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IRS hosts phone forum on tax issues and recent settlements (June 11, 2013)

The Internal Revenue Service will be hosting a phone forum on June 26 to discuss tax issues affecting recent settlements in Indian Country. The agenda for the forum lists three main topics: payments from the Cobell trust fund settlement, payments...

Inquest process starts for deaths of seven Native students (June 11, 2013)

An initial hearing was held today for the inquest into the deaths of seven Native students in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The students -- six males and one female -- died in Thunder Bay while attending school away from their reserves....

Two members of Native dance troupe arrested on reserve (June 11, 2013)

Two members of Sagkeeng's Finest, a dance group that won the first Canada's Got Talent competition, are facing charges for an incident on their reserve in Manitoba. Vince O'Laney, 19, and Brandon Courchene, 19, were pulled over for speeding. Authorities...

First Nations leaders request inquest into death of woman (June 11, 2013)

Native leaders in Manitoba are calling for an inquest into the death of a woman from the Northlands Denesuline First Nation. Liza Tssessaze, 31, died on May 27 after experiencing difficulty breathing for several days. A doctor had removed her...

Tribal college honors Jonathan Windy Boy, state lawmaker (June 11, 2013)

Salish Kootenai College presented Montana Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy (D) with its Distinguished Service Award. Windy Boy, a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, was recognized for his efforts to help tribal colleges. He secured passage of a law that...

Yankton Sioux Tribe: Responding to recent opinions in paper (June 11, 2013)

The chairman and secretary of the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota respond to recent opinions in The Mitchell Daily Republic: The May 24 letter by Steve Novotny, of Winner, began by calling Crow Creek Chairman Sazue a racist. It...

Navajo Nation in final testing stages for broadband system (June 11, 2013)

The Navajo Nation is planning a final roll out this fall for its $46 million high-speed Internet system. The tribe is testing the system right now. The goal is to bring service across the reservation in Arizona, New Mexico and...

Fire damages timber facility owned by Hoopa Valley Tribe (June 11, 2013)

A fire damaged a timber business owned by the Hoopa Valley Tribe of California. No one was hurt in the blaze at the Hoopa Forest Industries. But an administrative building, some oil drums, equipment and vehicles were damaged, The North...

Oklahoma tribes to discuss tobacco compact with governor (June 11, 2013)

Tribal leaders in Oklahoma are meeting Gov. Mary Fallin (R) to discuss their tobacco compacts and other issues. The United Indian Nations of Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas (UINOKT) represents 25 tribes in Oklahoma whose compacts are expiring this month. The...

Bad River Band objects to exploratory work at mining site (June 11, 2013)

The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians is objecting to exploratory work at a huge mining site in Wisconsin. The tribe says it wasn't consulted or notified of the work at the Gogebic Taconite mine....

Tribes in US and Canada diversify into winemaking industry (June 11, 2013)

Several tribes in the U.S. and Canada have joined the wine-producing industry. The Osoyoos Indian Band in British Columbia got into the business in 2001. The tribe supplies grapes to other producers but also sells its own wine brand. In...

Cherokee Nation eyes $49.8M in IHS contract support costs (June 11, 2013)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is preparing to sue the Obama administration for $49.8 million in unpaid contract support costs. The tribal council authorized the filing of the lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services, which includes the...

Navajo Code Talker in contest for trip to MLB all-star game (June 11, 2013)

Native News Network is encouraging people to vote to send David E. Patterson Sr., a Navajo Code Talker, to the Major League Baseball all-star game. Paterson is one of three nominees for the Los Angeles Dodgers. If he gets...

Native politician awaits trial for domestic violence incident (June 11, 2013)

Patrick Brazeau, a Native politician from Quebec, faces a trial later this year for a domestic violence incident. Brazeau, who is Algonquin, was charged with assault and sexual assault charges for an incident at his home in Gatineau, Quebec. He...

BIA wades into leadership dispute within Chukchansi Tribe (June 11, 2013)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has identified Nancy Ayala as the leader of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California. The BIA says Nancy and six other leaders make up the tribal council. But Reggie Lewis, whom the...

Cherokee man's Native language program featured by Apple (June 11, 2013)

The work of Thornton Media Inc., a company owned by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is being highlighted by Apple.

Klamath Tribes issue first call for treaty-based water rights (June 11, 2013)

The Klamath Tribes of Oregon issued a historic call for their treaty-based water rights. The Oregon Water Resources Department in March confirmed the tribe's senior rights in the Klamath River Basin. The call is the first since that determination. “Our...

Johnny Rustywire: The story of the girl with the little kittens (June 11, 2013)

Johnny Rustywire shares the story of the Mosi the Cat.

Brandon Ecoffey: 'There is no such thing as half-way racists' (June 11, 2013)

Jessica Giard, the editor of the Chamberlain/Oacoma Sun, managed to display the same level of willful ignorance that the Chamberlain school board showed when they denied the singing of a Native American honoring song at Chamberlain’s High School graduation.