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Opinion: Native women still waiting on Congress to take action (December 12, 2012)

"On April 24, Deborah Parker, vice chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes in Washington State, visited Congress regarding an environmental protection matter. She stopped by Senator Patty Murray’s office and asked how the Senate reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act...

Judge orders first round of payments from Cobell settlement (December 12, 2012)

A federal judge issued on order on Tuesday that authorized the first round of payments from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement. Between 325,000 to 350,000 Indian beneficiaries across the country will receive a $1,000 check. The payment covers...

Authorities indict seven for taking over $500K from Crow Tribe (December 12, 2012)

Federal authorities charged seven people -- almost all of them from the same family -- for stealing $520,000 from the Crow Tribe of Montana. Authorities say Dale Drew Old Horn, 67, used his position as the director of the tribe's...

Colville Tribes won't share rest of $193M trust fund settlement (December 12, 2012)

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation of Washington won't share the remainder of a $193 million trust fund settlement. The tribe already distributed half of the settlement on a per capita basis. Members received about $10,400 in two payments...

BSPR: Cobell settlement to bring millions to Pacific Northwest (December 12, 2012)

"The first payouts from a historic class-action suit against the federal government will be sent to American Indians within the week. The settlement will be split by 500,000 American Indians, including many in the Northwest. Lead plaintiff Elouise Cobell sued...

GAO: Minerals on Indian lands worth $3.5B in fiscal year 2011 (December 12, 2012)

Oil, gas, coal and other minerals on Indian lands were worth $3.5 billion in fiscal year 2011, the Government Accountability Office said in a report today. The GAO analyzed leases at the Interior Department as part of a review of...

Senate passes Bridgeport land-into-trust, Pascua Yaqui bills (December 12, 2012)

The Senate approved two Indian bills by unanimous consent on Tuesday. H.R.2467 places approximately 39.36 acres in trust for the Bridgeport Indian Colony of California. The tribe gained federal recognition in 1974. “H.R. 2467 calls for land in Mono County,...

Tule River Tribe holding vigil for five family members who died (December 12, 2012)

The Tule River Tribe of California is holding a candlelight vigil for the rest of the week in honor of five family members who were killed. Authorities say Hector Celaya, 31, shot and killed his mother Irene Celaya, 60, and...

Opinion: Palestinians suffer a 'Trail of Tears' in their homeland (December 12, 2012)

"Ever since my childhood, I have always felt a deep connection with Native Americans. At the Ramallah Friends School, a Quaker institution established in Palestine over a century ago, we learned about our shared history as indigenous peoples who have...

Native Sun News: Seventeen named Native Nation Rebuilders (December 12, 2012)

The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey. Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. All content © Native Sun News. Bush Foundation names Native Nation Rebuilders By Brandon Ecoffey Native Sun News Staff...