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EPA releases report on cleanup of uranium on Navajo Nation (January 30, 2013)

The Environmental Protection Agency released a report about uranium cleanup efforts on the Navajo Nation. The EPA has spent more than $100 million over the past five years to address the highest priority sites on the reservation. The report said...

Three plead guilty for $500K fraud case involving Crow Tribe (January 30, 2013)

Three people pleaded guilty for their roles in stealing more than $500,000 from the Crow Tribe of Montana. Larkin Troy Chandler, 46, and Mark James Denny, 33, pleaded guilty to stealing from the Crow Tribe Historic Preservation Office. Frederick Paul...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe meets over law enforcement agreement (January 30, 2013)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe and Benewah County in Idaho might be making some changes to their law enforcement agreement. The cross-deputization agreement lets tribal officers enforce state laws on the reservation. It was controversial but newly-elected Sheriff Dave Resser appears...

Moapa Band's new law enforcement department stays busy (January 30, 2013)

The Moapa Band of Paiute Indians in Nevada has a small but growing police force that manages to stay busy. The tribe has 10 officer that patrol the 75,000-acre reservation. But it''s the 10-mile stretch of Interstate 15 that seems...

Cherokee Nation program helps elders with utility payments (January 30, 2013)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is helping elders with utility payments. The Elders In Need program helped about 1,200 elders pay their utility bills this past winter. Each received a $200 disbursement. “They (elders) may have to choose between paying...

Bill allows Wyoming tribal police to enforce state traffic laws (January 30, 2013)

A bill in the Wyoming Legislature allows tribal police officers to enforce state traffic laws on the Wind River Reservation. Tribal officers can stop non-Indians but must call in another law enforcement agency to cite them. House Bill 27 ensures...

Group says KBIC land-into-trust bid will harm local economy (January 30, 2013)

A group of non-Indian gas stations in Michigan commissioned a study to bolster their opposition to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community land-into-trust application. The Upper Peninsula Petroleum Association claims the tribe's proposed gas station at the site will cost jobs...

Grand Ronde Tribes acquire minority interest in medical firm (January 30, 2013)

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in Oregon have acquired a minority stake in a medical supply firm. The tribe made a "cash investment" in SAM Medical Products. The exact amount wasn't reported but the company said it will be...

San Manuel Band contributes $135K to California Democrats (January 30, 2013)

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians donated $135,000 to Democrats in California, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. The donations of $65,000 and $75,000 were made to the Democratic State Central Committee of California. Both were made on January 25. The...

Column: Washington Redskins and Negro Mountain offensive (January 30, 2013)

"Washington Redskins, meet Negro Mountain. One is the name of our hometown football team; the other a mountain ridge that stretches from Western Maryland into Pennsylvania. One name is patently offensive to a large majority of Native Americans; the other...

Letter: No evidence of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's 'treaty' (January 30, 2013)

"A treaty is an agreement between recognized sovereigns. The Mashpee community was subject to the laws of Massachusetts and to state jurisdiction and was not a sovereign entity legally capable of entering into treaty relations. The petition submitted by the...

Blog: A Tribe Called Red to play free outdoor show in Ottawa (January 30, 2013)

"The trio that could be Ottawa’s hottest musical export at this moment will blast Winterlude with its distinctly aboriginal sounds on Friday night. A Tribe Called Red, which is getting rave reviews in Canada and the United States, makes electronica...

USDA Blog: Helping Mississippi Choctaws keep hominy alive (January 30, 2013)

"For special meals like those on birthdays and Christmas, members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians include hominy on the menu—but hominy, essentially dried corn kernels, is expensive to purchase. That’s why USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is working...

Kevin Abourezk: Sherman Alexie entertains Nebraska crowd (January 30, 2013)

"For Native author, comedian and filmmaker Sherman Alexie, getting off the point is the point. "Tangents are highly sacred among my tribe," he said, laughing. Perhaps as a way to honor that tradition, the Seattle poet spun off on many...

John Kerry to lead State Department, to decide Keystone XL (January 30, 2013)

Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) easily won confirmation on Tuesday to be the next Secretary of the State Department. The Senate voted 94-3 in favor of the nomination. Kerry is expected to succeed outgoing Secretary Hillary Clinton on Friday. One of...

Sen. Murkowski bill would refer to mountain by Native name (January 30, 2013)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced a bill on Tuesday to rename Mount McKinley as "Denali." Denali is an Athabaskan word meaning "The Great One" or "The High One." Murkowski said that's the way Alaskans refer to the nation's highest peak....

Jay Daniels: Negotiating oil and gas leases in Indian Country (January 30, 2013)

"The current oil & gas (O&G) boom has created sweet and sour ripples throughout Indian Country. O&G has been a blessing in this cycle of uncertainty with the United States economy, but also has created a Black Hills gold rush...

Obama acknowledges first Americans in immigration speech (January 30, 2013)

President Barack Obama outlined his immigration reform proposal on Tuesday, acknowledging the first Americans in his speech. Obama noted that most of the nation's population descends from immigrants or former slaves. "Unless you’re one of the first Americans, a Native...

Mark Trahant: Sequester will rip apart tribal college funding (January 30, 2013)

"I had better not bury the lede: The sequester is going to rip apart higher education in Indian Country. It’s going to be ugly, folks, and worse, self-defeating. Haskell Indian Nations University is facing a budget cut that’s almost 30...

In The Loop: DOI official being investigated resigns from job (January 30, 2013)

"A Department of Interior official whose official travel and other conduct was being investigated has resigned. Tony Babauta, the Assistant Interior Secretary for Insular Areas, is leaving the agency Feb. 1, a spokesman tells the Loop, though Babauta has been...