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Justice Dept. Adds Additional Charge Against Former Mashpee Wampanoag Chairman

March 25, 2021 - 1:50pm

BOSTON, Mass. — On Monday, March 22, a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment against former Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell. Native News Online reported that Cromwell was arrested on Nov. 13 after an indictment by a federal grand jury for two counts of accepting or paying bribes. 

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HUD Announces Historic $450 Million Investment to Provide Covid-19 Relief from American Rescue Plan Funding

March 24, 2021 - 10:34pm

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge on Thursday announced $450 million in Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG) to Indian tribes across the country to respond to COVID-19. This funding will be used to help Tribes carry out affordable housing activities to protect the safety and health of their Tribal members and communities.

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All Charges Dropped Against Mt. Rushmore Protesters Except NDN Collective's Nick Tilsen Who Must Fulfill Diversion Program

March 24, 2021 - 5:55pm

RAPID CITY, S.D. — According to a statement made by NDN Collective on March 22, 2021, the Pennington County State’s Attorney’s office proposed a dismissal of all criminal charges against individuals charged for an organized protest outside the Mount Rushmore National Memorial last July 3, 2020.

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American Bald Eagle Population Continues to Soar

March 24, 2021 - 3:51pm

American bald eagle populations have quadrupled since 2009, according to a new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and its partners, the U.S. Department of the Interior said Wednesday. 

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South Dakota to Create Liaison to Solve Cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

March 24, 2021 - 1:27pm

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota’s House and Senate passed a bill this month that will establish a liaison in the Attorney General’s Office dedicated to pursuing cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP).

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‘A Sea of Red’: Vigil Held for Missing Indigenous Man in Northern California

March 23, 2021 - 7:20pm

REDDING, Calif. — More than 150 people gathered last Saturday at a federal district court house on Bechelli Lane, creating a sea of red clothing, to stand in solidarity with Missing and Murdered Indigenous People in Northern California — specifically Nick Patterson (Pat River Tribe), a 27-year-old who has been missing for more than 15 months.

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Cherokee Nation Hosts Candlelight Memorial to Honor Citizens Lost to Covid-19

March 23, 2021 - 6:25pm

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Last Thursday, March 18, marked the one-year anniversary of the loss of the first Cherokee citizen and Oklahoman, Merle Dry, who passed away from Covid-19.

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Remains of Missing Indigenous Woman Found on Menominee Reservation

March 22, 2021 - 10:14pm

KESHENA, Wis. — Human remains found on the Menominee Indian Reservation last week belong to Katelyn Kelley, who had been missing since June 2020, the Menominee Tribal Police Department announced Monday. 

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Native American Candidate Georgene Louis for Deb Haaland's Vacated Seat Launches Ad

March 22, 2021 - 8:12pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Campaign for Georgene Louis, a five-term New Mexican state representative and a tribal citizen of the Acoma Pueblo, launched an ad on Monday to glean support for her run to fill the congressional seat vacated last week by Interior Secretary Debra Haaland, who made history last week when she was sworn in as the first Native American ever to serve as a presidential cabinet secretary.

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Dept. of Interior Reverses Trump Administration Opinion that Stripped Tribal Nation’s Ownership on Missouri River

March 22, 2021 - 7:04pm

WASHINGTON — On Friday, March 19, 2021, the Department of Interior reversed a Trump-era decision that determined a portion of the Missouri River on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation would belong to the state of North Dakota.

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Arikara Student Athlete Named Mr. Basketball, Athlete of the Year in North Dakota

March 22, 2021 - 8:44am

MINOT, N.D. — A member of the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara) was chosen by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NDAPSSA) as both athlete of the year and North Dakota’s Mr. Basketball. Jesse White, 18, of White Shield, N.D. is Arikara and was the lone Native student athlete to be considered for Mr. Basketball among five finalists.

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Navajo Nation Surpasses 30,000 Covid-19 Cases; Death Toll Stands at 1,233

March 21, 2021 - 10:10pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. —  On Sunday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported nine new Covid-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation. The total number of positive Covid-19 cases is now 30,007.

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Professional Boxer Dead in BIA Officer Involved Shooting on Standing Rock Indian Reservation

March 20, 2021 - 2:18pm

MCLAUGHLIN, S.D. — On Sunday, March 14, a Standing Rock tribal citizen was shot and killed by Bureau of Indian Affairs police in McLaughlin, South Dakota on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, according to a statement made by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Law enforcement is providing little information about the shooting that occurred at the deceased mother’s house. 

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Rep. Yvette Herrell: Only Native American in Congress to Vote No on Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

March 20, 2021 - 12:45am

WASHINGTON — Rep. Yvette Herrell (Cherokee) is the only Native American in Congress who voted no H.R. 1620: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 on Wednesday. The bill passed the House of Representatives and will move to the Senate for consideration.

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Meet the Seamstress Who Designed Deb Haaland’s Ribbon Skirt for Swearing-In Ceremony

March 19, 2021 - 6:20pm

NEW TOWN, N.D. — When Agnes Woodward, 38, sat down to create the traditional ribbon skirt Secretary Deb Haaland — the newly confirmed head of Interior, and the first Native American to lead a federal department — would wear at her ceremonial swearing-in on Thursday, she said she was nervous the entire time.

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Mi'kmaw Educator and Media Personality Charged with Indecent Act

March 18, 2021 - 4:50pm

TRURO, Nova Scotia, Canada — A well-known Mi’kmaw educator, cultural advisor and media personality is expected to arraigned for a sex crime by the Truro Provincial Court in Nova Scotia, Canada on March 31, 2021. According to documents shared with Native News Online by the Nova Scotia Judiciary, Trevor Sanipass, 45, is accused of committing an indecent act on July 7, 2019.

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History Made: Interior Secretary Deb Haaland Sworn In by Vice President Harris

March 18, 2021 - 12:22pm

WASHINGTON — Wearing a traditional ribbon skirt embroidered with corn and butterflies, Madam Secretary Deb Haaland of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico was ceremonially sworn in as the 54th Secretary of the Department of the Interior with an oath administered by Vice President Kamala Harris.

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House Votes to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act, Commits to Safety for Native Women

March 17, 2021 - 10:12pm

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives today passed a bill reauthorizing a lapsed Violence Against Women Act with new provisions speicifcally addressing Native American victims. The legislation will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.

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St. Patrick’s Day Remembrance: The Bond Between the Choctaw and the Irish

March 17, 2021 - 4:13pm

DURANT, Okla. — Two years ago, on March 12, 2018, the prime minister of Ireland visited the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Okla. He was in the United States during a week-long tour to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

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Deb Haaland Takes Oath of Office to Become 54th Interior Secretary in Small Ceremony With Family

March 17, 2021 - 4:07pm

Madam Secretary Deb Haaland (Pueblo of Laguna) took the oath of office to become the 54th Secretary of the Department of the Interior Tuesday night in a small ceremony with family, according to department spokesperson Tyler Cherry. The oath was administered by Chief of Staff Jennifer Van der Heide.

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