Ernest House, former Ute Mountain Ute chairman, passes at 65 (September 19, 2011)
Ernest House Sr., a former chairman of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Colorado, died in a motorcycle accident on Saturday. He was 65. House was returning home from a motorcycle rally when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle...
Mark Trahant: A new era of contraction coming to Indian Country (September 19, 2011)
It’s nearly impossible to know when a new political era has begun for certain. Congress enacted House Resolution 108 on August 1, 1953, officially beginning the era of tribal termination. This dreadful policy was supposed to abolish federal supervision over...
Clint Halftown appealing BIA ruling on Cayuga Nation leadership (September 19, 2011)
Clint Halftown is fighting a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision that says he is no longer the federally recognized representative of the Cayuga Nation of New York. Halftown was ousted by tribal members this summer. The BIA recognized the action...
Washington Supreme Court to hear suit over tribal gas compact (September 19, 2011)
The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to hear Automotive United Trades Organization v.State, a case over tribal gas tax compacts. The Automotive United Trades Organization represents non-Indian gas stations. The group claims the gas compacts, in which tribes share a...
Omaha Tribe facing millions of dollars in damages from flooding (September 19, 2011)
The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska is facing millions of dollars in damages due to flooding from the Missouri River. Families from about two dozen homes on the reservation evacuated and none have returned. The homes have been flooded and may...
Cousins claim to be the rightful chairman of Yankton Sioux Tribe (September 19, 2011)
Two men who are first cousins are claiming to be the rightful leader of Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Thurmond Cournoyer was elected chairman on September 1. But Robert Cournoyer, who was chairman for six years, says he's still...
Sen. Reid supports Congressional Gold Medal for Elouise Cobell (September 19, 2011)
A bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund case, has gained a few more supporters. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada), the Senate majority leader, is co-sponsoring S.1514. The bill now...
Gyasi Ross: Sharing all those 'small stories' from Indian Country (September 19, 2011)
"She triumphed over apathy. See, nobody cared whether she ultimately won or lost. Nobody cared if she showed up late for school, or if she even went to school at all. Nobody seemed to care that she regularly drove her...
Editorial: Removal of dams a step towards return of Elwha River (September 19, 2011)
"A celebration decades in the making launches the removal of two dams on the Elwha River in Olympic National Park. Saturday's gathering of dignitaries at the Elwha Dam is a triumph of environmental, political and cultural tenacity that inspires superlatives...
Opinion: Cherokee Nation expels a racial minority from the rolls (September 19, 2011)
"The idea that a 21st-century sovereign nation would expel a racial minority that had been part of it for a century and a half seems outrageous. Yet this is precisely what has happened in the last month in the Cherokee...
S.E. Ruckman: Making plans for $3.4B Cobell settlement payout (September 19, 2011)
"Sometimes words just stick together and a phrase is born. Online digging says that centuries ago coining a phrase was usually for promotional purposes. Suddenly the words “Cobell warming” stuck in my head like a commercial jingle. I defend my...
Vi Waln: Seeking more accountability from Indian Health Service (September 19, 2011)
I understand that the Rosebud Comprehensive Health Care Facility will see a new Chief Executive Officer come aboard soon. I heard the name of the administrator mentioned at a recent Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council meeting. She is Lakota and a...
Tim Giago: Beau LeBeau teaches us about the other 'good meat' (September 19, 2011)
The video is called “Good Meat” and the tagline says it is “a look at one man’s struggle to maintain a traditional Native diet on a modern Reservation.” “Good Meat” obviously refers to the traditional meal of the Plains Indians:...
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2 Trump team reinstates delay for land-into-trust applications without consulting tribes
3 Indian Child Welfare Act under attack again as conservative group submits appeal to Supreme Court
4 Native Sun News Today: Family raises awareness after Lakota man dies in Rapid City
5 Native Sun News Today: Tribes promise 'war' over gold mining in sacred Black Hills
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