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April 16, 2010
Man guilty of Aquash murder contradicts prior testimony
A man who was found guilty of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash contradicted prior testimony in the case and said he was wrongfully convicted for the...

Yvette Roubideaux: What health reform means for IHS
Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, is the director of the Indian Health Service. Indian Country continues to celebrate passage of the historic...

Salazar not meeting with anyone over wind farm project
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar isn't meeting with anyone prior to making a decision on a controversial wind farm in Massachusetts, a spokesperson said. The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe asked for a...

Quileute Nation adopts strict policy on photos and taping
The Quileute Nation of Washington has adopted a new policy that addresses photos, sketching and taping on the reservation. Photos and sketching for personal use are acceptable under the policy....

Blog: Tribes looking for renewable energy tax incentives
"Proposed legislation currently pending the United States Senate and House of Representatives seek to allow developers of renewable energy products to take advantage of tax incentives for projects on Native...

Robinson Rancheria cites BIA approval of disenrollments
The Robinson Rancheria of Pomo Indians said the Bureau of Indian Affairs upheld the disenrollment of 45 people. Last December, the tribal council removed the late Marie Boggs Quitiquit from...

Lynne Harlan: Cherokees have history of sharing culture
"Since the fall, the Eastern Band of Cherokee has been sponsoring cultural presentations at Purdue University. Through a grant from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation the tribe’s education and training program...

Ronald Markishtum, Makah elder, found dead after crash
Ronald P. Markishtum Sr., an elder of the Makah Nation of Washington, was found dead on Thursday after a one-vehicle accident. He was 71. Markishtum was alone in the car....

Son of late Huron Band chairwoman files for council seat
Nathan Spurr, the son of the late chairwoman of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan, is running for tribal council. Nathan Spurr is eying one of...

Editorial: Race-based mascots don't belong in Wisconsin
"Race-based mascots in Wisconsin public schools are targeted in a bill passed this week in the Legislature, challenging a sports tradition that stereotypes Native Americans to evoke a warrior-like spirit....

Editorial: Might as well get rid of more offensive mascots
"It was with mixed emotions that we received the news last week that the University of North Dakota is dropping its “Fighting Sioux” nickname and logo. We agree with the...

Lumbee council fails in vote to rescind lobbying contract
Members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina said they will continue to oppose a contract with a lobbying firm after the council failed to rescind the controversial deal on...

Rep. Rehberg pushes for action on trust fund settlement
Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Montana) is asking the House Natural Resources Committee to take action to settle the Indian trust fund lawsuit. The $3.4 billion settlement was announced on December 7,...

Lac du Flambeau president disputes removal from post
Jerome "Brooks" Big John has continued to work as president of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin although some tribal council members said they...

Gyasi Ross: Being a role model for Indian Country youth
"Recently, I was walking around at the University of Washington’s First Nations’ Pow-wow with my 3 year old son holding onto my finger. He loves pow-wows and round dance music—when...

J.D. Colbert: Decolonization and a return to Native-topia
J.D. Colbert, a member of the Muscogee Nation, is a senior advisor at Avondale Investments in Norman, Oklahoma. Chuck Trimble´s column in the 4-12-10 edition of indianz.com got me to...

Chad Smith: Cherokees owe success to Wilma Mankiller
"A strong Cherokee woman with a heart for her home and her people, Wilma Mankiller, who died April 6 at 64, shrugged off the perceived novelty of her gender when...

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