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November 10, 2010
Opinion: Dental care still lacking in many Alaska Native villages
"When I moved to Barrow in 1972, the only dental care available over the entire 88,000 square miles of the North Slope was one Indian Health Service dentist who, quite...

Defendant in Aquash murder cites medicine man confidentiality
John Graham, a Native man from Canada, is seeking to prevent testimony about what he may have told a Lakota medicine man about the 1975 kidnapping and murder of American...

Oneida Nation runs into opposition for renewable energy project
The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin has reportedly stopped work on a renewable energy facility amid local opposition. The tribe began work on the 70,000-square-foot facility that will convert garbage into...

Attorney for Cow Creek Band pleads not guilty in domestic case
Wayne Allen Shammel, the general counsel for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians in Oregon, pleaded not guilty in connection with a domestic violence incident. Shammel is...

Preston Twoyoungmen: Talk about solutions for Native's success
"For any community, suicide is a potent reality to the fragility of our human bodies. Among Aboriginal peoples, the tendency is to fear success in an attempt to justify setbacks...

Knife carried by Native wood carver was found in closed position
A knife that was carried by John T. Williams, a traditional Native woodcarver who was fatally shot by police officer, was found in the closed position minutes after the incident,...

Steven Newcomb: Slowly chipping away at Doctrine of Discovery
"On Sept. 18, Larry Echo Hawk, assistant secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs, gave a keynote address at Taos Pueblo during the 40th anniversary of the “return” of the...

Opinion: Many Indian Country friends ousted in midterm election
"As the dust settles after the 2010 mid-term elections, the Democratic Party has retained control of the U.S. Senate. But the Republican Party has taken back control of the U.S....

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe wins support for reservation settlement
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan won support from Isabella County for a settlement to its reservation status case. The deal settles the boundaries of the Isabella Reservation. It addresses...

Robert Odawi Porter installed as new president of Seneca Nation
The Seneca Nation of New York swore in Robert Odawi Porter as its new president on Tuesday. Porter, an attorney and professor, promised to diversify the tribe's economy. He said...

Ute Tribe petitions Obama for return of two million acres in Utah
Members of the Ute Tribe of Utah are hoping President Barack Obama will help them recover their ancestral lands. The tribe resides on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. But another...

Peyote becoming harder and harder to locate in only place in US
Peyote is becoming harder and harder to find in Texas, the only place in the U.S. where it grows. Only three people in the state are licensed to sell...

Judge won't issue injunction in New York tobacco taxation battle
A federal judge has declined to issue a preliminary injunction in a tobacco taxation lawsuit against the state of New York. Judge Richard Arcara said the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe...

Paula Pechonick elected as first female leader of Delaware Tribe
The Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma has elected its first female leader. Paula Pechonick won the election for chief on Saturday. She replaces Jerry Douglas, who led the tribe since...

Hopes for Native Hawaiian self-determination 'as good as dead'
A bill to extend the policy of self-determination to Native Hawaiians is "as good as dead," one supporter said. The House passed the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act in February....

Oklahoma vote against Islamic law could impact tribal activities
A ballot measure that bars judges in Oklahoma from considering international or Islamic law could have an affect on tribal relations. Voters in Oklahoma overwhelmingly approved State Question 755 on...

Native Sun News: Rios pleads guilty for role in 1975 Aquash case
The following story was written and reported by Evelyn Broecher. All content © Native Sun News. RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA -- The tension was clearly visible on the faces of...

Susan Bradford: Casino Jack an unfair portrayal of superlobbyist
"Casino Jack will soon debut in Washington, DC, filling the airwaves with ever more lies and distortions at a time when the public is seeking clarity and attempting to forge...

Jon Tester: America can't ignore youth suicide in Indian Country
The following is the opinion of Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana), a third-generation farmer and a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Over the past few months we've seen plenty...

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