Driver pleads guilty over accident that killed two Navajo sisters (September 2, 2011)
A New Mexico man pleaded guilty in connection with a drunken driving accident that claimed the lives of two sisters from the Navajo Nation. James Ruiz, 36, admitted he rear ended a vehicle carrying the Peshlakai family. Sisters Deshauna, 17,...
Major pot farm discovered inside Bandelier National Monument (September 2, 2011)
The Los Conchas Fire wreaked havoc on at least three reservations in New Mexico this summer but it spared a major marijuana farm inside Bandelier National Monument. In the wake of the fire, agents discovered 5,000 pot plants inside the...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to talk housing, infrastructure (September 2, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an event next Thursday, September 8, to discuss housing and infrastructure in Indian Country. Loretta A. Tuell, the Majority Staff Director/Chief Counsel of the committee, will lead the session. It will take place...
Opinion: Yurok Tribe educates hunters about use of lead ammo (September 2, 2011)
"The Yurok Tribe’s Wildlife Program started the “Hunters as Stewards” campaign with the idea that hunters, if presented with the most timely and trustworthy information, would strongly consider switching to non-lead ammunition. It was our initial opinion that the majority...
Opinion: Skokomish Tribe dedicated to preserving salmon runs (September 2, 2011)
"The Skokomish Tribe would like to respond to "Protecting salmon: Tribe, others at odds over plan for part of Dabob Bay" which appeared in the Aug. 26, 2011 edition of the Kitsap Sun. It is important to first understand how...
Book Review: Siblings captured by Comanche in 'Ben Clayton' (September 2, 2011)
"Lamar Clayton, a taciturn, old-fashioned West Texas rancher, is the central character in Stephen Harrigan’s well-crafted novel “Remember Ben Clayton.” As a young man, Lamar rode on a number of the great cattle drives from Texas to the stockyards in...
Michell Hicks wins election as Eastern Cherokee principal chief (September 2, 2011)
Michell Hicks won re-election as chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. Hicks defeated Patrick Lambert. The tally was 2,124 to 1,989, according to unofficial results reported by The Asheville Citizen-Times. Hicks will be serving a...
Native Sun News: Sinte Gleska University celebrates graduates (September 2, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Kirk Dickerson. All content © Native Sun News. Tim Giago (left) accepts honorary Doctorate Degree at Sinte Gleska University graduation ceremony. MISSION, SOUTH DAKOTA –– As one entered the Sinte Gleska University...
Washington court reverses on tribal pursuit off the reservation (September 2, 2011)
Non-Indians who commit crimes in Indian Country can't be pursued off the reservation, the Washington Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. By a 6-3 vote, the justices said the Lummi Nation lacks "inherent sovereign powers" to pursue offenders off the reservation....
Chief resigns from Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (September 2, 2011)
Guy Lonechild resigned as chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. Lonechild came under scrutiny when he was charged with drunken driving. The incident occurred one month prior to his election as chief of FSIN in October 2009. Some...
Opinion: Some 'facts' about Chumash Tribe land-into-trust bid (September 2, 2011)
"Many years ago the Chumash tribal government made a “proposal” similar to the one they have now presented to the county this time to try to get the county’s support to bring the 1,400 acres of rural ranch property into...
Navajo school board leader failed to graduate from Dartmouth (September 2, 2011)
The president of a pubilc school board on the Navajo Nation did not graduate from Dartmouth College as he has repeatedly claimed. Central Consolidated School District Board President Matthew Tso, 33, said he earned a bachelor's degree in 2003. That's...
Charles Trimble: US manipulation of tribes goes back centuries (September 2, 2011)
In my historical research I sometimes come across items of interest that I don’t want to believe because they may tarnish my image or opinion of some great hero of mine. One such item is that the famous warrior...
Appeals planned in $3.4B settlement to Indian trust fund case (September 2, 2011)
Two notices of appeal have been filed in the Cobell trust fund case. Kimberly Craven, a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, has been a vocal critic of the $3.4 billion settlement to the case. She plans to appeal although...
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