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August 30, 2010
Crosscut: Two Lummis separated by more than just ferry service
"If you're uncertain about the geography of the upper left-hand corner of the state, understand that there are two Lummis. Lummi Nation, centered on a 20-square-mile reservation west of Bellingham,...

Jim Kent: You wouldn't put church across from sacred Bear Butte
"Had I the money and position, for example, I could build a church wherever I wanted. It would, however, be inappropriate to do so across from the entrance to Bear...

Wandering polar bear visits Shamattawa First Nation in Manitoba
Residents of the Shamattawa First Nation in Manitoba spotted a polar bear on the reserve on Sunday. The RCMP found the bear swimming and drinking in the Shamattawa River....

Mark Trahant: Future of Indian health system up to Indian Country
"What will the Indian health system look like a decade from now? That’s an impossible question to answer. There is the potential of a court ruling striking down at least...

Chickasaw Nation donates $360K to national political committees
The Chickasaw Nation has contributed $360,000 to national political groups since January 2009, The Oklahoman reports. The tribe donated more than $133,000 to the Democratic Governors Association and $125,000 to...

Tim Vollman: Skull Valley Band wins right to nuclear waste facility
"My clients are the Goshute people of the Skull Valley Band. They won a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior, overturning disapproval of their lease with Private Fuel Storage...

Two police officers killed during stand-off in Alaska Native village
Two police officers were shot and killed in an ongoing stand-off in Hoonah, the largest Tlingit village in Alaska. Sergeant Anthony Wallace, 32, and Officer Matthew Tokuoka, 39, were shot...

Turtle Talk: Preview of Indian law cases before the Supreme Court
"Heading into the sixth year of the Roberts Court, we note first that the last Term (2009) was the second Roberts Court Term that did not feature a single Indian...

GAO: More than 120K ancestors haven't been repatriated to tribes
More than 120,000 ancestral remains held by the federal government haven't been repatriated to tribes, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. The GAO looked at whether federal...

More Indian children going into foster care system in North Dakota
More and more Native American children are going into foster care in North Dakota, according to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System. In 2009, American Indian and...

USDA wants ski resort at sacred site to use different water source
The Department of Agriculture is pushing the owners of a ski resort in the sacred San Francisco Peaks to use a different water source to make snow. Arizona Snowbowl originally...

Blog: Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe looks forward to removal of dams
"A history-making and much debated project to restore the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State has taken a big step forward. A contract has been awarded to...

Melvin Martin: An Oglala Sioux veteran's trip down 'memory lane'
In the first two weeks following the horrific earthquake disaster in Haiti last January, I volunteered at a church (that I do not attend at all nor am I a...

Opinion: Tribal Law and Order Act unravels the jurisdictional maze
"I commend Rep. Collin Peterson for his vote to pass H.R. 725 — the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. This historic, bipartisan legislation will help end the epidemic...

YourNews: Man upset with renting home to Puyallup Tribe member
"I am trying to get any publicity I can get on my situation. I rented my house to a member of the Puyallup Tribe. After they were there for...

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Rise of Tea Party about Whites losing power
"The national crusade of "Take Back America" by tea party activists and the Arizona Legislature is as bigoted as it is absurd. It will catch on in states like Missouri,...

Roberto Rodriguez: Arizona law threatens multi-cultural education
"The world appears to be knowledgable about the effort – via S.B. 1070 – to legalize hate, fear and racial profiling in Arizona. What most seem to be unaware of...

Tim Giago: Some positive change in race relations in South Dakota
It was a scorching hot day at this year’s Central States Fair until dark clouds drifted slowly over the Black Hills and brought the temperatures down. It was a special...

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