Kansas Hall of Fame will induct former VP Charles Curtis (May 18, 2011)
Former vice president Charles Curtis will be among the first eight inductees to the Kansas Hall of Fame. Curtis was a member of the Kaw Nation. He served as Republican Senate majority leader before becoming the first Native American vice...
Pueblo man sentenced to 97 months in child abuse case (May 18, 2011)
A man from Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison for sexually abusing a child. Raymond Joseph Martin, 62, pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly engaging in sexual contact with a child under...
Popular Creek museum display finds a permanent home (May 18, 2011)
A popular Creek Indian display that was housed at the Birmingham Museum of Art for seven year has found a new home. The Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce plans to relocate the display into the new Creek Indian Museum...
Column: Book explores history of tribal relations in Maine (May 18, 2011)
"Maine's Franco-American history is often intertwined with the state's Native American populations. In a new book, "Unsettled Past-Unsettled Future: The Story of Maine Indians," York writer and former state legislator Neil Rolde describes episodes where the French and the Indian...
Stephanie Woodard: Yankton woman seeks to revive case (May 18, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Stephanie Woodard. All content © Native Sun News. In an undated photograph, Father Francis Suttmiller plays cards. He is alleged to have sexually assaulted Roderica Rouse and more than a dozen other...
Sen. Inhofe introduces bill for Indian Country tax provision (May 18, 2011)
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) introduced S.1008, an Indian tax bill, on Tuesday. The bill would make permanent a tax provision that allows capital assets on Indian lands to be depreciated on an accelerated schedule. Inhofe said the bill will improve...
$40M bond package for Oklahoma Indian museum is dead (May 18, 2011)
A $40 million bond package for the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma has been declared dead. The package became controversial after lawmakers questioned the price tag of the facility, which has already received $66.3 million in state...
Occupation against development at burial site continues (May 18, 2011)
Native American activists have occupied a burial site northern California for more than four weeks as local officials try to figure out their legal options. A group called Sacred Sites Protection and Rights of Indigenous Tribes has staged the protest...
Judge who jailed Pueblo group banned from bench for life (May 18, 2011)
A former state judge who sent a group of people from Taos Pueblo to jail has been barred from holding judicial office for life. Sam Sanchez resigned last month after the New Mexico Supreme Court found that he abused his...
Navajo Nation chapter hosts celebration for Armed Forces (May 18, 2011)
The Upper Fruitland Chapter of the Navajo Nation is hosting an Armed Forces Day celebration on Saturday. Mike Bekis, a veteran, has been working on the event for two years. It started off as a tribute to family members who...
Robinson Rancheria needs highway permit for gas station (May 18, 2011)
The Robinson Rancheria is waiting on a permit from Caltrans before opening its new gas station and convenience store. The tribe needs approval for a turn lane into the new station. “We're just waiting on our permit,” Earlene Drapeau, a...
Tribes seek larger role in Yellowstone bison management (May 18, 2011)
Tribal leaders met with federal officials on Tuesday to discuss bison management in Yellowstone National Park. The Nez Perce Tribe, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Intertribal Buffalo Council said the government has failed to consult them in...
MPR: NRC worked with Prairie Island Community on study (May 18, 2011)
"The Prairie Island nuclear power plant is a step closer to winning approval to operate for another 20 years. The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Tuesday that it has found no environmental concerns that would prevent extending the life of...
Editorial: School mascot respects Northern Arapaho Tribe (May 18, 2011)
""Warriors, always take care of one another.” This famous Arapahoe quote is frequently intoned by Principal Ron Booth over the intercom, at assemblies and during lunch. Anthony Sitting Eagle (the Arapaho tribal elder for whom Arapahoe’s main gym is named)...
Lummi Nation and county announce agreement over ferry (May 18, 2011)
The Lummi Nation and Whatcom County in Washington said they have reached an agreement for the Lummi Island ferry. Details are scarce but the lease will apparently run for 35 years. The costs will be disclosed after the tribal council...
Lumbee Tribe to hold special election for a new chairman (May 18, 2011)
The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will hold a special election to replace Chairman Purnell Swett, who resigned unexpectedly. Swett is the first chairman in tribal history to leave office before the end of his term, The Fayetteville Observer. He...
APRN: Chickaloon Tribe files complaint about coal mining (May 18, 2011)
"Chickaloon Native Village is taking its concerns about local coal exploration to an international audience. Penny Westing, with the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council says the CVTC has filed a suit against Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc. and Electric Power Development, with...
Native Youth Standing Strong serves youth in three states (May 18, 2011)
Native Youth Standing Strong is helping youth in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota stay connected with their heritage. The group will meet every Tuesday at the Four Directions Community Center in Sioux City, Iowa. "It's flourishing, it's growing," Deena Baker,...
Winona LaDuke: Indian farmers preserve traditional seeds (May 18, 2011)
"For 14 years, Caroline Chartrand, a Metis woman who recently traveled from Winnipeg, Canada, to the 8th annual Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference, has been looking for the heritage seeds of her people. It is believed that in the 1800s,...
Mescalero Apache Nation man pleads guilty over assault (May 18, 2011)
A member of the Mescalero Apache Nation of New Mexico pleaded guilty to two assault charges. Gene Collins Ahidley, 28, admitted he assaulted his girlfriend with his fists, his feet and a tree branch in August 2006. He pleaded guilty...
Fort Mojave Tribe signs agreement to house city inmates (May 18, 2011)
The Fort Mojave Tribe has agreed to house inmates from the Bullhead City, Arizona. The agreement with the tribe will save the city some money. Mohave County recently doubled its daily inmate housing rate and plans to raise it again....
Absentee Shawnee Tribe opens branch of AllNations Bank (May 18, 2011)
The Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma is hosting a grand opening ceremony tomorrow for a new branch of its bank. The tribe bought AllNations Bank six years ago. The new branch is located at tribal headquarters. “We're open for business,...
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