Column: Yankton Sioux Tribe uses death to rally against meth (July 31, 2012)
"The message “Happy 3rd Birthday” written on the window of a boarded up house was a stark reminder of why people gathered here Monday afternoon. It would have been RieLee Lovell’s third birthday Monday, but instead about 200 people gathered...
Turtle Talk Poll: 9th, 10th and Federal Circuits deemed friendly (July 31, 2012)
"27 percent thought the Ninth Circuit was one of the top 3. Everyone thinks the Ninth Circuit is liberal, but there are several dozen judges, and some of them are downright cranky when it comes to tribal (or environmental) claims....
Child abuse charges added for death of Yankton Sioux toddler (July 31, 2012)
Additional charges were filed in connection with a two-year-old girl who died at a housing complex operated by the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Taylor Cournoyer, 21, and Laurie Cournoyer, 28, each face a total of nine charges --...
Seven members of Colorado River Indian Tribes killed in crash (July 31, 2012)
Seven members, including five children, of the Colorado River Indian Tribes were killed in a crash in Arizona. A woman, her daughter and five children were killed when their van was hit by a semi-truck on Sunday morning. Their car...
TV: A murder and tribal disenrollment on episode of 'Longmire' (July 31, 2012)
"Catch the ‘Longmire’ episodes on Hulu or on IMDB. This recent episode is called, ‘Dog, Horses & Indians.’ It’s KHRN Cheyenne radio with DJ Ross Strong-Bow portrayed by Marcus Red Thunder. He receives a call-in from the Tribal council president...
Law Article: Guidelines for Tribal Economic Development Bonds (July 31, 2012)
"On July 16, 2012, the IRS released Notice 2012-48, which solicits applications for the allocation of available amounts of national bond issuance authority limitation (volume cap) for Tribal Economic Development Bonds (TEDBs) under Internal Revenue Code Section 7871(f). The Notice...
History: Mayan tomb found by border of Guatemala and Mexico (July 31, 2012)
"Recent excavations have turned up some remarkable finds in the ancient Maya city of Uxul, buried deep within the jungle near the border between Mexico and Guatemala. After unearthing two giant manmade reservoirs in 2010, archaeologists have now discovered what...
Alaska Native corporation still waiting on land promised in 1971 (July 31, 2012)
Sealaska, an Alaska Native regional corporation, is still waiting for land promised by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. The law settled Alaska Native claims for cash and land. But a large portion of Sealaska's selection is underwater,...
Salish and Kootenai Tribes to share half of $150M trust payout (July 31, 2012)
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana will distribute half of a $150 million trust fund settlement with its members. The tribal council vote last week to authorize a per capita payment, The Missoulian reported. Each of the 7,800...
Study shows extremely high rate of suicide for Alaska Natives (July 31, 2012)
Alaska Natives are more than twice as likely to commit suicide than non-Natives, according to a report released on Monday. Based on data from 2003 to 2008, researches found the annual suicide rate among Alaska Natives was 40.4 per 100,000...
NMAI Blog: Julia Keefe kicks off concert series in New York City (July 31, 2012)
"When the exhibit Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians In Popular Culture was conceptualized there were two main messages we wanted to convey. The first is that American Indians have been and remain significant participants in the development of contemporary...
Native Sun News: Lakota men are latest Rapid City casualties (July 31, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Karin Eagle, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Lakota men latest casualties near Rapid Creek By Karin Eagle Native Sun News Staff Writer RAPID CITY –– Several...
Charles Kader: Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination (July 31, 2012)
"The desire to see a successful Native North America has long been espoused by federal governments on all sides of the North American border. By Mexico, Canada, and the United States alike. Pride follows success, so the motivational lecture goes....
Simon Moya-Smith: DNA research and the Bering Strait Theory (July 31, 2012)
"It’s not every day that you get a revered professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School to publicly confirm that the Bering Strait theory is “not a fact.” Well, today I did and later I’ll celebrate over fluffy frybread, powdered...
Charges dropped against officer who was fired by Isleta Pueblo (July 31, 2012)
Prosecutors in Albuquerque, New Mexico, dropped all charges against a former police officer from Isleta Pueblo. Mark Zuni, 43, was accused of sexual assault and kidnapping. But just minutes before his trial on Monday, prosecutors said they wouldn't proceed with...
Indian housing law seen as a boost to economic development (July 31, 2012)
President Barack Obama signs H.R. 205, the HEARTH Act of 2012, in the Oval Office, July 30, 2012. Standing behind the President, from left, are: Bryan Newland, Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of the Interior; Governor Randall Vicente,...
IHS employee cited for 'misconduct' in Spirit Lake controversy (July 31, 2012)
An Indian Health Service employee who raised concerns about the welfare of children on the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation in North Dakota was reprimanded for "misconduct," according to a letter obtained by The New York Times. The reprimand says Michael...
"The sad and troubling news coming from Spirit Lake got a little more troubling over the weekend. A whistleblower who called attention to the situation there has been reprimanded and reassigned by the Indian Health Service. Michael Tilus called attention...
Navajo Nation sees opposition to Grand Canyon tourism project (July 31, 2012)
The Navajo Nation is seeing opposition to its proposal for a tourist attraction near Grand Canyon National Park. Earlier this year, President Ben Shelly signed a memorandum of understanding to host the Grand Canyon Escalade. The main attraction would be...
Impasse continues on renewal of Violence Against Women Act (July 31, 2012)
Democrats and Republicans remain at an impasse over a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The Democratic-led Senate passed S.1925 in April. It includes tribal jurisdiction provisions that are not included in H.R.4970, which passed the House in...
Opinion: Violence Against Women Act must help Indian women (July 31, 2012)
"Violence against women is a distressingly common problem in all segments of US society, but American Indian women and girls are particularly vulnerable to sexual and domestic violence. Data show that a shocking 1 in 3 American Indian women have...
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