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Editorial: Alaska Native corporation on the hunt for some oil (February 13, 2013)

"It’s good to see Doyon, Limited back at the petroleum exploration business in the flatlands west of Nenana. Almost four years ago, the company drilled a well in the area to search for natural gas. It found signs of petroleum...

Column: Native community feels loss after teen girl's murder (February 13, 2013)

"Under any circumstances it would have been a memorable picture. It caught in an instant a bright young lady with a wonderful smile participating in the ancient customs of her people. It caught a fleeting moment in time when everything...

Native Sun News: Program helps keep tribal families together (February 13, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Christina Rose, Native Sun Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Program brings families together through Self-Exploration By Christina Rose Native Sun News Staff Writer RAPID CITY – “The Family Restoration...

Spokane Tribe finds man who escaped from detention facility (February 13, 2013)

The Spokane Tribe of Washington arrested a man who escaped from a detention facility. Tribal police went to a hotel room in Airway Heights to execute a search warrant. They discovered that another man in the room had previously escaped...

Chickasaw Nation welcomes patients to new medical facility (February 13, 2013)

The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday for a new health facility. The Tishomingo Health Clinic is more than four times the size of the previous facility. It includes 21 exam rooms, 12 dental chairs,...

Lac Courte Oreilles Band cites rise in prescription drug abuse (February 13, 2013)

The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe Indians of Wisconsin has a "severe" prescription drug problem, Chairman Gordon Thayer said in the current issue of the tribe's newsletter. The tribe has seen nine drug-related deaths in the past year, Thayer...

Members of Maine Indian child welfare commission sworn in (February 13, 2013)

The five members of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission were sworn in on Tuesday. The commission was established by Gov. Paul LePage (R). Its goal is to “acknowledge the truth, create opportunities to heal and learn...

Opinion: Native women deserve protection from violence too (February 13, 2013)

"This week, Congress is poised to reauthorize the landmark Violence Against Women Act, a bill that aims to protect women in cases of domestic violence, rape, and other forms of abuse. However, despite broad support from both political parties, the...

Hayley Hutt: Hoopa Valley Tribe against Klamath water deal (February 13, 2013)

"Dam removal is needed on the Klamath River. However, the proposed Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, or KBRA – the focus of a recent op-ed in The Bee ("Time for Congress to act on Klamath pact," Jan. 31) – will actually...

MPRN: Lawmakers want state to ax Indian mascot complaint (February 13, 2013)

"Republican lawmakers at the state Capitol have some harsh words for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. During a budget hearing today, state Representative Anthony Forlini , said the department has no business filing a complaint with the federal government...

Bad River Band emerges as strong opponent in mining battle (February 13, 2013)

The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians has emerged as a strong opponent against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and Republican lawmakers who want to authorize a huge mine near the reservation. Republicans say the...

NYT Magazine: Polarizing scholar pens 'Noble Savages' book (February 13, 2013)

"Among the hazards Napoleon Chagnon encountered in the Venezuelan jungle were a jaguar that would have mauled him had it not become confused by his mosquito net and a 15-foot anaconda that lunged from a stream over which he...

Tribes hail passage of VAWA with tribal jurisdiction provision (February 13, 2013)

Tribal leaders hailed the passage of S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act that includes provisions to protect American Indian and Alaska Native women. The Senate voted 78-22 in favor of the bill. All Democrats, plus 23...

Native woman who was placed on display reburied in Mexico (February 13, 2013)

A Native woman who was mummified and put on display by her European husband was reburied in Mexico, more than 100 years after her death. Julia Pastrana suffered from hypertrichosis, a genetic condition that left her with hair over...

Obama doesn't mention Red Lake in discussing gun violence (February 13, 2013)

President Barack Obama discussed gun violence in his State of the Union on Tuesday night but failed to mention the Red Lake Nation shooting in 2005. Obama cited several recent incidents of gun violence, including the the December 2012 school...

Nathan Lefthand: Make the Navajo Nation into the 51st state (February 13, 2013)

"This is probably not a new idea; most ideas are not. So let’s say it’s an idea that’s time has come about again. The idea is to make the Navajo Nation the 51st state within the United States of America....

Mark Trahant: Indian Country set to feel pain with sequester (February 13, 2013)

"In Congress there is much talk of “pain” ahead. We are three weeks away from the sequester and about a month away from the expiration of the budget, last year’s Continuing Resolution. Indian Country will be the first to feel...

Native Sun News: Senate passes VAWA with tribal provisions (February 13, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Senate passes VAWA with tribal provisions included By Brandon Ecoffey Native Sun News Staff Writer WASHINGTON—The Senate voted late Tuesday...