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Opinion bars tribal police officer from serving on county board (May 2, 2013)

A tribal police officer who has been cross-deputized may not hold office on a county board of supervisors in Wisconsin, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said in a legal opinion. The officer is employed by the Stockbridge-Munsee Community and the...

Crow Tribe turns newly acquired ranch into tourist destination (May 2, 2013)

The Crow Tribe of Montana debuted the Arrow Creek Ranch on Wednesday. The tribe acquired the 1,933-acre site at an auction in April. The property lies within the reservation and will be marketed to visitors who want to experience Crow...

Women from five California tribes report high rates of violence (May 2, 2013)

A survey conducted by five tribes in northern California found an extremely high rate of domestic violence. Nearly 50 percent of the women who responded said they were victims of violence, according to California Health Report. And 43 percent...

Ute Tribe accuses county of overstepping criminal jurisdiction (May 2, 2013)

The Ute Tribe is accusing authorities in two Utah counties of overstepping their jurisdiction. In a lawsuit that was filed in federal court last month, the tribe accused Uintah and Duchesne counties of racial profiling, police harassment and illegal prosecution...

Attorney suggests tax refunds due under new BIA leasing rule (May 2, 2013)

An attorney who is an expert on tax issues says a new Bureau of Indian Affairs regulation could lead to millions of dollars in tax refunds. The BIA rule went into effect in January after more than a year of...

Opinion: Recognizing Native Hawaiians without act of Congress (May 2, 2013)

Writer wonders whether the Bureau of Indian Affairs can recognize a Native Hawaiian governing entity without an act of Congress: A newly published report from the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Interior sheds light on an...

Review: A Tribe Called Red showcases distinct musical identity (May 2, 2013)

NOW Magazine gives 4 "Ns" to Nation II Nation, the second release from A Tribe Called Red: Turns out they’d teamed up with aboriginal co-op label Tribal Spirit Music, which helped bring the trio of electronic artists together with a...

Editorial: Lumbee Tribe persistent in federal recognition quest (May 2, 2013)

Will this be the year that the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina gains federal recognition? Getting full federal recognition for the Lumbee tribe is an exercise in frustration, and a reminder that persistence has always been a key ingredient in...

Lawmakers kill tax deal for Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation (May 2, 2013)

The North Dakota House voted down a bill that included a new oil tax agreement for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. The tribe wants to receive an equal share of revenues from energy taxes produced on the Fort Berthold...

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe receives $300K grant for Lakota Foods (May 2, 2013)

The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota will receive a $300,000 grant from the Department of Agriculture. The tribe will use the money to boost its Lakota Foods business. The company markets popcorn products to the general public and...

BIA superintendent at Spirit Lake Nation takes early retirement (May 2, 2013)

Rod Cavanaugh, former BIA superintendent in Fort Totten, North Dakota. Photo Courtesy Bureau of Indian Affairs. Rod Cavanaugh, the superintendent at the Bureau of Indian Affairs agency in Fort Totten, North Dakota, retired on Tuesday, The Grand Forks Herald...

Treasurer of Mashantucket Tribe barred from federal contracts (May 2, 2013)

Steven Thomas, the treasurer of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut, has been barred from doing business with the federal government for a year, the Associated Press reported. Thomas can't enter into contracts with federal agencies or handle money...

Oklahoma tribes caught in water battle before Supreme Court (May 2, 2013)

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments lats week in Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, a water case involving Oklahoma and Texas. The Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation aren't parties to the dispute. But the outcome of the...

Landowner to extend bidding for Wounded Knee massacre site (May 2, 2013)

The non-Indian owner of the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre will continue to accept bids for another month, ABC News reports. James Czywczynski initially set a May 1 deadline for the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota to...

Opinion: Chumash Tribe needs support for land-into-trust bids (May 2, 2013)

Trent Benedetti of the Committee to Improve North County supports land-into-trust efforts of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians: In a video, “The Fight to Reclaim Ancestral Land,” the tribe tells the story of its quest to place two...

DOI backs Larry Echo Hawk's decision to recognize Tejon Tribe (May 2, 2013)

The Interior Department is standing by a decision to place the Tejon Tribe of California back on the list of federally recognized entities. Citing a past mistake, former Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk restored the tribe to the list in...

Report warns of threats from fracking to water supply in West (May 2, 2013)

A new study says stressed communities in the West are facing growing competition from hydraulic fracturing, a controversial energy-processing technique that's commonly known as fracking. Fracking requires the use of millions of gallons of water to extract oil and gas....

Anthropologist from Kennewick Man case turns to cannibalism (May 2, 2013)

An anthropologist who told tribal leaders that Kennewick Man was not a Native person has found a new cause -- cannibalism at Jamestown, the first European settlement in Virginia. Doug Owsley, a physical anthropologist at the National Museum of Natural...

Heidi Heitkamp: Tackling poverty on North Dakota reservations (May 2, 2013)

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is a new member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. A day doesn’t go by without someone asking me about North Dakota’s economic success. Because of the energy boom and the hard work of folks...

Native Sun News: Children in Pine Ridge village get place to play (May 2, 2013)

At last count, there were 70 residents living in the community of Red Shirt Village. The colorful HUD houses of the small community are set against the soaring hills, painting a picturesque view from afar.

Native Sun News: The Men's Oyate - Going from pain to healing (May 2, 2013)

After 150 years of wars, oppression, boarding schools, alcoholism, abuse and trauma, The Men’s Oyate is calling men to the buffalo hide to talk about feelings they have kept inside.