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Indian students push for honor song at graduation ceremony (April 25, 2013)

Indian students and their parents are pushing for the Chamberlain School District to allow an honor song to be performed at graduation ceremonies next month. Indian students, many from the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, make up 28 percent of this...

Native music and culture highlighted at annual Jazz Festival (April 25, 2013)

A Tribe Called Red from Canada and Robert Mirabal of Taos Pueblo and are among the Native performers who are in the lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. A Tribe Called Red, a DJ group that...

Three from Kewa Pueblo sentenced in connection with murder (April 25, 2013)

Three young men from Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico were sentenced in connection with a homicide on the reservation. Adrian Chavez, 24, pleaded guilty to second degree murder for killing Nevin Garcia, 20, also from Kewa, with a machete in...

Residential school survivors host reunion in British Columbia (April 25, 2013)

Survivors of a residential school in British Columbia are hosting a month-long series of events. The survivors of the St. Joseph's residential school will meet for a reunion and dedicate two monuments, one for survivors and another for students who...

Ruth Hopkins: North Dakota voter law threatens Native rights (April 25, 2013)

Ruth Hopkins on a voter identification law in North Dakota: Voter ID laws are controversial because many believe they disenfranchise legitimate elderly, student, and minority voters. Discouraging even a small percentage of citizens from casting their vote at the ballot...

SDPR: Trail of Hope for Indian Housing returns to reservation (April 25, 2013)

South Dakota Public Radio reports on the Trail of Hope for Indian Housing: Security concerns created by the Boston Marathon bombing and the contaminated letter issue in Washington, D.C. didn’t stop The Trail of Hope for Indian Housing from setting...

House subcommittee to take up Indian energy bill at hearing (April 25, 2013)

The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs holds a hearing tomorrow 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 to speed...

Law professor picks 1884 Indian law case as most important (April 25, 2013)

The Atlantic posed this Big Question: "What's the most important Supreme Court case no one's ever heard of?" A law professor named Elk v. Wilkins, an 1884 decision that considered tribal citizenship, voting rights and U.S. citizenship issues: In 1879,...

NAMA's Hall of Fame to induct the late activist Russell Means (April 25, 2013)

The Native American Music Awards will induct the late activist Russell Means into its Hall of Fame. Means, who passed away last year at the age of 72, was a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He released two albums...

State board delays vote on rescinding Lac du Flambeau grant (April 25, 2013)

The Wisconsin Building Commission delayed a vote on rescinding a $250,000 grant for the Lac du Flambeau Tribe. The tribe received the money for a cultural center. But a Republican lawmaker wanted to revoke the grant due to a...

Miranda Belarde-Lewis: Auction a dark day for Pueblo people (April 25, 2013)

Miranda Belarde-Lewis on a controversial auction in France where tribal items were sold: Last Friday started like any other busy day. Get the kid to school, gear up for the commute, read the news. By news I mean read the...

Navajo Nation translates first 'Star Wars' film in Dine language (April 25, 2013)

The Navajo Nation has translated the first film of the Star Wars saga into the Dine language. The Navajo Nation Museum and the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department secured approval from Lucasfilm to dub the iconic film, a first...

Water agency in California files suit over new BIA leasing rule (April 25, 2013)

The Desert Water Agency in California is suing the Obama administration over a new Bureau of Indian Affairs regulation that bars state and local taxation of non-tribal entities on leased Indian land. The regulation was first proposed in November 2011....

Michigan Radio: Anniversary of Chief Pontiac's council in 1763 (April 25, 2013)

Michigan Radio talks to Ben Hinmon, a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan who is the great-great-great-great grandson of Chief Pontiac: This week marks an important event in the history of Michigan and the history of Native American...

Editorial: Government must support tribal court jury systems (April 25, 2013)

Newspaper calls on federal government to put "muscle" behind tribal jury summons in light of tribal jurisdiction provisions in S.47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: For non-Native Americans to receive a fair trial in tribal courts, defendants...

Nakia Zavalla: Schimmel sisters motivate tribal communities (April 25, 2013)

Nakia Zavalla, the cultural director for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in California, on the success of basketball stars Shoni Schimmel and Jude Schimmel: In case you missed it, these two sisters from the Confederate Tribes of the...

Law Article: VAWA update includes tribal jurisdiction provision (April 25, 2013)

Sarah M. Barrios on S.47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: Early last month, Congress renewed and extended federal legislation known as the “Violence Against Women Act” or “VAWA.” The VAWA was originally enacted in 1994, and at...

Rival faction of Chukchansi Tribe disputes outcome of petition (April 25, 2013)

A leader of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California is disputing a petition that was circulated by a rival faction. The petition asked tribal members to affirm Reggie Lewis as chairman of the council. According to his...

Charles Kader: Taxation decision affects all of Indian Country (April 25, 2013)

Charles Kader on a recent decision affecting taxation of tribal tobacco: The recent legal decision in the case of King Mountain Tobacco versus the State of Washington has become quite the topic in reservation business conversation. A regressive trend has...

Steven Newcomb: Colonialism is cornerstone of Indian policy (April 25, 2013)

Steven Newcomb on colonialism embedded in federal Indian policy: Indian nations have been dealing politically with the imperial momentum of the United States ever since the 13 British colonies along the Atlantic Seaboard of North America declared themselves to be...

Native Sun News: Deadline approaches on Wounded Knee sale (April 25, 2013)

Very seldom does a story about Indian country garner international attention, especially one that broke in an Indian newspaper.