BIE still waiting for answer on No Child Left Behind Act waiver (May 20, 2013)

As of today, the Obama administration has granted No Child Left Behind waivers to 37 states, plus the District of Columbia. The waivers free the states of the main component of the law, which was championed by former president George...

Petition seeks inclusion of Native people in Canadian holiday (May 20, 2013)

A group of prominent Canadians is calling on the government to include Native people in an official holiday. The group wants Victoria Day to be renamed as Victoria and First Peoples Day. The holiday would be continue to be observed...

Navajo Nation without chief of police for more than five years (May 20, 2013)

The Navajo Nation has gone without a police chief for more than five years. Jim Benally was placed on leave in Aprili 2008 for undisclosed reasons. But the tribe doesn't plan on hiring a replacement any time soon. "We've been...

Drum group performs honor song after graduation ceremony (May 20, 2013)

Members of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe performed an honor song for high school graduates in Chamberlain, South Dakota, on Sunday. The song, however, was not performed during the graduation ceremony. The school board...

Oglala Sioux Tribe ends grocery store lease after complaints (May 20, 2013)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has revoked the lease for the only large-sized grocery store on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The store at the Sioux Nation Shopping Center was briefly closed a year ago this month after outdated...

WPM: Substance abuse program targets youth at Wind River (May 20, 2013)

Wyoming Public Media reports on substance abuse prevention among youth on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming: REINETTTE TENDORE: We have (zip) Right here we have a bottle of rat poison, and, uh, we have insecticide. REBECCA MARTINEZ: Reinette Tendore...

Dwight Witherspoon: Coal lease must benefit Navajo people (May 20, 2013)

Navajo Nation Council Delegate Dwight Witherspoon discusses the Navajo Generating Station: Although the Navajo Generating Station carries the name of the Navajo people, the “Navajo” Generating Station previously negotiated in 1968 and 1969 had significant flaws for the Navajo Nation....

Opinion: Indian mascots are relics of a 'less enlightened era' (May 20, 2013)

Mike Thompson, cartoonist for The Detroit Free Press, on the use of Indian mascots in Michigan: It's counterproductive to teach children about the virtues of acceptance in our increasingly diverse society at a school where student athletes are referred to...

IHS physician urges action on Navajo Nation HIV/AIDS cases (May 20, 2013)

New HIV cases on the Navajo Nation. Image from The Farmington Daily Times on May 6, 2013. An Indian Health Service physician is urging immediate action to stem the rise of new HIV cases on the Navajo Nation. In 2012,...

Mark Trahant: Indian Country feels the pain of the sequester (May 20, 2013)

Indian Country has already been hit hard by the sequester.

Jeff Grubbe: Agua Caliente Band takes action to protect water (May 20, 2013)

Jeff Grubbe, the chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, on his tribe's decision to file a water rights lawsuit in California: Public service is about doing the right thing. What happens when government agencies charged with protecting...

Column: There's still more trouble brewing at Wounded Knee (May 20, 2013)

Columnist on the proposed sale of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre site in South Dakota: It appears that the occupation of Wounded Knee, which is located in the Pine Ridge Reservation, by a militant group known as the American Indian...


Doug George-Kanentiio: Oneida Nation violates Iroquois laws (May 20, 2013)

As an original member of the Land Claims Commitee for the Mohawk Nation I took a firm stance against the cession of our aborignal lands to New York State regardless of what kind of offer then Governor Mario Cuomo tendered.

Column: Denial of honor song another example of racial bias (May 20, 2013)

Columnist wonders why school board in Chamberlain, South Dakota, rejected an honor song at the high school graduation: What is wrong in Chamberlain? Because the actions of the community’s school board last week certainly were not right. That is beyond...

Jackie Pata: Bridging the dental care divide in Indian Country (May 20, 2013)

Jackie Pata, the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, on ways to bridge the dental care divide in Indian Country: The “dental divide”—the absence of services and access to dental health services in low income communities—is real,...

Tim Giago: South Dakota Public Radio flunks on two counts (May 20, 2013)

It is ironic that when experienced reporters familiar with Indian Country are replaced by new reporters or broadcasters with little or no experience in reporting from Indian country, when given the opportunity to enlighten their audience on the true history between historical and fictional events, fail the test.

Brandon Ecoffey: Making small sacrifices without recognition (May 20, 2013)

There are many people who get credit for their service to our communities. Activists, journalists, politicians, and academics are well known in Indian country.