Montana tribes urge lawmakers to keep human service funds (February 17, 2011)
Tribal and urban Indian representatives urged Montana lawmakers not to cut the budget for human service programs. The Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services is considering the budget for the next two years. Tribes are worried that cuts...
BIA schedules consultation meetings about leasing regulations (February 17, 2011)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs will hold three consultation meetings this spring on draft regulations on leasing in Indian Country. The regulations add supbarts to 25 CFR Part 162 to address residential leasing, business leasing and wind and solar resource...
Bomb threat forces evacuation of Amtrak on Blackfeet Nation (February 17, 2011)
The Blackfeet Nation of Montana provided hospitality to passengers who were forced to evacuate an Amtrak train due to a bomb threat. Passengers were taken to the Browning Middle School on Monday evening after the train was stopped on the...
Blog: 'Conspiracy of Silence' book details murder of Native girl (February 17, 2011)
"Four white boys. One Cree girl. Four cowards. One warrior. Two white boys given immunity, one acquitted, one handed a life (?) sentence. A stolen and erased Aboriginal sister joins her ancestors. An Aboriginal community saddened and silenced: This is...
Column: Ghost Dance movement among the Cherokee people (February 17, 2011)
"A recent column focused on a so-called Ghost Dance movement that took place among the Cherokees in 1811-13. That, of course, was almost 80 years before the infamous era in the American West that culminated in the Indian massacre at...
HUD Secretary addresses NAIHC conference in nation's capitol (February 17, 2011)
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan addressed the National American Indian Housing Council at its 2011 legislative conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Donovan said the Obama administration has invested over a half-billion dollars in Indian Country. The money...
Native Sun News: Rep. Kristi Noem meets with tribal leadership (February 17, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Ernestine Chasing Hawk. All content © Native Sun News. Oglala Sioux Tribal President John Yellow Bird Steele and U.S. House Rep. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota). RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA — Shortly after...
Navajo Nation Council backs lease extension for power plant (February 17, 2011)
The Navajo Nation Council voted 18-2 to extend a lease for a coal-fired power plant on the New Mexico portion of the reservation. The lease will for the Four Corners Power Plant will run until 2041. The tribe is due...
Officer who fatally shot Native woodcarver resigns from force (February 17, 2011)
The Seattle, Washington, police officer who fatally shot John T. Williams, a traditional woodcarver, resigned from the force on Wednesday. Ian Birk had been on paid leave since the August 30, 2010, incident. His decision came after the police department's...
National Parks: Hopi Tribe opposes shooting range in Arizona (February 17, 2011)
"Unless Arizona officials change their minds, a visit to Walnut Canyon National Monument soon could be against the backdrop of rapid-fire gunfire courtesy of a shooting range the state intends to build near the monument. "They claim that they’ll be...
Richard Gomez: Chumash Tribe supports youth through sports (February 17, 2011)
"Children need inspiration and physical motivation as they are growing up, and sports are a great way to provide both. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, participation in organized sports provides an opportunity for young people to increase their...
County supervisor says Torrez Martinez Tribe owes gas taxes (February 17, 2011)
An official in Imperial County, California, says the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Tribe owes millions of dollars in gas taxes to the state. District 4 supervisor Gary Wyatt has urged the state Board of Equalization to go after the tribe....
Native American population in South Dakota grows 15 percent (February 17, 2011)
The American Indian and Alaska Native population in South Dakota grew 15 percent over the past decade, according to U.S. Census Bureau. The 2010 Census reported 71,817 Native Americans in the state. That's about 8.8 percent of the population. "These...
Sen. Akaka takes up gavel of Senate Indian Affairs Committee (February 17, 2011)
Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) officially took up the chairmanship of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Akaka is the first Native Hawaiian to serve in the post. He will be joined by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) as vice chairman...
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