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Blog: Wisconsin tribes united in battle against huge iron mine (April 16, 2013)

Urban Milwaukee reports on the controversial mine opposed by the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians and other tribes in Wisconsin: The water-rich Penokee Hills of northern Wisconsin are two parallel ridges that rise 1,200...

Navajo president delivers annual State of the Nation address (April 16, 2013)

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly delivered the annual State of the Nation address on Monday. Shelly addressed Navajo Nation Council delegates at the tribe's capital in Window Rock, Arizona. He emphasized the tribe's energy interests, including a controversial purchase of...

Miccosukee family doesn't know who paid $3.1M to legal team (April 16, 2013)

Two members of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida testified that they don't know who paid $3.1 million to their prominent attorneys. Jimmie Bert and his daughter, Tammy Gwen Billie, were represented in a civil wrongful death case by Lewis Tein,...

Trial delay anticipated for chairwoman of Robinson Rancheria (April 16, 2013)

Tracey I. Avila, the chairwoman of the Robinson Rancheria Pomo Indians of California, will likely see another delay in her trial on theft charges, The Lake County Record-Bee reports. Avila, 51, is accused of stealing more than $60,000 from the...

Landowner says offers made for Wounded Knee massacre site (April 16, 2013)

A landowner says he's received three offers to buy the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre. James Czywczynski said the buyers were all willing to pay the $3.9 million asking price for the 40-acre site. But he said he...

Turtle Talk: More interruptions for tribal interests in ICWA case (April 16, 2013)

Matthew Fletcher and Kate Fort analyze the oral arguments in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act: This first analysis will have two components. The first component is an account of how many questions each side...

SCOTUSBlog: No easy answers in Indian Child Welfare Act case (April 16, 2013)

Lisa Howe recaps oral arguments in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act: Having tackled gene patenting yesterday, today the Justices returned to the bench to hear oral arguments in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, which has...

Yakama Nation protest seeks information on trust settlement (April 16, 2013)

Members of the Yakama Nation of Washington held a protest on Monday in hopes of finding out more about the tribe's trust fund settlement. The settlement isn't final but it's anticipated that the tribe will receive $188 million. Protesters want...

Court revives suit over Fond du Lac Band's land-into-trust bid (April 16, 2013)

The Minnesota Court of Appeals revived a lawsuit over a land-into-trust application filed by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Minnesota. The tribe wants a one-acre site in Duluth placed in trust. The cit y...

Kevin Abourezk: Indian children overrepresented in foster care (April 16, 2013)

Native American children make up 6.5 percent of foster care population, Kevin Abourezk reports in The Lincoln Journal Star: In Nebraska, 352 Native children were in foster care as of April 1 out of 5,402 total state juvenile wards, said...

Jacqueline Davis: An Indian family torn apart in South Carolina (April 16, 2013)

Jacqueline Davis, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, on how her family was torn apart without regard for the Indian Child Welfare Act: My name is Jacqueline Davis. I am one of six siblings...

Report examines spending on Indian non-profits in Minnesota (April 16, 2013)

A new report examines the state of Indian non-profits in Minnesota. The Native Americans in Philanthropy and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits collaborated to produce "The Native American Nonprofit Economy Report." The groups identified 89 Indian non-profits, with 1,200 employees...

Chairman of Spirit Lake Nation still in office after disputed vote (April 16, 2013)

Members of the Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota voted to remove Chairman Roger Yankton Sr. from office but they are also circulating a petition in case he refuses to step down. The tribe's general assembly swore in Leander (Russ)...

Mary Pember: Changing everything in a fight against diabetes (April 16, 2013)

Mary Annette Pember on her ongoing battle against diabetes: At this time, I was finding that there were several things I could no longer do—or was too embarrassed to do—because of my size. I really wanted, for instance, to kayak...

Supreme Court takes up dispute over Indian Child Welfare Act (April 16, 2013)

Update: The Supreme Court has posted the oral argument transcript. The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act, today. Oral arguments begin at 10am. During the one-hour hearing, the court will hear...

NARF/NCAI/NICWA: Case shows ugly side of adoption industry (April 16, 2013)

John Echohawk of the Native American Rights Fund, Jackie Pata of the National Congress of American Indians and Terry Cross of the National Indian Child Welfare Association discuss Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case that's...

Gyasi Ross: Tribal nations should be about the collective good (April 16, 2013)

Gyasi Ross on taking nationhood seriously in Indian Country: Observing many modern-day Tribal organizations, I think this quick history lesson begs a question: What happens when the people of a particular Tribe or Nation cease to live in a discreet...

Native Sun News: Vaughn Vargas, suicide survivor, stands tall (April 16, 2013)

Just four years ago, Vaughn Vargas, 26, of Cheyenne River and Rapid City, was headed for Falling Rock in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He was preparing to jump. Luckily, he was detained and never made it there.

Editorial: Supreme Court should take Cherokee girl from father (April 16, 2013)

New York Times says U.S. Supreme Court should place Cherokee Nation girl with non-Indian couple: The Indian Child Welfare Act was passed in 1978 to prevent state and local welfare offices from separating Indian children from their parents, many without...

Editorial: Congress may need to limit Indian Child Welfare Act (April 16, 2013)

Washington Post calls on Congress to amend the Indian Child Welfare Act: Imagine one of those wrenching custody cases in which every side seems to have the child’s interests at heart but almost every fact is disputed. Many people —...