W&L News: 'Bad Indians' offers a new look at California tribes (February 19, 2013)
"Deborah Miranda's new book, "Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir" (Heyday, Jan. 2013), is both a tribal history of California Indians and a memoir of her own family's experiences. She is associate professor of English at Washington and Lee University...
Column: Universty of Utah should expand Indian scholarships (February 19, 2013)
"Once again, we are seeing a conflict between reverence and revenue, sanctity and symbol. At issue is the University of Utah’s use of a graphic artist’s depiction of the Ute Tribe’s drum-and-feather symbol on its football helmets, athletic uniforms and...
Editorial: Close tribal jurisdiction loophole with VAWA update (February 19, 2013)
"There are many reasons for Congress to renew the Violence Against Women Act. For starters, over the past 18 years it's saved lives and provided grants to train those helping victims of domestic abuse. Here's another reason: It would close...
HCN: Trust fund payouts lead to conflict on some reservations (February 19, 2013)
When the Obama administration announced in April that it would pay 41 tribes some $1 billion to settle a lawsuit over federal mismanagement of trust funds, many saw it as a sort of stimulus package for Indian Country -- a chance to invest in long-term development and infrastructure, such as schools, clinics and roads.
Opinion: Caddo Tribe continues to practice religious traditions (February 19, 2013)
The Caddo observed many religious and spiritual ceremonies that aligned with the seasons and natural events throughout the year. The tribe saw its success as hinging on the continued performance of religious rituals, and their descendants maintain these traditions today.
Mashantucket Tribe drops extra test for tribal court attorneys (February 19, 2013)
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut is dropping its tribal court bar exam. The test was required for attorneys who wanted to practice before the tribal court. But it became more complex over the years, resulting in fewer admitted...
Hualapai Tribe weighs next step in battle with former partner (February 19, 2013)
The Hualapai Tribe of Arizona is weighing its next move after a federal judge ordered a $28.5 million judgement in favor of a non-Indian developer. The tribe took over the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a popular tourist attraction, after the relationship...
USDA Blog: Applications due for tribal college fellowship in DC (February 19, 2013)
From June first through the eighth, USDA will host faculty and staff from the 32 land-grant tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) that work in the areas of agriculture, conservation, science, or community development to participate in the USDA Land-Grant Development/Tribal Fellowship Program, a key component of the Terra Preta do Indio Tribal Fellowship Suite.
WyoFile: Another bad media story on Wind River Reservation (February 19, 2013)
"This week a new story made waves on the reservation when it appeared in Business Insider under the headline “Here’s what life is like on the notorious Wind River Indian Reservation.” “It’s like the New York Times article, only worse,”...
Omaha Tribe heading back in court in alcohol taxation dispute (February 19, 2013)
The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska is heading back to court to defend its right to tax alcohol sales on the reservation. The tribe's court issued a decision on February 4 that affirmed the boundaries of the reservation to include the...
Eastern Cherokees hope fine deters domestic violence cases (February 19, 2013)
Leaders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians hope a $1,000 fine will deter domestic violence crimes on the reservation. “If your pocketbook is going to get hit, you are going to be less likely to engage in that type...
Review: 'Noble Savages' offers look at complex tribal society (February 19, 2013)
"What were our early ancestors really like as they accomplished the transition from hunter-gathering bands to more complex settled societies? The anthropologist Napoleon A. Chagnon may have come closest to the answer in his 35-year study of a remarkable...
Supreme Court asks DOJ for views in Oneida Nation land case (February 19, 2013)
The U.S. Supreme Court has asked the Department of Justice for its views on Madison County v. Oneida Indian Nation, a land dispute involving the Oneida Nation of New York. Madison County and Oneida County are asking the court to...
Secretary of State John Kerry discussed Keystone XL Pipeline (February 19, 2013)
Secretary of State John Kerry met with Canada’s foreign minister on February 8 and discussed the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. The meeting was Kerry's first with a foreign leader since taking over the State Department. He promised a "fair and...
Native Sun News: Clash mounts over Black Hills uranium mine (February 19, 2013)
The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman, Native Sun News Health & Environment Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Citizens dressed in yellow to protest the mining of uranium and milling of yellow cake at Hot...
Woman pleads guilty over death of Eastern Cherokee toddler (February 19, 2013)
A North Carolina woman pleaded guilty in connection with the death of a young member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Ladybird Powell, 39, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, extortion, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of felony...
Dina Gilio-Whitaker: Not all nations are in position of strength (February 19, 2013)
" To be in a position of leadership—at least for NCAI’s president Jefferson Keel—is to be in the role of a politician, and that means taking predictably centrist positions (at least publically) to appease as wide an audience as possible....
Opinion: On cannibalism and the problems of ethnocentricity (February 19, 2013)
"In August of 1563, Michel de Montaigne, the famous French essayist, was introduced to three Brazilian cannibals who were visiting Rouen, France, at the invitation of King Charles the Ninth. The three men had never before left Brazil, had just...
Mark Trahant: Indian Country must draw on lessons from past (February 19, 2013)
"Later this morning President Barack Obama will make yet another pitch, calling on Congress to stop the sequester with a balanced approach. Of course nothing will happen today. Congress is not even in town. Congress being Congress took the week...
Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska won't seek re-election in 2014 (February 19, 2013)
Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska), a former member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, won't run for re-election in 2014. Johanns joined the committee after being elected in 2008. He served until the 112th Congress and was an advocate for tribal...
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