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December 19, 2012
S.E. Ruckman: White House budget office using old tribal data
"Federal officials say the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) compiled list of population, enrollment and workforce statistics for Indian Country has not been updated since 2005. The figures...

CNN: Mark Charles reads official US apology to Native peoples
"Buried on page 45 of the 2010 Defense Appropriations Act, after pages on the maintenance and operation of the U.S. military, is an official apology to Native American people. Mark...

Jerusalem Post: Poet Joy Harjo draws fury with visit to Israel
"Joy Harjo was on her way to Israel from Glenpool, Oklahoma, last week, having been invited by professors at Tel Aviv University to perform and do a reading for students....

Brian Paterson: Indian Country mourning loss of Daniel Inouye
Honor. Brave. Patriotic. Those three words come to mind as Indian Country pauses to remember and pay respect to the passing of an honored, brave and patriotic warrior, Hawaii Senator,...

Five to join Indian child welfare truth and reconciliation panel
Five people were named to the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The commission was established by Gov. Paul LePage (R). Its goal is to “acknowledge the truth,...

Navajo Nation Band lands a spot in Obama's inaugural parade
The Navajo Nation Band will march with President Barack Obama for his inaugural parade on January 21, 2013. The band was among 3,000 applicants for the parade. The Presidential Inaugural...

Anderson Law: Republican VAWA bill a deal breaker for tribes
"OPPOSE THE DRAFT CANTOR VAWA BILL (Cantor Draft) Prepared by Anderson Indian Law We strongly urge tribes to reject the Cantor draft VAWA bill because it is a diminishment of...

Johnny Rustywire: Coming home to Navajoland for Christmas
"Going home for Christmas is sometimes hard to do when there isn't enough beso (money) for gifts. It would be nice to go home and bring all the things everyone...

Richard Monette: Indian Country loses a warrior in Dan Inouye
When Dan Inouye moved on to the next journey, our world lost a giant of a man. Indian Country lost a warrior, a leader, a true chief. Many knew Senator...

DOI to consult tribes about Indian land consolidation program
The Interior Department is launching the $1.9 billion land consolidation portion of the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement. As part of the Land Buy-Back Program, DOI will pay Indian landowners for...

Native Sun News: South Dakota to exclude poor from Medicaid
The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. South Dakota’s Republican governor, Dennis Daugaard, has followed the...

Native Sun News: Lakota Voice Project takes hold in Rapid City
The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. “WHAT DOES HOPE LOOK LIKE TO YOU?:” The Lakota...

Lise Balk King: Indian women need protections in VAWA update
"In the case of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the bill that seeks to protect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, the fix will take only the stroke...

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