Montana federal judge admits sending 'racist' Obama e-mail (February 29, 2012)
A federal judge who handles Indian Country cases in Montana has admitted that he forwarded a "racist" e-mail about President Barack Obama. Chief Judge Richard Cebull, however, denies he is racist. He received the message at his official courthouse address...
Lund Report: Oregon tribes take a look at health care costs (February 29, 2012)
"It’s been a busy month in Oregon’s world of health policy, but perhaps nowhere more so than the intersection between tribal health issues and the health insurance exchange. Even though the financial future of the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange suffered...
Bill for state jurisdiction retrocession in Washington passes (February 29, 2012)
The Washington Senate approved an amended version of a bill that affects criminal and civil jurisdiction in Indian Country. Lawmakers voted 42-6 in favor of HB 2233, which sets up a process for the retrocession of the state's jurisdiction under...
Charges dropped for Red Cliff man who drummed at capitol (February 29, 2012)
Authorities dropped disorderly conduct charges against a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa who was cited for drumming inside the Wisconsin state capitol building last month. Sam Morris was told to pay a $263 fine....
Indian Trust Administration and Reform Commission to meet (February 29, 2012)
The National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform meets for the first time this week in Washington, D.C. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Deputy Secretary David Hayes and Solicitor Hilary Tompkins will be on hand for the first meeting. They...
Leech Lake chairman to testify against trust fund legislation (February 29, 2012)
Arthur “Archie” LaRose, the chairman of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Indians, will testify at a House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs hearing tomorrow. The Leech Lake Band opposes H.R.1272, the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Judgment Fund Distribution...
Two-year-old boy from Nooksack Tribe is being laid to rest (February 29, 2012)
A two-year-old boy from the Nooksack Tribe of Washington died last Friday after drowning in a bathtub, authorities said. Garret A. Charlie was living with his aunt and uncle. He had been placed in their home because his mother...
WyoFile: Eastern Shoshone Tribe aims to preserve language (February 29, 2012)
"The Shoshone people, like most indigenous cultures, traditionally passed on their language orally. Though Shoshone-speaking Native American tribes inhabit several western states, the number of fluent speakers has dwindled consistently over the past decades. Some experts estimate there may be...
History: Treatment of captives among Southeastern tribes (February 29, 2012)
"I conduct workshops on Southeastern Indian history and culture at the John C. Campbell Folk School for two full weeks a year and for various Elderhostels throughout the year. One topic that surfaces quite often is the manner in which...
Isleta Pueblo requires background check for non-members (February 29, 2012)
Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico is requiring all non-members who live on the reservation or want to live on the reservation to undergo a criminal background check for $50. All non-members must also sign an agreement to submit to the...
Blog: A year-long focus on aboriginal architecture in Alberta (February 29, 2012)
"Thursday kicks off a year-long focus on aboriginal architecture for the local architecture group M.A.D.E. Chipewyan architect Alfred Waugh will speak on how aboriginal culture influences design at the Art Gallery of Alberta at 7 p.m. Well-known aboriginal architect Douglas...
Russell Attebery: Karuk Tribe worried about museum's future (February 29, 2012)
"The Karuk Tribe is writing to express our concern with the recent decision of the Clarke Historical Museum's board of directors to dismiss Director Pam Service, leaving the museum without clear leadership, vision and daily responsibility for museum operations and...
Navajo Nation sues Urban Outfitters over 'Navajo' products (February 29, 2012)
The Navajo Nation has sued Urban Outfitters over a slew of "Navajo" products that drew widespread controversy last year. The tribe sent a cease and desist letter to the company last June after learning about items like the "Navajo Hipster...
Native Sun News: Move of VA facility affects Indian veterans (February 29, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Karin Eagle, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Veterans of all races unite, with the support of the Hot Springs community, to protest the proposed closure of...
Jim Billie, chairman of Seminole Tribe, recovering from stroke (February 29, 2012)
Jim Billie, the chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, suffered a stroke earlier this month, The Tampa Bay Times reports. Billie, 67, went on medical leave and has been recovering. He's only missed one tribal council meeting and is...
Kim Teehee: Opportunity for Indian Country economic growth (February 29, 2012)
"Last year, around this time, the President instructed agencies to work closely with State, local, and tribal governments to identify any Federal barriers that prevent efficient use of taxpayer dollars to achieve the best results. On Friday, we released a...
BIA urges Pala Band to reinstate eight who were disenrolled (February 29, 2012)
The Pala Band of Mission Indians of California is being urged to reinstate eight people who were disenrolled last year. The Bureau of Indian Affairs doesn't have the authority to make enrollment decisions for the tribe. But, in a letter,...
Chase Iron Eyes: Why Occupy movement remains important (February 29, 2012)
"September 17, 2011, Wall Street (USA), Zucotti Park (renamed Liberty Park by occupiers), hundreds heeded ADBUSTER’S call to Occupy Wall Street. Why? In Short, the stated reasons can be summed up with the goal of ending corporate greed’s death-lock on...
Mitt Romney wins Republican primaries in Arizona, Michigan (February 29, 2012)
Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, reclaimed his status as the Republican presidential front-runner with primary victories in Arizona and Michigan on Tuesday. Romney easily won Arizona, where he has the endorsement of controversial Gov. Jan Brewer (R)....
Standoff at Picayune Rancheria headquarters turns violent (February 29, 2012)
One person was stabbed and two others were injured as a leadership dispute within the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California turned violent on Tuesday. A faction led by Morris Reid began occupying the tribal headquarters on Monday....
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