GAO conducting study of IHS for Tribal Law and Order Act (April 14, 2011)
Pursuant to the Tribal Law and Order Act, the Government Accountability Office is conducting a review of the Indian Health Service. The GAO will study the capabilities of IHS facilities to "collect, maintain, and secure evidence of sexual assaults and...
County considers bill to transfer land to Onondaga Nation (April 14, 2011)
The Onondaga County Legislature is considering a bill that would lead to the transfer of land to the Onondaga Nation in New York. The tribe wants to reclaim the 36-acre Murphy's Island, on the Onondaga Lake shoreline. The site is...
Editorial: Progress on Little Bighorn museum, visitor center (April 14, 2011)
"Like spring breezes on the bluffs above the Little Bighorn River, ideas floated at a meeting Thursday in the battlefield museum brought hope for change. As the National Park Service begins transferring thousands of delicate artifacts and historical documents from...
Turtle Talk: More on Indian law cases and Supreme Court (April 14, 2011)
"As noted before in my certiorari study, tribal interests do very poorly in the certiorari stage of Supreme Court litigation, especially compared to the state interests and private parties that oppose them. But what about the United States, which plays...
Los Coyotes Band leases land for military training facility (April 14, 2011)
The Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians is leasing land to a company for a Department of Defense training facility, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The paper stumbled onto the site during a ride-along with a San Diego...
Watchdog: Minnesota tribes return $1.7M stimulus grant (April 14, 2011)
"It’s enough to give government a good name, if not necessarily the federal stimulus program. After all, when’s the last time the recipients of a $1.7 million federal stimulus grant had second thoughts and sent the funding back to Washington?...
Opinion: Educating John Stossel about tribal sovereignty (April 14, 2011)
"Congress, American presidents, the United States Supreme Court, and the States have all, in many varied ways, given recognition to Native American tribes as sovereign entities. Sovereign tribal authority is inherent to Indian tribes and pre-dates any other form of...
Only two elders in Mexico still speak Ayapaneco language (April 14, 2011)
Linguists plan to publish a dictionary of the Ayapaneco language, spoken by just two elderly men in Mexico. The dictionary will feature two versions of the language, one spoken by Manuel Segovia, 75, and and another by Isidro Velazquez, 69....
Bill authorizes water leases for Mescalero Apache Nation (April 14, 2011)
Legislation introduced in the 112th Congress would allow the Mescalero Apache Nation to lease its water rights to other communities The Mescalero Apache Tribe Leasing Authorization Act authorizes leases of up to 99 years. "This will provide the tribe with...
Family wants San Manuel Band to repair destroyed home (April 14, 2011)
A family says the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians should pay for repairs to the home they lost in a mudslide. The Hernandez's say the mudslide last December was caused by one of the tribe's road improvement projects. But...
Non-Indian charged with Saginaw Chippewa home invasion (April 14, 2011)
A non-Indian man is accused of breaking into a home owned by a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. Joshua James Houser, 31, allegedly kicked in the door of the home and assaulted the owner. He is charged...
Gun Lake Tribe welcomes elders with first housing project (April 14, 2011)
The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, has completed its first housing project. The tribe used $2.5 million in federal funds to build nine homes and build infrastructure at "The Settlement." The...
Group sets up in county at odds with Coeur d'Alene Tribe (April 14, 2011)
A human rights group is setting up shop in Benewah County, Idaho, where officials have refused to negotiate a law enforcement agreement with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. Christina Crawford used to serve on the county commission. Now she plans...
Swiss woman makes a home on the Pine Ridge Reservation (April 14, 2011)
Isabel Stadnick, a Swiss woman who was born in Brazil, now makes her home on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Stadnick first visited the reservation in 1989. She ended up marrying her tour guide, Robert Stadnick, who was...
Mashantucket Tribe signs contract with firefighters union (April 14, 2011)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has signed a contract with the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters of Connecticut. The contract took three years to negotiate. It's the first union agreement that the tribe has reached with non-gaming employees. The union, which...
Counties fight to remain in Mishewal Wappo Tribe's lawsuit (April 14, 2011)
Two California counties say they should remain a part of the federal recognition lawsuit of the Mishewal Wappo Tribe. Napa County and Sonoma County were allowed to intervene in the lawsuit, which the tribe filed against the federal government. They...
Opinion: Enough is enough with Chumash Tribe's land grab (April 14, 2011)
"At what point does the Chumash tribal government say, “We have achieved financial independence?” According to Tribal Chairman Armenta, it’s when the tribe says so. That isn’t the law, but then the tribe doesn’t play by the same rules as...
Column: Tahnee Robinson heads to WNBA, signs with Nike (April 14, 2011)
"Give Nike credit: The apparel giant understands marketing. Third-round WNBA draft picks don't get sponsorship deals. Nevada's Tahnee Robinson was a third-round pick on Monday by the Phoenix Mercury, which then traded her to the Connecticut Sun. She was...
Writer examines Jewish settlers among tribes in the West (April 14, 2011)
Writer Jim Winnerman is documenting the presence of Jewish pioneers among tribes in the West. Winnerman's grandparents lived in Indian Territory, now known as Oklahoma. They spoke Yiddish and Cherokee and operated a store in Cherokee territory in the...
California attorney general pressed to protect sacred site (April 14, 2011)
California Attorney General Kamala Harris is being asked to stop the construction of a park on top of a sacred site. Ohlone, Miwok and other descendants don't want a 3,500-year-old settlement in Glen Cove disturbed. Plans call for the Greater...
Operator of Grand Canyon Skywalk battles Hualapai Tribe (April 14, 2011)
The operator of the Grand Canyon Skywalk has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona. David Jin says the tribe is trying to take over the Skywalk, which opened in March 2008. He says the...
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