Paul Lumley: Treaty tribes save salmon runs on Columbia River (April 4, 2011)
"The impending decision by federal Judge James Redden on the Obama administration's Columbia River biological opinion has brought out a host of theorists who have reduced salmon to a series of abstract concepts. These are real fish, navigating a real...
Two federal court rulings on Yankton Sioux Tribe land-into-trust (April 4, 2011)
Two land-into-trust applications submitted by the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota in 2004 are being litigated in two separate lawsuits in federal court. In the first case, Charles Mix County sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs for approving an...
Rep. Cole introduces fix to Supreme Court land-into-trust ruling (April 4, 2011)
A third bill has been introduced to fix the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), the only Native American in Congress, introduced H.R.1291 last Thursday. It clarifies that the Bureau of Indian Affairs can...
Explosion injures five in Standing Rock Sioux Reservation home (April 4, 2011)
Five people, including an infant, have been injured in an explosion at a home on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The incident occurred early this morning in Fort Yates, on the North Dakota side of the reservation. Sioux County Sheriff...
Documentary follows Shoni Schimmel, Umatilla basketball star (April 4, 2011)
Shoni Schimmel, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, is the subject of Off The Rez, a documentary being shown at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. The film follows Schimmel during her standout season at an...
Mark Trahant: GOP proposal for Medicaid affects Indian Country (April 4, 2011)
The national budget debate is multi-directional. Most of the story, so far, has centered on this year’s federal spending, basically how to strip dollars from a fiscal year that’s roughly half over. Then, there is the fight over next year’s...
Opinion: Indian Agriculture Act will help the poorest Americans (April 4, 2011)
"Today, many rural, agricultural Tribes are looking to USDA and the next farm bill to help break this cycle by creating a private sector industry on the reservation. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) recently passed a resolution calling...
Supreme Court hearing in Jicarilla Apache trust case on April 20 (April 4, 2011)
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear US v. Jicarilla Apache Nation, a fiduciary trust case, on Wednesday, April 20. The Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico sued the federal government for breach of trust. During the litigation, the tribe asked...
Editorial: Federal charges possible over shooting of Native man (April 4, 2011)
"Seattle Police Chief John Diaz might have been trying to cast an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice in a favorable light when he said he welcomed the "free audit." Diaz knows the Justice probe is significant. It is...
Opinion: Why Little Bighorn Battlefield artifacts must be moved (April 4, 2011)
"As I stand in the dingy basement of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument’s 1950s-era visitor center, a chill runs down my spine — not because of the temperature, but because of what surrounds me. I gently touch Lt. Col. George...
Interview: Valerie Fast Horse works to bridge the digital divide (April 4, 2011)
"Valerie Fast Horse, 46, is the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s director of information technology. She’s a “technological visionary,” says Chief Allan, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s chairman, “helping bridge the digital divide in Indian Country.” Fast Horse headed up the effort to...
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs holds a hearing tomorrow on H.R.887, a bill to limit attorney fees in the Indian trust fund lawsuit to $50 million. Only two witnesses are scheduled to testify. Notably, no one...
Opinion: Taking steps to address suicide among Fort Peck youth (April 4, 2011)
"Youth suicide is difficult to talk about. A recent newspaper article from the Montana Associated Press about suicides in our Fort Peck, Assiniboine and Sioux tribes and Poplar K-12 schools was hurtful, misleading and unprofessional. How we talk about suicide...
Marc Simmons: How Pueblos stayed warm during Little Ice Age (April 4, 2011)
"During the severely low temperatures this past February, I began to wonder how the Pueblo Indians long ago managed to get by when they experienced even harsher conditions. A little investigation on my part turned up some answers. A time...
"From a reporter's perspective, this was a pretty good April Fools' joke that had at least one journalist (me) going for about three minutes. Written by John Fox, who runs the radio station at the Pala Indian Reservation, it was...
Column: Fox News bloviator short on facts about tribal nations (April 4, 2011)
"Chief Allan has heard it all his life. Why do you Indians get so much help? Free this, free that, a check every month. Why do you have it so good? “My whole life, everywhere, going to elementary school, going...
Editorial: Time to collect tobacco taxes from tribes in New York (April 4, 2011)
"Gov. Cuomo's budget anticipates income of some $130 million from the taxation of cigarette sales on Indian reservations. But he's the fifth straight governor to harbor such plans -- and nary a nickel's been collected so far. When his father,...
Wambli Sina Win: Iktomi legend teaches us about human nature (April 4, 2011)
We Lakota still speak of our ancestral legends and our Origin stories. Our supernaturals’ names still ring off our grandfather and grandmother’s tongue, whether in memory or in a special place within our souls. I can still recall my grandfather...
Vi Waln: Exclude yourself from the Cobell trust fund settlement (April 4, 2011)
The last day for Individual Indian Money (IIM) Accountholders to exclude themselves from the Cobell settlement is almost here. You have to write a letter stating you are requesting to be excluded from the trust administration class. The letter must...
Charles Trimble: Journalist Richard LaCourse is an unsung hero (April 4, 2011)
Of all the professions and disciplines that have risen to new heights in Indian Country over the last forty years, Native journalism may show the greatest advance. In the late 1960s, when the American Indian Press Association was aborning, there...
Kevin Abourezk: Lance Morgan to testify at Senate 8(a) hearing (April 4, 2011)
"A prominent Winnebago business leader will testify Thursday before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee about a bill that would eliminate all Alaska Native corporations from participating in a federal program that provides incentives to tribes seeking government contracts. Lance Morgan,...
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