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Q&A with Blaine Favel, University of Saskatchewan chancellor (April 22, 2013)

Blaine Favel. Photo Courtesy University of Saskatchewan. The Globe and Mail interviews Blaine Favel, a former chief of the Poundmaker Cree Nation, about his new role as the chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan: What will be your priorities...

Non-Indians concerned about Miccosukee Tribe's checkpoint (April 22, 2013)

The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida continues to stop non-Indians who enter a road on the reservation. The checkpoint started in 2004 in an attempt to keep unauthorized visitors from a portion of the reservation. It used to be staffed by...

BIA aims to start Cobell land consolidation purchases this year (April 22, 2013)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs hopes to start the land consolidation portion of the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement by the end of the year, Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn said today. The settlement provides $1.9 billion for the BIA...

Review: Books revisit dark chapter of US history with Apaches (April 22, 2013)

Fergus W. Bordewich reviews two books about Apache leaders Cochise and Geronimo for The Wall Street Journal: In essential ways, both Indians and white Americans see their common past as a story shaped by violence, competing martyrdoms and the collision...

Daniel Wilson: Insincere apology for residential school abuses (April 22, 2013)

Daniel Wilson on Canada's apology for Native survivors of residential school abuse: It hurts people to think so -- and I truly regret if it hurts anyone for me to say so here -- but the Prime Minister’s apology for...

Supreme Court hears water suit that affects Oklahoma tribes (April 22, 2013)

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments tomorrow in Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann. The Oklahoma Water Resources Board, a state agency, doesn't want to sell water to the Tarrant Regional Water District in Texas. The water district...

Letter: Adoption lawyers circumvent Indian Child Welfare Act (April 22, 2013)

Attorney for Dusten Brown, a member of the Cherokee Nation whose parental rights are at issue in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case that was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court last week: The arguments...

Editorial: Consider arming of officers in Alaska Native villages (April 22, 2013)

Newspaper says arming of village public safety officers in Alaska should be examined closely: Lawmakers and the administration are right to consider whether village public safety officers should be armed. A bill that would allow VPSOs to carry weapons, introduced...

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes trapped in water war (April 22, 2013)

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes gave up millions of gallons of water as part of an agreement with the state of Montana but opposition from non-Indians scuttled the deal. The 1855 Treaty of Hellgate promises water on and off...

Chippewa Cree Tribe under scrutiny for $361M pipeline project (April 22, 2013)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana is being investigated by the Office of Inspector General at the Interior Department, the Associated Press reported. The tribe received $361 million in federal funds from the Bureau of Reclamation to build a pipeline...

Cole DeLaune: New members of Congress ignore Indian needs (April 22, 2013)

Cole R. DeLaune takes on three new member of Congress -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma): To paraphrase one of the trite banalities she compulsively invoked throughout 2012, the spiritual godmother...

Walt Lamar: Indian Country can't ignore the rise of the bitcoin (April 22, 2013)

Walt Lamar discusses the rise of the bitcoin: The virtual currency, bitcoin, recently gained attention as its trading value topped $140 US per coin on April 2. Most of the hoopla surrounding the news about bitcoin skirted the critical fact...

Steven Newcomb: 'Plenary power' exploits free Indian nations (April 22, 2013)

Steven Newcomb on the fallacy of plenary power in federal Indian law: In 1787, in Philadelphia, some 55 free, propertied, and aristocratic men who were representing the self-declared free and independent “states”—(self-declared in 1776)—met behind locked doors and shuttered windows...

House Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee hearing (April 22, 2013)

The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs will hold a hearing this Friday on H.R.1548, the Native American Energy Act. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), the chairman of the subcommittee, introduced the bill on April 12. The goal is...

Witness List: Senate Indian Affairs Committee budget hearing (April 22, 2013)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds an oversight hearing on Wednesday to discuss the fiscal year 2014 budget request for tribal programs. The committee will hear from federal officials and tribal leaders. They will discuss health, law enforcement, education and...

Tribal organizations meet for budget briefing in Senate building (April 22, 2013)

Eight major tribal organizations are hosting a budget briefing this afternoon to call on Congress to honor its promises in Indian Country. The National Congress of American Indians, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, the California Association of Tribal Governments,...

Mark Trahant: Termination and austerity born of same ideology (April 22, 2013)

If you look at the failed history of termination -- the idea of ending the federal-treaty relationship with tribal governments -- there were two distinct motives. Some believed it was the next logical step for Indian progress, an economic integration....

Tim Giago: Remembering Al Neuharth, South Dakota newsman (April 22, 2013)

Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago, Nanwica Kciji © Unity South Dakota A man dressed in black and silver approached me at a newspaper convention in San Francisco 30 years ago. He held out his hand and said, “Hi,...

Native Sun News: Frank Waln, hip-hop artist, ready for anything (April 22, 2013)

A music video/biography film about 23-year-old Frank Waln's growing up on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation has been nominated for a Native American Music Award.