Editorial: Columbia River polluter faces a day of reckoning (April 11, 2012)
"For decades, Canadian smelter Teck Cominco used the Upper Columbia River and Lake Roosevelt as an industrial sewer, dumping millions of tons of heavy metals and slag into the water. The company — now known as Teck Resources — has...
Fort Berthold Reservation man convicted of sex trafficking (April 11, 2012)
A man from the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota was convicted in federal court on sex trafficking and other charges. Dustin J. Morsette, 22, coerced young women and girls to join a gang he called the Black Disciples. He...
Editorial: Fort Peck Reservation school works to do better (April 11, 2012)
"When the Montana Office of Public Instruction notified Frazer's schools that because of poor performance, it was stepping in with a federally funded program intended to turn things around, the state office didn't get push-back. They got buy in. "I...
Alaska Native corporation disputes tribal court jurisdiction (April 11, 2012)
Koniag Inc., an Alaska Native regional corporation, is disputing the jurisdiction of a tribal court. The Native Village of Karluk, a federally recognized tribe, is seeking to de-merge from Koniag as part of a long-running dispute that dates to the...
Navajo candidate loses lawsuit against Navajo candidate (April 11, 2012)
A judge in New Mexico has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to remove Sen. John Pinto, a member of the Navajo Nation, from the ballot. Pinto, 87, was accused of filing fraudulent and inaccurate nominating petitions. But the judge ruled...
Tribal leaders hail $1B in trust management settlements (April 11, 2012)
[Audio of White House Event] Tribal leaders joined the Obama administration today in announcing a $1 billion settlement to 41 trust management lawsuits. The settlements were the result of 22 months of negotiations. They resolve claims that the federal government...
DOI/DOJ press release on $1B in tribal trust settlements (April 11, 2012)
Press release from the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice. WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Attorney General Eric Holder today announced the settlement of lawsuits filed by 41 federally-recognized tribes against the United...
Figure in tribal payday loan battle accused in class action (April 11, 2012)
A non-Indian who is involved with the tribal payday loan industry is the target of a new class action lawsuit, Courthouse News Service reports. The lawsuit claims Scott Tucker can't issue payday loans in Kansas because he lacks a license...
Bill to recognize six groups in Tennessee put off for a year (April 11, 2012)
A bill to recognize six groups in Tennessee has been delayed a year, The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. The Senate State and Local Government narrowly voted 5-4 last week to advance the bill. But the House State and Local...
OPB: School district doesn't want to give up Indian images (April 11, 2012)
"An Oregon School District is digging in its heels against a proposed state ban on Native American mascots. The School Board in the Willamette Valley farm town of Lebanon will consider a resolution Thursday to reject the ban. The Oregon...
FBI questions AIM activists about opposition to bear hunt (April 11, 2012)
The FBI has questioned members of the American Indian Movement in Nevada about their opposition to the state's bear hunt. An FBI agent went to the home of Lisa Bonta and the workplace of Daniel Thayer to question them about...
Echo Hawk leaves BIA to be sole Indian in Mormon leadership (April 11, 2012)
Larry Echo Hawk is leaving the Bureau of Indian Affairs for a leadership position within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Echo Hawk, 63, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, will be the sole American Indian...
Opinion: 'No coincidence' in Echo Hawk's Mormon position (April 11, 2012)
"Idahoans of all persuasions, political as well as religious, should congratulate their former attorney general on his call to serve as a general authority and a member of the LDS Church’s First Quorum of the Seventy. It is an honor...
Native Sun News: Energy development takes toll on tribe (April 11, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman, Native Sun News Health & Environment Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Tex G. Hall, far left, chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota, discussed oil and...
Former Ho-Chunk Nation vice president enters guilty plea (April 11, 2012)
Clarence P. Pettibone, a former vice president of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin, pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges on Tuesday. Pettibone, 53, admitted he accepted bribes from a company that wanted to business with the tribe. He steered a...
Chumash Tribe cites economic benefits of land-into-trust (April 11, 2012)
The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in California released a report that shows the economic benefits of placing land in trust. The tribe wants 1,400 acres in trust, of which 250 acres will be used for housing. The report...
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe celebrates federal recognition (April 11, 2012)
The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts celebrated 25 years of federal recognition on Tuesday night. The tribe filed a land claim against the state, resulting in a settlement that was approved by Congress in 1987. The law created a reservation...
Rick Santorum suspends Republican presidential campaign (April 11, 2012)
Former U.S. senator Rick Santorum ended his presidential campaign on Tuesday, paving the way for Mitt Romney to claim the Republican nomination. Santorum won a number of important contests but was trailing Romney in the delegate count. He also raised...
White House event on settlements in tribal trust lawsuits (April 11, 2012)
The White House is hosting an event at 1:30pm today to discuss settlements in tribal trust cases. The Obama administration has been in talks with dozens of tribes to settle their trust management lawsuits. Today's announcement involves 41 tribes, according...
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