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Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe loses decision in water rights case (January 31, 2013)

The Nevada Supreme Court ruled against the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe in a water rights case. The tribe opposed the issuance of water applications from the Tracy Segment Hydrographic Basin. The tribe said the applications would conflict with its "senior"...

Kickapoo Tribe awarded $39K from herbicide firm settlement (January 31, 2013)

The Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas will receive $39,000 from a settlement with a herbicide company. The tribe was part of a lawsuit against Syngenta. The company agreed to settle for $105 million but did not admit that atrazine was present...

Omaha Tribe to declare emergency over reservation water (January 31, 2013)

The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska plans to declare a state of emergency due to water woes on the reservation, The Sioux City Journal reports. Classes at the Omaha Nation Public School were canceled earlier this week after a water line...

Review: 'Cave Rock' details struggle over Washoe sacred site (January 31, 2013)

"Father and son co-authors Matthew S. Makley and Michael J. Makley bring “Cave Rock: Climbers, Courts and a Washoe Indian Sacred Place” to life in the form of a 132-page paperback book. The Makleys chronicle a struggle between two...

Fronteras: Havasupai medicine woman heals more than tribe (January 31, 2013)

"There are three ways to get to Supai Village -- by foot, by helicopter or by mule. We chose to walk the trail on a cold but sunny November morning. A dozen mules made their way out of the canyon...

Vincent Armenta: Tribal opponents ruin chance for dialogue (January 31, 2013)

"We had good intentions when we held our Camp 4 public meeting on Jan. 21 at Hotel Corque in Solvang. We had hoped to begin a sincere dialogue with the community by presenting a professional and carefully planned study of...

Schaghticoke group wants BIA to rule on recognition petition (January 31, 2013)

The Schaghticoke Indian Tribe of Connecticut is asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs to make a decision on its petition for federal recognition. SIT filed the petition in 2001, according to the Office of Federal Acknowledgment. The group is separate...

Oneida Nation business looks at new site for recycling plant (January 31, 2013)

The economic development corporation of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin is proposing a new site for a waste recycling plant. Oneida Seven Generations Corp wants to locate the facility on the reservation. But the site is drawing concerns from tribal...

Beaded vest that was donated to Goodwill goes to museum (January 31, 2013)

A historic men's beaded vest that was donated to Goodwill has been transferred to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. The vest dates to the early 1900s. It was probably of Flathead, Gros Ventre, Kalispell or Fort...

USDA shuts down bear zoo on Eastern Cherokee Reservation (January 31, 2013)

The Department of Agriculture has shut down a bear zoo operated by a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. The Chief Saunooke Bear Park was fined $20,000 for failing to provide adequate shelter, food and...

Editorial: Slain Chitamacha Tribe officer helped keep us safe (January 31, 2013)

"It’s a tragic reminder of the danger law enforcement personnel face every day, but also a good reminder how we have heroes among us, who take jobs as emergency responders trying to keep us safe from harm. Sgt. Rick Riggenbach,...

Editorial: Chumash Tribe and neighbors fight over the future (January 31, 2013)

"The Chumash have created a thriving business empire. They own hotels, gas stations and other businesses and have their sights set on even more growth. Most communities would be happy to have such a dynamic business operating in their midst,...

Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Charles Head dies at 63 (January 31, 2013)

Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Charles Head was killed in a car accident on Wednesday. He was 63. Head's vehicle ran head-on into a semi truck. He died at the scene. “Words cannot express how saddened we are at the...

Bill John Baker: The Cobell settlement and Cherokee Nation (January 31, 2013)

"As you may know, the federal government is in the process of finalizing the $3.4 billion Cobell Settlement. This lawsuit revolves around years of historical mismanagement of federal trust accounts by the U.S. government. Many Cherokee citizens are involved in...

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe judges get back to work (January 31, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff. All content © Native Sun News. Oglala Sioux Tribe Chief Judge Patrick Lee Tribal Judges Reinstated: Council Dismisses complaints from tribal members By Brandon Ecoffey...

Jack Duran: Handling labor union relations in Indian Country (January 31, 2013)

"As the Indian tribal industry expands and refines its function and focus, labor relations and labor contract negotiations becomes more important and an integral part of any successful business. As we have seen with San Manual Indian Bingo & Casino,...

Mark Trahant: Government shrinking even without sequester (January 31, 2013)

"Will bad news delay the sequester? Wednesday the government released the fourth quarter’s Gross Domestic Product, the output of goods and service produced by labor in the United States. That number decreased by .01 percent. It doesn’t sound like a...