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9th Circuit lets Indian defendant be tried as adult over murder (January 10, 2013)

An Indian defendant can be tried as an adult for second-degree murder, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday. The defendant was 17 years old at the time of the incident. He objected to being tried as an...

Amber Alert issued for pregnant Native teen taken from home (January 10, 2013)

An Amber Alert has been issued for Katelyn Mosquito, a 14-year-old Native girl who was taken from her home in Saskatchewan on Wednesday night. Police believe Katelyn, who is pregnant, is with Jonathan Hansen, 16. Katelyn's older sister said...

South Dakota hospital to refile lawsuit against IHS in new court (January 10, 2013)

The Bennett County Hospital & Nursing Home in South Dakota will refile its lawsuit against the Indian Health Service in a new court. The hospital sued the IHS last year over $1.6 million in unpaid bills. The complaint was filed...

Chumash Tribe to hold public meeting to discuss plans for land (January 10, 2013)

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in California will hold a public meeting on January 21 to discuss its land plans. The tribe acquired 1,400 acres near the reservation for $40 million. The land will be used for housing...

County reconsiders stance on Ho-Chunk Nation land-into-trust (January 10, 2013)

Supervisors in Shawano County, Wisconsin, might drop its opposition to the Ho-Chunk Nation land-into-trust application. The tribe wants 44.39 acres taken into trust and offered a "generous" payment in lieu of property taxes, a supervisor said. But the county's official...

BIA approves land-into-trust application for Chukchansi Tribe (January 10, 2013)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved a land-into-trust application for the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California. The 12.48 acres are contiguous to the reservation, The Fresno Bee reports. The tribe will be used for housing and...

Native Sun News: Indian family punished for criticizing school (January 10, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. The Eagle Bull-Oxendine family challenged the offensive curriculum promoted at their children’s school. As a result they may have...

Stillaguamish Tribe grows economy with business investment (January 10, 2013)

The Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington has invested $5 million in a local technology firm. MicroGreen Polymers makes food and beverage containers from recycled plastic. The company will be adding 200 jobs this year thanks to the tribe's involvement. "As the...

Blackfeet Nation council down to five instead of nine members (January 10, 2013)

Political infighting within the Blackfeet Nation of Montana has left the tribal council down to just five members instead of the usual nine. The dispute started when Jay St. Goddard was suspended from the council in March 2012. He's now...

Decision expected to stir interest in Metis heritage in Canada (January 10, 2013)

A landmark ruling from the Federal Court of Canada is expected to increase interest in Metis heritage. Some 400,000 people self-identified as Metis on the 2006 census. The numbers are expected to increase because Judge Michael Phelan ruled that Metis...

Chris Mato Nunpa: A historic document for Year of the Dakota (January 10, 2013)

"Friday, December 14, 2012, the Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution titled “The Year of the Dakota: Remembering, Honoring and Truth-Telling,” which year began on December 26, 2012 through December 26, 2013. The Resolution contained such terms and phrases as:...

Mary Pember: How child handcuffs ended up at Haskell center (January 10, 2013)

"Shane Murray vividly recalls the scowl on the face of the young Native woman at Haskell Indian Nation University’s Cultural Center when he placed a pair of tiny handcuffs on her desk. “She knew immediately that these were child’s handcuffs...

Chief Theresa Spence won't meet with Canada Prime Minister (January 10, 2013)

Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence has pulled out of a meeting tomorrow with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Spence has been on a hunger strike for more than a month. One of her requests was a meeting with Harper but...

Opinion: Ecuador and Bolivia recognize rights of Mother Earth (January 10, 2013)

"In some of the poorest countries of Latin America, one can find a refreshing (and radical) departure from the conventional economic thinking entrenched in Canada and around the world. It’s not often that people look to countries such as Ecuador...

Patricia Michaels brings Project Runway to Taos Pueblo home (January 10, 2013)

Fashion designer Patricia Michaels of Taos Pueblo welcomed Project Runway to her home on her tribe's reservation in northern New Mexico. Michaels, whose name in the Tiwa language means Water Lily, is competing on season 11 of the show....

Cobell trust settlement expected to put $67M in North Dakota (January 10, 2013)

The $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement is expected to bring more than $67 million to Indian beneficiaries in North Dakota. Attorney David Smith said the historical accounting portion of the settlement will result in $13.169 million for North Dakota...

US Attorney continues review of Pine Ridge Reservation cases (January 10, 2013)

The U.S. Attorney's Office in South Dakota continues to review dozens of case of unsolved deaths on and near the Pine Ridge Reservation. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson said his team has finished four of five cases. He told the Associated...

Three Cabinet secretaries to stay -- Salazar still an unknown (January 10, 2013)

Three Cabinet secretaries are expected to stay for second term of President Barack Obama but Interior Secretary Ken Salazar remains an unknown. Obama has enjoyed a relatively stable Cabinet since taking office in January 2009. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the...

Washington mayor supports elimination of 'Redskins' mascot (January 10, 2013)

Washington, D.C., Mayor Vince Gray said the Washington Redskins should change its name if the team wants to move back to the nation's capital. The team is currently based in a Maryland suburb near DC. There's been talk of relocating...