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DOJ highlights tribal jurisdiction provisions in VAWA update (March 27, 2013)

The Department of Justice has released a short document that explains the tribal jurisdiction provisions of S.47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. "Tribes will be able to exercise their sovereign power to investigate, prosecute, convict, and sentence...

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe announces settlement for pollution (March 27, 2013)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York will benefit from a settlement that addresses pollution on the St. Lawrence River. Alcoa Inc. and Reynolds Metals Company agreed to pay $19.4 million for releasing hazardous substances into the river. Most...

Wanda Batchelor resigns as first woman to run Washoe Tribe (March 27, 2013)

Wanda Batchelor has resigned as chairwoman of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California. Batchelor, who was the first woman to lead the tribe, stepped down after learning of a recall petition against her. Despite a long career in tribal...

Court affirms results of Seneca-Cayuga Tribe's June election (March 27, 2013)

A judge with the Court of Indian Offenses has upheld the results of an election that was held by Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma in June 2012. Tribal members voted for a second chief, a secretary-treasurer and other posts. But the...

Mescalero Apache Nation water leasing measure introduced (March 27, 2013)

H.R.1377, a bill to help the Mescalero Apache Tribe of New Mexico lease its water, was introduced in the House on March 21. The Mescalero Apache Tribe Leasing Authorization Act allows the tribe to lease, contract or transfer adjudicated water...

Southern Ute woman tells story to help other abuse victims (March 27, 2013)

Diane Millich, a member of the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado, made national news this month when she shared her story of surviving domestic violence at the signing of S.47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. Millich was victimized by...

Crow Tribe reacquires property within reservation for $989K (March 27, 2013)

The Crow Tribe of Montana reacquired a 1,933-acre ranch within reservation boundaries at an auction on Tuesday. The tribe placed the winning bid of $989,400 for the Hairpin Cavvy ranch. The property fell out of tribal hands about 70 years...

DOI bars non-essential travel under sequestration of budget (March 27, 2013)

The Interior Department has barred all non-essential travel due to the sequestration of the federal budget. The directive means Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, wasn't able to travel to Arizona for the National...

Editorial: Wisconsin must work to 'mend fences' with tribes (March 27, 2013)

Newspaper says politicians in Wisconsin need to mend fences with the state's tribes: Wolves and walleyes and mines, oh, my. There’s trouble brewing in Wisconsin’s northwoods again after 16 years of relative peace between the Chippewa tribes and the state....

UK Report: Chumash Tribe working to preserve its language (March 27, 2013)

UK newspaper visits the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in California: The Chumash are the indigenous people of the state of California, but are not recognised as an official tribe by the US Government. As such, their language nearly...

Pawnee Nation reports uses for $4.4M trust fund settlement (March 27, 2013)

The Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma has provided an update on how it is spending a $4.42 million trust fund settlement. The tribe already distributed $2 million in per capita payments to 3,247 members. Another $400,000 went to the Native American...

DeShanne Stokes: Sacred site battle could heal old conflicts (March 27, 2013)

DeShanne Stokes says dispute over the sacred Hickory Ground could lead to healing between the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Muscogee Nation: Much of the debate surrounding Hickory Ground has centered on rights, and everyone seems eager to take...

Kay Olan: Welcoming Grandfathers and the water they bring (March 27, 2013)

Kay Olan welcomes the grandfathers and the water they bring to Mohawk territory: This is the time of year when people in the Northeast become excited about the return of warmer weather and longer daylight hours. The robins and the...

Native Sun News: Rapid City's urban Indian basketball legacy (March 27, 2013)

Every town in South Dakota has a face they want people to see. But beneath that face there is a soul; a history of struggle and accomplishment, of misunderstood truths and comforting lies, a history of everyday people caught up in pursuits and sacrifices which only hindsight renders outstanding and ignoble.

Native Sun News: Basketball team captures state title again (March 27, 2013)

Back in 2008, the White River Tigers would capture their first title since 1955 and had reached the State Tournament in both 2006 and 2007. They would also capture titles in 2010 and 2012. However, in 2009 and 2011, they would finish second. Could they break the streak in 2013?

South Dakota to consult with tribes about newest state park (March 27, 2013)

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks will meet with tribes next month to discuss the state's newest park. A bill that created the 615-acre Good Earth State Park at Blood Run was signed into law last week....

Rosebud Sioux Tribe thanks Sen. Tim Johnson for his service (March 27, 2013)

Members and leaders of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe said Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota), who announced his retirement on Tuesday, was always there when they needed help. Vice President William Kindle said the tribe worked closely with Johnson. The outgoing...

Chief of Brazilian tribe taps technology to protect way of life (March 27, 2013)

The leader of a small tribe in Brazil is bringing technology to his people in hopes of preserving their land, culture and natural resources. Just a few decades ago, the 1,300-member Surui Tribe was considered "uncontacted." Thanks to the efforts...

Supreme Court restricts use of drug-sniffing dogs at homes (March 27, 2013)

Police may not use drug-sniffing dogs on a person's property without first obtaining a search warrant, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. By a 5-4 vote, the justices held that the use of the dogs outside a man's home...