Appropriations bill allows use of BIA funds for charter schools (August 2, 2011)
A provision in H.R.2584, the Interior appropriations bill, allows tribes to use Bureau of Indian Affairs funds to start charter schools. Current law bars charter schools at Bureau of Indian Education institutions. But the House adopted an amendment offered by...
DOJ opens investigation of $100M Tuscarora Nation settlement (August 2, 2011)
The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into a $100 million settlement received by the Tuscarora Nation, according to The Niagara Falls Reporter. The tribe accepted the settlement from the New York Power Authority in 2008. It provides $2...
UA News: Researchers reconstruct traditional tribal bison hunts (August 2, 2011)
"UA researchers are looking for, among other things, how fire changed the landscape of the Northern Great Plains as ancient hunters went after big game. Researchers from the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona are investigating the complex...
Two elderly men wanted for homicide on First Nation in Alberta (August 2, 2011)
Two elderly men are wanted in connection with a homicide on the Cold Lake First Nation in Alberta. Canada wide warrants have been issued for Wayne Matchatis, 54, and Kenneth Matchatis, 59. They fled the reserve and are believed...
Alaska Native man gets another shot at lawsuit over allotment (August 2, 2011)
An Alaska Native man who waited over 30 years for his allotment was given another chance to pursue some of his claims against the federal government by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday. William Carlo Jachetta applied for...
Number of Native children in care at an all-time high in Canada (August 2, 2011)
The number of Native children in care in Canada has surpassed the number during the height of the residential school system, according to a First Nations leader hired by the Ontario government. John Beaucage, the province's first Aboriginal Advisor to...
Letter: Coal mining signals the end of Chickaloon Tribe's culture (August 2, 2011)
"I used to love to drive past our Ya Ne Dah Ah School and the big lawn where so many children have played over the last 60 years. We moved to that area in 1950 and our home was always...
Navajo attorney seeks Democratic nod for Congressional seat (August 2, 2011)
Wenona Benally Baldenegro, a member of the Navajo Nation, is seeking the Democratic nomination for Arizona's 1st Congressional district. Baldenegro is an attorney who lives in Flagstaff. She's hoping to be the first American Indian woman in Congress. “This Congress...
Seneca Nation asks Obama to intervene in state highway fight (August 2, 2011)
The Seneca Nation is asking President Barack Obama for help in dealing with the New York State Thruway Authority. A three-mile portion of the highway passes through of the reservation. But the tribe says the state has refused to come...
IHS owes up to $14M for contract health care in North Dakota (August 2, 2011)
The Indian Health Service owes as much as $14 million to hospitals in North Dakota for contract health services, The Aberdeen News reports. The IHS refers patients to hospitals when it can't provide care at its facilities. But the funding...
Alaska Native corporation shutting down rural newspaper group (August 2, 2011)
Calista, an Alaska Native regional corporation, is shutting down its rural newspaper group. The corporation said Alaska Newspapers Inc wasn't profitable. The last issues of six newspapers that serve Native villages, along with a monthly magazine, will be published this...
Opinion: Annual symposium carries on legacy of Vine Deloria Jr. (August 2, 2011)
"For nearly forty years Vine Deloria, Jr. stood as perhaps the most recognized and respected figure in Indian Country. As a college professor—mostly at the University of Arizona and the University of Colorado—and through nearly 25 books, 200 published articles,...
Suquamish Tribe approves resolution for same-sex marriages (August 2, 2011)
The Suquamish Tribe of Washington has legalized same-sex marriage. The tribe adopted a resolution that the general council approved in March. After a public hearing in June, the law was made official on Monday. "Really it was the Suquamish people...
Pacific Northwest tribes eager to save lamprey from extinction (August 2, 2011)
Tribes in the Pacific Northwest are working to save the lamprey, a prehistoric fish, from extinction. Tribes in Oregon, Washington and Idaho have long depended on the fish for food. But experts estimate only about 20,000 still cross through the...
Allottee group urges Navajo landowners to file claims for Cobell (August 2, 2011)
Upwards of 50,000 members of the Navajo Nation could qualify for a share of $3.4 billion settlement for the Cobell trust fund lawsuit, the leader of an allottees group said. Ervin Chavez, the president of Shi Shi Kéyah, is urging...
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