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Northern Cheyenne youth retrace escape from Fort Robinson (January 15, 2013)

More than 100 youth from the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana are taking part in the 17th annual Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run. The youth are re-tracing the 400-mile journey their ancestors made in January 1879. About 130 people --...

Woman accused of smuggling man thru Mohawk Reservation (January 15, 2013)

A Playboy magazine playmate is being accused of helping her boyfriend illegally enter the U.S. through the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation in New York. Colleen Shannon, 34, allegedly drove Robert Skojo's car across the Canadian border. Authorities say she then...

NARF announces addition of three attorneys in Colorado, DC (January 15, 2013)

The Native American Rights Fund has added three attorneys to its roster. Sue Noe and Heather Whiteman Runs Him, a member of the Crow Tribe, are joining NARF's headquarters in Colorado. Both attorneys have extensive experience in water rights, tribal...

Paul EchoHawk joins Indian law team at Kilpatrick Townsend (January 15, 2013)

Paul EchoHawk, a member of the Pawnee Nation, has joined the Native American Affairs Team at Kilpatrick Townsend. EchoHawk has over a dozen years of Indian law experience, having represented tribal governments in private practice. He also worked for the...

DOI to participate in webinar for Cobell trust fund settlement (January 15, 2013)

The Interior Department will participate in a webinar tomorrow to discuss the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement. The webinar will include representatives of the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Cobell...

Navajo students stress importance of keeping culture alive (January 15, 2013)

Students at Navajo Preparatory School said they want to preserve their culture, language and traditions for future generations. Jasmine Jishie, Jefferson Joe Jr., Shane Benally and Delta Higdon are getting ready to graduate from the school. They shared their future...

Editorial: Indigenous people united throughout the Americas (January 15, 2013)

"Protest is a tried and true American way of being heard, and it only makes sense that the first Americans — descendants of the indigenous peoples who lived on this continent before European contact — are turning to protest to...

Leader of Oglala Sioux Tribe to return to work after accident (January 15, 2013)

Bryan Brewer, the new leader of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, is expected to return to work tomorrow after suffering injuries in a one-vehicle accident. Brewer sustained several significant injuries including a broken pelvis and several broken...

Tribes want 9th Circuit to rehear Viejas Band immunity case (January 15, 2013)

A sovereign immunity case that went against the fire department run by the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians is drawing significant interest in Indian Country. Last September, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Viejas Fire Department and...

9th Circuit won't reopen Washington tribal tobacco tax case (January 15, 2013)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday issued an amended opinion in Miller v. Wright, a case that challenged the taxation powers of the Puyallup Tribe of Washington. In November 2012, the court ruled that the tribe and its...

Fond du Lac Band investigates why boy was left alone on bus (January 15, 2013)

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Minnesota has placed some Head Start staff on leave after a 3-year-old boy was left alone on a bus in zero-degree weather. Ty Stiffarm was left on the bus...

Suzan Shown Harjo: No honor found in racist 'Redksins' name (January 15, 2013)

"All major Native American organizations have called for the Washington pro football franchise to end its team’s despicable name. Why? Because it’s a racial slur and—no matter how many millions it spends trying to sanitize it and silence Native Peoples—the...

Indian group threatened with eviction for Olympics in Brazil (January 15, 2013)

A group of Indian activists in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is being threatened with eviction in order to make way for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The group consists of representatives of various tribes in Brazil. They have been living at...

Native Sun News: Uranium mine in Black Hills draws attention (January 15, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman, Native Sun News Health & Environment Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Fall River County Commissioners and others weigh uranium proposal at Nov. 26 meeting in Hot Springs. Black...

Mark Trahant: Why the fight over debt limit matters so much (January 15, 2013)

"It’s easy to be gloomy about the prospects of the United States government. The country, after all, owes a boat load of money and the political debate about how to solve that problem is both rancorous and ineffective. And programs...

Tribes raising money for groups in Obama's inaugural parade (January 15, 2013)

Two groups that have been selected to participate in the inaugural parade for President Barack Obama are still trying to raise funds to get to Washington, D.C. The Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe need about $35,000 to...

New Scientist: There really are 50 words in Eskimo for 'snow' (January 15, 2013)

"Anthropologist Franz Boas didn’t mean to spark a century-long argument. Traveling through the icy wastes of Baffin Island in northern Canada during the 1880s, Boas simply wanted to study the life of the local Inuit people, joining their sleigh rides,...