetes and I lost two sisters to the disease.

Common Sleep Problems

Each year, millions of unfortunate people suffer from sleeping difficulties.  There may be as many as hundreds of reasons for it. Some reasons are related […]

My Favorite Moments From Gathering of Nations Pow Wows

I attended my first Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in 2004.  Since then I have been blessed to attend each year.  Starting in 2009 I […]

Indian Health Service takes down ‘racist’ poster but disavows link to coronavirus

A visitor to an Indian Health Service hospital found something upsetting on the wall: a poster with a racist term used by Donald Trump.

Eighth Circuit Affirms Murder Conviction [Pine Ridge]

Here is the opinion in United States v. Dowty.

AFN National Chief Bellegarde happy to see Robinson-Huron Treaty annuities case move one step closer to providing justice for First Nations

(Ottawa, ON) – National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) said he is pleased that the Robinson-Huron Treaty annuities case was […]

FDA: Check the Hand Sanitizer You Are Using

NPR photo Published June 23, 2020 WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement Monday advising consumers not to use any hand […]

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe v. Donald J. Trump

Here is the complaint in Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe v. Donald J. Trump, which relates to Cheyenne River’s Health Safety Checkpoints. From the complaint: The […]

Tuesday Navajo Nation COVID-19 Update: 43 New Cases and One More Death

Published June 23, 2020 Daily curfew and requirement to wear face mask remains in effect WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Tuesday, the Navajo Department of Health, […]

Tribes Sue EPA over Clean Water Act Rules

Here is the complaint in Pascua Yaqui Tribe v. EPA (D. Ariz.): 1 Complaint Here is the complaint in Navajo Nation v. Wheeler (D. N.M.): […]

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Don’t defund the police, disarm them

How many Native Americans in Rapid City would be alive today if the police did not carry guns?

Sell Your Car to the Disposal

You may own a vintage car that has reached a point where it is so old that it cannot circulate properly. Or it could be […]

Chuck Hoskin: Why I removed Confederate monuments from the Cherokee Capitol Grounds

For the first time in more than a century, the Cherokee Nation will take full control over the images and symbols depicted on our historic […]

New Republic: “Your Road Trip Is Not More Important Than Indian Country”

Here. So it’s not the National Review, which apparently is waaay more fascist. Same acronym tho….

New Streaming Show “Red Hoop Talk” Explores the Reality of Indian Country with Guests

By Mikayla Steele & Levi Rickert Guest Kim Mettler a citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, and CEO of Heart River Coaching joined […]

Law Review Article Published Entirely in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian)

Sabrina Rose Kamakakaulani Gramberg has published, in the Asian & Pacific Law & Policy Journal, an article written entirely in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian). Here is […]

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: The Indian world is uncomfortable

Our young people deserve the truth. We should tell them that history is not something to escape.

Today’s offer related to audio-visual entertainment

The offer related to entertainment today with regard to audiovisuals, online games and gaming is increasingly rich and detailed, given that the percentage of users […]

How to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Native American Communities

COVID-19 is a highly-contagious pathogen that can become airborne and infect others who are not adequately protecting themselves. While people everywhere have become infected, Native […]

Teen students lead Nashville’s largest ever protest against racist police violence

A huge group—led by students—congregated in Nashville to protest the horrific murder of George Floyd and racist police violence.

Eight More COVID-19 Deaths on Navajo Nation: President Nez Stresses “Staying Home”

With the state of Arizona spiking with new COVID-19 cases, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez stressed importance of staying home. Photo from June 15 town […]

Nonprofit PWNA Praises Donors for $4M in COVID-19 Relief Funds

Partnership With Native Americans will use more than $4 million in donations to collaborate with Program Partners on reservations to provide COVID-19 relief aid. (Courtesy […]

Second Circuit Briefs in Seneca Nation of Indians v. State of New York [gaming dispute arbitration award]

Here: Seneca Brief New York Brief Lower court materials here.

2020 Manito Ahbee Pow Wow Virtual Contest

The 2020 Manito Ahbee Pow Wow will hold a virtual dance contest July 12 – 19, 2020. will stream the dance contest videos during […]

Indian Country Today: 10 people whose statues should replace Columbus

Around the world statues are coming down. Civil War generals. Mass murderers. And Christopher Columbus.

