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Navajo Nation Council weighs bill to impose tax on junk food (April 11, 2013)

The Navajo Nation Council is considering a bill that would impose a 2 percent sales tax on junk food sold on the Navajo Nation. Delegate Jonathan Nez is co-sponsoring the bill. He said he has lost 100 pounds by changing...

Miami Nation contributes $50K to pay for school safety officer (April 11, 2013)

The Miami Nation of Oklahoma is contributing $50,000 to pay for a school safety officer in the Miami public school district. The donation will help pay for a full-time officer. The tribe gave the money in honor of the victims...

Energy industry supports new tax deal for North Dakota tribe (April 11, 2013)

Representatives of the energy industry support a new tax agreement for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota. The tribe wants to receive an equal share of revenues from energy taxes produced on the Fort Berthold Reservation. Currently,...

Oneida Nation close to pulling plug on contested energy plant (April 11, 2013)

The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin might pull the plug on a waste recycling plant that has generated controversy on and off the reservation. The Oneida Seven Generations Corp., a tribal entity, is in litigation over a permit that was revoked...

Native Sun News: Longtime BIA superintendent to retire in May (April 11, 2013)

Robert Ecoffey an Oglala Lakota and the longtime superintendent of the Pine Ridge agency has formally announced his retirement from government service.

Native Sun News: Seeking justice for Lower Brule Sioux toddler (April 11, 2013)

Mason Nasser, a 4-year-old member of the Lower Brule Sioux tribe, was allegedly murdered in his home in Gann Valley, SD. The family of Mason refuse to let his death be in vain.

Law Article: Tribal sovereign immunity and dispute resolution (April 11, 2013)

Attorney discusses tribal sovereign immunity and dispute resolution issues: Indian tribes enjoy sovereign immunity from civil suits arising from contractual relationships, even if the contracts are made, paid, or performed entirely off the reservation. Tribally owned corporations generally enjoy sovereign...

ICT interview with Cherokee Nation attorney on ICWA dispute (April 11, 2013)

Indian Country Today interviews Cherokee Nation assistant attorney general Chrissi Nimmo about Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 16: If the Supreme Court...

Law Article: Judge resurrects Duwamish Tribe's recognition bid (April 11, 2013)

Attorney Dennis J. Whittlesey comments on a federal judge's decision favoring the Duwamish Tribe of Washington: A federal judge has just given new life to the efforts of the descendants of Chief Seattle to gain federal recognition for his tribe,...

Letter: Failure of tribal water compact leaves state in bad place (April 11, 2013)

Letter writer supports a water rights compact for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana: The 18th and final compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes is on the verge of failure. The compact, if ratified, would have...

Radio DJ apologizes for stirring controversy about Lumbee Tribe (April 11, 2013)

A popular radio disc jockey in North Carolina apologized for stirring controversy about the Lumbee Tribe. DJ Jane Dough aired a call on Foxy 99 that questioned the legitimacy of the tribe. The question was subsequently posted to Dough's Facebook...

North Dakota tribes to meet with Rep. Cramer after VAWA flap (April 11, 2013)

Tribes in North Dakota are planning a meeting with Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota), who came under fire for comments he made about S.47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. Cramer was one of 87 Republicans in the...

Richard Gomez: Chumash Tribe ready to launch own wine label (April 11, 2013)

Richard Gomez, the vice chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, shares update on tribe's winery in California: The Camp 4 wine-making enterprise has been an exciting project for me to watch, not only because I am the...

Oglala Sioux Tribe working to assist residents after major storm (April 11, 2013)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is starting to dig out from a major storm that has crippled parts of South Dakota. The tribe's first priority is helping members with medical needs. But the tribe doesn't have enough manpower...

Opinion: Violence Against Women Act brings hope on tribal land (April 11, 2013)

Tim Purdon, the U.S. Attorney for North Dakota, and Janelle Moos, the executive director of the North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services, discuss tribal provisions in S.47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: Fortunately, the recent reauthorization...

Oklahoma governor won't agree to tobacco compact extension (April 11, 2013)

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) won't agree to extend tribal tobacco compacts that are expiring in June. Fallin rejected a request by 23 tribes to extend the compacts until 2017. She said she would accept short-term agreements but only if...

Obama's budget transfers Indian Arts and Crafts Board to BIA (April 11, 2013)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs won't be seeing much of an increase under the fiscal year 2014 budget that President Barack Obama released on Wednesday but the agency will be gaining some new authority. The budget transfers the Indian Arts...

Opinion: Progress on sacred sites and tribal initiatives at ACHP (April 11, 2013)

Milford Wayne Donaldson on tribal initiatives at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: At its recent winter business meeting on March 1, the ACHP became the first federal agency to adopt a plan to proactively support the U.N. Declaration on...

Editorial: Hopi Tribe deserves explanation on cultural property (April 11, 2013)

Newspaper calls on auction house to explain how it acquired items claimed by the Hopi Tribe of Arizona: In an ideal world, the provenance of every piece of art and religious object would be known. Who created it, who owned...

Judge promises decision over auction of tribal items in France (April 11, 2013)

A judge in France held a hearing today to discuss a controversial auction where Hopi cultural items are due to be sold. The Hopi Tribe of Arizona says the items being offered by the Néret-Minet auction house were stolen. The...