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St. Regis Mohawk Tribe defends land claim with support of DOJ (November 21, 2012)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York is defending its land claim with the support of the Department of Justice. The tribe sued the state over 12,000 acres of stolen land. A federal magistrate recommended that the case go...

City wins lawsuit over changes at Indian Services Commission (November 21, 2012)

A judge in Seattle, Washington, said Mayor Mike McGinn can reorganize the Indian Services Commission, an urban Indian organization. The commission sued when McGinn removed two members of the board and appointed a board chairman. The judge said the mayor...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on November 29 (November 21, 2012)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a hearing next Thursday, November 29. The hearing is titled "Reclaiming Our Image and Identity for the Next Seven Generations." It takes place at 2:15pm in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office...

Gyasi Ross: Flying the not too friendly skies after the election (November 21, 2012)

"I think airport conversations–when you’re waiting for your flight–are the most interesting conversations you can have. The reason why? Who knows? Could it be that the possibility of dying within the next few hours from a drunken pilot using his...

Jessica Metcalfe: Buy Native and help build Native economies (November 21, 2012)

"I want to take this opportunity to talk with you about the upcoming six weeks, and how important we can make them when it comes to economic development in Indian Country. During the holidays we spend billions of dollars on...

Chaske Martin: Indians weren't invited to the 1st Thanksgiving (November 21, 2012)

In 1620, the English ship Mayflower landed on the North American coast off-loading some 100 Puritan religious fanatics (the so-called “Pilgrims”) in the middle of the New England winter. The indigenous inhabitants of this area had already been reduced to...

Native Sun News: New Oglala leader announces language plan (November 21, 2012)

The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. The Oglala Sioux Tribe’s president-elect, first-time politician Bryan Brewer, speaks Nov. 15 during the opening of the fifth annual...

Michael Roberts: Tribes should take control of food economies (November 21, 2012)

"Roughly 400 years after this first Thanksgiving, many Native peoples are dependent upon public assistance to eat, including the USDA’s commodity food program. Statistics also tell us that Native people in 22 states receive commodity food, and that approximately one...