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Congress passes measure for tribal general welfare programs (09/19)
The Native American Finance Officers Association praised the bipartisan action on the bill this week.

Cobell settlement checks being cashed across Indian Country (09/19)
Overall, some 493,000 checks have been sent out to Indian beneficiaries.

Native Sun News: Tribes united against Keystone XL Pipeline (09/19)
The tribally funded Oyate Wahacanka Woecun movement announced 'a monumental action' to oppose construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline in South Dakota.

NWIFC schedules briefing on 'Treaty Rights 101' on Capitol Hill (09/18)
The educational session comes amid a renewed focus on treaty rights in the nation's capital.

Native Sun News: US Senate candidates debate Native issues (09/18)
The only debate held in western South Dakota went off without a hitch with three candidates all vying for a crucial senate seat being left open by the retirement of longtime lawmaker Tim Johnson.

Mashable: Oglala Sioux man still pushing MazaCoin currency (09/18)
Payu Harris developed the MazaCoin as a form of digital currency that he wanted the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota to adopt.

Rep. Daines praises House action on tribal general welfare bill (09/18)
The Montana Republican said the measure will help tribes provide general welfare services to their people without fear of audits and enforcement actions from the IRS.

Sen. Walsh welcomes arrival of last Cobell settlement payout (09/18)
Walsh had co-sponsored a bill to speed up the release of the checks.

Student newspaper punished over refusal to print the R-word (09/18)
The paper's student co-editor was suspended for a month and the faculty adviser was suspended for two days.

Cobell settlement checks landing in Indian Country mailboxes (09/18)
From $869 to several thousand dollars, the checks are arriving across the country.

Sarah Deer wins genius grant for work to protect Native women (09/17)
The Muscogee Nation citizen's efforts led to the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act and the inclusion of tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Violence Against Women Act.

House approves bill to address tribal general welfare programs (09/17)
Lawmakers said the bill puts tribes on the same level as state and federal governments regarding payments made through general welfare programs.

Native Sun News: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe honors veterans (09/17)
Grand Marshals Casimir LeBeau, 97, and Dave Bald Eagle, 95, led the 58th Annual Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Fair, Rodeo & Pow wow on September 1.

Sen. Cantwell to introduce bill to end NFL's tax-exempt status (09/16)
The lawmaker said she was taking action because the NFL has done little to address the racist name of the Washington franchise.

DOI offers $9.4M for Cobell buy-backs on Umatilla Reservation (09/16)
The offers were made to nearly 1,800 landowners, who have until October 31 to respond.

Tribal leaders headed to Capitol Hill to push legislative priorities (09/16)
A fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar and Native language programs are high on the agenda.

House takes up bill to address tribal general welfare programs (09/16)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R) said the bill promotes tribal self-determination and reliance without additional cost to the U.S. government.

Checks from final payment of Cobell settlement put in the mail (09/16)
Some $941.6 million will be reaching members of the Trust Administration Class in the next several days.

NMAI hosts symposium on treaties to coincide with new exhibit (09/16)
The agenda includes Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, activist Suzan Shown Harjo and journalist Mark Trahant.

Native Sun News: Homeless students find support in Rapid City (09/16)
Despite the definition set forth by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act of 2002, 'homeless children and youth' are more than what the term suggests.

HUD settles complaint for couple on Turtle Mountain Reservation (09/15)
The couple was told their home couldn't be used as collateral because it was located on a reservation.

Tribes in Oklahoma raise their minimum wage above federal level (09/15)
At least five tribes, including two with large enterprises, have raised their minimum wage well above the federal standard of $7.25 per hour.

Travel: Remote parks on Navajo Nation are an 'extraordinary find' (09/15)
Writer pays a visit to some parks on the Navajo Nation and find some hidden gems.

Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne man beaten by BIA officer (09/15)
Mary Old Bear, mother of Arlyn Castro, is very angry. She reports that her son was recently beaten at the hands of a BIA police officer.

Sen. Tester applauds approval of final Cobell settlement payout (09/12)
The chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee had been pushing for the payments to be sent out as soon as possible.

Native Sun News: Olympic medalist visits Pine Ridge Reservation (09/12)
It is not often that kids from a secluded reservation in South Dakota are able to welcome a UFC title challenger into their schools.

Navajo Nation presidential candidate a target over fluency issue (09/11)
Chris Deschene acknowledges that he isn't as fluent as he'd like to be.

Nez Perce Tribe seeks update to historic trail from 1877 journey (09/11)
Chief Joseph led his people across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana to avoid being forced onto a reservation.

Northern Arapaho Tribe withdraws from joint Wind River council (09/11)
Arapaho leaders called the move a historic step for its sovereignty.

Disaster declared after Moapa Paiute Reservation hit by flooding (09/11)
Nearly 200 people were evacuated from their homes as the storm hit but there were no reports of injuries.

Judge approves motion to distribute Cobell settlement payment (09/11)
The Trust Administration Class payments will total $941.6 million and the base payment will be $869, according to a motion filed in federal court.

Native Sun News: Final Cobell payment might 'almost' be ready (09/11)
According to the Garden City Group, the long awaited payment of the historic Cobell lawsuit can be expected in 3-5 weeks.

Cobell buy-back program includes base offer of $75 for interests (09/10)
One person's interest on the Flathead Reservation in Montana was appraised at just 52 cents so the base payment creates an incentive.

Audio from Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on irrigation (09/10)
Tribal leaders said not much has changed since a 2006 report from the Government Accountability Office.

Oglala Sioux Tribe stands behind police chief despite complaints (09/10)
A police officer was fired for repeatedly tasering an unresponsive tribal member.

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