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December 6, 2010
Alaska InterTribal Council elects new chairman and other leaders
The Alaska Inter-Tribal Council elected a new chairman and other leaders at its 19th annual convention. David Harrison was elected chairman. Sammy Jackson was elected vice chairman. Mickey Stickman, the...

Editorial: New leader brings some big ideas to the Seneca Nation
"Do you think it is time for Native Americans to move off their lands and join the rest of us full-fledged Americans in getting on with life in the 21st...

Tribes in Minnesota concerned about effect of mining on wild rice
A review of a mining project in northern Minnesota has revived debate about the effects of development on wild rice. The state adopted a water quality standard regarding the discharge...

Charles Trimble: Recommendations for good books about Indians
I often receive unsolicited books from publishers, requesting that I review them. This puts pressure on me feeling that, out of courtesy or gratitude, I need to give the books...

New US Attorney for New Mexico makes Indian Country a priority
Kenneth Gonzales, the U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, is making Indian issues a priority. Gonzales has established an 11-member team to focus solely on Indian Country. He wants to be...

MPR: Task force looks into human trafficking in Indian community
"The Duluth City Council gets a briefing Monday on a new task force to address reports of human trafficking in Duluth's Native American community. The task force formed this fall...

Tentative schedule for White House Tribal Nations Conference
President Barack Obama will host the second White House Tribal Nations Conference on Thursday, December 16. The event will take place at the Interior Department in Washington, D.C. The tentative...

Opinion: Sen. Schumer useless in Cayuga land-into-trust process
"Citizens living within Seneca and Cayuga counties are now being subjected to the same dog and pony show put on by the Department of the Interior (DOI) and Bureau of...

Ray Halbritter: New York City mayor gives 'non-apology' apology
"New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg still does not get it. Back in August, he told a radio audience that he advised Gov. David Paterson to “get a cowboy hat...

Gabe Galanda: Putting consultation to work for tribal sovereignty
"As discussed in part one of this three-part series, the Obama administration has mandated that all federal agencies implement a written government-to-government consultation policy with Indian tribes. Even though many...

Column: Years of hard work end with settlement in Cobell lawsuit
"Sometimes we recognize the heroes among us; sometimes heroic lives are only noticed by history. Elouise Cobell will get both. Cobell is a member of the Blackfeet Tribe and was...

Opinion: A little justice for Indian landowners in trust settlement
"Elouise Cobell beat the bureaucracy and reached a settlement for Indians, who have long been disserved by the government that was supposed to protect their interests. It was another piece...

Sen. Inouye denies last-minute bid for Native Hawaiian measure
Sen. Daniel Inouye (D) isn't planning to attach the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act to an omnibus spending bill, a spokesperson said. The bill would extend the policy of self-determination...

Tim Giago: Indian journalists are invisible in South Dakota's media
South Dakota Public Radio has a daily show in which it features white journalists from the Rapid City Journal and other in-state newspapers. The radio show offers a forum for...

Vi Waln: Indian Country must look within to address youth suicide
I attended the Great Plains Region Suicide Prevention Listening Session last week in Rapid City, SD. There were leaders from several South Dakota tribes who spoke on behalf of the...

Book Review: Mythology and history in The Killing of Crazy Horse
"Making narrative out of a life like that of Crazy Horse presents the biographer with a daunting set of challenges. Shrouded in the mythology of the West and the...

Obama to sign bill with Cobell settlement into law on Wednesday
President Barack Obama will sign H.R.4783, the Claims Settlement Act of 2010 on Wednesday. The bill authorizes the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit. The deal provides...

Chase Iron Eyes: North Dakota better without Fighting Sioux nick
"The Fighting Sioux saga finally is coming to an end. Nov. 30 marked the deadline for UND to get approval from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Spirit Lake...

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