DOI releases land consolidation plan for Cobell settlement (February 2, 2012)
The Interior Department today released a draft plan to implement the land consolidation portion of the Indian trust fund settlement. The settlement sets aside $1.9 billion to purchase fractionated interests from willing Indian beneficiaries. The land will be restored to...
'Fighting Sioux' supporters nearing deadline for petitions (February 2, 2012)
Supporters of the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo, formerly of the University of North Dakota, have until Tuesday to turn in their petitions to put the issue on the June primary ballot. Organizer Sean Johnson told The Grand Forks Herald...
Two Native Mob gang members apprehended in Minnesota (February 2, 2012)
Two members of the Native Mob gang, included the suspected leader, were arrested on Wednesday, a day after the U.S. Marshals Service in Minnesota released "wanted" posters for them. Wakinyan Wakan McArthur, 33, and Christopher Lee Wuori, 24, were apprehended...
Opinion: Lawsuit seeking return of Little Bighorn artifacts (February 2, 2012)
"Some 135 years after the carnage of the famous Battle of the Little Bighorn, another battle continues which seeks to hold the federal government accountable to "We, the People." The historic township of Garryowen is the subject of a struggle...
Clara Nomee broke ground as chairwoman of Crow Tribe (February 2, 2012)
Clara Nomee was the first woman to lead the Crow Tribe of Montana and it wasn't an easy road. "When I first ran, men said my place was at home, raising children and taking care of the husband," Nomee said...
Jimmie Begay, Navajo Code Talker, passes on at age 86 (February 2, 2012)
Jimmie Begay, a member of the Navajo Nation who served as a Code Talker during World War II, died on Wednesday. He was 86. Begay was one of the 400-plus soldiers who used the Navajo language to transmit unbreakable codes...
Kootenai Tribe is 2nd in Indian Country to use border card (February 2, 2012)
CORRECTION: The Pascua Yaqui Tribe, not the Kootenai Tribe, was the first in Indian Country with an approved enhanced tribal card. The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is the second in Indian Country with a federally approved Native American Tribal Card....
Colorado River man indicted for murder of six-month-old (February 2, 2012)
Brice Thompson Little, a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, has been indicted in connection with the death of a six-month-old child. Little, 21, was charged with second degree murder of a child and assault resulting in serious bodily...
Native Sun News: Michael Jandreau leads tribe for 33 years (February 2, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy, Native Sun News Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Michael Jandreau, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe chairman and chief executive officer, has served his people with humility, respect and honor...
Q&A: Denise Juneau, Blackfeet, on education in Montana (February 2, 2012)
"n 2010 Denise Juneau, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe, was elected as Montana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, becoming the first Native American in Montana history to win a statewide election. Juneau, whose parents were teachers and who attended Harvard...
Mary Pember: Eating, praying and loving ... with diabetes (February 2, 2012)
"I have battled obesity for a long time with a brief respite during my college and young adult years. For about the past 15 years, my excess weight has proved remarkably resistant to diets and exercise. I take some consolation...
School apologizes to student for using Menominee in class (February 2, 2012)
The Sacred Heart Catholic School in Wisconsin offered apologies to a student who was reprimanded for using Menominee words in class. Miranda Washinawatok, a seventh-grader, translated a few words for some fellow members of the Menominee Nation. She ended up...
Column: A history of tribal societies in northern California (February 2, 2012)
"Anthropologists have long been interested in how prehistoric populations collectively made decisions with their associations and with one another. To better understand such relationships, we think of the word “tribe.” Tribal societies were generally organized on the basis of kinship....
Republicans turn Keystone XL Pipeline into election issue (February 2, 2012)
Republicans are turning the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline into an election year issue. Tribes in the U.S., First Nations in Canada and environmentalists have been fighting the project for years. But it wasn't until last year that the GOP picked...
Column: Treaty tribes giving salmon management advice (February 2, 2012)
"It long was practice by the Columbia River treaty tribes to avoid telling Washington and Oregon — at least in public — how to manage salmon fishing for non-Indians. For decades, the tribes' testimony was "you manage your fishermen, we'll...
Column: Mississippi Choctaw chief renews economy focus (February 2, 2012)
"Choctaw tribal chief Phyliss Anderson restored and reopened Phillip M's at the Pearl River Resort last week. She also signaled her intent to renew the economic policies so successfully implemented by the restaurant's namesake. "Under the visionary leadership of our...
Wizipan Garriot: Great Sioux Nation remains unorganized (February 2, 2012)
"Since I was a young boy, I’ve heard countless self-proclaimed activists, traditionalists, traditional chiefs, treaty council delegates, elected tribal leaders, and intellectuals spout about honoring the treaties. It’s a subject to which I’ve devoted many hours (both productive and unproductive)...
Pala Band removes an additional 154 people from its rolls (February 2, 2012)
The Pala Band of Mission Indians of California removed another 154 people from the rolls, The North County Times reports. The tribe wouldn't say why the people were removed. But it appears they were disenrolled for lacking 1/16th Pala blood....
Opinion: BIA intervention required for Chukchansi dispute (February 2, 2012)
"If you didn't get confused -- even once -- watching the TV series "Lost," then the latest goings-on involving the Chukchansi tribe should be up your alley. It's tempting to say that everything boils down to a well-worn twist on...
Harold Monteau: Money still rules, even in Indian Country (February 2, 2012)
"What in the heck is a “plutarchy”? Well, it certainly is not an America where Pluto is the president. It is a composite word from the word “plutocracy” which means “rule by the wealthy” and oligarchy, which is “rule by...
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