Idaho Republicans targeting tribes with tobacco taxation bill (February 22, 2011)
Republican lawmakers in Idaho are threatening to impose the state's tobacco tax on tribes. Lawmakers are considering a bill to raise the state's tax from 57 cents per pack to $1.25 per pack.One provision could try to force tribes to...
Thelma Rios allegedly knew others who wanted Aquash killed (February 22, 2011)
Thelma Rios, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, who admitted her role in the 1975 murder of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, was apparently willing to provide more details about the case but her death earlier...
North Dakota House backs bill to save Fighting Sioux nickname (February 22, 2011)
The North Dakota House voted 62-58 on Monday to approve a bill that requires the University of North Dakota to keep its controversial "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. The school is phasing out the nickname at the direction of the...
Bills introduced to extend federal recognition to Virginia tribes (February 22, 2011)
Two bills have been introduced in the 112th Congress to extend federal recognition to six tribes in Virginia. H.R.783 and S.783 were both introduced on February 17. The bills would recognize the Chickahominy Tribe; the Chickahominy Indian Tribe - Eastern...
Rep. Hanna urges BIA to kill Cayuga Nation land-into-trust bid (February 22, 2011)
Rep. Richard Hanna (R-New York), a new member of Congress, is asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs to reject the Cayuga Nation land-into-trust application. Hanna says the final environmental impact statement doesn't address local concerns about taxation. He Two counties...
Supreme Court asks DOJ for views in Osage diminishment case (February 22, 2011)
In an order today, the U.S. Supreme Court asked for the views of the Department of Justice in Osage Nation v. Irby , a reservation diminishment case. The case began when the Osage Nation sued the Oklahoma Tax Commission. The...
Yakama Nation seeing more business with its utility company (February 22, 2011)
The Yakama Nation of Washington is moving closer to its goal to provide power to the entire reservation. Yakama Power serves tribal offices, tribal businesses, the Indian Health Service and a tribal housing unit. The tribe recently struck a deal...
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe against shipment of nuclear equipment (February 22, 2011)
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York is opposing the shipment of nuclear equipment through a waterway on the reservation. The owner of a nuclear power plant in Canada wants to ship 16 large steam generators through the St....
Medical marijuana is legal in Montana except in Indian Country (February 22, 2011)
Medical marijuana use is growing in Montana but members of federally recognized tribes face legal consequences if they use the drug on reservations. The Montana Medical Marijuana Program allows certain patients with specific medical conditions to alleviate their symptoms through...
Skull Valley Goshutes elect a new chairman and vice chairman (February 22, 2011)
The Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians in Utah has a new chairman and vice chairman. Lori Bear Skiby was elected chairwoman. She succeeds her father,Lawrence Bear, who died last June while in office Garth Bear Jr. is the tribe's...
Interview: Radmilla Cody discusses Navajo and Black heritage (February 22, 2011)
"The Root: The experience of having your Miss Navajo Nation reign challenged calls to mind the debate over the Cherokee Freedmen. Is this a common issue across the Native community, of African-Native Americans having trouble finding acceptance? Radmilla Cody: I...
Editorial: Oneida Nation addresses concerns over energy plant (February 22, 2011)
"Oneida Seven Generations Corp. made the right choice in shifting its site plan for a gasification plant away from Ashwaubenon, where some neighbors opposed the biomass facility's location. Kevin Cornelius, CEO of Oneida Seven Generations, told the Green Bay Press-Gazette...
HCN: Water right settlement contentious within Navajo Nation (February 22, 2011)
"The Navajo Nation sprawls across about one-tenth of the nearly quarter-million-square-mile Colorado River drainage. But ever since the seven states that depend on the river met to divide its water 88 years ago, the tribe has been pushed into the...
Mark Trahant: Tribes need a Plan B in case of federal shutdown (February 22, 2011)
"Is there a Plan B? That is the question tribes, Indian organizations and government agencies should be asking -- and answering because it looks more and more likely there will be a federal government shutdown early next month. Why is...
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5 Native Sun News Today: Tribes promise 'war' over gold mining in sacred Black Hills
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