The rise of online casinos and what it means for the industry

Despite what many think, the online casino industry could have a positive impact on the casino industry as a whole It’s been on the way […]

Let’s just admit it: Canada has a racism problem

As a Cree man, the outrage that has followed the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis resonates with my experience and my people’s demands […]

Bostock v. Clayton County Opinion

Just ‘cuz it seems the SCOTUS webpage is overwhelmed: Bostock Opinion

Cronkite News: Native American communities hit harder than some states, research finds

The disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on minorities underscores the longstanding failure of federal officials to respond to the needs of Native Americans, a key […]

The Treasury Department Releases Its Formula for Second Round Distribution of CARES Act Funds to Tribes

WASHINGTON — A month and a half after a deadline set by Congress, the Treasury Department on Friday announced their second distribution formula for the […]

‘Patently unfair’: Judge won’t let Trump administration delay COVID-19 relief again

Tribes will finally see the rest of their payments from the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund after the Trump administration tried to delay the money […]

AFN National Chief Bellegarde welcomes new funding to support First Nations economic development and tourism

(Ottawa, ON) – National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) said he welcomes the newly announced funding to help First Nations’ […]

Shane Ortega – A Conversation About Race – Pow Wow Nation Live

Pow Wow Nation Live show this week will feature an interview with Shane Ortega.  I discuss with Shane racism in American.   Shane Ortega is a […]

COVID-19 Related Death Toll Nears 300 on Navajo Nation

Roadblocks on the Navajo Nation to let tribal citizens the curfew will be enforced. Published June 10, 2020 2,997 recoveries, 125 new cases, and seven […]

Cronkite News: Navajo leaders lay out plan to spend relief funds, shield elderly from ‘this monster’

Federal funding has reached the Navajo Nation, and President Jonathan Nez is urging tribal leaders to move quickly to approve the distribution of $50 million […]

8 More COVID-19 Related Deaths Reported on Navajo Nation – Death Toll at 285; Cases Reach 6,150

Navajo Nation has been assisting families with food, water and other supplies. Published June 10, 2020 2,872 recoveries, 40 new cases, and eight more deaths […]

How can I improve my chances of being accepted for a Guarantor Loan

For most of us, there will be a time in our lives when we need to borrow money. One popular option is the guarantor loan. […]

Profile of Great Lakes Anishinaabe Responses to Climate Change

From Yale Climate Connections, “By paying attention, tribes in the Northwoods are leading the way on climate change.”

Congress returns to Indian Country’s agenda in age of COVID-19

Congress is slowly but surely getting back to work after COVID-19 derailed Indian Country’s legislative agenda ahead of one of the most critical elections in […]

Pendleton Giveaway – 2020 Is Halfway Over!

2020 has been a rough year!   Coronavirus Quarantine No Pow Wows Murder Hornets And more! On top of that my daughter had a wreck this […]

Working Together for American Indian Students

Guest Opinion Published June 8, 2020 At Cherokee Nation, we remain deeply invested in ensuring good education for Cherokees and all children living in our […]

AFN Women’s Council response to delay of National Action Plan

(Ottawa, ON) – One year after the release of the National Inquiry’s final report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), the high […]

Night of Prayer – Pow Wow Nation Live

On my recent live show on Facebook and Youtube, I shared videos from past Pow Wows of prayer songs, memorial songs, and Jingle songs. These […]

Native Sun News Today: A peaceful protest in Rapid City

‘George was the biggest gentle giant ever,’ Selwyn Jones said of his nephew, George Floyd, who was killed by police officers.

Several Benefits Of Playing The Lottery Online As Compared To Traditional Betting

Playing the lottery online is a lot easier and faster. Players can just scale through betting from the comfort of their homes using their smartphone […]

NYTs: “Does John Roberts Need to Check His Own Biases?”

Here. Worth a read, and then check out the QuaranTICA webinar on oral arguments!

Interview with Darren Thompson Reporting From Minneapolis Protests

Darren Thompson is an award-winning flute musician. He is a writer for and Native News Online.  This week he has been covering the protests […]

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation cancels July 4 celebrations, ends weekend curfew

Navajo Nation leaders have canceled this year’s Fourth of July celebrations as the tribe continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.

One year after the National Inquiry’s final report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, National Chief Bellegarde maintains immediate action can be taken

(Ottawa, ON) – One year after the release of the National Inquiry’s final report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), Canada’s governments […]

Michigan’s Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Opens Its Tribal Casinos Before State’s Stay-at-Home Order Lifted

Plexiglass was installed at interactive areas of the Soaring Eagle and Resort. Published May 30, 2020 PLEASANT, Mich. — After voluntarily closing its three tribal […]

Mary Smith on COVID in Indian Country

On Medium, here is “COVID-19 in Native American Communities: A Quiet Crisis That Has Become an Ear-Deafening Emergency.”

