Blog: 'Why Treaties Matter' exhibit goes around Minnesota (January 24, 2012)
"The state, federal and Indian Affairs Council exhibit, "Why Treaties Matter" is making a stop in the Minnesota State Capitol this week, coinciding with the start of the 2012 legislative session. "We need everyone working cooperatively, constructively together in order...
Bill removes blood quantum requirement from state post (January 24, 2012)
Oklahoma Rep. Paul Wesselhoft (R) introduced a bill to eliminate a blood quantum requirement for the state's Native American liaison job. Wesselhoft, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, called the one-fourth blood quantum requirement outdated and discriminatory. He said...
Indian inmate reaches settlement over use of sweat lodge (January 24, 2012)
An Indian inmate reached another agreement with corrections officials in New Mexico over his access to a sweat lodge. Jimmy Neal Kinslow, who is reported to be Potawatomi, reached his first agreement in 2008. But then he was transferred to...
Editorial: Cabazon Band must enforce clean air agreement (January 24, 2012)
"Clean-air regulations should apply to businesses on tribal land as well as those elsewhere. So a Coachella Valley tribe made a promising step in agreeing to impose air quality rules on private industries operating on its reservation. But the pact’s...
Tigua Tribe seeing some restitution from Abramoff, partner (January 24, 2012)
Years after being defrauded out of $4.2 million, the Tigua Tribe is finally seeing some restitution from Jack Abramoff and his partner in crime, Michael Scanlon. But it isn't much. So far, the tribe has only recouped about $200,000, Lt....
Former Sen. Abourezk clarifies comment about ICWA case (January 24, 2012)
Former U.S. Sen. Jim Abourezk appears to have changed his tune about an Indian Child Welfare Act case. A couple of weeks ago, Abourezk told a South Carolina paper that ICWA wasn't intended to cover cases like the one involving...
White House Indian education initiative meets in Oklahoma (January 24, 2012)
The second Tribal Leader Education Roundtables was held in Norman, Oklahoma, on Monday. William Mendoza, the director of the new White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, led the discussion. He said input from tribes will be...
Navajo Nation president thanks Rep. Giffords for her service (January 24, 2012)
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly thanked Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona), who is resigning from Congress, for her service to the Navajo Nation. “The Navajo People wish to express their appreciation to Congresswoman Giffords for her work on our behalf. In...
Witness list for House subcommittee hearing on Indian bills (January 24, 2012)
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs is holding hearing tomorrow on two bills. The bills are H.R.2467, the Bridgeport Indian Colony Land Trust, Health, and Economic Development Act, and S.292, the Salmon Lake Land Selection Resolution Act....
Indian attorney making history with election in Minnesota (January 24, 2012)
Susan Allen, a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, is making history in Minnesota Allen, a Democrat, is the first Indian woman in the state House. She is also one of only a handful of Native Americans who have served...
Rosebud Sioux Tribe's letter to Sen. Thune on Keystone XL (January 24, 2012)
"In response to Sen. John Thune’s (R-S.D.) recent press release characterizing President Barack Obama’s decision to deny the controversial Keystone XL a permit as pandering to anti-pipeline extremists, Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Rodney Bordeaux issued the following statement to Thune:...
Lloyd Hatch, elder from Tulalip Tribes, passes away at 63 (January 24, 2012)
Correction: The Peninsula Daily News reported that Lloyd Hatch was a member of the Tulalip Tribes. He was not a member of the Quileute Tribe. Lloyd Hatch, an elder from the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, died on Monday morning. He...
Charles Trimble: Firebomb incident at Pine Ridge still a mystery (January 24, 2012)
The recent Native Sun News story, posted on January 19 on Indianz.com, gives much favorable space to retired FBI agent Joseph Trimbach, and much publicity to his 2008 book, Native American Mafia. Perhaps the agent should be questioned about why...
Suzan Harjo: 'Rethinking Columbus' taken out of classrooms (January 24, 2012)
"I learned about the banning of Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years from Dr. Debbie Reese (Nambe Pueblo), who blogs at American Indians in Children’s Literature. She wrote on January 15 that my interview in the book “is no longer...
Mary Pember: Mine in Wisconsin threatens sacred traditions (January 24, 2012)
"Opinakii, the place where the wild potatoes grow, lies just south of the Bad River Reservation on land ceded to the United States by the Ojibwe in 1842. Remote and beautiful, Opinakii is more commonly known as the Penokee Hills,...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds hearings in February (January 24, 2012)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled two hearings in February. On Thursday, February 9, the committee will hold an oversight hearing to discuss a recent Department of Justice opinion that affects Internet gaming by states. The following Thursday, February...
Kim Teehee of White House to host 'office hours' on Twitter (January 24, 2012)
Kimberly Teehee, the White House Senior Policy Adviser for Native American Affairs, will hold "office hours" on Twitter this Thursday at 3pm EST. Participants can ask questions using the #WHchat hashtag. Answers will be provided through the WHLive account. White...
California tribes donate $303K for governor's tax initiative (January 24, 2012)
California tribes donated have donated $303,100 to help Gov. Jerry Brown (D) put a tax proposal on the November ballot. The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians and the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians each donated $100,000, the largest of the...
White House Blog: DOJ grants help tribes with public safety (January 24, 2012)
"Last week, the Justice Department announced the posting of the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), a comprehensive grant solicitation to support improvements to public safety, victim services and crime prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. More than $101.4...
Supreme Court blocks use of GPS tracker without a warrant (January 24, 2012)
Law enforcement officials violated the Constitutional rights of a defendant by installing a GPS tracking device on his vehicle without a search warrant, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a unanimous decision on Monday. Information from the device was used...
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