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Supreme Court asked to review Oneida Nation land dispute (January 28, 2013)

The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to hear yet another land dispute involving the Oneida Nation of New York. Madison County and Oneida County have been at war with the tribe for decades. After partially losing a case involving...

Oklahoma bill creates Secretary for Native American Affairs (January 28, 2013)

A bill that was introduced in the Oklahoma Legislature would create a Secretary for Native American Affairs. The state currently has a Native American liaison. The bill elevates the position to the cabinet level and caps the annual salary at...

Members from Aamjiwnaang First Nation join Idle No More (January 28, 2013)

Members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Ontario have joined the Idle No More movement. The reserve is located in an area nicknamed Chemical Valley. Members say their land is being polluted by companies that exploit natural resources that would...

Eastern Shoshone Tribe picks Sara Robinson as state liaison (January 28, 2013)

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe has named Sara Robinson as its liaison to the state of Wyoming. Robinson will represent the tribe at the state level. She was one of several tribal members who applied for the job. "My focus will...

Jack Abramoff hopes to 'reconcile' with tribes he defrauded (January 28, 2013)

Convicted former lobbyist Jack Abramoff wants to "reconcile" with the tribes he defrauded even as he says he won't be able to repay $44 million in restitution. Abramoff and his associates stole $10 million from the Agua Caliente Band of...

Lynn Armitage: More child support issues in Indian Country (January 28, 2013)

"Last week, I spoke about child support issues with Samantha (Greendeer) Skenandore, a Ho-Chunk/Oneida who works Of-Counsel at Shanker & Kewenvoyouma, PLLC, a national firm headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, focused on the practice of federal Indian law. Samantha touched on...

Johnny Rustywire: Three Navajos share home in the big city (January 28, 2013)

"He sat at the bus stop on the main drag, Central, and smiled at me as I stepped up to wait for the city bus. He was quiet at first, but looked unafraid to look people in the eye way...

Steven Newcomb: Indigenous contributions cross the globe (January 28, 2013)

"John Collier was the U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs from 1933 to 1945, during the New Deal era of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. When Collier was first appointed to that post, he had a typical view that Indigenous cultures would...

Steve Russell: Advancing more Indians to graduate studies (January 28, 2013)

"The National Science Foundation just sent me the 2011 report on earned Ph.Ds. I immediately headed for the graph that breaks down the numbers by race/ethnicity. Like all credentials, the Ph.D can represent more aspiration than reality, but the aspiration...

Column: Sign language helped diverse tribes communicate (January 28, 2013)

"The intelligence and sophistication of American Indians is nowhere better illustrated than in sign language. They were illiterate, but sign was a dazzlingly nuanced form of communication permitting members of different tribes to convey complex ideas based on boldly imaginative...

Cobell settlement brings more than $4M so far to Wyoming (January 28, 2013)

The $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement has brought more than $4.7 million so far to Indian beneficiaries in Wyoming. Checks for $1,000 went out to members of the historical accounting class. Some 4,718 in Wyoming received their payments, according...

Police officer for Chitimacha Tribe shot and killed on the job (January 28, 2013)

A police officer from the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana was killed on Saturday while responding to an incident just off the reservation. The officer responded to the report of a fire and was shot and killed on the scene. Two...

Charmaine White Face: Deadly dose of uranium for soldiers (January 28, 2013)

There is a situation brewing in western South Dakota that has quite a few people concerned about the safety of soldiers in the SD Army National Guard. It’s not that they will be going overseas to fight. Rather, it is...

Court invalidates NLRB rulings due to recess appointments (January 28, 2013)

The National Labor Relations Board did not have enough members when it made decisions throughout 2012, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday. The National Labor Relations Act requires at least three board members to make decisions. In the...

Mark Trahant: Indian Health Service faces devastating cuts (January 28, 2013)

"The sequester is supposed to begin March 1 but because employees would have to be given notice the actual pay cuts won’t begin until April or even May. (However the longer the delay, the more likely the cuts will be...

Opinion: The Violence Against Women Act is on life support (January 28, 2013)

"First, Congress could decide to stop funding VAWA’s programs any time after March 27, when the current Continuing Resolution expires, and the expiration of VAWA’s authorization could give fiscally conservative legislators a new rationale for making cuts. That’s fueled significant...

Tim Giago: Was the Indian Reorganization Act good or bad? (January 28, 2013)

By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © 2011 Unitysodak1@knology.net This is a story that deserves to be repeated again and again. It was 75 years ago on June 18, 1934 when the Indian Reorganization Act became the law of the land....