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June 10, 2010
MPBN: Penobscot Nation helping tribal members get homes
"Until last year, Jason and Jessica Sockbeson were raising their three small children in an apartment in Bangor. Jason was finishing his associates degree and working full-time for a utility...

Book Excerpt: Alaska Native traditions in 'The Fate of Nature'
"During my visits to Chenega, I heard people criticize one another's commitment to traditional values along with many other bad things they said about one other. Bitter grudges and...

Ojibwe declared as the official language of Red Lake Nation
The Red Lake Nation of Minnesota has declared Ojibwe as the official language. The tribal council unanimously passed an official language resolution on April 27. The resolution said the tribe...

Oglala Lakota College hopes to expand off-reservation site
Oglala Lakota College, the tribal college of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is seeking approval to expand its off-reservation campus in Rapid City, South Dakota. The college plans to use $800,000...

Puyallup Tribe holds general election for open council seats
The Puyallup Tribe of Washington held a general election on June 5 to fill two council seats. Bill Sterud, who has served 30 years on the council, won his bid...

Four women charged for meth on Fort Belknap Reservation
Four women have been charged with dealing methamphetamine on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana. Dayna Jean Bear, 37; Amber Marie Bear, 38; Wallene Mary Bear, 50; and Mamie Jean...

Oglala Sioux man brings 'Death to Meth' event to California
Justes Wilson, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, says he left the Pine Ridge Reservation due to rampant methamphetamine use. Wilson and his girlfriend Bonnie Lockhart...

NativeBiz TV: The rape crisis on Rosebud Sioux Reservation
"One in three Native American women will be raped in her lifetime. Correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota where sexual assault and violence against...

City wants more communication for Santa Fe Indian School
The city council in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is drawing up a memorandum of understanding in hopes of improving communication about the Santa Fe Indian School. The city has not...

Editorial: Navajo Nation grazing policy hurts family ranches
"Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. has stated many times that "This is the people's government." Navajo rancher Justin Yazzie seems to have the same problem with that statement as...

BIA to hold meeting for Western Shoshone trust distribution
The Bureau of Indian Affairs will hold a public meeting on June 19 to discuss the distribution of the Western Shoshone trust fund. In 1972, the Indian Claims Commissionsaid the...

Yankton Sioux man runs independent bid for county sheriff
Oitancan Zephier, a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, is running for Charles Mix County sheriff. Zephier is a probation officer for the tribe. He is running...

Cherokee Nation defends donation to Republican candidate
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma donated $2,500 to the Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tennessee), who is running for governor of Tennessee. Chief Chad Smith told The Chattanooga Times Free Press that...

Video: Gulf of Mexico oil spill threatens Atakapa-Ishak Tribe
"In the town of Grand Bayou, Lousiana, the main thoroughfare is the water. There are no streets, no cars. Everyone gets around by boat. Just recovered from Hurricane Katrina,...

Saginaw Chippewa man gets long sentence over kidnapping
A member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan was sentenced to nearly 18 years in federal prison for a kidnapping incident. Juan L. Montoya-Pego, 28, admitted that he kidnapped...

Obama administration against changes in Cobell settlemen
Attorney General Eric Holder and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar urged Senate leaders not to make changes to the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit. Holder and Salazar...

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