Cherokee Nation spends millions on site owned by board member (January 7, 2013)
Cherokee Nation Businesses spent a reported $8.5 million on a golf course and land that's partially owned by a board member, The Tulsa World reports. Board member Bob Berry abstained from the 14-0-1 vote to buy the Cherry Springs Golf...
Delvin Cree: North Dakota event supports Idle No More movement (January 7, 2013)
Loren Red Star from the Ocean Man Reserve listened as his brother Cecil took the lead in a traditional song during an "Idle No More" event at the International Peace Gardens north of Dunseith, North Dakota. The Saskatchewan Native's brother...
Doug George-Kanentiio: Natives are at point of outrage in Canada (January 7, 2013)
There are good reasons for Canada's Native people to be at the point where frustration, impatience and anger rush together in a blend of powerful emotions bordering on rage. It is to the credit of Native people that they have...
Chloe Haimson: A battle for reproductive rights in Indian Country (January 7, 2013)
"As the presidential election approached, we heard plenty of political rhetoric about reproductive rights. From abortion laws to "legitimate rape," everyone seems to have an opinion about women’s bodies. It’s time we refocus the conversation and stand back to examine...
Jay Daniels: Final BIA regulations a big improvement for leasing (January 7, 2013)
"Well, it’s finally official as the new regulations for 25 C.F.R. § 162 (“new regulations”), including residential, business agricultural, religious, recreational and other purposes have become final as of January 4, 2013. Another change, but it is a change for...
Supreme Court takes first Indian Child Welfare Act case in years (January 7, 2013)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, its first Indian Child Welfare Act case in more than two decades. The case involves a non-Indian couple that tried to adopt a girl without the...
Stephanie Woodard: An Indian Child Welfare Act scandal unfolds (January 7, 2013)
"In a basement interrogation room in South Dakota, agents of the state’s Department of Criminal Investigation were on the firing line. A group of Native American children were claiming sexual and physical abuse by their white adoptive parents, whose home...
Researcher claims Washington Indian roll from 1919 is unreliable (January 7, 2013)
An anthropologist claims a Washington Indian roll from 1919 is unreliable. Indian agent Charles Roblin compiled the Schedule of Unenrolled Indians to ensure unenrolled Indians received treaty and other benefits. The list has been used by the Snoqualmie Tribe to...
Mark Trahant: Tribal leaders should prepare for shrinking budgets (January 7, 2013)
"The goal of this blog is to help tribal leaders, and tribal communities, prepare for the austerity ahead. Over the next few weeks I want to explore how tribal governments might adapt to this cycle. And look for ways for...
Darren Bonaparte: Chief Theresa Spence should end hunger strike (January 7, 2013)
"The Idle No More movement and the hunger strike of Chief Theresa Spence are all the rage on social media these days. Facebook has become a powerful, unifying factor among aboriginal peoples who have long complained of the sketchy coverage...
Editorial: Congress needs to protect Native women from violence (January 7, 2013)
"For most of 2012, House Republicans balked at the Senate’s attempt to expand protections for Native Americans, illegal immigrants and victims within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Some have since shifted their support in favor of the latter...
Tim Giago: Incompetence overwhelms at Bureau of Indian Affairs (January 7, 2013)
Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © Unity South Dakota When measuring incompetence in the federal government where does one begin? An excellent starting point is with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The acronym BIA is as...
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