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Another tribe criticizes Rep. Cramer for comments on VAWA (April 4, 2013)

Another tribe is criticizing Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) for the way he treated Indian women at a meeting in North Dakota last week. Chairman Tex Hall of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation said he spoke with Cramer after...

Column: Jerry Fogg shares his 'Native Soul' with new exhibit (April 4, 2013)

Jerry Fogg, a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, shares "Native Soul" at the Center for Western Studies: About 60 pieces of mixed-media artwork are waiting for the creative slide from Jerry Fogg’s brain to a canvas....

Native man breaks silence after being abused by ex-priest (April 4, 2013)

A Native man from Ontario is breaking a gag order in order to share his story of being abused as a child. Raymond C. Jacob, an Ojibway from the Webequie First Nation, signed a confidentiality agreement after reaching a settlement...

Navajo Nation hopes 'The Lone Ranger' boosts film business (April 4, 2013)

Photo from Jerry Bruckheimer on Twitter The Navajo Nation hopes the upcoming release of The Lone Ranger boosts interest from Hollywood. Parts of the The Lone Ranger were filmed on the reservation. Shiprock in New Mexico, Monument Valley in...

Oneida Nation business faces opposition to recycling plant (April 4, 2013)

A business owned by the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin is facing internal opposition to a waste recycling plant. Oneida Seven Generations Corp turned to a site on the reservation after losing a permit in the city of Green Bay due...

Oregon lawmakers tackle ban on Indian mascots at schools (April 4, 2013)

Lawmakers in Oregon are pushing bills that would address a ban on Indian mascots at public schools. Last year, the Oregon Board of Education voted 5-1 to prohibit schools from using Native American names, symbols or images as mascots. Affected...

Sen. Heitkamp looking to improve tribal housing conditions (April 4, 2013)

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) visited the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation on Wednesday and vowed to improve Indian housing conditions. Heitkamp saw overcrowded and aging homes on her visit to the reservation. “People cannot live like this,” she said,...

Tlingit-Haida Tribes leader Ed Thomas won't seek reelection (April 4, 2013)

Ed Thomas, the president of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, said he won't run for re-election in 2014. Thomas said he wants to continue serving the Tlingit and Haida in other capacities. He's...

Montana tribe weighs next move in water compact dispute (April 4, 2013)

Leaders of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are weighing their next move after Montana lawmakers refused to advance a controversial water compact. The compact would confirm the tribe's reserved water rights and make improvements to an irrigation project on...

Mohawk woman admits to smuggling reptiles across border (April 4, 2013)

Olivia J. Terrance, a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York, pleaded guilty to smuggling reptiles across the U.S.-Canada border. Terrance admitted that she smuggled hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of alligators, tortoises and other reptiles...

ICT interview with Erin Shanley, special prosecutor for tribe (April 4, 2013)

Indian Country Today interviews Erin Shanley about her role as a special federal prosecutor for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: How do cases get to your desk? Do you oversee the collection of evidence? Most of our cases are first...

Menominee Nation eyes support for land-into-trust request (April 4, 2013)

The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin is seeking local support for a land-into-trust application, The Shawano Leader reports. The tribe wants 160 acres in the town of Red Springs in trust. The land is located in a part of town called...

Kevin Abourezk: Comedy team gets Native youth to open up (April 4, 2013)

Kevin Abourezk reports on a visit by the 1491s to Nebraska: It’s 10 in the morning, and eight high school students won't speak. Dallas Goldtooth threatens them: “Someone start talking or I'm going to start calling on you.” A boy...

Native Sun News: Yaqui Tribe fights Mexico over water rights (April 4, 2013)

On World Water Day March 22, Yaqui traditional authorities launched an international petition drive to catch the eyes of Mexican Supreme Court justices who face a decision on the tribe’s standing to intervene in an aqueduct construction dispute now two years old.

Native Sun News: Rep. Cramer verbally attacks Indian woman (April 4, 2013)

While at the most recent North Dakota Coalition on Abused Women’s Service membership meeting on March 26, 2013, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) verbally attacked a member of the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe and stated that he wished he could, “ring the Tribal council’s neck and slam them against the wall.”

Auction house in France claims tribal items acquired legally (April 4, 2013)

An auction house in France says a collection of Hopi, Zuni and Pueblo items was acquired legally despite complaints from tribal representatives. Gilles Néret-Minet, the director of the Néret-Minet auction house, called the April 12 sale an "homage" to the...

Cole DeLaune: Kristi Noem is best candidate for Senate seat (April 4, 2013)

Cole DeLaune wants Rep. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota) to run for a U.S. Senate seat in South Dakota instead of former governor Mike Rounds: In a battleground that could determine control of Capitol Hill's upper chamber, an array of communities...

Gyasi Ross: Developing another generation of Native heroes (April 4, 2013)

Gyasi Ross on the need for Indian Country to cultivate a new generation of Native heroes: I remember a couple of years ago, a good friend of mine, knowing that I’m a decent lawyer, referred Shoni Schimmel’s family to me....

Some beneficiaries in Wyoming still waiting on Cobell check (April 4, 2013)

Some members of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe are still waiting on their share of the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement. The first round of payments went out in December 2012. Beneficiaries received $1,000 to...