Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP
ads@blueearthmarketing.com   712.224.5420

Patricia Michaels gets through another week on Project Runway (March 1, 2013)

Fashion designer Patricia Michaels of Taos Pueblo made it through another week on Project Runway on Thursday night. Michaels actually got low marks from the judges for her design, seen above. But she got by on the strength of...

Tribes brace for cuts in federal funds under budget sequester (March 1, 2013)

With no deal in sight in Washington, D..C., tribes across the nation are preparing for big cuts in federal funds as the budget sequester kicks in later today. The Cherokee Natoin of Oklahoma stands to lose $14.5 million in federal...

Leanne Simpson: How the media got it wrong on Idle No More (March 1, 2013)

Leanne Simpson on the mainstream media's coverage of the Idle No More movement: With the intention of correcting the misconceptions spread through mainstream media about Chief Spence’s strike, I wrote a piece in mid-January for the blog dividednomore (www.dividednomore.ca) to...

North Dakota tribe's oil shale deals at center of federal probes (March 1, 2013)

The Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are looking into oil shale deals made by former leaders of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota, The Wall Street Journal reports. In one deal, the tribe...

Mark Trahant: There's no shortcut to avert the budget sequester (March 1, 2013)

There is no shortcut to end the sequester. It's here because there are real, deep divisions about the nature of the problem. Those divisions will not be resolved by compromise, they'll be resolved when one side or the other folds....

Governor urged to oppose Miccosukee Tribe land-into-trust bid (March 1, 2013)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is being asked to oppose the Miccosukee Tribe land-into-trust application. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the tribe's application for 229 acres in August 2012. Miami-Dade County has filed an appeal and a local lawmaker...

Kevin Abourezk: Native women in Nebraska celebrate VAWA bill (March 1, 2013)

Native reporter Kevin Abourezk of The Lincoln Journal Star gets reaction from Native women advocates to the passage of S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act: "It's going to really help the jurisdictional issues," said Shirley Sneve,...

Turtle Talk: Tribes must provide counsel to indigent defendants (March 1, 2013)

Professor Matthew Fletcher of Turtle Talk discusses a provision of S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, that would require tribes to provide counsel to non-Indian defendants who can't afford to pay for an attorney: Does the...

USDA might approve first horse slaughtering plant since 2007 (March 1, 2013)

The Department of Agriculture could approve the first horse slaughtering plant in response to a lawsuit, The New York Times reports. Congress inserted a rider in an appropriations act that prohibited the USDA from inspecting horse slaughtering plants that intended...

Guna Tribe in Panama commemorates February 1925 uprising (March 1, 2013)

Members of the Guna Tribe in Panama re-enacted the February 25, 1925, revolution that led to a recognition of their sovereign rights. Nele Kantule, a tribal leader, organized an attack on police and soldiers to protest the treatment of his...

Native Sun News: Native play rumbles onto New York City scene (March 1, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Christina Rose, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Shaun Taylor-Corbett Distant Thunder rumbles into New York theatre scene By Christina Rose Staff Writer Native Sun News For...

Tribes praise passage of VAWA with tribal jurisdiction provision (March 1, 2013)

Tribal leaders from across the country hailed the passage of S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, on Thursday. For the first time, Congress has enacted a bill that recognizes tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians. Tribes will be...

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee citizen, voted against VAWA (March 1, 2013)

In one of his first major actions as a new member of the 113th Congress, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, voted against S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, on Thursday. Mullin...

President Obama to sign VAWA with tribal jurisdiction provision (March 1, 2013)

President Barack Obama praised the 113th Congress for finalizing S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, on Thursday. The bill includes a landmark section to recognize tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence offenses on reservations....

MPR: Cobell settlement expected to bring $57M into Minnesota (March 1, 2013)

Members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota are filing for the second round of payments in the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement: Today is the deadline for American Indians and their descendants to take part in...

Opinion: Republican lawmakers take side of non-Indian abusers (March 1, 2013)

Timothy Egan addresses Republican opposition tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians in S.47, a bill to reauthorize the the Violence Against Women Act: Non-Indians are responsible for most of the domestic violence in Indian country. The tribes can’t prosecute them — without...

Charon Asetoyer: IHS fails to provide emergency contraception (March 1, 2013)

Charon Asetoyer of the Native American Community Board discusses the lack of emergency contraception at the Indian Health Service: A lack of adequate legal protection is not the only way our government fails Native women who have been sexually assaulted....