Kevin Gover: First Lady takes on obesity among Indian youth (June 8, 2011)
"Bad health remains a major concern for Indian communities throughout the United States. Historically poor access to health care, the absence of recreational opportunities, and bad diets lead to a crisis of obesity and associated health concerns such as diabetes...
Column: Texas town plays host to Quanah Parker celebration (June 8, 2011)
"The Texas town named for Quanah Parker — Quanah, southwest of Altus, 10 miles below the Red River — is celebrating his life and selling its connection to the last Comanche war chief Thursday through Saturday. It’s a great example...
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is offering to cover the cost of new boat ramp fees in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The city imposed the fees in hopes of generating $15,000 in revenues. The tribe has agreed...
Ute Tribe runs out of funding due to flooding on reservation (June 8, 2011)
The Ute Tribe has declared a state of emergency on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah. The tribe has been dealing with floods and landslides since May 20. As a result, all of its emergency funding has run out....
Chippewa Cree Tribe to hold election to elect new chairman (June 8, 2011)
The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana will hold a special election on July 5 to choose a new chairman. Raymond "Jake" Parker Jr. resigned last month. He pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $60,000 from the tribe. Parker faces up to...
Company pays $71.5K in Indian employee harassment case (June 8, 2011)
A roofing company in Minnesota has agreed to pay $71,500 to American Indian, African-American and Hispanic employees to settle a harassment and retaliation complaint. The employees of Herzog Roofing were subject to repeated racial epithets, racial jokes and hostile treatment,...
Dancers of the Plains powwow in Nebraska from June 17-18 (June 8, 2011)
The Dancers of the Plains powwow takes place in Kearney, Nebraska, from June 17-18. The powwow will be held at the Great Platte River Road Archway. Over 250 representatives of the Pawnee Nation, the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Arikara Tribe...
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe spared from Missouri River floods (June 8, 2011)
It looks like the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will be spared from major flooding along the Missouri River but officials are still taking steps to safeguard the reservation. Water levels on Lake Oahe are higher than normal. But so far,...
Terry Cross, Indian child welfare advocate, to receive honor (June 8, 2011)
Terry L. Cross, the executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association, will receive the Embracing the Legacy Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps. Cross is a member of the Seneca Nation. He founded NICWA to...
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe to complete water park next year (June 8, 2011)
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan expects to complete work on the Soaring Eagle Water Park and Hotel by summer 2012. The tribe broke ground on the facility in April. The 45,000-square-foot water park will be the largest in the...
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes leadership dispute continues (June 8, 2011)
Members of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma held a protest outside a Bureau of Indian Affairs office on Tuesday to pressure the agency to resolve a leadership dispute. Gov. Janice Boswell has remained in office amid attempts to...
Omaha Tribe evacuates homes due to Missouri River floods (June 8, 2011)
The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska evacuated 18 homes due to flooding from the Missouri River. Carroll Webster, the tribe's emergency manager, said the homes are located in low-lying areas near Macy, a town on the reservation. A tribal park also...
Poarch Creeks donate $25K for victims of Alabama tornado (June 8, 2011)
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians donated $25,000 for tornado recovery efforts in Calhoun County, Alabama. The money went the Webster’s Chapel Tornado Relief Organization. It's one of $500,000 in donations that the tribe is making across the state to...
Former Spokane Tribe jail deputy charged with sexual abuse (June 8, 2011)
Clifford Arlen Matherly, a former jail deputy for the Spokane Tribe of Washington, pleaded not guilty to a sexual abuse charge. Federal prosecutors say Matherly, 35, assaulted a woman who was being held at the Bureau of Indian Affairs jail...
Turtle Talk: Indian law success rate in Alaska Supreme Court (June 8, 2011)
"Well, we’ve looked at Montana (70 percent win rate for tribal interests) and North Dakota (38 percent), both states with no intermediate appellate court. And now we look at Alaska. Tribal interests prevail in about 46 percent of cases." Get...
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe chooses another chief for its council (June 8, 2011)
Members of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York elected a new chief to the council. Ronald W. LaFrance Jr.., 46, defeated two candidates for the post, according to unofficial results. He will join the two other chiefs on...
Crow Tribe forced to eliminate 150 employees after flooding (June 8, 2011)
The Crow Tribe of Montana has been forced to lay off 150 employees due to spiraling costs associated with recent flooding on the reservation. The tribe was already facing a budget shortfall tied to a drop in mineral royalties and...
Stephanie Woodard: Yankton Sioux victims seek day in court (June 8, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Stephanie Woodard. All content © Native Sun News. What’s left of a dormitory and classroom building of St. Paul’s Indian Mission, in Marty, still has its prison-like grate-covered windows and locked doors....
Let's Move: Indian children help plant garden at White House (June 8, 2011)
"Last Friday, just a week after the launch of Let’s Move! in Indian Country, First Lady Mrs. Obama and American Indian kids spent the afternoon in the White House kitchen garden planting the “three sisters” crops (corns, beans, and squash)....
Tim Giago: Lakota people were pushed out of nest too early (June 8, 2011)
Perhaps it was appropriate that my wife Jackie and daughter Troy discovered the bird’s nest on our back porch on Mother’s Day. They were seated on our deck on one of the very rare warm days in May when Jackie...
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