Agreement approved as part of Soboba water settlement (February 23, 2012)
An agreement was approved to fulfill a water rights settlement for the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians in southern California. The tribe will receive $17 million from local governments as part of the agreement. The agreement also details how the...
Stanford News: Exhibit showcases work of Pueblo painters (February 23, 2012)
"In the first decades of the 20th century, a local movement in Santa Fe helped launch the modern school of Native American painting and paved the way toward its recognition in the national art market. The movement started simply with...
Opinion: Anti-indigenous violence keeps rising in Colombia (February 23, 2012)
"[M]uch like Guatemala in the 1980’s, the violence in Colombia falls disproportionately on the indigenous population – another fact acknowledged by the U.S. Embassy in cables released by Wikileaks. Moreover, this anti-indigenous violence is escalating. Indeed, as the U.S. Embassy...
Bill in Utah allows sharing of health information with tribes (February 23, 2012)
A bill that allows the state of Utah to share health information with tribes is on the fast track. SB267 defines "public health authority" to include "an Indian tribe." Current, tribes aren't able to receive epidemiological data from the state....
Alaska Natives challenge permit for offshore development (February 23, 2012)
An Alaska Native organization and environmental groups are fighting a permit that was issued to Shell Oil for off-shore development. REDOIL, or Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands, says the Environmental Protection Agency took shortcuts in awarding the air quality...
Indian voters in Wyoming win decision from appeals court (February 23, 2012)
Members of two tribes in Wyoming won another round in their voting rights lawsuit on Wednesday. Members of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe said Fremont County's at-large system diluted the rights of Indian voters. Judge Alan...
Ruth Hopkins: Republicans declare war on women's rights (February 23, 2012)
"A few weeks ago, Susan G. Komen for the Cure defunded Planned Parenthood. Komen is a leading charity for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Planned Parenthood health centers used funds provided by Komen to make breast exams and...
Delaware Nation seeks to bring green energy to Oklahoma (February 23, 2012)
The Delaware Nation of Oklahoma is building a home for green energy businesses. The tribe paid $3 million for a 250,000 square-foot building in Anadarko. After $1 million in renovations, the building is ready to house environmentally friendly businesses. "We're...
Tribes in New York start rolling their own tobacco products (February 23, 2012)
Tribes in New York are producing their own tobacco products on the reservation in a move to escape the state's taxation efforts. The state has imposed a tax on wholesalers who sell tobacco to tribal retailers. The expectation was that...
Opinion: Tribal governments not accountable to the public (February 23, 2012)
"According to Vincent Armenta, Chumash tribal chairman, "Fee-to-trust returns lost land to the tribe and returns it to the local control of the lone local government that's been in place long before the county government or any nearby city government...
Jeffrey Whalen: Oglala Sioux vice president was arrested (February 23, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Jeffrey Whalen and appears in the latest issue of The Native Sun News. All content © Native Sun News. Tom Poor Bear PINE RIDGE, SOUTH DAKOTA –– Oglala Sioux Tribe Vice President...
Kevin Abourezk: Oglala Sioux Tribe seeks liquor sale limits (February 23, 2012)
"The Oglala Sioux Tribe is asking a federal court to limit alcohol sales in a small Nebraska town that sells nearly 5 million cans of beer a year. The tribe's attorney, former state senator Tom White of Omaha, amended a...
Charlie Galbraith: Improving education for Indian Country (February 23, 2012)
"On December 2, 2011, at the third White House Tribal Nations Conference, President Obama announced his Executive Order on Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities. Last week, I had the privilege of...
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