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Editorial: Chickasaw Nation prepares for possible sequestration (October 31, 2012)

"The modern history of the Chickasaw Nation has been one of growing self-reliance, willingness to engage new ideas and trust in our people's skills and abilities to move our tribe forward. Chickasaws have been rewarded for sticking with a good...

Confederated Salish and Kootenai group wants another per cap (October 31, 2012)

Members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana are seeking another per capita payment. In September, the tribe distributed half of a $150 million trust fund settlement. The payment came to $10,000 for each of the tribe's 7,580...

Hoopa Valley Tribe pushed to distribute $49M trust settlement (October 31, 2012)

Members of the Hoopa Valley Tribe of California are pushing for a per capita payment from a $49.2 trust fund settlement. Volunteers want the tribe to schedule a referendum on the issue. They began collecting signatures for a petition, which...

Upper Skagit Indian Tribe trying to find buyer for troubled resort (October 31, 2012)

The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe of Washington is trying to find a buyer for the Semiahmoo Resort. The tribe is a majority owner of the resort, which has hit hard times since the 2008 recession. The hotel on the property...

Wind energy push questioned by Indian communities in Mexico (October 31, 2012)

Wind energy development has increased dramatically in Mexico but Indian communities say they are seeing few benefits. Of the 17 wind farms in Mexico, 17 are located in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. The area is home to Zapotec and Huave...

Tribe in Brazil wins reprieve from eviction order at disputed site (October 31, 2012)

A judge in Brazil said members of the Guarani-Kaiowa Tribe can stay on a disputed parcel of land. About 170 tribal members live on the small 2.5-acre site. But a group of ranchers claim they are they owners. The...

Judge won't require state to open voting offices on reservations (October 31, 2012)

A federal judge won't force the state of Montana to open early voting offices on reservations. Judge Richard Cebull acknowledged the inequity between Indian and non-Indian communities. But said the plaintiffs from the the Crow Reservation, the Northern Cheyenne Reservation...

Arraignment delayed for Tracey Avila, Robinson Rancheria chair (October 31, 2012)

Tracey I. Avila, the chairwoman of the Robinson Rancheria Pomo Indians of California, did not show up to her arraignment on Tuesday, The Lake County Record-Bee reported. Avila, 51, is recovering from surgery, her attorney said. The arraignment was rescheduled...

Sen. Johnson: Addressing domestic violence in Indian Country (October 31, 2012)

The following is the opinion of Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota). Late last month, I met with several domestic violence advocates and law enforcement personnel to discuss domestic violence and sexual assault programs in the Sioux Falls area and throughout...

Petitions ask Mescalero Apache Tribe to share trust settlement (October 31, 2012)

A member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe of New Mexico is circulating petitions to distribute a $33 million trust fund settlement on a per capita basis. Joseph Geronimo wants each tribal member to receive $5,000. Any remaining funds can be...

Native Sun News: Hundreds gather to remember Russell Means (October 31, 2012)

Family and friends of Russell Means, including son Tatanka Means, center, led his funeral procession on horseback along the Big Foot Trail from Means’ ranch near Porcupine to Little Wound School in Kyle as part of an all-day ceremony...

Narragansett Tribe is expecting to be without power for 'weeks' (October 31, 2012)

The Narragansett Tribe in Rhode Island has been hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. Power is out on the reservation, located near the coast. It could be weeks before electricity is restored. “I’ve been told that it’s going to be weeks...

Jackson Rancheria donates $10K toward Hurricane Sandy relief (October 31, 2012)

The Jackson Rancheria of California is donating $10,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. "The tribe is deeply saddened by the destruction and loss of life that Hurricane Sandy has caused in the Northeast," Jackson Rancheria...

Shinnecock Nation in need of generators after Hurricane Sandy (October 31, 2012)

The Shinnecock Nation in New York needs donations of generators, fuel and food after suffering through Hurricane Sandy. The tribe declared an emergency and evacuated the reservation as the storm hit the East Coast. All power went out and there's...

Native Sun News: University hosts 6th Indian scholarship gala (October 31, 2012)

In this undated photo, nationally renowned, multitalented entertainer Jackie Bird performs her popular hoop dance, a traditional form of Native American dance using intricate manipulation of hoops to form images and tell a story. Bird, an enrolled member of...

Laura Waterman Wittstock: Russell Means started a movement (October 31, 2012)

"It would be a shame for Russell Means (1939-2012) to be remembered only as a maker of trouble, an unreasonable negotiator, and someone who pushed the limits of human behavior to the breaking point. I met him when I was...