Katherine Siva Saubel, Los Coyotes scholar, passes on at 91 (November 3, 2011)
Katherine Siva Saubel, a respected elder and former chairwoman of the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians of California, died on Tuesday. She was 91. Saubel was born on her tribe's reservation in 1920. She was a...
Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes rally for stronger child abuse law (November 3, 2011)
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma held a rally at the State Capitol on Wednesday to call for tougher child abuse laws. Tribal members were spurred into action by the tragic death of Naomi Whitecrow. The two-year-old girl...
White Mountain Apache chairman blesses Army helicopter (November 3, 2011)
Ronnie Lupe, the chairman of the White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona, offered a blessing for the U.S. Army's newest helicopter. Lupe, who served in the Korean War, gave a prayer for the AH-64D Longbow Apache Block III on Wednesday....
Robinson Rancheria chairwoman due to enter plea in theft (November 3, 2011)
Tracey Isabelle Avila, the chairwoman of the Robinson Rancheria Pomo Indians of California, is due to enter a plea on theft charges. Avila has been charged in state court with one count of felony grand theft. She is accused of...
Crow Tribe brings in homes for families displaced by floods (November 3, 2011)
The Crow Tribe of Montana handed out the keys for 17 trailers to individuals and families that lost their homes to major flooding on the reservation. The tribe was already working with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to...
Jefferson Keel, Chickasaw, re-elected as president of NCAI (November 3, 2011)
Jefferson Keel, the lieutenant governor of the Chickasaw Nation, has been re-elected president of the National Congress of American Indians. Keel ran unopposed. He will serve a second two-year term as leader of the nation's largest inter-tribal organization. “Indian...
Blog: Oklahoma City Museum of Art showcases Indian film (November 3, 2011)
"The Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s American Indian Cinema Showcase, co-presented with the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, is tonight-Saturday at the museum’s Noble Theater, 415 Couch Drive. The showcase begins at 7:30 tonight with a screening of...
Opinion: 'Fighting Sioux' is racist even with tribe's support (November 3, 2011)
"Here's a first. A Native American tribe is fighting with the NCAA to allow the use of their name by a college athletic program at the University of North Dakota. It takes quite some chutzpah to try to take an...
Mary Pember: Making peace with my late mother, Bernice (November 3, 2011)
"My mother, Bernice, walked on last month. Although it was not unexpected -- she was 86 and in declining health -- her death continues to amplify the poignancy of her life and its impact upon me. My mother was not...
House rejects bid to protect Apache sacred sites from swap (November 3, 2011)
The House passed H.R.1904, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act, last month after rejecting an amendment that would have protected Apache sacred sites. Rep. Ben Lujan (D-New Mexico) offered the amendment. He noted that nearly every tribe in...
Fronteras: Navajo Nation set to offer $120M bond package (November 3, 2011)
"The Navajo Nation plans to issue its first bonds to raise funds for local infrastructure projects. Unlike their state and municipal government counterparts, tribes typically face more challenges borrowing money. This move may pave the way for other tribes looking...
Native Sun News: South Dakota man challenges abuse law (November 3, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Evelyn Red Lodge. All content © Native Sun News. Robert Brancato and Rep. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota). RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA -- Local businessman Robert Brancato announced Thursday he will lead the...
Non-Indian business hit hard by New York tobacco tax laws (November 3, 2011)
Non-Indian businesses appear to be hurting the most now that the state of New York has imposed its tobacco tax in Indian Country. Wholesalers that supply tobacco to tribal smokeshops must pay the $4.35-per-pack tax up front. But tribal retailers...
Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation racked $80M recognition debt (November 3, 2011)
The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut racked up $80 million in debt in its pursuit of federal recognition, Chairman James Cunha told The New London Day. The tribe, which was split into two factions, spent the money on genealogists,...
California tribes report over $1.2M in political contributions (November 3, 2011)
Three tribes in southern California reported more than $1.2 million in political contributions from July through September. The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians spent $703,000, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. That was the largest spending among the three tribes. The San...
Beverly Cook: The toxic effect of stress on American Indians (November 3, 2011)
"We know that acts of genocide were perpetrated on our people because we refused to be separated from our lands. Tremendous harm was done by those who would prevent us from speaking or learning our language; by those who would...
Tekatsitsiakwa Katsi Cook: Cesarean birth in Indian Country (November 3, 2011)
"Among the privileged few early “outsider” observers of Native American birth is anthropologist Matilda Coxe Stevenson who published on Pueblo cosmogony and “Sia Pueblo Rites With Childbirth” for the Bureau of American Ethnology in 1884. Stevenson’s historical record is perhaps...
Cheryl Crazy Bull: Education is a way for Natives to prosper (November 3, 2011)
"Many people after watching the ABC 20/20 special, “Hidden America: Children of the Plains” may be asking, “What can be done to help?” The special depicted the daily lives of young people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota,...
Gabe Galanda: The attack on Indian Country's middle class (November 3, 2011)
"Throughout most of the last two centuries, the United States sought to eliminate the political existence of American Indian tribes. The federal anti-tribal agenda appeared through laws, policies and programs encouraging or forcing Indian assimilation into the American middle class....
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