First Nations protest against development ends with police warning (February 1, 2011)
A First Nations protest against a housing development ended today after police threatened to lay charges. The protest began when two men chained themselves to a tree in the Beaver Pond Forest. Protesters also staged a sit-in at the city...
Veterans Affairs establishes Office of Tribal Government Relations (February 1, 2011)
The Department of Veterans Affairs has created a new Office of Tribal Government Relations. The office will assist American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian veterans. "There is a long, distinguished tradition of military service among tribal peoples,” Secretary of...
Morongo Band woman enjoyed meeting with Obama at White House (February 1, 2011)
Marigold Linton, a member of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians in California, met President Barack Obama last week to collect her Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Linton met Obama in the Oval Office...
Quechan Nation seeking preliminary injunction against solar project (February 1, 2011)
The Quechan Nation is preparing motion for a preliminary injunction in its case against the Interior Department. The tribe says Secretary Ken Salazar failed to consult the tribe about the Imperial Valley Solar Project. They say the development site poses...
Wesleyan University working to comply with NAGPRA after 20 years (February 1, 2011)
Wesleyan University in Connecticut is still working to comply with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, more than 20 years after it became law. The university completed its inventory of ancestors and funerary items in 1995. However, it...
Man from Navajo Nation pleads not guilty to murder charge in Utah (February 1, 2011)
A man from the Navajo Nation has been charged with murdering his cousin. Federal prosecutors say Harris Joe Thinn, 23, stabbed Orlando Thinn, 22, to death on December 11, 2010. The incident occurred on the Utah portion of the reservation....
ProPublica: Alaska Native corporations giving work to outside firms (February 1, 2011)
"When Alutiiq Manufacturing Contractors won a $28 million stimulus contract to replace windows at a federal building in Boston, it wasn't just a win for Alutiiq Natives on Kodiak Island. The company, which can obtain large government contracts without competition...
Letter: Don't celebrate Kansas statehood - a holiday on stolen land (February 1, 2011)
"It’s 2011 and thus it’s the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War and Kansas statehood. In 2011, we have vehicles with stars in bars plates in areas that were Union 150 years ago. So much for history. We have...
Filmmaker puts finishing touches on 'Moonhair' with all Indian cast (February 1, 2011)
Jack "Happy" Feder is putting the finishing touches on Moonhair, a film with an all Indian cast. Moonhair is fiction but is loosely based on Blackfeet legends. Harold Ernest Gray, also known Long Standing Bear Chief, helped with the story...
Communities seek to modify Navajo Nation water rights settlement (February 1, 2011)
Two communities in New Mexico, along with thousands of residents, want to modify the Navajo Nation water rights settlement. President Barack Obama signed the settlement into law in 2009. It resolves the tribe's rights to the San Juan River but...
Echo Hawk decision allows ouster of dozens from San Pasqual Band (February 1, 2011)
Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk has issued a decision in a membership dispute within the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians of California. Echo Hawk ruled that descendants of Marcus Alto Sr. don't have enough San Pasqual blood to qualify...
Ray Cook: A bit of censorship in Tim Giago's rewrite of NAJA history (February 1, 2011)
It now appears Tim Giago is dappling in a bit of censorship himself with his rewriting of the Native American Journalist Association history. As every decent journalist knows, with the possible exception of Giago, the story begins with a...
Woodard: HUD grant aims to boost Pine Ridge Reservation economy (February 1, 2011)
"Oglala Lakota community leader, Nick Tilsen, envisions a vibrant future for his people. He sees elements of that transformation already in place on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. However, they need stitching together, like a quilt whose diverse and colorful...
Authorities holding back details into death of Cowichan teenage girl (February 1, 2011)
An autopsy has confirmed that Tyeshia Jones, who was an 18-year-old member of the Cowichan Tribes of British Columbia, was murdered but authorities aren't releasing details of the crime and a suspect or suspects haven't been identified. Jones went missing...
Investigation continues in deaths of three from Yankton Sioux Tribe (February 1, 2011)
Authorities in North Dakota say they haven't identified a suspect in the murders of three people from the Yankton Sioux Tribe. Jolene Zephier, 38, and two of her children, Dylan Zephier, 13, and Sabrina Zephier, 19, were shot to death...
Chief of Muscogee Nation to veto resolutions affecting tribal courts (February 1, 2011)
Leaders of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma continue to feud over the tribe's court system. The National Council passed resolutions to remove Judge Patrick Moore, Attorney General Marcy Moore and Rod Wiemer, a special prosecutor, from their positions. Chief A.D....
KUOW: Tulalip woman and son upset with prosecution in tribal court (February 1, 2011)
"In 2008, a Tulalip man named Michael Bradley was arrested. He was charged in federal court with raping his 7–year–old great–niece multiple times. Jay Stansell was the federal public defender appointed to represent Michael. Michael faced a mandatory minimum sentence...
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