Subcommittee schedules hearing on Alaska Native land bill (May 19, 2011)
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs will hold a hearing next Thursday, May 26, on H.R.1408, the Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act. Sealaska, an Alaska Native regional corporation, is entitled to land...
Students find unclaimed money owed to Haskell University (May 19, 2011)
Haskell Indian Nations University of Kansas has recovered nearly $4,900 from the state's unclaimed property fund. Two students who are serving as interns for a state lawmaker found out that the tribal college was owed the money. “This is something...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on languages (May 19, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled an oversight hearing next Thursday, May 26. The hearing is titled "In Our Way: Expanding the Success of Native Language & Culture-Based Education." It will take place at 2:15pm in Room 628 of...
Native Sun News: National Guard dedicates Lakota chopper (May 19, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Ernestine Chasing Hawk. All content © Native Sun News. Traditional dancers perform in honor of the South Dakota National Guard's newest aircraft, the UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter. CRAZY HORSE, SOUTH DAKOTA...
Canada replaces 'Indian' with 'Aboriginal' in agency name (May 19, 2011)
Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper has changed the name of the Indian and Northern Affairs Department to the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development but some First Nations leaders are upset they weren't consulted. The terms "First Nation" and "Aboriginal" are...
Ex-employee files lawsuit against Indian arts organization (May 19, 2011)
A former employee of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts is suing the organization and its executive director. Cheryl James was the coordinator of administration and finance. She is seeking money damages for breach of contract, intentional infliction of emotional...
Education: Eliminating 'Indian' mascots stirs controversy (May 19, 2011)
"For eight decades, students at Southeast Missouri State University, a mid-sized college located on the banks of the Mississippi River in rural, conservative Cape Girardeau, had proudly rooted for its sports teams, the Indians. The old-timers said the name was...
Indian youth needed for Native Vision camp in New Mexico (May 19, 2011)
The Native Vision Sports and Life Skills Camp is looking for more youth to sign up for the June 4-7 event. The camp is free and open to all Indian youth. This year's event takes place in Shiprock, New Mexico,...
Torres Martinez Desert Tribe reaches land-use agreement (May 19, 2011)
The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians has reached a land-use agreement with Riverside County in California. The agreement covers non-Indian owned land within reservation boundaries. The tribe and the county will cooperate on permit and zoning issues. "This long-awaited document...
Former employee accused of stealing from Spokane Tribe (May 19, 2011)
A former employee of the Spokane Tribe of Washington has been indicted in federal court on theft charges. Jack L. LeBret, the former director of the Spokane Tribal EMS Department, pleaded not guilty to four counts of embezzling more than...
County fights Ho-Chunk Nation land-into-trust application (May 19, 2011)
The board in Sauk County, Wisconsin, voted 23-4 to oppose the Ho-Chunk Nation land-into-trust application. The tribe wants about 600 acres placed in trust. County officials say they will lose about $700,000 in tax revenue if that happens. "We are...
Column: Tahnee Robinson striving to become a role model (May 19, 2011)
"One story is tattooed to her left shoulder. The other she carries in her heart. Where an athlete's heritage ends and life story begins is not always easy to dissect. Sometimes, as with Tahnee Robinson, they are so intertwined...
South Dakota approves development by sacred Bear Butte (May 19, 2011)
After two days of hearing from tribes and other parties, the South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment approved an application for an oil field near sacred Bear Butte. Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Chairman Michael Jandreau, Rosebud Sioux Tribe council...
Oklahoma House puts an end to Indian Affairs Commission (May 19, 2011)
The Oklahoma House voted 57-36 to disband the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission. The commission has an executive director and two employees. Their jobs will end and $192,000 in state funding will be transferred to the governor's office, where a new...
Cherokee Nation starts program to aid members with jobs (May 19, 2011)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma announced a new program to help its members find jobs. JOBS. Well Done provides a one-stop shop for job listings at tribal enterprises and other Indian businesses. Members can log into the site and get...
Women survivors honored at Rainbow of Ribbons powwow (May 19, 2011)
The second-annual Rainbow of Ribbons powwow was held in Washington over the weekend. "C" WarriorWoman Smith organized the powwow to honor women who have survived breast cancer and domestic violence. “We are living heroes, not victims,” Smith told The Bonney...
Lummi Nation and county outline costs of ferry agreement (May 19, 2011)
The Lummi Nation and Whatcom County in Washington outlined the costs of a new agreement for the Lummi Island ferry. The tribe owns the land where the ferry docks. The county has agreed to pay $200,000 a year to the...
Lawmakers hear bill affecting Oneida Nation liquor license (May 19, 2011)
A bill to require the Oneida Nation to go through the village of Hobart, Wisconsin, for a liquor license went up for a hearing on Wednesday. A provision in the state budget allows the tribe to bypass the village for...
Aquinnah Wampanaog Tribe aims for better town relations (May 19, 2011)
The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is hoping to foster better relations with the town of Aquinnah now that two of its members are on the board of selectmen. The tribe encouraged participation in last week's election that saw Beverly...
Utah fields 10 candidates for vacant Indian Affairs position (May 19, 2011)
The Utah Division of Indian Affairs will soon have a new director. Gov. Gary Herbert (R) fired Forrest Cuch, who ran the office for 13 years, in February. Tribes demanded an apology for Herbert's handling of the situation but he...
Tahnee Robinson to make debut on Connecticut Sun team (May 19, 2011)
Tahnee Robinson, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, will make her WNBA debut tonight. Robinson is the first Native American player in the WNBA. And her team, the Connecticut Sun, is owned by the Mohegan Tribe....
Jim Thorpe's sons not invited to ceremony in Pennsylvania (May 19, 2011)
The two surviving sons of legendary athlete Jim Thorpe haven't been invited to a ceremony to unveil a new statue of their father in Pennsylvania. William Thorpe and Richard Thorpe recently joined a lawsuit that seeks to rebury their father's...
Mississippi Choctaws hold special election for council seat (May 19, 2011)
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians held a special election last week to fill a seat on the tribal council. Cheriena Ben will represent the Pearl River community. She was the largest vote getter among 24 candidates. Ben replaces Edward...
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