Audio from Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on probate (August 4, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held an oversight hearing this afternoon on the American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2004. Audio of the hearing can be downloaded below: Opening Statements Panel # 1 Testimony | Q&A The Honorable...
Opinion: The mysterious life of Pomp, only son of Sacagawea (August 4, 2011)
"Out of the entire Lewis and Clark expedition, only one member ever set foot in the Oregon territory again — and he’s actually buried here. That would be “Pomp” — Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, the baby born to Sacagawea in a birch-bark...
Campus Progress: Bill takes on violence against Indian women (August 4, 2011)
"As Congress prepares to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act this year, the nearly two-decade-old legislation will finally address an issue that hasn’t been dealt with federally—sexual assault and domestic violence against Native American women. Originally drafted by then-Senator Joe...
Travis Snell: Every vote does count in Cherokee Nation election (August 4, 2011)
"I’ve seen the comments from a lot of you on Facebook and this website, at the bottom of the stories we’ve posted relating to the now-invalid principal chief’s race. Many of you feel as if your vote didn’t count in...
Editorial: Judge not amused by Columbia River salmon plans (August 4, 2011)
"Finding the keys to managing risks to salmon and steelhead the length of the Columbia River system could use less lawyering and something more akin to a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Yes, the name comes from the South African panel...
Sen. Coburn proposing a wide range of cuts to Indian programs (August 4, 2011)
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) is proposing to eliminate a wide range of Indian programs as part of his Back to Black plan to reduce the federal deficit by $9 trillion over the next 10 years and balance the budget. At...
Comments sought on bill for tribal court decisions in California (August 4, 2011)
The Administrative Office of the Courts in California is seeking comments on a proposed bill that would recognize tribal court decisions. The bill would recognize tribal courts as a matter of comity, rather than full faith and credit. That means...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets field hearing in Montana (August 4, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a field hearing next Tuesday, August 9, in Montana. The hearing will take place at the Poplar High School on the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Reservation. It will address Indian youth issues....
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe mourns loss of five people in accident (August 4, 2011)
The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is mourning the deaths of five people who died in an accident on a washed out road, the second incident of its kind in two months. Gabriella D. Laroche, 18; Alvina J....
Navajos, Cherokees outnumber other tribes in Nevada county (August 4, 2011)
Clark County in southern Nevada is home to two tribes but people who identify themselves as Navajo and Cherokee outnumber them, according to the 2010 Census. Some 1,428 members of the Navajo Nation live in the county. The Cherokee Nation...
NYT Blog: Climate change places extra burden on Native people (August 4, 2011)
"Because tribal lands are particularly prone to drought, flooding, wildfires and other weather extremes, American Indian tribes suffer disproportionately from the impacts of climate change, a new study from the National Wildlife Federation and other groups reported Wednesday. American...
KUOW: Suquamish Tribe makes history on same-sex marriages (August 4, 2011)
"The Suquamish tribe has about a thousand members. One of them, a 28–year–old Seattle woman, pushed the tribe for years to open up marriage to same–sex couples. This week, the tribal council finally approved the change. Now, the tribal court...
Ross/Finley: An open letter on violence against Indian women (August 4, 2011)
"The time has come to make meaningful change. Native women need to be protected from the sexual predators who repeatedly victimize them, without consequence or repercussion. The statistics are appalling: More than one-third of Indian women will be either raped...
Opinion: 'Twilight' fame taints beauty of Quileute Reservation (August 4, 2011)
"La Push, Washington, was almost the most peaceful place I've ever visited. In mid-July, I went for misty, early morning walks on the beach exploring tidal pools full of starfish. I hiked through moss-covered evergreen groves. I watched the waves...
Western Shoshone man sues BLM for $30M in grazing fee fight (August 4, 2011)
Raymond Yowell, a member of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone in Nevada, is suing the federal government for $30 million. Yowell grazed his cattle on land promised to the Western Shoshone people under the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley....
Interview: Digging for the truth in Nisqually Chief Leschi's case (August 4, 2011)
"“Behind these words lies an essential story for all who are passionate about tolerance, dignity and justice,” writes Seattle author and attorney Michael Schein, in reference to Chief Leschi’s grim tombstone inscription. In his new novel Bones Beneath Our...
Developer to return to federal court in feud with Hualapai Tribe (August 4, 2011)
The developer of the Grand Canyon Skywalk plans to return to federal court to fight the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona. David Jin sued in tribal court because he believes the tribe is about to seize the project from him. But...
Native Sun News: Attorney General Holder meets tribal leaders (August 4, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Ernestine Chasing Hawk. All content © Native Sun News. A memorial wreath placed on the Wounded Knee Memorial site by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on July 28, 2011 during a visit...
Richard Gomez: Chumash Tribe raises funds for the community (August 4, 2011)
"Next week, 144 golfers will converge on the Alisal River Course in Solvang to tee up for the annual Chumash Golf Classic tournament, in which we expect to raise nearly $100,000 for local charities. Since its inception in 2004, the...
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