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MinnPost: Elsie Fairbanks helped urban Indians in Twin Cities (February 21, 2013)

"Elsie Elaine Fairbanks worked throughout her life to better the lives of American Indians, from mothers-to-be to those struggling with alcoholism to those just plain struggling. Her work ended with her death Feb. 16 at 74 after a long illness....

Opinion: An outsider's attempt at understanding tribal cultures (February 21, 2013)

"While my colleagues cross the southern border to Mexico to report, I drive across a different type of border in northeastern Arizona to interview the Navajo and Hopi tribes. I am a billágaana (the Navajo word for white person) who...

MaxPreps: Rez ball plays a big role in life on the Navajo Nation (February 21, 2013)

"It was four hours before tip-off. The wind whipped sharply and briskly from the north and dust swirled in every direction. Temperatures dropped into the 30s. Snow fell by the evening. Hundreds of American Indians were bundled in bright colored...

Quechan Nation mourns loss of head singer Willard Golding Sr (February 21, 2013)

The Quechan Nation is mourning the loss of Willard Golding Sr., the tribe's head bird singer. Golding died on Tuesday from complications of pneumonia, The Yuma Sun reported. He was 70. “We are losing a very valuable person in the...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe rebuts critics ahead of council vote (February 21, 2013)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts said it won't change its election procedures despite complaints from some voters The tribe will be voting on Sunday to elect a chairman and other leaders. Some members contend the process is unfair but...

Southern Ute Tribe awarded federal grant to boost radio signal (February 21, 2013)

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado is expanding its radio station with the help of a federal grant. KSUT Tribal Radio will be able to reach 30,000 new listeners, director Sheila Nanaeto said. The signal now reaches into the New...

Editorial: Saginaw Chippewa Tribe questions mascot complaint (February 21, 2013)

"The Daily News editorialized in Wednesday’s paper that we do not see the need for Bay City Western High School or any state school to change mascot names that include American Indian imagery, as proposed by the Michigan Civil Rights...

Skokomish Tribe sues state to clarify rights under 1855 treaty (February 21, 2013)

The Skokomish Tribe is suing the state of Washington to clarify its hunting rights under the 1855 Treaty of Point No Point. The tribe signed away its territory in exchange for the “privilege of hunting and gathering roots and berries...

Gila River Indian Community continues to debate highway plan (February 21, 2013)

The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona continues to debate a highway that could run through the reservation. One group of tribal members supports the highway and has collected enough signatures to put it to a vote. But a rival...

Tobacco company on Yakama Nation loses treaty rights ruling (February 21, 2013)

A tobacco manufacturer on the Yakama Nation is not protected by an 1855 treaty, a federal judge ruled earlier this month. Delbert Wheeler operates King Mountain Tobacco on his allotment on the reservation. But since he mixes his tobacco with...

Morongo Band donates $20K to families of fallen police officers (February 21, 2013)

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is donating $20,000 to the families of two police officers who were killed on the job. The tribe is donating $10,000 each to the families of Riverside police officer Michael Crain and San Bernardino...

Native man made up story about being abandoned by officers (February 21, 2013)

A Native man is apologizing to law enforcement in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for making up a story about being abandoned by police officers Evan Maud alleged police officers drove him to the edge of town, took his jacket and made him...

Negotiations ongoing in tribal water rights lawsuit in Oklahoma (February 21, 2013)

Negotiations continue in a water rights lawsuit in Oklahoma. The Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation say they were promised water in southeastern Oklahoma by their treaties. They sued the state nearly two years ago but settlement talks have been...

Peter d'Errico: Indian trust relationship isn't a two-way street (February 21, 2013)

"When President Jefferson Keel referred to the "trust relationship" in his State of Indian Nations address to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), he fell into a common trap: he presumed several things that are not true. The first...

Native Sun News: Landowner sets deadline on Wounded Knee (February 21, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. PHOTO COURTESY/www.google.com Ultimatum Set on Wounded Knee sale On May 1 Wounded Knee goes on the auction block By...

Cherokee Nation reaches out to community in Washington, DC (February 21, 2013)

The Cherokee Nation hosted the first Washington, D.C., community meeting on January 30. Chief Bill John Baker welcomed tribal citizens who live in the nation's capitol and the surrounding area. “We’re all family," he told the crowd, The Washington Post...

Poverty rate highest for American Indians and Alaska Natives (February 21, 2013)

American Indians and Alaska Natives suffer from the highest poverty rate in the nation, the U.S. Census Bureau reported on Wednesday. According to American Community Survey from 2011, 27.0 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives lived in poverty....

Mark Trahant: Head Start program critical for Indian students (February 21, 2013)

"Perhaps no federal program represents the ideological divide over spending than does Head Start. Head Start is a comprehensive early-learning project for low-income children. This one budget line is critical to Indian Country: American Indian and Alaska Native students have...

GOP lawmakers introduce Violence Against Indian Women Act (February 21, 2013)

Eight House Republicans introduced H.R.780, the Violence Against Indian Women Act, on Friday. The bill recognizes tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence offenses on the reservation. Non-Indians will be able to take their case to federal court if...