BIA 'strike team' to address child safety at Spirit Lake Nation (August 27, 2012)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has sent a "strike team" to the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation in North Dakota to address child safety issues on the reservation. BIA Director Mike Black, Office of Indian Services (OIS) Deputy Bureau Director Hankie...
Crowds line up for Northern Cheyenne Tribe's per cap checks (August 27, 2012)
Members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana drove, walked and even rode horses to the reservation to pick up their per capita checks. Each member was eligible for a per capita check of $2,000. The money came from the...
Potential victims sought of teacher from school on reservation (August 27, 2012)
Federal authorities are trying to determine if there are any victims of a teacher who used to work at a public school on the Navajo Nation. Richard Dates, 67, was a science, English and gifted education teacher at Crownpoint Middle...
Brenda Golden: Patricia Spottedcrow isn't free despite parole (August 27, 2012)
"After fighting for justice for over a year and a half, at the end of July 2012, Patricia Spottedcrow, a young mother, thought she would finally find her way home to her children, who are now 11, 6, 4 and...
Navajo Nation gets ready for 66th annual fair, September 2-9 (August 27, 2012)
The Navajo Nation is gearing up for the 66th annual Navajo Nation Fair. The event takes place September 2-9 in Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the Navajo Nation. This year's theme is "Appreciating Tradition" -- the grand marshal of...
Seminole Tribe looking to improve dangerous reservation road (August 27, 2012)
The Seminole Tribe of Florida plans to make improvements to a dangerous road on the reservation. The two-lane Snake Road has been the scene of dozens of accidents, including fatal ones, since the 1960s. The highway winds through 19 miles...
Lumbee Tribe worried about loss of HUD funds with GAO report (August 27, 2012)
The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is worried about losing its federal funds in response to a recent Government Accountability Office report. The tribe lacks federal recognition but received $78.8 million in federal funds between 2007 and 2010. Most of...
LeRoy Shingoitewa: Hopi Tribe not at fault for failed water deal (August 27, 2012)
"I was disappointed to see the Hopi Tribe's position on the Little Colorado River water settlement so badly mischaracterized in a Viewpoints column written by U.S. Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain ("An endless water fight," Aug. 12). The settlement...
Pawnee Nation debates uses for $4.4M trust fund settlement (August 27, 2012)
Members of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma met on Saturday to discuss a $4.4 million trust fund settlement. Some pushed for a per capita payment, The Native American Times reported. But no decision was made. “Our people shouldn’t have to...
Hualapai Tribe disputes $28M award in Grand Canyon Skywalk (August 27, 2012)
The Hualapai Tribe is disputing a $28 million arbitration award to the non-Indian developer of the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The tribe seized the business from David Jin, claiming he failed to live up to his end of the deal. But...
Native Sun News: Winona LaDuke turns attention to the military (August 27, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman, Native Sun News Health & Environment Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Anishinaabe author, economist and activist Winona LaDuke from White Earth, Minn., presents her book “The Militarization of...
Doug George-Kanentiio: Mohawks settled into Rockies in 1800s (August 27, 2012)
Some years ago the late Ernie Benedict told me a story about a group of Mohawks from Akwesasne and Kahnawake who had paddled west many generations ago. They were expert canoeists and trappers hired by various fur companies including the...
Stanley Crooks, Shakopee Mdewakanton leader, passes at 70 (August 27, 2012)
Stanley Crooks, the chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota, died on Saturday. He was 70. Crooks led his tribe for more than 20 years. During his tenure, the tribe became one of the most financially successful, thanks...
Review: Tribal perspective often missing from Civil War books (August 27, 2012)
"An account of Indians in the U.S. Civil War has been issued in paperback—and with it comes a now-familiar sense of letdown. That’s because such books invariably leave out Native voices, relying on academic research and accounts. Clarissa Confer’s...
Travel: Retracing the 1862 Dakota War that shaped Minnesota (August 27, 2012)
"Amid the patchwork quilted farm fields of corn and soybeans in Meeker County, Donna and Scott Whitcomb have a monument planted in their front yard. It's right next to a galvanized steel grain bin with the ironic brand name "Sioux"...
Editorial: Spirit Lake Nation problems need sharper attention (August 27, 2012)
"The latest chapter in the outrageous saga of Spirit Lake Nation’s children is Sen. Kent Conrad’s, D-N.D., determination to get to the bottom of the mess on the northeastern North Dakota American Indian reservation. After getting no responses to his...
Suzan Harjo: Privileged language permeates American politics (August 27, 2012)
"The very privileged once marginalized people of color, anyone poor and most women by simply entering the boardroom, cigar den or private car. But as whiteness created its own cachet and more non-whites became cashy, the rich and snotty weren’t...
Harold Monteau: Tribes take advantage of Affordable Care Act (August 27, 2012)
"Let’s dispel a myth circulating in Indian country: Indians and Indian tribes are not prevented from taking advantage of the benefits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). In fact, the PPACA has several incentives that Tribes and...
Opinion: Methamphetamine a problem for all in South Dakota (August 27, 2012)
"I am writing regarding the coverage Wagner and the Yankton Sioux Tribe have received regarding the methamphetamine problem and what’s not being done about it. We have been working with Tribal Housing to set up a methamphetamine testing and remediation...
Tim Giago: Jim Amoss missed wonderful year at Harvard in '91 (August 27, 2012)
Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © 2012 Unity South Dakota When the Nieman Fellow Class of 1991 gathered for the first time at the Lippmann House in Cambridge on the Harvard Campus to meet the curator,...
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