Ute Tribe takes energy company to New York Stock Exchange (January 9, 2012)
The Ute Tribe of Utah is headed to Wall Street. Ute Energy Corp., the tribe's energy development entity, is seeking to raise up to $250 million in an initial public offering, Marketwatch reported. The company wants to trade under the...
Kateri Tekakwitha, Mohawk woman, to be canonized as saint (January 9, 2012)
Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk woman who lived in the 1600s, will become a saint. Tekakwitha has been credited with numerous miracles. But it was the curing of a Lummi Nation boy, Jake Finkbonner, of a flesh-eating virus that led Pope...
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe meets for first time after decision (January 9, 2012)
Members of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana met for the first time since resolving a leadership dispute. The tribe fell into two factions after a disputed election. A panel of judges last month determined that John...
Supreme Court agrees to take up self-determination dispute (January 9, 2012)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a self-determination case at the urging of the Obama administration. The Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act authorizes tribes and Alaska Native entities to enter into contacts to manage federal programs....
Editorial: Houlton Band gets a voice in the Maine Legislature (January 9, 2012)
"Every election cycle, some politicians make hay with a proposal to shrink the size of the Legislature. But last week the House of Representatives grew and everyone cheered. The new addition was David Slagger who doesn't represent a geographical district...
New-Times: Marijuana still illegal on reservations in Arizona (January 9, 2012)
"Under Arizona's Medical Marijuana Act, motorists with state-issued pot cards can legally transport a small amount of "medicine" in their vehicles -- but not on tribal lands. And those Native American lands include a strip of the Loop 101 freeway...
Mark Trahant: 2012 elections all about health care reform law (January 9, 2012)
Shares of federal spending in 2020 as projected by CBO’s baseline: Health care costs are the primary driver of the federal budget deficit. Congressional Budget Office projections for 2020 show that health care spending will consume more than 27...
9th Circuit debates dispute over sacred San Francisco Peaks (January 9, 2012)
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing oral arguments today in The Save the Peaks Coaltion v. US Forest Service. The Save the Peaks Coalition and individual citizens are suing the U.S. Forest Service. They say the agency failed...
NPR: Indian families were promised better life with relocation (January 9, 2012)
"On the edge of downtown Los Angeles, Rae Marie Martinez looks for familiar landmarks. The 60-something grandmother turns in a slow circle and shakes her head. In 1957, she still had long braids and wore long dresses. People made fun...
Paper continues to refer to Indian child as daughter of couple (January 9, 2012)
A South Carolina newspaper continues to refer to a Cherokee Nation girl as the "daughter" of a non-Indian couple that lost an Indian Child Welfare Act dispute with the biological father. The Charleston Post and Courier also refers to the...
Cherokee Nation sees big drop in heating assistance funding (January 9, 2012)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has seen a big drop in funds for its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. In fiscal year 2011, the tribe received $1.79 million from the Department of Health and Human Services. That amount has...
Steven Newcomb: President Obama undermines Constitution (January 9, 2012)
"On December 31, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2012. By doing so, he thereby placed his imprimatur as President of the United States on a provision in that Act that codifies in U.S....
Ruth Hopkins: New law turns Americans into the new Indians (January 9, 2012)
"On New Years Eve, President Obama signed The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law. Essentially the law does what previous NDAA incarnations have- it provides funding for the U.S. military. The controversy over this version of the NDAA arises...
Native Sun News: Red Cloud promotes clean energy for tribes (January 9, 2012)
Henry Red Cloud is looking for champions.
Tim Giago: The new year brings time for a couple of apologies (January 9, 2012)
Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © 2012 Unity South Dakota I have been writing a column nearly every week for 34 years. I started with a Montgomery Ward electric typewriter and graduated to a 1986 Apple...
DC Circuit to hear challenges to Cobell settlement on May 15 (January 9, 2012)
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the Indian trust fund lawsuit on May 15. Some Indian beneficiaries are challenging the $3.4 billion settlement. The most prominent critic is Kimberly Craven, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton...
Tsimshian carver creates totem pole for NMAI in Washington (January 9, 2012)
David Boxley, a Tsimshian carver from Alaska, created a totem pole for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Boxley, who grew up in Metlakatla, and his son put the finishing touches on the 22-foot-long, 2,500-pound pole...
Salazar to block uranium mining at Grand Canyon for 20 years (January 9, 2012)
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to announce a 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims near Grand Canyon National Park. The moratorium covers an estimated 1.1 million acres of public forest land near the park. Some of the land...
Chilean government blames deadly fire on Mapuche activists (January 9, 2012)
The Chilean government is blaming Mapuche activists for a series of deadly fires in the Patagonia region. Seven firefighters died while battling one of the fires, the Associated Press reported. The government said a group called the “Coordinadora Arauco Malleco”...
Maryland governor to recognize two tribes in executive order (January 9, 2012)
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) will sign an executive order today to recognize two tribes, the Associated Press reports. The AP did not name the tribes. But both followed a new law that sets up a state recognition process. Get...
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