GOP bill eliminates funds for Office of Tribal Relations at USDA (February 15, 2011)
The Republican budget bill eliminates all funding for the Office of Tribal Relations at the Department of Agriculture. H.R.1 funds most federal agencies for the remainder of fiscal year 2011. Section 1202 of Title II states that funds for the...
Elected officials of Cherokee Nation due for increase in salary (February 15, 2011)
Elected officials of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma are due for an 11 percent increase in salary over the next four years. A citizen committee has recommended the increase, a council member said. If adopted, council members will receive about...
Court backs sovereign immunity of Amerind Risk Management (February 15, 2011)
Amerind Risk Management Corporation, a federally chartered corporation, enjoys sovereign immunity because it is an arm of tribal government, a split 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. Amerind was chartered by three tribes and provides insurance to other tribes...
Little Traverse Bay Bands leaders face another recall attempt (February 15, 2011)
The top two leaders of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan are facing another recall effort. Chairman Ken Harrington and Vice Chairman Dexter McNamara survived a recall last summer. Opponents are trying again because they say...
Fort Peck official pleads not guilty to DUI charge in tribal court (February 15, 2011)
A council member for the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Montana has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge. Darryl Red Eagle, 45, was pulled over on January 21 after he ran a stop sign on the...
Inuit teens survive four days in freezing cold in Quebec tundra (February 15, 2011)
Two Inuit teens are recovering after surviving four days in below-freezing temperatures in the tundra of northern Quebec. Isajah Nastapoka, 15, and Kasudluak Kasudluak, 17, got lost while hunting for polar bears. They had no food or water but managed...
Lakota Country Times: Rosebud Sioux radio station goes on air (February 15, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Vi Waln, the editor of the Lakota Country Times. All content © Lakota Country Times. MISSION, SOUTH DAKOTA – The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will go on the airwaves next week with the...
Yakama Nation promises to rebuild after fire destroys homes (February 15, 2011)
The Yakama Nation of Washington estimates it will cost at least $4 million to rebuild a small community where at least homes were destroyed in a fire on Saturday. Chairman Harry Smiskin said it could take months to rebuild. "A...
Navajo Nation man faces sentence for second-degree murder (February 15, 2011)
A man from the Navajo Nation faces 25 years in federal prison for murdering a woman on the reservation. Patrick Baptiste, 51, admitted that he struck Kathleen Francisco, 71, on May 24, 2010. But instead of calling authorities, he drove...
Craig Lorraine, Mohawk veteran, set for Massachusetts burial (February 15, 2011)
Craig D. Lorraine, a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York, died unexpectedly on February 8. He was 45. Lorraine, who was born and raised in western Massachusetts, was a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served...
Flooding causes some evacuations on Pine Ridge Reservation (February 15, 2011)
Flooding on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota prompted the Oglala Sioux Tribe to recommend evacuations. At least one family left a housing area and more were expected to evacuate. The Black Hills Area Chapter of the Red Cross...
Tulalip Tribes gears up for March election for board of directors (February 15, 2011)
Members of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington will go to the polls on March 12 to fill three seats on the board of directors. Seventeen candidates are in the running. They include Chairman Mel Sheldon, Jr., Treasurer Chuck James, board...
Harold Monteau: Republican Party getting in bed with far right (February 15, 2011)
"Republican ersatz presidential candidate Sarah Palin, puts Representative Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, “in the crosshairs” in television commercials supporting a Republican candidate for Giffords’s seat in the U.S. House. Palin goes on TV in full camo with a loaded assault rifle...
KUOW: Yakama Nation reintroduces pronghorns to reservation (February 15, 2011)
"TOPPENISH, Wash. – Pronghorn antelope are back in Washington state. Lewis and Clark spotted the sagebrush speedsters as the explorers crossed the Columbia Basin on their way to the Pacific. But subsequent settlement was not kind to America's only antelope....
Column: Take responsibility for colonization of Indian Nations (February 15, 2011)
"For example, take the colonization of what is now the United States by England and France. Prosperous nations – such as that of the Iroquois – were devastated by what started as trade and ended as a genocidal land grab...
Opinion: A clean energy opportunity under the Buy Indian Act (February 15, 2011)
"The application of an often-overlooked federal law may ensure that green energy investment stays in our economy, while at the same time fulfilling the government’s obligation to Native American tribes. The Buy Indian Act (BIA) was introduced in 1910 as...
Obama's new budget reduces Indian programs at Smithsonian (February 15, 2011)
Indian programs at the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of Natural History will be reduced under the budget proposal released by President Barack Obama on Monday. A cultural interpreters program at the NMAI will be...
Mark Trahant: Budget for Indian programs mostly a lost cause (February 15, 2011)
"The coming year’s proposed federal budget is a lost cause. Mostly. The budget that will finally emerge from Congress is going to be ugly. A zealous sense of frugality will consume most federal Indian programs, agencies that serve rural communities,...
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5 Supreme Court shakes up docket by accepting sovereignty case at request of tribe
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