Column: Johnny Depp, 'vague' Indian, plays Tonto on screen (March 8, 2012)
Photo from Jerry Bruckheimer on Twitter "The Lone Ranger” – the tale of the masked outlaw fighter of the Old West and his trusty Indian companion, Tonto – started out as a radio serial, became a TV and comic...
Reputed Native gang member convicted of murder in Alberta (March 8, 2012)
A suspected Native gang member was found guilty for the May 2010 death of Heather Rae Thurier, a Native woman who lived in Edmonton, Alberta. Colton Ferguson, 21, was charged with first-degree murder. But since his crime wasn't premeditated, the...
Blackfeet Nation weighs $19M trust management settlement (March 8, 2012)
The Blackfeet Nation of Montana is considering a settlement to its trust management lawsuit. The settlement isn't final but the Obama administration has reportedly offered $19 million. The lawsuit was filed in 2002. The Department of Justice has been negotiating...
Opinion: Tribes in Oklahoma struggle to deal with Freedmen (March 8, 2012)
"There has been an ongoing controversy carried in various of the media outlets - it seems most particularly in the daily newspaper - about the quest of the tribal “freedmen,” that is, the descendants of the former slaves of tribal...
NCPR: Mohawk veterans seeking recognition for Code Talkers (March 8, 2012)
"A Mohawk veterans group wants the federal government to recognize the contributions of "code talkers" during the D-Day invasion of Europe during World War Two. The Navajo "code talkers" were the largest group of Native Americans during the 1940's to...
Rep. Betty McCollum co-sponsors SAVE Native Women Act (March 8, 2012)
H.R.4154, the Stand Against Violence and Empower (SAVE) Native Women Act, was introduced on Wednesday. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota) is one of four co-sponsors of the bill. Among other provisions, the bill recognizes tribal authority over non-Indians who commit dating...
Remarks by SBA Administrator Mills at NCAI winter session (March 8, 2012)
Karen Mills, the head of the Small Business Administration, addressed the National Congress of American Indians on Wednesday. The SBA oversees the 8(a) program, which provides opportunities for minority-owned businesses to enter into contracts with the federal government. Tribal and...
Opinion: Ethnic mascots are never an honor to Indian people (March 8, 2012)
"Is a mascot a clown that denigrates its subject? Or is a mascot a memorial that honors a heritage? How you answer this question likely reflects how you view the periodic conflagrations over sports teams that use ethnic identities as...
DHS Secretary Napolitano supports tribal disaster requests (March 8, 2012)
Tribes should be treated like state governments in requesting disaster declarations, Secretary Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday. Under the Stafford Act, only states can request emergency declarations. The Obama administration wants to amend the...
Echo Hawk points to big increase in land-into-trust approval (March 8, 2012)
The Obama administration has put the land-into-trust process back on track, Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk told the National Congress of American Indians on Wednesday. The process ground to a halt during the Bush administration, Echo Hawk said at NCAI's...
Native Sun News: Bill for new South Dakota flag stirs debate (March 8, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy. Native Sun News Editor. All content © Native Sun News. The South Dakota State flag The proposed South Dakota flag PIERRE , SOUTH DAKOTA –– Recently abandoned legislation supporting a...
Navajo Nation Council considers legislation to raise sales tax (March 8, 2012)
The Navajo Nation Council is considering a bill to raise the sales tax on the reservation. The current sales tax rate is 4 percent. Delegate Dwight Witherspoon wants to raise it to 5 percent. The sales tax brought in $24...
Penobscot Nation court still going strong after three decades (March 8, 2012)
The Penobscot Nation of Maine has been operating its tribal court since December 13, 1979. The court has jurisdiction over misdemeanors, juvenile offenses, civil actions between tribal members, Indian child welfare matters and domestic relations matters between tribal members. The...
Chairwoman of Hualapai Tribe seeks to resolve Skywalk fight (March 8, 2012)
The leader Hualapai Tribe of Arizona wants to resolve a dispute with the non-Indian developer who used to operate the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The tribe exercised its eminent domain law to take over the popular tourist attraction from developer David...
Fronteras: Apache boarding school on national landmark list (March 8, 2012)
"The federal government has designated the Theodore Roosevelt School in Fort Apache, Arizona, as a national historic landmark. The school represents a shady chapter of American history between the U.S. government and Indian tribes. The Theodore Roosevelt School was one...
Fueled by anti-Obama sentiments, hate groups on rise in US (March 8, 2012)
The number of hate groups in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the past three years, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, with opposition to President Barack Obama fueling the rise. The SLC counted a record 1,018 hate groups...
Members of Picayune Rancheria to vote in disputed election (March 8, 2012)
Members of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California head to the polls on Saturday. The tribe held an election in December in which Morris Reid, Dora Jones, Dixie Jackson and Harold Hammond won seats on the council....
Steve Russell: Voters lack experience with sane Republicans (March 8, 2012)
"The news of the day after the Michigan Republican primary is not so much how Rick Santorum blew his chance to slow down Willard Romney by insulting working class people in an attempt to insult the President (do you know...
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