Four people injured in stabbing incident on Lummi Reservation (June 30, 2011)
Four people were injured in a stabbing incident on the Lummi Nation in Washington. Whatcom County Sheriff's deputies said the incident occurred early this morning after a party. One teenager has been arrested and another teen is being sought. Of...
An inquest into the death of a five-year-old Native girl in Manitoba probably won't begin until November, an attorney said. Phoenix Sinclair was killed in June 2005. Her body was found on the Fisher River First Nation in March 2006....
Turtle Talk: Indian law outcomes in Connecticut Supreme Court (June 30, 2011)
"Here is Connecticut. Lots of cases featuring non-federally recognized tribes, so those claims are going to have a rough time. In Connecticut, tribal interests prevail in 38 percent of cases." Get the Story: State Supreme Court Outcomes: Connecticut (Turtle Talk...
Chumash Tribe wants to discuss land-into-trust bid with county (June 30, 2011)
The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians wants to discuss its land-into-trust bid with Santa Barbara County but a supervisor says it's too early in the process. The tribe doesn't plan on submitting an application to the Bureau of Indian...
County to vote on bill to support Onondaga Nation land transfer (June 30, 2011)
The Onondaga County Legislature will vote next Tuesday on a bill to transfer land to the Onondaga Nation in New York. The tribe wants to reclaim the 36-acre Murphy's Island, on the Onondaga Lake shoreline. The site is considered sacred...
Editorial: Protect Grand Canyon from threats of uranium mining (June 30, 2011)
"The Obama administration has extended for six months a 2009 moratorium on new uranium mining claims on one million acres around the Grand Canyon. This is good news; even better is the promise from Ken Salazar, the interior secretary, that...
Gabe Galanda: Washington changes policies for Indian inmates (June 30, 2011)
"In early 2010, the state Department of Corrections stripped the American Indians incarcerated in its 12 prisons of virtually everything that makes them tribal. Agency policies were changed, ostensibly to help balance the state's budget. Tribal religious ideology and spiritual...
Harold Monteau: From a Sundance to becoming a sober person (June 30, 2011)
"A little over ten years ago I awoke in my pickup along a dirt road that served as a common driveway to my home and neighboring homes. Sometime during the night I had driven off the road and smashed several...
Matt Gilbert: Contracting program seems to benefit non-Natives (June 30, 2011)
"A year ago, I read a Washington Post article (“Two Worlds: Government Contractors, Alaska Natives”) about how Alaska Natives are being used by management consultants to land multimillion dollar 8(a) government contracts. How the left-over profits are for corporation boards...
San Manuel Band donates $200K for flooding victims in Montana (June 30, 2011)
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has donated $200,000 to help flooding victims on three reservations in Montana. The tribe donated the money to the American Red Cross of Montana. It will be used to help members of the...
Cherokee Nation expected to start recount for close chief's race (June 30, 2011)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is expected to start a recount for the principal chief's race. According to the election commission, 15,211 people voted. Of those, 7,609 went to incumbent Chad Smith and 7,602 went to Bill John Baker. "We...
The California Fish and Game Commission plans to recognize the gathering rights of tribal members but said it will continue to enforce state law at marine preserves. The commission said members of federally recognized tribes can gather fish, mussels, seaweed...
'Living legend' Richard Wells retires as Nisqually administrator (June 30, 2011)
The Nisqually Tribe of Washington paid tribute to Richard Wells, who retired as administrator after nearly 30 years. When Wells started out, the tribe only had 34 employees. Now it has more than 400 and operates a wide range of...
The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is expecting a large number of new applicants for enrollment. The tribe reopened the membership rolls for the first time since November 2006. Due to a high level of interested, applications are only being...
The Oregon Legislature passed a bill to allow tribal police officers to enforce state laws off the reservation. Senate Bill 412 requires tribal officers to state police training. It also requires tribes to adopt rules "substantially similar" to state public...
Western Front: New Clean Air Act regulations for Indian Country (June 30, 2011)
"The United States Environmental Protection Agency and Indian countries, which are lands within the limits of any Indian reservation under the jurisdiction of the United States Government, made plans to phase in the regulations of the Clean Air Act on...
Dan David: Every Mohawk is a suspect to Canada's government (June 30, 2011)
"“You didn’t see anything?” my neighbour asks. Apparently, another big police raid is taking place. We stop to listen for a second but hear nothing. Nobody phoned. I hadn’t listened to the radio all morning. I’ve been mowing the lawn....
Native Sun News: Yankton Sioux Tribe celebrates with powwow (June 30, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Stephanie Woodard. All content © Native Sun News. Elk Soldier Society member Glenn Drapeau (left) leads boys in the Lightning Stick Society and their lacrosse coaches, friends, and relatives into the powwow...
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