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HHS Assistant Secretary January Contreras talks about the importance of 'coming together to work for children' after the Pascua Yaqui and Arizona Department of Child Safety agreed to keep working together in anticipation of a Supreme Court decision that could end federal standards for the states' treatment of Native American children.

The Indian Child Welfare Act - a decades-old law governing the adoption of Native American children passed in response to the systematic separation of children from tribes - is on thin ice after scrutiny by the Supreme Court. Read more»

National Congress of American Indians President Fawn Sharp places her hand on the totem pole in prayer during a visit to the Oak Flat Campground on Oct. 16, 2022.

The 2022 Sovereignty Run - inspired by Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe - a 1,785-mile journey from Oklahoma to California passing through Arizona, hopes to unite tribal nations, partners, and allies to heighten awareness of tribal sovereignty on a national level and celebrate Thorpe’s life. Read more»

IEI residential project on Standing Rock at the home of Tribal elders.

Indigenized Energy Initiative - a nonprofit established to help guide further solar development on Native lands - is working "to developing renewable energy as a means to mitigate climate change, eliminate poverty and restore sovereignty in Tribal communities." Read more»

Under tribes’ nation-to-nation arrangements with the federal government, states did not have the authority to prosecute alleged crimes on tribal lands.

U.S. lawmakers re-introduced legislation to provide more resources for tribal law enforcement, an issue they say has become more urgent as Congress considers how to respond to a case that complicated criminal jurisdiction. Read more»

A member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Police Department on hand for the 2010 signing of the Tribal Law and Order Act. The bill helped tribal police regain some of the authority they had lost in prior decades – authority that advocates say is being lost through the Supreme Court’s ruling in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta.

Indigenous leaders called on Congress Tuesday to reverse a Supreme Court ruling that expands states’ ability to prosecute crimes on tribal land, a ruling they said threatens their sovereignty and their ability to protect their citizens. Read more»