Supreme Court transcript from self-determination case (April 18, 2012)
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter, a self-determination case, this morning The Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act authorizes tribes and Alaska Native entities to enter into contacts to manage federal programs. The law...
United Keetoowah Band restricts public at council meet (April 18, 2012)
The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma barred people who attended a council meeting from using their cell phones and from taking notes, The Tahlequah Daily Press reported. Tribal police confiscated cell phones upon entry to the meeting,...
Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee hearing (April 18, 2012)
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs holds a hearing tomorrow on an issue that affects tribal energy development. The Bureau of Land Management is considering rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing, a controversial energy-processing technique that's commonly known...
Blackfeet Nation soldier killed in Afghanistan laid to rest (April 18, 2012)
U.S. Army Spc. Antonio C. Burnside, a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana who was killed in Afghanistan, is being laid to rest today. Burnside, 31, was motivated to join the military after the September 11, 2001, terrorist...
Speech by Attorney General Eric Holder at VAWA event (April 18, 2012)
Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians at an event at the White House today. Department of Justice studies show that American Indian and Alaska Native women are victims of violence at rates far higher than any...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on energy bill (April 18, 2012)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a hearing tomorrow on S.1684, the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2011. According to the committee, the bill will streamline federal processes related to energy development on Indian Country....
Tribes in Arizona get mixed decision in voting law case (April 18, 2012)
The state of Arizona can't require people to show proof of citizenship when registering to vote in federal elections, a divided 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday. The Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona and the Hopi Tribe, along with...
Stockbridge-Munsee land-into-trust deal stirs debates (April 18, 2012)
A land-into-trust agreement with the Stockbridge-Munsee Community in Wisconsin is stirring controversy. The tribe has agreed to pay $140,000 annually for the next 10 years to Shawano County to address the loss of property taxes on existing trust land. But...
NAM: Havasupai Tribe takes control of genetic material (April 18, 2012)
"For Native Americans in need of good research on their persistent health issues, the troubling case of Arizona’s tiny Havasupai Indian tribe “put genetic research on the front burner,” stated Ron Whitener, executive director of the University of Washington’s Native...
Opinion: Oglala Sioux Tribe demands justice for crimes (April 18, 2012)
"Violence on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is far too familiar; grievance for lost loved ones hangs heavy in the air. At times, the commonality of murder and violence has been so exceptional that it cannot be understood by its...
Poarch Band battles county on status of trust property (April 18, 2012)
The Poarch Creek Band of Indians says a county in Alabama can't tax its trust lands. The tribe gained federal recognition through the Bureau of Indian Affairs process in 1984. But the tribe says it has had a "longstanding relationship...
Cherokee Nation Council approves journalist shield law (April 18, 2012)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will soon have a journalist shield law on the books. The Cherokee Nation Council passed a bill that protects journalists from revealing confidential sources in tribal court. The bill doesn't apply to defamation, libel or...
Native Sun News: Event assists aspiring Native models (April 18, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Karin Eagle, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Workshop and fashion show offer opportunities for Natives living in Rapid City. PHOTO COURTESY Mildj Native Fashion. RAPID CITY,...
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