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November 15, 2010
Federal hate crimes charges for attack on disabled Navajo man
Three men have been indicted on federal hate crimes charges for attacking a Navajo Nation man in New Mexico. Paul Beebe, 27, William Hatch, 29, and Jesse Sanford, 25, are...

Interior Secretary Salazar delivers remarks at NCAI conference
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar spoke to tribal leaders at the 67th annual conference of the National Congress of American Indians this morning. Salazar dedicated a considerable portion of his remarks...

Obama hosts second Tribal Nations Conference on December 16
President Barack Obama will host the second White House Tribal Nations Conference on December 16. As part of his campaign, Obama promised to hold yearly meetings with tribes. His first...

Mark Trahant: Eliminating tax credit will hit Native communities
"A presidential debt commission will release its proposals in December to balance the budget. A draft is already out there with a few big ticket ideas: Slowly raising the retirement...

BIA accepting applications for new leader of Haskell University
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is accepting applications for president of Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas. Linda Sue Warner, a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, was serving...

Supreme Court declines South Dakota Indian voting rights case
The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear Cottier v. City of Martin, an Indian voting rights case from South Dakota. Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe said the system...

Muscogee Nation to meet once again in historic council building
The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma will once again hold council meetings in its historic capitol building. The first meeting takes place this Saturday. That's the day the tribe officially celebrates...

Quechan Nation elders upset by approval of solar power project
Elders of the Quechan Nation say they weren't properly consulted about a solar power project on federal land in southern California. Tribal members attended meetings with the Interior Department and...

BIA set to close comment period on Cayuga land-into-trust bid
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is expected to close the comment period on the Cayuga Nation land-into-trust application on November 22. The final environmental impact statement recommends the acquisition of...

Opinion: Apology comes late to Cherokees for the Trail of Tears
"In the War of 1812, Andrew Jackson had vanquished those Creek Indians who sided with the British. Jackson was not generous in victory. Not only did he strip the tribe...

Yvette Roubideaux: Restoring our patients' trust in IHS system
"When I was appointed as the director of the Indian Health Service last year, I received a significant call for change from our patients, tribes and IHS staff. Many were...

Plaintiff in Indian farmers case died after learning of settlement
Luke Crasco, a member of the Fort Belknap Tribes of Montana, was a lead plaintiff in the Keepseagle case for Indian farmers and ranchers who experienced discrimination at the Department...

Congress heads back to DC with Cobell settlement still in limbo
Congress returns to work today for a lame-duck session that could see the passage of the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit. The Obama administration and Democrats...

Tribal leaders gather for annual NCAI conference in New Mexico
The National Congress of American Indians opens its 67th annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, today. Thousands of tribal representatives are expected to attend the event. This year's theme is...

Editorial: It's time to do more for our neighbors on reservations
"The images are searing. A 10-year-old boy drunk on the street. A middle-school student with a cigarette asking for a light. Eight- and 10-year-old children cowering as a parent approaches,...

Opinion: Why Canadian government flipped on indigenous rights
"The Stephen Harper government has been no friend to aboriginal people in this country. Soon after taking power in 2006, Harper cancelled the Kelowna Accord, which was a $5.1-billion plan...

Opinion: Thanksgiving didn't turn out so well for first Coloradans
"Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, when stress can sometimes drown the cheer. If you fear your holiday gathering may run afoul, take consolation in Denver's first Thanksgiving. As was...

Editorial: Saginaw Chippewa Tribe settlement a historic moment
"The agreements among the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, the state of Michigan, Isabella County and the city of Mt. Pleasant over the extent of Tribal authority and the extent of...

Marc Simmons: Zuni Pueblo gave warm welcome to researchers
"In the summer of 1879, the newly founded Bureau of American Ethnology in Washington, D.C., sent a research expedition to the Southwest. Its mission was to study the religion and...

Tim Giago: What future awaits the world on December 21, 2012?
A little more than one year ago I wrote a column about the year 2012. The emphasis I made was that the ancient Mayans did not make predictions as much...

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