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Editorial: Tread carefully on Indian Arts and Crafts Act changes (April 18, 2013)

Newspaper urges caution on H.R.1066, a bill to amend the Indian Arts and Crafts Act: Congress should think twice before amending the Indian Arts and Crafts Act to water down protections for Indian artists. The act, established in 1990, prohibits...

DOJ seeks input from tribes about Violence Against Women Act (April 18, 2013)

The Department of Justice will hold two consultation sessions next month to discuss the tribal jurisdiction provisions of S.47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The law recognizes tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence offenses in...

Johnny Depp portrays Tonto as 'proud warrior' on silver screen (April 18, 2013)

A poster for The Lone Ranger. Actor Johnny Depp says he wanted to put new spin on the role of Tonto in the film version of The Lone Ranger. Depp, who has claimed Indian heritage, didn't want Tonto to merely...

Navajo Nation Council weighs controversial lease for coal plant (April 18, 2013)

The Navajo Nation Council began debate a controversial lease extension for a coal-fired power plant on the Arizona portion of the reservation. The lease for the Navajo Generating Station is due to expire on December 22, 2019. The council is...

BPA seeks public comment on Umatilla Tribes salmon hatchery (April 18, 2013)

The Bonneville Power Administration held two public hearing this week on a salmon hatchery for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The hatchery would be located on the South Fork Walla Walla River in Oregon and Washington. The...

Comanche Nation challenges tax bill at governmental building (April 18, 2013)

The Comanche Nation of Oklahoma is protesting a property tax bill on one of its governmental buildings. The tribe owns several properties in Comanche County that aren't in trust. The building in question houses the tribe's gaming commission and other...

Spirit Lake Nation voters oust incumbent vice chair in primary (April 18, 2013)

Voters of the Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota ousted vice chairman Duane Jackson in a primary on Tuesday, The Grand Forks Herald reports. Jackson was not one of the top two vote getters to represent the Mission District, the...

St. Croix Chippewa Tribe launches first line of tobacco products (April 18, 2013)

The St. Croix Chippewa Tribe of Wisconsin launched a new line of tobacco products. The tribe says St. Croix RAW is unique because the cigarettes are rolled every day. That eliminates the need for chemicals on the filters, according to...

Oglala Sioux Tribe explores opening of horse slaughtering plant (April 18, 2013)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe might open a horse slaughtering plant in South Dakota, The Bennett County Booster reports. The tribe has discussed the idea with state officials, a council member said. But the big hurdle will be the Department of...

Judge fines attorneys $50K for handling of Miccosukee clients (April 18, 2013)

A judge in Florida fined two prominent lawyers $50,000 for their handling of a wrongful death case involving two members of the Miccosukee Tribe. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ronald Dresnick originally sanctioned Guy Lewis and Michael Tein of Lewis Tein $3,500....

House due to consider Pascua Yaqui Tribe's land-into-trust bill (April 18, 2013)

The House is due to consider H.R.507, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Trust Land Act, today. The bill places 20 acres in trust for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona. The tribe gained federal recognition in 1978. The tribe plans to...

First Nation declares state of emergency over rash of suicides (April 18, 2013)

The Neskantaga First Nation in Ontario has declared a state of emergency after seeing two suicides within the last two weeks. Over the past year alone, seven people have committed suicide, CBC News reported. Another 20 have attempted suicide. "We...

Arizona bill returns sales tax revenue on reservations to tribes (April 18, 2013)

Lawmakers in Arizona are considering a bill that would return a portion of sale taxes generated on reservations to tribal governments. Senate Bill 1283 sets aside 25 percent of reservation tax revenue for tribes to use on infrastructure and community...

Oregon Senate passes bill to create Indian mascot exception (April 18, 2013)

The Oregon Senate passed a bill that allows public schools to keep their Indian mascots as long as a tribe supports it. Last year, the Oregon Board of Education voted 5-1 to prohibit schools from using Native American names, symbols...

Albert Smith, Navajo Code Talker from New Mexico, passes on (April 18, 2013)

The late Albert Smith. Photo from Our Navajo Code Talker. Albert Smith, a Navajo Code Talker from New Mexico, died on Wednesday. He was 88. Smith lied about his age in order to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps...

Kevin Washburn to host conference call on Cobell scholarships (April 18, 2013)

Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is holding a conference call on Monday to discuss the scholarship fund that was created by the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement. The scholarship fund will be...

ICT interview with art expert about sale of tribal cultural items (April 18, 2013)

Indian Country Today interviews Christopher Marinello, the executive director and general counsel at Art Loss Register London, about a controversial auction in France where tribal items were sold: What is your opinion on the Paris auction of Hopi art, and...

KGOU: Interview with Mary Jo Watson about Indian art degree (April 18, 2013)

KOGU interviews Mary Jo Watson about the Native American Art and Art History degree program at the University of Oklahoma: WATSON: If you can imagine, for almost a century people have looked on this art as primitive and not "good"...

Supreme Court requires warrants for blood tests in DUI cases (April 18, 2013)

Police officers must obtain a warrant to draw blood from a person suspected of drunken driving, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday. Writing for the majority, Justice Sonia Sotomayor acknowledged emergency circumstances might require a blood test without a...

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux fighter going back into the cage (April 18, 2013)

In the reservation town of Pine Ridge, SD, a once unstoppable force has sat idly for over a year waiting for another chance to show the world the pride and power of Native America MMA. On June 1, Oglala Lakota tribal member David “Bull Dawg” Michaud will be idle no more.