Bill transfers Oklahoma Indian museum to another state agency (March 13, 2013)
The Oklahoma Senate voted 26-20 to approve a bill aimed at improving oversight at the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City. The Native American Cultural and Educational Authority oversees the museum. Senate Bill 511 places the...
Lac Courte Oreilles Band takes over child welfare cases in county (March 13, 2013)
The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe is slowly taking over child support cases from Sawyer County in Wisconsin. The tribe's new child support department became fully operational last November, according to the February 2013 issue of the...
Aura Bogado: Native Americans are real people, not munchkins (March 13, 2013)
Actress Michelle Williams on the cover of AnOther Magazine. Aura Bogado pens an open letter to Michelle Williams: I cringed when I saw that you “dressed up as a Native American.” While some have called your decision “risqué,” I’d...
Nonrecognized tribe in Texas sues over seizure of eagle feathers (March 13, 2013)
Leaders and members of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas are suing the federal government over the seizure of eagle feathers at a powwow. An agent from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service raided a powwow in McAllen on March...
Radio station fills airwaves from White Earth Nation in Minnesota (March 13, 2013)
Niijii Radio is bringing Ojibwe music, culture, history and news to the airwaves in and around the White Earth Nation in northern Minnesota. Activist Winona LaDuke helped create the station. Its name comes from the Ojibwe word for "friend." "We...
Special federal prosecutor assigned to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (March 13, 2013)
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe now has its own special federal prosecutor. Erin Shanley will handle cases involving domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. She can pursue cases in tribal court as well as the federal courts in...
Idaho Legislature approves bill for tribal property tax exemption (March 13, 2013)
The Idaho Legislature has passed House Bill 140, which bars counties from taxing land owned by tribal governments. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe lobbied for the bill. The tribe paid a $200,000 tax bill last year even though other governments aren't...
Sauk-Suiattle Tribe accused of going after non-Indian employees (March 13, 2013)
A lawsuit that accuses the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe of Washington of discriminating against non-Indian employees is pending in tribal court. The tribal council fired 11 non-Indian employees at a meeting in June 2011. Eight of them filed a lawsuit in January...
Cherokee Nation boosts tribal court sentences for certain crimes (March 13, 2013)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has increased penalties for serious crimes. Under the Cherokee Nation Law and Order Act, offenders face up to three years in jail and up to $15,000 in fines for crimes like manufacturing methamphetamines or child...
Editorial: Lumbee Tribe renews long quest for federal recognition (March 13, 2013)
The Fayetteville Observer supports federal recognition for the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina: Deja vu alert: You've heard this story before. It's 125 years old. But it's new again. The Lumbee Tribe will try once more to get full federal...
Little Traverse Band chair to preside over 1st same-sex wedding (March 13, 2013)
Friday will be a historic day for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan. The tribe's same-sex marriage law will be signed into law by Chairman Dexter McNamara. He will then preside over the first same-sex wedding...
Kaw Nation tobacco compact eliminates lower border sales rate (March 13, 2013)
Kaw Nation Chairman Guy Munroe and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) sign two compacts. Photo courtesy Oklahoma governor's office. A tobacco tax compact signed by the Kaw Nation eliminates a provision affecting the sale of products near the state...
DC Circuit won't reconsider decision in Cherokee Freedmen suit (March 13, 2013)
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals won't reconsider a decision that said the leader of the Cherokee Nation can be sued for by Freedmen descendants. The tribe asked the court to reconsider its December 14, 2012, decision that allows Chief...
DOI seeks nominations for Cobell settlement scholarship board (March 13, 2013)
The Interior Department is seeking nominations for the board to oversee the scholarship fund that was created by the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement. The board will have five members. Two will be selected by DOI, according to a...
DOJ report questions handling of Indian voting rights under Bush (March 13, 2013)
A top Bush administration official blocked the investigation of an Indian voting rights case, the Inspector General at the Department of Justice said in a report on Tuesday. As the deputy associate attorney general at the Department of Justice, Bradley...
Defendants from Native Mob gang face verdict after lengthy trial (March 13, 2013)
Closing arguments were held on Tuesday in the case of three members of the Native Mob gang in Minnesota. The trial began in January and included 180 witnesses, the Associated Press reported. It was one of the largest, if not...
Dwanna Robertson: Oklahoma university cancels Native classes (March 13, 2013)
Dwanna Robertson questions the cancellation of indigenous studies classes at Northeastern State University: During the Spring 2013 semester, Oklahoma’s Northeastern State University (NSU) cancelled three 1-hour-credit college courses based on Indigenous culture: Stickball, Maskmaking, and Storytelling. According to internal sources,...
Native Sun News: Company withdraws offer for Wounded Knee (March 13, 2013)
The following story and update were written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Private firm offers to buy Wounded Knee By Brandon Ecoffey Native Sun News Staff Writer RAPID CITY—...
Mary Pember: Ojibwe women vow to protect lands from mining (March 13, 2013)
Mary Annette Pember reports on the fight over mining in Wisconsin: Ojibwe men are easily identified by the notorious flatness of their rear ends. According to my mom, those butts got that way because of the enthusiastic verbal skills of...
Native Sun News: Cheyenne River student is NASA Ambassador (March 13, 2013)
The following story was written and reported by Christina Rose, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Delaena Uses Knife in class at the South Dakota School of Mines. Uses Knife wins NASA Internship, becomes NASA...
NLRB to ask Supreme Court to hear recess appointment dispute (March 13, 2013)
The National Labor Relations Board will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a dispute over appointments to the board. The National Labor Relations Act requires at least three board members to make decisions, the Supreme Court determined in June...
Letter: Go after broadcasters for using Redskins name on the air (March 13, 2013)
A letter writer suggests another way to go after the Washington Redskins professional football team: A parallel legal action, opposing the renewal of licenses of broadcasters that unnecessarily use the word Redskins, would avoid these problems because it would be...
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