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EEOC confirms difference between tribal and Indian preference (March 6, 2013)

Tribal preference in employment is not the same as Indian preference, the top attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said on Tuesday. Many tribes give preference to their members when it comes to filling positions at their enterprises. Many...

Sally Jewell earns praise on eve of Senate confirmation hearing (March 6, 2013)

Indian Country will find a friend in Sally Jewell if she is confirmed as the next Secretary of the Interior Department, tribal leaders were told this week. Jewell, the top executive at Recreational Equipment Inc., doesn't have much direct experience...

Obama issues disaster declaration for Navajo Nation in Arizona (March 6, 2013)

President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration for the Navajo Nation on Friday, the first of its kind under a new law that recognizes tribes sovereignty. The declaration opens the tribe to funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Portions...

Little Traverse Bay Bands close to recognizing same-sex unions (March 6, 2013)

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan could become the third tribe to legalize same-sex marriage. The tribal council voted 5-4 on a measure that defines marriage as a union between "two persons." At least one person...

Oglala Sioux Tribe continues fight over border town liquor sales (March 6, 2013)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota isn't giving up on its campaign to stop the sale of liquor in a town just across the border in Nebraska. Activists and leaders of the tribe, including President Bryan Brewer, have been...

OPB: Lummi Nation leader senses threats from big coal project (March 6, 2013)

Oregon Public Broadcasting talks to Jay Julius, a council member from the Lummi Nation of Washington, about a coal project in the Pacific Northwest: Jay Julius is a fisherman and a member of the Lummi Nation tribal council. Lummi people...

Charles Kader: LaDuke tackles 'Militarization of Indian Country' (March 6, 2013)

Charles Kader discusses The Militarization of Indian Country, a new book from Ojibwe activist Winona LaDuke: I have recently become aware that a book entitled The Militarization of Indian Country (MSU Press – Makwa Enewed series) by ICTMN contributor Winona...

Mark Trahant: Congress continues a path to destructive course (March 6, 2013)

There was an interesting economic debate Monday night on the Charlie Rose show. Paul Krugman, columnist for the New York Times, made his case for Keynesian economics, the idea that in a recession all government spending is good (even what...

Tribes line up support as Supreme Court takes up ICWA dispute (March 6, 2013)

The National Congress of American Indians and the Native American Rights Fund are lining up some major support as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case. At least a...

Federal agencies issue action plan to help protect sacred sites (March 6, 2013)

The Obama administration released an action plan on Tuesday as part of an effort to help protect sacred sites on federal land. The Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy and Interior, along with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, agreed to...

School district on Navajo Nation braces for cuts with sequester (March 6, 2013)

A public school district on the Navajo Nation will cut 65 jobs and may be forced to close some facilities due to a reduction in federal funds. The Window Rock School District depends on the Department of Education, including the...

Native Sun News: 'Last of Hostiles' youth movement takes hold (March 6, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Family photo: Sage Blacksmith, Hunter Blacksmith, Leets Yellow Boy, Lois White Whirlwind at the New Year’s Powwow at the...

Blackfeet men enter pleas in game hunts for country musicians (March 6, 2013)

Three members of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana entered guilty pleas for organizing big-game hunts with country music stars. Jay St. Goddard, Jay Wells and Gayle Skunkcap Jr. admitted they didn't obtain licenses for the hunts. They each pleaded guilty...

Hualapai Tribe seeks bankruptcy protection in business dispute (March 6, 2013)

The Hualapai Tribe of Arizona is seeking bankruptcy protection for one of its corporations. Sa' Nyu Wa lost a $28.5 million judgment to the non-Indian operator of the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The corporation is taking the dispute to the 9th...

Mitsitam Cafe at NMAI called the best food on the National Mall (March 6, 2013)

The Mitsitam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian offers the best food on the National Mall, according to Jennifer Steinhauer of The New York Times. Steinhauer urges visitors to the Capitol Visitor Center to skip the food...

Editorial: Obama's support required to combat climate change (March 6, 2013)

The New York Times urges President Barack Obama to help his nominees at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy fight climate change: In 2009, President Obama pledged to reduce America’s greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from...