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Citizen Potawatomi Nation asks BIA to rule on land status (March 29, 2013)

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma could regain ownership of the site of a former Indian school. The nearly 20-acre site was deeded to Pottawatomie County in 1959 for "school or other public purposes.” The land was being used for...

Ex-BIA official backs Duwamish Tribe's federal recognition (March 29, 2013)

The Obama administration has moral and legal grounds to extend federal recognition to the Duwamish Tribe of Washington, a former Bureau of Indian Affairs official said. Michael Anderson was serving as acting assistant secretary at the BIA when he issued...

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes want land in trust (March 29, 2013)

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana have restarted the land-into-trust process for a 8.3-acre property that was purchased nearly 25 years ago. The tribe started the process after acquiring the land in September 1989, spokesperson Rob McDonald said....

North Dakota tribes blast Rep. Cramer's remarks at meeting (March 29, 2013)

The Spirit Lake Nation and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians are criticizing Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) for comments he made at a meeting with Indian women earlier this week. Cramer, a new member of Congress, disparaged tribal...

Melissa Merrick: Rep. Cramer must apologize for hurtful words (March 29, 2013)

Melissa Merrick, a member of the Spirit Lake Nation, calls on Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) to apologize for the way he treated Indian women at a meeting: Dear Congressman Cramer: This letter is in response to your phone call...

Turtle Talk: Guide to briefs in Supreme Court's ICWA dispute (March 29, 2013)

Turtle Talk has posted a comprehensive guide to briefs submitted in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case that's before the U.S. Supreme Court: The State AGs Brief: The AGs’ brief may also be the most...

NPR: Small tribe in Brazil quick to adopt new technologies (March 29, 2013)

National Public Radio reports on the quick adoption of technology by the Surui Tribe in Brazil: In the heart of the Amazon in western Brazil, an Indian tribe called the Surui lived in the Stone Age as recently as the...

Rep. Cramer wants to apologize for meet with Indian women (March 29, 2013)

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota), a new member of Congress, says he wants to apologize for the way he treated Indian women at a meeting where he disparaged tribal courts and questioned the constitutionality of S.47, the Violence Against Women...

Rep. Young of Alaska uses slur to describe Hispanic workers (March 29, 2013)

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, used an ethnic slur against Hispanic workers in an interview with an Alaska radio station this week. Young grew up in California. In an...

Patrick Lee: Why I filed complaint against Oglala Sioux Tribe (March 29, 2013)

Some of you may have heard that the Tribal Council has terminated me as Chief Judge of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Courts on March 11, 2013. As a former public official, I believe I owe the public an explanation to clarify the issues that led up to the Council’s action, and the legality of said actions.

Native Sun News: Rally in support of Indian Child Welfare Act (March 29, 2013)

Rallying supporters of the Indian Child Welfare Act carried signs calling for an end of human trafficking of Indian children and waited in the cold for the historic filing of a class action lawsuit against the State of South Dakota.

Anti-smoking ads include American Indians, Alaska Natives (March 29, 2013)

YouTube: Nathan's Ad: Secondhand Smoke and Asthma The Be Tobacco Free campaign has released a new set of videos that are aimed at reducing smoking among American Indians and Alaska Natives. One ad features Nathan, a 54-year-old member of...

Charles Kader: Traditional tribal groups labeled as terrorists (March 29, 2013)

Charles Kader on traditional Indian believers being labeled as terrorists: The labeling vogue of past generations was often to term both traditional and religious groups in Indian country as offbeat, sometimes as renegades, and possibly as outcasts within tribal communities....

Gyasi Ross: Saying thank you to inspiring indigenous women (March 29, 2013)

Gyasi Ross says thank you to indigenous women: Christine Quintasket Kateri Tekakwitha Anna Mae Aquash Sylvia McAdam Wanda BM Marie Bear Medicine Ingrid Washinawatok Miranda B.L. Mary Brave Bird Wilma Mankiller Paulette J. Ada Deer Shelley Young Elizabeth Warren Elizabeth...

Opinion: Seeking justice for Mayan victims in genocide trial (March 29, 2013)

Trial of Efrain Rios Montt, a former president and dictator of Guatemala, could bring justice to Mayan victims of genocide: Of course, win or lose, the case could still be a victory for the government if it gives voice to...