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After a series of disappointing outcomes, including legislation that was tabled at the last minute in 2021, the federally recognized tribes in Maine, known collectively as the Wabanaki, remain hopeful for progress this year on restoring their sovereignty.

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ST. PAUL, Alaska — The Aleut Communities of St. Paul Island and St. George Island, collectively known as the Unangax̂, sit a few miles apart in the Bering Sea as part of the group of Pribilof Islands, about 200 miles off the coast of mainland Alaska. It’s that proximity to the North Pole has placed the islands at the leading edge for experiencing the effects of climate change.

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Conservation of the Tongass National Forest means more than protecting old trees. 

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WASHINGTON — Tribes proved victorious in taking on the White House and the U.S. Department of the Treasury over federal pandemic relief compliance rules related to civil rights law and tribal sovereignty.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Michigan’s two U.S. Senators and the chair of the House Natural Resources Committee are calling on the Department of the Interior to act on the Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians’ petition for federal acknowledgment. 

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WASHINGTON — The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska wants President Joe Biden to understand that the U.S. Department of the Treasury is potentially subverting tribal sovereignty via compliance rules related to tribal spending of pandemic relief funds.

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NEW TOWN, N.D. — On the Three Affiliated Tribes’ Fort Berthold Reservation, alcohol accounts not only for the majority of legal troubles but also for nearly $10 million in treatment costs.

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The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is calling for what is purported to be a first-of-its-kind investigation of treaty rights violations by the United States. The issue at stake pertains to Native Americans affected by the ongoing Line 3 pipeline project in northern Minnesota.

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In October 2020, tribes in Southeast Alaska petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand long-standing tribal consultation rules and aimed to require the agency to consult with them on land use decisions. 

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Winona LaDuke is a Native American woman who twice ran to become vice president of the United States. She secured the first-ever Electoral College vote for the Green Party in 2016. She receives mainstream attention without trying, like when she turned the tables on a New York Times reporter in a recent interview, asking him whether and how often he thinks about Native Americans after he asked her how often white people think of Native Americans. (“I want them to let go of their white privilege and be good humans,” she ended up telling him.)