Column: Mine plan would harm a way of life for Bad River Band (February 14, 2013)
"It’s easy for me to remember the date of a remarkable assignment I had as a young journalist — a guided tour of the Kakagon Sloughs during the wild rice harvest — because it was in the year Gretchen and...
Richard Gomez: Chumash Tribe supports education excellence (February 14, 2013)
"Our tribal government has made investing in education a priority. We are seeing members of our families graduating from levels ranging from grade school to graduate school. Every graduation is a milestone that should be celebrated. Our commitment to education...
Opinion: Chumash Tribe should answer questions on land plan (February 14, 2013)
"I read the commentary by Chumash Tribal Chairman Vincent Armenta in your Jan. 31 issue. I was at that public meeting and it never “dissolved into a disrespectful condemnation of our elected officials” as reported by Mr. Armenta, nor was...
Opinion: Tribal jurisdiction provision violates U.S. Constitution (February 14, 2013)
"The Senate-passed version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) violates Articles II and III of the Constitution. The bill would authorize Indian tribal courts to adjudicate certain domestic violence criminal charges against non-Indians and to enter a final judgment...
CFPB Blog: Partnership with Navajo Nation to help consumers (February 14, 2013)
"One way we further our mission to protect consumers is through appropriately sharing with state and local law enforcement agencies information that CFPB has gathered. Today, we’re announcing a new dimension in our ongoing sharing efforts. The CFPB recently signed...
Marshall McKay: Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation prepares for future (February 14, 2013)
"Yocha Dehe has applied to have 853 acres of our ancestral land in the Capay Valley placed into federal trust ownership for the tribe's benefit. It is land we bought on the open market. Trust applications are governed by a...
Republican blames VAWA vote on tribal jurisdiction provisions (February 14, 2013)
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said he would have voted for S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, if it hadn't included tribal jurisdiction provisions. Cornyn was one of 22 Republicans who voted against S.47 on Tuesday. In...
Mark Trahant: State of Indian Nations offers a 'real possibility' (February 14, 2013)
"National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel began his annual report, State of Indian Nations, with a simple exclamation. “Indian Country is strong!” That statement, he added, is something he hasn’t always been able to say. He then described...
Former Seneca Nation leader joins law firm in Washington, DC (February 14, 2013)
Robert Odawi Porter, the former president of the Seneca Nation of New York, has joined SNR Denton. Porter will serve as senior counsel in the firm's Native American Law and Policy practice and the Public Policy and Regulation practice. He...
Supreme Court to consider petition in Oneida Nation land case (February 14, 2013)
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a petition in Madison County v. Oneida Indian Nation, a land dispute involving the Oneida Nation of New York. Madison County and Oneida County have been at war with the tribe for decades. After...
New trial ordered in death of former Salish and Kootenai chair (February 14, 2013)
A new trial has been ordered for the man who was convicted of murdering Harold Mitchell Jr., a former chairman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana. Clifford Oldhorn was convicted in state court for Mitchell's July 2005...
Investigation ongoing into North Dakota reservation murders (February 14, 2013)
Federal authorities are still investigating the murders of a woman and three of her grandchildren on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota. Martha Johnson, 63, and her grandchildren Benjamin Schuster, 13, Julia Schuster, 10, and Luke Schuster,...
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sets new date for council election (February 14, 2013)
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts has set February 24 as the new date for its council election. Five seats, including the chairman, are up for grabs. Incumbent chairman Cedric Cromwell is facing challenges from David Pocknett and Richard Oakley....
NCAI President Jefferson Keel: State of Indian Nations speech (February 14, 2013)
The following is the text of the State of Indian Nations, as delivered by National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel. Securing Our Futures 11th Annual State of Indian Nations Address Remarks by Jefferson Keel, President National Congress of...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee postpones business meeting (February 14, 2013)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has postponed its first business meeting of the 113th Congress. The meeting was due to take place this afternoon. A new date hasn't been confirmed. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) is chairing the committee for the...
MPR: Tribes across the nation look to diversify their economy (February 14, 2013)
"The economic growth of tribal nations and threats to Indian gambling revenues have propelled tribes around the country to expand beyond gaming in recent years. The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, for example, owns more than two dozen businesses — everything...
Supreme Court to hear Cherokee Nation ICWA case on April 16 (February 14, 2013)
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case, on April 16. The Cherokee Nation successfully intervened on behalf of a tribal citizen whose daughter was being adopted. The South Carolina Supreme...
Native Sun News: Obama taps Sally Jewell for Interior position (February 14, 2013)
The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Sally Jewell and President Obama. Obama names new Secretary of Interior By Brandon Ecoffey Native Sun News Staff Writer WASHINGTON...
Letter: Honoring Larry Casuse, Navajo activist shot by police (February 14, 2013)
"In 1973, there were two events that transpired that changed the course our recent history; the Siege of Wounded Knee, South Dakota and the slaying of a young Dine’ (Navajo) warrior named Larry Casuse, co-founder of Indians Against Exploitation, in...
Oglala Sioux Tribe balks at asking price for Wounded Knee site (February 14, 2013)
Leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota say they are being pressured to buy the site where the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre took place. Owner James Czywczynski is offering two 40-acre parcels to the tribe for $3.9 million....
Column: Former foster child lobbies Congress to amend ICWA (February 14, 2013)
"On Memorial Day weekend 2001, Gene and Carol Campbell set out to find their foster daughter, who had been missing. They worried about the girl, Sierra Goodman, because she had been drawn deeper and deeper into satanic worship. They found...
Column: Washington Redskins team defends use of racial slur (February 14, 2013)
"If you’ve long suspected that football is not a measure of intellect, the proof is currently posted for all to see on the Washington Redskins Web site. A series of prominently displayed pseudo-articles defend the club’s use of a racial...
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