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Column: Monks from France head to Pine Ridge Reservation (May 9, 2013)

A group of monks from France will visit the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe: Each year, tens of thousands of young adults migrate to the small village of Taizé in central France to...

Three people reported dead in house fire on Ontario reserve (May 9, 2013)

Three people, including two young children, died in a house fire on the Wunnumin Lake First Nation in Ontario. The victims were reported to be a 21-year-old female, a six-year-old child and a one-year-old child. A fourth person, a man,...

Column: Reaction to billboards with Native image overblown (May 9, 2013)

Columnist refutes criticism of pro-gun billboards that used an image of Native Americans with guns: Some anonymous gun-rights activists commissioned a couple of roadside billboards in Greeley to make a dramatic point about the current epidemic of gun control...

IHS facility on Navajo Nation aims to improve patient service (May 9, 2013)

An Indian Health Service facility on the Navajo Nation is looking for ways to improve its customer service. The Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico, started a committee to examine service issues. The goal is to improve communication...

Supreme Court ruling could affect tribal same-sex marriages (May 9, 2013)

The forthcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision in US v. Windsor could lead more tribes to recognize same-sex marriage, a legal expert said. The case tests the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union...

House Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee hearing (May 9, 2013)

The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs will hold a hearing next Thursday, May 16. The subcommittee will consider six bills. They are: • H.R.623, To provide for the conveyance of certain property located in Anchorage, Alaska, from...

Blackfeet Nation asks Congress to approve water settlement (May 9, 2013)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee heard testimony on S.434, the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act, on Wednesday. The bill ratifies a water rights compact between the Blackfeet Nation and the state of Montana. Shannon Augare, a council member, told the...

Voters oust two incumbents from Spirit Lake Nation's council (May 9, 2013)

Members of the Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota ousted two incumbents in a general election on Tuesday. Nancy Greene-Robertson defeated incumbent Barbara Jackson for the secretary-treasurer position. Leander “Russ” McDonald defeated incumbent Clarice Brownshield for the the Fort Totten...

Gun Lake Tribe files land-into-trust application for 177.6 acres (May 9, 2013)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, has filed a land-into-trust application for 176.6 acres, The Allegan County News reported. The tribe uses the land for its non-profit Jijak Foundation. The site was previously...

Bill authorizes tribal police to enforce state laws in Oklahoma (May 9, 2013)

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) is expected to sign HB 1871, a tribal law enforcement bill, into law. The bill allows tribal police officers to enforce state laws on trust lands. The tribal officers must be commissioned by the Bureau...

Suquamish Tribe Chairman Leonard Forsman named to ACHP (May 9, 2013)

Leonard Forsman, the chairman of the Suquamish Tribe of Washington, has been appointed to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation by President Barack Obama. Forsman has served as chairman of his tribe since 2005. He will succeed John Berrey, the...

Chippewa Cree Tribe suspends two following theft indictment (May 9, 2013)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana has suspended a council member and a business executive after they were indicted on theft charges. Council member John "Chance" Houle and Tony Belcourt, the CEO of Chippewa Cree Construction Corp., are accused of...

MTPR: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes weigh options (May 9, 2013)

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana weigh next step in water rights dispute: The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are now mulling their options after the 2013 Montana Legislature failed to pass the Flathead Water Rights Compact; but...

KUOW: Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe working to restore fish runs (May 9, 2013)

KUOW's EarthFix on efforts by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington to restore fish in the Elwha River: From where Mike McHenry stands he can see several gray, torpedo-shaped bodies moving slowly through the brown water of this side...

Vincent Armenta: Chumash Tribe shares with the community (May 9, 2013)

Vincent Armenta, the chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in California, on his tribe's charitable efforts: I’d like to share with you three organizations in our region that merit attention, and explain how the Santa Ynez Band...

Delvin Cree: North Dakota tribe breaks ground on oil refinery (May 9, 2013)

A tribally owned refinery project costing $450 million is getting closer to development stages.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe receives $38.5M trust settlement (May 9, 2013)

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota settled its trust fund lawsuit for $38.5 million. After attorney's fees of $7.7 million and other costs, the tribe will be sharing approximately $30.4 million with its 19,000 members. Per capita checks...

Leo Killsback: Film fails to shed light on Sand Creek Massacre (May 9, 2013)

Dr. Leo Killsback on the inclusion of the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre in Iron Man 3: The majority of mainstream Americans know little to nothing of the violent and unjust history of the colonization of Native America. Anytime such truth...

In The Loop: Jeanette Hanna overspent on detail to BIA in DC (May 9, 2013)

In The Loop on the saga of Jeanette Hanna, who spent 775 days on detail to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C., before being given a permanent job in the office: When last we checked in with Jeanette...

Native Sun News: Prospective buyers close in on Wounded Knee (May 9, 2013)

Native Sun News has reviewed documents showing that there are now three separate entities making offers on the two 40 acre plots of land that Jim Czywczynski has put up for sale for $3.9 million at Wounded Knee and $1.0 million at Porcupine butte.