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Andrew Yellowbear: Indian inmates being ignored in state (March 21, 2013)

Andrew Yellowbear Jr., a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming who has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his 22-month-old daughter, says Indian inmates are being ignored: I am an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho...

San Carlos Apache Tribe: Copper mine threatens sacred lands (March 21, 2013)

Chairman Terry Rambler and Vice Chairman John Bush of the San Carlos Apache Tribe explain their opposition to H.R.687, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act, a bill that would allow a copper mine at a sacred site: H.R....

NCPR: Conference focuses on removal of Tuscarora Nation (March 21, 2013)

North Carolina Public Radio reports on the Neyuheruke 300, the commemoration of the forced removal of the Tuscarora Nation from North Carolina to New York: “The colonials really wanted the Tuscarora to be gone,” says Larry Tise, a history professor...

Chairman of Chippewa Cree Tribe charged with trespassing (March 21, 2013)

Chippewa Cree Tribal Chairman Ken Blatt St. Marks is escorted to a tribal police vehicle on Wednesday morning at the tribal council chambers. Photo Havre Daily News/Lindsay Brown Chairman Ken Blatt St. Marks of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of...

Teens await sentence for death of five-year-old Native boy (March 21, 2013)

Three teens will be sentenced for the drive-by shooting death of five-year-old Ethan Yellowbird on the Samson Cree First Nation in Alberta. The teens were ages 13, 16 and 17 at the time of the shooting in July 2011....

Oregon tribe seeks to acquire ancestral territory from BLM (March 21, 2013)

The Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians in Oregon are seeking to regain 14,500 acres of ancestral territory. A draft proposal of the land transfer was released this week. A bill could be introduced in the...

Counties told to pay $300K for Indian athlete's death in jail (March 21, 2013)

Two counties in Montana have been ordered to pay $300,000 in connection with the death of A.J. Longsoldier. Longsoldier was 18 when he died in November 2009 after complaining of feeling sick. According to a coroner who testified at a...

One faction of Chukchansi Tribe in control of bank accounts (March 21, 2013)

One faction of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California is controlling the tribe's bank accounts, The Sierra Star reports. Reggie Lewis and his council say they are the rightful leaders of the tribe. But they apparently don't...

Chairman of Big Pine Paiute Tribe disputes removal efforts (March 21, 2013)

Some members of the Big Pine Paiute Tribe of California are trying to remove Chairman Dave Moose from office. Paul Stone started a petition against Moose, calling out the chairman for alleged abuses of power. But the petition was rejected...

Leader of Stockbridge-Munsee Community targeted in recall (March 21, 2013)

Robert Chicks, the president of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community in Wisconsin, is facing a recall effort. Chicks avoided being removed from office at council meeting on Tuesday. So opponents will take their case to tribal members in hopes of scheduling...

The Atlantic: Jack Abramoff peddling his wares at new game (March 21, 2013)

The Atlantic's Mariah Blake covers convicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff at his new game: Jack Abramoff, the infamous lobbyist, was slumped over a table in a dimly lit Clear Channel studio on a recent Sunday evening when a voice came...

MPR: Contemporary Indian art tackles cultural appropriation (March 21, 2013)

Frank Buffalo Hyde “In-Appropriate #3″ at the All My Relations Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Arts column reports on a new exhibit at All My Relations Arts that takes on cultural appropriation: When Dyani White Hawk Polk asked a group...

Mark Trahant: Lawmakers act to avoid government shutdown (March 21, 2013)

The Senate yesterday passed a Continuing Resolution funding the government for the rest of the fiscal year. That measure now goes to the House and that vote will likely be today (more on the reason for that shortly). The measure...

Senate committee approves Sally Jewell as Interior Secretary (March 21, 2013)

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 19-3 this morning to approve the nomination of Sally Jewell as the next Secretary of the Interior Department. The vote came after Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), the chairman, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski...

Dispute over $13.6M Cobell attorney fees sent to mediation (March 21, 2013)

A dispute over $13.6 million in attorney fees in the Cobell trust fund settlement has been sent to mediation, Indian Country Today reports. Some $85.3 million has already been paid to the firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and to...

Northern Arapaho man helps protect NMAI in New York City (March 21, 2013)

Luther Nakapaahu, a security guard at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. Photo Karsten Moran for The New York Times. Luther Nakapaahu, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, is a security guard at...

Mary Pember: Raymond Thundersky, art legend and mystery (March 21, 2013)

Mary Annette Pember explores the life of Raymond Thundersky: Some people thought he was a great Mohawk chief, some thought he had royal blood, some thought he was Jesus and some just thought he was crazy. Raymond Thundersky’s life was...

Editorial: IHS not exempt from federal budget sequestration (March 21, 2013)

The New York Times blames Republicans for failing to exempt the Indian Health Service from the sequestration of the federal budget: The Congressional Republicans who brought us the mindless budget cuts known as the sequester have shown remarkable indifference to...

Bill revokes registered trademarks for Washington Redskins (March 21, 2013)

Lawmakers in the House introduced a bill to revoke the trademarks of the Washington Redskins professional football team. H.R.1278, the Non-Disparagement of American Indians in Trademark Registrations Act of 2013, cancels all existing "Redskins" marks and prohibits future registrations. The...

White House Blog: ACHP backs indigenous rights declaration (March 21, 2013)

Milford Wayne Donaldson, the chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, on the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) formally endorsed a plan to support the United Nations...

Steve Russell: Termination and relocation a disastrous policy (March 21, 2013)

Steve Russell on termination, relocation and Indian elders: In the early 1950s, official government policy towards Indians discouraged this primitive way of living. The policy was called “termination and relocation.” Men of a certain age were offered cash and promised...

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe spends $20M settlement (March 21, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced last week that American Indian College fund in partnership with the American...

Native Sun News: New York Times takes on Wounded Knee (March 21, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. New York Times visits Native Sun News By Brandon Ecoffey Native Sun News Staff writer RAPID CITY—The New York...