Judge questions banks selected for Keepseagle settlement (April 27, 2011)

A federal judge is questioning the selection of banks that will hold settlement funds for the Keepseagle case over discrimination at the Department of Agriculture. The plaintiffs have identified five banks -- including one owned by the Chickasaw Nation --...

Tsi Akim Maidu Tribe ready for opening of cultural center (April 27, 2011)

The Tsi Akim Tribe of California is hosting a grand opening for its language and cultural center this Saturday. The tribe will use the center to educate the public about Maidu culture. Ferrall Cunningham, one of the few people fluent...

Fundraiser for Menominee woman suffering from cancer (April 27, 2011)

Ralphj Hannie, a member of the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin, has been told she only has a year to live due to ovarian cancer, but she's still eager to fight, friends say. So Hannie, a popular bartender in Chicago, is...

Cherokee Nation expands distribution and fulfillment firm (April 27, 2011)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is expanding its distribution and fulfillment business with a move to an industrial park. The business has outgrown its building in Tahlequah, the capitol of the Cherokee Nation. So the tribe is moving to the...

Autopsy for death of Eastern Cherokee girl still not public (April 27, 2011)

Authorities in North Carolina still haven't released the result of an autopsy into the death of a 15-month-old girl who was a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Aubrey Littlejohn died at Cherokee Indian Hospital on January 10....

Native Sun News: Earth Day symposium recognizes artists (April 27, 2011)

The following story was written and reported by Aly Duncan Neely. All content © Native Sun News. RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA — Tuesday night, April 19 at Skullets, a young musician’s venue, proved to be an evening to remember. It...

Stephanie Woodard: Indian abuse victim shares her story (April 27, 2011)

"From the late 1800s until the 1970s, the federal government compelled Native parents nationwide to send their children to boarding schools designed to assimilate them. Many of the institutions were run by the Catholic Church, which the government paid to...

Stoney Nakoda chiefs launch investigation into colleague (April 27, 2011)

Two chiefs of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation in Alberta have launched an investigation into another tribal leader. Chief David Bearspaw of the Bearspaw Band and Chief Bruce Labelle of the Chiniki Band are accusing Chief Ernest Wesley of the...

Oscar Kawagley, Alaska Native scholar, passes at age 76 (April 27, 2011)

Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley, a leading Alaska Native scholar, died on Sunday. He was 76. Kawagley was Yup'ik, though he preferred the term Yupiaq. He was the first Yupiaq to graduate high school in Bethel and he went on to...

Red Earth Festival celebrates 25th birthday in Oklahoma (April 27, 2011)

The Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival is turning 25 this year. The event began in 1986. It now attracts more than 12,000 participants and 27,000 attendees and has an annual economic impact of nearly $9 million. “It's the largest...

Opinion: Supreme Court decision in Tohono O'odham case (April 27, 2011)

"Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its decision in United States v. Tohono O’odham Nation, No. 09-846. The Court, by a vote of 5-2-1 (Justice Kagan recused) reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and held...

Gila River woman is latest to plead guilty for drug dealing (April 27, 2011)

A member of the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona pleaded guilty in connection with a cocaine distribution ring on the reservation. Christine Marie Jackson, 36, admitted that she sold crack cocaine to undercover agents. She is the 10th person...

State audit questions Haliwa-Saponi Tribe grant request (April 27, 2011)

The Haliwa-Saponi Tribe made an inaccurate request for a state grant, according to the North Carolina Office of the State Auditor. In January 2010, the state-recognized tribe submitted a request for $1 million from the Golden Leaf Foundation, which distributes...

Supreme Court changes the game for tribal trust litigation (April 27, 2011)

Tribes won't be able to pursue trust management lawsuits in separate courts under the U.S. Supreme Court decision in US v. Tohono O'odham Nation. More than 90 tribes have filed lawsuits in federal district courts seeking an historical accounting of...

Marcus Levings: Set the record straight on tribal spending (April 27, 2011)

"Please accept my formal response to the Tribune story published April 9 to set the record straight regarding the transition team report as produced by the election campaign supporters of the Tex Hall administration. The question that I was asked...

Hopi Tribe removes treasurer after year-long suspension (April 27, 2011)

Leaders of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona removed Treasurer Russell Mockta from his post, nearly a year after he was first suspended. After a hearing that lasted 17 hours, the council found Mockta guilty of serious neglect of duty, The...

Pechanga Band says quarry mine will destroy sacred site (April 27, 2011)

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians joined opposition to a controversial quarry mine in Riverside County, California. Chairman Marc Macarro spoke at a public hearing last night on Liberty Quarry. He said the mine will hollow out a mountain that...

Opinion: AIM threats shuttered Fort Laramie in Wyoming (April 27, 2011)

"I arrived at the entrance to the park just after opening time on a mild mid-January day and encountered a grim, tense park official with a high-powered rifle and holstered pistol—the fort was locked down! Guarding the closed entrance gate,...

Opinion: Tribes coming up with defamation law standards (April 27, 2011)

"People slander each other everywhere—without regard for territorial boundaries. But the legal treatment of such speech differs drastically depending on whether tribal or non-tribal laws apply. Tribal courts sometimes treat reputational torts like slander and libel, structurally, like their non-tribal...