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December 13, 2010
Editorial: Long awaited justice over Indian trust fund settlement
"Could it be? Could the case against the federal government for mishandling billions of dollars of Indian trust funds finally be coming to a close? So it would seem —...

Former Interior secretary Norton won't face corruption charges
Former Interior secretary Gale Norton won't face charges in a corruption investigation, the Interior Department Inspector General said in a new report. Federal authorities investigated Norton's role in the awarding...

Jury returns guilty verdict in murder of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash
A jury in South Dakota found John Graham guilty for the 1975 murder of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. After two days of deliberations, Graham was convicted...

Ban on tobacco tax in New York stays in effect pending appeals
The state of New York won't be able to impose its tobacco tax in Indian Country while lawsuits are pending before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. The state...

Deputy chief of Cherokee Nation stable following a heart attack
Joe Grayson, the deputy chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is reported to be in stable condition after suffering a heart attack. Grayson was hospitalized on Sunday after the...

Blog: Chickasaw Nation showcases tribal artists for new exhibit
"The exhibit “New Identities in Chickasaw Art” features artwork ranging from handbags and jewelry to hand-crafted knives and paintings that capture the essence of tribal elders. This celebration of Chickasaw...

Mark Trahant: Asking President Obama about Indian health care
President Barack Obama set a high standard for tribal-federal relations last year. "Today's summit is not lip service," he said at the summit. "We're not going to go through the...

Yocha Dehe Wintun leader named chair of Autry museum board
Marshall McKay, the leader of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation of California, is the new chair of the board of trustees at the Autry National Center of the American West....

Sen. Murkowski seeks answers for sex abuse case of Native girl
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will continue to press the Department of Justice to explain why it failed to bring charges in a sexual abuse case in Alaska. Paula Roberds, who...

Opinion: NAGPRA regulations undermine relationship with tribes
"Last winter, the Department of the Interior issued regulations for the disposition of ancient American Indian remains and funerary objects that cannot be affiliated with modern tribes. Unfortunately, these new...

Jen Bloom: Cobell settlement no victory for Indian beneficiarie
"How can you morally bolster the Cobell settlement as any sort of victory in Native-United States relations? Do you feel no responsibility to this publication’s Native and non-Native readers? Cobell,...

Cedric Black Eagle: Water settlement is 'historic' for Crow Tribe
"I have been involved in the Crow Water Rights Settlement Act from the time of its inception, when the tribe began negotiations with the state of Montana, resulting in the...

Gabe Galanda: The cost of failing to engage in tribal consultation
"The point of this series is that consultation can be used as a sword – a preemptive strike that forces U.S. agencies to consult before taking action in Indian country...

Vi Waln: Mexico's Indigenous people aim to protect sacred sites
I was recently contacted by Sandor Iron Rope about writing something on a gathering he attended in Mexico in October 2010. He is a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation...

Tim Giago: Racial injustice a red and white issue in South Dakota
Back in the days when many Indian reservation families were moving to Rapid City, especially in the 1940s, in search of employment, the first thing they ran into was the...

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