Opinion: Elizabeth Warren sticks to Indian background claims (June 12, 2012)
"I can really empathize with Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate who may owe her connection with Harvard to the school’s belief that she was Native American because I may owe my own connection with Harvard to the school’s...
Cherokee Nation council confirms new justice for highest court (June 12, 2012)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has a new justice for its highest court. The Cherokee Nation Council voted 11-6 on Monday to confirm John C. Garrett to the court. He will serve until 2018. Two council members who voted against...
Grand Ronde Tribes: Oregon mascot policy won't address racism (June 12, 2012)
"The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, along with representatives from some of the other nine federally recognized Tribes in Oregon, does not support the recent Oregon Board of Education decision to ban Native mascots used by some high schools. As...
Report shows economic impact of Alaska Native organizations (June 12, 2012)
Alaska Native corporations and organizations contributed $300 million to the economy in interior Alaska in 2010, according to a new report. The report looked at for-profit and non-profit Alaska Native organizations. It found that Alaska Natives support 2,725 jobs and...
Judge schedules hearing in Alaska Native voting rights lawsuit (June 12, 2012)
A federal judge will hear arguments this Thursday in an Alaska Native voting rights lawsuit. Alaska Natives are suing to block the state from implementing a redistricting plan. They say the plan should be approved by the Department of Justice....
Onondaga Nation reclaims historic wampum belt in ceremony (June 12, 2012)
The Onondaga Nation of New York reclaimed a historic wampum belt from the Onondaga Historical Association in a ceremony today. Tribal leaders praised the group for repatriating the belt, which had been in the association's possession since 1919. In return,...
Montana sacred site placed on National Historic Landmark list (June 12, 2012)
A sacred site that played a role in the June 25, 1876, Battle of the Little Bighorn is now a National Historic Landmark. Sitting Bull came to the Deer Medicine Rocks shortly before the battle. He saw the site in...
Sovereignty Symposium opens 25th annual meet in Oklahoma (June 12, 2012)
The 25th annual Sovereignty Symposium began today in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The session brings together tribal leaders, Indian law practitioners and state and federal officials to discuss hot topics in Indian Country. Sessions this year include economic development, agriculture, taxation...
Navajo Nation leader supports Arizona water rights settlement (June 12, 2012)
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly issued a statement in support of a water rights settlement in Arizona. The settlement resolves the tribe's claims to the Little Colorado River. Shelly said the deal will spark economic development on the reservation, resolve...
Decision day for voters on future of 'Fighting Sioux' nickname (June 12, 2012)
Voters are going to the polls to decide the fate of the University of North Dakota "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. A "Yes" vote on Measure 4 allows UND to retire the nickname while a "No" vote means the name...
History: Cowlitz Tribe opposed relocation to reservation in 1912 (June 12, 2012)
"On June 12, 1912, The Centralia Weekly Chronicle reported the Cowlitz Tribe did not want to move onto a reservation far from their homeland. “The Cowlitz Indians are opposed to accepting land and settling on the Quinault reservation, this decision...
Judge hears dispute on Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes bank account (June 12, 2012)
A judge in Oklahoma heard a dispute over a bank account containing funds owned by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. The First Bank and Trust Co. placed an administrative freeze on the account, which reportedly contains $6.4 million. The bank...
Dan Jones: Attacks on Indians persist through Oklahoma history (June 12, 2012)
"The history of Oklahoma—a Choctaw word meaning “Red People”—has done everything it could to finish the job the U.S. started in destroying American Indian government, politics, jurisdictions and economics, while at the same time exploiting our culture. What is now...
Native Sun News: Former mine is now center of global attention (June 12, 2012)
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) forecasted educational and career opportunities resulting from new installations dedicated at the Sanford Underground Research Facility and Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory.
Penobscot Nation welcomes start to $62M dam removal project (June 12, 2012)
The Penobscot Nation of Maine welcomed the start of a $62 million dam removal project that will help restore fish runs to the Penobscot River. Butch Phillips, an elder, led a smudging ceremony at the Great Works Dam. Kirk Francis,...
Obama nominates pair to serve on DC Circuit Court of Appeals (June 12, 2012)
President Barack Obama nominated two people to sit on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which hears a significant number of Indian law cases. Obama nominated Caitlin J. Halligan, the general counsel of the Manhattan district attorney’s office, and Sri...
Commerce Secretary John Bryson takes leave after hit-and-run (June 12, 2012)
John Bryson, the Secretary of the Department of Commerce, is taking an indefinite medical leave after suffering a seizure while being involved in a series of hit-and-run accidents in California. Bryson is relatively new to the Obama administration, having been...
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Top Stories1 Native activists go viral with 'Redhawks' campaign aimed at NFL team's racist mascot
2 Trump team reinstates delay for land-into-trust applications without consulting tribes
3 Major changes in store as trust reform office returns home to Bureau of Indian Affairs
4 Indian Child Welfare Act under attack again as conservative group submits appeal to Supreme Court
5 Supreme Court shakes up docket by accepting sovereignty case at request of tribe
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