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Mark Azure: Let Montana tribes manage their own bison herds (February 8, 2013)

"Once again, the Montana Legislature is considering bills that would block tribes from restoring wild bison to our own tribal lands. By generally banning wild bison from Montana, House Bill 249 and Senate Bill 143 represent an astounding level of...

Controversial Native politician arrested in domestic incident (February 8, 2013)

Patrick Brazeau, a Native politician from Quebec, appeared in court today on assault and sexual assault charges. Brazeau spent Thursday night in jail after he was arrested at his home. His Conservative caucus promptly kicked him out of their...

South Dakota Indian Child Welfare Act conference scheduled (February 8, 2013)

The South Dakota Indian Child Welfare Act Coalition and the Bureau of Indian Affairs will host a summit next month. Tribal leaders have been asking the BIA to hold the summit for more than a year. It will finally take...

Editorial: Dam in Brazil threatens tribe's way of life in Amazon (February 8, 2013)

"The Kayapó tribe is an indigenous community currently residing in Brazil’s tropical rainforest around the tributaries of the Xingu River. Recently Dilma Vana Rousseff, Brazil's president, authorized the construction of a dam that will not only wipe out the rainforest,...

USET: Tribal leaders address issues at Impact Week meeting (February 8, 2013)

"USET Board Members received many honored speakers and guest durings its 2013 Impact Week Meeting in Washington, DC. The list included White House Deputy Associate Counsel Charles Galbraith, Tribal leaders, and new government appointees. During his visit, Galbraith outlined President...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe delays election as blizzard nears (February 8, 2013)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts has postponed its electio due to a blizzard that could dump record amounts of snow in New England. The election was going to be held on Sunday in a Mashpee town building. The town...

Cherokee Nation spent more than $20.5M on land acquisition (February 8, 2013)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has spent $20.5 million on land acquisitions since October 2010, The Cherokee Phoenix reported. The tribe and its business arm, Cherokee Nation Businesses, have acquired nearly 2,200 acres, the paper said. The properties have all...

Editorial: Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation in modern day land grab (February 8, 2013)

"A plan by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation to add 850 acres to its rancheria is not only outrageous but foolishness incarnate. We urge the Yolo County Supervisors to oppose with all the power available to it the application now...

Death of 13-year-old Alaska Native girl treated as a homicide (February 8, 2013)

Authorities are treating the death of a 13-year-old Alaska Native girl as a homicide. The body of Mackenzie H. Howard was found inside a church in Kake, a largely Tlingit community, on Tuesday night. Few details about the crime have...

Patricia Michaels gets more praise for look on Project Runway (February 8, 2013)

Fashion designer Patricia Michaels of Taos Pueblo was on the top again as Project Runway entered its third week on Thursday night. Michaels was one of the three highest scorers for the look pictured above. The judges praised her...

NMAI draws capacity crowd to symposium on Indian mascots (February 8, 2013)

The National Museum of the American Indian drew a large crowd to Washington, D.C., on Thursday for a symposium on Indian mascots. The local Washington Redskins was a frequent topic of discussion. Panelists said the team's name was a racial...

Senate rejects alternative to VAWA without tribal jurisdiction (February 8, 2013)

[YouTube: Cantwell Urges Swift Passage of Violence Against Women Act with Strong Tribal Provisions] The Senate voted down an alternative to S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, that didn't include tribal jurisdiction provisions. S.Amdt.14 was...

Native Sun News: Rapid City mayor supports Indian residents (February 8, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Evelyn Red Lodge, Native Sun News Correspondent. All content © Native Sun News. Rapid City Mayor speaks out By Brandon Ecoffey Native Sun News Staff Writer RAPID CITY – Mayor Sam Kooiker...

Steve Russell: Inside the fortresses of American courthouses (February 8, 2013)

"The Sue & Chew is the new wave of courthouse snack bars. The food is bad enough to fend off the temptation to hang around longer than you must, but not so bad as to upset your stomach, because you...

Mark Trahant: Back and forth on deal to avoid sequestration (February 8, 2013)

"I have been traveling for a project all week, so I have missed the back and forth of every proposal and counter proposal to avert the sequester. That’s probably a good thing. The ideas that have been tossed back and...

Column: Team will never see glory with racist 'Redskins' slur (February 8, 2013)

"Washington football fans will fight to keep that team name. Bless you for wanting to cling to those sweet memories. Sorry to have to tell you this, but the name will be changed because what you’re fighting for has already...