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April 19, 2010
Jodi Rave: Powwow sends dancers home without money
"Hundreds of dancers showed up at the 2010 Kyi-Yo Powwow at the University of Montana with hopes of winning big prize money — but many of them left miffed and...

Wells Fargo donates $50K to help tribes in South Dakota
Wells Fargo is donating $50,000 to help two South Dakota tribes recover from severe winter storms. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will each receive...

Blackfeet woman first to finish college's ROTC program
Heather Parsons, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, is the first Native American to complete the ROTC program at Montana State University. Parsons signed up for the Montana National...

Ho-Chunk Nation agrees to pay counties for trust lands
The Ho-Chunk Nation has agreed to pay counties in Wisconsin $1,000 per every acre of trust land. The tribe has trust land in 12 counties. The largest chunk is 1,200...

Mark Trahant: IHCIA brings hope for urban Indian health
"American Indian Health and Family Services helps the 57,000 Native Americans living in the greater Detroit area. Services are delivered at an old church and rectory donated by the Detroit...

Tulalip Tribes leader retires after four decades on board
After 44 years on the board of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, Stan Jones decided not to seek re-election this year. “This is the right time for me,” Jones,...

Column: Time for 'Fighting Sioux' supporters to move on
"Spleens were vented overtime last week when the Board of Higher Education voted to drop the Fighting Sioux logo at UND. The rage was instantaneous. Contributors to the UND Foundation...

Letter: Native Americans still facing racism in Oklahoma
"In this day and age, some would want us to believe that racism is a thing of the past. As a Native American, I know that not to be true...

Editorial: Navajo energy project doomed from the start
"It seemed like it was doomed from the start. In 2006, early work at the planned site of the coal-fired Desert Rock Power Plant brought out protestors from the nearby...

People disenrolled from Robinson Rancheria plan appeal
A group of people who were disenrolled from the Robinson Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California will continue to fight the decision. In December 2008, the tribal council removed the...

Duwamish Chair: Tribe struggles for federal recognition
"Our tribe is the Duwamish Nation, indigenous people of Seattle, Wash., who signed the Point Elliott Treaty in 1855, ceded 54,000 acres, was promised a reservation and hunting and fishing...

Supreme Court declines Dakota descendants trust case
The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear a trust management case involving Dakota descendants who said they were promised land in the late 1800s. The plaintiffs in the Wolfchild...

Supreme Court accepts Tohono O'odham trust law case
The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to hear a trust law case involving the Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona. The tribe filed a historical accounting lawsuit in the U.S. District...

Charges laid for teen's death on Wind River Reservation
Two men have been charged in connection with the death of a 13-year-old girl on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Kyeren Tillman, 19, has been charged with sexual abuse...

First Nation to evict 12 over substance abuse problems
The Ahousaht First Nation of British Columbia plans to evict 12 people who have refused to seek treatment for drug and alcohol problems. In March, the tribe asked 30 people...

Opinion: Economic recovery for America's tribal nations
"Today, as president of the United States, you have a historic opportunity to mark a path of economic recovery for American Indian nations. We have seen that every major step...

Editorial: Lumbee leaders gambling with recognition bid
"It appears that Lumbee leaders have decided it's acceptable to bet a big piece of the tribe's net worth on one game of chance. It's not surprising, though, that many...

Tim Giago: Mount Rushmore loses a man of great vision
Gerard Baker, a member of the Mandan/Hidatsa Tribe of the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, is a man of vision. And yet he is vilified by those white people...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on energy bill
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing this Thursday to discuss an Indian energy bill. Sen. Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the committee, released a draft discussion of...

Opinion: Keeping the Dena'ina language going in Alaska
"Dena'ina elder Sasha Lindgren went to the board in Room 158 at Kenai Peninsula College recently and wrote: bee bop a lula sh'a'a qelan (she's my baby). Our Dena'ina class...

House Resources Committee to take up Pueblo land bill
The House Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing this Wednesday on three bills. One of the bills is H.R.4445, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Clarification Act. The bill clarifies that...

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