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Senate confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor (June 9, 2009)

The Senate Judiciary Committee will start confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court on July 13. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), the chairman...

Charles Trimble: The demise of the 'Fighting Sioux' (June 9, 2009)

"In the furnished apartment where my wife and I lived when we were first married in 1962, there was a large framed print of a god-awful painting that hung on...

Native Sun News: Custer in McDonald's Happy Meal (June 9, 2009)

"Say it isn't so! Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer has invaded Lakota country again, this time through the Happy Meals sold to little children at McDonald's. Bobbie DuBray, Administrative Assistant...

Opinion: Treaties and the Five Civilized Tribes (June 9, 2009)

"The recent letter from six members of Congress to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for an investigation of the “Five Civilized Tribes” illustrates ignorance regarding the non-Indian descendants of freedmen...

Opinion: World can learn from Alaska Native culture (June 9, 2009)

"Jessica Alba said, "We need a cleaner Earth." We Native people have been saying the same thing since Day 1. My Episcopal bishop told me for Native Americans to have...

Annual Crazy Horse Ride leaves for Pine Ridge (June 9, 2009)

The 12th annual Crazy Horse Ride from Nebraska to the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota began on Monday. Between 220 to 250 riders are taking part in the journey...

Natives in Manitoba hit by severe flu breakout (June 9, 2009)

Natives in Manitoba are dealing with an unusually large number of flu and severe flu cases, health officials said. As of Sunday night, 26 people in the province were in...

Radio program brings Mixtec community together (June 9, 2009)

A unique radio program is one of the few in the nation with a Native language focus. "La Hora Mixteca" (The Mixtec Hour) began 1995. Based in Fresno, Califonria,...

Oklahoma tobacco tax bill signed into law (June 9, 2009)

Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry (D) signed into a law a bill that seeks to beef up enforcement of tribal tobacco sales. Oklahoma Tax Commission Administrator Tony Mastin said the law...

Pueblo woman indicted for son's murder (June 9, 2009)

A woman from Zia Pueblo in New Mexico was indicted on murder and abuse charges for the death of hear 3-year-old son. Tiffany Toribio, 23, allegedly admitted she suffocated Tyrus...

Editorial: Navajo Nation needs enhanced 911 service (June 9, 2009)

"The fact that many emergency services common to most communities are not available to large portions of the Navajo Nation is not a new revelation. The 27,000-square-mile reservation is mostly...

Lac du Flambeau Band proposes banishment (June 9, 2009)

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin is proposing a banishment code. The code allows the tribe to banish members and non-members from the reservation...

Jicarilla Apache Nation signs right-of-way deal (June 9, 2009)

The Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico reached a right-of-way agreement with Enterprise Products Partners. The tribe and the company initially discussed a profit-sharing agreement. But they settled on a...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe opposes Black Hills lawsuit (June 9, 2009)

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit over the distribution of the Black Hills trust fund. The tribe says the plaintiffs in the...

Witness list for hearing on Hawaiian recognition (June 9, 2009)

The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday on H.R. 2314, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009. The bill extends the policy of self-determination to...

Tribes weigh next step in sacred site battle (June 9, 2009)

After being turned away by the U.S. Supreme Court, tribes in the Southwest weighed their next move in their battle to protect the sacred San Francisco Peaks of Arizona. The...

UKB, Cherokee Nation both claim win in HUD case (June 9, 2009)

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Cherokee Nation are both claiming victory in a lawsuit over federal housing funds. The UKBs sued the Department of Housing...

Delaware Tribe gets closer to federal recognition (June 9, 2009)

The Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma is only a step away from regaining federal recognition. The tribe has been considered a part of the Cherokee Nation since an 1866 treaty. The...

Santa Ysabel chairman retains seat after vote (June 9, 2009)

Leaders of the Santa Ysabel Band of Mission Indians of California voted 4-3 to keep Chairman Johnny Hernandez in office. The tribe's legislative branch cleared Hernandez of misusing $27,180 after...

Editorial: Fight over Crow Creek Sioux Tribe's wind (June 9, 2009)

"Central South Dakota is a hot spot for high winds and two companies are willing to go to court to claim their rights to land on the Crow Creek Sioux...

Wilton Rancheria regains federal recognition (June 9, 2009)

Leaders of the Wilton Miwok Rancheria of California announced a settlement that will lead to the tribe's restoration to federal recognition. The tribe was among dozens in California that were...

Mashantucket Tribe plans smaller powwow (June 9, 2009)

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut plans to hold a smaller powwow this August after canceling Schemitzun, one of the largest inter-tribal gatherings in the U.S. The powwow...

Blog: Sherman Alexie on 'Kindle' book reader (June 9, 2009)

"As noted by Kassia Kroszer and others, Sherman Alexie recently expressed some controversial remarks in relation to the eReader. At a BookExpo panel, Alexie called the Amazon Kindle “elitist”...