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Audio from House hearing on federal recognition process (March 19, 2013)

The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs held a hearing this morning on federal recognition. The sole witness was Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn. This was his first appearance before the subcommittee since being confirmed as the head of...

Editorial: Obama should issue permit for Keystone XL Pipeline (March 19, 2013)

The Billings Gazette calls on President Barack Obama to approve the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline: As the bureaucratic permitting process grinds on, the latest environmental impact statement confirms there’s no substantial environmental or safety reason to stop the Keystone XL...

Blackfeet Nation man accused in fatal stabbing on reservation (March 19, 2013)

A Blackfeet Nation man is facing homicide charges for a fatal stabbing on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. Police officers from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes responded to a party early Saturday morning when they were informed of the...

Navajo Nation approves tightrope walk across Grand Canyon (March 19, 2013)

The Navajo Nation has approved a tightrope stunt across the Grand Canyon. Daredevil Nik Wallenda plans to walk a 2-inch-wide wire over the 1,500-foot drop this June. He won't be wearing a safety harness. "He made it clear to us...

Northern Arapaho Tribe passes traditions to new generations (March 19, 2013)

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming is ensuring its traditions are passed onto younger members. So the tribe is hosting students at the Arapaho Experience Room in the Wind River Casino. Mary Cowboy shared Arapaho language, stories and culture with...

Suquamish Tribe picks newcomers for vice chair and treasurer (March 19, 2013)

Members of the Suquamish Tribe of Washington elected two newcomers to the council. Wayne George, 58, was elected vice chairman. He defeated five candidates for the post. Robin Little Wing Sigo, 37, was elected treasurer. She defeated incumbent Angel Hill...

Minnesota tribes forced to cut back at schools with sequester (March 19, 2013)

Tribes in Minnesota are already cutting back at their schools due to the sequester of the federal budget. The Red Lake Nation has already reduced security staff. The White Earth Nation might have to cut its school year short. “It’s...

Ojibwe tribes in Wisconsin raise spring walleye spearing limits (March 19, 2013)

Ojibwe tribes in Wisconsin have raised spring walleye spearing limits in a move that was criticized by the state. The tribes plan to allow their members to spear walleye on 535 lakes, with limits ranging from one walleye per day...

Hoopa Valley Tribe orders halt to more trailers on reservation (March 19, 2013)

The leader of the Hoopa Valley Tribe of California has issued a moratorium on incoming trailer homes. Chairman Leonard Masten Jr. said the reservation is overrun with trailer homes. Some are dangerous and uninhabitable while others have been abandoned,...

Umatilla Tribes awarded $257K grant for wind energy project (March 19, 2013)

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation of Oregon has received a $257,372 grant for a wind energy project. The tribe plans to place a 50-kilowatt wind turbine on top of the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. It will be a...

Chairman of Chippewa Cree Tribe disputes removal from post (March 19, 2013)

The leader of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana is disputing his suspension from office. Chairman Kenneth St. Marks was elected in November. He said he was removed because he is cooperating with federal agencies that are investigating corruption within...

Law Article: IRS determination aids tribes with energy credits (March 19, 2013)

Attorneys say a newly released determination from the Internal Revenue Service helps tribes with renewable energy projects: The IRS released a ruling this week that opens the door to Indian tribes playing a much larger role in renewable power projects....

ICT interview with Rep. Colleen Hanabusa on new House role (March 19, 2013)

Indian Country Today interviews Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii), the new ranking member on the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs: What excites you about your new leadership position on the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs?...

Myron Naneng: Blatant discrimination against tribes in Alaska (March 19, 2013)

Myron Naneng, the president of the Association of Village Council Presidents, discusses the exclusion of Alaska tribes from S.47, which reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act: Between February 1, and March 7, 2013, the day President Obama signed the Violence...

Senate committee to take up Sally Jewell nomination at DOI (March 19, 2013)

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a business meeting this Thursday to consider the nomination of Sally Jewell as the next Secretary of the Interior Department. The committee held a hearing for Jewell on March 7. She...

Native Sun News: Sculptures in works for 'Dakota 38' warriors (March 19, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Christina Rose , Native Sun News Staff Writer. . All content © Native Sun News. Mahpi’ya Al’Nazin (He Who Stands on the Clouds) Photos sought for 38 Dakota warriors hanged at Mankato...

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux school sued in bullying incident (March 19, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Christina Rose, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Little Wound School at Kyle. Tiny DeCory, founder of the program, says that bullied students can go from victims...

Former dictator on trial for genocide of Mayans in Guatemala (March 19, 2013)

Efrain Rios Montt, a former president and dictator of Guatemala, is on trial for the genocide of thousands of Mayan people during the country's bloody civil war. Montt faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. He is accused of...

Julianne Jennings: Idle No More movement spreads to Europe (March 19, 2013)

Julianne Jennings on the impact of the Idle No More movement in Europe: Knowledge of other cultures and social norms, opportunities to achieve fluency in a foreign language, art, music, food, insights into the socio-political nature of different governments support...

Supreme Court takes up tribal challenge to Arizona voter law (March 19, 2013)

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

Obama nominates DOJ official as Labor Department Secretary (March 19, 2013)

Thomas Perez delivers remarks after President Barack Obama announced Perez as his nominee for Labor Secretary, in the East Room of the White House, March 18, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) A Department of Justice official...