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Patricia Michaels, Pueblo, set for debut on Project Runway (January 24, 2013)

Fashion designer Patricia Michaels of Taos Pueblo makes her television debut on Project Runway tonight. The show has posted two new clips of Michaels. One is her casting session, in which she received praise for unique approach, which mixes...

BIA superintendent out of office amid Osage drilling issues (January 24, 2013)

A Bureau of Indian Affairs superintendent is out of the office for 120 days amid complaints about drilling on the Osage Nation. BIA Osage Agency superintendent Melissa Currey told The Osage News she is working from home due to a...

Cherokee Nation court upholds legality of new district map (January 24, 2013)

A Cherokee Nation judge upheld the legality of the tribe's new 15-district map. The tribe's old system had five districts. The new map creates 15 district, plus two at-large districts. Some council members filed suit, saying the new map was...

Students launch boycott of beer products due to Whiteclay (January 24, 2013)

Students at three Nebraska universities and a high school are boycotting products made by Anheuser-Busch. The students hope the boycott will stop the company from selling its products in Whiteclay. The town is close to the Pine Ridge Reservation, where...

Narragansett leader alleges racial bias in smoke shop case (January 24, 2013)

A leader of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island is seeking to reverse his conviction on charges related to the state's July 2003 raid of the reservation. Hiawatha Brown, a council member, was convicted of simple assault and disorderly conduct....

Spirit Lake social service director had prior domestic cases (January 24, 2013)

The director of social services for the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation of North Dakota had two prior domestic violence cases but charges were dismissed in both instances. Mark Little Owl faced assault charges in 2004 and in 2009. But he...

Crow Tribe to hold signing ceremony for coal resource deal (January 24, 2013)

The Crow Tribe of Montana will hold a signing ceremony today for a coal resources agreement. Cloud Peak Energy will pay the tribe $2.25 million up front for exploration rights and exclusive options on an estimated 1.4 billion tons of...

CSKT woman named as director of Billings area office of IHS (January 24, 2013)

Anna Whiting Sorrell, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, has been named director of the Billings area office of the Indian Health Service. Sorrell started her job on Monday. She most recently served as director of the...

Winnebago Tribe awarded $250K Shakopee grant for youth (January 24, 2013)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has received a $250,000 grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota. The money will be used to build a new facility for the Winnebago Educare Project. The program will help at-risk youth on...

USDA Blog: Northwest tribes use Southeast pine for baskets (January 24, 2013)

"Members of the Puget Salish Tribe in the Northwest are now using Southeastern longleaf pine needles from Mississippi to build baskets, all because of a connection made between two employees of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)—from the Gulf Coast...

FSRN: Bad River Band at hearing on controversial mine plan (January 24, 2013)

"In Madison, Wisconsin, people filled a contentious public hearing at the capitol today to express opposition to state legislation that would weaken environmental regulation and pave the way for a massive iron ore mine in the northwest of the state,...

Haley Elkins: Media goes silent on the failure to pass VAWA (January 24, 2013)

"The press has been quiet on the failure of the 112th Congress of the United States to renew the Violence Against Women Act. The slender coverage has been overwhelmed by talk of the fiscal cliff and the debt ceiling. The...

Ache community in Paraguay holds annual land celebration (January 24, 2013)

An Ache community in Paraguay celebrated the anniversary of their land restoration efforts. Ache families began occupying Kuetuvy 12 years ago. The government finally recognized their ownership of the land in 2011. The community celebrated with a feast and a...

NCAI calls on Congress to pass Violence Against Women Act (January 24, 2013)

The National Congress of American Indians is calling on Congress to update the Violence Against Women Act. American Indian and Alaska Native women suffer from the highest rates of sexual assault and domestic violence. A majority of offenders are non-Indian...

Chief Theresa Spence ends her hunger strike after six weeks (January 24, 2013)

Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence is ending her hunger strike today after six weeks. Spence has been subsisting on a diet of fish broth and tea since December 11. Her protest inspired the Idle No More movement, which has...

Mark Trahant: Senate is best hope for Indian Country budget (January 24, 2013)

"Later today we’ll find out if the Senate is going to take even baby steps to limit filibuster (now at the point where a Senator only has to threaten a filibuster to stop legislation unless there are 60 votes). But...