Richard Ackley: The gifts of the Sokaogon Chippewa rice harvest (August 24, 2011)
It is early September as I steady our small canoe (jiiman), keeping my left foot in and my right foot out, while my cousin climbs aboard. It is time to harvest the wild rice. We are on the banks of...
Crow Reservation woman charged for homicide of 3-year-old boy (August 24, 2011)
A woman from the Crow Reservation in Montana has been charged in connection with the death of a 3-year-old boy. Lavonna Bird, 50, was charged with negligent homicide. She is accused of leaving Jaren Wayne Blacksmith, her foster child, locked...
Wildfire burns over 16K acres on Northern Cheyenne Reservation (August 24, 2011)
A wildfire quickly grew from 5,000 acres to 16,300 acres on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. The Waterhole Fire ignited on Tuesday. Fueled by dry, hot weather and winds, it more than doubled in size overnight. "It will continue...
Assistance sought in solving death of 19-year-old Native woman (August 24, 2011)
Authorities in Manitoba are asking the public for help in a solving the death of a 19-year-old Native woman. Tiffany Maureen Skye was last seen in downtown Winnipeg on the afternoon or evening of August 8. Her body was recovered...
DOI reaches settlement with EPA for conditions at Indian schools (August 24, 2011)
The Interior Department agreed to a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency to address poor conditions at Indian schools. EPA lodged "several hundred" violations of waste, water, air, toxics and community right-to-know laws at 72 schools and 27 water systems...
Native Sun News: Pawn shops in Rapid City accused of prejudice (August 24, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy. All content © Native Sun News. RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA –– The Native American community generates a substantial amount of revenue for the city’s strategically located pawn shops. Yet the...
Taos Pueblo leader shoots cow that wandered onto reservation (August 24, 2011)
A leader for Taos Pueblo in New Mexico said he shot and killed a "problem cow" that wandered onto the reservation. The cow belonged to Burton Enterprises, a non-Indian ranching company. It was grazing on private land before it entered...
Editorial: Navajo teen rightly recognized for life-saving actions (August 24, 2011)
"Thirteen months ago, Ashley Nez made a decision that changed her life. It also saved her mother's. Ashley, 16, used a baseball bat in July 2010 to ward off a man who attacked her mother. That man had a gun,...
New chairman takes over Little Traverse Bay Bands after recall (August 24, 2011)
Dexter McNamara has taken over as chairman of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan. McNamara was serving as vice chair. But since tribal members recalled chairman Ken Harrington, McNamara was elevated to the top post. "I'm...
The Dominion: Elders meet for 5th annual Keepers of the Water (August 24, 2011)
"Words flowed like water from Indigenous Elders gathered at the fifth annual Keepers of the Water gathering in Lac Brochet, Manitoba, this August. The gathering of the Keepers—an organization made up of of First Nations, environmentalists, and concerned people who...
Mexican cartels using reservations in Washington to grow drugs (August 24, 2011)
Mexican drug cartels are targeting tribes in Washington and using their reservations to grow marijuana, authorities said. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, authorities found record amounts of marijuana in Indian Country. On the Yakama Nation alone, 204,479 plants were...
City supports Pechanga Band in bill to ban mine near sacred site (August 24, 2011)
The city council in Temecula, California, voted 4-1 to support a bill that would bar a quarry mine opposed by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. The council's vote came after the California Senate's Natural Resources and Water Committee held...
KLCC: Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe restoring salmon at hatchery (August 24, 2011)
"How do you restore a river that’s been dammed for almost 100 years? The Elwha River, which runs from the Olympic Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the mouth of Puget Sound, has seen declining numbers of...
Yurok Tribe awarded $1.08M grant to help build visitors center (August 24, 2011)
The Yurok Tribe of California has been awarded $1.08 million grant that will help promote its culture to visitors. The tribe will use the Department of Transportation grant to build a 2,500 square-foot visitors center. It's part of the Yurok...
Editorial: Tribes in New York should pay gasoline taxes to state (August 24, 2011)
"The Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs on Tuesday voted in favor of allowing the Cayuga Indian Nation to replace its federally recognized leader, with whom many tribal members have grown disenfranchised with. The change is subject to appeal, but with...
Hopi Tribe files lawsuit to block use of wastewater at sacred site (August 24, 2011)
The Hopi Tribe filed suit against the city of Flagstaff, Arizona, to prevent the desecration of the sacred San Francisco Peaks. The city entered in a contract to sell reclaimed wastewater to the Arizona Snowbowl, a ski resort in the...
Cherokee Freedmen lose right to vote in upcoming chief election (August 24, 2011)
About 2,800 Freedmen descendants lost the right to vote in the upcoming Cherokee Nation chief election. The election takes place September 24. Absentee ballots were mailed yesterday, a day after the tribe's Supreme Court ruled that the Freedmen aren't entitled...
New Mexico governor to meet with tribal leaders at first summit (August 24, 2011)
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) will meet with tribal leaders on Monday. Martinez took office in January. This is her first tribal-state summit. The meeting will take place at Pojoaque Pueblo. Education, economic development and health care are on...
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