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July 12, 2010
Opinion: Tennessee fooled by false claims of Cherokee heritage
"In the United States there are more than 200 ques­tion­able Chero­kee her­itage orga­ni­za­tions. Forty of them are in Ten­nessee, includ­ing a few that were just handed state recog­ni­tion. In a...

Mark Trahant: Becoming an early adopter for health care reform
"If the United States government were a corporation, then the health insurance reform debate would have completely moved into its implementation phase. Essentially, the management and the board would have...

Q&A: Chris Deschene, candidate for Arizona secretary of state
The Arizona Republic asks Chris Deschene, a member of the Navajo Nation, about his bid for secretary of state. "1. Why are you running for secretary of state? Arizona...

HCN: Southern Ute Tribe becomes big player in energy industry
"Then-Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne flashed a big grin as he opened the Minerals Management Service's Lease Sale 206 in the Louisiana Superdome on March 19, 2008. Eighty-five oil companies were...

Brenda Golden: Violence against women an Indian Country fact
"What you won’t hear on the news, is how each year millions of American Indian/Native American women are abused physically and/or emotionally with little to no means of escape. Every...

Navajo Nation Supreme Court stops president from another bid
The Navajo Nation Supreme Court on Friday said President Joe Shirley Jr. cannot seek a third term in office. The court upheld a limit in tribal election law that limits...

Obama signs a disaster declaration for Rocky Boy's Reservation
President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration to pave the way for the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana to receive federal funds. The Rocky Boy's Reservation suffered at least $6...

CNC: State Department holds consultation on indigenous rights
"Back in 2007, the United States was one of just four countries that voted against the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. That move disappointed a lot...

Dispute over Little Traverse Bay Bands recall still in tribal court
The vice chairman of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan could still face a recall vote if a tribal court case doesn't go his way. Dexter...

Mayor changes name of bar after meet with Menominee Nation
A mayor in Wisconsin agreed to change the name of his drinking establishment after discussing it with the Menominee Nation. Mayor Paul Esslinger of Oshkosh planned to call his bar...

Editorial: Lumbee leaders have to mend fences on lobbying flap
"After his State-of-the-Tribe address last week, Lumbee Tribal Chairman Purnell Swett called for unity in the effort to win federal recognition. We hope he can find that unity, but he'll...

Column: Cherokees haven't forgotten pull of Kituwah birthplace
"Kituwah was abandoned in 1776 after Gen. William Rutherford's troops drove the Cherokee from their towns all along the Tuckaseegee River. More than 50 years later, President Andrew Jackson completed...

Parties agree to set August 6 deadline for trust fund settlement
The plaintiffs in the Indian trust fund lawsuit and the Obama administration agreed to set another deadline to await Congressional authorization of the $3.4 billion settlement. The new deadline is...

Opinion: Save the sacred San Francisco Peaks from destruction
"Is the ghost of former President Andrew Jackson haunting the streets of Flagstaff, Arizona and the Whitehouse in Washington, D. C.? Arizona already has become infamous for its state legalization...

Editorial: Diabetes program for Indian Country needs extension
"When it comes to dealing with diabetes on Indian reservations, it's often difficult to measure progress that can be attributed to one particular program. That's especially true when the overall...

Opinion: California tribes incensed over landfill near sacred site
"Imagine arriving at your church only to find it filled to its rafters with garbage. Imagine being one of hundreds of thousands of people who depend on an aquifer for...

Charles Trimble: A summit on Sioux, powwows and other terms
In one of our curmudgeonly e-mail exchanges, Sam Deloria and I were discussing overused and misused terms that circulate in Indian and non-Indian political and academic circles. One such term...

Tim Giago: Oglala Sioux Tribe should consider a wet reservation
Prohibition doesn’t work! It lasted 13 years in America and gave life to nationally syndicated crime, the income tax and opposition by the United States Brewers’ Association to Women’s Suffrage:...

Editorial: Congress should approve Indian trust fund settlement
"Congress is fumbling a chance to approve settlement of a historic lawsuit challenging the federal government's disgraceful handling of Native trust accounts. First, Democrats tried to attach the settlement to...

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