Cherokee Nation study shows major impact on the economy (February 14, 2012)
The Cherokee Nation has a $1.06 billion impact on the economy in northeast Oklahoma, according to a report commissioned by the tribe. The Tulsa World said the tribe provides $401 million in salary and supports 13,527 Cherokee and non-Cherokee jobs....
Grand Ronde Tribes produces dictionary for Chinuk language (February 14, 2012)
The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde in Oregon have created the first Chinuk Waka dictionary. The 496-page dictionary is based on decades of work between the tribe and Henry B. Zenk, an anthropologist. The tribe hopes it will lead...
Sen. Kyl will introduce bill to settle Hopi, Navajo water rights (February 14, 2012)
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) will introduce legislation to settle the water rights of the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation, the Associated Press reports. The bill will resolve tribal claims to the Little Colorado River. It promises the tribes groundwater...
Peter MacDonald to lead up Navajo Code Talkers Association (February 14, 2012)
Peter MacDonald has been elected as president of the Navajo Code Talkers Association and the Navajo Code Talkers Foundation. MacDonald, 83, served as a Code Talker during World War II. He also served four terms as chairman of the Navajo...
Takeaway: Kateri Tekakwitha to be first Native woman saint (February 14, 2012)
"Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk Indian who was born in upstate New York in 1656, has been approved for sainthood by the Catholic church. She embraced Catholicism after smallpox left her disfigured and partially blinded. Eventually, she left her tribe to...
Column: Oglala Sioux lawsuit about more than alcohol sales (February 14, 2012)
"Whiteclay, Neb., has a population of 14 people. It is in northwest Nebraska, bordering the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, only two miles from the city of Pine Ridge. Whiteclay has four off-sale beer stores that, according to numerous sources, sell...
Q&A with Frank LaMere, Winnebago, on Indian Child Welfare (February 14, 2012)
"We went to Frank LaMere, member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and executive director of the Four Directions Community Center, in Sioux City, Iowa, for a reading on how perceptions of ICWA are changing and what still needs to...
Colorado judge backs immunity for tribes' payday loan firms (February 14, 2012)
Payday loan businesses owned and operated by the Miami Nation and the Santee Sioux Tribe enjoy sovereign immunity, a judge in Colorado ruled on Monday in a long-running case. In 2004, the state started going after Internet lenders owned by...
First Nations in Saskatchewan see an increase in population (February 14, 2012)
The population on reserves in Saskatchewan grew 16 percent over the last five years, according to the 2011 Census of Canada. The on-reserve population in 2101 was 55,692, CBC News reported. That's up from 48,115 in 2006. First Nations made...
Lawmakers consider alcohol zone bill amid Whiteclay lawsuit (February 14, 2012)
The Nebraska Legislature's General Affairs Committee held a hearing on Monday on LB829. The bill authorizes the creation of "alcohol impact zones." The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission would be able to place restrictions on the sale of liquor in these...
Arizona tribes continue fight against copper mine land swap (February 14, 2012)
The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona testified against H.R.1904, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act, at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing last week. The bill authorizes a land swap between the federal government and Resolution...
UND student leader seeks end to battle over 'Fighting Sioux' (February 14, 2012)
The student body president of the University of North Dakota said the never-ending debate over the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo is hurting the community. Kylie Michelle Oversen, a senior, acknowledged that students are "torn" over the issue. “But I’m...
Province seeking dismissal of lawsuit over Native man's death (February 14, 2012)
The Manitoba government is seeking to dismiss most of the claims in a lawsuit filed by the family of the late Brian Sinclair. Sinclair, 45, was from the Sagkeeng First Nation. He waited 34 hours in the emergency room...
Senate approves bill to move Quileute Tribe to safer grounds (February 14, 2012)
The Senate on Monday passed S.636, a bill that allows the Quileute Tribe of Washington to move out of a tsunami zone. The bill transfers 785 acres within Olympic National Park to the tribe. The land will allow the tribe...
Secretary Salazar to testify about budget at House hearing (February 14, 2012)
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will testify about the Department of the Interior Fiscal Year 2013 Budget tomorrow. The budget requests $11.5 billion for the Interior Department. That's about the same as the 2012 level and slightly lower than the 2011...
Witness list for House hearing on tribal energy development (February 14, 2012)
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs is holding a hearing tomorrow on H.R.3973, the Native American Energy Act. The hearing takes place at 2pm in Room 1324 of the Longworth House Office Building. The witness list follows:...
Witness list for SCIA hearing on Indian energy development (February 14, 2012)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing this Thursday on energy development in Indian Country. The hearing takes place at 2:15pm in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. The witness list follows: Tracey Lebeau Director, Indian...
Kim Teehee: Budget helps build an Indian Country economy (February 14, 2012)
"In his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values. Today,...
Mining project threatens sacred Huichol mountains in Mexico (February 14, 2012)
Members of the Huichol Tribe in Mexico say a $100 million silver mine threatens their way of life. Tribal members make a 150-mile pilgrimage from their villages in western Mexico to the mountains near Real de Cartorce. They gather peyote...
No major damages after quake on Hoopa Valley Reservation (February 14, 2012)
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck the Hoopa Valley Reservation in northern California on Monday but no major damages were reported. The epicenter was near Weitchpec, a community on the reservation. The quake was felt as far north as Oregon. ”This...
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