Two boys killed in house fire on reserve in British Columbia (January 25, 2012)
Two boys died in a house fire on the Nanoose First Nation in British Columbia on Wednesday morning. The boys, ages seven and 10, were visiting relatives on the reserve. Two adults and their two children managed to escape. Chief...
DOJ reports indictments against 24 members of Native Mob (January 25, 2012)
The Department of Justice said 24 members of the "Native Mob" gang have been indicted in federal court on numerous charges, including drug trafficking, assault and attempted murder. Authorities arrested six of the gang members on the White Earth, Mille...
Census 2010 puts Native American population at 5.2 million (January 25, 2012)
The American Indian and Alaska Native population grew by leaps and bounds in the last decade, the Census Bureau said in a report today. The 2010 Census counted 2.9 million people with American Indian and Alaska Native heritage. When...
NCAI President Keel offers preview of State of Indian Nations (January 25, 2012)
National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel plans to offer solutions to make Indian Country stronger in his 2012 State of Indian Nations on Thursday. Keel, who serves as Lt. Governor of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, will deliver...
NAIHC hopes State of the Union leads to more streamlining (January 25, 2012)
Reducing red tape will benefit Indian housing, National American Indian Housing Council Chairwoman Cheryl A. Causley said in response to the 2012 State of the Union on Tuesday night. President Barack Obama didn't mention tribes or Indian housing specifically during...
Navajo Nation president praises Obama's State of the Union (January 25, 2012)
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly praised President Barack Obama for the "bold directives" laid out in the 2012 State of the Union on Tuesday night. Shelly said the Navajo Nation shares Obama's goals. In particular, he welcomed initiatives to reduce...
Bill authorizes BIA officers to enforce traffic law in Wyoming (January 25, 2012)
The Wyoming Legislature’s Select Committee on Tribal Relations is proposing a bill to allow Bureau of Indian Affairs police officers to enforce state traffic laws. BIA officers will be able to cite non-Indians for traffic violations on the Wind River...
Eastern Cherokee woman sues tribe over sewage problems (January 25, 2012)
A member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina is suing the tribe over sewage problems, The Smoky Mountain News reports. Linda Lambert cited 17 different incidents in which sewage from the tribe's treatment plant overflowed onto...
Native Sun News: Pine Ridge Reservation still among poorest (January 25, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy. All content © Native Sun News. Shannon County, located in its entirety on the Pine Ridge Reservation, historically remains one of America’s most impoverished counties. Photo Courtesy Shannon County The...
BIA officer cleared in Ute Mountain Ute man's fatal shooting (January 25, 2012)
A Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer has been cleared in the fatal shooting of a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Colorado. U.S. Attorney John Walsh determined that Lt. Joseph Keel was justified in shooting Spencer Posey...
City to oppose Shakopee Tribe's land-into-trust application (January 25, 2012)
The city council in Shakopee, Minnesota, will join opposition to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community land-into-trust application. Officials, including the new mayor, are praising the tribe for discussing its development plans. But the city is concerned about the loss of...
Blackfeet Nation remembers massacre of January 23, 1870 (January 25, 2012)
Members of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana held a ceremony to honor the victims of the January 23, 1870, massacre on the Marias River. Army forces attacked the camp of Chief Heavy Runner, who was friendly with the U.S., while...
Editorial: Cabazon Band moves air quality in right direction (January 25, 2012)
"The landmark agreement between the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and the South Coast Air Quality Management District holds great promise to protect the environment of the east valley. It is believed to be the first such agreement between an...
Arizona's history book claims O'odham people disappeared (January 25, 2012)
A teacher in Tucson, Arizona, who is objecting the removal of "ethnic studies" books from the classroom, said the state's official history book implies the O'odham people disappeared. Norma Gonzalez said a chapter in the book refers to "the mysterious...
Alex Jacobs: The Indian List - or what people call us Indians (January 25, 2012)
"Los Indios (The Indian List) (This is what they call us) Los Indios, Indio, Indian, Indianner, injuns, Americans, American Race, redman, redskin, redstick, redbone, Peaux-rouge, salvage, savage, sauvage, salvaticho, skraelings, wildmen, pagan, heather, infidel, primitive, barbarian, cannibals, Caliban, new world...
Mark Trahant: It's time to invest in young people of America (January 25, 2012)
Presidents are required to be optimistic.The American people expect it -- and reward those politicians who know their lines. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Tuesday night followed The Script (so much so that Republicans released a video dismissing...
Column: Bill allows shooting range by sacred site in Arizona (January 25, 2012)
"Arizona’s Mohave County has very little in common with Washington, D.C., which, oddly enough, is exactly why I’m sticking them together in the same sentence. Both jurisdictions — one is home to the Grand Canyon, the other isn’t (I’ll let...
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