Muscogee Nation to help fund $60M dan across Arkansas River (September 26, 2012)

The Muscogee Nation has agreed to help fund a $60 million dam on the Arkansas River near Tulsa, Oklahoma. The city of Tulsa will take on $30 million in costs. The tribe and the city of Jenks will determine how...

FP: Why did Muscogee Nation business land military contract? (September 26, 2012)

"The Muscogee Nation, part of the Creek Indian tribe, which fought with Confederate troops against the U.S. military during the Civil War, is now guarding Americans stationed at U.S. bases in Herat and Helmand, Afghanistan, under a $7 million Pentagon...

Site for sacred Navajo healing ceremony damaged by vandals (September 26, 2012)

Vandals spray painted a hogan where the Yei’ Bi’ Chei healing ceremony will take place in Shiprock, New Mexico. The hogan, along with several vending booths, were vandalized sometime on Sunday. The incident has been linked to the family that...

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe invited to Ohio for Chief Logan ceremony (September 26, 2012)

The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma is being invited to Ohio to take part in the 100th anniversary of the Logan Elm State Memorial. Chief Logan was a Cayuga chief who lived in the 1700s. He was known for a giving...

NCAI criticizes both sides in hot Senate race in Massachusetts (September 26, 2012)

The National Congress of American Indians is criticizing the U.S. Senate campaigns of both Democrat Elizabeth Warren and Republican Scott Brown, saying the heated race in Massachusetts has become 'extremely disturbing.'

Cherokee chief wants Sen. Brown to apologize for 'racist' acts (September 26, 2012)

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker is calling on Sen. Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts) to apologize for the "racist" and "offensive" actions of his staff and supporters. Baker was outraged to learn of a video that shows two of...

Cherokee Nation sends top officials to Democratic convention (September 26, 2012)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma was well represented at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Principal Chief Bill John Baker led the delegation, which included Treasurer Lacy Horn, Secretary of State Charles Head, Attorney General Todd Hembree and Communications Director Amanda...

Mississippi Choctaws break ground on new retail development (September 26, 2012)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians broke ground on a new retail development in the Bogue Chitto community. The 5,200 square-foot Big Creek General Store will house a general store, fuel center, bait shop, laundromat and fitness center. It will...

Native Sun News: Great Plains health board battles $1M in debt (September 26, 2012)

The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy, Native Sun News Editor. All content © Native Sun News. As the new executive director of Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board in Rapid City, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe member...

Man investigated for taking artifacts from sacred Washoe land (September 26, 2012)

Authorities are investigating the removal of artifacts from land held sacred by the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California. Darrel Cruz, the director of the tribe's historic preservation office, declined to say what was stolen. But he said the items...

Editorial: Lumbee leaders do damage with claims of extra $18M (September 26, 2012)

"Members of the Lumbee Tribal Council who last week rushed to proclaim the news that housing money had been going unspent since 2007 and an $18 million windfall had piled up that could now be spread around, simply shot themselves...

Cover Story: Non-Indian couple not giving up on ICWA dispute (September 26, 2012)

"Matt and Melanie Capobianco spent their adopted daughter Veronica's third birthday 1,200 miles away from her. They wrote their wishes for her on purple balloons and released them into the sky. The day before, the local newspaper ran a story...

Wyoming tribes participate in testing of water in fracking zone (September 26, 2012)

Wyoming's two federally recognized tribes participated in a groundwater test that could turn up a connection between pollution and hydraulic fracturing, a controversial energy-processing technique that's commonly known as fracking. The Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe collaborated...

Tonto Apache Tribe to celebrate 40 years of federal recognition (September 26, 2012)

The Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona is celebrating 40 years of federal recognition. The tribe was recognized by an act of Congress that was signed into law by then-president Richard Nixon on October 6, 1972. The tribe's 85-acre reservation was...

Another stay granted in Oklahoma tribal water rights litigation (September 26, 2012)

A federal judge granted another stay in the water rights lawsuit filed by the Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation. The tribes and the state of Oklahoma have been negotiating a potential settlement to the case. The stay expires November...

Turtle Talk Poll: Should same-sex marriage be legal for tribes? (September 26, 2012)

"Several Indian tribes in recent years have considered whether to authorize same-sex marriage in their respective lands — Coquille and Suquamish have said yes, while Cherokee, Navajo, and Little Traverse Odawa (!?!?!) have said no. What do you think?" Get...

BIA ordered to reconsider Oneida Nation land-into-trust ruling (September 26, 2012)

A federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Indian Affairs to reconsider the Oneida Nation land-into-trust application in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar The tribe signed a treaty in 1794 that created its reservation...

Steve Russell: A voter's guide to gaffes on the campaign trail (September 26, 2012)

"Michael Kinsley, writing in The New York Times, famously defined a gaffe as “when a politician tells the truth—some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.” I leave it to others whether Kinsley nailed it, but I’m here to suggest...