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Investigation continues into death of 13-year-old Native girl (February 12, 2013)

Authorities in Alaska continue to investigate the murder of a 13-year-old Native girl but aren't releasing much information. The body of Mackenzie H. Howard was found inside a church in Kake, a largely Tlingit community, last week. The preliminary results...

Controversial Native lawmaker on forced leave after arrest (February 12, 2013)

Patrick Brazeau, a Native politician from Quebec, was put on forced leave from Canada's Senate after being arrested on domestic violence charges. Brazeau is not allowed inside the Senate's chambers. However, he will continue to draw his salary. Brazeau, who...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe supports bill for property tax exemption (February 12, 2013)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho is supporting a bill that would exempt tribal owned land from property taxes. The tribe has paid property taxes on land within its reservation. No other government is required to pay similar taxes. "What...

Makah Nation selected as a finalist for $750K ArtPlace grant (February 12, 2013)

The Makah Nation of Washington is a finalist for an ArtPlace America grant. If selected, the tribe will use the $750,000 grant to build an outdoor dance platform and meeting space at the tribal senior center. The money will also...

United Auburn Indian Community doesn't want land in trust (February 12, 2013)

The United Auburn Indian Community of California has taken a controlling interest in a housing project but the tribe doesn't want the land placed in trust, a spokesperson said. The tribe invested in a 277-acre development in the city of...

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe offers money for unwanted firearms (February 12, 2013)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York is holding a gun buyback program today. The tribe is offering cash for unwanted firearms, with payouts as high as $200 for assault rifles. Handguns are also being accepted for prices to...

One Feather: Judge Matthew Martin retires from tribal court (February 12, 2013)

"Judge Matthew Martin served as an Associate Judge in the Cherokee Tribal Court for close to 11 years. Starting in April 2002, he presided over thousands of cases. He officially retired from the court and was honored at a reception...

Leonard Masten: Remove dams on Klamath to protect tribes (February 12, 2013)

"Dam removal is needed to save the salmon on the Klamath River and restore California's salmon fishing industry; however, the newly renewed Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, referenced by The Chronicle in its Feb. 5 editorial, is a water-sharing agreement, not...

LeRoy Shingoitewa: Hopi Tribe against Grand Canyon project (February 12, 2013)

LeRoy N. Shingoitewa is the chairman of the Hopi Tribe. Our beautiful state has many points of pride, but none compare to our namesake, the Grand Canyon State. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon...

Radio: Is That Legal? explores Wind River tribal court system (February 12, 2013)

"Tribal Courts, aired Feb. 11, 2013 – Judge John St. Clair joined Attorney John Vincent to tell listeners how the tribal court started and what type of cases it covers. To listen to the show — CLICK HERE" Get the...

NCAI President Jefferson Keel to give State of Indian Nations (February 12, 2013)

National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel will deliver the annual State of Indian Nations address on Thursday. Among other issues, Keel is expected to discuss the impact of the sequester in Indian Country. The Bureau of Indian Affairs...

Judge tells Hualapai Tribe to pay $28.5M in business dispute (February 12, 2013)

A federal judge ordered the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona to pay $28.5 million to a non-Indian developer. The tribe entered into an agreement with David Jin to operate the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a popular tourist attraction. The relationship soured and...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets first business meeting (February 12, 2013)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds its first business meeting of the 113th Congress on Thursday. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) is the new chair. A total of eight Democrats serve on the committee. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) will continue as...

Native Sun News: Tribal college teacher maps Lakota culture (February 12, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Christina Rose, Native Sun Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. OLC teacher maps out Lakota culture, past, present, and future By Christina Rose Staff Writer Native Sun News Oglala Lakota...

Atlanta Braves won't use 'screaming Indian' for training cap (February 12, 2013)

Original design included "screaming Indian." Image from UniWatch The Atlanta Braves won't use a "screaming Indian" logo on its spring training caps. An image of the cap drew criticism when it was posted by UniWatch late last year. The...

Senate keeps tribal jurisdiction provisions in VAWA measure (February 12, 2013)

[YouTube: Senate Votes Down Amendment to Remove Tribal Provisions from Violence Against Women Act] The Senate on Monday voted against removing tribal jurisdiction provisions from S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma)...

Steven Newcomb: President Obama curtails civil rights in US (February 12, 2013)

"Silence is betrayal. Think about that. Part of breaking that silence is speaking of the thousands of American Indians who have served in the United States military in unjustified U.S. wars such as the war in Iraq. Another part is...