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August 4, 2010
GAO to discuss NAGPRA report at tribal historic preservation meet
Representatives of the Government Accountability Office will discuss the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act report at the 12th annual meeting of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation...

Man pleads not guilty over death of baby boy on Shinnecock Nation
A New York man pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter for the death of a 16-month-old boy on the Shinnecock Nation. Pedro Jones, 20, who is not a tribal...

Families blame Tohono O'odham Nation for three drowning deaths
The families of three men who died on the Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona have filed a lawsuit against the federal government. Lester Antone, David Narcho and Harrington Narcho died...

Secretary Salazar won't commit to appeal on Goshute nuclear site
The Obama administration hasn't decided whether to appeal a decision over a nuclear waste facility on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in Utah on Tuesday....

Erma Vizenor: State official makes voting easier for tribal members
"While some may be on vacation Aug. 10 and others say that no one is thinking of politics during the summer, I am pleased that our primary election has been...

New anti-Indian mascot law in Wisconsin already bringing changes
Wisconsin's new mascot law has only been on the books for three months but it's already having an impact on schools that use "Indian" imagery. The Wisconsin Department of Public...

Authorities look into non-fatal shooting of man on Onondaga Nation
Authorities in New York are investigating the non-fatal shooting of a man on the Onondaga Nation. Tribal police found Sean Turner, 27, earlier this morning. He had been shot but...

Editorial: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe boosts potential on reservation
"For many of us, it's hard to imagine life without the Internet or cell phones. Until recently, those key resources weren't available to residents of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation,...

Rep. Salazar introduces bill for Indian tuition at Fort Lewis College
The federal government will help cover the cost of the Native student tuition program at Fort Lewis College under a bill introduced by Rep. John Salazar (D-Colorado). H.R.5974 requires the...

Witness list for House hearing on Indian education in South Dakota
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a field hearing on Indian education on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota this Friday. The hearing takes place at 10am...

Carl Artman: BIA issues a new directive for land-into-trust process
"On June 24, 2010, the Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Mike Black, promulgated an Indian Affairs Directive entitled "Processing Discretionary Fee to Trust Applications" (Directive). This Directive...

Elouise Cobell: Another unfounded attack on trust fund settlement
"Kimberly Craven’s op-ed (August 2, 2010) reflects a profound misunderstanding of the Cobell litigation and the settlement agreement. Ms. Craven is one of a handful of critics in a class...

Ray Cook: New York tribes face attacks on our land and sovereignty
"We are in an era when Native rights and possessions are once again the focus of state and county strategies of dispossession. Dispossess us of our rights to remain inherently...

Former Crow Creek Sioux chairman joins bid for South Dakota seat
Brandon Sazue, the former chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, is running for the South Dakota District 21 Senate seat. Sazue, a Democrat, joined the race after the prior...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe maintains funds for domestic violence shelter
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota asked the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society, a domestic violence shelter on the reservation, to meet certain conditions in order to continue to...

Editorial: Good move by Duke Energy to save Cherokee sacred site
"Good move, Duke Energy. The power colossus made a rather large misstep recently when it began grading work for a $79 million substation at Hyatt Creek in Swain County. The...

Yakama Nation halts shipment of garbage to landfill by reservation
The Yakama Nation of Washington won a temporary restraining order that prevents a company from shipping waste to a landfill next to the reservation. The tribe alleges it wasn't consulted...

Blog: Sen. McCain hypocritical about stimulus funds going to tribes
"Today Politico reported that Sens. John McCain and Tom Coburn identified projects in which the Obama Administration had essentially misallocated or wasted taxpayer money, including, for example, a $54,000,000 program...

Lynda Lovejoy and Ben Shelly to battle for Navajo Nation president
Members of the Navajo Nation narrowed the field for president of the largest tribe in the U.S. Lynda Lovejoy won the most votes in the primary on Tuesday. She led...

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