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Snoqualmie Tribe reports result of election for five council seats (05/22)
Voters returned three incumbents to the council and chose two others in the May 9 election.

DOJ proposes bill to improve access to voting in Indian Country (05/22)
The Tribal Equal Access to Voting Act requires states and local governments to place polling locations on reservations and in Alaska Native villages.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds field hearing in Oklahoma (05/21)
Sen. James Lankford (R), a new member of the Senate, will chair the hearing in Anadarko.

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe to hold election for chief and sub-chief (05/21)
The election board hasn't been able to release a list of candidates because criminal background checks are taking 'longer than anticipated.'

Indian schools go without fixes while military schools see $5B (05/20)
Indian school construction ground to a halt during the Bush administration but the effort appears to be back on track as lawmakers from both parties put focus on the issue.

Audio from Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on water (05/20)
Lawmakers and witnesses stressed the need for tribal, state and federal parties to work together to resolve long-standing water rights claims.

County board calls on NFL team to eliminate its racist mascot (05/20)
The Arlington County Board in Virginia joins the District of Columbia Council in opposing the use of a racial slur in professional sports.

George Tiger seeks re-election as leader of Muscogee Nation (05/19)
The chief was facing a removal petition but opponents failed to gather enough signatures to order an impeachment hearing.

Chief of Chickahominy Tribe eyes seat in Virginia Legislature (05/19)
Stephen Adkins is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 74th district in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on water rights (05/19)
Michael Connor, the deputy secretary of the Interior Department who has worked on several tribal settlements, is on the witness list.

Native caucus upset with Democrats in hot Senate campaign (05/19)
The California Democratic Party Native American Caucus has 'deep concerns' about Rep. Loretta Sanchez and Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe seeks water funding (05/19)
The largest rural water project in North America was originally intended to provide clean drinking water to residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation by piping water from the Missouri river to reservation residents.

United South and Eastern Tribes open meeting in Connecticut (05/18)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is hosting the semi-annual meeting on its reservation.

Rep. Young stirs questions in Indian Country in two hearings (05/18)
Alaska's sole Congressional representative has managed to inject uncertainty into his legacy with a hearing on federal recognition and another on the land-into-trust process.

Rep. Sanchez apologizes for insensitive remarks and gesture (05/18)
The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate suffers another stumble in her newly-announced campaign.

Native Sun News: Retired officer accuses candidate of racism (05/18)
Few Indians make it into the ranks of the Rapid City Police Force. When one does, the Indian community holds these individuals in high esteem because they understand the obstacles one must overcome.

Rep. Torres issues statement on heated exchange at hearing (05/15)
The new member of Congress incurred the wrath of an anger-prone Rep. Don Young, Republican of Alaska.

Blackfeet Nation rebuilds relationships after leadership spat (05/15)
The tribe now has a functioning council and is working to address pressing issues like sacred sites and water rights.

Maine lawmakers won't back fishing agreements with tribes (05/15)
The state continues to assert jurisdiction over tribal fishing activities and attempts to resolve the impasse have been at a standstill.

Blanket given to President Obama carries a hidden message (05/15)
The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate presented a star quilt to the president that was made by a tribal member.

House subcommittee hearing on land-into-trust turns heated (05/14)
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) lashed out against the National Congress of American Indians and a Democratic colleague after the motivation for the hearing was questioned.

Winnebago Tribe removes four council members after scandal (05/14)
Almost every council member resigned or was forced out after an audit questioned their spending habits.

Paiute Tribe won't reinstate leader ousted for NFL team's gifts (05/14)
Gari Lafferty was removed after accepting a free trip to Washington, D.C., and other items of value from the Original Americans Foundation.

New Navajo Nation leader won't pursue Grand Canyon project (05/14)
President Russell Begaye said he doesn't support the Grand Canyon Escalade and never did.

Jodi Gillette exits White House and joins Indian law firm in DC (05/14)
After six years in the Obama administration, former White House advisor Jodi Gillette is starting a new chapter in her career.

Native Sun News: Keystone protesters greet President Obama (05/14)
When President Barack Obama completed his agenda for visiting all 50 states with a stop in South Dakota, Native Americans and allies made sure to focus his attention on the longstanding demand to prevent the proposed construction of the Keystone XL tar-sands crude-oil pipeline.

Alex Jacobs: Governor strikes political deal for nuclear waste (05/14)
How can communities, Native and non-Native, stop such projects from developing, using up precious water, polluting the environment, presenting security risks that rationalize ever greater government intrusion?

Audio from Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on schools (05/13)
Bureau of Indian Education Director Charles Roessel offered a strong defense of the Obama administration's efforts to restructure the agency.

FBI broke rules in probe into Keystone XL Pipeline opponents (05/13)
Agents failed to secure permission from top officials as they investigated a group called Tar Sands Blockade.

Russell Begaye takes oath as new president of Navajo Nation (05/13)
It took longer than expected but the Navajo Nation finally has a new leadership team.

Witness list for House subcommittee land-into-trust hearing (05/13)
Congress authorized the land-into-trust process in Section 5 of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.

Witness list for SCIA's hearing on Bureau of Indian Education (05/12)
The Obama administration is pursuing a restructuring of the agency amid Congressional scrutiny.

Leader of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe convicted of drug possession (05/12)
Rita Glyptis was convicted in tribal court of one count possession of marijuana for an incident in January.

Lakota Country Times: South Dakota Indian lawmakers meet (05/12)
The State Tribal Relations Committee of the South Dakota Legislature elected Senator Troy Heinert (D) as Chairman and Representative Shawn Bordeaux (D) as Vice Chair.

Steve Russell: Indian Country isn't divided into 'left' or 'right' (05/12)
The Democratic and Republican parties represent a very narrow lane in the autobahn of world politics.

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