American Philosophical Society opens audio archives to tribes (February 16, 2012)
The American Philosophical Society is inviting tribes to examine its collection of 3,000 recordings in Native languages. Some of the recordings are more than 100 years old. They represent conversations, songs, word lists and other materials from more than 40...
Indian woman sentenced for drugs to get early parole hearing (February 16, 2012)
An Indian woman whose harsh sentence has drawn criticism will get an early parole hearing in Oklahoma. Patricia Spottedcrow, 26, was sentenced to 12 years for selling $31 worth of marijuana to an undercover police officer. Although she had no...
Young Native couple struggling after baby found with tumor (February 16, 2012)
A young Native couple who was featured in a CBC News documentary is hoping for the best after their daughter underwent surgery for a brain tumor. Tyson Kakakaway, 17, and Kelsey Geddes, 15, became parents during the filming of Blind...
Steven Newcomb: Refuting notion of domination in Indian law (February 16, 2012)
"Ever since I read Malcolm X’s story, I have spent countless hours reading dictionaries. By doing so, I am constantly finding new features of the English language I had not previously noticed. Dictionaries enable us to delve deeply into the...
Bill in Colorado encourages Indian languages in public schools (February 16, 2012)
The Colorado Senate Education Committee approved SB 57, a bill to encourage Indian languages in public schools, unanimously on Wednesday. The bill authorizes schools to hire tribal elders even if they don't have a state teaching license.They must be paired...
Cherokee Nation set to distribute $3M to schools in Oklahoma (February 16, 2012)
The Cherokee Nation is set to distribute almost $3 million to schools in northeastern Oklahoma. The money comes from the sale of tribal car tags. The tribe sets aside 38 percent of revenues each year. The tribe will distribute the...
New bill introduced for Northern Cheyenne Tribe's coal swap (February 16, 2012)
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana) is introducing a new version of a coal swap for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana. The bill requires the Interior Department to transfer 110 million tons of coal to Great Northern Properties, a Texas company....
Boil water order lifted for Blackfeet Nation town after 18 years (February 16, 2012)
After 18 years, a boil water order for a town on the Blackfeet Nation has been lifted by the state of Montana. The order in East Glacier Park went into effect in March 1994 due to high turbidity, or cloudiness,...
University of Southern Mississippi offers Indian student dorm (February 16, 2012)
The University of Southern Mississippi will be offering a new housing option for Indian students. The school will designate areas in two dorms for Indian students. Mentors will be assigned to the areas with the goal of retaining and recruiting...
Choctaw Nation partners with school for 'Choctaw University' (February 16, 2012)
The Choctaw Nation and Southeastern Oklahoma State University are launching "Choctaw University." More than 100 people are participating in the first year of the effort. They can take part in a leadership series or a continuing education series with the...
Blog: Salish and Kootenai Tribes aim to restore cutthroat trout (February 16, 2012)
"On the west-facing foothills of the Mission Mountain Wilderness, about five miles east of Highway 93, lies a 40-acre parcel of land recently purchased by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Just a year ago, this piece of land was...
Letter: Alcohol sales at Whiteclay nothing short of 'genocide' (February 16, 2012)
"The situation in Whiteclay is nothing short of genocide on the Native Americans who live on the neighboring Pine Ridge Reservation, which is dry. The Journal Star featuring a photo of John Red Shirt, "Mayor of Whiteclay," lying intoxicated on...
Nakia Zavalla: Learning Chumash history from Maria Solares (February 16, 2012)
"One of the many connections that unite members of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is our love of the land. Our tribe’s cultural and spiritual ties to the valley and the greater region date from time immemorial. We...
Bill authorizes distribution of $28M Chippewa judgment funds (February 16, 2012)
Congress is considering a bill to distribute a $28 million judgment fund to the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. The Court of Federal Claims awarded $20 million in 1999 for the loss of timber and land. With interest, the judgment has grown...
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe rallies against Keystone XL (February 16, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman Native Sun News Health & Environment Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Chief Oliver Red Cloud, chairman of the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council. RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA...
White woman mistaken for Indian woman received settlement (February 16, 2012)
A White woman who spent seven days in jail after being mistaken for an Indian woman reached a settlement with police in Denver, Colorado, where similar incidents are the focus of a federal lawsuit. Christina FourHorn looks nothing like...
Doug George-Kanentiio: Why ceremonies are vital to Mohawks (February 16, 2012)
One of the privileges of being from Akwesasne is the ability to attend, and witness, the conducting of the 13 communal ceremonies which mark the lunar year. This, rather than the Gregorian calendar, was how the Mohawk people have always...
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