Counties offer Oneida land-into-trust proposal (December 14, 2006)
Two New York counties offered an alternative to the Oneida Nation's land-into-trust proposal. The tribe wants more than 17,000 acres in Madison and Oneida counties placed in trust. The land is currently held in fee and, as a result of...
Native farmers cultivate old varieties of corn (December 14, 2006)
Some Native farmers in Oklahoma are still cultivating varieties of corn that were passed down through the generations. Kent Sanmann grows a corn that one of his Kiowa ancestors learned how to plant in while a prisoner in Mexico. Aiontay...
Man guilty of murder on Fort Peck Reservation (December 14, 2006)
A federal jury deliberated for an hour on Wednesday before finding a 22-year-old guilty of murder on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana. Jordan Martell said he wasn't directly involved in the December 12, 2003, killing of Richard Red Dog....
Lakota Nation Invitational opens youth art show (December 14, 2006)
More than 350 pieces of student art are on display at the 30th annual Lakota Nation Invitational in Rapid City, South Dakota, this week. The show has gained in popularity among student, said a teacher from the Pine Ridge...
Whalen: Millions of dollars at risk at Pine Ridge (December 14, 2006)
"The Oglala Sioux Tribe is at a crossroad with its elections. At stake is integrity, hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars and disenfranchisement of voting members. Sens. John Thune and Tim Johnson must hold the Bureau of Indian Affairs accountable...
Female candidates fare well in Zuni election (December 14, 2006)
A record four women were elected by voters of the Zuni Tribe of New Mexico on Tuesday. Dancy Simplicio was elected as lieutenant governor along with Norman Cooeyate for governor. They defeated Shirley Bellson, who was running for governor,...
Navajo protesters block work at power plant site (December 14, 2006)
Navajo protesters stopped drilling work at the site of a major power plant on the reservation. The group camped out Tuesday night in anticipation of the preliminary work, which is being done as part of the environmental analysis of...
San Manuel Band breaks ground on new village (December 14, 2006)
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians held a groundbreaking for its new development project on December 7. San Manuel Village is a mixed-use real estate development in Highland, California. The project includes a 110-room Hampton Inn & Suites...
Omaha Tribe knew of toddler's injuries, attorney says (December 14, 2006)
The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska knew of injuries suffered by a toddler in a foster home where he eventually died, a county attorney said. The tribe placed 20-month-old Nathaniel Saunsoci in the care of Carlos and Tisha Vega, according...
Oglala Sioux Tribe leadership still in limbo (December 14, 2006)
Two presidents are working for the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota and no one seems to know whether the situation will be resolved. The tribal courts appear to be unable to act. There have been conflicting orders and decisions...
Letters: Shootings on San Carlos Reservation (December 14, 2006)
Shooting victim Mike Gibb: "While I applaud the efforts of the San Carlos Police Department in apprehending the alleged shooter of vehicles traversing the reservation, I remain somewhat skeptical of the quickness of the arrest and, indeed, if the real...
Bill subjects First Nations to human rights law (December 14, 2006)
First Nations leaders slammed a bill, introduced on Wednesday, that would subject tribal government decisions to Canada's Human Rights Act. Phil Fontaine, the chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said Native leaders weren't consulted before the bill was introduced....
Gila River tribe donates to foster care program (December 14, 2006)
The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona donated $25,000 to a foster care program run by Maricopa County. The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program helps children in foster care. The county will use the tribe's money to seek more...
Big Lagoon Rancheria land-into-trust criticized (December 14, 2006)
The California Coastal Commission says approval of the Big Lagoon Rancheria's land-into-trust application will not be consistent with state law. The tribe wants five acres placed in trust. Three single-famly homes will be constructed on the parcel. The Bureau of...
Salt River voters reject expanded liquor sales (December 14, 2006)
Members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Arizona rejected an expanded liquor sale ordinance on Tuesday. The referendum would have allowed the sale of alcohol at restaurants. Currently, liquor is only sold at casinos and golf courses. The...
FDA panel ties antidepressants to youth suicide (December 14, 2006)
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 6-2 on Wednesday to warn youth about the increased risk of suicide from taking antidepressant drugs. The experts said using antidepressants doubles the risk of suicidal behavior in youth ages 18 to...
Panoramic view of Lummi totem at cemetery (December 14, 2006)
The Washington Post has a panoramic view of the totem pole the Lummi Nation installed in Washington, D.C. Jewell Praying Wolf James carved a series of poles after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. They were installed in New York...
Sen. Johnson recovering after emergency surgery (December 14, 2006)
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) is recovering this morning after undergoing emergency brain surgery, according to news reports. Johnson, 59, fell ill yesterday afternoon and was taken to George Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C. His office said he might have...
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