Utilities say Leech Lake Band lacks authority on power line (April 29, 2011)

Five utility companies in Minnesota say the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe lacks the authority to regulate a power line on the reservation. The companies say the tribe lacks authority over non-Indian owned land. They say the proposed route for...

Column: Non-Indian man still fighting Ojibwe fishing rights (April 29, 2011)

"Wearing thick rubber gloves, Zach Grunst counted walleyes Thursday morning on the shores of this large lake. The fish had been caught in nets left in the chilled water overnight by Chippewa band members who had traveled from as near...

Native Sun News: Tribes asked to comment on quarry plan (April 29, 2011)

The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman. All content © Native Sun News. Computer modeling of original proposal, looking northwest from Rapid City: Visual impact would be significant, because the new mine on public land would be...

Residents demand closure of plant at Cabazon Reservation (April 29, 2011)

A soil-recycling plant on the Cabazon Reservation in southern California continues to draw angry from nearby residents. Chairman David Roosevelt said the tribe is taking steps to address odors that people attribute to the facility. But neighbors said they continue...

Editorial: Last-ditch attempt to block landfill by sacred site (April 29, 2011)

"A last-ditch attempt to kill the Gregory Canyon landfill in North County is before the Legislature in the form of a poorly crafted bill being carried for moneyed special interests. Senate Bill 833 by Sen. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, would...

San Manuel Band welcomes new business to development (April 29, 2011)

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will welcome a new business to its mixed-used development project. Mi Cocina Mexican will be the first restaurant to open at the San Manuel Village. The project is now at its full tenancy....

Opinion: Analysis of Tohono O'odham Nation trust decision (April 29, 2011)

"The most striking feature of Tuesday’s opinion in United States v. Tohono O’odham Nation (No. 09-846) is the apparent disregard for judicial minimalism in Justice Kennedy’s opinion for the Court. The Court, in an opinion joined by Chief Justice Roberts...

Board moves forward with landfill opposed by Moapa Band (April 29, 2011)

The Southern Nevada Health District is moving forward with a permit to expand a landfill at a power plant next to the reservation of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians. The district's board approved the permit last October. The tribe...

Opinion: Tribes argue for Indian Health Care Improvement (April 29, 2011)

"A year after passage of national health care reform with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Act”), the entire Act, including the many Indian-specific provisions within, is in danger of being taken away. This is why 349...

Tribes from Maine participating in Mother Earth Water Walk (April 29, 2011)

Members of the Abenaki, Penobscot, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy and Micmac tribes in Maine and in Canada will participate in this year's Mother Earth Water Walk. The delegation will walk from Maine to Wisconsin. They will carry water from Picture Rock, a...

Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation to elect new chairman on May 3 (April 29, 2011)

The Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation of North Dakota will elect a new chairman on May 3. Leander Russ McDonald, 48, and Roger Yankton Jr., 64, won the most votes in the primary. Yankton is McDonald's uncle. McDonald, the dean...

Opinion: A new opportunity for Alaska Native corporations (April 29, 2011)

"Now, from the rubble of the Japan earthquake and tsunami, a golden opportunity has offered itself to Alaska or Alaska Native corporations to buy the Japanese fish processing assets in Alaska and take control of the pollock fishery. Don't like...

Hopi man accused of embezzling $40K from tribal business (April 29, 2011)

A member of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona is being accused of stealing from one of the tribe's businesses. Gary Yoyokie was an employee of the Hopi Cultural Center. Federal authorities say he embezzled $40,000 from the business. “This defendant...

Havasupai Tribe earns treatment as state status from EPA (April 29, 2011)

The Havasupai Tribe of Arizona has received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency to develop water quality standards. The tribe won treatment as state status under Section 303 of the Clean Water Act. The law recognizes tribal authority to regulate...

Judge approves $760M settlement for Keepseagle lawsuit (April 29, 2011)

A federal judge gave final approval to the $760 million settlement in the Keepseagle case. Indian farmers and ranchers filed the class action in 1999. They said they denied loans and services at the Department of Agriculture. Following a decade...