Bureau of Reclamation emphasizes tribal water rights settlements (February 9, 2016)
The agency is seeking $131.2 million to implement and maintain settlements for tribes in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Office of Special Trustee budget request remains steady at $140M (February 9, 2016)
The agency, which is part of the Interior Department, holds nearly $4.9 billion in trust for more than 250 tribes and about 400,000 individual Indians.
President Obama seeks $2.9B budget for Bureau of Indian Affairs (February 9, 2016)
The request includes $278 million for contract support costs and $138.3 million for Indian school construction.
Coushatta Tribe wins ruling in long-running dispute with contractor (February 9, 2016)
The tribe was ordered to pay $16.6 million for an alleged breach of contract but an appeal court in Louisiana vacated the entire judgment.
Isle de Jean Charles Band to relocate with help of $48M HUD grant (February 9, 2016)
The tribe has lost 98 percent of its homelands along the coast of Louisiana since 1955.
Leader of Bois Forte Band promises fight against substance abuse (February 9, 2016)
Chairman Kevin Leecy described prescription drugs, heroin and methamphetamine as the new version of 'smallpox blankets' for the Minnesota tribe.
Albuquerque Indian Center faces closure without additional money (February 9, 2016)
The center provides meals, clothing and other services to a growing number of urban Indians in New Mexico's largest city but funding levels haven't kept up with the higher costs.
Pamunkey Tribe looks to a stronger future with federal recognition (February 9, 2016)
The Pamunkey Tribe is the 567th to be federally recognized in the nation and the first in Virginia with that status.
Lakota Country Times: Indian health at center of Medicaid debate (February 9, 2016)
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is set to expand Medicaid in South Dakota but the hold up is determining who will pay for the medical costs of Lakota people.
Vi Waln: Arrogance keeps Keystone XL plans alive in South Dakota (February 9, 2016)
It was very arrogant of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission to assume that a new President is going to grant a permit for KXL to cross the Canadian border.
National campaign launched to stop tribal disenrollment epidemic (February 9, 2016)
A prominent coalition of activists, artists and at least one elected tribal leader joined a campaign aimed at putting an end to the controversial practice.
Mark Trahant: Native candidates fall behind in the big money wars (February 9, 2016)
Native Americans make up .37 percent of Congress (that’s about one-third of one percent) compared to about 2 percent of the country’s population as a whole.
Mike Myers: Indigenous teachings still guide our ways of life today (February 9, 2016)
Real Indigenous laws – not settler laws for Indians as taught in the universities – are enshrined in four realms: The Laws of Creation, The Laws of the Land; The Laws of the Peoples; and the Ceremonies and Protocols that accompany these laws.
Charles Kader: Haudenosaunee territory will always be Indian land (February 9, 2016)
It was said of this land that was to have been burned-over because so much evangelizing took place there were no more souls to be saved there.
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5 Supreme Court shakes up docket by accepting sovereignty case at request of tribe
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