Ken Salazar: Cobell settlement a big step toward trust reform (June 28, 2011)
"An historic court action on June 20 signaled the beginning of a new era in the U.S. Government’s relations with American Indian communities. By approving the $3.4 billion settlement of the Cobell v. Salazar lawsuit, U.S. Senior District Judge Thomas...
The Hopi Tribe says the historic 26 Bar Ranch.was spared from the Wallow Fire, which has consumed nearly 550,000 acres in Arizona and New Mexico. The tribe evacuated 400 cattle from the ranch when the fire approached. But the property...
Flathead Reservation hosts the 113th annual Arlee Celebration (June 28, 2011)
The 113th annual Arlee Celebration kicks off this Thursday on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. The event began in the late 1800s after the federal government banned cultural gatherings. So leaders of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes told the...
White House announces new section for Indian Country issues (June 28, 2011)
The White House has created a new section on its website to promote Indian issues within the Obama administration. The section is called Winning the Future: President Obama and the Native American Community. Right now, it features posts and video...
Cochiti Pueblo prepares evacuation plan due to threat from fire (June 28, 2011)
Leaders of Cochiti Pueblo in northern New Mexico are preparing an evacuation plan in case the growing Las Conchas Fire comes closer to the reservation. The fire is approaching the northern edge of the reservation. The Pueblo de Cochiti Golf...
Tuscarora Nation members upset over 'secret' council meeting (June 28, 2011)
Some members of the Tuscarora Nation of New York say their tribal leaders held a secret council meeting without telling the clan mothers about it. Neil Patterson Sr., Neil Patterson Jr. and clerk Leo Henry reportedly held the meeting with...
Navajo Nation man pleads guilty in second degree murder case (June 28, 2011)
Gary Begay, a member of the Navajo Nation, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Begay, 25, admitted that he shot and killed Allen Ashike at a residence in Shiprock, New Mexico, last December. A witness said Begay was angry that Ashike...
Hualapai Tribe to meet with Skywalk partner after court ruling (June 28, 2011)
The Hualapai Tribe of Arizona is set to meet with the developer of the Grand Canyon Skywalk this week to discuss their ongoing dispute. The tribe has said developer David Jin hasn't lived up to an agreement to run the...
Brothers from Sault Tribe to appeal fishing violation conviction (June 28, 2011)
Two members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan are maintaining their innocence in an illegal fishing case. Brothers Troy and Wade Jensen were convicted of conspiring to buy and sell fish without a commercial fishing...
The Kalispel Tribe of Washington has canceled its Fourth of July powwow and fireworks show due to flooding on the reservation. The Pend Oreille River has flooded most parts of the reservation, including the powwow grounds. KREM-TV said the situation...
Recount confirms results of Little Traverse Bay Bands election (June 28, 2011)
The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan confirmed the results of a council election after a recount separated one of the winning candidates by one vote. The council had four seats open. Bill Denemy, Winnay Jolene Wemigwase...
Interview with Jarrid Whitney about Indian student recruitment (June 28, 2011)
Diverse Issues in Higher Education interviews Jarrid Whitney about Indian student recruitment. Whitney, who is Cayuga from the Six Nations Reserve in Canada, is the director of undergraduate admissions at the California Institute of Technology. "DI: What “best practices” can...
Tigua Tribe purchases majority interest in minor baseball team (June 28, 2011)
The Tigua Tribe of Texas has purchased a 59 percent interest in the El Paso Diablos, a minor league baseball franchise. The team reportedly has seen a drop in attendance. The tribe hopes to revitalize interest. "First and foremost we're...
Court rejects challenge to Oneida Nation law enforcement deal (June 28, 2011)
The Oneida Nation can serve as a "primary responsive law enforcement agency" under state law, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled today. The tribe entered into a 15-year agreement with Brown County to serve as the primary agency for 911...
Cherokee Nation says Chad Smith won chief's race by 7 votes (June 28, 2011)
It's looking like a big recount battle is looming for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. On Sunday, unofficial results put Bill John Baker in the principal chief's position by 11 votes. But on Monday, the election commission said the official...
"The Supreme Court’s 2010 Term — for tribal interests — was a flurry of activity, but with little to show for it. In Shakespeare’s words, full of sound and fury but signifying nothing (or almost nothing). Our two previews are...
Letter: Attorneys take excessive fees in trust fund settlement (June 28, 2011)
"The lawyers who were in contention with the Cobell settlement case are no different than the one I had contended with on a past lawsuit. The lawyers in question made the Pharisees of the Bible appear like Boy Scouts after...
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