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In December 2019, the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Included as a rider was the federal recognition bill for Montana’s Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The passage of this law was a long-awaited victory for Little Shell tribal members, who had been fighting for federal recognition for more than a century. 

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RICHMOND, Va .— The Mattaponi and Pamunkey Indian tribes in Virginia have maintained a peace treaty with the state of Virginia for 343 years — by presenting the Governor of Virginia a tribute each year around the fourth Thursday of November.

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When a food shortage hit the Organized Village of Kake in Alaska at the start of the pandemic, Tribal President Joel Jackson’s thoughts turned to hunting.

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Following World War II, thousands of Lumbee Indians migrated from their tribal homeland in rural North Carolina to industrialized cities, including Baltimore and Philadelphia.

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DULUTH, Minn. — For 56 years, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness along Minnesota’s border with Canada has been federally protected through the National Wilderness Preservation System. More than 100,000 paddlers enjoy the area’s clear lakes and conifer forests each year, camping out beneath centuries-old pine trees on islands scattered throughout the intricate web of land and water.

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The Supreme Court announced last Monday that it would take up a case involving the U.S.-Mexico border wall.  There’s been no shortage of lawsuits filed against the Trump administration to try stopping construction of the wall. Most of the lawsuits are focused on money, specifically the administration’s use of Pentagon funding to build the wall along the country’s southern border.  

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LA CONNER, Wash. — Tribal communities are reviving 3,500-year-old eco-friendly practices to create sustainable beaches along the Pacific Northwest Coast.

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WASHINGTON — Lawyers for the federal government on Tuesday asked a D.C. judge to reject a lawsuit filed by Native Americans to halt construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.  

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — In a letter dated Oct. 1, 2020, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler sent to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt granted the state of Oklahoma regulatory control over environmental issues on nearly all tribal lands in the state.

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CHICAGO — The Village of Hobart has once again lost its appeals case with the Oneida Nation.