Opinion: The lowdown on the California land-into-trust measure (June 22, 2012)
"SB 162 Bill languished in the Legislature in a process called “place holding.” It popped up in the current session and was approved by the Senate and was sent to the Assembly. (After all, it was a harmless and innocuous...
Forest Service to close a part of river for Winnemem Wintu Tribe (June 22, 2012)
The U.S. Forest Service agreed to close a section of the McCloud River to the Winnemem Wintu Tribe of California can host a ceremony. Boaters won't be allowed on the river while the coming-of-age ceremony takes place from June 30-July...
Authorities seized 1,100 pounds of salmon from Alaska Natives (June 22, 2012)
State and federal authorities seized 1,100 pounds of salmon from Alaska Native fishermen this week, The Anchorage Daily News reports. Salmon is running low on the Lower Kuskokwim River. The Association of Village Council Presidents wants the state to declare...
Long battle expected over self-determination contract support (June 22, 2012)
The U.S. Supreme Court delivered an important victory for tribes regarding their self-determination contracts but it could be years before they see any of the money they are owed.
Hopi Tribe council holds second vote on water rights settlement (June 22, 2012)
The council for the Hopi Tribe of Arizona voted for second time on a water rights settlement. By an 8-7 vote, the council agreed to work with Congress on a settlement to its claims on the Little Colorado River in...
Cherokee women unable to get a meeting with Elizabeth Warren (June 22, 2012)
Four Cherokee women tried but were unable to get a meeting with Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. The women wanted to talk to Warren about her claims of Cherokee ancestry. But they said her campaign...
HHS official blames Spirit Lake Nation for child abuse problems (June 22, 2012)
The leader of the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation in North Dakota should be prosecuted for child abuse, an official with the Administration for Children and Families said in an email obtained by The Fargo Forum. The tribe's social service program...
Top court in South Dakota rules in Indian Child Welfare Act case (June 22, 2012)
The Indian Child Welfare Act requires "active" efforts to reunite an Indian family, the South Dakota Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. The "active" requirements of ICWA impose a "higher standard" than those found in state law, the court determined. State...
Winnebago Tribe waiting for New York to return seized tobacco (June 22, 2012)
A business owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is waiting on the state of New York to return tobacco that a judge said was illegally seized. HCI Distribution purchased $400,000 worth of tobacco products from a retailer on the...
The Blackfeet Nation of Montana will distribute about half of a $19 million trust fund settlement to its members. Each of the tribe's approximately 17,000 members will receive a per capita payment of about $550. Checks should be ready sometime...
Native Sun News: Lakota woman still in race for North Rapid seat (June 22, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Karin Eagle, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Theresa Spry RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA –– A Lakota woman from the North Rapid community is stepping forward as...
Delvin Cree: Rodney King and injustice against American Indians (June 22, 2012)
When addressing justice for American Indians the subject is often sensitive and at times things can get very controversial. No matter the results, eventually we all deal with it and move on. When I lived in Minneapolis through the 1980's...
Suspended leaders allegedly break into Yankton Sioux building (June 22, 2012)
Six suspended leaders of the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota allegedly broke into the tribe's headquarters on Thursday, The Mitchell Daily Republic reported. The six leaders allegedly entered the building while Chairman Thurman Cournoyer Sr. was holding a council...
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation seeks to diversify economic holdings (June 22, 2012)
The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation of California is working to diversity its economic holdings. The tribe already operates a successful casino. But Chairman Marshall McKay said one of its goals is to base 30 percent of its revenue on farming....
Sen. Akaka welcomes passage of farm bill with tribal provisions (June 22, 2012)
The Senate voted 64-35 on Thursday to pass S.3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act. S.3240 includes provisions that were authored by Sen. Daniel Akaka, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. The bill establishes a permanent...
Moapa Band secures DOI approval to build large solar power plant (June 22, 2012)
The Moapa Band of Paiute Indians in Nevada won approval from the Interior Department to build a large-scale solar power plant on the reservation. The 350-megawatt solar plant will be located on 2,000 acres of the reservation. It will be...
Tribe in Venezuela demands return of sacred stone from Germany (June 22, 2012)
Members of the Pemon Tribe in Venezuela marched to the German embassy in their nation's capital to demand the return of a sacred stone. The 35-ton stone was removed in 1997. It was taken to Germany by artist Wolfgang Kraker...
Commerce Secretary John Bryson leaves post after eight months (June 22, 2012)
After just eight months on the job, John Bryson, the Secretary of the Department of Commerce, resigned his Cabinet post. Bryson suffered a seizure while being involved in a series of hit-and-run accidents in California. He said his medical condition...
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