Lance Twitchell: An Alaska Native man's role in education (April 13, 2012)
"In recent discussions with colleagues, the topic of Native American men has come up a lot. While I hate to play to the stereotype, we have another one of those "vanishing Indian" things going on. I really hoped we had...
Natanya Ann Pulley: Open letter to Johnny Depp's Tonto (April 13, 2012)
Photo from Jerry Bruckheimer on Twitter "Dear Johnny Depp’s Tonto, We are going to have a lot to talk about next year when your Disney movie about the Lone Ranger and Tonto hits. An in-production photo of you has...
Column: Kalispel Tribe removes invasive fish from rivers (April 13, 2012)
"Spoons, spinners, hooks, flies, baits and bobbers of all sizes hang like Christmas decorations in a window of the Kalispel Tribe’s fisheries office. “Every one of those lures has come out of northern pike we’ve handled in our research,” said...
Column: An experience with the Nez Perce Tribe's fishery (April 13, 2012)
"Last week I toured some of the essential fishery sites on the Lostine River with my fishing poet friend Cameron, quick before the river goes through its spring flush of mountain snow melt. The first stop was the Nez Perce...
Irene Cuch: The future of the federal trust responsibility (April 13, 2012)
The following letter from Irene C. Cuch, the chairwoman of the Ute Tribe of Utah, was sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on April 10. The tribe has reached a trust management settlement with the federal government. Since the filing...
With 315,698 members, Cherokee Nation is biggest tribe (April 13, 2012)
With 315,698 members, the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is the largest tribe in the U.S. But the figure is skewed because it includes citizens who have passed on. Still, the Cherokees appear to have surpassed the Navajo Nation, with 300,048...
Jim Northrup: Fond du Lac Follies heads to Lumbee land (April 13, 2012)
"In spite of my well known aversion to flying I did it again. Fond du Lac Follies jetted to Fayetteville, North Carolina. I passed through the security checkpoint at the Duluth Airport and boarded the airplane for a short hop...
Two California tribes spend millions on vineyard property (April 13, 2012)
Two tribes in northern California have spent more than $37 million to acquire vineyard property, according to news reports. The Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians spent $24 million for 310 acres, including a 110-acre vineyard. The land is...
Quechan Nation to receive $3M for trust fund settlement (April 13, 2012)
The Quechan Nation accepted $3 million to settle its trust mismanagement lawsuit. President Keeny Escalanti Sr. told KYMA-TV that the settlement process was "pretty stresful." He also said the tribe wanted more money but didn't have as much in terms...
Cobell settlement estimated to bring $45M to Minnesota (April 13, 2012)
The $3.4 billion settlement to the Cobell trust fund settlement could bring $45 million to Minnesota but the payments have been held up by appeals. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the first challenge on February 16. The second...
MPR: Chippewa Tribe receives $2M from trust settlement (April 13, 2012)
"Some Minnesota Native American tribes will benefit from a $1 billion settlement with the federal government. The agreement was announced Wednesday and addresses mismanagement by the federal government of Native American trust accounts. It also signals a new direction in...
BSPR: Three Idaho tribes sharing in $1B trust settlement (April 13, 2012)
"A landmark settlement announced this week between the federal government and Native American tribes is expected to have long-term effects beyond the $1 billion in the agreement. Three Idaho tribes are part of the deal, the Coeur d’Alene, Nez Perce,...
Navajo Nation hires lobbyists for water rights settlement (April 13, 2012)
The Navajo Nation has hired a lobbying firm to push for passage of a water rights settlement. The tribe hired Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, The Navajo Times reported. One of the firm's lobbyists worked on a tribal water rights bills...
Hualapai Tribe to restore historic gas station on Route 66 (April 13, 2012)
The Hualapai Tribe of Arizona will restore and reopen a historic gas station on the reservation. The John Osterman Gas Station was built by a Swedish immigrant in 1929. It closed a few years ago but the tribe plans...
Charles Trimble: Getting older but not necesarily 'golden' (April 13, 2012)
My hunka bro Roger Welsch (aka Heyoka ta Pejuta), a well known humorist and writer with forty books in circulation, has a new book out with the title “Golden Years, My Ass.” The subtitle describes the tone of the book:...
NARF cites Obama as catalyst for tribal trust settlements (April 13, 2012)
President Barack Obama led the charge to settle 41 tribal trust cases, John Echohawk of the Native American Rights Fund said on Thursday. NARF, where Echohawk serves as executive director, represented 24 of the tribes affected by the $1 billion...
In the Loop: Echo Hawk gives new job to Jeanette Hanna (April 13, 2012)
"More shuffling—and questions—at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The bureau’s leader, Larry Echo Hawk, announced last month that he’s leaving for a leadership spot in the Mormon church. On his way out the door, he reassigned Jeanette Hanna to a...
Leech Lake Band receives $3.5M in trust fund settlement (April 13, 2012)
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Indians in Minnesota will receive $3.5 million through a trust fund settlement with the federal government. The Leech Lake Band is one of 41 tribes that are a part of a $1 billion settlement...
Native Sun News: Lakota teams in robotics competition (April 13, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Karin Eagle, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. The combined robotics team from Rapid City and Red Cloud are, left to right, Talon Mesteth, Dylan Tobacco, Bucky...
Ruth Hopkins: Protect grasslands as ancestors intended (April 13, 2012)
"For plains Tribes, the preservation of grasslands is crucial to the survival of our culture. Its unique configuration of Native plants and grasses provide us with medicine, tools, shelter, and food. Grasslands furnished grazing space for the horses and buffalo...
Gyasi Ross: Natives don't have a monopoly on injustices (April 13, 2012)
"Native people have the greatest interest of anybody in making sure that all poor people and all people of color receive justice when they are wronged. Many times in history American justice has given Native people the shaft, and so...
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