Navajo Nation woman named to Utah Indian Affairs position (June 22, 2011)
Shirlee Silversmith, a member of the Navajo Nation, was named director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs. Silversmith worked at the Utah State Office of Education as the American Indian education specialist for nearly 20 years. Most recently she...
Column: Proposed mine affects Bad River Ojibwe Reservation (June 22, 2011)
"Minnesota isn't the only state with an iron range. Gogebic Taconite wants to dig a 4.5 by 1.5 mile open pit mine south of Ashland, Wis. to extract billions of tons of ore. The company this week released its own...
Inquiry clears prosecutors of bias over death of Native man (June 22, 2011)
Government prosecutors did not show bias when they declined to charge police officers who dumped a Native man in the freezing cold, according to the final inquiry report released today. Frank Paul, 48, died after he was left in an...
Blog: Crime of the century with Indian trust fund management (June 22, 2011)
"After 15 years of fighting, a judge has approved a $3.4 billion settlement for activist Elouise Cobell and others who joined in her class action suit to recoup billions of dollars owed to Native Americans in mineral royalties, grazing fees,...
Ben Carnes: Cobell settlement a knife in Indian people's backs (June 22, 2011)
"“Real justice for these Indians may still lie in the distant future; it may never come at all. This reality makes a statement about our society and our form of government that we should be unwilling to let stand.” Judge...
Child pornography investigation grew out of BIA email probe (June 22, 2011)
The Inspector General at the Interior Department helped uncover a child pornography case as part of a probe into an email sent to a Bureau of Indian Affairs employee. A couple in Oregon photographed their two children in a sexual...
Deadline approaches for tribal gas tax refund in North Dakota (June 22, 2011)
Members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians have until June 30 to submit requests for a gasoline tax refund in North Dakota. The courts have ruled that the state cannot tax the sale of gasoline to tribal members...
Crow Tribe offers thanks for assistance during recent floods (June 22, 2011)
The Crow Tribe of Montana offered thanks to the community in Billings for helping its members during recent flooding. Over 300 tribal members fled the reservation and sought shelter in Billings. Most have returned but over 200 homes were damaged...
Opinion: Tribal governments as state tobacco tax collectors (June 22, 2011)
"Anyone following the news in Indian Country is painfully aware of the most recent stream of headlines like this one from the Syracuse Post-Standard: State Vows to Collect Taxes on Indian Reservation Cigarette Sales. These articles have evoked comments and...
Wambli Sina Win: Sharing the last moments of Lakota Heyoka (June 22, 2011)
Lightning strikes often but the thunder’s echoes are seldom heard. As much as a Lakota can be gifted, my life is a perfect example. Upon humble dirt floors, as a child I often pondered without worry or hate, my silent...
United Keetoowah Band hosts celebration for land-into-trust (June 22, 2011)
The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma will celebrate approval of its land-into-trust application this Saturday. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the tribe's application for 76 acres. It's a first in the tribe's history. “The traditional Cherokees,...
Cherokee Nation moves forward with charter school proposal (June 22, 2011)
The Cherokee Nation is moving forward with plans to start a charter school. The tribal council passed a resolution to ask the state Department of Education to allow a charter school. If approved, it will be the first in the...
Witness List: House hearing on Northern Cheyenne, Tigua bills (June 22, 2011)
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs holds a hearing this morning on two bills. H.R.1158, the Montana Mineral Conveyance Act, transfers 147 million tons of coal to the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana. The tribe would also...
Stephanie Woodard: Group looking to exonerate Yankton men (June 22, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Stephanie Woodard. All content © Native Sun News. From top to bottom: Russell Hubbeling, Garfield Feather, Jesse Rouse and Desmond Rouse MARTY — The National Center for Reason and Justice, which has...
BIA concerned after Sauk-Suiattle Tribe fires 11 non-Indians (June 22, 2011)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs met with leaders of the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe of Washington to discuss concerns about the firings of 11 employees. Superintendent Judy Joseph said the tribe has a right to manage its internal matters. But the agency...
Seneca Nation vows to keep fighting state tobacco tax ruling (June 22, 2011)
The Seneca Nation of New York will keep fighting the state's tobacco tax efforts, President Robert Odawi Porter said on Tuesday. The New York Appellate Division, Fourth Department, lifted an injunction that blocked the state from imposing its tax in...
Turtle Talk: Indian law success rate in Nevada Supreme Court (June 22, 2011)
"In Nevada, tribal interests prevail in 33 percent of cases. Here are the cases: Pyramid Lake Paiute v. Ricco (2010) — L Parental Rights as to S.R. (2009, unpublished) — L Parental Rights as to N.J. (2009) — L Thomas...
Big tobacco pushing states to go after tribal tobacco retailers (June 22, 2011)
Philip Morris USA and other big tobacco companies are trying to reopen the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement and force states to go after tribal retailers. According to a draft memorandum of understanding, states will be required to enact legislation to...
S.E. Ruckman: Oklahoma tribes leading way on land-into-trust (June 22, 2011)
"An inventory of Oklahoma trust applications from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) shows that the 47,000-member Chickasaw Nation in Ada, Oklahoma has 37 applications pending, the most of any tribe in the state. The 69,000-member Muscogee (Creek) Nation in...
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