Former Mashantucket Pequot leader indicted on theft charges (January 4, 2013)
Michael Thomas, the former chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut, and his brother have been indicted on theft charges. Thomas is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the tribe when he served as chairman. His brother,...
County claims right to impose taxes on Passamaquoddy Tribe (January 4, 2013)
Washington County in Maine claims it has the authority to tax property owned by the Passamaquoddy Tribe and its members. The county claims the authority under the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980. The law subjects the reservation to...
Jason Asenap: Savoring the role of an Indian artist as truth teller (January 4, 2013)
"What is the role of an artist? What is the role of an Indian artist? And by Indian I mean Native American, Indigenous, etc. -- choose your terms, by your decade. Let’s not obfuscate the meaning or the question. What...
Supreme Court considers petition in Cherokee Nation ICWA case (January 4, 2013)
Update: The Supreme Court issued an order this afternoon, granting the petition in the case. This will be the first major ICWA case decided by the court since Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians v. Holyfield in 1989. The U.S. Supreme...
Steven Newcomb: Overcoming colonial history in Canada and US (January 4, 2013)
"As we approach the 200th year since the great Shawnee leader Tecumseh was killed in battle, by American forces on the River Thames in North America, on October 5, 1813, a tremendous wave of activism by the Original Nations and...
Dave Palermo: Tribes make progress on taxation issues with IRS (January 4, 2013)
"It was during a September hearing of the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs that Rep. Don Young, D-Alaska, grew a bit impatient with witness Christy Jacobs, director of the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Indian Tribal Governments,...
Cherokee Nation welcomes Markwayne Mullin to 113th Congress (January 4, 2013)
Republican Markwayne Mullin, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, was sworn in to the 113th Congress on Thursday. Mullin represents Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional district, which has the largest percentage of Native Americans of any district in the country. Cherokee Nation...
Opinion: House Republicans remain determined to ignore women (January 4, 2013)
"2012 was a rough year for the Republican Party’s relationship with women. From Missouri Senate nominee Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments to the party’s efforts to cut funding for preventative care (particularly important for women seeking cancer screenings and the...
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