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New legislation that strikes down 11 outdated federal laws that discriminated against Native people was signed into law by President Biden on Tuesday, December 27. The Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act was first introduced in 2016 and is supported by the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).  Among the 11 laws the RESPECT Act strikes down are those that forged the path for Native children to be stripped from their families and placed in Indian Boarding Schools. 

To ring in the new year, Native News Online compiled their “most inspiring and uplifting stories of 20222,” including the first Native woman launching into space, the emotional win of Prairie Band Potawatomi citizen Stephanie “Pyet” Despain’s on Next Level Chef, and more. Check out all their stories here

Federal penalties have increased under a newly signed law intended to protect the cultural patrimony of tribes, immediately making some crimes a felony and doubling the prison time for anyone convicted of multiple offenses. President Joe Biden signed the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act on December 21, a bill that had been introduced since 2016. Along with stiffer penalties, it prohibits the export of sacred Native items from the U.S. and creates a certification process to distinguish art from sacred items.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) announced it launched Missing Indigenous Person Alert (MIPA) at the end of December. The new system provides the CBI to send an alert when an Indigenous person is reported missing in the state of Colorado. The launch is in response to a Colorado Senate bill (SB 22-150) that expands the investigation of missing and murdered Indigenous relative cases.

Keep reading for a full news update. 

Year In Review:

4 Stories Indian Country Should Watch Out For In 2023

Native News Online, Levi Rickert, January 1

The Top 22 Of 2022

Native News Online, December 31

Our Most Inspiring And Uplifting Stories In 2022 

Native News Online, December 30

IndigiPolitics: Another Year Of Firsts

Indian Country Today, Pauly Denetclaw, December 30

The Year In Sports For Indigenous Athletes

Indian Country Today, Kolby Kickingwoman, December 30

ICT’s Top News Stories Of 2022

Indian Country Today, December 27

Native American News: 2022 In Review 

VOA News, December 26

Influential Native People Who Died In 2022

Indian Country Today, December 26


Colorado To Launch Missing Indigenous Person Alert On Friday

Native News Online, December 29

Arizona Committee On Missing And Murdered Indigenous Peoples Releases List Of Recommendations

Native News Online, December 27


Biden Signs Water Bills Benefiting 3 Tribes In Arizona

AP News, Felicia Fonseca, January 6

Respect Act Signed, Overturns Federal Laws Discriminating Against Native Americans 

Native news Online, January 4

‘When Will This End?’: Native Caucus Condemns Resolution On Reservation System

Missoulian, Nora Mabie, January 4

At The Supreme Court, It’s Taking Longer To Hear Cases

AP News, Jessica Gresko, January 2

NY Gov. Vetoes Unmarked Grave Act 

Native News Online, Jenna Kunze, January 3

Montana Legislator Hopeful Questions If Reservation Votes Should Count

Montana Free Press, Arren Kimbel-Sannit, Steve Mistler, January 1

Fed Budget Means Major Moves For Indian Country

Indian Country Today, Pauly Denetclaw, December 29

Law Protects Export Of Sacred Native American Items

AP News, Felicia Fonseca, December 28


Indigenous House Members Disagree On Speaker Nominee

Indian Country Today, Pauly Denetclaw, January 3

Wabanaki Tribes Criticize Maine Senator

Maine Public, January 1


MT Lawmaker Proposes Alternatives To Native American Reservations

KRTV, Owen Skornik-Hayes, January 8

FCC Opens Self-Reporting Broadband Map, Invites Tribal Input

Native News Online, Chez Oxendine, January 8

Interior Department Lauds Congressional Progress On Indian Water Rights

Native News Online, January 6

EPA Opens $40m Grant For Tribal Recycling Infrastructure

Native News Online, January 5

Biden Agenda, Lithium Mine, Tribes, Greens Collide In Nevada

AP News, Scott Sonner, January 5

Red Lake Considers A Future Without Blood Quantum

MPR News, Mathew Holding Eagle III, January 4

Restoring Native Lands

Indian Country Today, January 1

Devastating Blizzards Bring Uncertainty, Fatalities to South Dakota Tribe

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, December 30

Native Students Are Expelled More Than Any Other Group

New Mexico In Depth, Bryant Furlow, December 27

New Commissions From Native American Artists Highlight Reinstalled Oklahoma State Capitol

Forbes, Chad Scott, December 27

South Dakota Tribes Fight To Recover From Massive Winter Storm With Some Members Still Stranded

ABC News, Amanda Su, December 27

Christmas Across Native America

Smithsonian, Dennis Zotigh, December 21