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Column: Alaska politicians oppose protections for Native women (March 12, 2013)

Columnist Shannyn Moore explains why Native women in Alaska aren't protected even with the enactment of S.47, which reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act: President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Act this week. Finally, something bipartisan passed! American women...

Kevin Abourezk: Ponca Tribe passes heritage to new generation (March 12, 2013)

Kevin Abourezk reports on efforts by the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska to ensure traditions are passed on to younger generations: This is their grandfather's song, and these are his grandchildren, singing as a way to honor their ancestor. They...

Derrick Watchman of Navajo Nation elected as chair of NCAIED (March 12, 2013)

Derrick Watchman, a member of the Navajo Nation, has been elected chair of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. Watchman, who has served on the NCAIED board, was chosen to lead the organization at the start of Res...

Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs sets hearing (March 12, 2013)

The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs has scheduled its first hearing of the 113th Congress. The subcommittee will hold an oversight hearing on federal recognition next Tuesday, March 19. Lawmakers will hear the perspective of the Interior...

American Indian College Fund to administer Cobell scholarships (March 12, 2013)

The American Indian College Fund will be administering the scholarship fund that was created by the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced today. The settlement authorizes up to $60 million in scholarships for Indian students....

California adopts broad definition of 'Indian' for health coverage (March 12, 2013)

California's new health insurance exchange has adopted a broad definition of "Indian" in consultation with tribes and Indian groups in the state. Under Covered California, an Indian is a descendent of anyone who has appeared on surveys or censuses since...

NPR: Commission examines Indian child welfare issues in Maine (March 12, 2013)

National Public Radio reports on the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission: In Maine, an unusual and historic process is under way to document child welfare practices that once resulted in Indian children being forcibly removed from their...

Ponca Tribe starts program to encourage youth to go to college (March 12, 2013)

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has launched a new program aimed at encouraging Indian students to go to college. The Native Youth Leadership Academy promotes leadership and cultural heritage. Participants will be able to earn college credits at Doane College...

Ruth Hopkins: Actress shows up in 'Redface' on magazine cover (March 12, 2013)

Ruth Hopkins takes on yet another example of cultural appropriation: Now I've really seen it all. Michelle Williams is on the cover of AnOther Magazine, in apparent Redface. Michelle burst into the spotlight when she was nominated for a...

Oglala Sioux Tribe hosts first Oceti Sakowin meeting in century (March 12, 2013)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe hosted the first Oceti Sakowin meeting in over a century. The Oceti Sakowin represents the seven council fires of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people. The council formed hundreds of years ago but last week's meeting...

Supreme Court set to hear tribal challenge to Arizona voter law (March 12, 2013)

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, a voting rights case, next week. The Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona and the Hopi Tribe, along with other plaintiffs, challenged Proposition 200, which was approved by voters...

Group presses Snoqualmie Tribe to address membership issues (March 12, 2013)

Excluded members of the Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington are hoping to resolve some long-standing enrollment issues. Enrollment is open to anyone with 1/8 Snoqualmie blood. But the tribe has never finalized a base roll since gaining federal recognition, according to...

Kaw Nation signs tobacco and 'burn ban' compacts in Oklahoma (March 12, 2013)

Kaw Nation Chairman Guy Munroe and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) sign two compacts. Photo courtesy Oklahoma governor's office. The Kaw Nation signed two compacts with the state of Oklahoma on Monday. The tribe signed the first "burn ban"...

IHS due to take bigger cut than expected with budget sequester (March 12, 2013)

Sequestration of the federal budget will take a bigger hit on the Indian Health Service than expected, Indian Country Today reports. IHS Director Yvette Roubideaux initially told tribal leaders to prepare for a 2 percent reduction. She believed some of...

HUD cuts Indian home loan guarantees due to budget sequester (March 12, 2013)

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is ending support for the Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program due to the sequester of the federal budget. Joshua Taylor applied for loan assistance for a home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But...

Lumbee Tribe waits for federal recognition bills in new Congress (March 12, 2013)

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is once again looking to Congress for federal recognition. During the height of the termination era in the 1950s, Congress passed a law that identified the Lumbees as "Indians" but denied them the benefits...

Opinion: A report from Pine Ridge, 40 years after Wounded Knee (March 12, 2013)

David Tilsen discusses change, 40 years after the occupation of Wounded Knee: The last few days of February have been observed on the Pine Ridge reservation every year since 1973 by a four directions walk onto the gravesite at Wounded...

Native Sun News: Racial incident at basketball game addressed (March 12, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Christina Rose, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. At a Pep Rally, Takini students heard from Harold Condon about how to react to racism. Racial incident at...

Native Sun News: PBS series tackles abuse at Spirit Lake Nation (March 12, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Christina Rose, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Robin Poor Bear, center, and her two children, Darian and Anthony, are all now involved in the fight against...

Johnny Rustywire: Tribal history recorded in ancestral language (March 12, 2013)

Johnny Rustywire on the importance of language: The other day I had lunch with an acquaintance of mine, Cecelia Cuch, a Northern Ute, and a friend of hers. He was an elderly Tewa gentleman from Hopiland. We were at a...

Steve Russell: US no different from terrorists if laws are ignored (March 12, 2013)

Steve Russell discusses the "war" on terror: Since the attack on the Twin Towers, you are supposed to have a passport to cross those lines. The borders, we were told, had to be laced up tight as necessary security during...

Editorial: Voting Rights Act necessary to prevent discrimination (March 12, 2013)

The New York Times on efforts to suppress minority, elderly and poor voters: Last month’s Supreme Court arguments over the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act served as a reminder of the long history of racial voting suppression in this...