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Jay Daniels: Everyone wants to talk but no one wants to listen (December 20, 2012)

"On December 1, 2011, Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior (DOI), issued Secretarial Order No. 3317 for the purpose of updating, expanding and clarifying the Department’s policy on consultation with American Indian and Alaska Native Indians in accordance with Presidential...

Blog: Tahltan First Nation fought big energy company and won (December 20, 2012)

"A eight-year-long confrontation between British Columbia natives and Big Oil has come to an end. The natives won. After years of protests, from road blockades in northern British Columbia to “Get the Shell Out” demonstrations in The Netherlands, the Shell...

Two South Dakota tribes share $6M from trust fund settlements (December 20, 2012)

Two South Dakota tribes made more than $6 million in per capita payments to their members after reaching trust fund settlements with the federal government. The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe received $18 million in the settlement. Of that amount, the...

Kawika Riley: Dan Inouye aided era of tribal self-determination (December 20, 2012)

"The United States, and all of its indigenous peoples, lost a hero and a champion this week, with the passing of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii). Senator Inouye’s life was filled with accomplishments, from receiving the Medal of Honor...

Steve Russell: Liberty against policy in our state of democracy (December 20, 2012)

"Everything is not a matter of opinion and all opinions are not equal. In the U.S., we frame all policy arguments in terms of liberty, and since we don’t teach critical thought, who wins the framing dispute wins the argument....

House approves bill to help Quapaw Tribe resolve trust dispute (December 20, 2012)

The House voted 398-5 on Wednesday to pass H.Res.668, a bill that helps the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma resolve a trust fund dispute. In 2002, the tribe filed a lawsuit that accused the federal government of mismanaging its trust funds...

Deadline for second round of payments from Cobell settlement (December 20, 2012)

The first payments from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement are making the rounds in Indian Country as a second deadline approaches for Indian beneficiaries. People who have already received, or are due to receive, a $1,000 check for...

Red Lake Nation shooting survivors lend support in Connecticut (December 20, 2012)

Members of the Red Lake Nation of Minnesota who survived a school shooting are in Newtown, Connecticut, to lend their support for a grieving community Ashley Lajeunesse, Leah Cook, Justin Jourdain and Whitney Spears were in the ninth grade when...

Rodney Donahue: Hoopa Valley Tribe should legalize cannabis (December 20, 2012)

"The Hoopa Tribe should legalize cannabis, instead of outlawing it on the reservation, because there are too many negative impacts from prohibition. First of all, we have non-tribal members coming here to grow cannabis throughout spring, summer and fall. After...

Fawn Sharp: Daniel Inouye was a champion for Indian Country (December 20, 2012)

From the day Senator Daniel K. Inouye first stepped foot into Indian Country he has been known as a friend, a brother and a champion of our people—to all indigenous people, in every state, in every region, in every sovereign...

MPR: Minnesota tribes can benefit from land consolidation plan (December 20, 2012)

"In 1887, Congress passed the Dawes Act, allowing reservation land to be given to individual Indians. Most were given a parcel of 80 or 160 acres. The federal government held the land in trust. As the years passed, each heir...