Lance Morgan: Commodity cheese and world diplomacy (April 26, 2011)
Lance Morgan, a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, is the chief executive officer of Ho-Chunk, Inc., the tribe's economic development corporation. Ho-Chunk Inc owns Indianz.Com and AllNative.Com. My brother, Maunka Morgan, teaches Native American Studies classes at the...
Column: A conversation with Indian activist Dennis Banks (April 26, 2011)
"There’s a man named Dennis Banks walking across the country right now, to raise awareness for diabetes. He has crossed the United States seven times in the course of his life. This same man helped found the American Indian...
Time: Nationwide campaign to raise awareness of treaties (April 26, 2011)
"The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home of the Lakota Sioux, is ground zero for Native American Issues. Best known to most Americans as the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, where some 300 men, women...
US Attorney: Combating sexual assault in Indian Country (April 26, 2011)
"As South Dakota’s United States Attorney, each week I review new cases of sexual assault from across our state. The reported crimes that cross my desk include rape, incest, child sexual abuse, and human trafficking. The number of these cases...
AP: Vermont governor didn't say he was Native American (April 26, 2011)
Oops, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) never said he was Native American, the Associated Press said in a correction. On Friday, Shumlin signed into law a bill to recognize the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation and the Elnu...
Joe Jackson, Gila River man, killed serving in Afghanistan (April 26, 2011)
Joe M. Jackson, a member of the Gila River Indian Community, was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday. He was 22. Jackson joined the U.S. Marine Corps two years ago. He had only been deployed in Afghanistan since March. "That...
Colorlines: 'Smiling Indians' is a highly moving meditation (April 26, 2011)
"Plenty of people are familiar with Edward S. Curtis’ celebrated photos of Native American tribes. The photos, taken in the early 1900’s and depicting people from 80 different tribes, and have become iconic, appearing on everything from postcards to...
Suzan Shown Harjo to receive honorary degree from IAIA (April 26, 2011)
Activist Suzan Shown Harjo will receive an honorary doctorate from the Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico. Harjo, who his Muscogee and Cheyenne, is being recognized for a lifetime of advocacy in Indian Country. She has worked on...
DOI report warns of low flows in three major river basins (April 26, 2011)
Climate change in the next few decades would lead to significant decreases in water flows in river basins that tribes depend on, according to a new Interior Department report. Assuming an increase in temperatures, flows in the Colorado, Rio Grande...
Chickasaw Nation holds ribbon-cutting for new firehouse (April 26, 2011)
The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new firehouse. The 6,000-square-foot facility will house the tribe's fire department and its search and rescue team. It will also be used by the Bureau of Indian Affairs for...
Blog: Treaty with Kaskaskia Tribe didn't pay for ministers (April 26, 2011)
"Recently, I have been writing about the First Amendment. In the process, I have been reading much about the religious views of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Madison, all firm defenders of freedom of conscience. Jefferson is particularly interesting...
BLM planning to transfer site to Alaska Native corporation (April 26, 2011)
The Bureau of Land Management is planning to transfer 11 acres to Sealaska Corporation, an Alaska Native regional corporation. Sealaska requested the land in 1975 under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The area is traditional fishing grounds for the...
Tohono O'odham Nation loses trust suit in Supreme Court (April 26, 2011)
The U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling today in US v. Tohono O'odham Nation, a trust case. By a 7-1 vote, the justices ruled that the Tohono O'odham Nation cannot pursue a historical accounting in federal district court at the...
Doug George-Kanentiio: Planet in midst of climatic revolt (April 26, 2011)
A casual reading of the April 16 edition of the New York Times exposes the myth of climate change as brought about by human beings. It is not climate change, it is an outright climatic mutation with permanent effects on...
Roseau River First Nation evacuates most due to flooding (April 26, 2011)
The Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation in Manitoba has evacuated most of its residents due to massive flooding in the province. Nearly all of the 800 people on the reserve left over the weekend. Only 137 people remained as of...
Banks identified for settlement funds in Keepseagle case (April 26, 2011)
The plaintiffs in the Keepseagle case have identified five banks -- including one owned by the Chickasaw Nation -- to hold and invest settlement funds. The plaintiffs said four banks will each hold about $150 million. The tribe's Bank2 will...
Editorial: Navajo Nation needs better broadband services (April 26, 2011)
"The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and Commnet Wireless LLC soon will begin upgrading wireless telephone services on the Navajo Nation. That's good news considering that most residents on the reservation do not have mobile phones, and far fewer households are...
Police officer fired for beating of man from Navajo Nation (April 26, 2011)
A sheriff's deputy in New Mexico has been fired in connection with the beating of a man from the Navajo Nation. Dale Frazier was fired by San Juan County for violating the sheriff department's policy on use of force....
Clean Energy: Tribes talk potential for solar development (April 26, 2011)
"While there are Indian reservations scattered throughout the country, the Southwest is home to many. That simple fact makes solar and other renewable energy development discussions extremely relevant to native peoples. The best areas in the country for solar development...
Editorial: Cherokee Nation car tag funds good for schools (April 26, 2011)
"The Cherokee Nation distributed more than $272,000 to public schools in Muskogee County at the tribe’s annual education summit recently. The funding comes from a tribally legislated act that generates funding for public schools using tribal tax dollars. Cherokee Nation...
Crow Tribe starts up public transit system on reservation (April 26, 2011)
The Crow Tribe of Montana has started a public transportation system. Crow Nation Transit is starting off with two mini-buses, a conversion van and three routes. Plans call for more buses and more routes. "It will take about another two...
NPR: Quileute Tribe seeks approval to move to safer land (April 26, 2011)
"An Indian tribe in Washington state wants to move its village to higher ground, citing concerns over a possible tsunami from earthquakes around the Pacific Ocean. But it takes an act of Congress to expand a reservation. So the Quileute...
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