Kevin Washburn, Chickasaw, nominated as Assistant Secretary (August 2, 2012)
Kevin Washburn, a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, has been nominated as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, the White House announced today. Washburn currently serves as dean of the law school at the University of New Mexico....
Northern Cheyenne soldier injured on tour of duty in Afghanistan (August 2, 2012)
Joshua Peppers, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, was injured this week in Afghanistan. Peppers, 27, stepped on an improvised explosive device while on patrol. He's being treated in Afghanistan but his mother said he will be...
Kevin Abourezk: Grant helps Indian center tackle youth suicide (August 2, 2012)
"Myron Long Soldier sees hope for Native youths in the Lakota sweat lodge ceremony, a purifying ritual that involves pouring water over scalding rocks inside a dome while praying and singing. “As the prayers and the songs get stronger, you...
Nisqually Tribe looking to open gas station on newly acquired site (August 2, 2012)
The Nisqually Tribe of Washington plans to open a gas station and convenience store on a newly acquired parcel of trust land. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved the tribe's land-into-trust application for the 0.71-acre site. The tribe is...
Colville Tribes start sending checks from $193M trust settlement (August 2, 2012)
Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation of Washington are receiving a share of a $193 million trust settlement this week. About $39 million is being distributed on a per capita basis to every tribal member. That represents...
Column: Ambitious recycling goals at the Paddle to Squaxin 2012 (August 2, 2012)
"Calm and collected beyond her years, Squaxin Island tribal member Sheena Kaas has her hands full this week, overseeing an ambitious waste-reduction and recycling program that should pay dividends for the tribe and the environment for years to come. She’s...
OPB: Warm Springs Tribes aims to restore fish and wildlife habitat (August 2, 2012)
"It was moving day last Thursday on the Middle Fork John Day River – not for human residents but for some 8,800 aquatic denizens, from threatened steelhead fish to spotted frogs. About 100 people turned out to help net and...
Editorial: Narragansett Tribe wastes time on land-into-trust fight (August 2, 2012)
"Congress acted and the Supreme Court ruled, but neither makes a difference to members of the Narragansett Tribe who want to build a casino on their land in Charlestown. And so, little Charlestown is left to defend the action of...
Jodi Gillette: Two-year anniversary of Tribal Law and Order Act (August 2, 2012)
"The Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) represents an important step in helping the Federal Government better address the unique public safety challenges that confront tribal communities. As President Obama said when he proudly signed the act into law in...
Terrance Booth: Tsimshian family maintains our tribal traditions (August 2, 2012)
"This month Metlakatla celebrates its 125th anniversary and emerging cultural traditions are on the rise in this Alaska Native community founded in 1887. The Tsimshians of Alaska have been learning of their Tsimshian culture by returning to their original homeland...
Column: Winnebago Tribe honors veterans at its annual powwow (August 2, 2012)
"You can't attend the annual Winnebago Indian Powwow without being touched by all the colors — and not just the traditional, bright-hued regalia of feathers and beadwork. What's always striking is the prominence of those other colors — the red,...
Richard Gomez: Education a major priority for Santa Ynez Band (August 2, 2012)
"School may be out, but various departments of our tribal government are busy making sure our young people have a summer that’s both fun and educational. Educating our young people is of particular importance to me. It’s a passion shared...
Judge approves expedited payments for Keepseagle settlement (August 2, 2012)
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., approved expedited payments in the $760 million Keepseagle settlement over discrimination at the Department of Agriculture. The settlement created two tracks. Indian farmers and ranchers whose claims were approved under Track A will receive...
Crystal Willcuts: Chick-fil-A draws line in sand on discrimination (August 2, 2012)
"Oh Chick-fil-A, when will you love again? Why drag waffle fries into this? They are innocent I tell you! In July, Dan Cathy, president of the popular Georgia-based fast food chain, Chick-fil-A, made anti-gay comments on a radio show saying...
Crow Tribe reaches agreement for coal resources on reservation (August 2, 2012)
The Crow Tribe of Montana reached a deal that could lead to the development of an estimated 1.4 billion tons of coal on the reservation. Cloud Peak Energy agreed to pay the tribe up to $10 million during an exploratory...
First Nations call for national inquiry into missing Native women (August 2, 2012)
First Nations leaders are calling on the Canadian government to look into the cases of at least 582 Native women who have gone missing or have been murdered. At its annual meeting last month, the Assembly of First Nations passed...
Lawsuit over Mashpee Wampanoag fishing rights still unresolved (August 2, 2012)
A lawsuit over the fishing rights of a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is still pending in state court. Over a year ago, David Greene sued the town of Mattapoisett and a shellfish warden who seized his...
Native Sun News: Rosebud Sioux Tribe holds its primary election (August 2, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy, Native Sun News Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Incumbent Rodney Bordeaux, left, is the unofficial top vote-getter for the office of president in the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s primary...
Oglala Sioux Tribe looks to benefit from growing tourism industry (August 2, 2012)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota plans to open a national park amid debate about bringing more tourists to the Pine Ridge Reservation. The tribe's management of the South Unit of the Badlands National Park depends on approval from...
Opinion: Mitt Romney fails to do homework on economic policies (August 2, 2012)
"Mitt Rommey's latest controversial remark, about the role of culture in explaining why some countries are rich and powerful while others are poor and weak, has attracted much comment. I was especially interested in his remark because he misrepresented my...
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2 National Congress of American Indians wraps up big winter session
3 Tribal leaders cheer surprise speaker as meeting in D.C. winds down
4 Lac du Flambeau Band ties recent murder to gangs and drug dealers
5 Trump budget includes funds to assist six newly-recognized tribes
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