George James: Migratory Bird Act doesn't apply to Alaska tribes (October 23, 2012)
"On Oct. 17 in the Anchorage Daily News and AP, there was an article on a Tlingit artist who was told he’s violating law by using feathers in his art work. U.S. Fish and Wildlife is using gunboat diplomacy, by...
Opinion: Meeting the needs of our Indian students in Oklahoma (October 23, 2012)
"I had the pleasure last week of welcoming National Indian Education Association members to Oklahoma City for the association’s 43rd annual conference. It was great that the conference was in Oklahoma. Our state is an epicenter of Native American culture...
Blog: Washington attorney general won't back VAWA provision (October 23, 2012)
"In short, Attorney General [Rob] McKenna does not support limited tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indian domestic abusers. It is not an “priority” for him; at least not an “immediate” one. “Right now,” he instead supports the status quo, which has...
Kevin Abourezk: Russell Means a true catalyst in Indian Country (October 23, 2012)
"Growing up in a family steeped in Native activism, I learned at a young age about Russell Means' fight for the people. As a college student, I learned Means wasn't the saintly folk hero I had made him out to...
Moapa Band files lawsuit over EPA standards at coal fired plant (October 23, 2012)
The Moapa Band of Paiute Indians in Nevada is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over pollution standards that affect a coal-fired power plant next to the reservation. NV Energy's coal-fired Reid Gardner power plant contributes to health problems on the...
'Fighting Sioux' signs being removed from North Dakota arena (October 23, 2012)
The University of North Dakota is removing “Home of the Fighting Sioux” signs from its arena, The Grand Forks Herald reports. The school was required to eliminate its "Fighting Sioux" logo and mascot as part of a settlement with the...
NCAI report cites concerns about voter ID laws in certain states (October 23, 2012)
Voter identification laws pose "significant barriers" to American Indians and Alaska Native voters in six states, the National Congress of American Indians said in a report on Monday. Alaska, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin require voters to present...
Secretary Salazar anticipates Cobell payments by end of year (October 23, 2012)
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (r) and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn (l) discuss Indian issues prior to their speeches at the National Congress of American Indians 69th annual convention in Sacramento, California. October 22, 2012. Photo ©...
Kevin Washburn addresses NCAI for first time as leader of BIA (October 23, 2012)
Kevin Washburn speaks at the opening day of the National Congress of American Indians 69th annual conference in Sacramento, California, October 22, 2012. Photo © Indianz.Com Kevin Washburn addressed the National Congress of American Indians for the first time...
Family of Russell Means hosts honoring ceremony in Pine Ridge (October 23, 2012)
Longtime activist and actor Russell Means, Oglala Lakota, spoke at the Dakota Conference on the campus of Augustana College in Sioux Falls on April 27, 2012. The theme for this year’s conference was “Wounded Knee 1973: Forty Years Later.”...
Doug George-Kanentiio: The canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha (October 23, 2012)
The canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha took place over two days. The first part was her official recognition along with six other candidates at a massive open air event in the front of the Vatican facing the eastwards direction. Everyone should...
The Nation: Navajo elder Agnes Laughter tries to get a state ID (October 23, 2012)
"Obtaining a state-issued ID is a lot harder than some people might think. Agnes Laughter, an elder from the small rural town of Chilchinbeto on the Navajo Nation, tried time and time again. But Laughter, who only speaks Navajo, was...
Native Sun News: Lakota Voice Project confronts youth suicide (October 23, 2012)
A young Oglala Lakota student ponders what hope is during a Lakota Voice Project anti-suicide presentation on the Pine Ridge Reservation earlier this year. PHOTOS COURTESY/JASON ALLEY Looking for hope Lakota Voice Project continues campaign against suicide By Brandon...
ICT Interview: Raul Ruiz discusses 1997 arrest at Native protest (October 23, 2012)
"In 1997, Raul Ruiz, a 25-year-old Harvard medical student, participated in the annual Thanksgiving Day protest in Plymouth, Massachusetts, with the United American Indians of New England (UAINE), a group comprised mostly of non-Natives, according to Russell M. Peters, first...
Terry Cross: Dr. Phil show filled with misinformation about ICWA (October 23, 2012)
"On October 18, 2012, the Dr. Phil show aired an episode that focused on a disputed custody case involving an American Indian child, Veronica. The case pits a loving father’s attempts to parent his daughter against a non-Indian couple from...
Mark Trahant: Obama and Romney talk foreign policy in debate (October 23, 2012)
"Ninety minutes are too quick for a debate about the world. In fact the globe shrunk to a few regions and a few issues in the final debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. There was a...
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