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Column: Energy development poses risk to national park (May 23, 2013)

Columnist on the potential for energy development near the Chaco Culture National Historic Park in New Mexico: Inside the boundaries of Chaco Culture National Historic Park, the treasures of pre-Puebloan culture are protected by federal law and a staff of...

McDonald's on Navajo Nation charges higher sales tax rate (May 23, 2013)

A McDonald's on the Navajo Nation is charging a higher tax rate than other businesses on the reservation. The location in Shiprock, New Mexico, is collecting a 5 percent tax for the tribe. But it's also collecting an additional 6.3...

Second payout from Cobell settlement expected in the fall (May 23, 2013)

The second payment from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement is expected this fall, Indian beneficiaries were told today. The first payment of $1,000 went out in December. A total of 327,957 beneficiaries qualified for the historical accounting portion...

Sen. Coburn worried about waste of taxpayer funds at BIA (May 23, 2013)

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) said an investigation into Jeanette Hanna, a Bureau of Indian Affairs employee who has been the subject of numerous complaints, highlights waste of taxpayer funds at the agency. The Office of Inspector General at the Interior...

Gari Lafferty takes over as leader of Paiute Tribe in Utah (May 23, 2013)

Gari Lafferty was elected as chairwoman of the Paiute Tribe of Utah last month. Lafferty defeated four other candidates for the post, according to the election results. She said her grandfather was the last chief of the tribe. The Paiute...

Yerington Paiute Tribe opens doors to community center (May 23, 2013)

The Yerington Paiute Tribe of Nevada opened the doors to a new community center on the reservation. The 6,240 square-foot center features a 3,340 square-foot social hall, a 480 square-foot meeting space, two offices totaling 423 square-feet and a 527...

Cow Creek Band estimates $500K in damages due to fire (May 23, 2013)

The Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians just spent $15 million to acquire a ranch when a fire caused an estimated $500,000 in damages. The fire was restricted to a barn on the 1,700-acre Rogue River Ranch....

Lac du Flambeau Band won't lose $250K grant from state (May 23, 2013)

The Wisconsin Building Commission won't be revoking a $250,000 grant for the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The tribe received the money for a cultural center. A Republican lawmaker wanted to revoke the grant due to a...

Mescalero Apache Tribe puts top two leaders on paid leave (May 23, 2013)

The Mescalero Apache Tribe of New Mexico placed its top two leaders on paid leave. President Frederick Chino Sr. and Vice President Sandra Platero will be on leave while the tribal council reviews its operations. Neither Chino nor Platero were...

Richard Gomez: Chumash family makes state contributions (May 23, 2013)

Richard Gomez, the vice chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, on three tribal members who have been appointed to state commissions and boards: In March, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Santa Ynez Chumash tribal member Reggie Pagaling to...

Nooksack Tribe aims to disenroll 15 percent of membership (May 23, 2013)

KUOW reports on the pending disenrollment of 15 percent of the membership of the Nooksack Tribe of Washington: What’s considered the largest proposed disenrollment of tribal members in Washington state is still moving forward, following a tribal court’s ruling this...

Tyme Maidu Tribe already held election over disenrollment (May 23, 2013)

The Tyme Maidu Tribe of California was already receiving ballots for a pending disenrollment action before protesters destroyed them, The Chino News & Review reports. The ballots were being held at the tribal headquarters when the protest occurred last week....

Critics set for discussion on agreement with Oneida Nation (May 23, 2013)

Critics are objecting to an agreement between the Oneida Nation and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). The agreement includes provisions to resolve land-into-trust, taxation, law enforcement and other issues. Critics in Oneida County are holding a discussion tonight to...

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe hopes for settlement to land claim (May 23, 2013)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is hoping to negotiate a land claim settlement with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). The tribe has a longstanding claim to 12,000 acres. A lawsuit is pending in federal court but the tribe and...

Qom Tribe in Argentina seeks return of ancestral territory (May 23, 2013)

Leaders of the Qom Tribe in Argentina are asking President Cristina Fernandez to return their ancestral territory. A 2006 emergency law prevents indigenous groups from being evicted or removed until a land survey can be completed. The Qom Tribe has...

Cole DeLaune: Minorities still unequal in the eyes of the law (May 23, 2013)

Cole DeLane connects Assata Shakur, the first woman on the FBI list of most wanted terrorists, to imprisoned American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier: By contrast, Shakur spent much of her childhood in the cauldron of the Jim Crow South....

Editorial: Justice interrupted for victims of Maya genocide (May 23, 2013)

The New York Times on the genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt: Securing justice for victims of the brutal civil war in Guatemala that lasted from 1960 to 1996 was always going to be tough. But the...

Native Sun News: State officials absent at ICWA summit (May 23, 2013)

Tearful testimony marked the first day of the Indian Child Welfare Act Summit on Wednesday, May 15.

Native Sun News: Judge sues Sitka Tribe for discrimination (May 23, 2013)

Tlingit & Haida Central Council Delegate Betty Jo Moore hoped to be reinstated as an associate tribal judge by the time the annual council assembly rolled around in April.