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Second county approves land agreement with Oneida Nation (May 30, 2013)

A landmark agreement between the Oneida Nation and the state of New York made it through a second county today. The Madison County Board of Supervisors voted to accept the deal. The county will drop litigation over the tribe's land-into-trust...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes land-into-trust rule (May 30, 2013)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is praising a proposed rule that will address land-into-trust appeals. The rule eliminates a 30-day waiting period when the Bureau of Indian Affairs approves a land-into-trust application. The tribe says the proposal will help speed up...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe seeks listing for old boarding school (May 30, 2013)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan wants a former boarding school placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Michigan Indian Industrial Boarding School operated from June 1893 to June 1934. The tribe holds a remembrance ceremony every June...

Spirit Lake group appears to concede loss on 'Fighting Sioux' (May 30, 2013)

Members of the Spirit Lake Nation who supported the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo at the University of North Dakota appear to have conceded defeat after a ruling from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Spirit Lake Nation Committee...

Ex-law firm worker pleads guilty in theft from Seminole Tribe (May 30, 2013)

A former employee of a law firm pleaded guilty for her role in stealing from the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Maria Hassun, 66, was the officer manager for a firm run by Frank Excel Marley III, 39. Federal authorities say...

County challenges Salish and Kootenai Tribes land-into-trust (May 30, 2013)

Commissioners in Ravalli County, Montana, voted to appeal a land-into-trust application submitted by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. On May 17, the Bureau of Indian Affairs agreed to place 58 acres in trust for the tribe. County commissioners are...

Yakama Nation settles case over federal raid on reservation (May 30, 2013)

The Yakama Nation of Washington has settled a lawsuit in connection with a federal raid on the reservation, The Martinsville Bulletin reports. The tribe sued the Obama administration after the FBI and other law enforcement agents raided King Mountain Tobacco...

Dania Rose Colegrove: Tribal rights an issue in dam removal (May 30, 2013)

Dania Rose Colegrove on tribal water rights and the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement: There has been much debate lately over the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and whether legislation is needed to remove the Klamath dams and whether the KBRA terminates...

Editorial: South Dakota wrongly demonized in ICWA dispute (May 30, 2013)

Newspaper says state of South Dakota isn't to blame for disproportionate numbers of Indian children being placed in foster care: We understand tribes are sovereign entities, and there is a government-to-government relationship that should be honored. The state should not...

Navajo comedian looking forward to voice role in 'Star Wars' (May 30, 2013)

James Junes of the comedy duo James and Ernie landed the role of Han Solo in the Navajo-dubbed version of the first Star Wars film. Junes is a fluent speaker of the Navajo language. But he doesn't read the written...

Hoopa Valley Tribe to banish sex offenders from reservation (May 30, 2013)

The Hoopa Valley Tribe of California is starting banishment proceedings against non-members who are sex offenders. Based on information in a state registry, at least six non-member sex offenders live on the reservation, The Two Rivers Tribune reported. Another...

Jamescita Peshlakai: Navajo project a threat to sacred site (May 30, 2013)

Arizona State Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai (D) discusses the Grand Canyon Escalade, a tourism project proposed by the Navajo Nation: I encourage our leaders to work to pursue more stable investments such as purchasing lands and businesses adjacent to the reservation...

BIA to take another review of Oneida Nation land-into-trust (May 30, 2013)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will be taking a second look at land-into-trust applications submitted by the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. The BIA agreed to place about 499 acres in trust for the tribe. The village of Hobart raised numerous...

VOA News: Professor explores tribal medicine in California (May 30, 2013)

University of Southern California professor James Adams explores the use of herbs and plants by the Chumash people: Many modern medicines have their origin in natural remedies, and some researchers say traditional herbal cures hold clues for modern medicine. A...

Confirmation hearing June 12 for Yvette Roubideaux at IHS (May 30, 2013)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled a confirmation hearing for Yvette Roubideaux to serve another term as director of the Indian Health Service. Roubideaux, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, joined the Obama administration in May 2009. On...

Blog: Former chief of Virginia tribe supports Redskins name (May 30, 2013)

A former chief of the Patawomeck Indians of Virginia, a non-federally recognized tribe, supports the Washington Redskins mascot: I’m ready to never write another word about the Redskins name, but the dang issue just won’t take a break. So, in...

DOJ releases report on declination rates for Indian Country (May 30, 2013)

The Department of Justice released its first Indian Country declination report today. The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 requires DOJ to provide data on the number of cases that were declined for prosecution. Federal prosecutors declined 37...

Obama expected to announce pick for new director for FBI (May 30, 2013)

President Barack Obama will nominate James B. Comey, a former Bush administration official, as the new director of the FBI, according to news reports. Comey, who served as the second highest-ranking official at the Department of Justice from 2003 to...

Native Sun News: Tribe moves to seize Wounded Knee site (May 30, 2013)

When James Czywczynski first announced that he was selling the two forty acre tracts of land; one at Wounded Knee and one at Porcupine Butte, for a total of $4.9 million, many people scoffed at the notion that someone would be willing to pay that much for the land.