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Agencies reach memorandum of understanding for sacred sites (December 6, 2012)

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 five years. The agencies will consult with tribes, create a...

USDA report makes recommendations for sacred site protection (December 6, 2012)

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 on federal lands. It also proposes to broaden the definition...

IRS issues new guidance on general welfare exclusion for tribes (December 6, 2012)

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 general welfare exclusion" provides exceptions that are addressed in Application...

Suspicious substance mailed to Ute Tribe's office was harmless (December 6, 2012)

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 Tribune reported. Initial tests showed the substance wasn't dangerous but...

Column: Ute Mountain Ute Tribe brings Christmas tree to Capitol (December 6, 2012)

"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 tribe has lived for some 1500 years. Bradley W. Hight,...

Social workers tried to find Tulalip woman whose daughter died (December 6, 2012)

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 Service closed the case on Christina Carlson on the afternoon...

Arizona's top court won't take ICWA suit involving Navajo Nation (December 6, 2012)

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 couple. But the Arizona Court of Appeals in August said...

Cherokee Nation against any change to Indian Child Welfare Act (December 6, 2012)

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 U.S. Supreme Court. A non-Indian couple is trying to regain...

Jicarilla Apache Nation signs agreement for new power provider (December 6, 2012)

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 a dispute over the utility's equipment on the reservation has...

Picayune Rancheria continues enrollment purge with another 43 (December 6, 2012)

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 people on the rolls. But the list has been trimmed...

Cowboys and Indians: Glass sculptures show Indian influences (December 6, 2012)

"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 Gardens in London, before he suspended 700-pound chandeliers over Venice,...

Diverse: Tribal colleges report increase in Indian male students (December 6, 2012)

"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 male students out of a total tribal enrollment of some...

HCN Blog: BIA enters new era with streamline lease regulations (December 6, 2012)

"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 property for economic development. Native Americans will be able to...

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe prepares for inauguration (December 6, 2012)

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 inauguration By Brandon Ecoffey Native Sun News Staff Writer PINE...

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe election lawsuit dismissed (December 6, 2012)

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 challenge dismissed By Brandon Ecoffey Native Sun News Staff Writer...

Justice Blog: Working to protect civil rights of Native Americans (December 6, 2012)

"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 Generations.” As this month of special recognition of American Indian...