UTTC News: Tribal college students set for AIHEC conference (March 31, 2011)
News from the United Tribes Technical College. American Indian students attending the nation’s tribal colleges and universities will converge on Bismarck, Noth Dakota, this month for their annual student conference. The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student Conference is...
Turtle Talk: The 'soft trust' in 10th Circuit's eagle feather case (March 31, 2011)
"The analysis of the Tenth Circuit in United States v. Wilgus is striking. Of note, the court adopts a sort of limiting principle that it hopes meets all of the competing interests, and relies heavily on Morton v. Mancari. On...
Column: The Chumash Tribe and a fix to land-into-trust ruling (March 31, 2011)
"Recently, in litigation concerning the attempts by the Santa Ynez Chumash to take fee lands off of the tax rolls and place them in federal trust, thus evading state and local taxes and controls, the Plaintiffs P.O.L.O. and P.O.S.Y., asked...
South Dakota reservations rank lowest in healthy living study (March 31, 2011)
For the second year in a row, reservations in South Dakota ranked lowest on The County Health Rankings, a study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute The study ranks counties by life...
Law firm seeks money for efforts on Oneida Nation land claim (March 31, 2011)
A law firm in New York says it's entitled to a "substantial" fee for working on the Oneida Nation land claim. Bond, Schoeneck & King filed the lawsuit in 1970. The firm's contract called for it receive 20 percent of...
Rep. Cole questions need for bill to limit Cobell attorney fees (March 31, 2011)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), the only Native American in Congress, doesn't think lawmakers should be interfering with the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit. Cole, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, helped pass the settlement during the...
Echo Hawk 'strongly supports' fix to land-into-trust decision (March 31, 2011)
The Obama administration "strongly supports" a fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk said on Wednesday. Testifying on Capitol Hill, Echo Hawk stressed the importance of placing land into trust for...
Native Sun News: Radiation high on South Dakota reservations (March 31, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman. All content © Native Sun News. RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA — Culminating more than six years of citizen water sampling efforts on March 26, the non-profit environmental watchdog group Defenders...
Witness list for House hearing on Indian energy development (March 31, 2011)
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs holds its second hearing of the 112th Congress tomorrow. The hearing will focus on energy development in Indian Country. The witness list follows: Panel I Scott Russell Secretary, Crow Tribe Executive...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on SBA 8(a) program (March 31, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing next week to discuss the 8(a) program at the Small Business Administration. The program has helped tribal and Alaska Native owned businesses break into the government contracting field. But even though...
Editorial: State can make case for saving the 'Fighting Sioux' (March 31, 2011)
"Will the NCAA also take a hard line in the matter of the Fighting Sioux nickname at UND? It might. But then again, it might not. Maybe North Dakota’s new law enshrining the Fighting Sioux nickname, coupled with the strong...
Richard Gomez: Chumash Tribe works to preserve languages (March 31, 2011)
"Last week in Los Angeles, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians received special recognition at the 34th Annual California Conference on American Indian Education for our work on Assembly Bill 544, the Native American Languages Credentialing bill. We were...
NPR: High intermarriage rates pose tribal membership issues (March 31, 2011)
"Native Americans intermarry at higher rates than any other group in the country, according to U.S. Census data. For the Eastern Shoshone of Wyoming, you have to be at least one-quarter Native American to be a tribal member. That requirement...
Bills introduced to fix Supreme Court land-into-trust decision (March 31, 2011)
Legislation has been introduced in the 112th Congress to fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar. The decision states that the Bureau of Indian Affairs can only place land in trust for tribes that were "under...
Blaze destroys apartment on Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation (March 31, 2011)
The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe Indians in Wisconsin lost an apartment building on the reservation to an early morning fire on Wednesday, WDIO-TV reports. The fire completely destroyed the four-plex apartment building. None of the residents were injured....
Column: Minnesota reaches milestone with dental therapists (March 31, 2011)
"This is a big week for dental care in Minnesota, and maybe nationwide. The country's first class of dental therapists (DTs) and advanced dental therapists (ADTs) -- oral health providers akin to nurse practitioners -- take their boards April 2-3...
Poarch Creeks head to Congress for land-into-trust legislation (March 31, 2011)
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama is asking Congress to place thousands of acres in trust. The tribe doesn't want to go through the Bureau of Indian Affairs because the process takes too long. So the tribe has...
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation looks into Fiesta Bowl contract (March 31, 2011)
The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation of Arizona is investigating a "secret" arrangement that tribal leaders might not even know about. The tribe has an agreement with the Fiesta Bowl to sponsor the Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade. The tribe pays...
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