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Alaska Native village won't get road through wildlife refuge (February 5, 2013)

The Obama administration today said it won't authorize a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. The Alaska Native village of King Cove proposed a road from its land to an airport in order to provide a safe...

Editorial: Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation must work with county (February 5, 2013)

A man from Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico was sentenced to 182 days in connection with the death of a non-Indian cyclist Gilbert Waconda, 58, pleaded guilty in tribal court to negligent homicide. He admitted that his car struck and...

Blog: Native protest greets 'Tomahawk Tassels' performance (February 5, 2013)

"Beware of the hipster headdress. With more frequent sightings extending beyond Halloween, it has become a mass-merchandised fashion faux pas. Big names like Victoria's Secret, No Doubt, and Paul Frank Industries have been under fire recently for their alleged...

Robinson Rancheria chairwoman headed to trial in theft case (February 5, 2013)

Tracey I. Avila, the chairwoman of the Robinson Rancheria Pomo Indians of California, will go to trial February 27 in a theft case. Avila, 51, faces one felony count of grand theft. She is accused of stealing more than $60,000...

Epoch Times: Tribes in South America stay isolated by choice (February 5, 2013)

"The startling images of an uncontacted Brazilian tribe taken from a plane a few years ago had many people captivated. Some were stunned to learn that while NASA is sending probes to different planets in search of life, there are...

Cherokee Nation Council passes bill for drug tests of officials (February 5, 2013)

The Cherokee Nation Council passed a bill that requires all elected officials to undergo drug tests. The bill applies to the the principal chief, the deputy chief and the council itself. Tribal employees already undergo drug tests. “I work for...

Column: Tribes seek more control over energy development (February 5, 2013)

"Native American communities are often portrayed as victims of avaricious oil and gas drillers and pipeline companies, who despoil the prairie with little thought for sacred sites. In fact, tribes are some of the largest petroleum developers in the United...

Fond du Lac Band plans to demolish building deemed unsafe (February 5, 2013)

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Minnesota wants to tear down an 83-year-old building that the Bureau of Indian Affairs says is unsafe. The tribe bought the historic Carter Hotel in downtown Duluth for $318,000.....

USET: An honoring for Eastern Cherokee veteran Jerry Wolfe (February 5, 2013)

"Seldom does someone get a front row seat to giant historical events that changed the lives of people around the world. Celebrated and award winning Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian elder and World War II veteran Jeremiah “Jerry” Wolfe has...

Editorial: Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation should work with county (February 5, 2013)

"Here we go again. Another tribal government in California wants to take land into trust, a lot of land. The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, owners of the Cache Creek Casino in Yolo County, has asked the federal government to take...

Copper mine opposed by Arizona tribes still in review phase (February 5, 2013)

A copper mine opposed by tribes in Arizona is still being reviewed by the U.S. Forest Service. Rosemont Copper mine won an air quality permit from the state last week. But USFS still needs to consult with tribes and examine...

White House backs tribal jurisdiction provisions in VAWA bill (February 5, 2013)

President Barack Obama is once again backing provisions to recognize tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence crimes on reservations. The White House Office of Management and Budget sent out a statement of administration policy on Monday in...

Donna Ennis: Dominant culture fears Idle No More movement (February 5, 2013)

"Much of the current resistance to Idle No More movement is rooted in fear, from the dominant culture, that Indigenous people want social change, are feeling agitated and seem determined to make this change a reality. Agitation occurs when people...

Ryan Dreveskracht: Tribal provisions of VAWA up for debate (February 5, 2013)

"As the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) debate raged during the last days of 2012, the National Congress of American Indians issued a Call to Action, urging Indian Country to support “compromise language to address Republican concerns that the...

Frontline: Closing a loophole in VAWA to help Native women (February 5, 2013)

"A Senate proposal to allow tribal courts to try non-Native abusers on reservations is one of three controversial changes that for more than a year have stalled the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a popular bipartisan bill...