Two candidates seeking chairman's position for Oneida Nation (July 14, 2011)
Members of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will go to the polls to choose a new chairman on Saturday. Two council members, Ed Delgado and Ron "Tehassi" Hill, are seeking the position. Outgoing chairman Rick Hill did not seek re-election....
Judge awards small fee to law firm for Oneida Nation land claim (July 14, 2011)
A law firm that worked on the Oneida Nation land claim was awarded $5,174, a fraction of the amount it was seeking. Judge Lawrence Kahn said Bond, Schoeneck & King was entitled to about 10 percent of the final judgement...
Audio: Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on Native women (July 14, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a business meeting and oversight hearing today. The business meeting was not broadcast online. The committee took up the nominations of Cynthia Chavez Lamar, Barbara Jean Ells and Debra Downing Goodman to serve on...
Opinion: Yellowstone bison pay the price for poor management (July 14, 2011)
"The collective guilt of mindless cruelty on our wild Yellowstone buffalo by Yellowstone National Park, the Montana Department of Livestock and Montana Department of Fish Wildlife & Parks is beyond all human reasoning. A recent newspaper photograph clearly shows state...
Interior Department begins consultation for land consolidation (July 14, 2011)
The Interior Department will hold the first consultation meeting for the land consolidation portion of the Indian trust fund settlement in Billings, Montana, tomorrow. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Deputy Secretary David Hayes are attending the session. They will hear...
Chairman of Crow Tribe refutes allegations of mismanagement (July 14, 2011)
Leaders of the Crow Tribe of Montana are in a dispute over management of tribal funds. The Crow Legislature passed a resolution 14-0 that calls on the U.S. Attorney in Montana to investigate the executive branch's use of the tribe's...
Census figures put Blackfeet Nation as largest tribe in Montana (July 14, 2011)
The Blackfeet Nation is the largest tribe in Montana, according to the 2010 Census. According to the data, 11,210 people identified themselves as Blackfeet. Next in line were the 7,949 who said they are Crow. Another 6,232 people said they...
Census 2010 shows Navajo Nation still largest tribe in Arizona (July 14, 2011)
The Navajo Nation is still the largest tribe by far in Arizona, according to the 2010 Census. There were 131,445 people who identified themselves as Navajo. That's far more than the nearly 25,000 who said they are Apache. About 19,500...
Column: Feast for beatified Kateri Tekakwitha, Mohawk woman (July 14, 2011)
"July 14 is the feast day of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be to be beatified. She was the only survivor from her family of origin when small pox infected her village. That's how it was in...
Winnemem Wintu Tribe cites fears for canceling girls ceremony (July 14, 2011)
The Winnemem Wintu Tribe of California has canceled its upcoming Coming of Age ceremony. The tribe holds the four-day ceremony on the McCloud River in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. But recreational boaters have continually disrupted the event, which marks a...
Native Sun News: Rosebud Sioux member works below surface (July 14, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman. All content © Native Sun News. LEAD, SOUTH DAKOTA — On Saturday, July 9, Rosebud Sioux tribal member Connie Giroux donned a miner’s hardhat and lamp, safety glasses, battery belt,...
House committee backs land swap opposed by Arizona tribes (July 14, 2011)
The House Natural Resources Committee voted 26-19 in favor of H.R.1904, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act. The bill authorizes a land swap between the federal government and Resolution Copper. The company plans to use the land for...
House committee supports Alaska Native corporation land bill (July 14, 2011)
The House Natural Resources Committee voted 34-10 in favor of H.R.1408, the Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act. Sealaska, an Alaska Native regional corporation, is entitled to land under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of...
Clarence Jackson: Fulfill promise to Alaska Native corporation (July 14, 2011)
"I remember 1971, when the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was before Congress and there was a genuine concern in the country about wanting to improve conditions for Alaska Natives. Forty years have passed since ANCSA became law, and Sealaska...
New York taking enforcement actions for tribal tobacco sales (July 14, 2011)
The state of New York is taking action to stop the sale of tax-free cigarettes in Indian Country, The Buffalo News reports. Since June 21, the state has seized tobacco worth more than $1.5 million from tribal retailers, the paper...
New Mexico targets tobacco sales by Indian Affairs secretary (July 14, 2011)
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King plans to take action against a store owned by Arthur Allison, a member of the Navajo Nation who serves as Secretary of Indian Affairs for the state, the Associated Press reports. King has accused...
Harold Monteau: Tribes not always following Indian preference (July 14, 2011)
"The Tribal Human Resource Department (HR) of a Theoretical Tribe advertises in nation-wide media and on its website that the position of Chief Judge is open and solicits application from qualified candidates. The position announcement also states that the position...
Editorial: Democracy tested with Mississippi Choctaw election (July 14, 2011)
"The Choctaw Tribal Council's decision last week to throw out certified election results is a test for their young democracy, open government and the rule of law on the Reservation. While reluctant to speak for the Choctaw people out of...
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