Steven Newcomb: A cruel history in conquest of Native people (December 3, 2012)
"In Sir Arthur Helps’s book The Spanish Conquest in America (1855), we find a memorable and heart wrenching story of Spanish cruelty and treachery.” A female Indian leader named Anacaona of Xaraga, whom Helps calls “a queen,” lived on the...
Steve Russell: Full-blooded Indians still facing the most racism (December 3, 2012)
"FBIs (Full Blooded Indians) get weary of hearing about the vicissitudes facing mixed-blood Indians, for understandable reasons. FBIs bear the brunt of anti-Indian racism. “Race,” having no freestanding reality, is most often conflated with color, and so racial stigma follows...
Column: A big battle over a little deer hunt by Wisconsin tribes (December 3, 2012)
"There's a big dispute in federal court in Madison over whether American Indian tribes in Wisconsin should be allowed to use lights to kill deer at night outside the reservations. They should -- but that is not what is important....
Fraternity cancels party named 'Western Bros and Nava-hoes' (December 3, 2012)
A fraternity in Alberta, Canada, canceled a party named "Western Bros and Nava-hoes" after Native students protested. The Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity was going to hold the party at the Ranch Roadhouse in Edmonton. Native students at the University of...
County sues BIA over Ho-Chunk Nation land-into-trust papers (December 3, 2012)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is being sued over Ho-Chunk Nation land-into-trust documents. The tribe submitted an application for 600 acres in Baraboo, Wisconsin, more than a year ago. Officials in Sauk County have been asking the BIA for copies...
Review: Tragic history of Dakota war examined for '38 Nooses' (December 3, 2012)
"When the conflict between the Dakota nation and the white soldiers and settlers on the frontier of Minnesota came to an end in the fall of 1862, Gen. John Pope made clear that he intended to treat the Indians...
Travel: Ute Mountain Ute Tribe brings visitors closer to culture (December 3, 2012)
"At the small tribal visitor center near the Ute reservation town of Towaoc in the high Colorado desert, I climbed into an aging Ford van with four others. We'd come to Ute Mountain Tribal Park for an unusual, intimate look...
Editorial: Indian woman brings leadership to police department (December 3, 2012)
"Barring a surprise, on Friday the Minneapolis City Council is expected to confirm veteran cop Janeé Harteau as the city's new police chief. A protégée of former chief Tim Dolan, Harteau would become the first woman to head the department....
Interview with David Treuer on canoeing across Ojibwe country (December 3, 2012)
"In his nonfiction book “Rez Life,” David Treuer offers an affecting portrait of his childhood home, Leech Lake Indian Reservation, and his people, the Ojibwe. Before sitting down to write the book, he visited small reservations across the vast lake-pocked...
Column: Leaving the city behind for life in Alaska Native village (December 3, 2012)
"When Eunice Schaefer moved back to the village after more than a decade of city living, relatives often appeared at her doorstep with food. They had caught extra fish or killed extra birds, they would say. Did she want some?...
Native Sun News: Native monument in Rapid City gains ground (December 3, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy, Native Sun News Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Elizabeth Cook-Lynn would like to see Halley Park which comprises the eastern end of the portion of Rapid City referred...
Tim Giago: Indian Country remains out of sight and out of mind (December 3, 2012)
Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © Unity South Dakota Native Americans fit nicely into that media box labeled “Out of sight; out of mind:” And if not out of sight, then badly portrayed. At Thanksgiving white...
Editorial: Elouise Cobell worked tirelessly for trust settlement (December 3, 2012)
"Elouise Cobell did not live to experience the triumphant moment for her long campaign for justice, but the checks are going into the mail. Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation from Montana, filed a class-action lawsuit in 1996 to...
NPR: Tribes take on state and BIA in Indian child welfare battle (December 3, 2012)
"South Dakota's foster care system "systematically violated the spirit and the letter" of a law meant to protect Native American children, a coalition of tribal directors from the state's nine Sioux tribes said in a report released Thursday night. The...
Editorial: Priceless lessons learned from Cobell trust fund case (December 3, 2012)
"The finish line to a race that started more than 17 years ago will be crossed later this month when plaintiffs in a lawsuit by American Indians against the federal government receive settlement payments. The suit was filed by the...
Review: Book offers another peek at George Armstrong Custer (December 3, 2012)
"A full 136 years after the last bluecoat in the Seventh Cavalry fell, the literary autopsy of the Battle of the Little Bighorn shows no sign of letting up, with fresh students drawn to the historical morgue every year....
Opinion: Cobell trust fund settlement payout 'insultingly small' (December 3, 2012)
"Her Blackfeet Nation name was Yellow Bird Woman but during many years of contentious litigation attorneys for the federal government undoubtedly described Native American activist Elouise P. Cobell in more colorful terms. Yet Cobell, lead plaintiff in a groundbreaking 1996...
South Dakota could see $115M from 1st round of Cobell payout (December 3, 2012)
Indian beneficiaries in South Dakota could see between $105 million and $115 million from the first round of the Cobell trust fund settlement, an attorney said. Checks of $1,000 will be mailed after the $3.4 billion settlement is transferred to...
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