Three-year-old girl killed by dogs on Saskatchewan First Nation (August 22, 2011)
A three-year-old girl was killed by two dogs on the Mosquito First Nation in Saskatchewan. Police said the girl wandered in a yard and was attacked by the dogs on Sunday evening. She was pronounced dead after being taken to...
Zuni Pueblo puts leader on leave following drunken driving arrest (August 22, 2011)
Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico has placed Lt. Gov. Willard Zunie on leave after he was arrested for a drunken driving incident off the reservation. Zunie, 56, was stopped in Albuquerque last Wednesday afternoon. Police said he failed several...
Opinion: Shakopee powwow brings cultures, community together (August 22, 2011)
"Under blue skies and calm winds, thousands of people from across the globe gathered this weekend to celebrate their Native American culture. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's annual Wacipi (Pow Wow) featured dancing, drumming, food and festivities on the Pow...
Opinion: Collaboration key to restoring jobs, salmon in Northwest (August 22, 2011)
"Recently, the Obama administration's plan to restore endangered Columbia and Snake River salmon was declared illegal by U.S. District Judge James Redden in Portland, Ore. The Columbia/Snake was once the most productive salmon watershed on earth; now 13 of its...
Steven Newcomb: University holding onto Kumeyaay ancestors (August 22, 2011)
"The Kumeyaay have no ceremony for reburying the dead. The remains of a Kumeyaay ancestor unearthed by the dominating society are to be given the same ceremony as a loved one who has recently passed on. Steven Banegas, a Kumeyaay...
Navajo Nation settlement includes payments, scholarship funds (August 22, 2011)
The Navajo Nation reached a settlement with Peabody Energy that includes an immediate $50 million payment to the tribe. Peabody also promised $15 million toward infrastructure on the reservation for the next 10 years, The Blog of Legal Times reported....
Winnemem Wintu Tribe refuses to go thru BIA recognition process (August 22, 2011)
The Winnemem Wintu Tribe of California refuses to ask the Bureau of Indian Affairs for federal recognition. The tribe believes it was recognized by an unratified treaty and by an act of Congress. But the BIA doesn't have the tribe...
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe resumes disenrollment process for elder (August 22, 2011)
An 87-year-old woman is facing disenrollment from the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. Anna Bell Atwood became a member of the tribe in 1988. She is a descendant of Edmund Chatfield, whose brother, Lyman Chatfield, appears on one of the...
Native Sun News: UN leaders cite threats to indigenous peoples (August 22, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman. All content © Native Sun News. NEW YORK –– Mining, timbering and other extractive industry development is counterproductive unless native cultural demands are given priority, U.N. leaders proclaimed during observations...
Mark Trahant: Real cuts to BIA's budget are taking shape in DC (August 22, 2011)
So far, most of the government’s austerity movement has been theoretical. We know the federal budget is shrinking, but the evidence of that has been slow to surface. Proposals to wipe out the Bureau of Indian Affairs (and replace it...
Turtle Talk: Supreme Court Justice Alito's visit to Indian Country (August 22, 2011)
"Of course, too much will be read into this. The last time this happened, when Justices Breyer and O’Connor visiting the Spokane and Navajo tribal courts at the behest of NAICJA, it was part of a program that culminated in...
Gabe Galanda: State governments see Indian Country as target (August 22, 2011)
"Earlier this year I warned Indian Country that the state tax man cometh. I urged tribal communities to be prepared to defend against state tax collectors looking to balance multi-billion dollar state budget deficits on the backs of Indians. Since...
Opinion: Alaska Native villages hit hardest by Postal Service cuts (August 22, 2011)
"Rural Alaskans far from roads, stores, medical and other services, who live in small villages spend more money per capita in the post office system than most other Alaskans. We have no alternatives to receiving medications, vehicle or airplane parts,...
Blog: Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe holds ceremony for First Salmon (August 22, 2011)
"With song and ceremony, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe this week honored the first chinook salmon caught below Elwha Dam this year by tribal fishermen. Just five chinook salmon in all, this small catch nonetheless had big symbolism: it's the...
Ruth Hopkins: Pretending to be an 'Indian' is patently offensive (August 22, 2011)
"While the misappropriation of American Indian cultures and imagery by western society has persisted for decades, there’s been a gradual uptick in the misrepresentation of Native peoples in the past several years. “Tribalism,” a mainstream trend largely based on false,...
Nancy Tuthill: Jacoby Ellsbury, Navajo, is true poetry in motion (August 22, 2011)
When I watch Jacoby Ellsbury play major league baseball, I clearly see what "poetry in motion" is. His Gazelle-like leaping with elegance and ease to catch a high ball near the center field fence and his speed and suddenness of...
Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Tribe welcomes all to 135th annual fair (August 22, 2011)
This week the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is sponsoring the 135th Annual Rosebud Fair, Rodeo and Wacipi. There will also be a parade, softball tourney, carnival and a mud race. There are many other special events and activities also happening this...
Tim Giago: The Christian Bible as a weapon of mass destruction (August 22, 2011)
Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry appear to be leading a parade of GOP presidential candidates in front of a marching band playing, “Onward Christian Soldiers.” Perry insists that evolution and global warming are merely theories among many theories and implies...
Opinion: Questions for Supreme Court Justice Alito on Indian law (August 22, 2011)
"Surprise, surprise! United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was in South Dakota this past week. He is the justice assigned to the 8th U.S. Circuit, which comprises South Dakota and five other states. Here is how the Rapid City...
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