Supreme Court to hear case over Indian defendant's conviction (March 1, 2011)
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow in Bullcoming v. New Mexico. Donald Bullcoming was convicted of aggravated DWI in New Mexico state court in November 2005. He says his Sixth Amendment rights were violated because he never had...
Rep. Young sets March 8 hearing on funding for Indian programs (March 1, 2011)
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), the chairman of the new Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, will hold a hearing next Tuesday, March 8, to discuss funding for Indian programs. The hearing takes place at 11am in Room 1334 of...
Poarch Creeks donate $20K to Center for Native American Youth (March 1, 2011)
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama on Monday announced a $20,000 donation to the new Center for Native American Youth. Robert McGhee, the tribe's treasurer, presented the check to former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), who started the...
Key deadline approaching for beneficiaries to Cobell settlement (March 1, 2011)
Indian beneficiaries face an important deadline in the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit, an attorney in the case said on Monday. Beneficiaries have until April 20 to object or comment on the settlement, Keith Harper, a...
The Obama administration supports a "clean" fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, a White House aide said on Monday. President Barack Obama asked Congress to fix the decision in his fiscal year 2012 budget proposal....
NCAI hands out Indian Country Leadership Awards at DC session (March 1, 2011)
The National Congress of American Indians handed out five Indian Country Leadership Awards at its winter conference in Washington, D.C., last night. The honorees include Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), the new chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee; Tom Perrelli,...
Seattle mayor proclaims John T. Williams Day in honor of carver (March 1, 2011)
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn proclaimed Sunday as John T. Williams Day. John T. Williams was a member of the Dididaht First Nation of British Columbia who was fatally shot by a police officer on August 30, 2010. He would have...
Nebraska bill would allocate $15K to address Whiteclay issues (March 1, 2011)
A bill in the Nebraska Legislature would allocate $15,000 to make improvements in the Whiteclay area. Whiteclay is home to four liquor stores that sell 4.96 million cans of beer a year, mainly to residents of the nearby Pine Ridge...
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) fired Forrest Cuch, the longtime director of the Division of Indian Affairs, last week and tribal leaders want to know why. Herbert will not say why he fired Cuch, who served in the position for...
Pala Band close to finalizing deal to purchase ranch for $20.5M (March 1, 2011)
The Pala Band of Mission Indians is close to finalizing a deal to buy the Warner Springs Ranch for $20.5 million. The 2,500-acre ranch includes a 250-room resort, mineral hot springs, horse stables, a glider port and an 18-hole golf...
HCN: Winnemem Wintu Tribe hosts UN expert for human rights (March 1, 2011)
"Arron Sisk took the smoldering sunflower root and undulated it from Catarina de Albuquerque’s feet to the top of her head, its pungent smoke curling above her like a spectral crown. He then held it beneath her nose, and told...
Former housing director of Narragansett Tribe indicted for theft (March 1, 2011)
The former housing director for the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island was indicted on an embezzlement charge. Rosilyn M. Brown is accused of stealing at least $5,000 in Department of Housing and Urban Development funds. She was removed from her...
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