Editorial: Going backward on the Violence Against Women Act (May 15, 2012)
"In an all-too-rare show of bipartisanship, 15 Senate Republicans joined with the Democratic majority last month to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, the landmark 1994 law that is key to efforts against domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Unfortunately,...
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Nevada is opening its reservation for a unique event that will culminate with a solar eclipse this Sunday. The tribe agreed to host the Symbiosis Gathering, a six-day festival of music, workshops and performances....
Cowichan Tribes declare a state of emergency after suicides (May 15, 2012)
The Cowichan Tribes of British Columbia declared a state of emergency on Monday in response to a recent rash of suicides and suicide attempts. Since January, four people, including two tribal staff members, have committed suicide. There have been more...
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe plans veterans cemetery (May 15, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman, Native Sun News Health & Environment Editor. All content © Native Sun News. The Rapid City-based FourFront Design Inc. team is helping the Oglala Sioux Tribe build a new veterans...
Mary Annette Pember: Adoptees connecting with tribal culture (May 15, 2012)
"This year, for the first time in a long time, Mother’s Day didn’t bring with it the painful unknowns for Jeanne Winslow and Rachel Banks Kupcho of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Jeanne and her daughter Kupcho met for...
House Resources Committee sets markup on tribal energy bill (May 15, 2012)
The House Natural Resources Committee meets tomorrow for a markup session. Seven bills are on the agenda. Included is H.R.3973, the Native American Energy Act. Tribes testified in favor of the bill at a House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska...
Oneida Nation arrested four in connection with teen stabbing (May 15, 2012)
The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin said four teens are in custody in connection with the stabbing of a teen girl. Details are scarce but a spokesperson said tribal police are investigating. The girl was taken to a hospital. Get the...
The Obama administration will hold a consultation and listening session later this month to discuss taxation policies affecting tribes. The Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service will discuss the "tribal general welfare exclusion" on a conference call at...
Crow Tribe turning to basketball to promote higher education (May 15, 2012)
The Crow Tribe of Montana hopes that promoting basketball, one of the most popular activities on the reservation, will lead more students into higher education. The tribe recently opened the $10 million Health & Wellness Center. It's being leased to...
Report: BIA wasted nearly $1M on law enforcement recruiting (May 15, 2012)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs wasted nearly $1 million on a contract for law enforcement recruiting, the the Inspector General at the Interior Department said in a new report. In June 2009, just a couple of weeks after former Assistant...
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes win ruling against non-Indian firm (May 15, 2012)
A non-Indian company doing business on the Fort Hall Reservation must pay regulatory fees to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, the Idaho Court of Appeals ruled on Friday. FMC Corp. agreed to pay $1.5 million a year in storage fees to the...
Tribes increase contributions to President Obama's campaign (May 15, 2012)
Tribes so far have donated more than $1 million to help re-elect President Barack Obama, USA Today reports. The amount is far greater than the $264,000 that tribes gave in 2008. And it dwarfs the $3,000 total that Republican Mitt...
"We know we can’t prevent all the hurts of adolescence, but most of us now at least try to teach kindness by modeling it. When I was young, I knew that Indian elders would not tolerate any open display of...
Suzan Shown Harjo: Uproar over 'Cherokee' Elizabeth Warren (May 15, 2012)
"What’s up, you ask, with the “Native American” uproar in the Elizabeth Warren-Scott Brown race for U.S. senator from Massachusetts? The politics part is easily understood; the Indian part is a heavier lift, involving legalities of Native nations and tribal...
Senate Finance Committee hearing on tribes and tax reform (May 15, 2012)
The Senate Finance Committee is holding a hearing this morning on tribes and tax reform. The hearing takes place at 10am in Room 215 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The witness list follows: Ms. Sarah Hall Ingram, Commissioner, Tax...
House considers measure to improve Indian housing process (May 15, 2012)
The House is expected to vote later today on H.R.205, the HEARTH Act. The bill allows tribes to develop their own housing regulations. Once approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, tribes won't have to go back to the agency...
House to debate Violence Against Women Act reauthorization (May 15, 2012)
The House is expected to take up H.R.4970, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act tomorrow, according to the House majority leader's schedule. The Senate passed the bill by a wide margin last month. However, the version that's...
Travel: Weaving dreams on another visit to the Navajo Nation (May 15, 2012)
"Start up the quirky dream machine in your head,” is how the horoscope read. I scanned it one cold March morning at a Denny’s in Gallup, N.M., the one off Interstate 40, where the highway elbows above Route 66. As...
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