Opinion: Clear land-into-trust standard needed for Carcieri fix (December 5, 2012)
"Retiring Senator Daniel Akaka (D–HI) has indicated, with the support of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) and the Obama Administration, that he intends to push his “Carcieri Fix” (S. 676) during the lame-duck session of Congress. The bill would...
Jodi Gillette: White House report on progress in Indian Country (December 5, 2012)
"Over the past four years, through tribal consultation and the White House Tribal Nations Conferences, President Obama and his Administration have worked to ensure that tribal leaders are directly involved in setting policy priorities. Today, President Obama is hosting the...
Gus Pina: Dry Creek Rancheria takes membership role seriously (December 5, 2012)
"The U.S. Constitution recognizes Indian tribes as sovereign governments along with states and foreign governments. One hundred and eighty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court acknowledged our political independence and sovereign status. The ability to determine our membership, as with...
Native Sun News: Tribes document ICWA woes in South Dakota (December 5, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Evelyn Red Lodge Native Sun News Correspondent. All content © Native Sun News. Federal Indian Child Welfare Act directors representing six of the nine Native American tribes in South Dakota met Thursday,...
Yaqui Tribe challenges aqueduct under construction in Mexico (December 5, 2012)
The Yaqui Tribe in Mexico is battling an aqueduct that will take water from their homeland. The aqueduct is already under construction but the Yaqui hope they can stop it. The tribe has won one court decision, The New York...
Cedric Sunray: White House Indians keep policy of segregation (December 5, 2012)
On November 28, I received a call from Charles Galbraith, the associate director for intergovernmental affairs at the White House, after numerous inquiries regarding the omission of historic tribes from the White House Tribal Nations Conference. Our conversation escalated quickly...
Charles Kader: Challenges and potential in border communities (December 5, 2012)
"With the holiday season upon us, the advertisements try to get us to all think big and throw a party and invite the neighbors over. In some neighborhoods, that may be easier to suggest than in some others. Throughout my...
Christina Castro: The beauty of a Native woman, in Native eyes (December 5, 2012)
"Lately, we as Native people have been bombarded with a constant influx of demeaning imagery in the media and fashion industry. It seems like every other skinny blonde model or pop singer these days is rocking a tacky war bonnet....
Indigenous leaders demand protection for homelands in Brazil (December 5, 2012)
Indigenous leaders went to the capital of Brazil on Tuesday to seek protections for their homelands. Tribes are facing encroachments from loggers and ranchers. They delivered a petition to the county's leaders calling for the government to complete the demarcation...
NCAI warns of negative effects of fiscal cliff on tribal programs (December 5, 2012)
The National Congress of American Indians sent a letter to Congressional leaders to warn of the negative impacts of budget cuts in Indian Country. Members of Congress have until the end of the year to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff"...
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