People's World: Hopes soar as dams removed on Elwha River (August 13, 2012)
"For 100 years, two hydroelectric dams on the Elwha River blocked fish from their spawning grounds, destroying one of the world's most bountiful salmon fisheries. Now construction workers have blasted the concrete dams, removed the rubble, and slowly drained the...
MPR: Leech Lake Band partners with county for wellness court (August 13, 2012)
"Fred Isham sits near a blazing fire just outside Cass Lake on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. The 37-year-old tribal member helped build the fire to heat carefully selected stones that will be used in a nearby sweat lodge. Inside...
Indian trust reform commission hosts an online public meeting (August 13, 2012)
The National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform is hosting a public webinar this afternoon. The meeting runs from 2pm to 4pm, Eastern Time. To register, visit www1.gotomeeting.com/register/876785297. The commission was created by the $3.4 billion settlement to the...
Editorial: Kenaitze Tribe provides beacon of hope and healing (August 13, 2012)
"When the Kenaitze Indian Tribe broke ground on its new Dena’ina Wellness Center last week, Jaylene Peterson-Nyren shared a sentiment that got us thinking. Peterson-Nyren, the tribe’s executive director, said the wellness center will do more than provide medical care...
Editorial: Resentment festers 150 years after the Dakota War (August 13, 2012)
"One hundred fifty years ago this week, five Acton Township white settlers were murdered by four Santee Dakota young men. The war that would transform Minnesota had begun. Before it ended six weeks later, hundreds of settlers and untold numbers...
Leonard Masten: Hoopa Valley Tribe continues to ask for water (August 13, 2012)
"Sunday's letter from the Klamath Water Users Association (”Tribe's opinion should get facts,” Times-Standard, Aug. 5, Page A4) questioned the Hoopa Valley Tribe's opinion piece in a very personal way, yet only rhetoric was offered to support their claims. The...
DOI won't place liens on land acquired under Cobell settlement (August 13, 2012)
The Obama administration has cleared the way for land to be restored to tribes as part of the historic Cobell settlement.
John McCain/Jon Kyl: An endless fight over tribal water rights (August 13, 2012)
""Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting." That aphorism, long popular among Western water folks, was the prevailing sentiment in the Southwest for the past century. From the riverbank to Congress to the courts, water users fought for water...
Editorial: Spirit Lake Nation defensive in wake of abuse cases (August 13, 2012)
"Last week’s statement from the Spirit Lake tribal government is welcome – but it’s not enough to divert attention from charges of child abuse on the reservation. The statement was published in the Devils Lake Journal and reported by the...
Column: Red Cliff Band preserves culture with first tribal park (August 13, 2012)
"The opening of Wisconsin's newest and most unusual park, north of Bayfield, will occur with little public fanfare this summer. Frog Bay Tribal National Park is not the kind of place that will ever be praised for its size, amenities...
Matt Gilbert: Not all Alaska Natives cheer 1971 settlement act (August 13, 2012)
"December 18, 2011, was the 40th anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. There were discussions about the act’s many defining roles in shaping Alaska’s politics. Many celebrations were held in Anchorage. However, few mentioned the 1998 U.S. Supreme...
Editorial: Obama administration moves too slow on regulation (August 13, 2012)
"It has been 19 months since President Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act, the first overhaul of the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety laws since the 1930s. But if you think the food supply has become...
ICT Q&A: Wanda Batchelor, first woman to lead Washoe Tribe (August 13, 2012)
"Wanda Batchelor has broken through many barriers in her lifetime. She became the first Native American cadet graduate of the Auburn Police Department. She was the first full-blooded Native American female State Park Peace Officer. And in 2010, she was...
CNN: American Indians overrepresented in prison populations (August 13, 2012)
"Whoever wins the 2012 U.S. presidential election faces multiple, serious problems in the U.S. prison system. One issue is the soaring prison population and its rising costs; but another is the issue over who makes up that population. The problem...
Doug Cuthand: Federal policies hold First Nations people back (August 13, 2012)
"When it comes to the federal government and the First Nations we have a case of two solitudes. The federal government has an agenda that suits its right-wing plan and the First Nations agenda is far more realistic and visionary....
Column: Jim Thorpe -- the greatest Olympic athlete in history (August 13, 2012)
"Usain Bolt’s frisky relationship with Olympic solemnity is some of the best entertainment at the London Games. But when it comes to ranking the greatest Olympians ever, Bolt is nowhere near the top of the list. The worship Bolt...
Native Sun News: Sen. Thune bill thwarts air pollution controls (August 13, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman, Native Sun News Health & Environment Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Passengers deplane from U.S. air carriers at Frankfurt International Airport. U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., is trying...
Cedric Sunray: Indian media out of reach for most of our youth (August 13, 2012)
"If you are more familiar with Native Peoples and This Week From Indian Country Today magazines than XXL or The Source, you may want to take a closer look. After facilitating workshops for tribal teenagers this past month, as I...
Dan Jones: Moving to the next chapter in the Indian trust saga (August 13, 2012)
"To attempt to appeal the Cobell settlement decision as unfair was an honorable and brave thing for you to do as far as I am concerned. Not a very popular position in the face of the government announcing they intend...
Harold Monteau: Being Indian is more than just race or culture (August 13, 2012)
"We need to stop thinking about being “Indian” as being a matter of race or culture (both of which are just part of our reality) and think about being Indian in terms of citizenship in a “Native Nation.” Race should...
Tim Giago: A clear and present danger to our tribal sovereignty (August 13, 2012)
By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © 2012 Unity South Dakota Indian law, sovereignty and jurisdiction are not “one size fits all” issues in Indian country. There are too many variations in how different states view the Indian nations within their...
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