Opinion: Salinan tribes in California facing obstacles to unity (November 28, 2012)
"We often hear comments from people reflecting a wish that all Salinans work together to achieve common goals for the greater good of all of our people. Many of us wish for the same thing. There are several elements in...
Miccosukee man doesn't know who paid $3.1M to legal team (November 28, 2012)
A member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida says he doesn't know who paid $3.1 million to his law firm. Jimmie Bert and his daughter, Tammy Gwen Billie, have been represented Lewis Tein, a firm led by two former U.S....
Chinook Nation looking for support on federal recognition bill (November 28, 2012)
The Chinook Nation of Washington is hoping to gain more support for federal recognition in Congress. The tribe was recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the end of the Clinton administration in January 2001. But the decision was...
Yankton Sioux man accused of killing uncle, shooting cousin (November 28, 2012)
Dancing Bull Fischer, a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, is accused of fatally shooting his uncle and putting his cousin in critical condition. Bull Fischer, 23, is charged with one count of second-degree murder. Authorities say...
Tracey Avila, Robinson Rancheria leader, set for trial in 2013 (November 28, 2012)
Tracey I. Avila, the chairwoman of the Robinson Rancheria Pomo Indians of California, is due to go trial in February 2013 on a grand theft charge. Avila, 51, was arraigned on Tuesday but apparently did not appear in person. Her...
Northern Cheyenne man loses bid to lower murder sentence (November 28, 2012)
Vernon Kills On Top, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe who was convicted of murder, kidnapping and robbery, lost his bid to have his sentence lowered. Kills On Top was initially sentenced to the death penalty for the 1987...
Hartford Black Eagle, Crow spiritual leader, passes away at 78 (November 28, 2012)
Hartford Black Eagle, a spiritual leader of the Crow Tribe of Montana who adopted President Barack Obama into his family, died on Monday. He was 78. Black Eagle and his wife, Mary, adopted then-candidate Obama on a visit to...
Soboba basketball star spends Thanksgiving at White House (November 28, 2012)
Joseph Burton, a member of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians of California, spent Thanksgiving at the White House after volunteering at a food bank in Washington, D.C. Burton is a senior at Oregon State University. The head basketball coach...
DOJ launches civil rights investigation into Albuquerque police (November 28, 2012)
The Department of Justice announced a civil rights investigation into law enforcement in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Officers from the Albuquerque Police Department have been involved in 25 shootings since 2010. Seventeen of those have been fatal. "After careful consideration of...
BIA completes regulations to speed leasing in Indian Country (November 28, 2012)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has completed regulations that will speed up the leasing process in Indian Country, Obama administration officials said on Tuesday. The regulations, for the first time, place deadlines on the BIA. For residential leases, subleases, and...
Tentative schedule for White House Tribal Nations Conference (November 28, 2012)
The Obama administration is finalizing details for the fourth White House Tribal Nations Conference, to be held in Washington, D.C., on December 5. The event, as in years past, will take place at the main Interior Department building. All 566...
Checks for $3.4B Cobell settlement expected in mid-December (November 28, 2012)
Checks for beneficiaries of the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement could start going out during the week of December 10, an attorney for the plaintiffs said. The $3.4 billion must first be transferred to a court-approved bank. That's expected...
Native Sun News: Mid-East and South Dakota journalists meet (November 28, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Native Sun News along with Tom Katus, standing at right, of South Dakota Public Broadcasting, participated in a journalism...
Chris Wondolowski, Kiowa, up for Major League Soccer award (November 28, 2012)
Chris Wondolowski, a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, is up for a Major League Soccer award. Wondolowski plays forward for the San Jose Earthquakes. He is one of three finalists for the league's most valuable player award....
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