Column: Lawyer switches sides for Indian Child Welfare Act case (September 5, 2012)
"In 1994, Minneapolis attorney Mark Fiddler was involved in what he thought at the time was a significant victory for American Indians in the Minnesota Supreme Court. As executive director of the Indian Child Welfare Law Center, he opposed the...
Film with Jennifer Aniston to shoot on New Mexico reservations (September 5, 2012)
A film starring Jennifer Aniston will shoot on two reservations in New Mexico. "We're the Millers" will shoot at Kewa Pueblo and Zia Pueblo, the Associated Press reported. Filming starts later this month. Jason Sudeikis is also starring. Get the...
Cherokee Nation farmers receive Keepseagle settlement funds (September 5, 2012)
Members of the Cherokee Nation who experienced Department of Agriculture are receiving payments from the $760 million Keepseagle settlement. The tribe said "millions" of dollars went to Cherokee farmers and ranchers. The number wasn't disclosed but most received checks of...
Cedric Sunray: Amber Toppah is first woman to lead Kiowa Tribe (September 5, 2012)
"This past month an Oklahoma Indian tribe made history in more ways than one. Traveling through Carnegie, Oklahoma is not unlike many excursions through rural, perceived impoverished, regions of America. Downtown areas with buildings in various states of disrepair, people...
Turtle Talk Tournament: Greatest decisions in federal Indian law (September 5, 2012)
"Well, we’ve gone through 12 match-ups. Voters are holding up without too much complaining. Here’s the final series of the initial round of 32: Match-up No. 13 (2) The Kansas Indians (72US737) — Tax case giving real-world life to the...
Roberta Conner: Columbia River tribes maintain horse traditions (September 5, 2012)
" Before the arrival of the modern horse into the local landscape in the late 1690s to 1700, dogs were the domesticated animal central to tribal village life across the Columbia River Plateau. Dogs were called kúsi until the horses...
Native American Issues Subcommittee meets in North Dakota (September 5, 2012)
The Native American Issues Subcommittee at the Department of Justice is meeting this week in Bismarck, North Dakota. The subcommittee consists of 15 U.S. Attorneys from districts with Indian Country. The group is chaired by Brendan Johnson, the U.S. Attorney...
Gabe Galanda: Congress letting Indian Country tax credits expire (September 5, 2012)
"Amidst partisan gridlock in the Beltway over national tax policy, Congress has allowed several tax incentives designed to attract private development and jobs to Indian Country, to expire. Others will expire unless Congress acts. Indeed, amidst much election-year debate about...
US Attorney wants to provide help to Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation (September 5, 2012)
The U.S. Attorney's Office in North Dakota is offering assistance to the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation. U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon wants to designate the tribe's prosecutor as a special federal prosecutor. That would allow certain tribal cases to be tried...
Native Sun News: Fast moving fire enters Pine Ridge Reservation (September 5, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy, Native Sun News Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Wildfires in northwestern Nebraska tripled in size in less than 24 hours last week, as strong winds pushed flames through...
Editorial: Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation blames everyone for abuse (September 5, 2012)
"The reaction of Spirit Lake Nation tribal officials to revelations the tribe failed to protect children is misguided and outrageous: misguided because the goal in this sorry saga should be protecting kids, not trying to save the tribe’s bacon; outrageous...
Six charged for cheating investors in Fort Peck drilling scheme (September 5, 2012)
Six people have been charged in connection with a drilling scheme on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana. Federal authorities said dozens of people invested $673,000 in a fictitious oil and gas project on the reservation. They promised quick and...
Column: New Mexico tribes worried about state's Medicaid plan (September 5, 2012)
"Some of New Mexico’s Indian tribes have been among the most vehement critics of a state proposal to overhaul Medicaid, the $3.9 billion program that finances health care for low-income children and disabled and elderly people. They argue the state...
Rosebud Sioux Tribe makes 'earnest payment' on Black Hills site (September 5, 2012)
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has made an "earnest payment" on a sacred site in the Black Hills but a deal is far from done, a spokesperson said. The tribe has set aside $1.3 million to buy the land that includes...
Chief of Cherokee Nation endorses Barack Obama for president (September 5, 2012)
The leader of the largest tribe in the U.S. is endorsing Barack Obama for president. Bill John Baker, the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, is attending the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He said Obama deserves a second term in...
Maynard: Mainstream media's spotty coverage of tribal issues (September 5, 2012)
"Other than stories about poverty and crime on reservations, mainstream media coverage of Native Americans and issues they confront is often steeped in stereotypes that portray Indians as lawless and living in the distant past. While large media outlets such...
Elizabeth Warren doesn't want to address Indian claims at DNC (September 5, 2012)
Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, doesn't walk to talk about her claims of Indian ancestry. The Boston Herald asked Warren about her alleged Cherokee ancestry at the 2012 Democratic National Convention yesterday. She is unable...
Peter d'Errico: Where's the American Indian Holocaust Museum? (September 5, 2012)
"It is strange that there is a Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., to commemorate what the Nazis did in WWII, but no museum to acknowledge what a long series of United States governments did in the anti-Indian wars that are...
ICT Interview: Donna Miranda-Begay, chair of Tubatulabal Tribe (September 5, 2012)
"Donna Miranda-Begay, Navajo/Tubatulabal, has served as chairwoman of the Tubatulabal Tribe of Kern Valley, California since 2006. She is in a rare position for a tribal leader: Her predecessors signed a treaty with the U.S. government in 1851, her people...
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