Native Sun News Today: LNI and Powwow on hold

Events that normally take place annually in Rapid City and the Black Hills have joined the evolving conversation of whether or not to host patrons […]

Best Kratom for anxiety and depression

Mental health illnesses are quite prevalent in the world. For instance, millions of people suffer from anxiety and depression worldwide. About 300 million people experience […]

NAICJA Webiner – McGirt v. Oklahoma Supreme Court Oral Arguments: An analysis of the History, Law, and Arguments of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation Case

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 12:30 pm-2:00 PM MST (90) minutes. Webinar Narrative: The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on May 11, […]

COVID-19 in Arizona: Navajo Nation sees a spike in cases

Despite promising trends last week, the Navajo Nation reported a spike in COVID-19 cases, with new cases and additional deaths.

The Kwek Society helps Native women, but needs your vote

Kwek Society distribution, March 2020 (courtesy photo) ARLINGTON, Virg. — The Kwek Society (Kwe’k means “women” in Potawatomi) wakes up every morning with the same […]

QuaranTICA COVID and Child Welfare Panel

Today: Kate Fort, ILPC; Annette Nickel, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Jade White, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Tamera Begay, Puyallup Tribe of Indians. I’m awfully […]

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal makes additional ruling on compensation for First Nations children

(Ottawa, ON): On May 28, 2020, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal delivered an additional ruling on compensation for First Nations children and their families who […]

Navajo COVID curve flattens, but leaders fear post-holiday spike in cases

After weeks of grim news as the pandemic tore through the Navajo Nation, the curve of positive COVID-19 cases has begun to flatten, President Jonathan […]

Saturday Navajo Nation COVID-19 Update: 1,814 Recoveries, 105 New Cases of COVID-19, & 10 More Deaths Reported

Published May 31, 2020 WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian […]

June 4 QuranTICA: Oral Arguments Remotely! What Could Go Wrong?!

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Minneapolis Youth Center Catches Fire in Riot

Minneapolis Fire Department has the fire contained at Migizi Communication, an American Indian youth center, that caught fire in riot that has ravaged the city […]

Friday Job Announcements

To post an open Indian law or leadership job to Turtle Talk, send the following information to In the email body, a typed brief description […]

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Says Today’s Funding is Much Needed to Continue the Fight against COVID-19

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says the Prime Minister’s announcement of new funding to fight COVID-19 in First […]

‘Absolutely maddening’: Trump administration falters on coronavirus relief promised to tribes

It was a federal judge’s mistake but it forced the Trump administration into disclosing the troubles tribes are facing as they seek the COVID-19 funds […]

Interview with Chef Brian Yazzie

About Chef Brian Yazzie Brian Yazzie (a.k.a. Yazzie the Chef) is a Diné Chef from Dennehotso, Arizona which is located on the Northeastern part of […]

‘They’re killing us’: Urban Indian community caught at center of police brutality firestorm

The killing of George Floyd by police officers has set off a firestorm in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, home to a large urban Indian […]

U2 drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. donates $100,000 to Native American relief fund

Larry Mullen Jr., drummer of U2 (second from left), donated $100,000 to the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund. HOWTH, Ireland — U2 might […]

MMIW: Red symbolizes a call for attention

Today, the role of red is being used to call attention to the invisible — missing and murdered.

Online Gambling Laws Could Be Relaxed in Near Future

According to experts in the industry, regulations governing online gambling in the US could see their restrictions relaxed in the coming months. According to data […]

Ninth Circuit Rejects Two Challenges to North Fork Rancheria Gaming

Here is the opinion in Club One Casino, Inc. v. Bernhardt. Briefs here. And here is the opinion in Stand Up for California! v. Dept. […]

COVID-19 hinders accurate Census count in Indian Country

Tribal communities that have closed their borders to protect themselves from COVID-19 are facing a new threat: being undercounted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Indigenous Peoples Confronting the Pandemic: Nīsōhkamātowin wāhiyaw itōhtēmakan

by AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde When they heard the first reports of the coronavirus outbreak, leaders in the Pasqua First Nation in western Canada […]

Leading National American Indian Organizations Call for Ouster of Indian Affairs Assistant Secretary Tara MacLean Sweeney

Tara Mac Lean Sweeney Published May 22, 2020 WASHINGTON — Tensions between Indian Country and the Trump administration have reached unprecedented heights this week, as […]

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Mass burials teach same lessons

Tribal leaders across America are at these moments of this early spring, gathering their people to talk of decisions to be made that will not […]

Project to Implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United States

From CU and NARF: The University of Colorado American Indian Law Program and Native American Rights Fund have teamed up on a Project to Implement […]

Rep. Haaland and Other Members of Congress Submit Amicus Brief in Defense of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Drawing of the Mashpee tribe’s proposed casino, which is at the center of an ongoing legal battle. Published May 21, 2020 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Lending […]

Updated UCLA Brown Bag Flier

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Powwows move online to keep Indigenous communities together

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some Native Americans have found a way to safely host traditional powwows by moving them online.

