Turtle Talk: Preliminary thoughts for Jicarilla Apache case (April 20, 2011)
"Today, the Court heard arguments in United States v. Jicarilla Apache Nation (transcript here). Pratik Shah (6 prior arguments before the Court) argued for the government, and Steven Gordon (1 prior oral argument) argued for the Nation. Justice Sotomayor throughout...
National Arts Centre sets all Native production of King Lear (April 20, 2011)
The National Arts Centre will stage an all-Native production of King Lear this season. The play is set in Canada during the Iroquois - Huron Wars, according to CBC News. August Schellenberg will play King Lear. The NAC is located...
Death of three-year-old Puyallup boy treated as homicide (April 20, 2011)
Authorities are treating the death of a three-year-old member of the Puyallup Tribe of Washington as a homicide. Zebidiah Izaya Ronald Pluff died on April 13. The autopsy listed the cause of death as "homicidal violence" but authorities aren't...
Navajo Nation man to be sentenced for assault on his wife (April 20, 2011)
A Navajo Nation pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit murder. Michael Harrison, 29, admitted that he slashed the throat of his common-law wife, Cherlyncia Yazzie. She suffered serious injuries, including a “a deep laceration that went through her...
Native woman sentenced to 12 years for daughter's death (April 20, 2011)
A Native woman who pleaded guilty for the death of her two-year-old daughter was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Nicole Redhead, 29, admitted that she suffocated Jaylene Sanderson-Redhead. in June 2009. The incident took place at a Native women's...
Haskell student dies after collapse during basketball game (April 20, 2011)
Justin McGee, a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, died suddenly on Friday after collapsing during a basketball game at Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas. McGee was a student at Haskell. He would have turned 21 on Tuesday....
Stew Magnuson: The 1973 disappearance of Ray Robinson (April 20, 2011)
The following opinion by Stew Magnuson appeared in this week's issue of the Native Sun News. All content © Native Sun News. Now that we know who pulled the trigger that killed Anna Mae Aquash, it’s time to turn our...
Comanche man almost finished with walk on Trail of Tears (April 20, 2011)
Ron Cooper, a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, is almost finished walking the Trail of Tears. Cooper started on January 17 in Charleston, Tennessee .Since then, he's walked through Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri, learning about the...
Column: The site in New Mexico that changed archaeology (April 20, 2011)
"In September 1908, according to a 1974 article in The American West magazine, George McJunkin was riding along the arroyo when he "noticed some white objects that had been exposed." "(He) climbed down ... and, using a pair of a...
New Hopi political group makes plans to remove chairman (April 20, 2011)
A new group called the Hopi Silent Majority plans to remove the chairman of the Hopi Tribe. The group says Chairman Leroy Shingoitewa has violated the Hopi constitution. Members say Shingoitewa has misinterpreted a tribal court opinion regarding the makeup...
Sen. Murkowski opposes bill to change Native contracting (April 20, 2011)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is opposing S.236, a bill that would limit government contracting for Alaska Native corporations. Murkowski doesn't believe there's enough support to pass the bill. She said Congress should wait for the results of new Small Business...
Stephanie Woodard: Abuses at schools for Indian children (April 20, 2011)
"The letters are casual, even chatty, from officials of St. Francis Mission, on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, in South Dakota, to Catholic Church superiors. The mission ran one of many boarding schools to which Native American parents were required to...
Turtle Talk Poll: Why no decision in Tohono O'odham case? (April 20, 2011)
Turtle Talk is asking readers why they think the U.S. Supreme Court hasn't issued a ruling in US v. Tohono O'odham Nation, a trust case. The case is one of the oldest on the docket. Oral arguments were held on...
State claims Yakama Nation owes $11M in unpaid fuel tax (April 20, 2011)
The state of Washington claims the Yakama Nation owes more than $11 million in unpaid fuel taxes. Under a 1994 agreement, the tribe pays the state's tax on about 25 percent of fuel sold at their stations. But the Department...
Column: Recalling some history of Indian captives in Texas (April 20, 2011)
"In looking for material about vigilante leader Henry Scott, I read that as a boy he was captured by Lipan-Apache raiders and taken deep into Mexico. He escaped to make his way home to Texas. About that time, I watched...
New West: Water woes at Northern Cheyenne Reservation (April 20, 2011)
"Since moving to her home more than 20 years ago, Laveta Killsnight has never drunk her tap water. “My water’s plum orange,” she says. Killsnight, a diabetes technician with long, graying hair and a wide grin, lives in Muddy Cluster,...
Lawyer looking for beneficiaries who object to Cobell deal (April 20, 2011)
An attorney in California wants to represent Indian beneficiaries who object to the $3.4 billion settlement in the Indian trust fund lawsuit. Darrell Palmer says the Cobell legal team is requesting $223 million in fees -- "one of the largest...
Auburn Tribe joins efforts to keep NBA team in Sacramento (April 20, 2011)
The United Auburn Indian Community of California is trying to keep the Kings basketball team in Sacramento. The tribe agreed to pledge $1 million for the effort. That's in addition to the $7 million that Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has...
Tribe in Paraguay to hold democratic election for first time (April 20, 2011)
A small tribe in Paraguay will hold a democratic election for the first time. The leader of the Maka Tribe normally passes on his leadership to a male heir. Chief Andres Chemhei has three daughters, but no son, so the...
Editorial: Congress must help Quileute Tribe with land bill (April 20, 2011)
"The Quileute Tribal School in La Push is probably unrivaled for its scenic setting, looking out on crashing surf, islands and the kind of picturesque sea stacks that make photographers swoon. But when the Cascadia subduction zone 80 miles offshore...
Supreme Court takes up Jicarilla Apache Nation trust case (April 20, 2011)
UPDATE: Oral Argument Transcript The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in US v. Jicarilla Apache Nation, a fiduciary trust case, this morning. The Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico sued the federal government for breach of trust. During...
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