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Navajo Nation soldier proud to carry on family military tradition (March 4, 2013)

Delshayne John, a member of the Navajo NatIon, is proud to carry on his family's military tradition. John, 21, is a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Two of his granduncles were also in the Marines and served as Code...

KGOU: Louis Gray talks about 40th anniversary of Wounded Knee (March 4, 2013)

Louis Gray, a member of the Osage Nation, talks to KOGU how he ended up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota for the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee. Get the Story: Indian Times: 40th anniversary of Wounded Knee...

Panel takes up Chukchansi disnerollment and leadership dispute (March 4, 2013)

A disenrollment and leadership dispute within the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California was the subject of a public forum last week. In the 1980s, only about 30 people were enrolled in the tribe, according to a June...

Hualapai Tribe takes control of another business on reservation (March 4, 2013)

The Hualapai Tribe of Arizona has taken over another business on the reservation. The tribe took control of Hualapai Ranch, an "Old West" town with cabin, on February 1. Tribal leaders said non-Indian operator Jim Brown was in violation of...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe recount confirms results of election (March 4, 2013)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts confirmed the results of its recent council election after a losing candidate requested a recount. Chairman Cedric Cromwell was re-elected to a second term with 442 votes. David Pocknett came in second with 243...

Eastern Cherokees get first disaster declaration under new law (March 4, 2013)

Eastern Band of Cherokee Emergency Management: Mollie Grant, Manager, and David Wachacha, Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator. Photo courtesy Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on Friday,...

Keith Harper, Cherokee lawyer, raised at least $500K for Obama (March 4, 2013)

Keith Harper, a member of the Cherokee Nation, bundled at least $500,000 for the 2012 Obama-Biden campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Harper is an attorney at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. He has worked on the Cobell...

Steve Russell: NAGPRA changes minds for some in anthropology (March 4, 2013)

Steve Russel discusses anthropology and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: Here in the US, a woman named Hai-Mecha Eunka, Maria Pearson in English, noticed that when a cemetery was disturbed for a highway, the white bodies went...

Renee Roman Nose: A victory for Native women in VAWA update (March 4, 2013)

Renee Roman Nose discusses the long battle for S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act: February 28 marks the first day in the history of the United States when Native women living on reservations will be offered...

Mary Ellen Moore-Richard, AIM activist and author, passes at 58 (March 4, 2013)

Mary Ellen Moore-Richard, an American Indian Movement activist and author, died on February 14. She was 58. Moore-Richard was a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. She joined AIM in her teens and later wrote about her experiences in...

State Department releases assessment of Keystone XL Pipeline (March 4, 2013)

The State Department released the draft supplemental environmental impact statement on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. The 2,000-page report does not say whether the pipeline should be approved. That decision won't be made until after a 45-day comment period. But...

Mark Trahant: Indian programs take $386M hit under sequester (March 4, 2013)

There is a paradox in government. When a radical change is proposed -- in this case, deep budget cuts -- the government warns how bad it will be for the citizenry. Once it’s decided then government being government starts to...

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp: VAWA update protects Native women too (March 4, 2013)

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (North Dakota), a new member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, explains the importance of S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act: This legislation is important for all North Dakotans, but particularly American Indian...

Levi Rickert: Calling out 3 Republicans for voting against VAWA (March 4, 2013)

Levi Rickert, the editor-in-chief of the Native News Network, calls out three Republicans who voted against S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act -- Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa):...

Opinion: How non-Indians can challenge tribal court jurisdiction (March 4, 2013)

Paul J. Larkin, Jr., a conservative commentator for The Heritage Foundation, explains how a non-Indian might challenge the tribal jurisdiction provisions of S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act: Yesterday the House gave up any effort to...

Review: 'The Round House' tackles crime and jurisdiction issues (March 4, 2013)

Sandee Suitt of The Murfreesboro Daily News-Journal reviews The Round House by Ojibwe author Louise Erdrich: The Round House, the most recent novel from author Louise Erdrich, is set in 1988 on a fictitious Native American reservation in North...

Opinion: Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee, silent on VAWA vote (March 4, 2013)

Aura Bogado unsuccessfully tries to find out why Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, voted against S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act: Native representation in Congress doubled as a result of the...

National Congress of American Indians meets in Washington DC (March 4, 2013)

The National Congress of American Indians holds its 2013 executive council winter session in Washington, D.C., this week. Hundreds of tribal leaders are in the nation's capitol to discuss high-priority issues like the federal budget sequester, housing and education. They...

Native Sun News: Energy Department requests tribal comments (March 4, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman, Native Sun News Health & Environment Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Not only a science facility, Sanford Lab provides chances for students to learn from physicists underground. PHOTO...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee takes input from tribal leaders (March 4, 2013)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a listening session on Thursday to take input from tribal leaders. The session takes place from 9am to 12pm in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. It will not be webcast....

Task force in DC for research on violence against Native women (March 4, 2013)

The Federal Advisory Task Force on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women will be meeting in Washington, D.C., later this week. The task force was established by the 2005 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The panel...