‘Frustrating’: Indian Country forced to wait again for coronavirus relief

Tribal nations are still jumping through bureaucratic hoops in order to secure the full $8 billion in COVID-19 relief that was promised more than seven […]

Shinnecock Tribe Wins Right to Keep Electronic Billboard on Long Island

Shinnecock Indian Nation’s Monument Sign getting a face lift last week. Photograph courtesy of the Shinnecock Indian Nation Published May 19, 2020 SHINNECOCK NATION — […]

Final AFCARS Rule (2020 Version)

2020-09817-Final Rule Here is the new final AFCARS (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System) rule with virtually none of the elements we asked […]

Navajo Nation’s Valentina Blackhorse Dies From Covid-19 At 28

Valentina Blackhorse wasn’t just an ambitious Navajo pageant winner, she was also a devoted mother and a determined woman who was working to be a […]

NAICJA Thursday Webinar for Clerks

Webinar Title: Administering Justice in Tribal Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Rapid Response Webinar Series – Tribal Court Clerks Date & Time: Thursday, May 21, […]

Native American Smudging

Native American smudging is an act that illuminates something primordial within people, connecting both smoke with spirituality in remarkable ways. This is a common ceremonial […]

Intertribal Ag Council: The generosity of agriculture

As the coronavirus continues to impact meat processing plants nationwide, farmers and ranchers in Indian Country will continue asking for help with their growing backlog.

Navajo Nation Update: 108 New Cases Reported; Death Toll Stays at 127

Published May 15, 2020 57-Hour Weekend Lockdown in Effect WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — With the rising number of COVID-19 cases still rising on the Navajo […]

ALI Indian Law Restatement Update

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Is It Possible to Go Without a Bank Account These Days?

It is no secret that having a bank account is essential to day to day life in these times. As the world becomes increasingly digital […]

The Atlantic: “The People Who Profited Off the Trail of Tears”

Book review of “Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory” by Claudio Saunt. Here.

Kurt BlueDog passes on after dedicating life to Indian Country

Kurt BlueDog, Sisseton-Wahpeton, fought for the rights of tribes across the nation. He was 70 years old.

9th Circuit hears appeal on protections for Yellowstone grizzlies

The future of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is now in the hands of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Wisconsin Tribes Will Maintain Stay-at-Home Rules, Even as State Court Votes to End Governor’s “Safer At Home” Order 

Even though the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Gov. Evers Safer at Home order on Wednesday, several Wisconsin tribe keep their safe distancing orders in place. […]

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Welcomes Funding to Help Ensure Health and Safety for Residents in Northern Saskatchewan

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says the federal government’s announcement yesterday of $2.3 million to support efforts to […]

National Indian Law Library Bulletin (5/13/2020)

Here: We have scoured the web. Here are some of the latest materials related to Indian Law. Find all of the latest updates at […]

Navajo Nation Update: 41 More COVID-19 Cases – Death Toll at 103

Front line nurses on the Navajo Nation have been working tirelessly to save lives. Published May 13, 2020 State of Emergency Extended until June 7 […]

Bay Mills Indian Community Continues Fight Against Line 5-Petition to Intervene in MI Public Service Commission Proceedings

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‘We waited for weeks’: Tribal governments in line for additional coronavirus relief

As tribal nations continue to fight for the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to them more than a month ago, Democrats in Congress are […]

Chuck Hoskin: By sharing, we multiply our blessings

For many first responders, securing protective masks has been difficult due to low supplies and high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Navajo Nation Has More COVID-19 Cases Per Capita Than Any of 50 U.S. States

Published May 11, 2020 Monday Update: 82 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths reported,  WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The HuffPost on Monday pointed […]

Navajo Rugs – Learn The History, Care and Value

Everything You Need to Know About Navajo Rugs Navajo rugs have been made for nearly 500 years, but they have recently made their way into […]

Oglala Sioux Tribe is “Ready to Stand Against Foreign Intrusion”

Published May 11, 2020 PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION — Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian Runner Bear reacted to South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s Friday letter […]

Celebration of Third Annual National Day of First Nation Fishing Rights – May 18, 2020

Fishing is part of First Nations culture and identity. It sustains First Nations peoples and economies and is a constitutionally protected inherent and Treaty right. […]

