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May 17, 2010
Charles Trimble: Going back to boarding school for a reunion
On June 4th and 5th, I will attend a reunion of all-classes at Red Cloud Indian School. It was Holy Rosary Mission when I graduated from there in 1952 –...

Dean Chavers: A conspiracy to deny voting rights to Indians
"There is a conspiracy abroad to keep Indians out of the voting places. It keeps Indians from voting, and keeps Indians from winning elections. White voters have proved over and...

Alaska Native village concerned about offshore development
An Alaska Native village is trying to stop Shell Oil from drilling in the Chukchi Sea. Village residents say development will threaten subsistence whaling and harm the environment. They are...

Bill seeks to expedite leasing process for tribal development
The Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (HEARTH) Act seeks to help tribes speed up housing and commercial development on their reservations. The bill would allow tribes to develop...

Northern Cheyenne man gets prison for kidnapping, assault
A man from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison for kidnapping and assaulting the mother of his child. Prosecutors said...

Tohono O'odham Nation arrests ten for large drug operation
The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona arrested 10 people in connection with a large drug operation on the reservation. The tribe led the investigation. It was the first case...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee shows new look on website
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee just debuted a new look on its website. The new design features quick links to the committee's most recent hearings and webcasts for the...

Navajo chapter in New Mexico suffers another youth suicide
Another youth committed suicide in a small Navajo Nation community in New Mexico, the fifth case in just two months. Four teens took their lives over a six-week period, starting...

Supreme Court bars life terms in non-murder juvenile cases
Juveniles who have not committed homicide cannot be sentenced to life prison sentence, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today. By a 5-4 vote, the court said locking up juveniles for...

Indian law group wants to brief Supreme Court pick on tribes
The National Native American Bar Association wants to meet with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to brief her about tribes, tribal issues and Indian law. NNABA President Lael Echo-Hawk...

Al Jazeera: Cherokee Nation keeps language going at school
"At a primary school in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the Cherokee Native American nation is fighting hard to keep its ancestral language alive for a new generation. It is a total immersion...

White Earth Chair: Tribal leaders are stable, credible, ethical
"It is appalling that a letter like the one written by Ray Bellcourt in the May 8 Becker County Record was printed for your readers. There is enough negative news...

MPR: Ojibwe fishing a testy issue despite high court decision
"It's been more than a decade since the U.S. Supreme Court decided in favor of the Mille Lacs band of Ojibwe in a landmark hunting and fishing treaty rights case....

Supreme Court declines to hear Lummi Nation trespass case
The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear Sharp v. US, a trespassing case involving the Lummi Nation of Washington. A group of homeowners on the reservation had leases with...

Mark Trahant: IHS not threatened by health reform litigation
"Passing health care reform was easy. Sure it was a legislative mess: It was too slow, too fast, too many pages and too short on specifics, too open to the...

Supreme Court affirms criminal provision of Adam Walsh Act
The federal government can continue to detain "sexually dangerous" inmates even after they complete their prison terms, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today. A provision of the Adam Walsh Child...

Opinion: Respect Ojibwe off-reservation treaty fishing rights
"I have been excited to read recent media accounts of the off-reservation treaty rights that Leech Lake and White Earth Ojibwe tribal members are working to reassert. This is a...

Shooting leaves Oneida man dead, nephew in intensive care
An Oneida Nation man was killed and his nephew was seriously injured in a bizarre shooting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Danny John, 29, was shot and killed on May 9 after...

Tim Giago: Innocence lost at boarding school on reservation
I wrote, several years ago, that I was a recovering Catholic. Well, my recovery is complete and I have recovered, but the transition was a painful and emotional one. For...

Bradford: Saginaw Chippewa man battles 'fictitious' Indians
"Two decades of fighting corruption on his Indian reservation and challenging the fictitious Natives who have infiltrated his tribe has not slowed down Gary Sprague, the brother of the Saginaw...

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