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Native American Community Academy to get its own campus (February 20, 2013)

The Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will get a new home later this year. The charter school currently operates on a shared campus with a public middle school and the University of New Mexico Law School. But...

Non-recognized tribes excluded from DOJ eagle feather policy (February 20, 2013)

Members of non-federally recognized tribes are worried about a new Department of Justice policy that applies to eagle feathers and eagle parts. Federal law protects golden and bald eagles, as well as certain migratory birds. The new policy states that...

Federal judge set to rule on Omaha Tribe's liquor taxation case (February 20, 2013)

A federal judge is expected to rule later this year in a dispute between the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and non-Indian retailers. The tribe requires businesses that sell liquor to obtain a license. Retailers must collect a 10 percent tribal...

Oglala Sioux Tribe seeking designs for Sioux Nation dollar coin (February 20, 2013)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota will be producing a Sioux Nation dollar coin. The tribe is working with Native American Mint of California on the coin. Designs are being solicited to represent tribal history, culture, values and hopes...

Eastern Cherokees debate future of bear parks on reservation (February 20, 2013)

Members and leaders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are debating the future of bear zoos on the reservation. Elders are pushing the tribe to outlaw the facilities. Chief Michell Hicks is endorsing a sanctuary for the animals if...

Judge dismisses Navajo Nation's lawsuit for ancestral remains (February 20, 2013)

A federal judge dismissed a Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation lawsuit filed by the Navajo Nation. The tribe sought the returns of ancestral remains and funerary objects that were taken from Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The monument sits...

Hopi Tribe calls for Native American cabinet position in Arizona (February 20, 2013)

The Hopi Tribe supports the creation of a cabinet position for Native American affairs in Arizona. Chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa endorsed the proposal at the 18th annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day. He said it will help the state and...

Editorial: Hualapai Tribe's fight threatens all Indian businesses (February 20, 2013)

"The Hualapai Tribe near the Grand Canyon is enmeshed in a controversy that many tribal leaders fear could impede all that progress toward real sovereign self-reliance. Briefly, the Hualapais have been coming out on the losing end of a high-profile...

Jay Levy: USET stands in solidarity with all indigenous nations (February 20, 2013)

"On February 7, the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET), passed a resolution as 26 federally recognized tribes stood in peaceful solidarity and spoke out in the interest of preserving the security, traditions, culture, tribal homelands and languages of the...

Tribal jurisdiction provisions of VAWA face questions in House (February 20, 2013)

The tribal jurisdiction provisions of S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, face an uncertain future in House even after changes have been made to address concerns raised by Republicans. Tribes can only exercise jurisdiction over non-Indians...

Robinson Rancheria chairwoman asks judge to delay theft trial (February 20, 2013)

Tracey I. Avila, the chairwoman of the Robinson Rancheria Pomo Indians of California, is seeking to delay her trial in a theft case. Avila is set to go to trial on February 27. But her lawyers asked for a continuance...

Chief of Cherokee Nation to sign bill for drug testing of officials (February 20, 2013)

Cherokee Nation Chief Bill John Baker said he will sign a bill that requires elected officials to undergo random drug tests. The Elected Officials Drug Testing Act applies to the principal chief, the deputy chief and the Cherokee Nation Council....

DOJ seeks dismissal of Jemez Pueblo's claim over federal land (February 20, 2013)

The Department of Justice is seeking the dismissal of a a lawsuit filed by Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico. The tribe is seeking title to over 94,000 acres that the federal government acquired in 2000. But DOJ says the tribe...

Yakama Nation could receive $188M in a trust fund settlement (February 20, 2013)

The Yakama Nation of Washington could receive $188 million in a trust fund settlement with the federal government. Talks are ongoing but a document obtained by The Yakima Herald-Republic cited the figure. If the $188 million settlement is finalized, it...

Native Sun News: Tribal college helps fuel cultural renaissance (February 20, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Christina Rose, Native Sun News Staff Reporter. All content © Native Sun News. Edwina Fills The Pipe, Jacob Ferguson, and Tada Vargas, students in the Math and Science program at the Oglala...

Mark Trahant: Budget sequester takes toll on Indian programs (February 20, 2013)

"The sequester is now nine days away. So happens next Friday? The Pentagon may begin the furlough process this week. Reuters news agency said Congress will be notified that 800,000 employees will be placed on unpaid leave for up to...