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Lawyer contradicts testimony from former Miccosukee clients (April 17, 2013)

A prominent Florida attorney contradicted testimony given by two members of Miccosukee Tribe regarding the source of their payments to his firm. Jimmie Bert and his daughter, Tammy Gwen Billie, were represented in a civil wrongful death case by Lewis...

Quinault Nation closes lake over concerns about water quality (April 17, 2013)

The Quinault Nation of Washington has closed Lake Quinault to non-tribal fishermen until further notice. The tribe is concerned about water quality in the lake. Pollution from septic waste has been detected, President Fawn Sharp said. “The Quinault Business Committee...

Navajo Nation attorney general challenges bill to remove him (April 17, 2013)

Navajo Nation Attorney General Harrison Tsosie is denouncing a measure in the Navajo Nation Council that would remove him from his position. Tsosie was nominated by President Ben Shelly and confirmed by the Council in 2011. But he says there...

Opinion: Lawmakers intrude into business of sovereign nation (April 17, 2013)

Musings on a new oil tax agreement for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota: Another example of that surfaced in a Senate Appropriations committee hearing last week on HB 1234, a long bill at 20 pages, related...

Jill Biden to deliver commencement address at tribal college (April 17, 2013)

Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will deliver the commencement address at Navajo Technical College next month. Biden will address the 33rd graduating class on Friday, May 17. The ceremony takes place at NTC's campus in...

SDPR: Oglala Sioux Tribe raises awareness for Indian housing (April 17, 2013)

South Dakota Public Radio reports on the Trail of Hope for Indian Housing: The sun is just starting to rise above the horizon as I make my way toward the Pine Ridge Reservation. It’s a crisp Saturday morning in early...

George Paul Horse Capture, former NMAI official, passes away (April 17, 2013)

George Paul Horse Capture Sr. (1937-2013) GREAT FALLS, MONTANA -- The Creator has called George Paul Horse Capture Sr., “Nay Gyagya Nee” (Spotted Otter), 75, to the Big Sands on April 16, 2013. He was born and raised in...

Opinion: Anti-Indian Christians engage in domestic terrorism (April 17, 2013)

Jay Taber of the Intercontinental Cry says anti-Indian organizations like the Citizens Equal Rights Alliance pose a threat to the public: Something to keep in mind with exposing the CERA hate campaign and their national offensive to terminate tribal sovereignty...

Letter: State mistreats fishermen from Passamaquoddy Tribe (April 17, 2013)

Letter writer says state of Maine should work with Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point to resolve fishing dispute: I have the greatest of respect for all fishermen who struggle to earn a living, but I am concerned about permits and...

Tribes in Oklahoma on united front over tobacco compact talks (April 17, 2013)

More than two dozen tribes are standing united as they negotiate new tobacco compacts with the state of Oklahoma. The United Indian Nations of Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas (UINOKT), which includes 25 tribes in Oklahoma with compacts, asked Gov. Mary...

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes prepare for water suit (April 17, 2013)

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are preparing for litigation in order to assert their water rights. After more than three decades of work, the tribe negotiated a compact that would settle their rights. But opposition from non-Indians on and...

Rival chairman of Spirit Lake Nation won't try to take over job (April 17, 2013)

Roger Yankton Sr., will continue to serve as chairman of the Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota. Tribal members voted to remove Yankton from office at a general council meeting on Sunday. They chose Leander (Russ) McDonald as their new...

Supreme Court decision in ICWA case expected by end of June (April 17, 2013)

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case, by the end of its term in June. The court heard the highly emotional case on Tuesday. Chief...

Interview with Keith Harper on Elouise Cobell's trust fund fight (April 17, 2013)

Montana Public Radio interviews Keith Harper, a member of the Cherokee Nation who worked on the Cobell trust fund lawsuit since 1996. Get the Story: Elouise Cobell’s legacy: self-empowerment (Montana Public Radio News 4/16)...

Trail of Hope for Indian Housing finishes journey to US Capitol (April 17, 2013)

Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on their way to Washington, D.C., with the housing unit. Photo from Facebook. The Trail of Hope for Indian Housing has arrived in Washington, D.C. The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota set...

Winnebago Tribe turning to technology to keep language alive (April 17, 2013)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is turning to technology to keep its language alive for future generations. Lewis “Bleu” St. Cyr is a media specialist for the tribe's Ho-Chunk Renaissance Program. He recently attended a workshop hosted by Thornton Media...

Social worker pleads guilty over death of Eastern Cherokee girl (April 17, 2013)

A social worker in North Carolina pleaded guilty in connection with the death of a young member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Candice Lassiter, 30, pleaded guilty to three counts of forgery. She admitted that she ordered records...

Indian activists in Brazil launch protest against lands decision (April 17, 2013)

About 700 Indian activists are occupying the lower house of Brazilian Congress in a protest over a lands decision, the Associated Press reports. The activists are opposing a constitutional amendment that would transfer demarcation authority of their lands from the...

Native Sun News: Lakota Voice Project takes on youth suicide (April 17, 2013)

The Lakota Voice project is continuing its efforts to stem the epidemic of youth suicide in Indian country. The project that has used abstract means in the past to fight youth suicide is now expanding and employing the talents of the widely acclaimed graffiti artist “Focus” to further promote their message of hope.

Jackie Pata: Baby Veronica and Native American family values (April 17, 2013)

Jackie Pata of the National Congress of American Indians on how the media continues to get the story wrong on Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday:...

Opinion: Media focuses on negatives of Wind River Reservation (April 17, 2013)

Lisa Jones on the media's focus on the negatives in Indian Country: Recently, in a photo essay entitled, “Here's what life is like on the notorious Wind River Indian Reservation,” the online Business Insider gave a tour of the sprawling...