The Gallup Independent is being sued for defamation and libel for publishing stories that linked the former mayor of Gallup, New Mexico, to the sexual assault of a Zuni Pueblo girl in 1948. Harry Mendoza has acknowledged he was 15...
Frank Chee Willeto, Navajo Code Talker, passes away at age 87 (June 27, 2012)
Frank Chee Willeto, a Navajo Code Talker and a former vice president of the Navajo Nation died on June 23. He was 87. Willeto was born on June 6, 1925, in New Mexico. He served in the U.S. Marines Corps...
Snoqualmie Tribe makes agreement for early payoff of hospital (June 27, 2012)
The Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington reached an agreement that revised the purchase price of a hospital. In 2008, the tribe bought the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital for $30 million. The tribe has made about $2 million in payments since then, The...
Mark Trahant: Day before tomorrow -- thoughts on Supreme Court (June 27, 2012)
The Supreme Court will most likely issue a decision on Thursday that will leave a mess behind. I doubt there will be a clean decision -- up or down -- it’s far more likely that court will focus on the...
Oglala Sioux Tribe honors activist Russell Means on special day (June 27, 2012)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota honored one of its most famous citizens on Tuesday. The tribe recognized June 26, 2012, as Russell Means Day in honor of activist Russell Means. He was presented with a proclamation that honored...
Tribes unite for new organization to protect Internet businesses (June 27, 2012)
Tribes have formed a new organization called the Native American Financial Services Association to protect their Internet payday loan businesses. The organization was formed by the merger of the Native American Lending Alliance and the Native American Fair Commerce Coalition....
Makah Nation acquires ceded lands with $25M trust settlement (June 27, 2012)
The Makah Nation of Washington has used about half of its $25 million trust settlement to reacquire some ancestral territory. The tribe spent $12.5 million on about 3,000 acres that were ceded by the 1855 Treaty of Neah Bay. “We’re...
Tanya Fiddler: Reservation communities boost their economies (June 27, 2012)
"Indians have long struggled with a loss of wealth and reservations are often portrayed as poverty-stricken. Many Americans are struggling too, and the median net worth of families in the United States plunged by almost 40 percent over the last...
Man charged with murders of Native women may be serial killer (June 27, 2012)
A man who has been charged with murdering three Native women in Manitoba may have been targeting other Native women across Canada, authorities told the Canadian Press. Shawn Cameron Lamb, 52, is facing three second-degree murder charges in connection with...
Senate Democrats call for inclusion of tribal provisions in VAWA (June 27, 2012)
Tulalip Tribes leader Deborah Parker joined Senate Democrats in calling on Congress to protect American Indian and Alaska Native women from domestic violence.
Winnemem Wintu Tribe wants federal status before ceremony (June 27, 2012)
The Winnemem Wintu Tribe of California needs federal recognition to protect its ceremony and sacred sites, Chief Caleen Sisk said. Sisk and her nephew have been fasting for nine days in hopes of drawing the attention of the Bureau of...
BIA cites Carcieri in backing Chumash Tribe land-into-trust bid (June 27, 2012)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved a land-into-trust application for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians of California. The BIA approved the application for 6.9 acres on June 13. The decision affirms that the tribe was "under federal...
Lytton Band to pay more than $1M to cover land-into-trust bid (June 27, 2012)
The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians has agreed to pay more than $1 million to offset the impacts of its land-into-trust bid. The tribe will pay $500,000 over 10 years to the Windsor Fire Protection District. The tribe also agreed...
Opinion: Indian activists not welcome by federal appeals court (June 27, 2012)
"The message from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was clear: if you are concerned about the environment; if you want to protect Native American sacred areas; or even if you simply want to make sure that the federal government...
Native Sun News: IHS bars access to emergency contraceptives (June 27, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Evelyn Red Lodge, Native Sun News Correspondent. All content © Native Sun News. Sunny Clifford at a solidarity march for women’s rights earlier this year in Rapid City. Photo by Evelyn Red...
BLM offers more time on fracking rules that affect Indian lands (June 27, 2012)
The Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment period on a proposal to regulate hydraulic fracturing, a controversial energy-processing technique that's commonly known as fracking, on Indian lands. Comments are being accepted until September 10, according to a...
DC Circuit backs EPA rules aimed at addressing climate change (June 27, 2012)
The Environmental Protection Agency can regulate gas emissions that contribute to global warming, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a unanimous decision on Tuesday. The EPA issued an "Endangerment Finding" which stated that greenhouse gases may “reasonably be...
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe treats case of missing boy as criminal (June 27, 2012)
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan said the case of a missing four-year-old boy has turned into a criminal probe. Spokesperson Frank Cloutier said a search warrant was served on Anthony Michael Bennett, who was taking care of Carnel...
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