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Senate heads to final vote on package with mine on sacred land (12/12)
The controversial defense bill transfers federal land to a private company for a mine on sacred Apache sites in Arizona.

Congress clears bill to extend VAWA tribal provisions to Alaska (12/12)
The bill heads to President Barack Obama a week after Vice President Joe Biden drew new attention to the issue.

House passes $1.1T omnibus appropriations bill by narrow vote (12/12)
The bill provides $2.6 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and $4.6 billion for the Indian Health Service.

Pueblo family upset by one-year sentence over singer's death (12/12)
The non-Indian assailant received a year in prison and two years of supervised released.

Native Sun News: Bales taken at Rosebud Sioux Tribe spirit camp (12/12)
Tribal and federal agencies are looking into an incident involving the removal of dozens of giant alfalfa bales from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s Oyate Wahacanka Woecun Spirit Camp.

Three dead in collision on road through Miccosukee Reservation (12/11)
The Tamiami Trail has proven repeatedly to be a dangerous road.

Quileute Tribe celebrates recovery of huge historic rock carving (12/11)
The rock depicts the slaying of the Red Lizard by K'wati, an important figure who turned the Quileutes from wolves to people.

DOJ announces new policy affecting marijuana in Indian Country (12/11)
Federal prosecutors will have discretion to allow marijuana grows and sales.

Rep. Gosar won't apologize for calling Native Americans 'wards' (12/11)
The Arizona Republican made the inaccurate comment when challenged about a mine on sacred Apache lands.

Native Sun News: Dakota memorial riders start 330-mile journey (12/11)
This memorial ride is to honor the 38+2 Native Americans hanged as a result of the Dakota War of 1862.

Tribes challenge permit for Keystone XL Pipeline in South Dakota (12/10)
TransCanada needs to re-certify its permit for the pipeline route.

Lac Courte Oreilles youth represent tribe at White House meeting (12/10)
Preston and Niizhoo Sullivan sang for President Barack Obama and got to meet him.

Interview with Patrice Kunesh about USDA Indian Country efforts (12/10)
The Reno Gazette-Journal interviews Patrice Kunesh about the Department of Agriculture's tribal outreach efforts.

DOI sends $1.5M in buy-back offers on Squaxin Island Reservation (12/10)
Offers were made to more than 600 landowners as part of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Sisseton Wahpeton woman recovering in hospital after shooting (12/10)
The fatal shooting on November 22 left four people dead and 11 children orphaned.

Mining company took remains and artifacts from tribes in Arizona (12/10)
Hopi and Navajo tribal members are upset with the handling of their ancestors by Peabody Energy.

Three dead and eight injured in accident on Seminole Reservation (12/10)
The accident occurred after a tribal member struck and killed a 300-bear with her vehicle.

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe honors employee for service (12/10)
After 41 years of service to the citizens and “potential” citizens, Joan Decker, the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s longtime director of enrollment was honored.

Controversial defense bill includes Northern Cheyenne Tribe deal (12/09)
The bill places land in trust for the tribe although property near sacred Bear Butte in South Dakota is no longer included.

Lawmakers unveil massive appropriations bill to fund government (12/09)
The 1,603-page Omnibus Appropriations bill includes $2.6 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and $4.6 billion for the Indian Health Service.

Meet Native America: Chairman Rudy Peone of the Spokane Tribe (12/09)
The National Museum of the American Indian continues its Meet Native America series.

Senate backs measure to extend VAWA tribal provisions to Alaska (12/09)
The Alaska issue gained renewed focus after Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the White House Tribal Nations Conference last week.

NATHPO launches effort to help U.S. military protect sacred sites (12/09)
Richard Meyers of South Dakota State University will be reaching out to Native communities as part of a study.

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians join fight against mine deal (12/09)
The defense bill that includes the controversial land swap could pass the Senate later today.

Native Sun News: Program changes the lives of urban Indian youth (12/09)
The Ateyapi Mentoring Program has been at Rapid City Central High School since 1994 and has been encouraging healthy living for Native American students.

NPR: DOJ to assert greater role in Indian Child Welfare Act cases (12/08)
Attorney General Eric Holder said the Department of Justice will take action to prevent the 'unnecessary and illegal removal' of Indian children from Indian homes.

Great Plains tribes call for removal of land swap from defense bill (12/08)
The 16 tribes of North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska add their voices in opposition to the Resolution Copper mine deal.

Land selections for two Alaska Native corporations in defense bill (12/08)
The 1,648-page defense bill includes land deals for Olgoonik Corporation and Sealaska.

Investigation faults former BIE officials over handling of contract (12/08)
Former director Keith Moore and former chief of staff Brian Drapeaux were singled out in an Office of Inspector General report.

Defense bill approves transfer of military site to Ho-Chunk Nation (12/08)
The tribe has been trying to acquire land at the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant since 1997.

Tribes warned about misspending of federal health care money (12/08)
The Office of Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services is taking a close look at tribal spending.

Supreme Court brings good news to Cayuga Nation in land dispute (12/08)
The justices won't let a county in New York file a late petition in a foreclosure case.

Senate expected to approve defense bill for mine on sacred lands (12/08)
The 1,648-page package contains numerous provisions that have nothing to do with defense or the military.

PBS: Interview with Secretary Jewell on BIE school reform plans (12/08)
The leader of the Interior Department discusses challenges facing Bureau of Indian Education schools.

Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne Tribe plans log cabin project (12/08)
If Llevando “Cowboy” Fisher, Northern Cheyenne Tribal President has his way; by next spring at least four tribal members will be building log cabins on the Reservation.

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