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Kevin Washburn statement on passing of Charles Blackwell (January 2, 2013)

Charles Blackwell. Chickasaw Nation Ambassador to the United States. Photo East Central University. Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today issued the following statement on the passing of Chickasaw Nation Ambassador Charles Blackwell: “Today, Indian Country lost...

Peter d'Errico: Adoption an ongoing assault on Indian people (January 2, 2013)

"Worlds: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects is a new book about the campaign to break indigenous social structures by removing the children: "Governments…paid agencies and churches to remove and Christianize children… and raise them to be non-Indian."...

Feature: Native women fight back against domestic violence (January 2, 2013)

"Najaway, a Navajo woman, survived 20 years of domestic violence at the hands of two husbands—one Native, one non-Native. Now in her early 50s, she still can’t get the nightmare out of her head. “I remember my daughter looking at...

President Obama signs Barona Band land clarification into law (January 2, 2013)

President Barack Obama signed S.3193, the Barona Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Clarification Act, into law on December 28. The bill clarifies which land is held in trust for the Barona Band of Mission Indians in California under...

Fiscal cliff measure includes tax provisions for Indian Country (January 2, 2013)

H.R.8, the bill that averts the fiscal cliff, includes three tax provisions aimed at boosting employment and economic development in Indian Country. The Indian Employment Tax Credit encourages businesses to hire tribal members and their spouses. It expired in December...

Congress extends Special Diabetes Program for another year (January 2, 2013)

Congress extended the Special Diabetes Program for Indians by one year in the bill that averted the fiscal cliff. The program was due to expire this September. H.R.8 extends it for one more year at current funding levels -- $150...

Mark Trahant: Deal makes another fiscal cliff debate inevitable (January 2, 2013)

"President Barack Obama said his priority was keeping the current income tax rates in place for most Americans. The deal that passed Congress yesterday did just that. It raised taxes on people making more than $400,000 and pushed the fight...

US averts fiscal cliff after Congress approves last minute deal (January 2, 2013)

The United States avoided the so-called fiscal cliff after members of the 112th Congress voted to approve a last-minute deal that prevents deep spending cuts at every federal agency. The House voted 257-167 early this morning to pass a bill...

Jay Daniels: BIA still failing to provide contract support costs (January 2, 2013)

"Sitting here at 1:00 AM just wondering what this year, 2013, will bring to Indian Country. Currently watching the Senate vote on the budget deal and it’s apparent that Indian Country will lose no matter what the outcome is. Why?...

Waziyatawi: Dakota people won't forget hangings at Mankato (January 2, 2013)

"The Idle No More campaign is in full-swing to the north, and Dakota people associated with the 38+2 memorial horse ride have apparently abandoned the struggle for justice for Indigenous people here with the promotion of their mantra “forgive everyone...

Opinion: Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890 wasn't an anomaly (January 2, 2013)

"December 29 marks the 122nd anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee. It is a story that remains fresh in the lives of many indigenous peoples across America. Each generation is taught to never forget. In 1891, reviewing the history...