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December 9, 2010
Alaska Federation of Natives funneled donations in 2010 election
The Alaska Federation of Natives funneled a $308,000 donation to an independent expenditure committee that supported Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) in her historic write-in campaign in Alaska. The donation to...

BIA wants to give tribes priority over Alaska Native corporations
The Bureau of Indian Affairs wants to give tribes in Alaska priority over Native corporations when it comes to consultation. Alaska is home to more than 220 federally recognized tribes....

Jury deliberates fate of man charged with Aquash's 1975 murder
A jury in South Dakota began deliberations in the 1975 kidnapping and murder of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. John Graham, a Native man from Canada, faces...

Native man to pursue complaint after being abandoned by police
A Native man who says he was abandoned by police officers in subzero temperatures plans to file a complaint with the Manitoba Law Enforcement Review Agency. Evan Maud, 20,...

Judge orders ex-Pueblo leader to report to prison for hit-and-run
A federal judge ordered Linda Diaz, the former lieutenant governor of Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico, to report to prison no later than December 29. Diaz was convicted of...

Navajo Nation men plead guilty in shooting at home with children
Two men from the Navajo Nation pleaded guilty for a drive-by shooting on the New Mexico portion of the reservation. Jarin Scott, 20, pleaded guilty to federal assault with a...

Pueblo water settlements become law after decades of litigation
President Barack Obama signed H.R.4783, the Claims Resolution Act of 2010, into law on Wednesday, ending decades of litigation over tribal water rights in northern New Mexico. The bill includes...

Supporters still hope for passage of Lumbee Tribe recognition bill
Supporters are praying for passage of a bill to extend federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. The House passed the bill in June 2009 but it never...

BIA delays final decision on federal recognition for Juaneno Band
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has once again delayed a final decision on federal recognition for the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians of California. The BIA was originally set to...

Sen. Baucus press release on Cobell and Crow water rights settlements
The following is a press release from Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana). Montana’s senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus joined Elouise Cobell, Chairman Cedric Black Eagle of the Crow Tribe and President...

Elouise Cobell press release on signing of settlement into law
The following is a press release from Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana who is the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit. For Elouise...

Democracy Now: Obama signs bill with Cobell settlement into law
"And President Obama has signed into law a pair of multi-billion-dollar settlements resolving longstanding lawsuits over the mismanagement of Native American land trusts and discrimination against African-American farmers. Under the...

Rep. Cole authored land-into-trust provision in appropriation bill
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), the only Native American in Congress, authored the fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar that passed the House as part of...

Gabe Galanda: Dear Santa, Please Buy Indian this holiday season
"Dear Santa, I’ve been good this year. Please bring all of this stuff for me and my big Indian family: For my mom, please bring Sister Sky bath and beauty...

Billy Frank: Washington water law an accident waiting to happen
"The Washington State Supreme Court chose to pass the buck when it ruled recently that the Municipal Water Law doesn’t violate the state constitution. Back in 2003, a number...

Delphine Red Shirt: The last generation raised in Lakota language
Note: The following opinion by Delphine Red Shirt appears in the current issue of the Native Sun News. When I come back for the annual Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Language Summit,...

Land-into-trust fix passes House as part of continuing resolution
The House passed a fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar on Wednesday as part of a continuing resolution to fund the federal government. The fix...

Larry Echo Hawk: Congress must pass a 'clean' land-into-trust fix
"The 111th Congress also has more work on its plate before it breaks, including enactment of a legislative fix for the U.S. Supreme Court’s February 2009 Carcieri v. Salazar decision...

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