USDA Blog: Improving water on reservations in two states (September 18, 2012)
"Last week it was my privilege to attend the annual United Tribes Tribal Leaders Summit and associated conferences in Bismarck, North Dakota. This annual gathering is an opportunity for tribal leaders from around the region to exchange information about current...
Turtle Talk: Winding down to the greatest Indian law cases (September 18, 2012)
"We’re down to the final eight. Here are the match-ups: (1) Worcester v. Georgia versus (9) Menominee Tribe of Indians v. United States (20) Merrion v. Jicarilla Apache Tribe versus (12) Morton v. Mancari (3) Ex parte Kan-Gi-Shun-Ca (Crow Dog)...
Rep. Cole, Republican, praises Obama's re-election efforts (September 18, 2012)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), the only Native American in Congress, says President Barack Obama is running a great re-election campaign. “They’re running a great race, well-conceived and well put together,” Cole, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, told Politico. Despite...
Brothertown Nation to seek recognition through Congress (September 18, 2012)
The Brothertown Indian Nation of Wisconsin will ask Congress to restore its federal recognition after the Bureau of Indian Affairs declined to take action.
Former director of Ute Tribe economic arm cites 'meddling' (September 18, 2012)
Forrest Cuch, the former executive director of the economic development corporation for the Ute Tribe of Utah, resigned due to political-based "meddling," KSL-TV reports. Cuch said the council made a decision about Ute Tribal Enterprises without informing him. He wouldn't...
Sen. McCain amused with Elizabeth Warren's Indian claim (September 18, 2012)
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) says he knows a lot of Indians but they don't claim any connection to Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. McCain, the former chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said he's...
Spirit Lake Nation man punished in domestic violence case (September 18, 2012)
Roman Cavanaugh Jr., a member of the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation in North Dakota, was sentenced to five years and six months in federal prison in a domestic violence case. Cavanaugh pleaded guilty to domestic assault by a habitual offender...
Delaware Tribe debates change in trust fund management (September 18, 2012)
The Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma is considering changes in how its manages its trust fund, The Native Times reports. The tribe withdrew its money from the Interior Department and placed it in an interest-bearing account in a private bank. The...
Mark Trahant: Mitt Romney blaming Americans for America (September 18, 2012)
"In a candid moment, when he thought no one was watching, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney dismissed nearly half of America as government freeloaders who will never vote for him anyway. Romney’s own words tell the story: “There are 47...
County weighs lawsuit on Ho-Chunk Nation land-into-trust (September 18, 2012)
The Sauk County Board in Wisconsin is meeting tonight to consider a lawsuit over the Ho-Chunk Nation land-into-trust application. The county sent an attorney all the way to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to look at the application. The agency,...
Column: Seminole Tribe orders mobile park residents to go (September 18, 2012)
"Angry and scared, soon-to-be evicted residents of the Seminole Estates mobile home community took to the streets on Monday. "I don't think we have much recourse," said Lois Marano, 79, a 40-year resident. "But we've got to try something." So...
ICT refused to run Keith Harper's response on Cobell stories (September 18, 2012)
Indian Country Today refused to publish an opinion by attorney Keith Harper, a member of the Cherokee Nation, because it "made unsubstantiated allegations about our practices and the reporter" who has written a series of stories about the $3.4 billion...
S.E. Ruckman: Indian Country wants to see Cobell payouts (September 18, 2012)
"Far away from the halls of Washington, D.C., the talk swirls. It bubbles like crude oil seeping up out of the soil. In nearly every single gathering of Indian folks I have attended in the past year, the dish on...
Shell stops off-shore drilling in Alaska due to safety issues (September 18, 2012)
Shell Oil stopped off-shore drilling work in Alaska due to safety concerns. Shell said a barge containing oil spill equipment suffered damage during some tests, putting off any drilling until 2013. The company was already planning to suspend some work...
Steve Melendez: Educating the public about genocide in US (September 18, 2012)
"Why is there a need for the Jewish Holocaust Museum? Does it exist in order “to play the guilt card”? Are reparations the goal? No, the purpose of the Holocaust Museum is to prevent history from repeating itself. Likewise, our...
TransCanada claims no duty to consult tribes on Keystone (September 18, 2012)
TransCanada says it has no duty to consult tribes about the path of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. The route from Montana to Texas does not directly cross any reservations, according to the company. “There is no legal obligation to...
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