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Decision in Alaska case could reopen land-into-trust regulation (April 5, 2013)

A court decision could force the Bureau of Indian Affairs to reopen its land-into-trust regulation. The last major changes to 25 CFR Part 151 were developed during the Clinton administration. A final rule was published in January 2001 but the...

Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation wants new deal for oil tax (April 5, 2013)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation wants to negotiate a new oil tax agreement with the state of North Dakota. An agreement signed in 2008 requires oil companies to pay a 6.5 percent extraction tax and a 5 percent production...

USDA cites $232M investment on reservations in North Dakota (April 5, 2013)

The Department of Agriculture has invested $232 million on reservations in North Dakota since 2009, according to a report that was released on Thursday. The largest investment of $122 million was for infrastructure improvement. Another $88.2 million went to electric...

Court lifts conviction after Ho-Chunk woman stricken from jury (April 5, 2013)

An appeals court in Wisconsin reversed a drunken driving conviction because a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation was wrongly removed from the jury pool. During jury selection, Jody Whiteagle acknowledged that two defense witnesses for Karen Lynne Snow, who was...

Patricia Michaels gets through another week on Project Runway (April 5, 2013)

Week 11 look from Patricia Michaels. Photo from Project Runway website. After two very close calls, fashion designer Patricia Michaels of Taos Pueblo is one of the last remaining contestants on Project Runway. Michaels, the first Native American to...

Native Sun News: Umatilla sisters take spotlight with NCAA win (April 5, 2013)

In what may be the greatest upset in the history of the Women’s NCAA tournament Shoni Shimmel a member of Umatilla Nation led the Louisville Cardinals (27-8) to an 82-81 upset over the top over all seed Baylor Bears (34-2).

Suzan Shown Harjo still fighting to eliminate 'Redskins' mascot (April 5, 2013)

Activist Suzan Shown Harjo continues to fight for the elimination of the Washington Redskins professional football mascot.

Ex-soldier implicates president of Guatemala in genocide trial (April 5, 2013)

Efrain Rios Montt, a former president and dictator of Guatemala, is on trial for genocide but a former solider implicated sitting President Otto Perez Molina in war crimes, the Associated Press reported. Hugo Reyes testified that Perez Molina, as...

Review: A mixed-blood Indian in 'The Five Acts of Diego Leon' (April 5, 2013)

A review of The Five Acts of Diego Leon, a novel about a mixed-race Indian actor from Mexico who finds fame in Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s: In America of the ’20s and ’30s, Mexicans were sprayed and...

Graton Rancheria restricts ability to remove members from roll (April 5, 2013)

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California adopted a constitution in January that makes it harder for the tribe to remove people from the rolls. People can be removed if they were enrolled by mistake or through fraud. But...

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar bidding farewell after four years (April 5, 2013)

[YouTube: Final Webchat with Secretary Ken Salazar] After more than four years on the job, Ken Salazar is getting ready to step down as the Secretary of the Interior Department. Salazar, a former U.S. Senator from Colorado, joined the...

Native Sun News: Suicide stirs Oglala Sioux school, community (April 5, 2013)

In response to the tragic death of student Toni Garnette, 16, a Public Forum was held on Wednesday at the Little Wound School in Kyle.

BIA warns employees to expect furloughs of up to 22 workdays (April 5, 2013)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is warning employees to expect furloughs of up to 22 workdays due to the sequestration of the federal budget.