"Last month the Environmental Protection Agency released its Draft Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems in Bristol Bay. It scheduled eight public hearings and a 60-day comment period so that the public could participate in the preparation of...
"By now, just about everything that can be said about UND's Fighting Sioux nickname has been said. And we get the sense North Dakotans are pretty tired of the debate. Count that as one more reason to vote "yes" on...
Column: American Indian Community House faces loss of grant (June 11, 2012)
"These are tough times for the American Indian Community House and its interim director, Christine Funmaker-Romano. The group was forced to vacate its longtime offices at 11 Broadway because the landlord wanted to raise the rent to $40,000 a month....
Opinion: Chippewa Cree Tribe water project provides for future (June 11, 2012)
"Since December, I have attended several meetings and conventions where I met with many members of our Montana State Legislature and candidates running for Governor. During the various meetings I attended, I heard time and again the need for infrastructure...
Teen charged for murder in cousin's death at graduation party (June 11, 2012)
An 18-year old from the Pelican Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan has been charged with second-degree murder. Jay Lyndon Thomas, 18, is accused of beating his cousin, Robi David Thomas, 23. The incident occurred at a high school graduation party...
Vandalism reported at school and band offices on First Nation (June 11, 2012)
Two vandals have caused extensive damage at a school and band offices on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Alberta. Police arrested two young people, who are alleged to have used baseball bats to destroy the school. They also allegedly...
Navajo Nation leaders hail decision to maintain school district (June 11, 2012)
Leaders of the Navajo Nation welcomed a decision to maintain the boundaries of a public school district that crosses the reservation. The Central Consolidated School District includes communities on and off the reservation. Some parents off the reservation sought to...
Opinion: Concerns over Mohegan Tribe and 'cultural boundary' (June 11, 2012)
"I urge all to attend the public hearing, “An Environmental Impact Evaluation/Environmental Assessment.” It will be held Tuesday, June 14 at 6 p.m. at Montville Town Hall. This meeting is more about the future of Montville and its ability to...
"When James Anaya, United Nations special rapporteur for the rights of indigenous people, visited Oklahoma last month to take testimony from American Indian tribal officials, we questioned the point of the whole exercise. Anaya was supposedly interested in how the...
BIA moving forward on Lytton Band land-into-trust application (June 11, 2012)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is moving forward with a land-into-trust application for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians in California. The BIA issued a finding of no significant impact for the tribe's housing project, The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported....
Tribes in Pacific Northwest get ready for annual Canoe Journey (June 11, 2012)
More than 100 tribes and First Nations are getting ready for the annual Canoe Journey. This year's journey starts June 23. It will end with a celebration hosted by the Squaxin Island Tribe of Washington from July 29 through August...
"Legislation silencing the lawmakers on decisions ruinous to California? That is exactly what Senators Anderson and Wyland and Assemblymember Garrick will accomplish if SB 162 passes. They will also silence the governor, the Department of Justice, the attorney general and...
Disputes over land turning more deadly for tribes across Brazil (June 11, 2012)
Land disputes have become more deadly for indigenous people in Brazil, who account for less than 1 percent of the 191 million in the country. Last year, at least 51 tribal members were killed, with as many as 24 cases...
Prairie Island Indian Community wins a ruling on nuclear waste (June 11, 2012)
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday struck down a Nuclear Regulatory Commission rule in a lawsuit filed by the Prairie Island Indian Community of Minnesota and other parties. The tribe's reservation sits next to a nuclear power plant....
Del Laverdure: Let's Move! is a success story in Indian Country (June 11, 2012)
"As the Acting Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, I have seen up close the wonderful progress that has been made regarding the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative and its specific engagement with Indian Country via Let’s Move! in Indian Country (LMIC). Recently,...
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe gets closer to national park (June 11, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Karin Eagle, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Gerard Baker, standing far left, interim executive director of the Oglala Sioux Parks and Recreation Authority, hosts Badlands National...
Opinion: Ethnic fraud with Elizabeth Warren's tenure at Harvard (June 11, 2012)
"As an enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, 1981 alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, veteran scholastic administrator, and lifelong Democrat, I am profoundly disturbed by the emergence of recent details concerning Harvard and one of...
"What and who are the “Ins and Outs” of Indian Country? Okay, so Elizabeth Warren is out as an Indian academic, but the 1/256 by blood folks I have worked with in academia are in. Johnny Depp is in and...
Joe Valandra: Racist treatment of Indians persists in Rapid City (June 11, 2012)
"I read with great interest the opinion piece written by Lise Balk King entitled, “Vern Traversie and the Worst Place to Be an Indian.” I was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, attending the public schools and experiencing...
Wambli Sina Win: Into forever, the last footsteps of holy people (June 11, 2012)
The Red Road has led me down many paths, through the mountains and valleys and what Christians would call the “Valley of Death.” It has been a gift to share this walk with some Heyoka holy men during my lifetime,...
Tim Giago: 1972 flood brought out the best and worst in people (June 11, 2012)
A natural disaster brings out the best and the worst in people.
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