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NMAI Blog: Tribes participated in JFK's 1961 inaugural parade (January 16, 2013)

"One of the highlights of my job at the NMAI Archive Center is helping people find those bits of information hidden in folders that, when put together, contribute to a picture of the past. Since the National Congress of American...

SoundCloud: Conference call for Cobell trust fund settlement (January 16, 2013)

The National Congress of American Indians hosted a conference call and webinar this afternoon to discuss the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement. The settlement includes $1.5 billion in payments to individual Indians. The first round payments -- $1,000 to...

Chief of Cherokee Nation discusses recent property purchases (January 16, 2013)

Chief Bill John Baker of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma discussed three recent land purchases. Cherokee Nation Businesses bought the 15,000 square-foot Oak Creek Village in Tahlequah for more than $1 million. The tribe will use the building for health...

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate sends 20 to inaugural parade in DC (January 16, 2013)

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate is sending 20 members to participate in the inaugural parade for President Barack Obama. The delegation consists of veterans and youth. They will be marching on January 21 with the group representing the tribes of North Dakota....

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe loses immunity argument in loan case (January 16, 2013)

The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota can't raise a sovereign immunity defense at the discovery stage of a lawsuit involving a failed loan, a judge in New York ruled. Lower Brule Community Development Enterprises, a corporation formed by...

MPR: White Earth Band weighs removal of blood quantum test (January 16, 2013)

"Citizens of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe will vote on constitution reforms in a referendum planned for this summer. The proposed new constitution includes a controversial provision that would change the requirement for tribal membership. Right now, people must...

Duane Champagne: Finding new ways to protect sacred sites (January 16, 2013)

"We have tried treaties. We have tried court cases. We have tried state and federal legislation. In all cases, the results have been mixed. How should Native Americans best attempt to protect sacred land? For many Indians, the entire world...

NPR: A Tribe Called Red concert at globalFEST in New York City (January 16, 2013)

A Tribe Called Red, a Native group from Ontario, performed at the globalFEST 2013 in New York City on Sunday. The group consists of three DJs who mix contemporary music with powwow and Native sounds. They often perform with Native...

Texas man who claims Apache heritage told to cut hair for job (January 16, 2013)

A Texas man who says he has Apache heritage could lose his job for keeping his hair long. Art Poore works as a VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio. Employment policies require him to keep his hair above the collar....

Crow Tribe reaches new agreement to develop coal resource (January 16, 2013)

The Crow Tribe of Montana has reached a new agreement to develop a major coal resource on the reservation. Cloud Peak Energy will pay the tribe $2.25 million up front for exploration rights and exclusive options on an estimated 1.4...

Del Laverdure joins Akin Gump firm after leadership role at BIA (January 16, 2013)

Del Laverdure, a member of the Crow Tribe, is joining the Indian law and policy practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Laverdure has spent the last three and a half years in leadership roles at the Bureau of...

Native man admits making up story about police harassment (January 16, 2013)

A Native man in Manitoba admits he wasn't forced to walk home by police officers but still says he was treated poorly in an incident over the weekend. Jay Moosetail said officers searched him, pushed him against a police car...

Yurok Tribe sets vote on plan for $27.5M trust fund settlement (January 16, 2013)

The Yurok Tribe of California has settled its trust fund lawsuit for $27.5 million. Tribal members will now decide what to do with the money. A referendum proposes using 63 percent for a per capita payment, with the remaining 37...

Native Sun News: Pine Ridge rapper starts hip-hop movement (January 16, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. K-Dawg, of Pine Ridge Reservation, hopes to start a hip-hop movement based in the heart of the Oglala Lakota...

Charles Kader: Another study blames Indian tobacco industry (January 16, 2013)

"A recent study by the economist John Dunham on behalf of the New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) attempted to show that untaxed packs of cigarettes were acquired on a one to one basis for every taxable pack of...

Mark Trahant: Our big bad ugly budget challenges can be fixed (January 16, 2013)

"Four words to describe the finances of the United States: Big. Bad. Ugly. Budgets. Numbers are thrown around that are so huge that the very mention of scares the bejesus out of us. Trillions are tossed about as normal political...

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to leave Obama administration (January 16, 2013)

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will leave the Obama administration by the end of March. Salazar came to the Interior Department as a U.S. Senator from Colorado. He quickly brought Larry Echo Hawk, a member of the Pawnee Nation, on board...