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Rosebud woman wins national 'visionary' award (April 29, 2009)

Tillie Black Bear, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, has been honored for her to work to address and prevent violence against women. Black Bear, the...

USDA official can't comment on sacred site case (April 29, 2009)

A top official at the Department of Agriculture isn't giving any hints on the Obama administration's stance on a sacred site case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Deputy secretary...

Blog: Disenrollments at Saginaw Chippewa Tribe (April 29, 2009)

"The Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council had the unfortunate task of deciding the fate of an undetermined number of people when faced with a disenrollment motion March 17, 2009. It was...

Salazar reflects on first 100 days at Interior (April 29, 2009)

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar spoke to employees on Tuesday to mark the first 100 days since President Barack Obama took office. Salazar, who also took office on January 20, 2009,...

Study claims single ancestry for Native people (April 29, 2009)

A study published in the May issue of Molecular Biology and Evolution claims all modern-day Native people descend from a single group. Researchers examined the DNA from 20 Native groups...

Alaska Native corporations support gold mine (April 29, 2009)

Alaska Native corporations could see a huge windfall under a proposed gold mine in southwest Alaska. A group of mining companies wants to develop an area known as Donlin Creek....

Oneida Nation closes store due to economic woes (April 29, 2009)

The Oneida Nation of New York has closed its discount retail business, citing the economic recession. Name Brand Deals opened in August 2006. The store carried a variety of goods...

Review: Mixed bag of Native works in 'Red Ink' (April 29, 2009)

"In a short monologue that closes Red Ink, a collection of 10 short pieces by seven Native American playwrights (delivered with decidedly mixed impact in a kaleidoscopic 90 minutes), performer...

Crow Tribe swears in Black Eagle as chairman (April 29, 2009)

Cedric Black Eagle was sworn in as chairman of the Crow Tribe of Montana on Tuesday. Black Eagle said the tribe faces a number of challenges, including water rights,...

Pope Benedict to discuss residential schools (April 29, 2009)

Update: The Pope expressed regret for the Catholic Church's role in the Native residential school system in Canada though AFN Chief Phil Fontaine would not characterize it as an official...

Tonto Apache Tribe swears in new chief judge (April 29, 2009)

The Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona swore in a new chief judge last Friday. Ronnie O. McDaniel, a former state judge, is not a tribal member but he grew up...

Eastern Cherokee fire burns more than 3K acres (April 29, 2009)

Firefighters from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and three North Carolina counties responded to a blaze that has consumed more than 3,000 acres on the reservation. The fire...

Turtle Talk: Lists of post-1934 tribes a bad idea (April 29, 2009)

"It is inevitable that interested parties will want to know, or at least speculate, on which Indian tribes are truly affected by Carcieri v. Salazar. Interior and/or BIA may be...

Energy committee to consider Tompkins nomination (April 29, 2009)

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will consider the nomination of Hilary Tompkins to be Solicitor of the Interior Department at a business meeting tomorrow. Tompkins is a member...

Blog: Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong (April 29, 2009)

"On one of the first springtime Saturdays in April, I managed to slip down to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian to catch its associate curator, Paul...

Indian Affairs Committee business meeting (April 29, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a business meeting tomorrow. Three items are on the agenda. The first is the nomination of Yvette Roubideaux, a member of the Rosebud...

Senate confirms Sebelius as HHS Secretary (April 29, 2009)

The Senate voted 65-31 on Tuesday to confirm former Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Sebelius left Kansas and was immediately...