Cobell critic won't give up appeal despite angry phone calls (January 30, 2012)
Carol Eve Good Bear, one of the objectors to the Indian trust fund lawsuit, won't drop her appeal despite receiving angry phone calls. Attorneys gave out Good Bear's phone number and address in a recent update about the case....
Gila River Indian Community prepares for vote on highway (January 30, 2012)
Members of the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona will go the polls next Tuesday to express their views on a proposed highway. The Arizona Department of Transportation wants to extend Loop 202. But the proposed route would affect South...
California county cites concerns about land-into-trust bids (January 30, 2012)
Officials in San Diego County, California, say tribes have submitted land-into-trust applications totaling more than 13,000 acres. So far, about 5,000 acres have been placed in trust since 2000, according to the county. The land will be taken off the...
Southern Ute Tribe announces hotel in southern California (January 30, 2012)
The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado will be opening a hotel in Oceanside, California. The tribe's GF Real Estate Group announced plans for a SpringHill Suites Marriott near the waterfront. The six-story hotel will feature 150 rooms and a restaurant....
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe working to restore salmon runs (January 30, 2012)
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington says salmon are gradually returning to the Elwha River with the removal of two dams. About 5,000 salmon live in the river, restoration director Robert Elofson said. Eventually, between 300,000 and 400,000 will...
Opinion: Tuscarora group invents clans to hold onto power (January 30, 2012)
"As members of the Tuscarora ruling junta scrambled to buy support for their regime with the promise of paltry individual payouts on the reservation last week, documents made available to the Niagara Falls Reporter show that a secret agreement being...
Alaska Natives represented on Federal Subsistence Board (January 30, 2012)
Two Alaska Natives have been appointed to the Federal Subsistence Board. Anthony Christianson and Charles Brower will represent subsistence users on the board. They are the two public members who were appointed under a new regulation developed by the Obama...
Oneida Nation chairman aims to improve local relationship (January 30, 2012)
Ed Delgado, the new chairman of the Oneida Nation, is drawing praise for improving relations with the village of Hobart, Wisconsin. The village has fought the tribe on land-into-trust, taxation and sovereignty issues. Those disputes remain but Delgado, who took...
Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs hearing (January 30, 2012)
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs will hold a hearing next Tuesday, February 7. The hearing will focus on H.R.3532, the American Indian Empowerment Act of 2011. The bill requires the Interior Department to take land out...
Student reprimanded for using Menominee words at school (January 30, 2012)
A student at the Sacred Heart Catholic School in Wisconsin was reprimanded for using Menominee words in class. Tanaes Washinawatok said her daughter, Miranda, translated a few words for some fellow members of the Menominee Nation. Miranda, who is in...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on Thursday (January 30, 2012)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing this Thursday. Three bills are on the agenda. They are: S.1739, A bill to provide for the use and distribution of judgment funds awarded to the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe by...
Native Sun News: Lakota women are held to high standard (January 30, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Karin Eagle, Native Sun News staff writer. All content © Native Sun News. Troylynn Yellow Wood, Oglala and Northern Cheyenne, spoke at the Wiyan Ituwan on behalf of her elder aunt, Vivian...
Oklahoma regulators looking at tribal payday lending firms (January 30, 2012)
Regulators and law enforcement officials in Oklahoma say they are still looking at payday lending companies owned by the Modoc Tribe and the Miami Nation. The tribes operate on the Internet but the state lacks jurisdiction over them. Nevertheless, the...
Interview: Jonathan Windy Boy talks about payday lending (January 30, 2012)
"Indian Country Today Media Network recently spoke with Montana State Senator Jonathan Windy Boy (D–Box Elder), Plain Green’s policy advisor, to shed some light on Plain Green and its membership in the Native American Lending Alliance (NALA). What prompted you...
Albert Bender: Native people lead Keystone XL opposition (January 30, 2012)
First, make no mistake: It was Native Americans who spearheaded and bore the brunt of the campaign against the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline.
Vincent Shilling: Stereotyping of Indians continues in media (January 30, 2012)
"I have watched with bitter frustration as John Wayne kicked his Indian guides and shot them in the eyes, Indian corpses laid to rest. I have watched countless cartoons where Indians howl like banshees and attack the forts of soldiers,...
Winona LaDuke: Being banned by school district in Arizona (January 30, 2012)
"This past week, I had the distinction of becoming one of a select list of authors banned by the Tucson United School District. Now this is no small feat. It turns out that the Tucson United School District (a city...
CharlesTrimble: Reconciliation and restoration of Black Hills (January 30, 2012)
Former NCAI President Tex Hall has demanded President Obama apologize to America’s native people for the country’s mistreatment of the tribes since the nation’s founding. Hall’s letter to the President, posted on Indianz.com, got me to thinking about the whole...
Tim Giago: Rosebud constitution should be 'law of the land' (January 30, 2012)
Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © 2012 Unity South Dakota How can a tribal court be fair if the judges are afraid of losing their jobs? Therein lays the dilemma facing Native American tribal courts all...
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