Blue Lake Rancheria removes raw milk products following recall (November 17, 2011)
The Blue Lake Rancheria of California has removed all raw milk products from its convenience store. The tribe began selling products from Organic Pastures Dairy after passing an ordinance to regulate raw milk on the reservation. But the items...
Sen. Johnson: Sioux tribes playing major role in South Dakota (November 17, 2011)
The following is the opinion of Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota). Each November, we recognize National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month and celebrate the heritage and culture of those that originally inhabited this country. Representing a state that...
Yvette Roubideaux: Making progress on contract health funds (November 17, 2011)
"A recent column on ICTMN.com, “Oversight by IHS Leaves Money on the Table, Patients Holding the Bag,” by Lisa Shellenberger, asserts that the reason IHS is not receiving funding to pay for patient referrals is because the data collection process...
APM: One Sacred Nation Healing brings traditions into recovery (November 17, 2011)
"In 2009, Sheila Claw-Starr was adrift in Tucson. She'd left her home in the Navajo Nation to be closer to her ex-husband, but now she was on her own, hunting for a job, looking into taking classes, and planning for...
Circle of Blue: Navajo Nation moving close to water settlement (November 17, 2011)
"The Navajo Nation — which spans a 70,000-square-kilometer (27,000-square-mile) stretch of mesa, sand, and canyons in parts of New Mexico, Utah, and northern Arizona — is the largest and, arguably, the driest American Indian reservation in the United States. Though...
Trial underway in Muscogee Nation court in tobacco bribes case (November 17, 2011)
Three former employees of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma are on trial for allegedly accepting bribes from a tobacco wholesaler. Edward C. Warrington, Gene Antone Lee and Dana M. Johnson were charged with bribery in May, The Tulsa World reports....
KUNC: Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs looks for new hire (November 17, 2011)
"Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia is defending his decision to fire the executive secretary of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, a move that’s angered some activists in Indian country. But at a meeting Wednesday, Garcia maintained his decision followed consultation...
Payday lender owned by Cheyenne River Sioux man loses case (November 17, 2011)
A payday lending business that is owned by a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe cannot claim sovereign immunity, a court in West Virginia ruled. Martin A. Webb offers loans on the Internet through Lakota Cash. He faced complaints...
First Nations in Manitoba reopen disputed smokeshop after raid (November 17, 2011)
Three First Nations reopened their smokeshop on Wednesday, a day after it was raided by the Manitoba government. The Canupawakpa First Nation, the Dakota Plains Wahpeton Nation and the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation first opened the Dakota Chundee Smoke Shop...
TPM: Jack Abramoff goes back to the DC scene to promote book (November 17, 2011)
"“My life has taken a bit of a turn,” lobbyist-turned-felon-turned-reform advocate Jack Abramoff told the crowd assembled in Tucker Carlson’s living room in Northwest D.C. on Tuesday night. “I used to be a right-wing guy who sort of disdained...
NPR: 'Cherokee Patriots' author discusses Trail of Tears history (November 17, 2011)
"The Trail of Tears — the forced migration of thousands of Native Americans from their ancestral homeland in the Southeast to Oklahoma — is taught in many classrooms as one of the darkest moments in American history. The episode...
Native Sun News: Navajo Nation stands up for its trademarks (November 17, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Kate Saltzstein. All content © Native Sun News. WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA -- Urban Outfitters, the clothing store chain, has withdrawn the word Navajo on a clothing line after a tribal attorney wrote...
House Natural Resources Committee markup on 3 Indian bills (November 17, 2011)
The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a markup today on several bills. Three Indian bills are on the agenda. They are: H.R.205, the HEARTH Act. The bill cuts the Bureau of Indian Affairs out of the process for...
In The Loop: Rep. Young sports odd headgear at House hearing (November 17, 2011)
"Breaking congressional fashion news: beanie hats are so in this season. Particularly those with goofy propellers perched on the top. Noted trendsetter Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) sported such a chapeau today during a hearing before the Natural Resources committee....
Rob Schmidt: Hiding the real truth about poverty at Pine Ridge (November 17, 2011)
"The 20/20 special about the Pine Ridge Reservation, “Children of the Plains” has gotten both positive and negative reviews. The episode certainly shone a light on a neglected part of America. For that alone, it provided a valuable service. But...
Steve Russell: Indian people continue to defend their freedom (November 17, 2011)
"What can I say? I was young. Seventeen when I volunteered for service and nineteen when I volunteered for Vietnam. At the time, I think I would have said that freedom isn’t free. I was young. Not serving did not...
Kansas governor apologizes for state's mistreatment of tribes (November 17, 2011)
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) issued a proclamation on Wednesday, apologizing for the state's mistreatment of indigenous people. Kansas was once home to 19 tribes. Only four remain after most were forced into Oklahoma. “As Governor, I resolve we will...
Opinion: Groups spread false information about Chumash Tribe (November 17, 2011)
"The Capitol Weekly recently published another commentary attacking the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. The latest assault concerns 1,400 acres the tribe owns in Santa Barbara County and wants to place into federal trust. The goal is to build...
Letter: Extend deadline to participate in trust fund settlement (November 17, 2011)
"I am deeply concerned about the largest government class action settlement in our nation’s history securing justice for more than 300,000 Native Americans and Alaska natives in the form of $3.4 billion settlement. The case is called Cobell vs. Salazar...
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