Sen. Bingaman opposes bill for Pueblo economic development (June 20, 2012)
Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) said he opposes a bill that allows the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico to use the Santa Fe Indian School for economic development. Bingaman is retiring at the end of the 112th Congress. But his...
Information links cases of missing Indian woman, Indian girl (June 20, 2012)
The mother of a man who is on trial for murder in Nebraska has come forward with information that links him to a missing Indian woman and a missing Indian girl.
Outdoors: Treaty tribes in Minnesota warned of fishing changes (June 20, 2012)
"How exactly a new Mille Lacs walleye harvest strategy will unfold in coming months for sport anglers and Chippewa netters is unclear, a Department of Natural Resources fisheries researcher said Tuesday. But the strong likelihood is that by next spring...
Fond du Lac Band plans to distribute trust fund to its members (June 20, 2012)
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa said it will distribute its share of a trust fund settlement to tribal members. H.R.1272, the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Judgment Fund Distribution Act, authorizes the distribution of a $28 million trust...
Trial to begin in dispute over self-determination contract costs (June 20, 2012)
Fresh off a win from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ramah Navajo Chapter in New Mexico will go to trial on Monday to determine how much is owed on self-determination contracts. The chapter and other tribes are part of a...
Third person sentenced for defacing Nez Perce Tribe sacred site (June 20, 2012)
The last of three defendants was sentenced for defacing a site held sacred by the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho. Jarad Bovencamp, 25, was sentenced to five months in prison, five months home detention, and 200 hours of community service...
Winnebago Tribe wins decision over tobacco seized in New York (June 20, 2012)
Authorities in New York must return tobacco products that were illegally seized from a business owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, a judge ruled. HCI Distribution hired a shipping company to transport tobacco from the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation...
Keith Moore, Rosebud Sioux, leaving Bureau of Indian Education (June 20, 2012)
Keith Moore, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, is leaving his post as the director of the Bureau of Indian Education. Moore joined the Obama administration in May 2010. He will be leaving for a job...
Yankton Sioux Tribe in 'turmoil' as most leaders are suspended (June 20, 2012)
Six leaders of the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota have been suspended without pay for 30 days. Vice Chairwoman Ida Ashes and all five members of the Business and Claims Committee were suspended for trying to cancel a general...
Tulsa city council hosting Cherokee, Muscogee and Osage tribes (June 20, 2012)
The city council in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is meeting with leaders of the Cherokee Nation, the Muscogee Nation and the Osage Nation. The council met with the Cherokees last week at tribal headquarters in Tahlequah. "I think the meeting went extremely...
Seminole Nation acquires historic property for undisclosed price (June 20, 2012)
The Seminole Nation has agreed to acquire the historic Grisso Mansion for an undisclosed price, The Oklahoman reports. The tribe is looking to use the 12,000-square-foot home and 12-acre estate as a tourist attraction and economic development venture. It's the...
Dropout Nation: Bureau of Indian Education in need of reforms (June 20, 2012)
"If the Knowledge Is Power Program announced that it was developing a new school accountability and data system for all of its schools throughout the country, school reformers and education reporters would spend hours and thousands of words analyzing its...
Blog: USDA officials promote Winnebago Tribe's housing efforts (June 20, 2012)
"Two top U.S. Department of Agriculture officials visited a Winnebago, Neb. family Tuesday which transitioned from renters to home-owners with the help of a bevy of federal, state and tribal housing assistance programs. Dr. Joe Leonard, USDA assistant secretary for...
The House voted 232 to 188 on Tuesday to pass H.R. 2578, a measure that includes provisions to allow Columbia River treaty tribes to kill sea lions that eat endangered salmon. H.R.2578 includes H.R.3069, the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation...
Alaska Native lands bill passes as part of controversial package (June 20, 2012)
The House voted 232 to 188 on Tuesday to pass H.R. 2578, a controversial bill that includes an Alaska Native corporation land selection. Sealaska, an Alaska Native regional corporation, is entitled to land under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act...
Duane Champagne: Tribes define their form of self-government (June 20, 2012)
"A puzzling aspect of the term tribe is its lack of a clear definition. Even the Department of the Interior, the last word on federal recognition, doesn’t have one. Most tribal communities do have an expression in their own language...
House approves measure to allow Border Patrol to bypass laws (June 20, 2012)
The House voted 232 to 188 on Tuesday to pass H.R. 2578, the Conservation and Economic Growth Act. The bill includes H.R. 1505, otherwise known as the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act. The measure allows the U.S. Customs...
US Attorney's Office to prepare reports on deaths at Pine Ridge (June 20, 2012)
The U.S. Attorney's Office in South Dakota will prepare reports on dozens of unsolved deaths on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The New York Times said a total of 50 cases will be re-examined. Some of them include the deaths of...
Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe at NMAI vying for restaurant award (June 20, 2012)
Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., is in the running for a restaurant award. Mitsitam is competing for Casual Restaurant of the Year from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. It's...
Steven Newcomb: Dehumanization of Indian people in California (June 20, 2012)
"Historical accounts of the European treatment of American Indians are marked by the little noticed phenomenon of dehumanization. A case in point is the way Europeans have treated the original nations and peoples of the geographical region now called California....
Christina Castro: Teen pregnancy not unusual in Indian Country (June 20, 2012)
"Along with many youth across this great nation, my beautiful young cousin just graduated from high school. She celebrates a great accomplishment that only a little over half of Native Americans achieve. Definitely cause for celebration. She is also several...
Native Sun News: US Attorney talks unsolved cases at Pine Ridge (June 20, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by David Arredondo, Native Sun News Summer Journalism Intern. All content © Native Sun News. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson KYLE, SOUTH DAKOTA –– As part of an ongoing effort to re-examine numerous deaths...
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