Indian students earn eagle feather and blanket at ceremony (June 2, 2011)
Indian students from the Salem-Keizer School District in Oregon received an eagle feather and a Pendleton stole at a special graduation ceremony. About two dozen students participated. They represented the Siletz, Nez Perce, Sioux, Choctaw, Inuit and other tribes. Organizer...
Editorial: EPA faces huge decision on Pebble Mine in Alaska (June 2, 2011)
"Dennis McLerran, regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, said, "this is going be a huge decision for the agency." Amen. In Alaska this week for an intensive look at and study of the Bristol Bay watershed, McLerran said the...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee plans hearing on NAGPRA (June 2, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act on Thursday, June 16. NAGPRA became law in 1990. It requires federal agencies and institutions that receive federal funds to repatriate...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to take up UN declaration (June 2, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing next Thursday, June 9, to discuss the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The United States was one of four nations that voted against the declaration in November...
"So you thought the Ward Churchill case had been resolved? What are you, an optimist? No, the wheels of American justice grind s-l-o-w-l-y, and now yet another court — the Colorado Supreme Court, in fact — is poised to take...
Native Sun News: Ride honors modern-day Lakota warriors (June 2, 2011)
CRAZY HORSE, SOUTH DAKOTA — They braved many hardships, such as rain, wind and cold, but were determined to complete their mission. Their mission was to ride horseback, each carrying the flag of a Lakota Veteran, through the rugged...
Fort Peck Tribes asks about 40 families to evacuate homes (June 2, 2011)
The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Montana asked about 40 families to evacuate their homes due to a flooding threat. Most of the homes are located in low-lying areas of the Missouri and Milk rivers. The area is...
UA News: Institute provides training for Navajo interpreters (June 2, 2011)
"A group of 33 students were competively selected to earn free certification from the UA’s Navajo Interpreter Training Institute to gain eligibility to serve as interpreters in New Mexico and Arizona state courts. Many of the 33 students enrolled in...
Evacuees from Crow Tribe to relocate to reservation facility (June 2, 2011)
Members of the Crow Tribe of Montana who evacuated to Billings to escape flooding will be relocated to the reservation tomorrow. The tribe will use the Multipurpose Center in Crow Agency to house people whose homes and property were destroyed....
Kevin Abourezk: Therapist to speak about historical trauma (June 2, 2011)
"A Yankton Sioux behavioral therapist will talk in Lincoln Friday about trauma experienced by Native people. Faith Spotted Eagle will speak from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Region V Systems, 1645 N St. Her presentation is targeted toward those...
Police treating death of 13-year-old Native boy as homicide (June 2, 2011)
Authorities in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, are investigating the death of a 13-year-old Native boy whose body was found burned inside a car. Wayne Ballantyne was found on May 21. His nephew thinks he was killed by gang members. "I heard...
Hundreds evacuated at Hatchet Lake First Nation due to fire (June 2, 2011)
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from the Hatchet Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan due to major forest fire in the area. The Canadian government airlifted people from the reserve and surrounding areas. Some were taken as far away...
The two top leaders of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan are facing yet another recall. Chairman Ken Harrington and Vice Chairman Dexter McNamara were the target of a recall last year. Harrington survived the May...
Tribes seek a compromise as protest at burial site continues (June 2, 2011)
Two tribes are seeking to resolve a dispute at the Glen Clove burial site in northern California. The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and the Cortina Band of Wintun Indians are seeking an easement at Glen Cove. They say it will...
Judge extends temporary order over New York's tobacco tax (June 2, 2011)
A judge in New York extended a temporary order that bars the state from imposing its tobacco tax in Indian Country. The state imposes the tax on wholesalers. Those who do business with tribes must pay the tax up front...
Column: Exploring cannibalism among the Karankawa Tribe (June 2, 2011)
"The Karankawa Native Americans, extinct since about 1860, were a nomadic tribal group in bands of 30 to 100 that fished and hunted the Texas Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi to Galveston, and inland up to 100 miles. A local...
EPA takes action against another business on Cabazon land (June 2, 2011)
The Environmental Protection Agency is going after yet another business operating on the Cabazon Reservation in southern California. The EPA ordered Consolidated Tire Recyclers to stop accepting scrapped tires and to clean up tire piles. The move came after a...
Two council members for Cayuga Nation forced to step down (June 2, 2011)
Two council members for the Cayuga Nation of New York were forced to resign amid complaints about how the tribe's affairs are being handled. Tribal members accused Tim Twoguns and Gary Wheeler of making decisions on their own. They said...
Lumbee Tribe holds inauguration ceremony for interim chair (June 2, 2011)
The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will hold an inauguration ceremony for Sharon Hunt, the interim chair. Hunt took over after the resignation of Purnell Swett on May 23. She is the first woman to serve as chair of the...
DOJ submits brief for Osage Reservation diminishment case (June 2, 2011)
The Department of Justice is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear Osage Nation v. Irby, a reservation diminishment case. Congress created a reservation for the Osage Nation of Oklahoma in 1872. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled...
DOI to announce consultation process on land consolidation (June 2, 2011)
The Interior Department will be announcing the consultation process for the land consolidation portion of the Indian trust fund settlement. Judge Thomas F. Hogan gave approval for the government to communicate with Indian beneficiaries. A notice will be published soon...
Editorial: Sac and Fox Nation changes the game on highway (June 2, 2011)
"A year ago, when the Sac and Fox Nation first opposed a new Interstate 40 interchange, Ridley, head of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, said the tribe's concerns “certainly may be a game changer.” That was because ODOT had hoped...
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