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KPLU: Colville Tribes back in court for Columbia River pollution (October 11, 2012)

"A case involving cross border pollution of the Columbia River rests in the hands of a federal judge today. A Native American tribe and the state of Washington have sued to hold a Canadian mining giant responsible for smelter waste...

Nakia Zavalla: Chumash Tribe honors tribes with Culture Days (October 11, 2012)

"About two weeks ago, on Sept. 28, Gov. Jerry Brown declared it to be California Native American Day. The governor noted: “California today is home to the largest population of Native Americans in the 50 states, including both the rebounding...

Mark Trahant: Senate and House do battle candidates debate (October 11, 2012)

"Are you ready to rumble? There is no clearer division in American politics than the policy split between the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. The Senate is controlled, sort of, by Democrats, while the Republicans run the...

NWPR: Squaxin Island Tribe worried about effect of fire on fish (October 11, 2012)

"A fire that burned roughly 250 acres in Mason County last week has been put out. Now biologists are concerned about the potential impacts on local salmon runs. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix. Johns Creek flows into Puget Sound near...

KCET: Moapa Band sells power from solar plant to Los Angeles (October 11, 2012)

"The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) has agreed to buy all the power produced by a 250-megawatt solar facility on the Moapa River Paiute Reservation northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. The Moapa Solar Energy Center, being built...

Crosscut: Kennewick Man returns from dead 9200 years later (October 11, 2012)

"If Kennewick man had stayed hidden for just one more month, most of the tough, widely-roaming hunter from the West Coast might have never been found. A few weeks before the Tri-Cities' July 1996 hydroplane races, high flows in the...

Adrienne Keene: Offensive Indian mascot returns to university (October 11, 2012)

"I've written several times about how Stanford was the "Stanford Indians" until 1971, and how student activism was the root cause of the mascot change. Just a few months ago, when I was at the leadership team training for reunion,...

North Dakota tribe to move forward with plans for oil refinery (October 11, 2012)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota is finally moving forward with plans for an oil refinery on the Fort Berthold Reservation. After nearly a decade of work, the tribe's land-into-trust application for the 469-acre site was approved...

Judge dismisses Schaghticoke Tribal Nation land claim lawsuit (October 11, 2012)

A federal judge dismissed a land claim lawsuit involving the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut. The tribe claimed that parts of its reservation were sold without federal approval, in violation of the 1790 Non-intercourse Act. But a key issue was...

Turtle Talk: Worcester v. Georgia wins Supreme Court contest (October 11, 2012)

"Sorry for the delay. Lots been happening. But as expected you all voted Worcester v. Georgia as the Greatest Case in the Turtle Talk poll, beating out Williams v. Lee badly — 70 percent to 30 percent (83 out of...

Indian activists occupy worksite in protest of big dam in Brazil (October 11, 2012)

Indian activists and their supporters occupied a work site at a massive dam under construction in Brazil. The “Xingu Alive Forever” group includes members of different tribes, along with fishermen and other people opposed to the $10.6 billion Belo Monte...

Native Sun News: Results of Oglala Sioux Tribe primary election (October 11, 2012)

The following story was written and reported by Native Sun News Staff. All content © Native Sun News. Oglala Sioux Tribe Primary Election Results By Native Sun News Staff PINE RIDGE — On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the Oglala Sioux Tribe...

Native Sun News: Activist Russell Means battling cancer again (October 11, 2012)

The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Longtime activist and actor Russell Means, Oglala Lakota, speaks at the Dakota Conference on the campus of Augustana College...

Laura Waterman Wittstock: Enrollment matters often complex (October 11, 2012)

"A ton of ink has been spilled on the subject of the Elizabeth Warren run for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. Most of the writing on the Indian side of opinion is whether or not Warren has a legitimate claim...

Julianne Jennings: The history behind 'Ten Little Indians' song (October 11, 2012)

"Many of us remember learning and singing the bubbly little pre-school nursery rhyme “Ten Little Indians” as we sat in a circle with our legs crossed, Indian style. And what appeared to be an innocent way to educate and stir...