Gabe Galanda: Amerind should waive immunity in tribal court (February 16, 2011)

"AMERIND is a federally-chartered Section 17 corporation, owned by a consortium of tribes, which operates a self-insurance risk pool and is the biggest insurer of tribal homes in Indian Country. According to AMERIND’s web-site, its “IHBG Protection Program currently serves...

Informational meetings for Keepseagle case set in Oklahoma (February 16, 2011)

The attorneys in the Keepseagle case over discrimination at the Department of Agriculture will be holding three meetings in Oklahoma this weekend. The Obama administration settled the case for $760 million. The deal provides payments for Indian farmers and ranchers...

Editorial: Keep focus on combating domestic violence in Alaska (February 16, 2011)

"Alaska's political and economic conversation has focused on oil taxes, gas line prospects and disputes with the federal government over the health insurance mandate and endangered species. Major issues all, and Gov. Sean Parnell is naturally a primary player in...

BIA soliciting bids to round up 700 horses on Crow Reservation (February 16, 2011)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is soliciting bids to round up an estimated 700 horses on the Crow Reservation in Montana. The horses belong to Jim Leachman, a non-Indian rancher who has been charged with animal cruelty. County prosecutors say...

Leader of First Nations organization resists calls to resign post (February 16, 2011)

Guy Lonechild says he won't step down as chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. Lonechild was presented with a petition that seeks his ouster from the organization. Critics say he failed to disclose a drunken driving charge during...

Lakota Country Times: Lengthy Rosebud Sioux suit dismissed (February 16, 2011)

The following story was written and reported by Vi Waln, the editor of the Lakota Country Times. All content © Lakota Country Times. ROSEBUD, SOUTH DKAOTA – A lawsuit originally filed in 2002 in the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court against...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe to share in $6.8M mine cleanup settlement (February 16, 2011)

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Idaho will share in a $6.8 million settlement to clean up a defunct mine in the Coeur d’Alene Basin. Atlantic Richfield Co. agreed to pay the money to the tribe, the state of Idaho and...

Seminole Tribe to meet county over land-into-trust application (February 16, 2011)

The Seminole Tribe will meet with commissioners in Polk County, Florida, to discuss a land-into-trust application. The tribe submitted an application for the 796-acre site to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Plans call for a 150-unit housing development. The land...

Southern Ute Tribe schedules election of new chairman in April (February 16, 2011)

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado will elect a new chairman at a special election in April. Matthew Box resigned last week under pressure. Jimmy Newton will serve as acting chairman until the election. Executive Officer Johnny Valdez and co-executive...

Employee at Peabody mine on Navajo Nation killed in accident (February 16, 2011)

An employee at a Peabody Energy mine on the Navajo Nation was killed on Friday. Roy Black, 56, died after his service truck collided with a tractor and burned at the Kayenta Mine. The Arizona Republic said the U.S. Mine...

Lummi Nation sets 60-day deadline for closure of ferry service (February 16, 2011)

The Lummi Nation has given Whatcom County, Washington, 60 days to stop ferry service from a site on tribal land. The tribe and the county have been trying to negotiate a new deal for the Lummi Island ferry. According to...

No charges against officer who fatally shot Native woodcarver (February 16, 2011)

Prosecutors in King County, Washington, won't file charges against a Seattle police officer who fatally shot John T. Williams, a traditional woodcarver. The county conducted an inquest into the death of Williams. A jury returned a mixed verdict, with some...

Hispanics outnumber American Indian population in Oklahoma (February 16, 2011)

The Hispanic population in Oklahoma is now larger than the American Indian and Alaska Native population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Hispanics make up 9 percent of the state's population. That surpasses the 8.5 percent for Native Americans. In...

Native Sun News: 'Oz' genocide editorials subject of a protest (February 16, 2011)

The following story was written and reported by Evelyn Red Lodge. All content © Native Sun News. Andrew Iron Shell, David Claymore, Mandi Long Wolf and Staci Luton at protest in Rapid City. RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA — The United...

National American Indian Housing Council holds meeting in DC (February 16, 2011)

The National American Indian Housing Council kicked off its 2011 legislative conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Over 150 tribal leaders and tribal housing professionals are in town to discuss their priorities. Among other issues, they will discuss the $700...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee hosts first business meeting (February 16, 2011)

UPDATE: It doesn't look like the meeting will be webcast. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding its first business meeting of the 112th Congress this morning. The committee will formalize the selection of Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) as chairman...