Travel: A visit to the 'unconquerable' Chickasaw Nation (November 1, 2011)
"The Chickasaw Nation, an active tribe now in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma, was once known as the “Spartans of the Lower Mississippi Valley” and the “Unconquered and Unconquerable Chickasaw.” The Chickasaw's original homeland was in what’s now Mississippi, Kentucky,...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules hearing on bills (November 1, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing on Thursday, November 10. Three bills are on the agenda. They are: S.872. The bill bars the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians in California from offering Class III gaming or...
Michell Hicks: Report for the Eastern Cherokee community (November 1, 2011)
"Doyu ulihelisdodi agiwonihisdi hi gvnigesv igvndii. This Fall season has been a busy one, offering much opportunity to sit down with the Deputy Officers of the Eastern Band and plan for the next four years. I am very excited about...
Third Northern Arapaho employee pleads guilty in theft (November 1, 2011)
A former employee of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming pleaded guilty to a charge of embezzlement. Melody St. Clair worked in the tribe's Department of Social Services. She admitted she and other employees stole $135,000 in federal funds....
Fort Peck Tribes to swear in chairman, council members (November 1, 2011)
The Fort Peck Tribes of Montana will hold a swearing-in ceremony tomorrow for its new leaders. Floyd Azure won election as chairman. Annette J. Lambert won the vice chair seat. Tribal members re-elected John Weeks as Sergeant At Arms. Twelve...
Cherokee Nation to inaugurate new leader this Sunday (November 1, 2011)
CORRECTION: The ceremony takes place on Sunday not on Saturday as previously posted. The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will host a ceremonial inauguration for new Chief Bill John Baker on Sunday. Baker defeated Chad Smith, the incumbent, for the post....
Editorial: Keystone XL Pipeline deserving extra scrutiny (November 1, 2011)
"Public interest in the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline has grown exponentially in recent months. The pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to refineries in the southern United States, would cross several states including South Dakota. In recent weeks, activists,...
Column: Blood Run in South Dakota gets some attention (November 1, 2011)
"South Dakota officials are drawing closer to announcing plans for an 800-acre park at historic Blood Run at a time when the site is gaining attention from the Obama administration. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced this week that Blood Run...
Indian veterans urged to seek tax refunds in New Mexico (November 1, 2011)
The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department says it still owes tax refunds to Indian veterans. Indian veterans who lived on reservations were assessed state income taxes while serving in the military. The practice violated federal law but the veterans...
SAVE Native Women Act aimed at Indian Country violence (November 1, 2011)
The Stand Against Violence and Empower Native Women Act was introduced in the Senate on Monday. The bill seeks to reduce the high rate of violent crimes against American Indian and Alaska Native women. It affirms tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians...
Review: Searching Amazon for 'Last Uncontacted Tribes' (November 1, 2011)
"Scott Wallace’s new book, ‘The Unconquered- In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes’, describes an arduous three-month journey deep into the Amazon rainforest of the Javari Valley, one of the largest indigenous reserves in Brazil, and home to...
Mark Trahant: Tribes deal with another brutal federal policy (November 1, 2011)
The following is the transcript of a speech given today by Mark Trahant at the National Congress of American Indians 68th annual conference in Portland, Oregon. Thank you for inviting me to speak this morning. This is a particular honor...
Blog: Forever 21 sells necklace with 'Native American' girl (November 1, 2011)
"Last week, while in search of cheap jewelry for my Halloween costume, I stumbled across something pretty weird and confusing: a necklace that is basically a cartoon character version of a “traditional” Native American girl hanging from a chain....
Books: A Wampanoag at Harvard with 'Caleb's Crossing' (November 1, 2011)
"Geraldine Brooks is worth reading. No matter the subject, she can spin a story from the barest of threads. Her latest novel, “Caleb’s Crossing” (Viking, 2011), exemplifies her talents. From an obscure reference to an unlikely Harvard graduate, she...
Opinion: Don't punish schools for use of 'Indian' mascots (November 1, 2011)
"Racism is always a touchy subject these days. As organizations try to become more politically correct, some go to the extreme attempting clean up questionable language. In 2005, the NCAA decided that University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname by...
Navajo Nation to offer $120M in bonds to finance projects (November 1, 2011)
The Navajo Nation is set to offer its first bond package -- $120 million that will be used to finance about 50 projects throughout the reservation. The tribe has a strong A credit rating from Standard & Poor’s. That's one...
NPR: Boy was taken from Winnebago Reservation at age 8 (November 1, 2011)
"I'm Neal Conan in Washington. When Dwayne Stenstrom was eight years old, a van pulled up to his home on the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska. The woman behind the wheel said she was taking him away, just for the summer,...
APRN: Tlingit-Haida Tribes win Indian child welfare dispute (November 1, 2011)
"A Superior Court judge in Juneau ruled in favor of Southeast tribes last week in a case over whether the state has to honor tribal court orders on child support. The Tlingit and Haida Central Council is heralding the ruling...
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