The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota is taking steps to address odors from its recycling facility. The tribe hired an industrial hygienist and has set up odor monitoring devices. If any odor is detected, the tribe will adjust its...
Lumbee Tribe expected to receive $13M in federal housing funds (June 26, 2012)
The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is expected to receive $13 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development this year. The tribe must submit a plan on how it will use the money to HUD by July 1,...
Mishewal Wappo Tribe testifies at hearing on federal recognition (June 26, 2012)
Potential federal recognition of the Mishewal Wappo Tribe of California will be discussed at a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs on Thursday. The tribe was terminated by an act of Congress. But a lawsuit...
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a business meeting this Thursday. Seven bills are on the agenda. They are: 1. H.R. 443, To provide for the conveyance of certain property from the United States to the Maniilaq Association located...
Secretary Salazar won't testify for federal recognition hearing (June 26, 2012)
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has declined an invitation to testify before the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. The subcommittee is holding a hearing this Wednesday on federal recognition. Neither Salazar, nor anyone from the Bureau of Indian...
NYT Food Stuff: Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation markets own olive oil (June 26, 2012)
"A number of American Indian tribes produce food products, usually items like wild rice, pemmican and fry-bread mixes. The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, of the Capay Valley in Northern California, has gone farther. Last year, the tribe — which has...
Antone Minthorn, former Umatilla chairman, runs for state office (June 26, 2012)
Antone Minthorn, a former chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, is running for Oregon State Senate. Minthorn, 77, won the Democratic nomination for Senate District 29 through a write-in campaign, The East Oregonian reported. He will...
Native Sun News: Tribes facing deadline on fracking regulations (June 26, 2012)
The movement to control the increasing use of hydraulic fracturing faces a crucial deadline for public input as the Bureau of Land Management closes the comment period on a proposed rule.
Alaska Natives could be owed $2.7M for contract support costs (June 26, 2012)
The Indian Health Service might end up owing at least $2.7 million as part of a self-determination case in Alaska. Arctic Slope Native Association manages the Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital under a self-determination agreement with IHS. The organization claims it's...
New Mexico tribes upset with consultation process for Medicaid (June 26, 2012)
Tribes in New Mexico said state officials haven't done enough to consult them about proposed changes in the Medicaid program. The state's Human Services Department is seeking a waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in order to...
Judge asserts control of Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes bank account (June 26, 2012)
A state judge in Oklahoma has assumed control of a bank account holding $6.4 million owned by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. Judge Doug Haught said rival tribal factions will have to ask for the court's permission to withdraw money...
Voters of Quechan Nation go to polls to decide fate of president (June 26, 2012)
Voters of the Quechan Nation go to the polls today to decide the fate of President Keeny Escalanti. Escalanti was elected last June. He was the first new president of the tribe since 1995. A year into his first term,...
Blog: Sexual assault at epidemic level among Native Americans (June 26, 2012)
"Rape is at epidemic levels among Native Americans. Some mothers seek out Plan B for “when” their daughters get raped — not “if.” The numbers bear out their fears. In some rural villages, rapes are 12 times more common than...
Supreme Court bars mandatory life sentences in juvenile crimes (June 26, 2012)
Juvenile homicide offenders cannot be punished to mandatory life sentences, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday. By a 5-4 vote, the justices ruled that mandatory life sentences violate the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which bans cruel and...
Steven Newcomb: Conspiracy in treatment of American Indians (June 26, 2012)
"Having given the subject of conspiracy a great deal of thought, it recently occurred to me that the history of U.S. Indian policy provides a great deal of evidence about white men conspiring (planning) to eliminate American Indians. Take the...
Gyasi Ross: Celebrating a modern-day warrior -- Albert Pooley (June 26, 2012)
"This installment of the Modern-Day Indigenous Warriors Series is dedicated to a person that I don’t know. At all. Yet, I watch this person and pay close attention to his work, stalker-style, admiring from a distance and thankful that he’s...
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