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December 6, 2012
Agencies reach memorandum of understanding for sacred sites
Four Cabinet secretaries signed a memorandum of understanding to protect sacred sites. The Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy and Interior agreed to collaborate on sacred site policies for the next...

USDA report makes recommendations for sacred site protection
The Department of Agriculture issued its final sacred sites report today. The report recommends that the U.S. Forest Service work more closely with tribes to identify and protect important sites...

IRS issues new guidance on general welfare exclusion for tribes
The Internal Revenue Service has issued new guidance affecting taxation of benefits provided by tribal governments. Generally, all income and benefits are subject to federal income tax. But the "tribal...

Suspicious substance mailed to Ute Tribe's office was harmless
A suspicious substance that was mailed to the Ute Tribe of Utah turned out to be harmless. The FBI sent a hazardous materials team to the reservation, The Salt Lake...

Column: Ute Mountain Ute Tribe brings Christmas tree to Capitol
"Three weeks before the 73-foot Engleman Spruce Christmas tree was officially lit Tuesday on the U.S. Capitol lawn, it stood atop Ute Mountain in Colorado, where the Ute Native American...

Social workers tried to find Tulalip woman whose daughter died
Social workers from the state of Washington spent months looking for a woman from the Tulalip Tribes whose daughter was later found dead. The state Department of Social and Health...

Arizona's top court won't take ICWA suit involving Navajo Nation
The Arizona Supreme Court has refused to hear an Indian Child Welfare Act involving the Navajo Nation. The tribe objected to the placement of a Navajo boy with a non-Indian...

Cherokee Nation against any change to Indian Child Welfare Act
The Cherokee Nation opposes changes to the Indian Child Welfare Act, the tribe's attorney general said. The tribe is involved in a high-profile ICWA case that could go before teh...

Jicarilla Apache Nation signs agreement for new power provider
The Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico signed an agreement with PNM to provide service on the reservation. The tribe was receiving service from Northern Rio Arriba Electric Cooperative. But...

Picayune Rancheria continues enrollment purge with another 43
The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California has removed another 43 people from the rolls, The Sierra Star reports. The tribe at one point had more than 1,000...

Cowboys and Indians: Glass sculptures show Indian influences
"Dale Chihuly revolutionized the art of blown glass, transforming the delicate material into monumental sculptures and large-scale installations. But before he interspersed glass fronds amid the greenery of the Kew...

Diverse: Tribal colleges report increase in Indian male students
"American Indian male enrollment at tribal colleges and universities has risen 19 percent in the past six years, according to the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. That translates into 5,807...

HCN Blog: BIA enters new era with streamline lease regulations
"Last Wednesday, to rather muffled fanfare, the Department of the Interior released a new set of rules that will make it easier for tribes and Indian landowners to lease their...

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe prepares for inauguration
The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Bryan Brewer Brewer sworn in ahead of Dec. 7...

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe election lawsuit dismissed
The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. James ‘Toby’ Big Boy Francis Pumpkin Seed OST election...

Justice Blog: Working to protect civil rights of Native Americans
"Last week the Department of Justice formally recognized Native American Heritage Month with a program based on this year’s theme “Serving Our People, Serving Our Nation: Native Visions for Future...

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