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Oglala Sioux Tribe brings Trail of Hope for Indian Housing to DC (April 15, 2013)

Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe load up the housing unit. Photo from Facebook. The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is raising awareness of housing issues with the Trail of Hope for Indian Housing. The tribe is bringing...

General council of Spirit Lake Nation votes to remove chairman (April 15, 2013)

Members of the Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota voted on Sunday to remove Chairman Roger Yankton Sr. from his post. The vote was nearly unanimous, The Grand Forks Herald reported. Participants said they took action because Yankton hasn't addressed...

Vice chairman of Spokane Tribe cited over Montana bison hunt (April 15, 2013)

Rodney W. Abrahamson, the vice chairman of the Spokane Tribe of Washington, was cited for taking part in a bison hunt in Montana, The Spokesman Review reports. Abrahamson went hunting with members of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho outside...

Editorial: Swinomish Tribe should drop lawsuit over burial site (April 15, 2013)

Newspaper calls on Swinomish Tribe to drop a lawsuit over the excavation of a burial site: The Swinomish Indian Tribe is seeking $9 million from City of Oak Harbor after construction unearthed a burial ground on Pioneer Way in 2011....

Editorial: Judge made right call on Eastern Pequot recognition (April 15, 2013)

Newspaper says federal recognition for Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation would have hurt local communities in Connecticut: A federal judge recently dismissed a lawsuit by the Eastern Pequot Tribe that sought to reinstate its federal recognition. The tribe received federal recognition...

Chickasaw Nation names Neal McCaleb as its new ambassador (April 15, 2013)

The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma has named Neal McCaleb as its new ambassador at large. McCaleb served as head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs from July 2001 to December 2002, during the Bush administration. He then started working for...

Public Radio: North Carolina Tuscaroras reclaim their identity (April 15, 2013)

Public Radio East reports on efforts by the Tuscarora Nation in South Carolina to gain state recognition: The main difference between the Tuscarora of North Carolina and the tribe in New York, on paper at least, is that the Tuscarora...

Law Article: BIA rule bars state taxation on leased Indian land (April 15, 2013)

Attorneys discuss new Bureau of Indian Affairs regulation that bars state and local taxation of non-tribal entities that operate on leased Indian land: Although many states have a longstanding position that they have the right to assess the possessory (or...

Harlan McKosato: Tribes tap into energy development potential (April 15, 2013)

Harlan McKosato on the upcoming Developing Tribal Energy Resources and Economies Conference: As Americans, we love energy. In fact, the U.S. is the second-highest consumer in terms of total per-capita use behind China, who passed us just last summer. It’s...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules hearing on budget (April 15, 2013)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing next Wednesday, April 24, on the fiscal year 2014 budget request for tribal programs. President Barack Obama is requesting $2.6 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. That's a $31.3...

Opinion: America still in denial about Wounded Knee massacre (April 15, 2013)

Paul Udstrand on the sale of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre site: The March 30 New York Times carried a front page article about Indian country that rolls up the nicest example of institutional racism I’ve seen a long time....

Charles Kader: Sovereignty comes full circle for original people (April 15, 2013)

Charles Kader on sovereignty and its meaning for Mohawk people: Sovereignty is a word with many meanings. Because it is a Latin word in origination, adapted by the French language, there may be several definitions. The adaptation by Onkwehonweh (Original...

Auction of tribal cultural items in France fetches less than $1M (April 15, 2013)

A controversial auction of tribal cultural items went ahead as planned on Friday. According to news reports, all but five of the 71 items in the collection were sold. The auction brought in less than $1 million amid protests inside...

Urban Indians suffer from highest poverty rates across nation (April 15, 2013)

More and more American Indians and Alaska Natives are living in urban areas but they continue to suffer from highest poverty rates in the nation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 50 percent of the Indian population in Rapid City,...

Tribes gear up for big battle with Supreme Court's ICWA case (April 15, 2013)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case that's drawn significant attention. Tribal interests have lined up some big names in their campaign to protect the rights of Dusten...

Column: Supreme Court set to hear racially-tinged ICWA case (April 15, 2013)

Andrew Cohen of The Atlantic discusses Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow: The United States Supreme Court next Tuesday hears argument in a head-spinning case...

Mark Trahant: Obama's budget a better alternative than GOP's (April 15, 2013)

President Barack Obama’s budget request for 2014 does not roll back austerity. But it would significantly shift resources, adding money to important programs, and protecting much of Indian Country from government contraction. The Bureau of Indian Affairs budget request is...

Chuck Trimble: Indian Country becomes united on the Internet (April 15, 2013)

IndianCountryTV.com’s news anchor Kimberlie Acosta has a most powerful lead-in slogan to her reports: “One Million Indigenous Facebook Users….RED POWER!” Acosta’s slogan predated the Idle No More (INM) movement by many months, and was indeed prophetic, for it predicted the...

Native Sun News: Rapid City observes April 5 as Tim Giago Day (April 15, 2013)

After more than 30 years as a journalist, April 5, 2013, was declared Tim Giago Day in Rapid City, S.D.