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Native Sun News: New bill opens up Indian Arts and Crafts Act (April 1, 2013)

An amendment proposed to the Native American Arts and Craft act by Rep Nick Rahall (D-WV) if passed would potentially remove protections from Native American artisans across the country and allow for non-Tribal members to label work they create as “Native American produced."

Native Sun News: Hope Conference addresses sexual abuse (April 1, 2013)

The Hope conference is making an attempt to address the most disturbing epidemic in all of Indian country, child sexual abuse.

Seizure raises stakes in Passamaquoddy Tribe fishing dispute (April 1, 2013)

The Maine Marine Patrol seized nets from three Passamaquoddy fishermen on Sunday, escalating a battle over jurisdiction and sovereignty. The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point and the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township issued 575 elver fishing licenses this season. The...

Author Loiuse Erdrich wins North Dakota's Rough Rider Award (April 1, 2013)

Author Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, has won North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award. Erdrich grew up in North Dakota and often sets stories on a fictional reservation in the state....

Editorial: Navajo Nation project brings stimulus to reservation (April 1, 2013)

The Santa Fe New Mexican supports a $46 million broadband project on the Navajo Nation: Here’s stimulus we like to see: Government and private business working together to build infrastructure to form a foundation for future growth. It’s happening right...

Rep. Young apologizes for using slur against Hispanic workers (April 1, 2013)

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, was forced to apologize for using an ethnic slur to describe Hispanic workers. Young said his family's farm employed "wetbacks" when he was growing...

Alaska Native woman arrested at anti-domestic violence rally (April 1, 2013)

Alaska Native activist and former Green Party political candidate Desa Jacobsson was arrested at a Choose Respect rally in Anchorage on Thursday. Jacobsson, who has described herself as a domestic violence survivor, was arrested for trying to go the podium...

Fishing tribes watch as states update water quality standards (April 1, 2013)

Tribes in the Pacific Northwest are leading efforts to improve water quality standards. Oregon upgraded its standards in 2011 in response to a study that showed members of tribes with treaty rights on the Columbia River consumed large amounts of...

Tribes to monitor construction at $1.3B fertilizer plant in Iowa (April 1, 2013)

Two tribes will monitor construction of a $1.3 billion fertilizer plant in Iowa to ensure a historic site is properly excavated. Fragments of a clay pipe were found at the Iowa Fertilizer Company's plant. That could indicate the presence of...

Chief of Seneca-Cayuga Tribe says election was rife with fraud (April 1, 2013)

Federal and state authorities are investigating the June 2012 election of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, according to Chief LeRoy Howard. In a letter to tribal members, Howard said the election was "marred by voter fraud." He said 70 ballots...

Treaty tribes in Washington win major decision in fishing case (April 1, 2013)

A federal judge on Friday ordered the state of Washington to fix culverts that prevent salmon from returning to tribal usual and accustomed fishing places. Under the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott, the state has an obligation to protect salmon...

Column: Rep. Cramer stumbles over tribal provisions of VAWA (April 1, 2013)

With controversial comments about tribal jurisdiction provisions in S.47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) learns a lesson as a new member of Congress: The [Violence Against Women Act] as passed strengthens actions...

Eastern Pequot group loses ruling in federal recognition lawsuit (April 1, 2013)

A federal judge has dismissed a federal recognition lawsuit filed by members of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled that the "Historic Eastern Pequots" lack standing to sue the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He...

Mark Trahant: Native vote holds great potential for 2014 cycle (April 1, 2013)

Last week Melissa Merrick, writing in the blog, Last Real Indians, broke a story about North Dakota’s Rep. Kevin Cramer and his attitudes about tribal governments, courts and the Violence Against Women Act. So this raises the question: Could...

Judge concludes Alaska tribes can follow land-into-trust process (April 1, 2013)

Tribes in Alaska can follow the land-into-trust process, a federal judge has determined. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has long excluded Alaska tribes from its land-into-trust regulations. Numerous administrations argued that the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 extinguished...

Charles Trimble: The wonderful remarkable life of an Oglala centenarian (April 1, 2013)

Laura Brewer Several years ago I was visiting with Teri Dameron, federal funding and management consultant here in Omaha. Teri is a member of the Brewer tiyospaye from the Pine Ridge Reservation. I had known all of her uncles...

Opinion: Ethnic cleansing of tribes boosted American economy (April 1, 2013)

How slavery and the removal of tribes from the Southeast created America's economy: Between 1803 and 1838, the United States, most famously personified by Andrew Jackson, fought a multifront war in the Deep South. In those years, the United States...

Landowner threatens to put Wounded Knee site up for auction (April 1, 2013)

The non-Indian owner of the site where the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre took place says he will put the land up for auction if the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota doesn't buy it. James A. Czywczynski says he's been...

Sen. Murkowski: Stopping domestic violence in Native villages (April 1, 2013)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) offers proposal to address domestic violence in Alaska Native villages: We all know that the expansion of tribal jurisdiction over non-members of a tribe is a controversial issue in our State. My firm commitment to addressing...

Ruth Hopkins: Sexual abuse a legacy of Indian boarding school (April 1, 2013)

Ruth Hopkins discusses sexual abuse at Indian boarding schools: Life at boarding school was punishing of its own accord. Children were not allowed to return home to visit their families for years at a time. Conditions were harsh. During particularly...

Opinion: Tribal jurisdiction provisions of VAWA reauthorization (April 1, 2013)

Attorneys Winter King and Sara Clark discuss the tribal jurisdiction provisions of S.47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: President Obama signed into law the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a federal statute that addresses...