Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs urges boycott of Air Canada (October 18, 2011)
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs has called for a six-month boycott of Air Canada for an internal memo that linked crime to Native refugees. The memo did not mention Native refugees outright. But it said that people who have relocated...
Chickasaw Nation aims to bring more tourists to territory (October 18, 2011)
The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma is breaking ground on two new projects. The tribe is building a bigger factory for Bedre' Fine Chocolate. The 34,600-square-foot facility, expected to open in late 2012, will offer tours to visitors and feature a...
ABC News: Oglala Sioux girl draws on her tribal traditions (October 18, 2011)
"Thirteen-year-old Louise Clifford savors riding her horse, Glory Bee, up in the hills of the Pine Ridge Reservation. It’s a spiritual connection to a land she loves. “Everything is sacred. The sage, the sweet grass, the dancing, the tipis,...
Law School: Professor argues Summit Lake Paiute lawsuit (October 18, 2011)
"On Oct. 11, William Mitchell Professor Colette Routel argued in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in two cases, Summit Lake Paiute Tribe et al v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management. These cases challenge the...
Opinion: Keeping 'Fighting Sioux' a risk to UND's standing (October 18, 2011)
"About a year ago, I led a rally of about 30 students in front of Twamley Hall protesting the sudden change of Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. As a sitting Student Government senator at the time, I also drafted legislation...
Oneida Nation still battling it out in court over land issues (October 18, 2011)
The Oneida Nation of New York won't be fighting its land claim in court anymore but the tribe is still facing litigation over its land rights. The tribe's land-into-trust application for about 13,000 acres was approved during the Bush administration....
Sasha Houston Brown: Corporations rip off tribal property (October 18, 2011)
"On Columbus Day I wrote an open letter to the CEO of Urban Outfitters to let him know how I felt. I also pointed out that using Native American tribal names to market inauthentic products violates federal law that protects...
APRN: Sealaska's board chairman lobbies the White House (October 18, 2011)
"There’s a power struggle going on between Alaska Native tribes and corporations, and that battle was taken to Washington, DC last week. The board chairman of the Sealaska Native Corporation in Southeast, Albert Kookesh, was in Washington with the Alaska...
Turtle Talk: Supreme Court's inaction on Oneida land claim (October 18, 2011)
"Two things immediately spring to mind on the denial of the Oneida land claims petitions. The first is that the federal government’s persuasive oomph (with the OSG as the so-called “Tenth Justice”) loses a ton of force when siding with...
Ousted Cherokee Nation leader files appeal over election (October 18, 2011)
Chad Smith lost his re-election bid for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma but he's appealing the results. Smith lost to Bill John Baker by more than 1,500 votes. He doesn't appear to be contesting the vote tally...
Poarch Creeks one of top donors to Republican committee (October 18, 2011)
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama donated $550,000 to the Republican State Leadership Committee in the last two campaign cycles, The Birmingham News reports. The contributions made the tribe one of the largest donors to the committee. In...
Judge orders more environmental review for polar bear rule (October 18, 2011)
A federal judge ordered the Obama administration to undertake an environmental review of a special polar bear rule that was issued during the Bush era. In May 2008, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the bear as "threatened" under...
Officer's use of Taser on Native boy deemed 'appropriate' (October 18, 2011)
An officer who used a Taser on an 11-year-old Native boy acted in a "measured, appropriate and professional manner," the chief of police in West Vancouver, British Columbia, said on Monday. The officer used the Taser to subdue a boy...
TransCanada already suing landowners over Keystone XL (October 18, 2011)
TransCanada is already suing at least 66 landowners and is threatening more eminent domain lawsuits even though the Obama administration has yet to make a decision on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. The Canadian company has filed 34 actions...
Virus found in wild salmon in British Columbia for first time (October 18, 2011)
Researchers from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia have found an infectious and highly contagious virus in wild salmon. Out of 48 juvenile fish in the Rivers Inlet, two were infected by salmon anemia. Researchers believe the virus originated from...
Rep. Kildee statement on the passing of Elouise Cobell (October 18, 2011)
The following is a statement from Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Michigan). The passing of Elouise Cobell is a great loss for the Blackfeet Nation, Native Americans and our country as a whole. Elouise was the representation of courage, fearlessly taking on...
Gov. Schweitzer statement on the passing of Elouise Cobell (October 18, 2011)
The following is a statement from Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D). Elouise Cobell was an extraordinary Montana leader who had the fortitude to challenge an injustice that started more than one hundred years ago. Nancy and I are praying for...
Rep. Rehberg statement on the passing of Elouise Cobell (October 18, 2011)
The following is a statement from Rep. Denny Rehberg. As Jan and I join Montanans who grieve the loss of Elouise Cobell, we can’t help but remember the incredible things she accomplished with her life. Like anyone who had the...
Funeral Arrangements for Elouise Cobell, 1945-2011 (October 18, 2011)
Funeral services for Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation on Montana who was the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, will take place this weekend. The schedule follows: Friday 10/21 5pm - Viewing 7pm - Rosary...
Native Action Network statement on the passing of Elouise Cobell (October 18, 2011)
The following is a statement from the Native Action Network. Native Action Network joins the country as we mourn the loss of an extraordinary and inspiring leader in Indian Country, Elouise Cobell. A tireless advocate for justice, Elouise dedicated her...
NCAI President Keel statement on the passing of Elouise Cobell (October 18, 2011)
The following is a statement from Jefferson Keel, the president of the National Congress of American Indians. Elouise Cobell represented the indelible will and strength of Indian Country and her influence and energy will be greatly missed. Her passing on...
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