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Alaska Natives hold rally for subsistence hunting, fishing rights (October 18, 2012)

About 200 Alaska Natives attended a rally on Wednesday to call attention to their subsistence hunting and fishing rights. Alaska Natives rely on hunting and fishing to feed their families and their communities. But the state has been restricting their...

New Mexico Supreme Court hears case over sacred site listing (October 18, 2012)

The New Mexico Supreme Court heard oral arguments last month in a case affecting sacred Mount Taylor. The New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee placed the 700-square-mile area around Mount Taylor on the Register of Cultural Properties in 2009. The...

Obama administration trying to revive Hopi-Navajo water deal (October 18, 2012)

The Obama administration is trying to revive a water rights settlement with the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation. The tribes have claims to the Little Colorado River in Arizona. But leaders from both tribes objected to provisions in S.2109,...

Letter: Learn from Menominee Nation on forest management (October 18, 2012)

"The editorial correctly observes that B.C.'s public forests must be managed for the future. The Menominee native Americans in Wisconsin are an excellent example of people doing this. In 1854, they were confined to their current reservation of 235,000 acres....

Blog: New DOJ policy won't change long wait for eagle feathers (October 18, 2012)

"In 1975, the Department of Interior reassured Native Americans they would not be prosecuted by the federal government for using eagle feathers for cultural or religious purposes. But the “Morton Policy,” as the directive is known, didn’t answer several important...

MNN: Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe purchases ancestral property (October 18, 2012)

"For the first time in a long time, everyone connected with Heronswood is happy. Heronswood was founded as a rare plant nursery in 1987 by famed Indiana Jones-style international plant explorer Dan Hinkley and his partner, Robert Jones. Located in...

Narragansett Tribe aims to improve relationship with governor (October 18, 2012)

The Narragansett Tribe met with Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) on Tuesday in his first official visit to the reservation since taking office in January 2011. Chief Matthew Sachem acknowledged a bad history between the tribe and the state....

Column: Pueblo leader betrayed his own people with kickbacks (October 18, 2012)

"As governor of Santa Ana Pueblo and president of a corporation owned by the state’s 19 pueblos, Bruce Sanchez helped oversee more than $200 million in development, including a luxury hotel, casino expansion and office buildings. Over the years, there...

Audit released of American Indian Cultural Center in Oklahoma (October 18, 2012)

The Oklahoma State Auditor & Inspector released its report on the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City. The report said the AICCM board in 2004 selected the most expensive plan for the facility despite not having...

Native Sun News: Official results for Oglala Sioux Tribe primary (October 18, 2012)

The following story was written and reported by Native Sun News Staff. All content © Native Sun News. Oglala Sioux Tribe Official Primary Election Results By Native Sun News Staff PINE RIDGE — The official results of the Oglala Sioux...

Native Sun News: Uranium mine by Pine Ridge nearing approval (October 18, 2012)

The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman, Native Sun News Health & Environment Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Large-scale uranium mine upstream from Pine Ridge near approval State to rule Oct. 31 on request By...

Indian delegation takes part in celebration for Kateri sainthood (October 18, 2012)

More than 700 Native Americans are in the Vatican this week to take part in the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk woman who is the first Native American to be named a saint by the Catholic Church. Tekakwitha lived...

ICT asks Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about tribal issues (October 18, 2012)

"What’s your familiarity level with Indian country? You have several tribes in Nevada. How connected to them are you? Well, this is one of the few times in my life that I boast. I try not to boast on most...

Steven Newcomb: A 1993 open letter to then-Pope John Paul II (October 18, 2012)

"His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, In a special message to American Indians in Santa Domingo on October 13, 1992, you observed that it is impossible to forget “the enormous sufferings” of the Indian peoples during the “conquest and colonization”...

Tribes donated $400K to 2012 Democratic National Convention (October 18, 2012)

Four tribes donated a total of $400,000 for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, the Associated Press reports. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina, the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, the Muckleshoot Tribe and the Sycuan Band of the...