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Oneida Nation deal includes land-into-trust and tax provisions (May 21, 2013)

The Oneida Nation wants to resolve land-into-trust and taxation issues in an agreement with the state of New York and two counties. According to a copy of the 79-page agreement that was posted by The Syracuse Post-Standard, the tribe will...

Secretary Jewell takes action in Jeanette Hanna controversy (May 21, 2013)

Secretary Sally Jewell has taken action to address issues raised by an investigation into Jeanette Hanna, a Bureau of Indian Affairs employee who has been the subject of numerous complaints, an Interior Department official said. The Office of Inspector General...

Chief of First Nation in Saskatchewan admits to sexual assault (May 21, 2013)

The leader of the Pheasant Rump Nakota Nation in Saskatchewan will be sentenced tomorrow for sexually assaulting a teen girl on the reserve. Chief Terrance McArthur admitted to the charge on May 1, CBC News reported. He remains in office...

Supreme Court won't accept tribe's suit against energy giants (May 21, 2013)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition in Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corporation. The Native Village of Kivalina, a federally recognized tribe, sued 24 energy giants in 2008, accusing the companies of contributing to climate change....

Oklahoma lawmakers weigh $40M for delayed Indian museum (May 21, 2013)

Oklahoma lawmakers are being asked to approve another $40 million for the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City. The museum has benefited from $97 million in state funds, nearly $15.7 million in federal funds and $8...

Letter: Tulalip Tribes must be included in development talks (May 21, 2013)

Member of Tulalip Tribes of Washington says tribal rights are being ignored: I read with much interest the article "A player in tidal power." This type of business could be good for both PUD and the general public; however, I...

Appeals court tells Sandy Lake Band to seek BIA recognition (May 21, 2013)

The Sandy Lake Band of Mississippi Chippewa must go through the federal recognition process in order to follow the Indian Reorganization Act, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday. The tribe, based in Minnesota, signed treaties with the...

Kewa Pueblo medicine man loses appeal in eagle killing case (May 21, 2013)

A medicine man from Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico who pleaded guilty for killing a bald eagle and possessing bald eagle parts lost his case before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Martin Aguilar admitted that he didn't obtain a...

Former housing director for Narragansett Tribe pleads guilty (May 21, 2013)

The former director of housing for the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island has pleaded guilty for stealing federal funds. Rosilyn W. Brown, 63, admitted that she took more than $100,000 in funds provided to the tribe by the Department of...

County wants two from Ute Tribe in connection with beating (May 21, 2013)

Two members of the Ute Tribe have been charged in connection with a beating in Uintah County, Utah. Emmett Rey Duncan Jr. and Megan Murray are charged with aggravated assault and theft for the May 15 attack on Jessie Maez....

Tally Monteau-Colombe: School shows border town mentality (May 21, 2013)

Tally Monteau-Colombe on the border town mentality in Chamberlain, South Dakota, where the school board voted 6-1 against an honor song at the high school graduation: My husband and I made the choice to send all eight of our children...

WPR: Tribes hold drum ceremony in protest of proposed mine (May 21, 2013)

Wisconsin Public Radio reports on tribal opposition to a controversial mine near the Bad River Reservation: Native American tribal elders from Bad River and Red Cliff held a drum ceremony this weekend calling upon the spirits to offer guidance in...

Gerald One Feather receives honorary doctorate in Colorado (May 21, 2013)

Gerald One Feather, a former president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Photo Courtesy Sean Cridland Gerald One Feather, a former president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Colorado at...

Blog: Former Redskins player wants Indians to change name (May 21, 2013)

A former Washington Redskins defends the team's controversial name: While the current round of Redskins name-change stories may have run its course, I promised several readers that I would be as aggressive in recording defenses of the team name as...

Alaska asks DOI to open ANWR to exploratory development (May 21, 2013)

The state of Alaska was joined by an Alaska Native corporation executive in pressing the Obama administration to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to exploratory development. Gov. Sean Parnell (R) said the state is willing to provide $50 million...

Court in Guatemala overturns conviction for Mayan genocide (May 21, 2013)

The highest court in Guatemala overturned the conviction of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Guatemala’s Constitutional Court reset the case to April 19 in order to resolve several issues. The trial had...

Native Sun News: Students learn about ancestral traditions (May 21, 2013)

Students at Wounded Knee School in Manderson were treated to an afternoon learning about the traditional and medicinal foods of their ancestors.