"A misinformed member of the media is once again playing a joke on Indian country: ignore the federal trust responsibility and tribal people will be better off. Don’t be fooled, it’s not a new joke. Indian country heard this same...
A week of events for 41st annual Time Out and Wacipi at UND (April 1, 2011)
The 41st annual Time Out and Wacipi takes place at the University of North Dakota next week. The UND Indian Association and the UND Indian Studies Association host the event. It runs April 5-8 and concludes with the Wacipi on...
More residents of Puerto Rico identifying as 'American Indian' (April 1, 2011)
IFRAMES not supported Puerto Rico has seen a big jump in the number of residents identifying themselves as "American Indian" on the U.S. Census. Nearly 20,000 island residents claimed Indian heritage on the 2010 Census. That's up 48.8 percent from...
Native Sun News: Keenie Word, Oglala Sioux, is star on the rise (April 1, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Evelyn Red Lodge . All content © Native Sun News. HERMOSA, SOUTH DAKOTA — She’s an up-and-coming star whose brand new extended-play disc (ED) was just released and is on sale right...
Audio: House hearing on energy development in Indian Country (April 1, 2011)
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs is holding a hearing today on energy development in Indian Country. The hearing started at 11am. The committee heard from the first panel of tribal leaders before going into a recess...
Native American Suicide Prevention Act in New Mexico signed (April 1, 2011)
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) signed the Native American Suicide Prevention Act into law on Thursday. Martinez signed the law at a ceremony on the Navajo Nation. She said SB 417, which doesn't come with funding, will help...
Navajo man named as New Mexico Secretary of Indian Affairs (April 1, 2011)
Arthur Allison, a member of the Navajo Nation, has been nominated as Secretary of Indian Affairs for New Mexico. Allison is a business owner that provides security services on the reservation and in the Four Corners. He has worked...
DOJ investigates officer's fatal shooting of Native woodcarver (April 1, 2011)
The Department of Justice has opened a criminal inquiry into the fatal shooting of John T. Williams, a traditional Native woodcarver, by a police officer in Seattle, Washington. Williams, who was a member of the Dididaht First Nation of British...
Arts: See Native American New Play Festival in Oklahoma City (April 1, 2011)
"When it comes to penning tales that explore his American Indian heritage, Bret Jones is flush with good ideas. For the second year in a row, the Oklahoma-born and bred playwright will have one of his plays featured as part...
BIA's costs for horse roundup on Crow Reservation top $182K (April 1, 2011)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has spent $182,000 to round up and process 829 horses on the Crow Reservation in Montana, regional director Ed Parisian said. The BIA hopes to recover the money through sale of the horses, which were...
Poundmaker First Nation bars Native performance of Antigone (April 1, 2011)
Leaders of the Poundmaker First Nation in Saskatchewan have barred the performance of a Native adaptation of the Greek tragedy Antigone. Deanne Kasokeo, who is from the First Nation, set her production on a fictional reserve with a corrupt chief....
Allison Binney rejoins law firm after Senate Indian Affairs work (April 1, 2011)
After five years with the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Allison Binney has rejoined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Binney, a member of the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians, served as staff director, chief counsel and general counsel of...
Ousted Snoqualmie council members win ruling in tribal court (April 1, 2011)
Two members of the Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington are going to try to reclaim their seats on the tribal council. Kanium Ventura and his mother, Arlene Ventura, were ousted from the council in connection with an audit of tribal finances....
Mashpee Wampanoag man sues town in fishing rights dispute (April 1, 2011)
A member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts who won a fishing rights case in 1999 is back in court. In 1999, the state Supreme Court upheld a decision that said tribal members are protected by a 1749 treaty...
Squaxin Island Tribe wins decision in suit over new water wells (April 1, 2011)
The Squaxin Island Tribe won its lawsuit against the Washington Department of Ecology. The tribe questioned whether it was appropriate to drill new water wells in the Johns Creek Basin. The tribe asked the department to study whether the wells...
Governor of Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes disputes impeachment (April 1, 2011)
The leader of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes was impeached last but week but she apparently isn't going quietly. Former governor Janice Boswell won't leave tribal headquarters, according to current Gov. Leslie Harjo. The dispute led to a fight on...
Steve Russell: Just how much has government helped Indians? (April 1, 2011)
"Hell has officially frozen over when I rise to defend the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The occasion is a question raised by the right libertarian fringe in the person of John Stossel. “Why,” Stossel asked, “is there a Bureau of...
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