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Opinion: Aboriginals left behind in Australia's economic boom (May 1, 2013)

Columnist on the treatment of Aboriginal people in Australia: More than any other colonial society, Australia consigns its dirtiest secrets, past and present, to wilful ignorance or indifference. When I was at school in Sydney, standard texts all but dismissed...

Sherman Alexie: Cheers from a fan to one basketball player (May 1, 2013)

Writer / poet / filmmaker / comedian / gay icon Sherman Alexie on the coming out of a professional basketball player: So when Jason Collins, an NBA basketball player, announced this week that he was gay and became the first...

Letter: Members of Lumbee Tribe must remain 'Idle No More' (May 1, 2013)

Idle No More movement inspires member of Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina: If you asked the man on the street, he might say that the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is controlled by roughly 300 of its 57,000 members. These...

Reyn Leno: Grand Ronde Tribes back use of Indian mascots (May 1, 2013)

Reyn Leno, the chairman of the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde, says certain public schools in Oregon should be able to keep their Indian mascots: The issue of Oregon public schools using tribal mascots continues to surface in the Oregon...

Oglala Sioux Tribe won't buy site of Wounded Knee massacre (May 1, 2013)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota won't be buying the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre, President Bryan Brewer told the Associated Press. The 40-acre site is currently owned by James Czywczynski, a non-Indian. He has threatened to...

Navajo Nation approves extension for coal-fired power plant (May 1, 2013)

The Navajo Nation has approved a 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 Navajo Nation Council approved...

Judge delays theft trial for Robinson Rancheria chairwoman (May 1, 2013)

A judge granted yet another delay in the theft trial of Tracey I. Avila, the chairwoman of the Robinson Rancheria Pomo Indians of California. Avila, 51, is accused of stealing more than $60,000 from the Elem Pomo Tribe. She used...

Cherokee Nation working to restore historic Capitol building (May 1, 2013)

The Cherokee Nation Capitol. Photo © Cherokee Nation Courts. The Cherokee Nation is restoring its historic Capitol building in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The tribe started work on the $500,000 project in January. The National Park Service's "Save America's Treasures" program...

Oklahoma tribes partner on wind farm at old boarding school (May 1, 2013)

The Kaw Nation, the Pawnee Nation, the Ponca Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe are working together on a wind farm at the site of the former Chilocco Indian School. The farm will house up to 45 wind turbines. It will...

Blog: Fox News defends Native image on pro-gun billboards (May 1, 2013)

The Media Matters blog monitors Fox News: Fox News defended a billboard that uses images of Native Americans to push a pro-gun agenda, claiming the message is not offensive despite widespread reporting of condemnation from Native American groups. Fox's...

Echo Hawk removed official who investigated Jeanette Hanna (May 1, 2013)

Former Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk removed the director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs from his post after he initiated an investigation into Jeanette Hanna, the employee said today. Jerry Gidner, a member of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa...

Echo Hawk kept BIA regional director on overextended detail (May 1, 2013)

Former Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk allowed a Bureau of Indian Affairs official who was being investigated to spend more than two years on detail in Washington, D.C., the Office of Inspector General at the Interior Department said in a...

Man sentenced to life for homicides of Yankton Sioux family (May 1, 2013)

A citizen of Somalia was sentenced to four consecutive life terms for the homicides of three members of the Yankton Sioux Tribe and a fourth person. Omar Mohamed Kalmio, 28, was found guilty of murdering his former girlfriend, Sabrina...

OIG report slams Larry Echo Hawk for handling of Tejon case (May 1, 2013)

Former Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk put the Tejon Tribe of California back on the list of federally recognized entities without following any sort of "discernible process", the Office of Inspector General at the Interior Department said in a report...

USDA set to approve horse slaughtering plant in New Mexico (May 1, 2013)

The Department of Agriculture is set to approve a horse slaughtering plant in New Mexico, Secretary Tom Vilsack said. USDA inspectors went to the Valley Meat Co. plant last week. Vilsack told the Associated Press there is no reason to...

LaDonna Harris: Indian Child Welfare Act needs our support (May 1, 2013)

LaDonna Harris, Comanche, weighs in on Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on April 16: I am outraged by Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. As...

D.C. Council to take up resolution against 'Redskins' mascot (May 1, 2013)

David Gross, a member of the D.C. Council, plans to introduce a resolution calling on the Washington Redskins professional football team to eliminate its mascot. Grosso, an independent who was elected last year, said the name is derogatory and...

Tribes thank Interior deputy secretary David Hayes for work (May 1, 2013)

David Hayes, the number two at the Interior Department, is leaving the Obama administration after more than four years of service. Hayes played a key role in Indian affairs. He helped negotiate the $3.4 billion settlement to the Cobell trust...

Native Sun News: Protest divides Dartmouth's Native students (May 1, 2013)

A recent protest and the response to it by Dartmouth’s Native American student group has left the Native Alumni of Dartmouth at odds with the Ivy League college’s current Native American students.

Native Sun News: Warriors give ultimatum to Rapid City paper (May 1, 2013)

The Rapid City Journal has until July 20, 2013, to clean up its act or the United Urban Warrior Society will begin to picket outside of the RCJ’s office.

Vi Waln: Tribes must take aggressive stance on Keystone XL (May 1, 2013)

Vi Waln calls on tribes to take on a more aggressive stance in dealing with the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline: I am curious to know why our Tribal Governments are not doing more to stop TransCanada from building the proposed...