Cherokee Nation chief criticized for ads touting achievements (March 24, 2011)
Some Cherokee Nation council members say Chief Chad Smith wasted tribal funds on advertisements that touted his administration's achievements. The tribe spent around $46,000 to place three- to four-page ads in 11 newspapers in northeastern Oklahoma. Smith's photo and name...
Fort Peck Tribes chairman named to state wildlife commission (March 24, 2011)
A.T. "Rusty" Stafne, the chairman of the Fort Peck Tribes, has been named to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission. Stafne, a rancher who raises cattle and horses, is one of five members of the commission. He will help...
Crow Reservation man pleads guilty to another assault on wife (March 24, 2011)
A man from the Crow Reservation in Montana was in federal court for a third time in connection with assaulting his wife. Gilbert Darwin Left Hand Jr., 27, pleaded guilty domestic assault by an habitual offender. He faces a maximum...
Director of IHS in South Dakota for tribal consultation session (March 24, 2011)
Yvette Roubideaux, the director of the Indian Health Service, is in South Dakota to meet with tribes and hold a consultation session. Roubideaux, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, met with the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association to discuss...
Robert Porter: Tribes looking for real economic empowerment (March 24, 2011)
"In December of last year, President Obama invited leaders from all 565 federally recognized American Indian nations and tribes to Washington for the second Tribal Nations Conference. More than one of us wondered what the true purpose of the meeting...
Native Sun News: Lakota group pushes tribes on uranium bill (March 24, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman. All content © Native Sun News. PIERRE — South Dakota will surrender oversight of water quality in uranium mining and related injection wells if Gov. Dennis Daugaard signs a bill...
Law Article: BIA regulations to streamline energy development (March 24, 2011)
"On February 15, 2011, the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), proposed draft permitting and leasing regulations for wind and solar resources (WSR) intended to streamline federal approval for renewable energy development on tribal land. For business,...
California tribes among top donors in 2007-2008 political cycle (March 24, 2011)
California tribes represented six of the top donors during the 2007-2008 campaign cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, and...
Shinnecock Nation looks to better relationship with local police (March 24, 2011)
Leaders of the newly recognized Shinnecock Nation are hoping to improve their relationship with local police, calling a recent pursuit onto the reservation disrespectful to the tribe. The Shinnecock Warrior Society was holding a gathering on Friday, March 4, when...
Navajo Nation working with counties to boost law enforcement (March 24, 2011)
The Navajo Nation is working with two counties in New Mexico to improve law enforcement on the reservation. The tribe signed agreements with Socorro County and McKinley County. County deputies can be cross-commissioned to enforce criminal and traffic laws on...
Utah tribes demand apology for firing of Indian Affairs director (March 24, 2011)
Utah tribes say Gov. Gary Herbert (R) isn't being honest about the firing of Forrest Cuch, the longtime director of the Division of Indian Affairs. Tribal leaders met with Herbert for a private lunch yesterday. But they said he still...
Elouise Cobell discusses settlement at University of Montana (March 24, 2011)
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff Indian trust fund lawsuit, spoke at the University of Montana on Wednesday. Cobell, who filed the lawsuit in June 1996, urged students to stand up for their beliefs. "Do something," she said, The Missoulian reported....
Seminole Tribe 'offended' by military comparison to terrorists (March 24, 2011)
The Seminole Tribe of Florida will ask the Department of Defense to withdraw portions of a brief that compared Seminole ancestors to the terrorist group al-Qaeda. The comparison showed up in a case in the U.S. Court of Military Commissions...
Man pleads guilty for murdering brother of former chairwoman (March 24, 2011)
An Arizona man faces 14 to 17 1/2 years in prison for murdering the brother of the former chairwoman of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. Gerardo Benito Ramirez, 20, pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge. He admitted he shot and...
Letter: Rep. Gallegly plays politics on Chumash land-into-trust (March 24, 2011)
"I read that Congressman Gallegly was very upset at some people for being “too aggressive” in trying to stop him from writing legislation to put 1,400 acres into federal trust for the Chumash. Here we have tribal Chairman Vincent Armenta...
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