Power struggle within Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (January 12, 2009)
The leader of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is disputing his suspension as illegal. Tribal council members held an emergency meeting last Friday and voted to suspend chairman Shawn Hendricks and secretary Desire Hendricks Moreno. They said they are...
Alaska Native road included in omnibus lands bill (January 12, 2009)
A controversial road that is supported by an Alaska Native village is part of a massive public lands bill making its way through the Senate. The bill authorizes a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. The village of King...
IHS cuts tied to rise in STD cases in South Dakota (January 12, 2009)
Indian Health Service budget cuts contribute to a rise in sexually transmitted diseases among American Indians in South Dakota, the executive director of the Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center said. Charon Asetoyer said education is the best way...
Nottawaseppi Huron Band won't pay local taxes (January 12, 2009)
The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi says it won't pay local taxes until the Michigan Tax Tribunal resolves its case. The tribe says it is owed a refund on more than $90,000 in township, school, county and state taxes. The...
New York tribes hopeful on land-into-trust (January 12, 2009)
New York tribes are hopeful their land-into-trust applications will be approved now that the Oneida Nation has acquired a trust parcel in the state. Tribes were worried following a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision that said they must go through...
Editorial: Navajo Nation Council tackles budget crunch (January 12, 2009)
"Everyone's feeling the budget crunch these days. Our state is projecting $454 million shortfall in state revenues this year. The state Legislature will discuss necessary project trimming and canceling in order to present a balanced budget for fiscal year 2009/2010...
Diverse: Carrie Billy of AIHEC on tribal colleges (January 12, 2009)
Diverse issues in Higher Education interviews Carrie Billy, a member of the Navajo Nation who serves as president of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium From 1998 through 2001, she served as the first executive director of the White...
Osage Nation seeks to intervene in Cobell case (January 12, 2009)
The Osage Nation of Oklahoma is asking the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to grant its motion to intervene in the Cobell v. Kempthorne case. The tribe claims ownership of the mineral estate on its reservation. Though proceeds from development...
Editorial: House needs Indian affairs committee (January 12, 2009)
"In the U.S. Senate, there is an entire committee devoted to deciding issues having to do with Indian affairs. It's aptly called the Indian Affairs Committee, and Montana's Sen. Jon Tester is a member. But over in the U.S. House,...
Supreme Court rejects two Indian law cases (January 12, 2009)
The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected petitions in two Indian law cases. Without comment, the justices declined South Fork Band v. United States. The case involves a long-running challenge to an Indian Claims Commission ruling that said the Western Shoshone...
Blog: Russell Means on president-elect Obama (January 12, 2009)
"American Indian activist Russell Means said President Obama was selected by the colonial powers as president to improve the US image globally in the aftermath of George Bush. Further, Means said Obama’s appointments show that he is a Zionist controlled...
Tim Giago: The stolen generations in the U.S. (January 12, 2009)
It would appear to me that most Americans know more about the “Stolen Generation” of Aboriginal children in Australia than they do about the “Stolen Generations” of Indian children in their own country. Why is that? Well, movies such as...
Yellow Bird: Breast-feeding in public not indecent (January 12, 2009)
"North Dakota state Sen. Richard Marcellais, a Democrat from Rolette, will introduce a bill to protect breast-feeding women in public areas and at work. Good for him! The issue came to light when a casino employee, who is also...
Blog: Interior IG to investigate Kempthorne bathroom (January 12, 2009)
"Does outgoing Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne need a $236,000 bathroom? Or is some of that money going down the drain? That's what Interior Department investigators are determined to find out. Today, Inspector General Earl Devaney said his office has launched...
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