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Jay Daniels: BIA furloughs another bad step in mismanagement (April 23, 2013)

Jay Daniels says furloughs aren't the way to go at the Bureau of Indian Affairs: BIA is proposing to furlough employees for one day each pay period through the remainder of the fiscal year through September 30, 2013 to offset...

Jessie James-Hawley: Montana county encourages Indian vote (April 23, 2013)

Jessie James-Hawley, a member of the Fort Belknap Indian Community, on voting rights in Montana: As an enrolled member of the Fort Belknap Gros Ventre Tribe, as well as the Fort Belknap Reservation voter organizer for Western Native Voice, I...

Column: Indian teen changed many lives at housing complex (April 23, 2013)

Columnist Jon Tevin on the short life of Trinidad Flores: Shortly before 9 a.m. on April 12, Cassandra Flores got the call she’d been waiting for: The University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital had a donor heart for her 16-year-old...

Tribes in Washington join coalition to fight coal export project (April 23, 2013)

Tribes in Washington are joining a coalition to fight a coal export project. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, the Tulalip Tribes and the Lummi Nation are part of the Leadership Alliance Against Coal. They say the project threatens sacred sites,...

Petition urges Congress to amend the Indian Child Welfare Act (April 23, 2013)

A petition with 23,000 signatures calls on Congress to amend the Indian Child Welfare Act. The law is making headlines due to Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an ICWA case that was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court last week....

Moapa Band hosts 16-mile walk to promote renewable energy (April 23, 2013)

The Moapa Band of Paiute Indians in Nevada held a 16-mile walk on Saturday to promote clean energy. The "Coal to Clean Energy" began at the NV Energy coal-fired power plant next to the reservation. It ended at the site...

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to Interior Department in DC (April 23, 2013)

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to employees at the Interior Department in Washington, D.C., this morning. Obama last visited DOI shortly after President Barack Obama took office in 2009. She said her husband's administration has made great progress in the...

Opinion: Activist devoted life to Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes (April 23, 2013)

Patrick B. McGuigan on the activism of Archie Doyle Hoffman Sr., a late member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma: Archie Hoffman’s dreams for Oklahoma’s Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes are slowly coming true. As the late activist’s hopes...

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes won't go after grizzly (April 23, 2013)

The Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes of Montana won't shoot a grizzly bear that attacked a man last week. The bear attacked a student from Salish Kootenai College on Friday morning. The man was bitten three times and was treated at...

Opinion: Uranium mining isn't a good option for Navajo Nation (April 23, 2013)

Eric Jantz of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center on opposition to uranium mining on the Navajo Nation: A recent post on the High Country News website advocates the position that the Navajo Nation should eventually drop its 2005 uranium...

Indian youth program suspended with sequestration of budget (April 23, 2013)

The Northwest Montana Native Youth Conservation Corps has been suspended due to the sequestration of the federal budget. The program has put about 50 Native youth to work in environmental and natural resource positions over the past three years. But...

Petition to remove Spirit Lake Nation chairman gathers steam (April 23, 2013)

Members of the Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota continue to gather signatures on a petition to oust Roger Yankton as chairman. Petition organizers say they have collected enough signatures to force a vote on the matter. In the meantime,...

Group claims petition resolves Chukchansi leadership dispute (April 23, 2013)

A faction of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California says tribal members have resolved a leadership dispute through a petition. The petition asked tribal members to affirm Reggie Lewis as chairman of the council. According to the...

Sen. Max Baucus of Montana to announce plans for retirement (April 23, 2013)

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, won' t be seeking re-election in 2014, The Hill reports. Baucus has been an ally to tribes on taxation issues. He supports the equal treatment of tribes in...

Sen. Begich supports land-into-trust decision for Alaska tribes (April 23, 2013)

Alaska tribes should be treated equally in the land-into-trust process, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) said in a press release. In a March 31 decision, Judge Rudolph Contreras said Alaska tribes can follow the land-into-trust process. He rejected arguments that the...

No payback for Alaska despite votes against Obama's gun bill (April 23, 2013)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) voted against expanded background checks for gun sales but President Barack Obama won't be retaliating against them, The New York Times reports. Opposition from Democrats like Begich and Republicans like Murkowski,...

EPA objects to environmental review for Keystone XL Pipeline (April 23, 2013)

The Environmental Protection Agency has rated the environmental impact statement for the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline as "insufficient" due to lack of information about climate change, pipeline safety and alternate routes. The EPA said the State Department made improvements in...

USDA to inspect potential New Mexico horse slaughtering plant (April 23, 2013)

The Department of Agriculture is moving towards issuing a permit for the first new horse slaughtering facility since 2007. USDA inspectors will be at the Valley Meat Co. in southern New Mexico today. If all goes well, the plant could...

Native Sun News: Supreme Court takes up Baby Veronica case (April 23, 2013)

On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court will hear the case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Veronica which has been at the center of an Indian Child Welfare Act debate since 2009.

Senate weighs bill to impose sales tax on Internet businesses (April 23, 2013)

The Senate voted 74-20 on Monday to consider S.743, the Marketplace Fairness Act. The bill requires businesses to collect local and state sales taxes for purchases made on the Internet. The taxes would go to the state where the consumer...