Audio: Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on energy (April 19, 2012)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing this afternoon on S.1684, the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2011. The National Energy Policy Act of 200 created a voluntary program aimed at speeding up development in...
Oglala Sioux Tribe requests investigation into 75 deaths (April 19, 2012)
Leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota are seeking an investigation into the deaths of 75 people on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Most of the deaths occurred between 1973 to 1975. In 2000, the FBI released a reported...
SCOTUSBlog: Recap of argument in self-determination suit (April 19, 2012)
"No one suggested during a Supreme Court hearing that Congress had done a dumb thing in the way it has treated Indian tribes as partners (the most critical comment was that Congress had acted in a “schizophrenic” way), but sheer...
Audio: Subcommittee hearing on fracking on tribal lands (April 19, 2012)
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs held a hearing this morning on fracking on tribal lands. The Bureau of Land Management is considering rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing, a controversial energy-processing technique that's commonly known as fracking....
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe offers ICWA outreach (April 19, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Karin Eagle, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Photo Courtesy National Indian Child Welfare Association RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA –– Preservation of the Oglala Sioux tribal membership...
Andy Big Snake: Barriers to real sobriety in Indian Country (April 19, 2012)
My definition of sobriety is when a person is emotionally stable, socially productive and lives a sober life supported by faith and the belief in strong principals. This is the only way; true sobriety works and it is not taking...
Column: Kalispel Tribe takes aim at an invasive species (April 19, 2012)
"Northern pike are being gillnetted by the thousands on the Pend Oreille. State and tribal fish managers are trying to control illegally introduced pike numbers and curb their downstream spread into Columbia River salmon and steelhead habitats. Jason Connor, the...
No charges over fire sparked by sweat lodge on reserve (April 19, 2012)
No charges will be filed against a member of the Blood Tribe of Alberta whose sweat lodge sparked a major fire on the reserve. The fire destroyed two houses, damaged two others and burned thousands of acres on the reserve...
Walter Echo-Hawk discusses 10 worst Indian law cases (April 19, 2012)
Walter Echo-Hawk, an attorney and member of the Pawnee Nation, spoke at the 40th annual Symposium on the American Indian in Oklahoma last week. Echo-Hawk wrote “In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever...
Turtle Talk: Commentary on self-determination argument (April 19, 2012)
"A few quick comments about today’s argument. Know that I’m reading a cold transcript. All the “laughter” indicators suggest today’s argument was a jolly one. Justices Sotomayor, Ginsburg, and Kagan asked the majority of questions, and their questions suggested some...
Couple in ICWA case says Cherokee child is more 'Latino' (April 19, 2012)
A South Carolina couple involved in an Indian Child Welfare Act appears to be claiming that a young Cherokee girl is not all that Indian. Dusten Brown, a member of the Cherokee Nation who lives in Oklahoma, gained custody of...
Creek Nation wants to put newly purchased site in trust (April 19, 2012)
The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma plans to put its latest purchase, the Riverwalk Crossing, in trust. The tribe paid $11.5 million for the property at a foreclosure auction. "It's only natural that when tribes receive or are able to get...
Gabe Galanda: DOI land consolidation plan another insult (April 19, 2012)
"To quote an Indianz.com headline: “Interior’s land consolidation plan is a disaster.” The Department of the Interior’s proposal to spend $1.9 billion in taxpayer dollars authorized by the Cobell settlement focuses myopically on effecting consolidation through tribal government land acquisition....
Little River Band breaks ground on government building (April 19, 2012)
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians of Michigan broke ground on a new government center. The 54,000 square-foot facility will consolidate five tribal offices. Tribal members will be able to access the tribal government, health programs and other services...
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