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CBC News: Business grows for Native-owned airline in Canada (March 26, 2013)

CBC News has a video report on Canadian North Airlines, a 100 percent Native-owned company: Despite operating out of Edmonton for years, Canadian North Airlines has flown under the radar of most people. Now it's taking advantage of booming business...

Column: Renelle White Buffalo, Rosebud artist, in competition (March 26, 2013)

Renelle White Buffalo, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, is taking part in an art competition: Since Renelle White Buffalo now lives in Los Angeles, our interview had to take place via Skype. Yet even the...

Oklahoma tribes seek to extend talks for tobacco compacts (March 26, 2013)

Tribal leaders in Oklahoma are seeking to extend negotiations for new tobacco compacts, The Native American Times reports. Twenty-two tribes signed a letter to Gov. Mary Fallin (R) asking for an extension until August 30. The current agreements expire in...

Quapaw Tribe seeks $175M in trust mismanagement lawsuit (March 26, 2013)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma is seeking $175 million in damages for the alleged mismanagement of its trust resources. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. It alleges numerous breaches of trust in relation to the...

Treaty tribes defend fish quotas amid complaints in Wisconsin (March 26, 2013)

Treaty tribes in Wisconsin are defending their spring fish quotas amid complaints from state officials and non-Indians. The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission raised walleye levels at off-reservation lakes. That prompted the state to impose stricter limits but...

First Nations Development Institute awards $375K in grants (March 26, 2013)

First Nations Development Institute has awarded $375,000 in grants for food projects in Indian Country. Ten grants of $37,500 each were awarded to tribes, tribal enterprises and Native Hawaiians. The money will support a variety of food programs. Grantees include...

Colville Tribes sign deal to open timber mill that closed in 2009 (March 26, 2013)

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation signed a deal to reopen a timber mill that closed in 2009. Wood Resources agreed to a 25-year lease for the plywood mill in Omak. The company will use timber from the the...

Ponca Tribe promotes Chris Legband to executive director job (March 26, 2013)

The Ponca Tribe has promoted one of its own to the position of executive director. Chris Legband will manage daily affairs for the tribe. The tribe has service areas in Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa. Get the Story: Legband promoted...

Alabama company to pay $1.15M for Indian contracting fraud (March 26, 2013)

An Alabama company will pay $1.15 million in an Indian contracting fraud case. Caddell Construction told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that it was mentoring an Indian-owned company under the Department of Defense’s Mentor-Protégé Program and Indian Incentive Program....

Moapa Band to file second lawsuit over coal-fired power plant (March 26, 2013)

The Moapa Band of Paiute Indians in Nevada says it will file another lawsuit that targets a coal-fired power plant next to the reservation. The tribe plans to sue the Environmental Protection Agency, state officials and NV Energy. The lawsuit...

Two Arizona tribes move closer to establishing radio stations (March 26, 2013)

Two tribes in Arizona are waiting on final approval from the Federal Communications Commission to build FM radio stations. The Navajo Nation plans to build a station at Navajo Technical College in Crownpoint. The Hualapai Tribe already operates an Internet...

Ak-Chin Indian Community signs sponsorship deal with team (March 26, 2013)

The Ak-Chin Indian Community signed a sponsorship deal with the Arizona Rattlers football team. The Rattlers field at US Airways Center in Phoenix will be called the "Ak-Chin Field" for the duration of the deal. The tribe's seal will be...

Northern Arapaho Tribe granted another permit to take eagles (March 26, 2013)

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming has been granted another federal permit to take eagles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit runs from March 1 through February 2014, the Associated Press reported. However, it doesn't apply to the Wind...

IBIA dismisses challenge to Chumash Tribe's land-into-trust (March 26, 2013)

The Interior Board of Indian Appeals has dismissed a challenge to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians land-into-trust application. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the tribe's application for 6.9 acres on June 13, 2012. But opposition groups failed...

Chippewa Cree Tribe removes leader after he refuses hearing (March 26, 2013)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana removed Chairman Ken Blatt St. Marks from office on Monday. The council held a hearing to consider charges against St. Marks but he refused to attend. “I’m still the chairman,” the told The Havre...

Editorial: Tribal colleges play important role in Indian Country (March 26, 2013)

Newspaper highlights importance of tribal colleges like the College of the Menominee Nation on the Menominee Nation in Wisconsin: The College of the Menominee Nation, which was chartered by the Menominee tribe in 1993, has a main campus in Keshena...

Umatilla Tribes on fast track to assert authority under VAWA (March 26, 2013)

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon could be the first in Indian Country to assert jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence offenses. The tribe already updated its legal system to adhere to standards in the...

Chair of Duwamish Tribe in 'state of shock' after court decision (March 26, 2013)

The Duwamish Tribe of Washington will get a second look at its federal recognition petition after a federal judge's historic decision on Friday. The tribe started the recognition process in 1977. The Bureau of Indian Affairs issued three conflicting rulings...

Native Sun News: Beyond Buckskin launches first look book (March 26, 2013)

Beyond Buckskin and its founder Dr. Jessica Metcalfe a Turtle Mountain Chippewa are breaking new ground in the fashion industry with last week’s launch of a first of its kind look book.

Native Sun News: State issues warning on Free Lakota Bank (March 26, 2013)

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation issued a warning to potential customers of Free Lakota Bank.

Dina Gilio-Whitaker: Indigenous leaders prepare for UN meet (March 26, 2013)

Dina Gilio-Whitaker on the upcoming World Conference on Indigenous Peoples: In 2010, after the United States as the final holdout endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Bolivian government called for a high level...

Supporters of ex-dictator deny Mayan genocide in Guatemala (March 26, 2013)

Supporters of Efrain Rios Montt, a former president and dictator of Guatemala, say no genocide occurred in their country. More than 200,000 people, mostly Mayans, were killed or went missing during Guatemala's civil war between 1990 and 1996. Montt is...

Taos Pueblo leader attends signing of new national monument (March 26, 2013)

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico. (Photo: Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management) Samuel Gomez, the war chief for Taos Pueblo, was in Washington, D.C., on Monday as President Barack Obama proclaimed a new national monument...

Supreme Court agrees to take second affirmative action case (March 26, 2013)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, an affirmative action case from Michigan. Voters approved Proposition 2 in 2006. It bans affirmative action in government hiring, government contracting and admission to...

Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota expected to retire in 2014 (March 26, 2013)

Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota), a longtime friend of Indian Country, is expected to announce his plans to retire from the Senate. Johnson is a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and...