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Audio from House subcommittee hearing on six Indian bills Audio from House subcommittee hearing on six Indian bills
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...
Navajo Nation weighs tougher sentences for  some crimes Navajo Nation weighs tougher sentences for some crimes
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...
Arrests reported after protest at Berry Creek Rancheria Arrests reported after protest at Berry Creek Rancheria
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...
Film festival celebrates  15th birthday of 'Smoke Signals' Film festival celebrates 15th birthday of 'Smoke Signals'
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...
Roadblock erected at Whiteclay in protest of liquor sales Roadblock erected at Whiteclay in protest of liquor sales
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...
Bill requires state  to pay     Cayuga Nation property tax bill Bill requires state to pay Cayuga Nation property tax bill
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...
KUOW: Indian parents protest    move of heritage program KUOW: Indian parents protest move of heritage program
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...
House approves bill to authorize land swap with Ute Tribe House approves bill to authorize land swap with Ute Tribe
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...
 DOI  releases update to fracking regulation on Indian lands DOI releases update to fracking regulation on Indian lands
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...
Secretary Jewell mum on Little Shell Tribe recognition bid Secretary Jewell mum on Little Shell Tribe recognition bid
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,...
Chukchansi Dispute: Rival factions fight it out in the media Chukchansi Dispute: Rival factions fight it out in the media
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...
Law Article: Supreme Court  due for decision in  ICWA case Law Article: Supreme Court due for decision in ICWA case
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...
Indian parents air complaints about child welfare system Indian parents air complaints about child welfare system
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...
Mississippi Choctaw painter featured at New York museum Mississippi Choctaw painter featured at New York museum
[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...
Peter d'Errico: Ignorance can't be an excuse for genocide Peter d'Errico: Ignorance can't be an excuse for genocide
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...
NPR: South Dakota officials  boycotted tribal ICWA summit NPR: South Dakota officials boycotted tribal ICWA summit
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...
Cedric Sunray: Cherokee Nation places sovereignty at risk Cedric Sunray: Cherokee Nation places sovereignty at risk
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' Native Sun News: County's ICWA abuses called 'shocking'
The alleged abuses of the Indian Child Welfare Act in the Pennington County court system has been called “shocking” by two attorneys.

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