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Jodi Gillette: White House reports progress on Indian policy (March 18, 2013)

Jodi Gillette, the Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs at the White House, announces the synopsis of the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference: On December 5, 2012, tribal leaders from across the country convened in Washington, D.C. for...

Supreme Court won't hear mining case involving Karuk Tribe (March 18, 2013)

The U.S. Supreme Court won't be hearing a mining dispute involving the Karuk Tribe of California. In June 2012, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Forest Service failed to consult biologists from other agencies before approving...

8th Circuit to clear up conflicting sexual assault case rulings (March 18, 2013)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals will convene an en banc panel next month to clear up conflicting decisions in two Indian Country sexual assault cases. James Bruguier was charged with sexual abuse of an incapacitated person for an incident...

9th Circuit rules tribal document isn't proof of 'Indian' status (March 18, 2013)

An "unauthenticated" enrollment document from the Colorado River Indian Tribes isn't sufficient to prove a defendant's "Indian" status, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday. Edgar Alvirez, Jr. was convicted of assault resulting in serious bodily injury for...

DOJ submits brief in support of Cherokee father in ICWA case (March 18, 2013)

As anticipated, the Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case that's before the U.S. Supreme Court. The brief supports Dusten Brown, a member of the Cherokee Nation...

Little Traverse Bay Bands recognize first same-sex marriage (March 18, 2013)

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan is now the third tribe to recognize same-sex marriage. The tribal council passed a bill that that defines marriage as a union between "two persons." Chairman Dexter McNamara signed it...

Tribes cut back on law enforcement under budget sequester (March 18, 2013)

Tribes are being forced to cut back on law enforcement and justice programs due the sequester of the federal budget. Automatic, across-the-board cuts went into effect on March 1. The loss was felt immediately by the Red Lake Nation of...

Review: Stereotypes, racism and sexism in 'Pocahontas' play (March 18, 2013)

Claudia La Rocco of The New York Times reviews the bizarre-sounding Pocahontas, and/or America: So, you know, blah blah and something something. In other words, the onus is on you, dear reader, to supply the content in the Little...

Kevin Washburn to appear at hearing on federal recognition (March 18, 2013)

Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, will testify at a hearing on federal recognition tomorrow. Washburn, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is the sole witness at the hearing before the House Subcommittee on...

Opinion: Affirmative action might be harming its beneficiaries (March 18, 2013)

The U.S. Supreme Court will be ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas this term: What's more important to how your life turns out: the prestige of the school you attend or how much you learn while you’re there? Does...

Opinion: Tribes not ready to provide 'justice' for non-Indians (March 18, 2013)

A conservative commentator who was banished by the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians for a post about the reservation questions tribal jurisdiction provisions in S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act: The VAWA itself isn’t new...

Harlan McKosato: Trains change way of life in Indian Country (March 18, 2013)

Harlan McKosato on how America's railroads changed the way of life for Indian people: The Indian and the Iron Horse go way back. America’s railroads (especially the Transcontinental Railroad) and trains in general are still intimately associated with the arrival...

Mark Trahant: Budget resolution running up against deadline (March 18, 2013)

Three words to think about as we near the next budget fight on Capitol Hill: Austerity has limits. As I have written often, I view the austerity trend as a global one, not a national debate. That’s important to remember...

Native Sun News: Pine Ridge basketball team battles to end (March 18, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Joseph Budd, Native Sun News Correspondent. All content © Native Sun News. Anissa Martin receives the prestigious Spirit of Su award while Coach Laura Big Crow lends her support. Shaylene Richard Lady...

Native Sun News: Group trains activists for Keystone XL fight (March 18, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman, Native Sun News Health & Environment Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Activist training commenced with a ceremonial drum song. Photo courtesy/ Moccasins on the Ground. Native American adversaries...

Cheryl Crazy Bull: Bringing Idle No More into the classrooms (March 18, 2013)

Cheryl Crazy Bull of the American Indian College Fund explores the Idle No More movement: As the Idle No More movement has gained strength, like many, I have pondered its meaning. For me, it is our voices, singing out from...

Steven Newcomb: Setting sovereignty free from Christianity (March 18, 2013)

Steven Newcomb on refuting the Doctrine of Discovery: In my view, we have spent too little time reflecting upon the full significance of our original free existence. Here’s an argument that Indian country is not using: “As a consequence of...

Twila Barnes: Rep. Markwayne Mullin ignores responsibilities (March 18, 2013)

Twila Barnes takes on Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma) for voting against S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act: Did Markwayne Mullin forget who he is? He is supposed to be a Cherokee man, a warrior, one who...

Dave Palermo: Fixing the broken federal recognition system (March 18, 2013)

Dave Palermo reports on efforts to reform the federal recognition process at the Bureau of Indian Affairs: Nor Rel Muk WintuIndians indigenous to the Klamath Mountains in Northern California have a lot in common with the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape people, descendants...