Opinion: Oppose a fix to Supreme Court's land-into-trust decision (January 20, 2011)

"It should, therefore, come as no surprise that casino tribes would turn to their favorite politicians when the truth came to light and the Supreme Court ruled that only Indian tribes under federal jurisdiction in 1934 were eligible for the...

Editorial: North Dakota should allow charter schools for Indian kids (January 20, 2011)

"KIPP stands for the Knowledge Is Power Program, one of the most successful school-reform movements of the past decade. There now are KIPP schools in dozens of low-income neighborhoods across America. Their track record has drawn favorable attention from Oprah...

Letter: Board and tribes hold too much power over Fighting Sioux (January 20, 2011)

"The editorial is right about one thing: There are no checks and balances on the State Board of Higher Education. The board is totally free to enforce anything it desires, as and assistant attorney general indicated before the North Dakota...

Pueblo woman accused of killing son might raise insanity defense (January 20, 2011)

A woman from Zia Pueblo in New Mexico who is accused of murdering her son might raise an insanity defense, according to news reports. Tiffany Toribio allegedly suffocated her 3-year-old son and buried him in a park in Albuquerque in...

Judge rules against brothers in battle over historic 13-star US flag (January 20, 2011)

Two brothers who are members of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe of Montana won't be able to claim ownership of a historic 13-star U.S. flag. The flag has been in the Gopher family's guardianship since the early 1800s. It was...

Nakia Zavalla: Chumash Tribe shares a deep connection with sea (January 20, 2011)

"Although the Santa Ynez Reservation is some 30 miles away from the Pacific Ocean, our Chumash ancestors had a deep connection to the ocean and traveled the distance from their villages for trading purposes as well as for gathering food...

Company says it can determine Cherokee ancestry with DNA test (January 20, 2011)

A company says it can determine whether someone is of Cherokee ancestry through a DNA test. DNA Consultants has collected samples from people who say they are Cherokee. The Cherokee DNA Project says the results show a link to Middle...

Law Article: Appeals court decision opens doors in NEPA lawsuits (January 20, 2011)

"The Ninth Circuit has removed a long-standing obstacle that prevented private parties and local governments from intervening in National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) cases. In Wilderness Society v. U.S. Forest Service, an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit jettisoned...

Tule River Tribe reports large turnout for council member election (January 20, 2011)

The Tule River Tribe of California elected new council members over the weekend, with 75 percent of eligible voters casting ballots. Five seats were open on the council. Heather Teran and Duane M. Garfield Sr. won re-election and newcomers Rhoda...

Democrats set members of House Natural Resources Committee (January 20, 2011)

Democrats announced their picks for the House Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over Indian issues. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) is the top Democrat on the panel. He will be joined by 20 other Democrats. “The Democrats have selected an...

Republican-controlled House votes to repeal law including IHCIA (January 20, 2011)

The Republican-controlled House voted 245 to 189 on Wednesday to repeal the Affordable Health Care for America Act, which includes the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. All 242 Republicans were joined by three Democrats in the vote. Rep. Dan Boren...

Attorneys in Keepseagle discrimination case seek $60.8M in fees (January 20, 2011)

Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the Keepseagle case over discrimination at the Department of Agriculture are seeking $60.8 million in fees. The attorneys said they spent 42,000 hours on the case. “This settlement was not achieved easily or quickly, but...

Census Bureau maps new size of Oneida Reservation in New York (January 20, 2011)

The U.S. Census Bureau says the Oneida Nation in New York has a 307,000-acre reservation. In 2000, the agency said the reservation was 32 acres. But the tribe's land base grew significantly in a 2010 map. “We engaged in consultations...

Arizona court backs redistricting pick who works as a tribal judge (January 20, 2011)

A tribal judge is not a person who holds "public office" under the state constitution, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled. Paul Bender, an Arizona State University law professor, was appointed to the Independent Redistricting Commission. Republicans said he couldn't serve...

Kickapoo Tribe asserts concurrent jurisdiction over fatal accident (January 20, 2011)

The Kickapoo Tribe of Texas is asserting jurisdiction over a fatal accident involving one of its members. Raul Rodriguez, 35, is accused of intoxication manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and public intoxication. He allegedly struck and killed Adeline Hutson on December...

Abenaki tribes in Vermont seek recognition from state lawmakers (January 20, 2011)

Two Abenaki tribes in Vermont are in the final stages of the state recognition process. The Nulhegan Band and the Elnu Band have been recommended for recognition by the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. Now it's up to state...

Native Sun News: Cheyenne youth retrace footsteps of ancestors (January 20, 2011)

The following story was written and reported by Ernestine Chasing Hawk. All content © Native Sun News. Northern Cheyenne Runners at Crazy Horse Memorial. Photo © Native Sun News. RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA — A group of about 130 young...

MPR: Dakota prisoners of war share stories in collection of letters (January 20, 2011)

"For nearly 150 years, the voices of Dakota men imprisoned after the Dakota Conflict of 1862 went unheard. But the details of their imprisonment are starting to emerge, in letters written by those prisoners after six weeks of fighting along...

Editorial: Gila River Tribe steps up with model environmental plan (January 20, 2011)

"From economic development to water, Arizona's tribes are playing bigger roles in the state. The latest advance is the Gila River Indian Community's comprehensive air-quality program. This is the first time that any tribe in the country has taken responsibility...