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August 23, 2010
Groups claim Chumash Tribe can't follow land-into-trust process
Two groups say the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians of California can't follow the land-into-trust process. Preservation of Los Olivos (POLO) and Preservation of Santa Ynez (POSY) say the...

Ralph Forquera: Urban Indians face major health reform struggle
"In an article a week or so ago, Mark Trahant described the need to define who is an Indian in order to address the problem the Federal government now faces...

DOJ won't prosecute Alaska figure for sexual abuse of Native girl
The Department of Justice won't prosecute a prominent Alaska political and business figure on sex charges involving minors, including an Alaska Native girl, The Anchorage Daily News reports. Paula...

Ask Your Government: North Dakota's Indian Affairs Commission
"This week, I decided to do my “Ask Your Government” column about the state Indian Affairs Commission. Executive Director Scott Davis has spoken at a few legislative meetings this summer,...

Logan Davis: Indian Country wants same opportunities as others
"I have to apologize to all tribal nations on behalf of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa for disparaging comments made by Delvin Cree. I agree with the headline of...

ICT Series: Native women and girls exploited throughout Canada
"At a gathering of traditional healers and spiritual leaders in the Turtle Lodge earlier this summer, the national tragedy of more than 582 murdered and missing First Nations women became...

Alvin Manitopyes: Culture and spirituality are our greatest allies
"The first International Roundtable Supporting Ancient Indigenous Knowledge was held at the Turtle Lodge on the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba in early summer. Traditional healers, elders and spiritual leaders...

Marc Simmons: Interference by whites led to divisions at Laguna
"Upheavals at Taos, San Ildefonso and Isleta have been studied and written up by anthropologists. Less well-known is the case of Laguna, where the interference of whites living in the...

Mary Pember: Comedian takes new approach to serious problem
"The fight against the high rates of suicide among Indian people has found a seemingly unlikely champion in Lakota comedian J.R. Redwater. JR performed recently at Cankdeska Cikana Community College...

Editorial: DeLay far from 'innocent' in Washington's money game
"The Justice Department decided last week not to bring charges against Tom DeLay, whose unethical conduct represented a modern low among Congressional leaders. The decision is a reminder that some...

Charles Trimble: Discipline needed to preserve tribal sovereignt
I often cringe when I log on to and read headlines that blare out new controversies over gaming or taxes, especially those that exacerbate ever-tense state/tribal relations. I’m aware...

Tim Giago: Out on the plains they sure don't call the wind Mariah
John Raitt, Broadway legend and father of singer Bonnie Raitt, used to belt out an old song that suggested there are places where, "They call the wind Mariah." Out on...

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