Spirit Lake Nation hosts public forum on social service issues (February 26, 2013)
The Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are hosting a public forum tomorrow to discuss social service issues. Last fall, the tribe returned control of a self-determination contract to the BIA. The move came...
ICT's interview with Susan Fedorko, adopted by non-Indians (February 26, 2013)
"Susan Fedorko was 40 years old when she found her birth family—or rather, when a long-lost sister found her. Her first book, Cricket: Secret Child of a Sixties Supermodel (Outskirts Press, 2012) chronicles Fedorko’s journey from Native American adoptee-turned...
Cedric Sunray: Some Indian women remain stuck in loophole (February 26, 2013)
"Senator Maria Cantwell, the chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, stated in regard to tribal provisions in VAWA, “If you think you are rooting out crime in America and you are letting a sieve happen in Indian country you...
Rep. Cole plans to introduce tribal amendment to VAWA bill (February 26, 2013)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) said he will introduce an amendment to address tribal jurisdiction provisions in the House Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act. Cole, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, said the GOP version "falls short" in...
MPR: Debating tribal jurisdiction provisions in VAWA update (February 26, 2013)
"After passage by the Senate earlier this month, the Violence Against Women Act is due for action in the House, possibly this week. The reauthorization of the bill would be a first step in addressing the often-overlooked problem of...
Opinion: Republicans sacrifice protections for Indian women (February 26, 2013)
"Battered Indian women are being used as pawns in a shameful political game being played by some Republicans in Congress. Sadly, Wyoming’s U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso joined 20 of their male GOP colleagues who are apparently more...
ProPublica: North Dakota tribe cheated out of energy riches (February 26, 2013)
"Native Americans on an oil-rich North Dakota reservation have been cheated out of more than $1 billion by schemes to buy drilling rights for lowball prices, a flurry of recent lawsuits assert. And, the suits claim, the federal government facilitated...
Opinion: Flawed tribal jurisdiction provisions in House VAWA (February 26, 2013)
"The House has proposed its own reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). It is an improvement over the Senate bill, but it, too, suffers from constitutional problems. As discussed in a previous Heritage posting and in a recent...
Column: Oklahoma Historical Society preserves tribal culture (February 26, 2013)
"Back in 1895, the Oklahoma Historical Society received a Cheyenne art-decorated rattle that became the first American Indian artifact listed in the OHS collections. It has been followed by collections of artifacts, photos, documents, music, video and other items from...
Quinault Nation files discrimination suit against four schools (February 26, 2013)
The Quinault Nation has filed a lawsuit against four public school districts, accusing them of discriminating against tribal athletes. The four schools dissolved the Coastal Conference after complaining about the Taholah School District, where most tribal students attend. That left...
Native advocates not surprised by high rate of violent crime (February 26, 2013)
Native advocates aren't surprised by high rates of violence against women, particularly in certain provinces and territories in Canada. The national rate of violence against women is 1,207 victims per 100,000 people, Statistics Canada reported. But in provinces with large...
Police officer for Nez Perce Tribe charged with manslaughter (February 26, 2013)
A police officer from the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho has been charged with voluntary manslaughter Robert S. Wall, 31, shot and killed Jeffrey Flinn, 46, in November 2011, after a chase. Authorities in Lewis County say Wall fired his...
Tribes submit briefs to Supreme Court for voting rights case (February 26, 2013)
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Shelby County v. Holder, a Voting Rights Act case, on Wednesday. The court will consider whether Section 5 of the law violates the U.S. Constitution. At issue is whether certain states and local governments...
Indian programs at Interior face $130M cut under sequester (February 26, 2013)
Indian programs at the Interior Department face a $130 million cut under the federal budget sequester, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on Monday. The cuts will take place Friday unless lawmakers take action. The Bureau of Indian Affairs and other...
Mark Trahant: Lawmakers back in DC as sequester cuts loom (February 26, 2013)
"The sequester begins in three days -- and lawmakers (fresh from vacation) are working on competing proposals to do something. “The dueling votes could take place as soon as Wednesday, but a senior Democratic aide said Thursday is the more...
Native Sun News: Elders of Oglala Sioux Tribe take on abuse (February 26, 2013)
The following story was written and reported by Christina Rose, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Janice Little Dog, Berneice White Hawk, Sonia Chase Alone, and Ella and Wilson Coleman were among those who came...
PBS: Abuse allegations continue to plague Spirit Lake Nation (February 26, 2013)
"It’s been nearly five months since the federal government took control of child services on a remote Native American reservation in North Dakota. The unusual move came after years of allegations of child abuse and tribal mismanagement of social services,...
Senate committee to hold hearing on Interior Secretary pick (February 26, 2013)
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a nomination on March 7 for Sally Jewell to head the Interior Department. The hearing will take place Thursday, March 7. A witness list hasn't been released. Jewell currently serves as...
Blog: Notah Begay calls 'Redskins' an insult to Native people (February 26, 2013)
"When white columnists like Mike Wise or Robert McCartney write about the Redskins nickname, a whole bunch of Skins fans say they aren’t interested in hearing from the guilt-ridden liberal white media, that this isn’t their cause. When media members...
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