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Supreme Court ruling could impact ICWA cases nationwide (January 14, 2013)

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an Indian Child Welfare Act case this year and a negative ruling could have a nationwide impact. Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl involves a Cherokee Nation girl who was placed in a non-Indian home....

Quechan Nation swears in council members after challenge (January 14, 2013)

The Quechan Nation swore in five council members after two election challenges were resolved. Tribal members went to the polls on December 3, 2012. An open meeting was held December 28 to hear the challenges, both of which were dismissed...

Cherokee Nation in negotiations for motor vehicle compact (January 14, 2013)

The Cherokee Nation is in negotiations with the state of Oklahoma to update its motor vehicle compact. The tribe issues motor vehicle tags within its 14-county jurisdiction, with a portion of the revenue going to public schools within those counties....

Outdoors: Update on Colville Tribes Columbia River hatchery (January 14, 2013)

"Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler: The plan for the Colville Confederated Tribes to build a new hatchery began ten years ago. If construction continues on schedule the facility...

Opinion: Misplaced outrage about white guys in headdresses (January 14, 2013)

"In case you haven't heard, in Philadelphia the "politically correct" crowd is on the warpath over a New Year's Day Mummers skit by Northwest Philadelphia's Venetian New Year's Association. The three-minute strut included a crude reference to "Indi-sourcing," in which...

Traffic Q&A: Tribes exercise sovereignty with license plates (January 14, 2013)

"Question: “I was driving in Tacoma yesterday and saw a car with a license plate that said “Yakama Indian Nation” on it. I know tribes are supposed to be sovereign nations, but can they really issue their own license plates?...

Tribal groups participate in Obama's inaugural parade in DC (January 14, 2013)

Tribal and Native groups from across the country will be marching with President Barack Obama for his inaugural parade on January 21, 2013. This year's participants include the Navajo Nation Band, a 55-member delegation representing North Dakota's tribes, the Native...

Some Indian beneficiaries in Montana still waiting for check (January 14, 2013)

Some Indian beneficiaries in Montana still haven't received the first payment from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement. Checks of $1,000 were mailed shortly before Christmas. Two of Warren Small's brothers received their money but Small hasn't. "They made...

Indian revelers prepare to celebrate Obama's inauguration (January 14, 2013)

Upwards of 2,000 tribal leaders, tribal members and tribal dignitaries are expected in Washington, D.C., next week for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The swearing-in ceremony takes place at 11:30am on Monday, January 21. It will be followed by...

Patricia Michaels, Pueblo, makes history on Project Runway (January 14, 2013)

Fashion designer Patricia Michaels of Taos Pueblo is making history on Project Runway. Michaels is the first Native American to compete on the show, now in its 11th season. She hopes to encourage other Native designers. “It’s about time...

NYT Blog: Reclaimed sewage turns out yellow at sacred site (January 14, 2013)

"After a decade of legal battles, a ski resort in Northern Arizona recently became the first in the world to make artificial snow totally out of sewage effluent. On Dec. 24, Arizona Snowbowl fired up its snow guns for the...

Editorial: More tribes in Alaska work to become tobacco free (January 14, 2013)

"Looking back at 2012 for Maniilaq Association's Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Programs, the year went fairly well. Both programs visited and met with all 12 of the Maniilaq Service Area local tribal council offices in each community and informed them...

NPR: Adopted Indian woman comes full circle with adoption (January 14, 2013)

"Diane Tells His Name, 61, grew up never knowing she was adopted. "When did you first feel like you were different?" Bonnie Buchanan, 23, asks her mother during a recent visit to a StoryCorps booth. "Probably elementary school," she replies....

Analysis: Media fails in coverage of Cherokee ICWA dispute (January 14, 2013)

"The mainstream media has utterly failed to provide perspective or balance in coverage of the adoption of the 3-year-old Cherokee child, now known as "Baby Veronica." The case of a 3-year-old Cherokee child, now known as "Baby Veronica," who was...

Johnny Rustywire: Nacho, the boy from the boarding school (January 14, 2013)

"It was an old building; the buildings there were all old. Built in the early 1900s, they were red brick. Some would say they were Victorian. This was a three-story building, big and square with peaked roofs from those early...

Tom Cook: Media falters on uranium mining near Pine Ridge (January 14, 2013)

"Media coverage of Crow Butte Resources' uranium mining near Crawford, Nebraska, has been remarkably incomplete. In deference to the multimillion-dollar operation, coverage has focused on all the positives generated for the state, company, workers, contractors and regional economy. However, scant...

Native Sun News: US Attorney advocates for Indian Country (January 14, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. United States Attorney Brendan Johnson has established himself as an advocate for Indian country. He has worked to gain...

Mark Trahant: Counting on tribes to bail out the government (January 14, 2013)

"The Idaho congressional delegation represents the divide that is the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Mike Simpson, from Blackfoot, is a traditional conservative. He could be counted as a “no” on just about any spending initiative. But...

Native Sun News: IHS sued in death of Standing Rock woman (January 14, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Evelyn Red Lodge, Native Sun News Correspondent. All content © Native Sun News. Standing Rock man files lawsuit against IHS Tried eight times to get medical treatment for late spouse By Evelyn...

Tim Giago: The destruction of Wounded Knee by AIM in 1973 (January 14, 2013)

Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © Unity South Dakota In a couple of weeks flyers will be strewn across the Pine Ridge Reservation asking the residents to honor the “Liberation of Wounded Knee in February of...