Audio from House subcommittee hearing on six Indian bills (May 16, 2013)

The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs held a lengthy hearing this afternoon on six bills that addressed land issues. H.R.623, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer Act, and H.R.740, the Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement...

Navajo Nation weighs tougher sentences for some crimes (May 16, 2013)

The Navajo Nation is holding public hearings to discuss changes in criminal sentencing. In 2000, the tribe eliminated or reduced the punishments for nearly 30 offenses, The Farmington Daily Times reported. Navajo Nation Council delegates are now seeking to impose...

Arrests reported after protest at Berry Creek Rancheria (May 16, 2013)

A standoff on the Berry Creek Rancheria in California has ended with arrests, according to news reports. A group of people reportedly locked themselves inside the Tyme Maidu Tribe's headquarters early this morning. It's not been reported what they were...

Film festival celebrates 15th birthday of 'Smoke Signals' (May 16, 2013)

Some members of the cast of Smoke Signals will meet Friday to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the film. Elaine Miles and Evan Adams will be among those on hand for a screening of the landmark film. The Seattle...

Roadblock erected at Whiteclay in protest of liquor sales (May 16, 2013)

A group of protesters erected a roadblock at Whiteclay, Nebraska, in protest of liquor sales in the border town. Bryan Brewer, the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, said the roadblock went up yesterday. It wasn't reported if it's still...

Bill requires state to pay Cayuga Nation property tax bill (May 16, 2013)

A bill in New York requires the state to pay the property tax bill of the Cayuga Nation. The tribe owns land that is not yet in trust. Two counties say they are owed $1.9 million for non-payment of property...

KUOW: Indian parents protest move of heritage program (May 16, 2013)

KUOW reports on controversial changes to the Indian education program in Seattle, Washington: The latest Seattle School District plan to move the American Indian Heritage program to Northgate Mall has angered many in the Native American community. They rallied at...

House approves bill to authorize land swap with Ute Tribe (May 16, 2013)

By a voice vote, the House on Wednesday passed H.R.356, the Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act. The bill allows the Ute Tribe of Utah to protect 20,000 acres of culturally important sites on the reservation. The tribe...

DOI releases update to fracking regulation on Indian lands (May 16, 2013)

The Interior Department today released a new draft of its regulation to cover hydraulic fracturing, a controversial energy-processing technique that's commonly known as fracking. The regulation applies to fracking on federal and Indian lands. "It's good for the public, it's...

Secretary Jewell mum on Little Shell Tribe recognition bid (May 16, 2013)

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell declined to comment about federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana at a hearing on Wednesday. During the Clinton administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs proposed to recognize the tribe...

Chukchansi Dispute: Rival factions fight it out in the media (May 16, 2013)

A leadership dispute continues within the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California. Reggie Lewis claims to be the rightful leader of the tribe. He says the results of a referendum resolved the dispute. "The referendum was conducted with...

Law Article: Supreme Court due for decision in ICWA case (May 16, 2013)

Attorney discusses forthcoming decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case that was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court last month: In this most recent U.S. Supreme Court term, the Court has heard two cases...

Indian parents air complaints about child welfare system (May 16, 2013)

The Great Plains Indian Child Welfare Act Summit opened on Wednesday with heartbreaking testimony from parents and grandparents whose children were taken from their homes. Several speakers said they worked hard to meet the requirements imposed by the South Dakota...

Mississippi Choctaw painter featured at New York museum (May 16, 2013)

[YouTube: Jeffrey Gibson: Said the Pigeon to the Squirrel at the National Academy Museum] Jeffrey Gibson, a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, is opening a solo show at the National Academy Museum in New York City...

Peter d'Errico: Ignorance can't be an excuse for genocide (May 16, 2013)

Peter d'Errico discusses genocide in Guatemala, Canada and the United States: In Guatemala, the High Risk Court concluded a trial of former military dictator José Efrain Ríos Montt. The court convicted him of genocide and crimes against humanity for his...

NPR: South Dakota officials boycotted tribal ICWA summit (May 16, 2013)

Amid complaints about their compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act, state officials boycott the Great Plains Indian Child Welfare Act Summit in Rapid City, South Dakota: Federal officials met with South Dakota's nine Sioux tribes on Wednesday for a...

Cedric Sunray: Cherokee Nation places sovereignty at risk (May 16, 2013)

Disenrollment, Baby Veronica, and countless other issues all share the common denominator of being brought to the proverbial card table of contention by none other than the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Native Sun News: County's ICWA abuses called 'shocking' (May 16, 2013)

The alleged abuses of the Indian Child Welfare Act in the Pennington County court system has been called “shocking” by two attorneys.