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Pueblo fashion designer slated to compete on Project Runway (January 9, 2013)

It looks like Project Runway will feature an Indian designer for the first time in the show's history. Patricia Michaels of Taos Pueblo can be seen in a preview clip for the 11th season. The official list of competitors...

Blackfeet men indicted over game hunts for country musicians (January 9, 2013)

Three members of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana were indicted for organizing big-game hunts with country music stars. Jay St. Goddard, Jay Wells and Gayle Skunkcap Jr. each face six charges, including the theft of tribal wildlife. Federal prosecutors said...

Hopi Tribe withdraws lawsuit against wastewater at sacred site (January 9, 2013)

The Hopi Tribe withdrew a lawsuit aimed at stopping the use of reclaimed sewage in the sacred San Francisco Peaks in Arizona. The tribe agreed to pull the lawsuit after talks with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency...

Navajo Nation starts talks to purchase coal mine in New Mexico (January 9, 2013)

The Navajo Nation is in talks to buy a coal mine on the New Mexico portion of the reservation. BHP Billiton operates the Navajo Mine on land it leases from the tribe. The facility employs around 433 people, about 85...

Bad River Band continues battle against big mine by reservation (January 9, 2013)

The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians continues to speak out against a proposed mine near its reservation in Wisconsin. Chairman Mike Wiggins Jr. called for rock samples from the iron ore mine to be...

Interview: Adam Beach discusses 'In The Spirit of Crazy Horse' (January 9, 2013)

"Adam Beach is the star of the hit CBC series Arctic Air. He plays Bobby Martin, the son of a legendary Dene bush pilot, who finds his share of drama in Yellowknife as he tries to learn the ropes of...

Study shows Fond du Lac Band contributes $305M to economy (January 9, 2013)

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Minnesota contributed $305 million to the economy, according to a tribal-commissioned study. The tribe owns a diverse range of businesses and employs about 2,200 people. The economic contribution from...

High rate of infant deaths on Wind River Reservation in Wyoming (January 9, 2013)

Infant death rates are twice as high on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, according to a state report. Based on data from 2001 to 2011, about 14 of 1,000 Indian infants died before their first birthday. In comparison, six...

Pokagon Band looks to diversify economy with purchase of firm (January 9, 2013)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan has acquired a plastics engineering company. Mno-Bmadsen, the tribe's economic development corporation, purchased Accu-Mold Inc. for an undisclosed price. Plans call for additional technology and more employees at the firm's headquarters. Mno-Bmadsen...

Mille Lacs Band to purchase two large hotels in downtown St. Paul (January 9, 2013)

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians is buying two large hotels in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin wouldn't name the hotels because the deal won't be final for another month. But The Minneapolis Star Tribune identified...

Eastern Cherokees impose fines for domestic violence offenses (January 9, 2013)

Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who are convicted of domestic violence offenses will now be subject to a $1,000 fine. The fine is aimed at repeat offenders. “We are hoping this will make them stop and think,"...

B2C: Indian and tribal businesses contribute to economies in US (January 9, 2013)

"Many people don’t know much about Native Americans, even though their contributions to society are significant. And that’s especially true when it comes to the world of business; in some states, Native American-run businesses employ thousands of people and generate...

California bill replaces Columbus Day with Native American Day (January 9, 2013)

California Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D) introduced a bill to make Native American Day an official holiday in the state. Native American Day is currently recognized on the fourth Monday in September. AB55 would move the holiday to the second Monday...

DNA evidence points to a male suspect in Indian woman's death (January 9, 2013)

DNA evidence points to a male suspect in the death of Faith Hedgepeth, a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe of North Carolina, police said on Tuesday. Hedgepeth, 19, was a student at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She...

Salazar launches review of offshore drilling operations in Arctic (January 9, 2013)

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced an "expedited" review of offshore drilling operations in the Arctic Ocean, following safety incidents in recent months. Shell Oil has been involved in three mishaps. Late last month, the Kulluk drilling rig ran aground during...

Notah Begay to join on-air team at NBC Sports and Golf Channel (January 9, 2013)

Navajo / Pueblo golfer Notah Begay III is joining the on-air team on the NBC Sports and the Golf Channel. Begay, a multiple PGA Tour winner, will be a full-time reporter for the channel. He debuts this week at the...

Column: 'Redskins' name continues to bring bad karma to team (January 9, 2013)

"Now don’t go trying to prove otherwise by digging up some ancient Washington victory from back in, say, Joe Gibbs’s early days. This is a new era. Attitudes are changing; progressive thinking is emerging on everything from guns, gays and...