Mary Pember: More non-Indians heading for tribal colleges (June 13, 2011)
"Chris Hilfer and Noel Stewart, both white, learned unexpected lessons during their first year at college. They found out what it’s like to be in a racial minority. Both young people are non-Indian or non-beneficiary students who are enrolled in...
PRI: 'Caleb's Crossing' a story of Harvard's Native graduate (June 13, 2011)
"Less than 30 years after the university was founded, Harvard graduated Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck -- a member of Martha's Vineyard's Wampanoag tribe. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks has just published her historical novel about the scholar, "Caleb's Crossing." The young Native...
Opinion: Removal of Klamath Basin dams based on science (June 13, 2011)
"Several self-appointed “experts” have written several articles recently arguing against the removal of Klamath dams. Obviously dam removal is a controversial issue, but the public deserves to be presented with the actual facts of the matter when considering the fate...
George Ahmaogak: Don't ignore Alaska Native knowledge (June 13, 2011)
"It is too bad the Alaska Legislature can't come together on coastal zone management and will lose a program that helps the development process, brings in federal money and creates jobs. It seems unfortunate that state coastal zone management legislation...
Leader of Chickasaw Nation to serve seventh term in office (June 13, 2011)
Gov. Bill Anoatubby will lead the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma for a seventh term. No one filed to run against Anoatubby, the Associated Press reported. The deadline was Jun e8. Lt. Gov. Jefferson Keel will continue in his post as...
Ken Salazar not sure about staying on as Interior Secretary (June 13, 2011)
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar isn't sure he will stick around if President Barack Obama wins another term in office. "I'm not going to look that far into the future," Salazar told The Denver Post "I'm working very hard on the...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on 75 years of IRA (June 13, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing next Thursday, June 23, on the Indian Reorganization Act. The IRA became law on June 18, 1934. Among other actions, it authorizes the Interior Department to acquire land in trust for...
Supreme Court issues decision in Jicarilla Apache Nation case (June 13, 2011)
The U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling today in US v. Jicarilla Apache Nation, a fiduciary trust case. By a 7-1 vote, the justices ruled that the Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico cannot force the Interior Department to disclose...
Turtle Talk: Indian law decisions in Arizona Supreme Court (June 13, 2011)
"We begin week 2 of our summer school project on Indian law outcomes in state supreme courts. Today is Arizona, which is the second state supreme court we study with an intermediate appellate court, meaning the court has more discretion...
Native Sun News: TransCanada under scrutiny for crude spills (June 13, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman. All content © Native Sun News. Just as the June 6 public comment deadline approached on TransCanada Inc.’s controversial proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, two spills on the company’s other existing...
Editorial: Spokane Tribe's complaint won't aid environment (June 13, 2011)
"Spokane County’s $173 million sewage treatment plant is ready to be tested. Conceivably it could be operating by year’s end and making an immediate reduction in the amount of PCBs and other contaminants going into the Spokane River. For now,...
Native Times: Emergency needs throughout Indian Country (June 13, 2011)
"There has been an unprecedented rash of tornadoes floods and fires that have impacted several tribes across the country. While some tribal communities are in disaster declaration areas, most of the tribes seem to be in stable circumstances. However many...
Steve Fool Bear: An Indian amid the 'Fighting Sioux' debate (June 13, 2011)
"I arrived in Grand Forks as a UND student with many assumptions about the campus atmosphere. I formed my opinion based on hearsay from American Indian students — information from both sides that proved to be skewed. For example, the...
Marc Simmons: Religion played a role in war in New Mexico (June 13, 2011)
"The Spanish kingdom of New Mexico was first settled in 1598 by soldiers and their families. These conquistadors brought memories of Spain's centuries-long wars with Islamic Moors that ended with the final defeat of the Moors in 1492. Once established...
Ricey Wild: It ain't easy being Indian in a 'Geronimo' world (June 13, 2011)
"Last month's BIG NEWS was, of course, the death of Osama Bin Laden, U.S. codename Geronimo. What? Really people? Of course there was a war cry (kidding!) by Indian writers who very rightly questioned why the name of a worthy...
Ron Rowell: The invisible philanthropists in Indian Country (June 13, 2011)
"It will no doubt surprise some people that there actually are individual Native Americans who own significant material assets. They belong to an invisible group, along with African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and others of color with wealth. The...
Juana Majel Dixon: Tribal jurisdiction fix and violent crimes (June 13, 2011)
"Washington, DC can be a frustrating place—truly. Each time I meet with our federal partners or my Native brothers and sisters that reside there, I always tell them that I am praying for their sanity. As a traditional councilwoman for...
Traffic Q&A: Tribal government plates and Washington laws (June 13, 2011)
"Question: “On a recent trip through Federal Way, I came across a private vehicle driving through the city with Muckleshoot Indian Tribe license plates. Since when were Indian tribes allowed to issue license plates to their members?” Richard Six Jr.,...
Opinion: Another side to the Grand Canyon Skywalk dispute (June 13, 2011)
"As a Las Vegas businessman, I've had the good fortune to work with the members of northern Arizona's Hualapai Tribe for more than 20 years. I have brought hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world to visit the...
NPR: Southern Ute Tribe displays cultural riches in museum (June 13, 2011)
"It's not often that you hear of Native American tribes flourishing thanks to the U.S. government, but that's what happened to Colorado's Southern Ute. With the help of a historic government blunder, the Southern Ute have become one of the...
Charles Trimble: A Lakota's faith and betrayal (June 13, 2011)
I recently downloaded a list of Jesuits – priests, brothers and deacons – who have been accused of sexual abuse of children and, presumably, adult parishioners as well. The list is over 130 names and gives the year of ordination,...
Vi Waln: Tackling violent crime rate on Rosebud Reservation (June 13, 2011)
South Dakota’s United States Attorney Brendan Johnson visited the Rosebud Reservation last week. He seems well informed about what happens on our rez. I also believe he occasionally accompanies tribal police officers to witness firsthand the violence we are subject...
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