Oglala Sioux Tribe president’s spokesman responds to South Dakota Governor Noem’s escalation of checkpoint issue

Pine Ridge – May 22, 2020 – On Wednesday, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem escalated her fued with the Oglala and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes. She announced that her team is investigating tribal checkpoints meant to protect the reservations from COVID-19 and that’s she’s asking President Trump to help resolve the issue. Continue reading

181 new cases of COVID-19, one more death and 1,195 recoveries reported as Navajo Nation prepares for another 57-hour weekend lockdown

Navajo Nation May 21, 2020 – The Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center, Navajo Area Indian Health Service, and the Tribal Health Organizations, reported 181 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation on Thursday. Continue reading

Court temporarily blocks law that restricts Indigenous voting rights

Montana – May 22, 2020, Yellowstone County District Court has issued a temporary restraining order blocking a state law that severely restricts Indigenous people’s right to vote. The action means the law is blocked pending the outcome of a hearing scheduled for May 29. The primary is June 2. Continue reading

Seattle Says to S. Dakota Governor, “Respect Tribal Sovereignty!”

Dear Gov Noem, We, the Seattle City Council and Seattle Mayor, write to you today in support of the Cheyenne River, Oglala, and Rosebud Sioux Nations as they exercise their sovereignty to help our country mitigate the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Continue reading

Interior and Tribes Partner for Bison Conservation

10-year initiative provides framework for shared conservation goals

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Interior announced on Thursday a new cooperative initiative called the Bison Conservation Initiative that will coordinate conservation strategies and approaches for the wild American bison over the next 10 years. Continue reading