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November 29, 2010
Audio for White House conference call on Claims Settlement Act
The White House hosted a conference call this afternoon on H.R.4783, the Claims Settlement Act of 2010. The bill authorizes the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit....

Opinion: Alaska Natives show their political clout in Senate race
"Bush Alaskans -- Native Alaskans -- were reliable Democrats half a century ago. Not any more. Maybe they haven't changed their registration, but, under the guidance of their regional corporations,...

Editorial: Program helps educators teachers of Lakota language
"Once, the Lakota language was suppressed in South Dakota schools. Now, many schools on or near reservations give children a taste of the language, with words for colors, numbers and...

Rare photo of Navajo Chief Manuelito found in museum archive
A rare photograph of Chief Manuelito, one of the leaders of the Navajo Nation, is being published for the first time. An archivist for the Museum of New Mexico...

Minnesota bar pulls apology for 'Drink Like an Indian' promotion
A bar in Minnesota has apparently retracted an apology it offered for a promotion that encouraged patrons to "Drink Like an Indian" over the Thanksgiving holiday. Station 280 on...

Interview with Dennis Kequom, chief of Saginaw Chippewa Tribe
The Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun interviews Dennis V. Kequom, the chief of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan, about a number of issues, including a recent legal settlement over the...

NAGPRA review panel wants artifacts returned to Alaska Natives
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee is recommending the return of artifacts to the Tlingit community in Alaska. The committee said the University of Pennsylvania Museum of...

Editorial: Small slices of justice for Native American landowners
"African Americans and Native Americans, the most persecuted and exploited groups in this nation's history, are on the verge of securing a small slice of justice. Last week, the Senate...

Legal News: Matthew Fletcher a pioneer in Indian law and policy
"Matthew Fletcher, associate professor at Michigan State University College of Law, was drawn to law by his family and by tribal elders in his Indian communities – the Grand Traverse...

Sioux tribes condemn call for 'violence' made at university talk
Leaders of four Sioux tribes are condemning the remarks of an activist who reportedly told a university audience that “violence is the only way" to reclaim Dakota land and rights....

Delaware Tribe makes history with first woman elected as chief
The Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma is entering a new era with Chief Paula Pechonick. Pechonick is the first woman to lead the tribe. She hopes to restore some of the...

Federal prisons to accept tribal offenders through pilot program
As part of the new Tribal Law and Order Act, federal prisons will start accepting certain tribal offenders. The law allows any federally recognized tribe to request incarceration by the...

Native Sun News: Tribal colleges a top priority at NCAI meeting
The following story was written and reported by Kate Saltzstein. All content © Native Sun News. ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO –– Tribal colleges must prepare students for the new job market...

VOA News: Native Americans having a busy year in Washington
"SHIRLEY GRIFFITH: Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Special English. I’m Shirley Griffith. STEVE EMBER: And I'm Steve Ember. November is Native American Heritage Month in the United States....

Gabe Galanda: Putting consultation to work for our sovereignty
"On Dec. 16, President Barack Obama will host the second White House Tribal Nations Conference. The president’s unprecedented tribal outreach extends from his formal commitment “to regular and meaningful consultation...

Vi Waln: Lakota people encounter threats to their water source
I believe we are in a time of great tribulation. It seems there is a mad scramble to rush the death of Unci Maka. I have read stories in the...

Tim Giago: Naysayers invited to promote unity in South Dakota
When the Unity Committee I formed this year approached Governor Mike Rounds (R-SD) and requested that he proclaim 2010 as a Year of Unity we did so knowing full well...

Mark Charles: Bring the presidential hopefuls to Indian Country
This week I am traveling to Washington, D.C., from my home on the Navajo Reservation. I am scheduled to give a lecture and Q & A at Georgetown University at...

Editorial: Indians in Montana benefit from claims settlement bill
"The U.S. Senate took Montanans by surprise by unanimously approving legislation on Nov. 19 to address historic government mismanagement claims by American Indians and water rights on the Crow Indian...

Editorial: House must take action to pass the Cobell settlement
"As Congress returns Monday from its Thanksgiving recess, the U.S. House must pass legislation that settles a lengthy legal battle over the federal government's wretched handling of Indian trust accounts....

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