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Chippewa Cree Tribe meets to consider future of chairman (March 25, 2013)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana meets today to consider the fate of suspended Chairman Ken Blatt St. Marks. The meeting was closed to outsiders. St. Marks said he wouldn't be attending. "Why should I attend my own hanging? St....

Gila River man pushes controversial highway development (March 25, 2013)

A member of the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona is trying to convince fellow landowners to agree to a controversial highway. Joseph Perez wants to develop a new city on the reservation through his company Pangea Development Co. LLC....

Navajo Nation finishing up work on $46M broadband project (March 25, 2013)

The Navajo Nation is nearly done with a $46 million broadband project. The tribe is improving Internet and cell phone service throughout the reservation. The project will bring better service to more than 30,000 households and 1,000 businesses. Work began...

Blog: Hualapai Tribe locked in Grand Canyon business feud (March 25, 2013)

A recap of the legal and business drama facing the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona and the Grand Canyon Skywalk: At the Grand Canyon Skywalk, tourists can pay about $90 to shuffle along a horseshoe of glass that extends over the...

Judge orders BIA to reconsider Duwamish Tribe recognition (March 25, 2013)

For the first time, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has been ordered to explain why it denied federal recognition to a tribal petitioner.

Editorial: Oregon tribes deserve shot at ancestral territory (March 25, 2013)

The Coos Bay World supports efforts to return land to the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians in Oregon: In the 1850s, South Coast Indian tribes were in no position to bargain. European diseases had ravaged...

Opinion: Indians and Palestinians forced onto reservations (March 25, 2013)

Writer sees parallels in treatment of Indian people and Palestinians: At the time, it seemed peculiar to me. It was the late 1970s. My visitor was a Palestinian Arab, a pharmacist who owned a business near Nazareth, in an area...

Delaware Tribe looking to relocate headquarters to Kansas (March 25, 2013)

The Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma is looking to relocate to Kansas. The tribe had a reservation in Kansas before being forced to move to Oklahoma in the 1800s. "We're still looking for a property," former chief Dee Ketchum, who's now...

Alaska tribes excluded from jurisdiction provisions in VAWA (March 25, 2013)

Tribes across the nation celebrated the passage of S.47, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, but Alaska Natives are excluded from key provisions in the new law. The law recognizes tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence...

Doug George-Kanentiio: Students show courage on mascot (March 25, 2013)

The students of the Cooperstown Central Junior/Senior High School had the courage to do what Daniel Snyder, the billionaire owner of the Washington Redskins, lacks; the willingness to tolerate abuse and condemnation by electing to remove a team mascot deemed...

'Kind Hearted Woman' follows Spirit Lake Nation abuse saga (March 25, 2013)

Robin Poor Bear, center, and her two children, Darian and Anthony, are all now involved in the fight against sexual abuse. Photo © Native Sun News. Kind Hearted Woman, a documentary about abuse on the Spirit Lake Nation of...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold hearing on housing (March 25, 2013)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing on Indian housing next month. The hearing takes place on Wednesday, April 10, at 2:15pm in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. A witness list hasn't been posted...

Editorial: Newest park in South Dakota preserves tribal site (March 25, 2013)

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader hails the creation of the Good Earth at Blood Run State Park in South Dakota: South Dakota will witness history today when Gov. Dennis Daugaard signs the bill legislators passed earlier this year to create...

Opinion: American Indian men and women serve in military (March 25, 2013)

Scotty Allison, the Beltrami County Veterans Service Officer, cites high rates of military service among American Indians in Minnesota: As I was gathering information for the Northern Minnesota Veterans Home Task Force, I discovered some interesting facts about American Indian...

Dustin Monroe: Montana bill limits Indian voter participation (March 25, 2013)

Dustin Monroe, a member of the Fort Belknap Indian Community and the executive director of the Western Native Voice, says Montana bill would limit Indian voting participation: “An Act Revising the Close of Late Voter Registration” is the short title...

Mike Wenstrup: Alaska Native voting rights are under attack (March 25, 2013)

Mike Wenstrup, the chair of the Alaska Democratic Party, says Republicans are attacking the voting rights of Alaska Natives: Today, voting rights are under assault by political partisans whose agenda is threatened by a healthy democracy. Thirty-eight years after passage...

Tim Argetsinger: Native men responsible for domestic crime (March 25, 2013)

Timothy Aqukkasuk Argetsinger argues that most perpetrators of violence against Native women are Native men: Many federally recognized tribes are celebrating the reauthorization of VAWA, which contains key provisions that authorize tribal courts to prosecute non-Indians in sexual assault and...

Steve Russell: Addressing drunken driving in Indian Country (March 25, 2013)

Steve Russell on drunken driving in Indian Country: Few of us have been unscathed by alcohol, and I am no exception. A close Cherokee relative, big-hearted and kind when sober, was a mean drunk who finally ended his life in...

Native Sun News: KILI Radio celebrates three decades on air (March 25, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Christina Rose, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Tom Casey, director at KILI Radio, thanks everyone for being a part of the “Lakota Voices” that make the...

Native Sun News: South Dakota Indian graduation rates drop (March 25, 2013)

The following story was written and reported by Christina Rose, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Page from Bureau of Indian Education's “Reading First” highlights the vocabulary word “conform” and teaches solely about American business...

Mark Trahant: Huge changes ahead for Indian health system (March 25, 2013)

Three years ago, on March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the >Affordable Care Act. The bill also included the permanent authorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. As I wrote at the time: “When Medicare and...

Dave Palermo: BIA working on reforms to federal recognition (March 25, 2013)

Dave Palermo reports on changes coming to the federal recognition process at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.