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Erich Longie: Rep. Cramer owes real apology to Native women (April 12, 2013)

Erich Longie of the Spirit Lake Nation says Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) owes a more sincere apology for his actions at a meeting with Native women: We Dakotas are easy to get along with. After all, our very name...

MPR: FEMA consulting tribes about disaster declaration process (April 12, 2013)

Minnesota Public Radio reports on changes in federal law that allow tribes to request disaster declarations directly from the federal government: Tribal governments can now directly request a disaster declaration from the president. In the past, tribes needed to make...

Maria Tallchief, Osage Nation ballerina, passes away at age 88 (April 12, 2013)

Maria Tallchief, a member of the Osage Nation who rose to fame as a ballerina, died on Thursday. She was 88. Tallchief was born and raised on Osage territory in Oklahoma. Her family moved to California, where she made her...

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation invests $100M in health care (April 12, 2013)

Chief Bill John Baker of the Cherokee Nation explains how the tribe will improve its health care system: Every Cherokee Nation citizen deserves a long and healthy life. I believe that means access to quality health care, and as Principal...

Larry Spotted Crow Mann: Religious figure skews tribal history (April 12, 2013)

Larry Spotted Crow Mann on the slanting of New England tribal history by Christian minister David Barton: Virtually everything written about Natives in colonial New England is viewed through an ethnocentric lens of the master narrative. Further it is structured...

Judge refuses to stop auction of tribal cultural items in France (April 12, 2013)

A judge in France refused to halt a controversial auction where tribal cultural items are due to be sold today. The Hopi Tribe of Arizona filed suit to prevent the Néret-Minet auction house from selling over 70 items pending resolution...

Johnny Depp's Comanche language name means 'shapeshifter' (April 12, 2013)

A poster for The Lone Ranger. Actor Johnny Depp, who is reprising the role of Tonto in the film version of The Lone Ranger was adopted by a Comanche Nation family last year and given a name in the...

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes conduct annual Wyoming bison hunt (April 12, 2013)

Members of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho participated in a ceremonial hunt on the National Elk Refuge in Wyoming. This was the sixth annual hunt for the tribe. Members took five bison this season, The Jackson Hole Daily reported. The...

Hearing scheduled over mass disenrollments in Nooksack Tribe (April 12, 2013)

Members of the Nooksack Tribe of Washington who are facing disenrollment will get a court hearing, The Bellingham Herald reports. The tribe plans to remove 306 people, including two sitting council members, from the rolls. A resolution claims they can't...

BIA announces consultation meetings for tribal transportation (April 12, 2013)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has scheduled three consultation sessions to discuss transportation issues. The BIA wants input on a draft regulation for the Tribal Transportation Program, previously known as Indian Reservation Roads. Topics of discussion will include a new...

Indian trust reform commission meets in Tennessee on April 29 (April 12, 2013)

The National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform will meet April 29 in Nashville, Tennessee. Among other topics, the commission will hear from members of the United South and Eastern Tribes about their trust reform priorities. More information can...

Elders from Spirit Lake Nation call for removal of entire council (April 12, 2013)

Elders of the Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota are calling for the removal of the entire tribal council. Elders met for about two hours yesterday, according to news reports. They talked about corruption among tribal leaders and the child...

Sally Jewell to be sworn in as Secretary of Interior Department (April 12, 2013)

Sally Jewell is taking over the Interior Department today. Jewell will be sworn in at a private ceremony this afternoon at the U.S. Supreme Court. Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who served with Jewell on the National Parks Second Century...

Joseph Brings Plenty: Preserving Wounded Knee massacre site (April 12, 2013)

Joseph Brings Plenty, a former chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, discusses the sale of the site of the Wounded Knee massacre: Wounded Knee was the so-called final battle of America’s war on its Native peoples. But what happened...

John Trimbach: Responding to another Wounded Knee 'expert' (April 12, 2013)

I recently received a phone call from former Wounded Knee resident, JoAnn Feraca, daughter of Clive and Agnes Gildersleeve. JoAnn was concerned that another self-anointed author was writing about the destruction of her village, and getting it wrong.

Native Sun News: Tribes fight to keep Indian children at home (April 12, 2013)

Indian Child Welfare Act agencies on the South Dakota reservations are hoping the lawsuit filed against the state of South Dakota will bring attention to the miscarriage of justice that has continued for decades.

Patricia Michaels, Taos Pueblo, heads to Project Runway finale (April 12, 2013)

Week 11 look from Patricia Michaels. Photo from Project Runway website. Fashion designer Patricia Michaels of Taos Pueblo will be appearing on the finale of Project Runway. Michaels made history as the first Native designer to appear on the show....