Rep. Rahall to host tribal leaders roundtable in DC on March 2 (February 18, 2011)
Rep. Nick Rahall (D-West Virginia) is hosting a Native American Transportation, Infrastructure and Economic Development Roundtable in Washington, D.C., on March 2. Rahall is the top Democrat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He wants to hear from...
Chickasaw Nation hosts groundbreaking for new health center (February 18, 2011)
The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma broke ground on a new health facility on Thursday. The 66,000 square-foot clinic will sit next to another one in Ardmore. It will be more than six times as large as the existing one. "This...
Editorial: Decertify officer who fatally shot Native woodcarver (February 18, 2011)
"The disturbing findings of the Seattle Police Department's Firearms Review Board investigation into the fatal shooting of John T. Williams must be used to ensure Officer Ian Birk will never again serve in law enforcement in Washington. Forward the findings...
Republicans press Obama to pull Arvo Mikkanen's nomination (February 18, 2011)
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) and Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) are calling on President Barack Obama to withdrawn the nomination of Arvo Mikkanen to be a federal judge. Coburn and Inhofe say Mikkanen, a member of the Kiowa Tribe, isn't qualified...
Court boosts Native woman's punishment for drunken driving (February 18, 2011)
A Native woman who pleaded guilty to charges of impaired driving causing and driving without a license deserves a harsher punishment for her crime, the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday. Kayla Ann Stimson, a member of the Siksika...
Native Sun News: Tribes urged to support bill for pipeline spills (February 18, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman. All content © Native Sun News. PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA — Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Dianne Desrosiers is urging tribes to support a South Dakota state bill making crude-oil...
Film Review: Christopher Columbus revisited in Even the Rain (February 18, 2011)
"Icíar Bollaín’s bluntly political film “Even the Rain” makes pertinent, if heavy-handed, comparisons between European imperialism five centuries ago and modern globalization. In particular it portrays high-end filming on location in poor countries as an offshoot of colonial exploitation....
Glenn Morris: President Obama 'lying' about indigenous rights (February 18, 2011)
"Much fanfare has been made of Barack Obama’s December 16, 2010, announcement at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. Obama stated that the United States was finally “lending its support” to the United Nations Declaration on the...
Idaho tribal policing bill fails by one vote after lengthy debate (February 18, 2011)
A controversial bill to allow tribes to enforce state law failed in the Idaho House by one vote on Thursday. HB 111 survived a nine-hour committee debate last week. But during three hours of debate on the floor, opponents raised...
Creek Nation quizzes students at 11th annual Challenge Bowl (February 18, 2011)
The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma is testing its youth on their tribal knowledge at the 11th annual Challenge Bowl. Students are quizzed on tribal history, culture and current events. A new round requires participants to answer questions in the Creek...
State park to reopen in March thanks to funds from Hopi Tribe (February 18, 2011)
The Homolovi Ruins State Park in Arizona will reopen March 18 thanks to funds from the Hopi Tribe. The state closed the park last February due to lack of funds. The tribe came through with $175,000 to reopen the facility...
Lawsuit accuses Morongo Band of blocking access to property (February 18, 2011)
A developer is accusing the Morongo Band of Mission Indians of blocking access to his property in Banning, California. Lloyd Fields wants to develop homes on his 41-acre site. He says the tribe has erected a gate on the only...
Court rules Laguna Pueblo immune to lawsuit in property case (February 18, 2011)
Laguna Pueblo can't be sued in state court to determine ownership of a disputed property, the New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled. The tribe purchased 8,300 acres near Mount Taylor. The land is not in trust and is located outside...
Yakama cigarette firm raided after filing lawsuit against state (February 18, 2011)
A tobacco company owned by a member of the Yakama Nation was raided by federal authorities on Wednesday, a day after it filed a lawsuit against the state of Washington. King Mountain Tobacco Co. confirmed the raid by the FBI...
President of Rosebud Sioux Tribe disputes allegations in recall (February 18, 2011)
The leader of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is fighting an attempt to oust him from office. A petition filed earlier this month accuses President Rodney Bordeaux of mismanaging tribal funds and of violating the tribal constitution. He...
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