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Audio from SCIA hearing with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell (May 15, 2013)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing this afternoon with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Jewell took over the Interior Department on April 12. She vowed to improve government-to-government relations with tribes and uphold the federal government's trust responsibilities. Jewell...

Appeals court rules for Cahto Tribe in disenrollment dispute (May 15, 2013)

Disenrollment decisions made by the Cahto Tribe of California cannot be appealed to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. The tribe removed 22 people from the rolls in 1995. After a lengthy delay,...

Alex Alvarez: Allow eagle feathers at high school graduation (May 15, 2013)

Alex Alvarez, a member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, says Indian students in Alabama should be allowed to wear eagle feathers during graduation ceremony: On May 1, the Escambia Academy Board of Directors voted no to a request...

Yakama Nation reintroduces Pacific lamprey to reservation (May 15, 2013)

The Yakama Nation of Washington is reintroducing the Pacific lamprey to waters on its reservation. The lamprey is an eel-like fish that was once common in the region. “There would be so many, they’d turn the water black,” project manager...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe helps dedicate Sitting Bull center (May 15, 2013)

A view of the new Sitting Bull Visitor Information Center in Fort Yates, North Dakota. Photo © Sitting Bull College The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Sitting Bull College unveiled the Sitting Bull Visitor Information Center today. The center...

Ponca Tribe breaks ground on $3.5M transit service building (May 15, 2013)

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has started work on a $3.5 million facility for its transit service. The tribe will use the building to house the Ponca Express. The service provides affordable rides for the public. “We have been growing...

Cherokee Nation joins wind farm project at boarding school (May 15, 2013)

The Cherokee Nation has joined a wind energy project with four other Oklahoma tribes. The Cherokees will be working with the Kaw Nation, the Pawnee Nation, the Ponca Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe on the project. The are planning to...

Montana tribe anticipates problems with Affordable Care Act (May 15, 2013)

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana is anticipating problems with the new Affordable Care Act. Enrolled tribal members won't have to comply with the insurance mandate in the law. But Kevin Howlett, the tribe's health director, says Indian...

Mississippi Choctaws to hold election for six council districts (May 15, 2013)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will hold an election on June 11. Tribal members in six districts will elect representatives. Bogue Chitto, Conehatta and Pearl River will elect two council members each while Crystal Ridge, Standing Pine and Tucker...

Agua Caliente Band sues agencies to safeguard water rights (May 15, 2013)

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians sued two water agencies in southern California to protect its water rights. The tribe is asserting senior water rights in the Coachella Valley. The lawsuit accuses the Coachella Valley Water District and the...

Kevin Abourezk: Saginaw Chippewa Tribe reclaims ancestors (May 15, 2013)

Kevin Abourezk reports on the repatriation efforts of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan: Charmaine Shawana plans to get up early Wednesday and drive nearly 12 hours west to bring her ancestors home. It’s been more than a century...

Column: Virginia tribal leaders aren't offended by 'Redskins' (May 15, 2013)

Columnist says leaders of Virginia tribes who are fighting for federal recognition aren't offended by the Washington Redskins: What matters is how American Indians feel about an NFL team using “Redskins” as its nickname. “It doesn’t bother me,” said Robert...

Suzan Harjo: Racism wins every time when put to the public (May 15, 2013)

Suzan Shown Harjo, who was the lead plaintiff in the first trademark challenge to the Washington Redskins, tackles a poll that showed support for the controversial mascot: The AP-GfK poll is a good example of why racism should never be...

Bois Forte man, 76, and wife adopted dozen Indian children (May 15, 2013)

The Gawboy family in 2010. Photo from Duluth News Tribune Jim Gawboy, a 76-year-old member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa in Minnesota, and his wife are the proud parents of 12 adopted children. Gawboy and 60-year-old Rebecca...

Agency urges states to lower threshold for drunken driving (May 15, 2013)

The National Transportation Safety Board is urging states to lower the threshold for drunken driving. The current threshold is a blood alcohol content of 0.08. The NTSB said lowering it to 0.05 will save lives. “The research clearly shows that...

Opinion: 'Redskins' name reminds us of America's ugly past (May 15, 2013)

Barbara Reynolds on the Washington Redskins controversy: When I heard Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder recently I couldn't stop thinking of Alabama’s segregationist Governor George Wallace. Synder’s recent use of the N- word- “never”- was so offensive, for a moment I...

Opinion: There's still time to respond to Agriculture Census (May 15, 2013)

The following is the opinion of Ralph Paige, Rudy Arredondo, Zachary Ducheneaux and Brian Thomas. We represent thousands of African American, Hispanic and Native American farmers in the United States and we recognize the importance of as many of our...

Witness list for House subcommittee hearing on Indian bills (May 15, 2013)

The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs will take up six bills at a hearing on Thursday. The subcommittee will take testimony on: • H.R.623, To provide for the conveyance of certain property located in Anchorage, Alaska, from...

Native Sun News: A Wounded Knee descendant speaks out (May 15, 2013)

Leonard Little Finger, a highly respected Lakota elder, historian, and direct descendant of Chief Big Foot, has ended his silence on the Wounded Knee sale.