History: Public health official praised Indian medicine men (April 24, 2012)
"Even in such enlightened times as the 1940s, many people must have been confused by the rituals of Native Americans or perhaps thought them backward. The United States Public Health Service loaned doctors to the Indian service to research Indian...
US Attorney takes on more Saginaw Chippewa crime cases (April 24, 2012)
The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan says it has been prosecuting more and more crime cases on the Saginaw Chippewa Reservation. Between 2006 and 2008, only two cases from the reservation were tried. Since 2008, there have...
Editorial: Indian victims deserve more timely investigations (April 24, 2012)
"A 2010 study by the Government Accountability Office found that U.S. Attorneys across the country are just as likely to decline prosecution allegations from Indian country as they are to file charges. Why? Because federal officials did not respond to...
Norman Deschampe: Trust fund bill fair to Chippewa bands (April 24, 2012)
Norman Deschampe is president of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, which is based in Cass Lake, Minnesota. Tomorrow, the House Natural Resources Committee will mark up H.R. 1272, the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Judgment Fund Distribution Act of 2011. The legislation provides...
Oglala Sioux family sues law enforcement for fatal shooting (April 24, 2012)
Christopher Capps, 22, was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in Pennington County, South Dakota.
Obama administration seeks dismissal of recognition case (April 24, 2012)
The Obama administration is asking a federal judge to dismiss a federal recognition lawsuit filed by the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut. Government attorneys say the tribe has failed to state a claim. But they also say the lawsuit...
First Nation seeks better policies after boy wanders away (April 24, 2012)
Leaders of the Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba are seeking improved policies after a three-year-old boy wandered away from a daycare center on the reserve earlier this month. Stephanie Cochrane's son showed up at her office in the band's...
Coushatta Tribe aims to preserve language for generations (April 24, 2012)
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana is offering classes in the Koasati language. The tribe started working with elders to develop a writing system for the language. The goal is to keep Koasati alive for future generations. "We just want to...
Tribes uncover ancestral remains by solar site in California (April 24, 2012)
After discovering ancestral remains near the site, two tribes are asking the Obama administration to stop a solar energy project in southern California. The Colorado River Indian Tribes and the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe say the Bureau of Land Management...
Alaska Natives excluded from tribal jurisdiction in VAWA bill (April 24, 2012)
S.1925, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, includes landmark provisions to recognize tribal authority over non-Indian offenders but the measure leaves out of a significant state: Alaska. Alaska Natives make up 15 percent of the population in...
White House reaffirms support for tribal provisions in VAWA (April 24, 2012)
The White House reaffirmed its support for S.1925, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, in a statement that highlighted the tribal provisions of the measure. "Rates of domestic violence against Native American women are now among...
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux woman helps her community (April 24, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Kirk Dickerson, Native Sun News Staff. All content © Native Sun News. Bernice Spotted Eagle sits at a table in her kitchen doing beadwork at her home in Wounded Knee. Photo KRISTINA...
Magazine: Study confirms a dental crisis in Indian Country (April 24, 2012)
"Research has discovered a dental crisis occurring in many Native American tribes. A study shows that 90% of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation residents in South Dakota had at least one decayed tooth, according to a study completed by Dr. Terry...
Kumeyaay Nation sues university to repatriate ancestors (April 24, 2012)
The Kumeyaay Cultural Repatriation Committee of the Kumeyaay Nation is suing the University of California to reclaim ancestors that were removed from the school's San Diego campus in 1976. The ancestors date back 9,000 years and were found in an...
BET: United Nations official opens mission on Native issues (April 24, 2012)
"The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples launched the first-ever investigation into the human rights status of the nation’s nearly 2.7 million Native Americans on Monday. "I will examine the situation of the American Indian/Native American,...
In These Times: Lakota activists take on Keystone XL plan (April 24, 2012)
"Several hundred miles north, Native American activists on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota took their own stand against tar sands oil. On March 5, about 75 Lakota Indians blockaded two trucks carrying tar sands equipment that had overwhelmed...
Lise Balk King: UNDRIP an big marker for indigenous rights (April 24, 2012)
"An oft-heard criticism of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is that it’s an “aspirational” document, one with no teeth, enforceability or bearing in law, and thus a waste of time. It is important to note that...
Brandon Sazue wins election as Crow Creek Sioux chairman (April 24, 2012)
Brandon Sazue Sr. won election as chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Sazue served as chairman from 2008 to 2010. He lost by 11 votes to Duane Big Eagle Sr., who was eventually ousted after being...
Opinion: Helping tribes get a fairer shake from government (April 24, 2012)
"One of the most interesting aspects of my work is my involvement with American Indians. Back in the 1980s, an attorney friend of mine asked if I would talk to some of his tribal clients pro-bono about how to handle...
Derek Bailey, Grand Traverse chairman, ends US House bid (April 24, 2012)
Derek Bailey, the chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, has ended his campaign for Michigan's 1st Congressional District. Bailey was seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat. But he said he couldn't compete with his...
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe accepts $42.6M in trust settlement (April 24, 2012)
The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Colorado settled its trust mismanagement lawsuit with the federal government for $42.6 million. Chairman Gary Hayes took part in an announcement at the White House earlier this month. His tribe is one of...
Turtle Talk: Supreme Court's questions in Indian law cases (April 24, 2012)
"Chief Justice Roberts once said his goal as an oral advocate was to get the Court to ask his side the fewest questions. Presumably, the more questions a side gets from the Justices is an indicator of the weakness of...
Arthur LaRose: Trust fund bill a threat to tribal sovereignty (April 24, 2012)
This year, Congress held two hearings on legislative proposals to distribute a 1999 federal court settlement of $20 million approved for damages inflicted by the Nelson Act on six Indian reservations in Minnesota between the years of 1889 and 1934.
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