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9th Circuit reverses conviction over Indian status of defendant (January 21, 2013)

The federal government must show whether a criminal defendant's "Indian" blood comes from a federally recognized tribe, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a split decision on Friday. Damien Zepeda possesses a "Certificate of Enrollment" from the Gila...

Leaders of Cherokee Nation in Washington DC for inauguration (January 21, 2013)

Leaders of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma are in Washington, D.C., to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Council member Joe Byrd, a former chief of the tribe, attended Obama's historic inauguration in 2009. He said this year's event...

Young member of Cocopah Tribe enjoying inaugural festivities (January 21, 2013)

Jesse-Manuel Begay is representing the Cocopah Tribe of Arizona at the High School Presidential Inaugural Conference in Washington, D.C. Begay, 18, is a senior at a high school near the reservation. He's been participating in workshops and events with the...

Comanche Nation sends representatives to NMAI inaugural ball (January 21, 2013)

The Comanche Nation is a sponsor of the first-ever first-ever Native Nations Inaugural Ball, which is being held tonight at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Two tribal members are serving as honorary co-chairs for the...

Lynn Armitage: Making sense of child support in Indian Country (January 21, 2013)

"I know first-hand that it’s difficult enough for parents to navigate their way through state-run child-support systems. But in Indian country, when you throw in issues of sovereignty, tribal courts, per capita payments and multiple jurisdictions . . . forget...

Harlan McKosato: Tribal membership evolves every generation (January 21, 2013)

"The issue of tribal citizenship is arguably the most equivocal topic in Indian Country today. The whole concept of blood quantum is as ambiguous as it is puzzling. Native American tribes are the only groups in this country that determine...

Opinion: USDA works to boost food program in Indian Country (January 21, 2013)

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) works closely with Tribes to provide healthy foods and nutrition assistance to Native Americans who face food insecurity through programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); the...

Indian beneficiaries in Alaska share in $3.4B Cobell settlement (January 21, 2013)

About 21,000 people in Alaska are receiving a share of the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement. About 3,000 of those are part of the historical accounting class. Checks for $1,000 were sent out before Christmas. “The thing we’re happy...

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe questions uranium mining (January 21, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman, Native Sun News Health & Environment Editor. All content © Native Sun News. OST Attorney Jeffrey C. Parsons Opponents of uranium mining project held a public information meeting Jan. 10...

Tim Giago: Eulogies for three great leaders in Indian Country (January 21, 2013)

Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © Unity South Dakota Perhaps there are many people in America who do not know of the three great Native Americans I am about to eulogize, but all three passed away...

Roberta Jamieson: Equal education key for First Nations future (January 21, 2013)

'Historic grievances and current inequities are fuelling a growing climate of frustration and conflict. The ill-informed or "fringe" elements of our society are quick to invoke stereotypes, and dismiss the issues as having no merit or worse. For those who...