Democrats invite Eastern Cherokees to upcoming convention (August 23, 2012)
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will be sending representatives to the upcoming Democratic National Convention in North Carolina. Frances Marquez, of the convention's Office of Public Engagement, visited the reservation on Wednesday and asked the tribe to participate. “The...
Sex offender registry office opens on Wind River Reservation (August 23, 2012)
Christopher A. Crofts, the U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, said a sex offender registration office is up and running on the Wind River Reservation. In a press release, Crofts said the office took four and one-half years of collaboration with the...
Northern Cheyenne Tribe to distribute trust fund settlement (August 23, 2012)
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana will distribute nearly half of a $50 million trust fund settlement to its members. Each of the 10,522 members is eligible to pick up a $2,000 check this Friday and Saturday, according to a...
Social Security Administration issues ruling on trust payouts (August 23, 2012)
Tribal members who receive a share of a trust fund settlement won't lose Social Security or Medicare benefits under a recent ruling from the Social Security Administration. A total of 41 tribes reached settlements with the Obama administration totaling more...
Republicans axed grant for home visits at Spirit Lake Nation (August 23, 2012)
Republican lawmakers in North Dakota killed a $1.8 million grant that would have sent child protection workers to the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation, The Grand Forks Herald reports. Republicans said they didn't want to accept the money only to see...
Penobscot Nation sues state to clarify jurisdiction on waters (August 23, 2012)
The Penobscot Nation is suing the state of Maine to clarify jurisdiction over a 55-mile stretch of the Penobscot River. In court papers, the tribe says it has exercised "exclusive" jurisdiction on the river, The Bangor Daily News reported. An...
Lise Balk King: Sacred site sale poses test for United Nations (August 23, 2012)
"On December 16, 2010, President Obama announced the United States’ support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the UNDRIP), an aspirational document adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007. And in May of this...
Jodi Rave: Countdown to auction of sacred site in Black Hills (August 23, 2012)
"We often hear mainstream stories where poverty and the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nation, the Oceti Sakowin, are used interchangeably. Yet, the story most often overlooked embodies the great spiritual power of the Oceti Sakowin, the people of the Seven...
Opinion: Native women exploited again for political purposes (August 23, 2012)
"Early this week, two U.S. House Representatives members and the Tacoma News Tribune took clear stands against protecting women from sexual assault. Representatives Todd Akin, R-Missouri, and Steve King, R-Iowa, did so by promoting the concept of “legitimate rape.” The...
Arctic Slope Native Association gets ruling over IHS contract (August 23, 2012)
The Arctic Slope Native Association in Alaska will be awarded contract support costs from the Indian Health Service under a ruling from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday. The association manages the Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital under a...
Federal judge rules in tobacco case affecting tribal retailers (August 23, 2012)
A federal judge issued a decision last Friday in a tobacco taxation lawsuit brought by New York City. The city sued two wholesalers that supply tobacco to retailers on the Shinnecock Nation, a federally recognized tribe, and on the Poospatuck...
Opinion: Media slanted against ICWA in South Carolina case (August 23, 2012)
" On July 26, the South Carolina Supreme Court issued a decision affirming the return of Veronica, an adopted 2-year-old Cherokee child, to her biological father, Dusten Brown. The court’s decision was devastating for her adoptive parents, Melanie and Matt...
Yankton Sioux house where toddler died is called a meth lab (August 23, 2012)
A housing unit managed by the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota was used to manufacture methamphetamine, probably for years, according to a cleanup company. The Yankton Sioux Housing Authority ordered the cleanup of the house where 2-year-old Reilee Lovell...
Mitt Romney wants states to control energy on federal lands (August 23, 2012)
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be in New Mexico today to discuss his energy plan, which would put states in charge of energy development on federal lands. States are better equipped to regulate energy development than the federal...
Simon Moya-Smith: Faux pas from head of western museum (August 23, 2012)
"Comfort claims oodles of unsuspecting victims. In fact, comfort is what I think happened to Sarah Hunt, daughter of billionaire Phillip Anschutz and the director of the new American Museum of Western Art in Denver, one day in May when...
Steven Newcomb: Tracing the origins of federal Indian policy (August 23, 2012)
"In 1942, the renowned legal scholar Felix Cohen famously wrote about the Spanish origin of Indian rights in the federal Indian law conceptual system of the United States. The two concepts of a “trust relationship” and “plenary power” are aspects...
Gyasi Ross: Paying attention to non-Native political systems (August 23, 2012)
"I guess this is Part 1 of a short series on the upcoming elections and politics. These pieces will be kinda short, to-the-point, and not that artsy. The reason why? I hate politics. History shows us that both major political...
Kimberly Craven appeal delays $3.4B Cobell settlement again (August 23, 2012)
Payouts from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement will be delayed again as one critic files an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The settlement was ready about a year ago but a challenge from Kimberly Craven, a member...
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