South Dakota committee approves Indian voting district maps (September 14, 2011)
The South Dakota Legislative Redistricting Committee approved changes to voting districts on reservations across the state. Committee members traveled to every reservation as part of their duties. Their goal was to protect Indian voting rights in hopes of avoiding legal...
Joe Sando, historian from Jemez Pueblo, passes on at age 88 (September 14, 2011)
Joe Sando, an author, educator and historian from Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico, died on Tuesday. He was 88. Sando was born and raised on the reservation. He left to attend Santa Fe Indian School, where he learned English. Sando...
Crow Tribe accepts $74M as part of its water rights settlement (September 14, 2011)
The Crow Tribe of Montana accepted $74 million as part of its water rights settlement with the state and the federal government. The tribe will use the money to rehabilitate an irrigation system. Construction is set to begin this fall,...
Levi Rickert: Sen. Coburn playing politics with Indian judge pick (September 14, 2011)
"Assistant US Attorney Arvo Mikkanen, an enrolled tribal member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, was nominated by President Obama in February to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, which includes Tulsa. Mikkanen has a distinguished...
Fair director arrested after inquiring about remarks in Navajo (September 14, 2011)
The director of the Northern Navajo Nation Fair was arrested and jailed after an incident in which he asked about some remarks that were made in the Navajo language. Lloyd Smith was speaking at a board meeting when Wallace Ben,...
Ralph Nader: Keystone XL opponents afraid to criticize Obama (September 14, 2011)
"It was the most extraordinary citizen organizing feat in recent White House history. Over 1200 Americans from 50 states came to Washington and were arrested in front of the White House to demonstrate their opposition to a forthcoming Obama approval...
WUWM: Bad River Band worried about effects of mining on lake (September 14, 2011)
"Wisconsin’s Ashland and Iron counties share magnificent Lake Superior vistas; they also hold a deposit of much-coveted iron ore. A mining company hopes to dig up the metal stash, estimating the venture would yield more than 2 billion tons of...
Native Sun News: Leader of Yankton Sioux Tribe lists priorities (September 14, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Stephanie Woodard. All content © Native Sun News. MARTY, SOUTH DAKOTA -- Job one for Thurmond Cournoyer, who just won the chairmanship of the Yankton Sioux Tribe in a landslide, is making...
KRWG: Mescalero Apache Nation using grant for language work (September 14, 2011)
"A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will help the Mescalero Apache Tribe and a New Mexico State University professor preserve and maintain Apache languages on the Mescalero Apache Reservation, about 100 miles northeast of Las Cruces...
Former Chippewa Cree chairman sentenced in theft from tribe (September 14, 2011)
Raymond "Jake" Parker Jr., the former chairman of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana, was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison for theft. Parker admitted that he used a tribal credit card for unauthorized purchases.Prosecutors said he charged $58,938...
County supports longterm ferry agreement with Lummi Nation (September 14, 2011)
The Whatcom County Council voted 5-1 to accept a lease agreement with the Lummi Nation of Washington. The deal allows the Lummi Island ferry to operate for 35 years. The dock is located on the reservation. The county has agreed...
Food: Coeur d'Alene Tribe goes back to roots to fight diabetes (September 14, 2011)
"Stepping into the Family Foods supermarket in Plummer, 34 miles south of Coeur d'Alene, is not unlike stepping into a supermarket anywhere in rural America. A case full of day-glow donuts and thickly frosted cakes grab the eye the instant...
National Parks: Secretary Salazar to celebrate removal of dam (September 14, 2011)
"Nearly a century after they rose up and blocked the Elwha River to generate power, two dams on the river with headwaters in Olympic National Park will begin to be removed this weekend in a historic event aimed at restoring...
Acting Cherokee Nation leader vows to protect tribe's interests (September 14, 2011)
The acting leader of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma says the tribe won't be "governed" by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Acting chief Joe Crittenden struck back at the Obama administration, which has already cut housing funds to the tribe...
New Mississippi Choctaw chief to be inaugurated on October 4 (September 14, 2011)
Phyliss J. Anderson, the newly elected leader of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, will be sworn into office on October 4. Anderson defeated one-term chief Beasley Denson in an election last week. She is the first woman to lead...
Column: Tribal gas tax compacts due for review in Washington (September 14, 2011)
"Here is a lawsuit that will make news next year when the Washington Supreme Court decides it. The case is Automotive United Trades Organization v. State. It was filed by the trade association of gas-station owners and has been accepted...
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