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October 1, 2010
Yvette Roubideaux: IHS committed to reform in Aberdeen Area
"On Sept. 28, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing on the serious management issues within the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service. As a member of the Rosebud...

Jury convicts man of shooting at Lakota basketball tournament
A jury in South Dakota found a man guilty of a non-fatal shooting during last year's Lakota Nation Invitational. Simon Torres, 20, did not testify. But witnesses identified him as...

Warm Springs Tribes in mourning after crash leaves four dead
Four young members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon died in a crash on Wednesday night. April Scott-Kalama, 26, Valerie Suppah, 25, Sean Starr, 22, and...

Three Native women murdered in city in Ontario in past month
Three people have been murdered in the past month in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and all of the victims were Native. One victim was a 16-year-old girl who was from the...

Oklahoma provides money for American Indian Cultural Center
Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry (D) has provided $6 million to continue construction of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. The center has been in danger of losing funds. Lawmakers...

Wampanoag linguist celebrates receipt of $500K 'genius' award
Jessie Little Doe Baird, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts, cried when she was told she was one of 23 recipients of a prestigious "genius grant" from...

Native Sun News: Pine Ridge residents launch Guardian Eagles
The following story was written and reported by Randall Howell. All content © Native Sun News. WANBLEE, SOUTH DAKOTA –– Tag used to be a school-yard game. That kind of...

Pueblo man charged with first degree murder after brutal death
A man from Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico has been charged with first-degree murder. Lucas Michael Ray Steven Toledo, 22, is accused of stabbing and beating Matthew Panana, 21. Authorities...

Skull of Native woman returned to Grand Ronde Tribes in Oregon
The skull of Native woman that was taken to show-and-tell in 1984 was finally repatriated to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in Oregon. A 7-year-old boy brought the skull...

Film explores life of Radmilla Cody, a former Miss Navajo Nation
Radmilla Cody, a former Miss Navajo Nation, is the subject of a new film titled "Hearing Radmilla." Cody, 34, is Navajo and African-American. "There had never been a part-Black Miss...

Column: Sacagawea deserves own US holiday as Native woman
"While teaching American history at Encinal High, I often suggested the need for a holiday in a woman's honor, or, perhaps two women. My choices: Sacagawea and Eleanor Roosevelt. Why...

Not much action on bill to recognize Muscogee Nation of Florida
The Muscogee Nation of Florida hasn't seen much action on its federal recognition bill. S.530 and H.R.1899 were introduced in early 2009. But neither the House nor the Senate have...

Nakia Zavalla: Santa Ynez Band celebrates culture at powwow
"This fall is filled with plenty of wonderful activities in the community including some great tribal activities for general participation. One event that has already passed, but is worth noting,...

Round Valley Indian Tribes allows members to grow marijuana
Members of the Round Valley Indian Tribes of California are allowed to grow 33 marijuana plants, The Ukiah Daily Journal reports. As a result, tribal members have plants growing in...

Grand Traverse court disqualifies winning candidate from office
The tribal court of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan disqualified a winning candidate from holding public office. The court said Alvin Pedwaydon violated election...

Hoh Tribe moving closer to new reservation with Senate action
The Senate passed H.R.1061, the Hoh Indian Tribe Safe Homelands Act, by unanimous consent on Wednesday. The bill allows the tribe to move out of a floodplain. It transfers 37...

Cobell settlement changed to give more money to beneficiaries
The Cobell plaintiffs have agreed to change the terms of the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit. The overall amount of the settlement remains the same. But...

Levi Pesata: Obama should withdraw appeal in tribal trust case
"The Jicarilla Apache Nation is one of dozens of tribes asserting claims against the United States for mismanaging tribally owned land and assets. The federal government has negotiated for years...

WaPo: Alaska Native shareholders unhappy with corporate deal
"As one of the most successful Alaska native corporations, Eyak Technology occupies an entire floor of a four-story glass-and-concrete building in a bustling technology corridor minutes from Dulles International Airport....

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