Travel: Powwows.com shares top events in Indian Country (April 18, 2011)
"American Indian culture is alive and well and on colorful display at powwows across the country. Paul Gowder, creator of powwows.com, which showcases these social and spiritual events, shares some favorites with Gary McKechnie for USA TODAY. Gathering of Nations,...
School district fighting San Pasqual Band land-into-trust bid (April 18, 2011)
A public school district in southern California is challenging the approval of land-into-trust application for the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians. The tribe wants to use 9 acres for a gas station, a convenience store, a restaurant and a...
Supreme Court won't hear Winnemucca leadership dispute (April 18, 2011)
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a petition in Winnemucca Colony Council v. Wasson, a tribal leadership dispute. The dispute began in 2000 with the still-unsolved murder of Glenn Wasson, who was the chairman of the Winnemucca Colony Council in Nevada....
USDA awards $1M to tribes for nutrition education projects (April 18, 2011)
The Department of Agriculture awarded $1 million in grants to 15 tribes and tribal organizations for nutrition education projects. The grants will help tribes promote healthy lifestyles. "These projects will help support and expand nutrition education through self-initiated projects and...
Menominee Nation chairman works to keep language alive (April 18, 2011)
John Teller, the chairman of the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin, says only 12 people are fluent in the tribe's language. Another 100 are near-fluent thanks to language revitalization efforts, he said. But the language runs the risk of disappearing without...
United National Indian Tribal Youth observes 35th birthday (April 18, 2011)
United National Indian Tribal Youth celebrated its 35th anniversary on Friday. J.R. Cook, a member of the Cherokee Nation, started UNITY in 1976 to help Indian youth succeed. The group now has 150 youth councils in 35 states. “It's sort...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee roundtable on education (April 18, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is hosting a roundtable on Indian education next Thursday, April 28. The committee wants to hear about tribal priorities as Congress considers the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The law is up for reauthorization. The...
Opinion: Aboriginals are Australia's forgotten war veterans (April 18, 2011)
"As Anzac Day draws near, we prepare to celebrate the 102,000 Australian men and women who lost their lives in defence of their country. Anzac Day commemorations tend to neglect the history of the many Indigenous Australians who also died...
Timothy Purdon: Stopping violence against Indian women (April 18, 2011)
"In the time since I was sworn in as North Dakota’s United States attorney on Aug. 24, 2010, I have traveled to the reservations to consult with the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Standing Rock Sioux...
Editorial: Rethink national sex offender registration system (April 18, 2011)
"States are struggling both financially and philosophically in complying with well-intended federal legislation to create a national sex-offender registry. It's unclear whether more than a handful of states will meet a July deadline to enact the mandates of the Adam...
Marc Simmons: Spanish governor improved tribal relations (April 18, 2011)
"In 1787, Fernando de la Concha arrived in Santa Fe to assume the governorship. With instructions from the royal government, he made the trip to follow up on the successes of Governor Juan Bautista de Anza, his predecessor, in dealing...
Letter: Cobell settlement isn't 'stalled' over attorney fees (April 18, 2011)
"Please be advised that the Indian Trust settlement is not stalled, as your editorial stated ("Attorney fee request out of line," April 13). The claim process is proceeding as planned. Claims are being accepted and briefings for Natives are being...
Mark Trahant: Some tall tales about taxes in United States (April 18, 2011)
Tall tales are fun. Most of us love the story about the day we scored perfect on a test, caught the biggest fish or won a bunch of cash at the casino. The best tall tales start off with...
Wambli Sina Win: Eagle feathers being robbed of meaning (April 18, 2011)
My Grandfather often talked about Lakota history and our legends as they play an important part in teaching youth about our culture, traditions and spiritual protocol. Spiritual people and elders with such knowledge, speak reverently about the eagle, a proud...
Vi Waln: Teacher Myrl Smith fell in love with his students (April 18, 2011)
Schools all across Indian Country have their share of both good and not so good teachers. Many non-Indian teachers come to reservation schools because they want to experience Lakota culture. Other teachers come to our reservation and spend a lifetime...
Charles Trimble: Lakota popcorn and other Sioux subjects (April 18, 2011)
Several months ago I received an e-mail from a friend telling me that he had found some real Lakota popcorn in a local supermarket. He was intrigued by the packaging that told how the Lakota people of old – way...
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