National Congress of American Indians

Apache Stronghold, Oak Flat, Phoenix,
Mar 21, 2023

Apaches get new chance to argue mine will harm sacred sites

An Apache group battling a foreign mining firm that wants to build one of the largest copper mines in the United States on what tribal members say is sacred land will get a new chance to make its point Tuesday when a full federal appeals court panel takes another look at the case.

Crying Indian, TV ad, Keep America Beautiful, anti-litter campaign, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Cherokee,Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Feb 27, 2023

Rights to ‘Crying Indian’ ad to go to Native American group

Since its debut in 1971, an anti-pollution ad showing a man in Native American attire shed a single tear at the sight of smokestacks and litter taking over a once unblemished landscape has become an indelible piece of TV pop culture. But now a Native American advocacy group that was given the rights to the long-parodied public service announcement is retiring it, saying it has always been inapprop[...]

Clara Pratte, executive director of the Navajo Nation Washington Office, said the Navajo have been in the forefront of the exercise of tribal sovereignty, but she agreed that there is still room for improvement. (Cronkite News Service photo by Mary Shinn)
Feb 15, 2013

Tribes see greater sovereignty under Obama, but still have a long way to go

Indian Country made huge strides toward flexing its sovereign authority during President Barack Obama’s first term but it still has a long way to go, the president of the National Congress of American Indians said Thursday.

Jan 26, 2012

Census: Few among Arizona’s tribes claimed to be multiracial

The number of American Indians who claimed to be multiracial jumped sharply over the last decade, but not so much in Arizona, the Census Bureau reported Wednesday.

Oct 12, 2011

Arizona tribal leaders lobby in Washington on budget cuts, regulations

With Congress required to come up with more than $1 trillion in multiyear budget cuts this fall, tribal leaders converged in Washington this week to make sure their concerns are included in the discussion.

Dec 14, 2010

GAO: Feds decline half of Indian Country cases

Federal prosecutors declined 50 percent of cases from American Indian reservations over a 5-year period, and the figure is higher for sexual abuse cases, a report released Monday found.

Jun 14, 2010

Native American tribes say they won’t enforce immigration law

As the July 29 enforcement date for Arizona's strict new immigration law nears, Native American tribes are charging that the law was written without considering their unique circumstance and that it will violate their sovereignty and their members' civil rights.