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9th Circuit hears case over Yakama Nation tobacco manufacturer (08/29)
The King Mountain Tobacco Company is citing the 1855 Yakama Treaty to protect its right to market goods without state interference.

Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe spends $2.4M on property (08/29)
Over the past year, the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council has ambitiously purchased significant real estate, land and buildings both on and off the Reservation.

Gila River Indian Community to see $77.6M from Cobell buy-back (08/29)
Responses are due October 10, the Interior Department said in a press release.

Navajo man heads up Native American Homelessness Task Force (08/29)
Sherrick Roanhorse will work with tribes and the city to address homelessness among Native Americans in New Mexico's most populous city.

Energy boom linked to rise in human trafficking in Indian Country (08/29)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) held a listening session on Thursday to discuss human trafficking in Indian Country.

Native Sun News: Tribes walk out of contract support cost meeting (08/29)
At a recent meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) in Rapid City, tribal leaders met to discuss strategies for a 'consultation' with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Recruiter from Spokane Tribe's college selected for Peirone Prize (08/28)
Randy Ramos was selected for his tireless efforts to promote higher education among Native Americans.

DOI extends $100M in Cobell buy-back offers on two reservations (08/28)
The offers went out to more than 4,000 landowners on the Gila River Indian Community and on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.

Artist Gregg Deal takes on Indian mascots for performance piece (08/28)
The Pyramid Lake Paiute artist will subject himself to eight hours of public abuse to address the treatment of Indian people.

Five-year-old Navajo boy sent home from school for his long hair (08/28)
The boy's parents had to prove his tribal affiliation before he was allowed to attend kindergarten classes.

Cobell buy-backs could return over 38K acres to tribe in Montana (08/28)
Starting next week, tribal members will be receiving offers to sell their fractionated interests.

Native Sun News: Police officers who shot Indian teen get medals (08/28)
Two recipients of the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association Medal of Honor were also involved in the shooting death of Mah-hi-Vist GoodBlanket.

Cherokee Nation police find man who disappeared 37 years ago (08/27)
Tribal police acted on a tip from authorities in Canada and found a man who went missing in 1977.

Declination rates for Indian Country crime steady for third year (08/27)
Federal prosecutors are declining about a third of the Indian Country crime cases referred to them.

DOJ awards grants to address violence in Bakken energy region (08/27)
Two tribes and one Native organization were among the seven grantees in Montana and North Dakota.

Daily Beast: Border Patrol runs free on Tohono O'odham Nation (08/27)
Caitlin Dickson tries to find out why the U.S. Border Patrol appears to act with impunity on the Tohono O'odham Nation.

Native Sun News: Facility in Montana set to house Indian inmates (08/27)
When final federal paperwork is approved later this month, the Two Rivers Correctional/Treatment Facility will soon accept Native inmates from across the Great Plains region.

Another pipeline spills saltwater on reservation in North Dakota (08/27)
Details are scarce but the pipeline is operated by Crestwood Midstream Services, the same company that owns a pipeline that ruptured last month.

Fired Oglala Sioux Tribe police officer indicted for taser incident (08/26)
Rebecca M. Sotherland was charged with deprivation of rights under color of law and assault with a dangerous weapon for an incident that drew widespread condemnation in Indian Country.

Non-recognized tribe in Texas hails ruling in eagle feather case (08/26)
The court held that the Interior Department failed to explain why Indians who are members of non-recognized tribes can't possess eagle feathers.

Hoopa Valley Tribe takes action due to large number of arsons (08/26)
With 30 human-caused fires so far this year, the reservation ranks among the top five in terms of arson.

Gila River Indian Community mourns loss of first female leader (08/26)
Mary Thomas served two terms as the tribe's governor and twice as lieutenant governor.

Tribes use reservations to restore rare and endangered species (08/26)
Tribes in Montana and South Dakota are keeping rare and endangered species alive thanks to their preservation efforts.

Sen. Jon Tester to hold session on trafficking in Indian Country (08/26)
The public is invited to the session, which takes place at the Fort Peck Community College in Montana.

Native Sun News: Tribes take on Air Force over expansion plan (08/26)
During a historic meeting, the Coalition of Large Tribes, the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council and the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association have banded together to support the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in protecting culturally significant sites and reservation lands.

Scientists publish lengthy book based on study of Kennewick Man (08/25)
Scientists have finally published their research into the 9,500-year-old remains of the Kennewick Man.

Native Sun News: Laguna Pueblo still affected by uranium mine (08/25)
Even if authorities meet demands to ban new uranium mines until abandoned ones are cleaned up no amount of effort can reclaim the cultural losses the mining has imposed to date on the Laguna, Acoma, Zuni, Hopi and Navajo people of the Four Corners area.

Oglala Sioux leader and educator Gerald One Feather passes on (08/22)
Gerald One Feather was the youngest president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and a leader in the tribal college movement.

Indigenous Fine Arts Market kicks off big weekend in New Mexico (08/22)
More than 1,400 Native artists are showcasing their talents at two big markets this weekend as part of an annual ritual that draws more than 100,000 people to Santa Fe.

President of Navajo Nation bans smoking in executive buildings (08/22)
The executive order bars commercial tobacco in all interior spaces and within 25 feet of entrances, windows and ventilation systems

Three Indian artists selected as NEA's National Heritage Fellows (08/22)
A Mohawk basketweaver, an Odawa quillworker and an Omaha singer will be honored next month in Washington, D.C.

Recently recognized Tejon Tribe to close enrollment next month (08/22)
Membership is based on a roll from December 1915, according to a legal notice that was published in The Los Angeles Times.

Native Sun News: Indian farmers question Keepseagle attorneys (08/22)
The plaintiffs of the historic Keepseagle lawsuit that pitted the Native American farmers and ranchers against the United States Department of Agriculture are now questioning the reliability of their own counsel.

Kake Tribe returns to site of 1857 deadly attack in Washington (08/21)
Tribal ancestors went to Whidbey Island in August 1857 to take revenge for the deaths of 27 of their people a year earlier.

Secretary Jewell issues order and guidance on trust relationship (08/21)
Order will help Interior Department bureaus and offices carry out their responsibilities to tribes and individual Indians.

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