Inspector General Reports: Larry Echo Hawk, Jeanette Hanna (April 30, 2013)
The Office of Inspector General at the Interior Department today released its investigation into a decision by former Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk to place the Tejon Tribe of California back on the list of federally recognized tribes. In January...
Editorial: Allow honor song at school graduation ceremony (April 30, 2013)
Newspaper calls on Chamberlain School District to allow honor song at graduation ceremonies for students, many of whom are members of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe: Graduation is designed to honor the students of a community who have worked hard...
DC Circuit voids New Mexico tribe's 1996 gas business deal (April 30, 2013)
A deal between Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico and a non-Indian company is void because it was never approved by the federal government, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. The 1996 agreement gave Quantum Entertainment Ltd. near exclusive...
Navajo woman crowned Miss Indian World at annual powwow (April 30, 2013)
Kansas Begaye, a member of the Navajo Nation, was crowned Miss Indian World at the 30th annual Gathering of Nations powwow. Begaye, 24, competed against 16 other young Native women. She excelled in tribal knowledge, dancing ability, public speaking and...
Pro-gun rights billboards use image of Native men with guns (April 30, 2013)
Two pro-gun rights billboards in Greeley, Colorado, utilize an image of three Native men with guns. What's the message? "Turn in your arms. The government will take care of you." The billboards were purchased by a group of people who...
Navajo Nation weighing purchase of coal mine in New Mexico (April 30, 2013)
The Navajo Nation has until July 1 to decide whether to purchase a coal mine on the New Mexico portion of the reservation. The asking price for the Navajo Mine is $85 million. BHP Billiton operates the facility on land...
Passamaquoddy Tribe continues to exercising fishing rights (April 30, 2013)
Members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine continue to exercise their fishing rights despite complaints from the state. The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point and the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township issued 575 elver fishing licenses. The tribes also imposed...
Since You Asked: The correct pronunciation of Coquille Tribe (April 30, 2013)
Readers asks the correct pronunciation of the name of the Coquille Tribe in Oregon: So what's the deal with the Coquille tribe and how its name is pronounced? For years we've always pronounced the city name, the river name and...
United Tribes Technical College moves ahead with $33M hotel (April 30, 2013)
The United Tribes Technical College of North Dakota is moving forward with a $33 million hotel project. The hotel will be located on the northwest corner of the UTTC campus, adjacent to the Bismarck International Airport. It's designed to capitalize...
Hopi Tribe receives permit to take eagles for ceremonial use (April 30, 2013)
The Hopi Tribe of Arizona will receive a federal permit to take up to 40 nesting golden eagles. Earlier this month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to limit the tribe to 35 eagles from its reservation and 5...
Sally Jewell spent weeks learning about Interior Department (April 30, 2013)
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell spent "weeks" learning about her new job prior to her Senate confirmation hearing, The New York Times. But Jewell, the former chief executive at Recreational Equipment Inc., didn't encounter much controversy. She was confirmed as the...
Law firm sees jump in revenue thanks to Cobell settlement (April 30, 2013)
Kilpatrick Townsend saw a 12.3 percent increase in revenue thanks to its role in the the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement. A federal judge awarded $99 million in attorney's fees as part of the case. Some $85.3 million...
KUNM: Patricia Michaels goes from Taos to Project Runway (April 30, 2013)
New York Fashion week finale look from Patricia Michaels. Photo from Project Runway website. KUNM talks to fashion designer Patricia Michaels of Taos Pueblo about her journey to Project Runway: Last spring, Michaels was scrapping by and had just been...
Gavin Clarkson: Indian Country shut out of tax credit effort (April 30, 2013)
Gavin Clarkson says Indian Country shut out of New Markets Tax Credit program: Not a single Native Community Development Enterprise (NCDE) was selected for an award in the most recent round of New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocations (just announced...
NPR: Medicaid expansion aids tribal members in New Mexico (April 30, 2013)
Tristan Ahtone reports on how the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will benefit Native Americans in New Mexico: TRISTAN AHTONE, BYLINE: New Mexico has one of the largest Native American populations in the nation, and nearly 40...
Column: Agency asserts authority over tribal payday loans (April 30, 2013)
Columnist says Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is ready to crack down on the tribal payday loan industry: A growing number of Indian tribes are getting into the payday loan business, saying they just want to raise revenue for their reservations...
Native Sun News: Mariah Brewer: Dancing to her own beat (April 30, 2013)
No matter what she decides, whether it's to be a dancer, poet, or psychologist, Mariah Brewer, a junior at Stevens High School, has a solid future ahead of her.
Stew Magnuson: Critic despises American Indian Movement (April 30, 2013)
The following opinion by Stew Magnuson appears in the latest issue of the Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Deconstructing John Trimbach’s feeble rant against my book By Stew Magnuson Ah, the inevitable smear...
Ruth Hopkins: Keystone XL poses big risk in Indian Country (April 30, 2013)
Ruth Hopkins on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline: TransCanada wants to build Keystone XL to transport around 830,000 barrels of diluted tar sands bitumen crude to Texas refineries. Canadian tar sands are speculated to contain over 2 trillion barrels of...
Steven Newcomb: Supreme Court ruling limits sovereignty (April 30, 2013)
Steven Newcomb on sovereignty and the 1832 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Johnson v. M’Intosh: The difficulty of accurately analyzing the 1823 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Johnson v. M’Intosh is well demonstrated in an article published by Robert T. Coulter...
Opinion: California Indians endured slavery in own territory (April 30, 2013)
A history professor on slavery of California Indians: On April 27, 1863, nearly five months after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, California abolished its system of forced apprenticeship for American Indians. Under the apprenticeship provisions of the state’s...
Editorial: A final resting place for the legendary Jim Thorpe (April 30, 2013)
The New York Times on the battle to rebury the remains of legendary athlete Jim Thorpe in Oklahoma: A bittersweet restlessness has long been tied to the legend of Jim Thorpe, the Olympic champion and American Indian whose gold medal...
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