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Interior Department includes tribal land in fracking regulation (03/20)
The controversial rule treats Indian land and public lands as the same.

Pinoleville Pomo Nation marijuana farm appears to be on hold (03/20)
The tribe's developers optimistically predicted the operation would be up and running by February.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe prosecutes 19 non-Indian cases with VAWA (03/20)
Of the 19 cases, 18 involved children in the home and some were assaulted, the tribe's top law enforcer said.

Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne Tribe targets BIA officer (03/20)
Officer Jose Valdez has been involved in two shootings and a beating since December 2013.

Puyallup Tribe to run first cancer care center in Indian Country (03/19)
The Salish Integrative Oncology Care Center will incorporate modern and traditional treatments.

Fort Peck Tribes moving forward with troubled housing project (03/19)
Actor Brad Pitt promised 20 houses through his Make It Right foundation.

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe cites interest from marijuana industry (03/19)
The drug is legal for medical and recreational purposes in Colorado so developers are interested.

LTBB News: Little Traverse Bay Bands to exercise VAWA power (03/19)
The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians is the first in Michigan to adopt the Violence Against Women Act of 2013.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe seeks owners for buy-back program (03/19)
The tribe is home to the second-most highly fractionated reservation in the nation.

Joe Medicine Crow helps break ground on new Montana school (03/19)
Medicine Crow turned 101 last October and said he just keeps getting better.

Native Sun News: Former US Attorney reflects on Indian cases (03/19)
Many Native Americans felt secure when five years ago, it was announced that the son of one of Indian Countries closest allies was appointed to the post of U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota.

House panel holds first hearing with Indian and Insular Affairs (03/18)
Obama administration officials presented the fiscal year 2016 budget requests for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Indian Health Service and the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians.

Audio from Senate Indian Affairs Committee NAHASDA hearing (03/18)
Tribal representatives expressed strong support for S.710 but no one from the Department of Housing and Urban Development testified.

Eastern Cherokees make changes to exercise VAWA authority (03/18)
The tribe is looking at its jury selection rules in order to arrest, prosecute and sentence non-Indian domestic violence offenders.

Alaska requests more time to consider position in ICWA dispute (03/18)
The state's new leaders are still studying the case, which is being closely watched by tribes and the Department of Justice.

Montana tribe pays respects to late attorney Evelyn Stevenson (03/18)
Stevenson worked for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes for more than 30 years and was known as an advocate for the Indian Child Welfare Act.

BIA schedules consultations and meetings for ICWA regulation (03/18)
Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn said the rule will ensure greater compliance by state courts and child welfare agencies.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe rounds up dogs in response to fatal attack (03/18)
Julia Charging Whirlwind, 49, was killed by a pack of dogs on Saturday morning.

Native Sun News: Ernestine Chasing Hawk takes over as editor (03/18)
Ernestine Chasing Hawk will be promoted to editor of the Native Sun News effective April 1

Native Sun News: Oil spill threatens North Dakota tribe's water (03/18)
It wasn’t until two years ago that the families in this rural community of 600 were able to connect to running supplies of drinking water.

Muscogee Nation helps unveil 1790 treaty for NMAI exhibit in DC (03/17)
The treaty, on loan from the National Archives, has never been displayed in public until now.

Ojibwe author Louise Erdrich receives Library of Congress prize (03/17)
The writer from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians will receive the award at the National Book Festival in September.

Meskwaki Tribe opposes oil pipeline through aboriginal territory (03/17)
The pipeline would cross 18 counties in Iowa, effectively cutting the state in half.

Alaska Native corporation leads push for a regional government (03/17)
Not enough representatives showed up to a meeting but that didn't stop debate on the idea.

Another tribal amendment offered for anti-trafficking measure (03/17)
Partisan bickering over the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act has left the Senate at a virtual standstill.

Witnesses: Senate Indian Affairs Committee NAHASDA hearing (03/17)
The Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act expired in September 2013 but Congress has failed to update it.

Native Sun News: Rapid City leader looks to address addictions (03/17)
One way 'we are all related' is the way addiction impacts individuals, families and communities no matter the color of our skin.

Court allows Oglala Sioux parents to sue officer for son's death (03/16)
Christopher Capps, 22, was shot and killed by a deputy in May 2010. At least one bullet entered through his back.

Education Department cites increase in Indian graduation rate (03/16)
During the 2012-2013 school year, 69.7 percent of Indian students finished high school, an improvement from the two years prior.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold field hearing on drugs (03/16)
The field hearing will take place on March 31 at the Chiefs Technical Center on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

Bill introduced in Senate to fix Carcieri land-into-trust decision (03/16)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) is the lead sponsor of S.732 to ensure all tribes can follow the land-into-trust process.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community weighs marijuana referendum (03/16)
President Warren 'Chris' Swartz said he has already seen resistance from the state attorney general.

Mary Pember: Alaska Natives bring healing in a traditional way (03/16)
Calricaraq means (Healthy Living) in Yup’ik and is unlike any other mental health professional intervention team.

Three tribes in Maine are latest to express interest in marijuana (03/16)
The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians are actively discussing the matter.

Boys basketball team from Winnebago Tribe cruises to state win (03/16)
The Winnebago Indians defeated the number-two ranked rival to secure their first state title in 75 years.

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