Mary Pember: Child handcuffs show the past horrors of Haskell (January 3, 2013)
"For such small objects, the child’s handcuffs are surprisingly heavy when cradled in the palms of one’s hand. Although now rusted from years of disuse, they still convey the horror of their brutal purpose, which was to restrain Native children...
Sexual assault of Native woman investigated as a hate crime (January 3, 2013)
Authorities are treating the sexual assault of a Native woman in Ontario as a hate crime. The woman reported being assaulted, strangled and left for dead in Thunder Bay. She said her assailants -- described as two non-Native men --...
Tribes in New Mexico looking to acquire surplus BLM property (January 3, 2013)
Two New Mexico tribes are interested in acquiring surplus property from the Bureau of Land Management, The Albuquerque Journal reports. Santa Ana Pueblo and San Felipe Pueblo plan to preserve the 3,144-acre site if they are able to acquire it....
Tribal provisions of Violence Against Women Act die in House (January 3, 2013)
Pro-tribal provisions in the Violence Against Women Act died in the House after Republican leaders again refused to bring the Senate version of the bill up for a vote. S.1925 recognizes tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence offenses...
Letter: Colville Tribes should distribute rest of trust settlement (January 3, 2013)
"Houseboats at Keller Ferry and abandoned mills near Omak serve as grim reminders of Colville tribal council’s record of inept spending and intuitive planning. I am not optimistic that council’s approach will maximize use of settlement monies, not during my...
Vincent Armenta: Obama discusses tribal issues at annual meet (January 3, 2013)
"In my last column, I discussed some of the events at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C., last month. Tribal government leaders — more than 500 of us — participated in sessions with federal officials to improve...
Mark Charles: Working towards reconciliation with Native people (January 3, 2013)
Reconciliation is never easy, which is why it doesn't happen very often.
Zachary Pullin: Growing to find acceptance among my people (January 3, 2013)
"The intersection of my identity as a gay man and a Chippewa Cree tribal member begins at the intersection of Route 87 and Highway 448. The unpretentious hamlet of Box Elder, Mont., on the Rocky Boy Reservation is home to...
Opinion: Visits to Israel stirring controversy in Indian Country (January 3, 2013)
"More recently, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and his wife Martha visited Israel to learn about issues from agriculture to tourism. On his arrival here on December 8 he said, “We set out on this mission to look at how...
Gyasi Ross: Idle No More Movement will keep growing in power (January 3, 2013)
"1) Probably the biggest story in Indian country in years—from a grassroots perspective—is the Idle No More movement. All the Skins who think that want to do big stuff in Indian country should take notice and get o -board; this...
Winona LaDuke: Idle No More Movement sees worldwide support (January 3, 2013)
"Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence enters her fourth week on a hunger strike outside the Canadian parlaiment, thousands of protesters in Los Angeles, London, Minneapolis and New York City, voice their support. Spence and the protesters of the Idle No More...
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