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Federal agencies monitored First Nations youth advocate (May 29, 2013)

Two government agencies monitored a Native youth advocate, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada said. The Department of Aboriginal Affairs and the Department of Justice went into the Facebook page of Cindy Blackstock, the executive director of First...

Oneida Nation land agreement clears one vote in New York (May 29, 2013)

A landmark agreement between the Oneida Nation and the state of New York won approval in Oneida County on Tuesday. The deal resolves a slew of land, taxation and jurisdiction issues. It ends litigation over a pending land-into-trust application and...

Q&A: Where can American Indian entrepreneurs find help? (May 29, 2013)

Finding help for American Indian entrepreneurs: Question: My husband and I want to start a small business out of our home in Washington State. We are both Native Americans from Montana. Where can we get help and advice? Answer: There...

Crow Tribe reaches deal for oil development on reservation (May 29, 2013)

The Crow Tribe of Montana signed an agreement for oil development on the reservation. The tribe is leasing 16,300 acres to Blue Water Petroleum. The tribe will receive an upfront payment of $10 per acre plus a 16.6 percent production...

Washington wants 9th Circuit to take up treaty fishing case (May 29, 2013)

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear a treaty fishing rights case. In April, Judge Ricardo Martinez ordered the state to fix culverts that prevent salmon from returning to tribal usual and...

Opinion: Tribes turned to natural resources for food supply (May 29, 2013)

Writer on the hunt for food across Indian Country: The quest for food, whether by farming, hunting or fishing, was always a way of life for the American Indian. However, among the numerous tribes all across North America, the Indians...

Spirit Lake Nation loses decision in 'Fighting Sioux' lawsuit (May 29, 2013)

The Spirit Lake Nation lacks standing to sue over the retirement of the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo at the University of North Dakota, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. UND agreed to drop the nickname and logo...

Bob Whitener: Tribes can boost economy and environment (May 29, 2013)

Bob Whitener urges tribes to invest in sustainable companies: Sustainability truly matters to the tribes. The rivers and the fish kept them alive. Their natural resources provided them with jobs. They still want—and need—to provide jobs. And sustainability can help...

WVTF: Virginia tribes endure 400-year wait for recognition (May 29, 2013)

WVTF Public Radio on efforts to recognize six Virginia tribes: A bipartisan group of Virginia lawmakers is fighting to win federal recognition of six tribes in the commonwealth. The tribes have treaties dating back to the 1600s. But there 's...

Oglala Sioux Tribe announces plan to operate grocery store (May 29, 2013)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota plans to operate its own grocery store on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The tribe's lease with the Sioux Nation Shopping Center is due to end August 4. President Bryan Brewer said a new...

Spirit Lake Nation court orders new election for council seat (May 29, 2013)

The Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota will be holding a new election on June 11 to fill a contested tribal council seat. Leander “Russ” McDonald won the Fort Totten District seat in a general election earlier this month. But...

BIA accepting comments on rule for land-into-trust appeals (May 29, 2013)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is accepting comments on a new regulation to address land-into-trust appeals. The regulation was written in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak. In that case, the justices ruled that opponents...

Alaska tribes combine resources to provide health services (May 29, 2013)

Tribes in Alaska are working together to provide health care for people in remote and occasionally unreachable areas of the state. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation represents 58 tribes. The tribes pooled their self-determination funds in order to finance a hospital,...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets roundtable on energy (May 29, 2013)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will host a roundtable next week on energy development in Indian Country. The roundtable takes place at 1pm on June 5 in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. RSVP Is requested by phone...

Suzan Harjo: Evidence supports removal of Redskins name (May 29, 2013)

Suzan Shown Harjo, who was the lead plaintiff in the first trademark challenge to the Washington Redskins, tackles another poll that showed support for the controversial mascot: The first part of this story covered the AP-GfK “nationwide” poll that sampled...

Native Sun News: Tribes take action to stop Keystone XL bid (May 29, 2013)

A walkout by tribal leaders at a U.S. State Department meeting on May 16 was among several actions in South Dakota Indian country during the week to oppose TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL tar-sands crude-oil pipeline across the Great Plains.