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Eastern Cherokee group plans lawsuit over tribal council raises (04/24)
The council approved a budget that includes a $10,000 raise that was made retroactive to 2010 so all current and former leaders are eligible for the increase.

Senate votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as next attorney general (04/24)
The federal prosecutor from New York is the first African American woman to lead the Department of Justice.

Blackfeet Nation launches campaign to ban drilling at sacred site (04/23)
The tribe is calling on Congress and the Obama administration to cancel 18 drilling leases in the Badger-Two Medicine Area.

BIA faces fire over latest reforms to federal recognition process (04/23)
Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn faced criticism from tribal leaders and lawmakers at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Editorial: Minnesota tribes work together to address treaty rights (04/23)
Lake Vermilion’s reputation as one of the state’s premier walleye lakes dodged a potential bullet this past week, thanks to the efforts of the Bois Forte Tribal Council.

Marijuana seen as new frontier in tribal economic development (04/23)
Tribes in California, Washington, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Oregon, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Arizona and Oklahoma have expressed interest in revising their laws and policies towards marijuana.

Senate approves anti-trafficking measure with tribal provisions (04/23)
Tribes are eligible for grants from a new fund created by the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. The bill awaits action in the House.

Appeals court sides with Indian inmate in religious rights case (04/22)
David Schlemm, a member of the Navajo Nation, has won the right to wear a headband and eat venison during times of ceremony while his case proceeds.

Interview with Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe's new police chief (04/22)
Samuel White, a member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, started working for the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe last October.

Senate to vote on long-delayed Attorney General nomination (04/22)
If confirmed, Loretta Lynch would be the first African American woman to lead the Department of Justice.

Native Sun News: Tribes take DOI to task over grizzly bear policy (04/22)
In a strongly worded letter, the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council has voiced misgivings about the impartiality of Christopher Servheen in any proposed tribal consultation process over the government’s controversial delisting of the Yellowstone grizzly bear.

Navajo Nation voters choose Russell Begaye as next president (04/22)
The former Navajo Nation Council delegate defeated former two-term president Joe Shirley Jr., according to unofficial results.

Navajo Nation president mourns passing of Elouise Chicharello (04/21)
Elouise Chicharello, the first woman to serve as regional director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs regional office on the reservation, died on April 11.

Tribes turn to banishment as means to address problem issues (04/21)
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, the Lac du Flambeau Band and the Blood Tribe have all used banishment as an option for dealing with certain people.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe won't comment on disenrollment case (04/21)
Some 167 people have field an appeal but other don't have a say in the matter because they are already dead.

Editorial: Wyoming tribes battle drug influence on reservation (04/21)
In fiscal year 2014, there were more than 31,000 methamphetamine-related encounters in the Indian health care system.

Colville Tribes schedule June 13 referendum on legal marijuana (04/21)
Although the outcome won't be binding, the result will help tribal leaders determine whether to move forward with legalization efforts.

Santa Rosa Band enters deal to grow marijuana on reservation (04/21)
The tribe is working with Red Crow Cannabis, a Native-owned company that has another California project in development.

US Sentencing Commission looks at Indian Country disparities (04/21)
A panel of judges, officials, tribal leaders, attorneys and advocates are determining whether Indian criminal defendants face harsher sentences simply by being located on reservations.

Navajo Nation voters finally head to the polls after last hiccup (04/21)
A tribal judge threw a hiccup in the process but the Navajo Nation Supreme Court once again stepped in and ordered the election to go forward.

Native Sun News: Tensions rise over Keystone XL proceedings (04/21)
After the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) denied motions by the Yankton Sioux and the Standing Rock Sioux tribes on TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL tar-sands crude-oil pipeline, tribal opponents of the project and their allies rallied to be heard at an April 15 hearing.

Guilty pleas and sentences for Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption (04/20)
The former president of Stone Child College and her husband pleaded guilty to federal income tax fraud.

Tribes seek access to criminal system in child placement cases (04/20)
The state of Washington will no longer provide criminal background check information to tribes.

St. Croix Band debate over marijuana leads to restraining order (04/20)
Aimee Awonohopay said a fellow council member yelled and put his hand on her at a tribal meeting.

National Park Service proposes rule for tribal gathering of plants (04/20)
Tribes will be able to enter into government-to-government agreements to gather plants and plant parts in national parks and monuments.

Supreme Court won't hear challenge to Wisconsin treaty rights (04/20)
The state interferes with the treaty rights of Ojibwe tribes by barring members from hunting deer at night on ceded lands.

Swinomish Tribe pledges to offset losses in local property taxes (04/20)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals have affirmed that state and local governments cannot impose taxes on Indian land.

Steven Newcomb: Tribal sovereignty or original independence? (04/20)
To this day we are rightfully free of the colonizers’ imposed words and ideas of domination. It’s just many of us have not yet grasped and acted on this critical point.

Mohegan Tribe supports re-election of Sen. Richard Blumenthal (04/20)
The Democrat garnered a reputation as an Indian fighter during his tenure as attorney general in Connecticut.

Native Sun News: County addresses spiritual needs of inmates (04/20)
In the Pennington County jail, Pansy Hawk Wing donates her time to serve on the Religious Advisory Committee and in the Native American Spiritual Program.

Navajo Nation candidates enter final stretch of bumpy campaign (04/17)
The winner of the April 21 vote -- either Joe Shirley Jr. or Russell Begaye -- will be sworn into office next month, putting an end to an unusual election season.

Man from Tulalip Tribes enters not guilty plea to firearms charge (04/17)
Raymond Lee Fryberg is accused of unlawfully acquiring five firearms, including the one used in a fatal school shooting last October.

Native Sun News: A ride-along with a South Dakota county sheriff (04/17)
There is an exhilaration attached to the acceleration of the turbo charged engine of a law enforcement cruiser as the lights are turned on and the sirens sound as a traffic stop begins.

Alaska to make changes to Indian Child Welfare Act procedures (04/16)
The state issued emergency regulations to make it easier for Native families and tribes to join child welfare cases.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee takes up tribal labor measure (04/16)
The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act treats tribes and their enterprises in the same manner as states and local governments when it comes to federal labor law.

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