Idaho House passes tax exemption for tribal owned property (February 22, 2013)
The Idaho House voted 64-3 in favor a bill to grant a tax exemption on property owned by tribes. House Bill 140 bars counties from taxing tribal-owned land. The bill doesn't apply to individually owned land on reservations. The bill...
AIM incident at South Dakota court took place 40 years ago (February 22, 2013)
An American Indian Movement protest at a South Dakota courthouse 40 years ago this month helped propel the group to national prominence. AIM came to the Custer County Courthouse on February 6, 1973, to call attention to the murder of...
Connecticut bill authorizes tribal police to arrest non-Indians (February 22, 2013)
A bill in the Connecticut Legislature will allow tribal police officers to arrest non-Indians on reservation. TheMashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe support the bill. The tribe will be able to enter into agreements with the state to...
Dry Creek Rancheria holds election after three-month delay (February 22, 2013)
Members of the Dry Creek Rancheria of California will go to the polls on Saturday. The election was originally scheduled to take place last November. But it was delayed after tribal leaders moved to disenroll two women who filed for...
Northwestern University to probe Sand Creek massacre ties (February 22, 2013)
Northwestern University will investigate one of its founders' links to the Sand Creek massacre in Colorado. On the morning of November 29, 1864, U.S. Army soldiers attacked a Cheyenne and Arapaho village. They killed upwards of 200 people, mostly women,...
Michigan officials defend complaint on use of Indian mascots (February 22, 2013)
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights defended its complaint against the use of Indian mascots. The department filed the complaint with the Department of Education on February 8. It calls for the elimination of Indian mascots and imagery in public...
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe pulls out of land use agreement (February 22, 2013)
The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe has withdrawn from a local land use agreement. The tribe entered into the agreement with the town of Aquinnah are losing a court case. The Massachusetts Supreme Court in 2004 ruled that the tribe must comply...
Letter: Navajo Nation shouldn't rush into deal for power plant (February 22, 2013)
"Yah’at’eeh. It has come to my attention that you recently sponsored a resolution (004-13) that recommends that the Navajo Nation extend the lease for the Navajo Generating Station. I’m writing to urge you to put a hold on voting on...
Editorial: Tribes should be included in Indian mascot debates (February 22, 2013)
"We don't see the value of banning tribal mascot names on a state level. Yet, that is not to say that all school and team nicknames are in good taste and should be allowed. In Oregon, we just think that...
Top GOP lawmaker doesn't think non-Indians will get fair trial (February 22, 2013)
[YouTube: Sen. Grassley doesn't think Native Americans can hold fair trials] The highest-ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee doesn't think non-Indians will get a fair trial in the tribal court system. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was one of...
Steven Newcomb: NCAI's state of assimilated Indian nations (February 22, 2013)
"On February 14, 2013, in Washington, D.C., Jefferson Keel (Chickasaw Nation) delivered his "State of the Indian Nations” address in his capacity as President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). Although his talk was titled, “Securing Our Futures,”...
Native Sun News: Lakota girl lands in Miss Rapid City pageant (February 22, 2013)
The following story was written and reported by Christina Rose, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Jaylee Rencountre Rencountre places in Miss Rapid City Competition By Christina Rose Native Sun News Staff writer RAPID CITY—When...
Native Sun News: Tribal friends join Indian Affairs Committee (February 22, 2013)
The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD). PHOTO COURTESY/www.directorship.com Senate Indian Affairs committee loaded with tribal advocates By Brandon Ecoffey Native Sun...
Mark Trahant: Clock ticking on sequester -- only a week away (February 22, 2013)
"The sequester is now a week away. (And the next budget crisis, the expiration of the Continuing Resolution that funds the government, is only a month away). We’re at the point now where the clock seems like it’s ticking louder....
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