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Charlie Galbraith: President Obama to host tribal leaders in DC (December 4, 2012)

"On December 5, 2012, President Obama will host representatives invited from each of the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes, and Alaska Native Villages, at the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference. Fulfilling a commitment to improve and expand dialog...

Mescalero Apache Tribe to share per cap from $33M settlement (December 4, 2012)

The Mescalero Apache Tribe of New Mexico will be sharing a portion of its $32.8 million trust fund settlement. The tribe approved a per capita payment of $1,500. The checks will be mailed next week, The Albuquerque Journal reported. The...

Yakama Nation calls for halt to pipeline across treaty territory (December 4, 2012)

The Yakama Nation of Washington is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to stop construction of a water pipeline. The pipeline passes through treaty territory, where the tribe retains hunting, fishing and gathering rights. "Current construction cannot be sustained...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to begin oil worker training program (December 4, 2012)

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is training members to work in oil service fields. The Tribal Employment Rights Office already offers a 10-day oil rig training program. The last session had 24 graduates, The Bismarck Tribune reported. “In order to...

Program trains Navajo Nation students for cleanup of uranium (December 4, 2012)

The first students are graduating from a program aimed at cleaning up uranium sites on the Navajo Nation. About 20 students were selected for the three-week Superfund Job Training Initiative. They learned more about hazardous waste, emergency response, first aid,...

Chief of Blood Tribe sworn into third consecutive term in office (December 4, 2012)

Charles Weasel Head was sworn in as chief of the Blood Tribe of Alberta on Monday. This will be Weasel Head's third consecutive term in office. He pledged for more accountability for the band's finances, an issue that has been...

Crow Tribe holds inauguration ceremony for new set of leaders (December 4, 2012)

The Crow Tribe of Montana held an inauguration ceremony on Monday for a new slate of leaders. Darrin Old Coyote was sworn in as the new chairman. He vowed to take the tribe in a new direction for his four...

Rep. Darrell Issa introduces Violence Against Indian Women Act (December 4, 2012)

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) introduced H.R.6625, the Violence Against Indian Women Act of 2012, on Monday. The bill allows participating tribes to exercise jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence offenses in Indian Country. The provisions are similar to those...

Judge dismisses Grand Traverse Band invasive species lawsuit (December 4, 2012)

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and five states lost a lawsuit aimed at preventing an invasive species from entering the Great Lakes. Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and...

Former students at Native day schools seek $15B with lawsuit (December 4, 2012)

Former students at Native day schools are seeking $15 billion in compensation from the Canadian government. A lawsuit alleges the students were subject to abuse and loss of culture at day schools across the nation. It's different from the residential...

House Resources Committee markup for Barona Band land bill (December 4, 2012)

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a markup session tomorrow on three bills. One of the bills on the agenda is S. 3193. The bill clarifies which land is held in trust for the Barona Band of Mission Indians...

Land-into-trust fix remains in limbo as end of year approaches (December 4, 2012)

A fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar faces a tough road as the 112th Congress winds down. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada), the majority leader in the Senate, wanted to bring up S.676 last week. But...

Peter d'Errico: Indigenous people outlast Edward Curtis photos (December 4, 2012)

"Edward Curtis was a star at the start of his monumental work, "The North American Indian." At the halfway point, his fame had vanished, though his stupendous effort to record the "vanishing Indians" continued. By the time he finished,...

Nathan Lefthand: Indian Country needs more access to Internet (December 4, 2012)

"We, as American Indians, have a great need. It has been here for quite some time and on many levels: economic, educational, health, entertainment and a general better way of life. This great need requires one thing, and that is...

HUD Blog: Final NAHASDA rule published in the Federal Register (December 4, 2012)

"Today, HUD published updated regulations designed to provide greater access to affordable housing for Native Americans. In 1996, Congress passed the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) which simplified and reorganized the system HUD used to provide housing...