Editorial: District brings back needed Lakota language classes (September 21, 2011)
"Any effort to promote, share and preserve the language of South Dakota's native people is a good one. That's why the Sioux Falls School District bringing back a standalone Lakota language high school class next year is so important. Only...
Column: First Lakota Congressman gave voice to South Dakota (September 21, 2011)
"U.S. Rep. Ben Reifel, says a longtime aide, could be the most energetic campaigner South Dakota has ever seen. "He was very outgoing," Sioux Falls lawyer Rolly Samp says. "We would be driving down a highway, and if there was...
Review: Gripping Comanche story in 'Empire of the Summer Moon' (September 21, 2011)
"On May 19, 1836, a Comanche raiding party swept down on the frontier settlement of Parker's Fort in northern Texas, killing five adult men and carrying off two women and three children, including nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker. This event...
Blog: Muckleshoot Tribe celebrates start of permanent hatchery (September 21, 2011)
';It was a joyous occasion this morning (Tuesday, Sept. 20) on the upper stretch of the Cedar River just below Landsburg Dam. With the trickling sounds of the nearby river filling the air, and the warmth of a autumn sun...
Utah sheriff open to Navajo Nation law enforcement agreement (September 21, 2011)
"he Navajo Nation has 275 police officers to cover more than 27,000 square miles - an area the size of West Virginia. As a sovereign nation, it has jurisdiction on its own land. But the reservation also covers seven counties...
WRN: Bad River Band discusses mine opposition with governor (September 21, 2011)
"A proposed iron ore mine is running into opposition from a Wisconsin tribe. Bad River Ojibwe tribal chair Mike Wiggins met with Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday to discuss the proposed open-pit iron ore mine on tribally ceded territory in...
Letter: Mascots on the sports field keeping Indian culture alive (September 21, 2011)
"For a long time, this country worked hard to rub out native people. After the government-sanctioned genocide finally stopped, Hollywood took over and continued the effort to slander the Indian culture by using Caucasian or Hispanic actors to play the...
Federal Circuit revives part of Samish Nation federal funds suit (September 21, 2011)
The Samish Nation of Washington can pursue damages for federal funds it was denied from 1969 through 1996, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday. The Bureau of Indian Affairs left the tribe off the list of federally...
Witness List: Senate Indian Affairs hearing on Law and Order Act (September 21, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the Tribal Law and Order Act tomorrow. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on July 29, 2010. The hearing will examine what activities have taken place in the...
Federal judge won't impose lengthy sentence on Abramoff figure (September 21, 2011)
A federal judge won't be imposing a lengthy sentence on Kevin Ring, an associate of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. After two trials, Ring was convicted of five felony counts. Federal prosecutors said he showered gifts on Congressional aides and...
Former top aide to Secretary Salazar joins law firm defending BP (September 21, 2011)
Tom Strickland, the former chief of staff to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, has joined the law firm that is defending BP over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Strickland says he won't be working with...
Appeals court affirms preliminary injunction in PACT Act lawsuit (September 21, 2011)
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a preliminary injunction that prevents the Obama administration from enforcing the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act on Seneca Nation smokeshops. Aaron J. Pierce sells tobacco through Seneca Smokeshop and Red Earth....
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe disputes jump in 911 service costs (September 21, 2011)
The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe of Washington will see a big increase in its bill for 911 dispatching services under a new fee structure. The tribe paid around $14,000 a year to Kitsap County Central Communications based on its population...
Native Sun News: Not so fast--Yankton Sioux chair stays in office (September 21, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Stephanie Woodard. All content © Native Sun News. Outgoing Chairman Robert Cournoyer. MARTY, SOUTH DAKOTA -- Applause and a constitutional crisis broke out as Ida Ashes, the new vice-chairwoman of the Yankton...
Opinion: Europeans still worry about who is an American Indian (September 21, 2011)
"Ever since Europeans encountered the American Indians there has been endless worrying about "who are the Indians?" Early European settlers interpreted things in light of their own religious culture. The suggestion that the American Indians were the Lost Tribes of...
Letter: Indians in Oklahoma not contributing to state economy (September 21, 2011)
"J.G. Colbert, a card-carrying member of the Choctaw Tribe, has written a letter full of errors and omissions in an attempt to whitewash the harm caused by the tribes tax free activities. When he mainly states, “Sardis Lake was not...
Healing totem traveling across Indian Country for exhibit in DC (September 21, 2011)
A 20-foot-tall Healing Totem pole is making its way across Indian Country. Jewell Praying Wolf James, a member of the Lummi Nation of Washington, carved the pole from a 500-year-old red cedar. It will be installed as part of...
Spirit Lake Nation man admits guilt in felony child abuse charges (September 21, 2011)
A man from the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation in North Dakota pleaded guilty to two felony child abuse charges. Roman Cavanaugh Jr., 35, admitted that he used a closed fist to strike his 11-year-old and 12-year-old sons in their faces....
Rosebud Sioux Tribe receives $7M grant for veterans cemetery (September 21, 2011)
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has received a $7 million grant to build the first veterans cemetery in Indian Country. The tribe is the first receive money from the Department of Veterans Affairs for a cemetery. Previously, only...
North Dakota tribe to enforce vehicle code against non-Indians (September 21, 2011)
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota passed a resolution to enforce its motor vehicle code against non-Indian drivers on the reservation. The tribe enacted the resolution following the deaths of four tribal members. Sarah Johnson, 27; Adrian...
Cherokee Nation allows Freedmen to vote in Saturday's election (September 21, 2011)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma agreed to reinstate the Freedmen at a court hearing in Washington, D,C., on Tuesday. The Freedmen will be able to vote in Saturday's election for principal chief. Extended voting is also allowed for all citizens...
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