‘I’m protecting my people’: Tribal citizens defend coronavirus checkpoints amid threat from state

With coronavirus cases rising all around their communities, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe are standing firm against a threat from […]

Interior and Partners Commit to Long-Term Initiative to Conserve the American Bison

Bison raised by the Quapaw Tribe. Native News Online photograph by Levi Rickert Published May 8, 2020 10-year initiative provides framework for shared conservation goals […]

Rebecca Nagle Repudiating Oklahoma’s Factual Claims in McGirt/Murphy

Here is “Oklahoma’s Suspect Argument in Front of the Supreme Court — The state claims that affirming a reservation in eastern Oklahoma could lead to […]

Native Sun News Today: BIA steps on tribal sovereignty

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier answered a Bureau of Indian Affairs challenge to COVID-19 checkpoints on the reservation with a challenge of his […]

Navajo Nation COVID-19 Death Toll Reaches 85; Receives $600 in Federal Aid

Navajo citizens lining up for COVID-19 testing at Monument Valley on Navajo Nation. Courtesy photo Published May 6, 2020 WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — For the […]

National Indian Law Library Bulletin (5/6/2020)

Here: We have scoured the web. Here are some of the latest materials related to Indian Law. Find all of the latest updates at Federal […]

Pageant winner steps up to help her tribe and winds up shipping masks across North America

As Miss Shoshone-Bannock, Stormie Perdash has represented her people all across the United States. Now, amid the coronavirus pandemic, she’s representing them in a different […]

COVID-19 Cases Top 2,500 on Navajo Nation; Death Toll Reaches 79

Published May 5, 2020 WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported […]

News Profile of Cindi and Ed John [GTB Fishers]

Here is “Tribal fishers left waiting for federal aid,” from the Traverse City Record-Eagle.


SUMMARY:  The AFN Executive Committee established the AFN COVID-19 (C-19) National Task Force to support the AFN Executive Committee by drawing on experts in the […]

Uniting online for missing Native women, girls

May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.

Census 2020 Giveaway – Shape Our Future

Now is the time to Shape Our Future! Census 2020 will determine how millions of federal $ is divided over the next 10 years.  More […]

OklaHomies Short Film Contest welcomes all to shoot homemade flicks

Do you live in Oklahoma and have a smartphone? Then you’re welcome to enter this homemade-film contest. OKLAHOMA CITY — For Oklahomans stuck at home […]

Learning American Indian Languages At Home – Learn Common Words From Cherokee, Navajo, and Choctaw

Not sure how to spend your time in quarantine? People all around the country are practicing social distancing to help curb the spread of the […]

Indigenous people may be the Amazon’s last hope

Brazil’s divisive President Jair Bolsonaro has taken another step in his bold plans to develop indigenous territory in the Amazon rainforest.

Nooksack Update

Here are the papers in State v. Rabang (Whatcom Sup. Ct.), where, in companion cases, four Nooksack 306 disenrollees successfully asserted Treaty fishing rights under […]

Native People Would Never Sacrifice Their Elders for the Good of the Economy 

Alaska Native elders, James Charles, the late David Bill, Sr. and Wilson Justin. Photo courtesy of Chief Mike Williams Opinion Published March 30, 2020 ”The […]

‘We’re building faith’: Social Distance Powwow brings Indian Country together despite coronavirus

Being all of 6 years old, Zak Hoops just couldn’t understand why the college powwows he typically attends and where he performs the grass dance […]

Online Pow Wow Dance Contest – Win a Pendleton Blanket

It’s Pow Wow Time!  Well from home! and Pendleton are sponsoring an online Pow Wow dance contest. Record yourself dancing to enter the contest for […]

Assembly of First Nations Declares State of Emergency on COVID-19 Pandemic

(Ottawa, ON): The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is officially declaring a State of Emergency for First Nations regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The AFN […]

Kevin Maillard: “Parenting by FaceTime in Coronavirus Quarantine”

In the New York Times, here. Kevin is a great friend to Turtle Talk. We wish him the very best.

American Dakota Rug Giveaway – Enter Now

Enter to win an American Dakota Rug! Thanks to our friends at American Dakota for providing this awesome prize! Prize 5×8 Distressed Fresco – electric […]

Tax Day Moved from April 15 to July 15

Published March 20, 2020 WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Treasury Dept. announced Friday morning that Tax Day will be moved to July 15 […]

Chuck Hoskin: Safety and health are priority for Cherokee Nation

Our courageous team at Cherokee Nation is doing everything possible to maintain essential services and meet the needs of the people, as our health and […]