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June 4, 2010
State Department plans consultation over indigenous rights
The Department of State plans to consult tribes about the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The department will hold meetings with tribes but the schedule has not been...

Yellow Bird: Peace and harmony as Fighting Sioux nears end
"As I stood among the hundreds of milling participants — many of them dressed for business, but some looking like they just came off the rigs — I was...

Opinion: Alaska Native corporation wants to get best lands
"Being a logger's daughter in the 1980s on POW (as we call Prince of Wales Island) was great. Hollis was a fun community, and those were good times. My stepmom...

11th Circuit blocks Miccosukee Tribe from collecting award
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida can't turn to the federal court system to enforce a tribal court judgment, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said in a decision last week....

Pala Band continues battle against landfill near reservation
Leaders of the Pala Band of Mission Indians of California spoke out against a proposed landfill near the reservation. The tribe says the landfill will destroy Gregory Canyon, a sacred...

Sto:lo Nation suspends hereditary chief over abuse charges
The Sto:lo Nation of British Columbia suspended hereditary chief Jimmy George after he was charged with sexual abuse of a minor. George was arrested last weekend on charges of sexual...

Yankton Sioux group runs to Pipestone National Monument
Members of the Yankton Sioux Tribe are running from South Dakota to the Pipestone National Monument in Minnesota. The group left the Treaty of 1858 Monument in Greenwood this morning....

Feature: Eagle ceremony with Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
"A dedication ceremony for a relocated bald eagle nest at Bois Forte Heritage Center on Lake Vermilion this week turned into quite the learning experience for me. While driving...

Supreme Court nominee dealt with tribal issues on tobacco
A slew of documents from the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum show U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was closely involved in tribal issues in the late 1990s,...

Review: Little news about Bighorn Battle in 'The Last Stand'
"Few events in American history have generated as much commentary as the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn, and George Armstrong Custer has become one of those contested figures who...

NYT: The Sopranos meets Indian Country in 'Scalped' series
"Welcome to the world of “Scalped.” Setting: South Dakota’s fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation. Volume six of this series, published by Vertigo and written by Jason Aaron and illustrated...

NAIHC chooses Bay Mills Chippewa woman as chairperson
The National American Indian Housing Council elected a new chairperson at its 36th annual convention. Cheryl Causley, a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan, will serve as...

Editorial: Louisiana tribes sound alarm on Gulf's oil disaster
"As thousands of gallons of crude oil spill each day from the exploded BP oil rig, the Deepwater Horizon, tribes along the coast are beginning to feel the impact of...

Steven Newcomb: On the Vatican and doctrine of discovery
"In its April 20 response to the release of the Preliminary Study of the Doctrine of Discovery, the Vatican claimed that the papal bull Inter Caetera was “abrogated by other...

Saginaw Chippewa man sentenced to probation for threats
Gary Sprague, a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan, was sentenced to probation and community service for making threats against tribal leaders. Sprague must remain on probation for...

Man believed he was going to be killed, buried at Pechanga
A California father faces numerous charges after allegedly threatening to kill and bury a man on the Pechanga Reservation. The incident between William Atwood Sr., 45, and Justin Moore, 23,...

Lumbee lobbying contract was negotiated by last chairman
A small group of leaders of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina negotiated a controversial lobbying contract. Former chairman Jimmy Goins led the effort, The Fayetteville Observer reported. He presented...

Turtle Talk: Supreme Court refers to tribe as non-sovereign
"Just read portions of the Supreme Court’s decision in Alabama v. North Carolina, issued Tuesday. The case involved a challenge to North Carolina’s alleged failure to comply with a compact...

Lynne Harlan: Eastern Cherokees reclaim tradition of caring
"Last month, volunteers fanned out across tribal lands to make a difference. The Cherokee Day of Caring is sponsored by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation as a formalization of the Cherokee...

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