WH Blog: Dee Alexander, senior Native adviser at Commerce (March 26, 2012)
"On December 19, 2011 Secretary of Commerce John Bryson appointed Dee Alexander as his Senior Adviser on Native American Affairs. As the Department’s Tribal Consultation Official, Alexander’s principal responsibility is implementing the Department’s Tribal Coordination and Consultation Policy, per President’s...
BIA issues final decision against Central Band of Cherokees (March 26, 2012)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has issued a final determination against federal recognition for the Central Band of Cherokee, a group in Tennessee. The BIA said the group did not meet the seven mandatory criteria for federal recognition. In particular,...
Steve Russell: Pondering our environment while on the water (March 26, 2012)
"“Coffee more…you want?” A young man, brown but of indeterminate nationality, is walking by with a carafe. My mind replies “Si, por favor,” but I quickly realize I have not identified his accent and his features do not look American...
Gyasi Ross: Murder of Trayvon Martin about more than race (March 26, 2012)
"This goes beyond skin color or politics. This is about the joys of life, and the notion that all of us should have unfettered access to those joys as long as we are not harming anyone else. No, he wasn’t...
Superfund site still poses a theat for St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (March 26, 2012)
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. of New York continues to deal with pollution from a Superfund site along the St. Lawrence River. A study 20 years ago found high levels of PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, in in the breast milk...
Sean Parnell: Offering hope for domestic violence survivors (March 26, 2012)
"When learning of an incident of domestic violence or sexual assault, how often have we asked ourselves, "Why doesn't she just leave?"or "Why didn't she call the police?" For victims, these choices are anything but easy. They require getting others...
Blog: Indian Country outraged at Keystone XL Pipeline push (March 26, 2012)
"After President Obama endorsed a southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline on Mar. 22 (which would carry oil from Cushing to Port Arthur, Texas), Native American activists in Okalahoma expressed outrage at the news. They claim it will affect...
NPR: A truly heartbreaking story of Jim Thorpe and his burial (March 26, 2012)
"MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time to open up the pages of the Washington Post Magazine. That's something we do just about every week for interesting stories about...
Review: Mark Anthony Rolo's memoir in 'My Mother is Earth' (March 26, 2012)
"There's a wince-worthy moment -- one of many in "My Mother Is Now Earth," Mark Anthony Rolo's beautiful, sorrow-laced memoir -- in which a cat that he and his siblings have taken in vanishes into the snowy woods behind...
Terry Anderson: BIA policies restrict tribal economic growth (March 26, 2012)
"When Supreme Court Justice John Marshall described the relationship between Indians and the federal government in 1831 as that of "a ward to his guardian," he sent Native Americans on a path of dependency and poverty. To this day, the...
Walt Lamar: More funds needed for Tribal Law and Order Act (March 26, 2012)
"The budget battles of 2012 struck a blow to key provisions of the Tribal Law and Order Act and although the proposed budget contains increases for some important programs, funding would still remain far lower than what is needed to...
Santee Ross: Blood quantum not connected to tribal identity (March 26, 2012)
"Remember when you were a little terror running around? You knew who you were and there was no such thing as an identity crisis. You were native because you just were. Things were so much simpler at that age. Blood...
Native Sun News: Cheyenne River elder recalls dam flooding (March 26, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman, Native Sun News Health & Environment Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Marvel and Raymond Handboy Part II | Part I RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA –– A direct descendant...
Tim Giago: Turtle Mountain Times marks its 20th anniversary (March 26, 2012)
Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © 2012 Unity South Dakota The man on the phone said simply, “We want you to help our tribe start a weekly newspaper.” The man on the line was Richard...
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