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Prairie Island Indian Community signs MOU for nuclear facility (October 16, 2012)

The Prairie Island Indian Community of Minnesota entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to address issues at a nuclear facility next to the reservation. The NRC says it will consider the tribe's environmental concerns as...

Chumash Tribe looking to avoid land-into-trust process at site (October 16, 2012)

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in California is hoping to avoid controversy that follows the tribe whenever it gets into the land-into-trust process. The tribe wants to acquire a 425-acre federal surplus property that's home to cultural and...

Crow Tribe reports results of primary vote for executive seats (October 16, 2012)

The Crow Tribe of Montana held a primary election on Saturday. Incumbent Chairman Cedric Black Eagle garnered enough votes to advance to the November 3 general election. But challenger Darrin Old Coyote, who currently serves as vice secretary, outpaced him...

Racked: Gap removes 'Manifest Destiny' t-shirt after criticism (October 16, 2012)

"Move over, Navajo panties: Urban Outfitters has been supplanted as the retailer most hated by Native Americans. Gap started selling a "Manifest Destiny" T-shirt recently, but they removed the shirt from their store today after a flood of complaints,...

APRN: Sen. Coburn calls Alaska Native ferry a waste of money (October 16, 2012)

"In his annual “Wastebook” U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) labeled a federally sponsored ferry in Seldovia Bay a waste of federal tax dollars. Coburn’s report cites a June account from the Government Accountability Office that said the Seldolvia Village Tribe...

State pays $10M to relocate reservation trailer park residents (October 16, 2012)

The state of California has allocated nearly $10 million to relocate residents from a mobile home park on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation. The money will be used to buy as many as 140 mobile homes for the residents...

FT: Oglala Sioux leaders accused of misusing settlement funds (October 16, 2012)

Leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota are being accused of misusing a portion of a $1 million settlement, The Financial Times reports. The tribe received the money after agreeing to end litigation with Alltel, a telecommunications company....

Rep. Mary Bono Mack blasts opponent for 1997 Native protest (October 16, 2012)

Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-California) released an ad that characterized her Democratic opponent Raul Ruiz as a "radical" because he took part in protests on Thanksgiving Day. As a student at Harvard Medical School, Ruiz joined the United American...

Column: Native children pay the price in education stalemate (October 16, 2012)

"The Harper government is determined to push forward with a new first nations education act despite the opposition of native chiefs. But the act will almost certainly be boycotted by most first nations leaders across the country, even if it...

Mark Trahant: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney head to debate (October 16, 2012)

"Tonight’s debate is all about Barack Obama. The storyline is oft repeated at this point. The president was not on his game at the first debate. He didn’t challenge Mitt Romney on the facts. And, he opened a door to...

Larry Spotted Crow Mann: Native people still face stereotypes (October 16, 2012)

"Native Peoples face the never-ending torrent of racial stereotypes, misconceptions and sports logos. When Natives are discussed outside of cultural understanding, there is the caricature of the intrepid warrior making his last stand, the government dependent and the victimized Indian...

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe starts veterans cemetery (October 16, 2012)

The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Myron Pourier, Office of the Fifth Member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Bryan Brewer, President of the Ad Hoc...

Native Sun News: Native medicine wheel model sees followers (October 16, 2012)

The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman, Native Sun News Health & Environment Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Phillip Whiteman Jr., right, and his partner, Lynette Two Bulls, teach natural horsemanship based on the medicine...

Supreme Court to review Arizona voter law that tribes oppose (October 16, 2012)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday accepted a petition in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, a voting law case. The Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona and the Hopi Tribe, along with other plaintiffs, challenged Proposition 200, which was approved...

Vandals infiltrate Mapuche protest in Chile, leading to arrests (October 16, 2012)

An otherwise peaceful protest by members of the Mapuche Tribe of Chile turned violent on Monday after vandals infiltrated the event, the Associated Press reported. The protest in Santiago, the capital, was against the “Dia de La Raza" national holiday....

Review: Flawed but powerful 'Round House' is worth a reading (October 16, 2012)

"With “The Round House,” her 14th novel, Louise Erdrich takes us back to the North Dakota Ojibwe reservation that she has conjured and mapped in so many earlier books, and made as indelibly real as Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County or...

Letter: Alcohol prohibition isn't working for Oglala Sioux Tribe (October 16, 2012)

"I applaud the Oglala Sioux Tribe for proposing to lift its alcohol ban. Prohibition not only fails to stop drinking, but also worsens the horrific consequences of alcohol abuse. Despite the best intentions of prohibition’s advocates, the Oglala Sioux bought...