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Northern Cheyenne Tribe wins lawsuit against Catholic school (February 7, 2013)

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe can sue the Catholic Church for “unjust enrichment," the Montana Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The tribe says the church has used conditions on the reservation to raise tens of millions of dollars for the St....

Male inmate accused of assaulting female inmate at tribal jail (February 7, 2013)

A male inmate has been charged for assaulting a female inmate at a jail operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona. The inmates were placed in the same cell. Detention officers caught the 21-year-old man assaulting the 23-year-old...

Katrice Romero: Protect Native women from acts of violence (February 7, 2013)

"As the Violence Against Women Act comes to a potential vote in the Senate this week, women across the nation have been left to ponder their worth and to what extent the U.S. government cares to protect them from violence,...

Yakama Nation confirms negotiations to settle trust fund suit (February 7, 2013)

The Yakama Nation of Washington confirmed talks with the Obama administration to settle a trust fund lawsuit. Tribal leaders, however, said negotiations remain confidential. The secrecy has spawned a petition that calls for the removal of the entire council. So...

Senate set to vote on VAWA with tribal jurisdiction provisions (February 7, 2013)

The Senate is set to vote today or tomorrow on S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The bill includes provisions to recognize tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence offenses on reservations. Tribes have long...

WPR: Wisconsin tribes united in opposition to GOP mining bill (February 7, 2013)

"After a private meeting with Governor Scott Walker Tuesday, the leaders of eight of Wisconsin's eleven tribes say they are united in opposing the Republican version of a new iron ore mining bill. The meeting at the Ho-Chunk Casino in...

Now Toronto: A Tribe Called Red brings politics into the party (February 7, 2013)

"Watching A Tribe Called Red’s Bear Witness, Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau and Dan “DJ Shub” General clown around during their photo shoot, you’d never suspect that they’ve just narrowly avoided an ugly pileup on the icy drive from their home...

USET: Tribes get a seat at the table with disaster declarations (February 7, 2013)

"Until last month, Tribal Nations under the Stafford Act have been labeled as political subdivisions of the state in which they reside. This changed in January when Congress adopted the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill (H.R. 152), where the intent originally...

Yurok Tribe seeing success with language revitalization effort (February 7, 2013)

The Yurok Tribe of California is seeing success with its language revitalization efforts. In the 1990s, only six elders could speak the language fluently. Yurok is now offered in five public schools and the classes are leading to a new...

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation defends land-into-trust application (February 7, 2013)

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation said officials in Yolo County, California, broke off negotiations regarding its land-into-trust application. The tribe negotiated in "good faith" for nearly two years, a spokesperson said. But the county ended talks last month. "Yocha Dehe...

Medill: High Native suicide rates linked to alcohol intoxication (February 7, 2013)

"American Indians and Alaska Natives together make up the U.S. ethnic population with the highest proportion of suicides following alcohol intoxication, according to a new study released Tuesday by the Research Society on Alcoholism. The study also showed Native people...

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes attorney charged for child porn (February 7, 2013)

The attorney general for one faction of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma has been arrested on child pornography charges. Jeremy Oliver, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, allegedly offered to reduce a client’s fees in exchange for nude...

NPR: Tribal report targets South Dakota for violations of ICWA (February 7, 2013)

"For years now, council members of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in South Dakota have watched as the state's Department of Social Services removed children from the reservation and placed many of them in white foster homes, far from tribal...

Leonard Masten: Tribal rights sacrificed in Klamath River fight (February 7, 2013)

"The Klamath River is the third largest river in the West. It hosts five California tribes, including its largest, and regulates the West Coast’s iconic commercial fishing industry. Its water aids no major cities and therefore the River has the...

Opinion: Research into white voters shows racist sentiments (February 7, 2013)

"Despite how controversial it has been to talk about race, researchers have gathered a substantial amount of information on the opinions of white American voters. The political scientists Michael Tesler of Brown University and David O. Sears of UCLA have...

Minnesota to talk to tribes about dwindling number of moose (February 7, 2013)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is talking with Ojibwe tribes after canceling this year's moose hunt. The number of moose in the state has dropped dramatically. The population has fallen 35 percent from 2012 and 52 percent from 2010....

NMAI's Indian mascot symposium tackles controversial topic (February 7, 2013)

The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. is hosting a symposium today on the controversial subject of Indian mascots. The highlight of "Racist Stereotypes and Cultural Appropriation in American Sports" is expected to be a discussion...

Tribes hail nomination of Sally Jewell for Interior Department (February 7, 2013)

Tribal leaders welcomed the nomination of Sally Jewell, the chief executive officer of Recreational Equipment Inc., as the next Secretary of the the Interior Department. Jewell doesn't have much direct experience in Indian Country. But tribal leaders, particularly those...

Native Sun News: Indian inmates in South Dakota win lawsuit (February 7, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Evelyn Red Lodge, Native Sun News Correspondent. All content © Native Sun News. Inmates win tobacco lawsuit By Evelyn Red Lodge Native Sun News Correspondent SIOUX FALLS – Plaintiffs Native American Council...

Column: It's time to take a stand against Washington Redskins (February 7, 2013)

"I am a passionate fan and season-ticket holder of the Washington professional football franchise. In more than 31 / 2 years as a columnist, I have not opined publicly on whether the team should drop the name ‘Redskins’ on grounds...