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September 20, 2010
Eagle headdress returned to Oglala Sioux family after 57 years
The family of former Nebraska governor Robert Crosby returned an eagle feather headdress to a family from the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Chief Fools Crow and Ben American Horse presented Crosby...

New Indian Arts and Crafts Act changes penalties for offenders
Amendments to the Indian Arts and Crafts Act change the penalties for people who fraudulently market or sell Indian art. The new law imposes a fine of up to $1...

BIA holds consultations for Interior Department's strategic plan
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is holding a series of consultations about the Interior Department's strategic plan. The meetings started last week in Alaska. They continue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma...

Echo Hawk to attend groundbreaking at St. Francis Indian School
Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk will attend a groundbreaking for a $7.2 million school improvement project on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. The work at the St. Francis...

Hopi Tribe withdraws backing of project for energy exploration
The Hopi Tribe of Arizona withdrew from an energy exploration project on the reservation. The tribe received a $5.5 million grant from the Department of Energy to determine whether it...

Mark Trahant: Indian Country voters should have Obama's back
"By any objective measure Barack Obama has been the most engaged and effective president on American Indian issues since at least since Richard Nixon. You could even make the case...

Sen. Murkowski launches write-in campaign after losing primary
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, isn't giving up her battle to remain in the Senate. Murkowski lost the Republican primary to Joe Miller,...

Book Review: Short stories of Indian man in 'Cheyenne Madonna'
"This magical short-story collection concerning Jordan Coolwater begins in 1826 when four Cheyennes search for Galveston Bay. A "heatwave gauze ... rose off the plain and made things shimmer...

Book Review: Navajo Nation poisoned by uranium in 'Yellow Dirt'
"Studded with vivid character sketches and evocative descriptions of the American landscape, journalist Judy Pasternak's scarifying account of uranium mining's disastrous consequences often reads like a novel — though...

Shakopee Tribe awards $50K grant for Cobell case documentary
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota awarded a $50,000 grant to support a documentary about the Indian trust fund lawsuit. Broken Promises: Indian Trust tells the story of Elouise...

School won't allow student to wear Keetoowah Band sweatshirt
A public school in Austin, Texas, won't let a student wear a sweatshirt with her tribe's emblem. Victoria Mouse is a member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians...

Jodi Rave: Vote Whitney Bell for leader of Three Affiliated Tribes
"As I looked out across the North Dakota prairie, a flare burned near an oil storage tank like hundreds of other well sites on or near the Fort Berthold Reservation....

Column: New York starting a shooting war with Tuscarora Nation
"Looks like the state's trying to provoke a shooting war with the Tuscarora Nation over cigarette taxes. For the record, I stand firmly with the Tuscarora. It's not just because...

NYT: Tonawanda Seneca man connects with his roots in New York
"Into a hotel suite of white wine, gray hair and Oxford shirts, the ponytailed Seneca entered in his bright red duck cloth frock, knitted strips tied around his beaded...

Editorial: Study to help Navajo Nation students with writing skills
"At a time when fewer schools are meeting national education standards and graduation rates are always a source of contention, anything to help our students achieve success is important...

Column: Laguna Pueblo youth honor bicyclist killed on reservation
"From the outside, the death of cross-country bicyclist John Anczarski on a reservation road here in June looked like another chapter in our book of senseless tragedies. Around lunchtime on...

Blog: Toilet paper, lighters and other items Aborigines might like
"Wouldn't it be cool to be friends with some tribal aboriginal people somewhere in Australia or Africa or South America? Maybe you have a friend that is related to aborigines...

Charles Trimble: Preserving tribal heritage for future generations
I see that the Oglala Sioux Tribe is likely to have the first National Tribal Park in the United States. The National Parks Service, through which the new NTP likely...

Tim Giago: South Dakota justice system destroying young Natives
There are disparities in the system of justice in South Dakota that can only be found in other states with large Native American populations. The incarceration ratio for Native Americans...

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