DVIDS: Yakama Nation welcomes fallen Marine back home (May 12, 2011)
"Past sprawling orchards, rusting automobiles and tangles of graffiti is the Yakama Nation Native American community of White Swan. It was here that Lance Cpl. Joe Jackson, surrounded by drugs, gangs and poverty, beat the odds. At the end of...
Lummi Nation continues negotiations for lease agreement (May 12, 2011)
The Lummi Nation and Whatcom County in Washington continue to negotiate an agreement for the Lummi Island ferry. The latest proposal, however, was rejected by the county council. The county sent a counterproposal to the tribe and the two sides...
Opinion: Jurisdictional issues and Cabazon recycling plant (May 12, 2011)
"The EPA has taken action to close a Mecca, CA waste processing facility after months of complaints from neighbors that the facility has emitted foul odors, often sickening them. The Mecca facility, operated by Western Environmental, Inc. (WEI) and its...
Caleen Sisk-Franco: Help protect sacred ceremonial site (May 12, 2011)
"I was teaching my daughter to grind traditional medicines near our sacred Puberty Rock when the boaters intruded upon our ceremony site. Their beer-infused shouts echoed across the McCloud River canyon, and as they passed they called us “fat Indians”,...
United Keetoowah Band woman to graduate from Haskell (May 12, 2011)
Colene Wagnon, a member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, will be the first in her family to graduate from college. Wagnon, a mother of three, earned an associate’s degree from Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas. She...
Former Aquinnah Wampanaog chairwoman wins town seat (May 12, 2011)
Beverly Wright, a former chairwoman of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe, won election to the board of selectmen in the town of Aquinnah, Massachusetts. Wright easily defeated incumbent Camille Rose for the post. The tally was 124 to 95. Wright joins...
Vincent Armenta: Chumash Tribe dedicated to community (May 12, 2011)
"Our tribe’s connection to the community is strong, historical and ongoing. Long before we began operating our successful business enterprises, our tribal members were volunteers at the many local nonprofits in our community. Once we opened our Chumash Casino Resort,...
PBS: Digital divide in Indian Country remains a 'travesty' (May 12, 2011)
"Perhaps nowhere in the United States does the digital divide cut as wide as in Indian Country. More than 90 percent of tribal populations lack high-speed Internet access, and usage rates are as low as 5 percent in some areas,...
Native Sun News: Former inmates not happy with facility (May 12, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Ernestine Chasing Hawk. All content © Native Sun News. RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA — When Berta (not her real name) left a federal prison in Phoenix and was transferred to the Community...
Oneida Nation presents its seventh $1M donation to NMAI (May 12, 2011)
The Oneida Nation of New York presented its seventh $1 million donation to the National Museum of the American Indian on Wednesday. NMAI Director Kevin Gover visited the Oneida Reservation to accept the check. We can use it to...
The Economist: First Nations seek to broaden fishing rights (May 12, 2011)
"When one category of citizens is singled out for privileged treatment, are the rights of others infringed? Phil Eidsvik, a Canadian salmon-fisher, thinks the answer is yes. He hopes his country’s newly re-elected prime minister, Stephen Harper, recalls a pledge...
Elouise Cobell to receive honorary degree from Dartmouth (May 12, 2011)
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, will receive an honorary degree from Dartmouth University in New Hampshire. Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, will be awarded the degree during commencement exercises on June 11....
Johnny Flynn: Indian Country irate over use of 'Geronimo' (May 12, 2011)
"“Geronimo E-KIA.” That’s the message from the Seal Team that raided the compound in Pakistan informing senior administration officials, including the president, that “Osama bin Laden,” an “Enemy,” had been “Killed in Action.” But the use of Geronimo as the...
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