Courts consider two lawsuits over snowmaking at sacred site (November 22, 2011)
Two lawsuits that challenge the use of reclaimed sewage in the sacred San Francisco Peaks are making their way through the state and federal court systems. On Monday, the Coconino County Court will hear a lawsuit filed by the Hopi...
Colville man loses suit over tobacco sales on the reservation (November 22, 2011)
A member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation of Washington lost his lawsuit that challenged tobacco sales on the reservation. Terry Tonasket, the owner of the Stogie Shop, accused his tribe of violating federal price fixing, anti-trust and...
Town on Crow Reservation slowly recovering after difficulties (November 22, 2011)
The only incorporated town on the Crow Reservation in Montana is slowly recovering after being hit by major flooding and a series of violent crimes. The flooding in May caused significant damage to homes and businesses in Lodge Grass. Troubles...
NHPR: Museum at Dartmouth University showcases Indian art (November 22, 2011)
"For Native Americans, Thanksgiving is not a cause for celebration. The holiday commemorating the survival – thanks to the Wampanoag tribe – of early settlers also marks the first wave of a European invasion that culminated in the death of...
No case against political figure for abuse of Alaska Native girl (November 22, 2011)
Prosecutors in Alaska have closed a sexual abuse case against Bill Allen, the former head of a politically connected company. Paula Roberds, who is from a Yup'ik village, said Allen, the former CEO of Veco, began paying her for sex...
Rep. Lujan: Indian Country an integral part of the US economy (November 22, 2011)
The following is a statement from Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-New Mexico). This month, we recognize the enduring contributions of Native Americans and their achievements that play an important role in the fabric of our nation. New Mexico’s history has...
Long Plain First Nation seeks more law enforcement presence (November 22, 2011)
The Long Plain First Nation in Manitoba says it needs more law enforcement on the reserve. Band leaders cite a rise in drug- and alcohol-related violence. But with just one RCMP on the reserve, they are seeking additional resources. “We...
Blog: HUD awards grants to tribes in New Mexico and Arizona (November 22, 2011)
"This is exactly how the federal government should be supporting sustainability: helping communities who want to do the right thing for their environments, economies, and residents. Congress in its stupidity wisdom may have just used the federal budget to...
History: Law to banish Dakotas from Minnesota still on books (November 22, 2011)
"Further online research revealed a similar, two-sided historical sign marking and sharing more information on Fort Dakota in the Dakota Territory. The closing comments on the sign stated, "The presence of Fort Dakota calmed tensions in the Big Sioux River...
Elem Pomo Tribe supports lawsuit to protect ancestral village (November 22, 2011)
The Elem Pomo Tribe of California is supporting a lawsuit that seeks to protect Rattlesnake Island, the ancestral Pomo village, from development. Supervisors in Lake County gave permission for the owner of the 57-acre island to build houses at the...
VOA: NMAI serves up traditional Native foods on Thanksgiving (November 22, 2011)
"This Thursday, most Americans will gather with loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving, an annual holiday inspired by a harvest feast held in 1621 in Massachusetts when English colonists and members of the Wampanoag tribe reportedly celebrated for three days. Americans...
New chairman of Lumbee Tribe stresses unity at inauguration (November 22, 2011)
Paul Brooks was sworn in as chairman of Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina on Monday. Brooks vowed to unite the tribe, which has endured controversy in recent years. Most of it has been centered around the tribe's bid for federal...
Shadow Wolves dwindle as $2B in drugs come through border (November 22, 2011)
The Shadow Wolves, an all-Indian group of border trackers, have dwindled in size as more drugs have entered the U.S. through the Tohono O'odham Nation. Congress created the Shadow Wolves in 1972 to patrol the reservation. By law, the group...
House committee passes bill to speed Indian housing process (November 22, 2011)
The House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R.205, the HEARTH Act, by unanimous consent on November 17. The bill allows tribes to develop their own housing regulations. Once approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, tribes won't have to go back...
Vi Waln: A lot to be thankful for on Rosebud Sioux Reservation (November 22, 2011)
Thanksgiving would not be observed if it were not for Indian people. It was Indian people on the east coast who were the reason for the pilgrims to give thanks because without the Indians, the newcomers would have starved to...
Mark Trahant: Supercommittee again shows failure to govern (November 22, 2011)
A simple statement from the two co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. “After months of hard work and intense deliberations, we have come to the conclusion today that it will not be possible to make any...
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Writing the story about William Janklow (November 22, 2011)
The following opinion by Elizabeth Cook-Lynn appeared in the Native Sun News All content © Native Sun News. Journalists are the first story tellers. This means that reading the latest news in the regional journals that William Janklow, former S.D....
Mark Anthony Rolo: Don't ask me for a prayer on Thanksgiving (November 22, 2011)
"This Thanksgiving, don't call on me, as an American Indian, to offer up a prayer of thanks. I sure wouldn't want to offend anyone with a prayer that dredges up key events of the dark past such as the forced,...
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