Clara Nomee, former chair of Crow Tribe, passes on at 73 (February 1, 2012)
Clara Nomee, a former chair of the Crow Tribe of Montana, died on Tuesday. She was 73. Nomee was the first woman to lead the tribe. She ran into controversy after being indicted on federal theft charges. Nomee fought the...
Blog: New York Times account of 1862 Mankato hangings (February 1, 2012)
"THE INDIAN EXECUTIONS An Interesting Account, from our Special Correspondent. MANKATO, BLUE EARTH COUNTY, Minn., Friday, Dec. 26, 1862. To-day has been an eventful one for this hitherto quiet little town; and a scene has been here enacted the like...
Socialist Worker: Bad River Band protests mining project (February 1, 2012)
"The sound of drums added to the now familiar singing and chanting in Wisconsin's state Capital rotunda on January 25, a din that periodically grew loud enough to interrupt Gov. Scott Walker's State of the State address. The drums belonged...
MPR: Program helps Red Lake Nation with drop-out rates (February 1, 2012)
"Jerilyn Graves is unemployed, lives on public assistance and at 32 wonders if she'll ever have a job. One of her biggest regrets is that she dropped out of high school in 1998, her junior year. "I was into alcohol,...
Judge awards custody of girl to her Navajo grandparents (February 1, 2012)
A judge in Colorado approved an agreement that grants custody of a one-year-old girl to her Navajo Nation grandparents. The agreement terminates the parental rights of the child's biological mother and father. The girl's father is Navajo. As part of...
History: Apache were the most feared predators in Arizona (February 1, 2012)
"Last week I posted here about how the U.S. Government hosted 8 0r 10 Apache men for an all expenses paid sightseeing tour of Washington D.C. and New York City. Many people seemed to have enjoyed that tidbit of local...
Houlton Band representative works on legislative priorities (February 1, 2012)
David Slagger, a member of the Houlton Band of Maliseets, hopes to propose a bill to protect authentic Indian arts and crafts. Slagger is his tribe's first representative in the Maine Legislature. He says people are trying to pass off...
Court rules against First Nation in 140-year-old land order (February 1, 2012)
The Ross River Dena Council can't enforce a provision in a 140-year-old land order, the Yukon Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The Order of 1870 incorporated the Yukon Territory into Canada. At the time, the government had not reached a...
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe turns to wind to generate power (February 1, 2012)
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan is building a wind turbine on the reservation. The 199-foot tall turbine will generate between 300,000-500,000 KW per year, Central Michigan Life reported. The tribe expects to save between $30,000 and $50,000 in energy...
Blog: BIA regulation helps renewable energy development (February 1, 2012)
"America’s Indian Country has the potential to host a significant share of the renewable energy generated in the United States. But development of those resources is stymied by a lack of transmission, onerous tax disincentives, and a thicket of bureaucracy....
Takeaway: Voters at Pine Ridge file lawsuit over elections (February 1, 2012)
"Members of the Oglala Sioux tribe live on the very rural Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, most of whom do not have cars. Traveling during winter months is compounded by infrequently plowed gravel and dirt roads. Given that their county only...
Man seeks $24M for Native symbol on Massachusetts seal (February 1, 2012)
A Massachusetts man is seeking $24 million and the removal of Indian imagery from the state's official seal. The seal depicts an Indian man with a bow and an arrow. The arrow is pointed downward, signifying peace. An arm...
Ho-Chunk Inc. subsidiary secures $84M Air Force contract (February 1, 2012)
A subsidiary of Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, has secured a $84 million contract from the U.S. Air Force. All Native Services will perform technical data work at the Robins Air Force...
Choctaw Nation gave $50K to Rick Perry before he quit race (February 1, 2012)
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma donated $50,000 to a political action committee formed to support former Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry. The tribe donated the money to Make Us Great Again, a so-called "super" political action committee. It was made...
Travel: First Nation turns British Columbia into wine region (February 1, 2012)
"While many fellow holidaymakers head on to Whistler or Vancouver Island from the picturesque city of Vancouver, I have instead driven four hours east, opting for the Okanagan - a region stretching from Canada’s only desert near Osoyoos, just north...
Tribal leaders attend 17th annual legislative day in Arizona (February 1, 2012)
Lawmakers welcomed tribal leaders to the state capitol for the 17th annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day on January 17. The president of the Senate and the speaker House said they want to maintain strong relationships with tribes. Both...
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe boosts county law enforcement (February 1, 2012)
The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is boosting law enforcement efforts in Clallam County, Washington. The tribe is funding a second deputy position for the county. The first was added in June 2010, The Peninsula Daily News reported. The deputies can enforce...
UTTC awarded $750K matching grant from Shakopee Tribe (February 1, 2012)
United Tribes Technical College in North Dakota has received a $750,000 matching grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota. UTTC will use the money to help complete a science and technology center. The Shakopee Tribe previously provided a...
Jana Walker: Protecting Native women from violent crime (February 1, 2012)
"The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples signals a new means to change federal law and policy to restore safety to Native women, to strengthen Indian nations and advance their jurisdiction over crimes within their territories, and to...
Tribes donate money to re-elect Rep. Don Young of Alaska (February 1, 2012)
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, has received over $50,000 in tribal contributions in the last four months, McClatchy Newspapers reports. Tribes in Texas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Michigan, California and North...
Mitt Romney easily wins Republican primary vote in Florida (February 1, 2012)
Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, easily won the Republican primary in Florida on Tuesday. Romney secured 46.4% of the vote .Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who won the recent South Carolina primary, came in a distant second with...
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