Maine creates Tribal Truth and Reconciliation Commission (May 25, 2011)
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) signed a declaration of intent to create the State Tribal Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The 18-member commission will travel around the state to document the experience of Indian children in the child welfare system. The...
Mary Pember: Traditional healers to be part of NIH exhibit (May 25, 2011)
"The National Library of Medicine plans an exhibit of Native American healing practices this fall. In preparation, its physician-director met and questioned nine renowned Indian medicine men in Bismark, ND, a rare encounter. “We have to take this pain from...
Peter d'Errico: UN forum looks at the doctrine of discovery (May 25, 2011)
"Michael Anderson is leader of the Euahlayi People, a 3,000 strong Aboriginal Nation and convener of the New Way Sovereignty Summit on the status and place of Aboriginal peoples in contemporary Australia and beyond. In a statement released after this...
Dorgan announces Center for Native American Youth board (May 25, 2011)
Former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) announced the board of advisors for the Center for Native American Youth. Dorgan started the center at the Aspen Institute. It will focus on the health, safety and well-being of American Indian and Alaska...
Tribal leaders worried about future of Navajo Nation plant (May 25, 2011)
Leaders of three tribes said they would lose jobs, revenue and water rights if the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona were to close. Salt River Project operates the coal-fired power plant on the reservation. The facility generates about $140 million...
EPA spending $6M to clean up Navajo Nation uranium site (May 25, 2011)
The Environmental Protection Agency is spending $6 million on an "emergency" cleanup of uranium at a site on the Navajo Nation. The EPA found 80 hotspots at the three-acre site in Utah where Elsie Mae Begay, 72, and her family...
Spirit Lake mother confirms identities of two slain children (May 25, 2011)
A woman from the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation in North Dakota confirmed that two of her children were killed in a home on the reservation. Mena Shaw, 40, told KVLY-TV that her nine-year-old daughter and six-year-old son were killed. She...
A First Nations police officer has been charged for assaulting a teen girl in Manitoba. The 39-year-old officer works for the Dakota Ojibway Police Service. He has been charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, forcible confinement, assault causing bodily harm,...
Native Sun News: IHS criticized for service in South Dakota (May 25, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Ernestine Chasing Hawk. All content © Native Sun News. Lori King speaks about Indian Health Service in Rapid City, South Dakota. RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA — Rapid City Indian Health Service was...
Navajo Nation man pleads guilty for sexual assault charge (May 25, 2011)
A man from the Navajo Nation pleaded guilty to a sexual assault charge. Amos Joe, 61 admitted to a count of aggravated sexual assault. He said he assaulted a 60-year-old woman who was hitchhiking near his home on the New...
Parts of Cherokee Nation report damages from tornadoes (May 25, 2011)
The Cherokee Nation is helping its members who suffered property damage from a series of tornadoes in northeastern Oklahoma. At least three tornadoes touched down in Delaware and Adair counties on May 22. Tribal members reported damage to their homes...
Conditions on Crow Reservation treacherous after flooding (May 25, 2011)
Some members of the Crow Tribe of Montana have been without electricity and water for over 24 hours due to major flooding on the reservation. There's currently no access to Lodge Grass, a community of about 500 people. More than...
Blackfeet Nation declares emergency due to rising waters (May 25, 2011)
The Blackfeet Nation of Montana has issued a flood emergency due to rising water levels on the reservation. Part of the Powwow Campground in Browning is already under water. Some residents have seen water levels approaching their homes and some...
Menominee Nation launches Let's Move! in Indian Country (May 25, 2011)
The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin will launch the Let's Move! in Indian Country campaign today. The tribe is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative to combat youth obesity. The reservation has consistently ranked last in the state...
BIA approves United Keetoowah Band land-into-trust bid (May 25, 2011)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved a land-into-trust application for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma. The tribe submitted its application for 76 acres in June 2004. During the Bush administration, the BIA ruled against the...
Grand Traverse Band cuts budget amid national recession (May 25, 2011)
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan has weathered the economic recession but the tribe has cut its budget to save costs. In 2005, the budget was $51 million. Last year it was down to $40...
Ho-Chunk Nation sees more opposition on land-into-trust (May 25, 2011)
The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin is seeing more opposition to its land-into-trust application. The tribe asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs to place around 600 acres in trust. The board in Sauk County voted to oppose the request last week...
Ex-police officer for White Mountain Apache Tribe indicted (May 25, 2011)
Glenn Cromwell, a former police officer for the White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona, has been indicted for civil rights violations. According to federal prosecutors, Cromwell took 29-year-old Anthony Archuela to a remote area of the reservation and abandoned him...
Opinion: Observe Aboriginal History Month with film series (May 25, 2011)
"This June, for the first time, Canadians will mark Aboriginal History Month. It's an opportunity for us all to honour the heritage, cultures, and historic contributions of Aboriginal peoples to the development of Canada. We'll be celebrating those contributions and...
Chairman of Chippewa Cree Tribe pleads guilty to stealing (May 25, 2011)
Raymond "Jake" Parker Jr., the chairman of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana, pleaded guilty to theft for unauthorized credit card use. Parker, 56, admitted that he used a tribal credit card for unauthorized purchases. Prosecutors said he charged $58,938...
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