Mary Pember: Cherokees the most prolific ethnic group in world (February 10, 2011)
"Although the groundhog saw his shadow hereabouts, winter continues to have a strong hold on the Ohio Valley. Folks have sort of hunkered down, waiting for the cold to break. It’s time for a little controversial discussion to get our...
Sen. Jon Kyl from Arizona announces decision to retire in 2012 (February 10, 2011)
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) announced today that he won't seek re-election in 2012. Kyl has a favorable record on Indian issues. In the last Congress, he helped secure passage of the $3.4 billion Indian trust fund lawsuit due to the...
Seneca Nation man charged in connection with $2.1M land deal (February 10, 2011)
Bergal Mitchell III, a member of the Seneca Nation, was indicted on 13 counts in connection with his tribe's purchase of land for $2.1 million. The tribe bought the 251-acre site in 2006. But only about $1.4 million went to...
Series: Arizona tribes work to develop sustainable communities (February 10, 2011)
"The first part of this three-part series reported on an $820,000 grant awarded to the White Mountains area for a three to five year feasibility study to develop a plan to "support more livable and sustainable communities." The grant came...
Supporters defend Arvo Mikkanen from home-state opposition (February 10, 2011)
Arvo Mikkanen, a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, is qualified to serve as a federal judge, say supporters who are wondering why lawmakers from his state are opposing his nomination. “I don’t see how anyone could question Arvo’s...
Omaha Tribe issued 10 boil water advisories in last three years (February 10, 2011)
The Omaha Tribe has reportedly entered into an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to upgrade its troubled water system. From 2008 through 2010, the tribe issued 10 boil water advisories. The problems continued this year when the EPA warned...
Charles Trimble: Backlash against Indian Country in the making (February 10, 2011)
A column from a right wing periodical called Town Hall, posted on Indianz.com last week, gives an excellent example of the kind of stuff that feeds anti-tribal backlash. The lead sentence reads: “If ever a federal agency were a candidate...
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux continue fight over uranium plan (February 10, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman. All content © Native Sun News. PINE RIDGE, SOUTH DAKOTA –– Cameco Corp., the Canadian uranium giant that faces opposition from Pine Ridge residents and tribal officials for its Crow...
Coeur d'Alene law enforcement bill wins vote after long hearing (February 10, 2011)
The Idaho House Judiciary Committee approved a law enforcement bill for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe after a six-hour hearing on Wednesday. The bill allows the tribe to enforce state laws on the reservation. Non-Indian offenders will be processed in state...
Squamish First Nation asks members to approve housing project (February 10, 2011)
The Squamish First Nation of British Columbia is asking its members to approve plans for a housing development. The tribe plans to build two high-rise apartments in Vancouver. Details are still being worked out. “Nobody is lining up to house...
Chairman of Southern Ute Tribe faces pressure to resign position (February 10, 2011)
Matthew Box, the chairman of the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado, survived a recall election last year but is facing pressure to resign his post. The tribal council on Monday asked Box to resign. The Durango Herald said he could...
County takes battle against Mishewal Wappo Tribe to Capitol Hill (February 10, 2011)
Two officials from Napa County, California, were in Washington, D.C., to discuss their federal recognition fight against the Mishewal Wappo Tribe. The county intervened in a lawsuit the tribe filed against the Interior Department. Officials are worried that the tribe...
Idaho Council on Indian Affairs chooses new leaders at meeting (February 10, 2011)
The Idaho Council on Indian Affairs met briefly for an organizational meeting on Wednesday. Rep. Bob Nonini (R) was chosen as chairman. Chief L. Allan, the chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, was elected as vice chairman. The council was...
Paskenta Band spent $25K on ads to back Republican candidate (February 10, 2011)
The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians has spent $25,000 on ads to support a Republican candidate for state Assembly. The tribe's independent expenditure committee aired radio advertisements to support Beth Gaines. She's one of eight candidates seeking the post, which...
Montana tribe to continue negotiations over role at bison refuge (February 10, 2011)
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana will start negotiations for a new self-governance agreement at the National Bison Range in Montana. The tribe's annual funding agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was rescinded by a federal...
MPR: Advocate ensures Indian patients feel welcome at hospital (February 10, 2011)
"Statistics show wide health disparities between American Indians and the rest of the population. For instance, American Indians are six times more likely to die from tuberculosis and twice as likely to die from diabetes than other Americans. Doctors and...
Elouise Cobell discusses Indian trust settlement in New Mexico (February 10, 2011)
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, has been in New Mexico this week to discuss the $3.4 billion settlement in the case. Cobell and attorney Dennis Gingold held meetings at Laguna Pueblo and Church Rock...
Opinion: Choctaw Nation faced a big decision on eve of Civil War (February 10, 2011)
"During the first week of February, while gentlemen from across the South convened in Montgomery, Ala., to establish a new nation, a meeting of another, far older nation was happening 500 miles to the west. Instead of taking place...
Payday lenders a new revenue stream for some in Indian Country (February 10, 2011)
Payday lenders are a growing business in Indian Country, according to the Wall Street Journal. Of the 300 companies making payday loans online, 35 are owned by tribes, a consultant to the industry said. One of those is the Modoc...
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