Audio: SCIA hearing on crisis created by land-into-trust ruling (October 13, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing this afternoon to discuss the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar. The Obama administration supports a "clean" fix to the decision, Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk testified....
Blog: Childrens' mass burial ground found at boarding school (October 13, 2011)
"In a story that is almost too horrific to believe, what looks to be a childrens' mass burial ground has been discovered around the Mohawk Institute Indian residential school near Brantford, Ontario, Canada. "According to Rev. Kevin Annett, Secretary...
Obama orders speedy review of Navajo Nation water pipeline (October 13, 2011)
President Barack Obama placed the Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project in New Mexico on his list of 14 infrastructure projects to be expedited through the federal government. The pipeline is part of a settlement with the Navajo Nation. It will...
WeNews: Limited funding hindering Tribal Law and Order Act (October 13, 2011)
"The passage of a U.S. law last summer was intended, in part, to curb violence against American Indian and Alaskan Native women. But underfunding and legal limitations have made it largely irrelevant, said Sarah Deer, a citizen of the Creek...
ABC News: Oglala Sioux boy aims to be first Indian president (October 13, 2011)
"Twelve-year-old Robert Looks Twice appears to be the quintessential all-American boy. He is the quarterback of his school’s football team, student council president and one of the top students in his class. But he hasn’t forgotten his Lakota Sioux...
Shakopee Tribe submits land-into-trust request for 124 acres (October 13, 2011)
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota has submitted a land-into-trust application for 124 acres, The Shakopee Valley News reports. The tribe submitted the application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It's part of a long-running dispute that goes back...
Redding Rancheria announces result of tribal council election (October 13, 2011)
The Redding Rancheria of California held a tribal council election on October 1. Jason Hart retained his seat as chair of the tribe. Jack Potter Jr. will serve as vice chair. Brian McCain was elected treasurer and Michelle Hayward was...
Some tribes turn to DNA tests to help determine membership (October 13, 2011)
Some tribes are using DNA tests to help determine membership, Indian Country Today reports. The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin approved the use of DNA through its constitution. That led to the removal of Daria Powless, who was raised by her...
MSU Mag: Educator ensures Indian students get a Head Start (October 13, 2011)
"For Laura Massey, sitting down with a writer for a magazine interview is nothing new. After all, the early childhood education professor in Montana State University's College of Education, Health and Human Development has been profiled by magazines and journals...
Students: Christopher Columbus was murderer of many tribes (October 13, 2011)
"We should not continue to celebrate Christopher Columbus with a national holiday in his honor. Columbus was selfish and a liar. Before Columbus and his crew left to find a route to Asia, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand told them...
Opinion: Another view on the Cherokee Nation Freedmen flap (October 13, 2011)
"During the summer weeks, we were given a barrage of radio, TV, newspaper and sign advertisements for various candidates for “Tribal” or “nation” government chief elections. In some cases, the election results turned out to be only a primary and...
Supreme Court won't take Santa Clara Pueblo immunity case (October 13, 2011)
The U.S. Supreme Court last week denied a petition in Reed v. Guiterrez, a sovereign immunity case. Peggy Reed sued Santa Clara Pueblo and one of its employees, Robert Gutierrez. She said the tribe was liable for an accident involving...
Native Sun News: Keepseagle litigation settled after 11 years (October 13, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Karin Eagle Baca. All content © Native Sun News. Back row L-R Class Counselors David Franz and Christine Webber, Gene Cadotte, Tex Hall, Joe Sellers, George Keepseagle, ND Ag Commissioner Sarah Vogl,...
Steven Newcomb: A tribal perspective for Occupy Wall Street (October 13, 2011)
"Greetings on Colonization Day, I begin by prayerfully remembering our free and independent ancestors, the Lenape and all the Original Nations and Peoples of this vast Turtle Island (Mother Earth), and of the entire Western Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle...
Bill John Baker certified as winner of Cherokee Nation election (October 13, 2011)
It's official -- Bill John Baker will be the new principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Following a three-day counting process, the Cherokee Nation Election Commission certified the results of a special election between Baker and Chad Smith,...
Turtle Talk: Cherokee Nation court inflames Freedmen dispute (October 13, 2011)
"The real question becomes, then, will the vote tally seeming to favor Bill John Baker be sufficient to make irrelevant the votes of the descendants of the Cherokee Freedmen, hopefully mooting this inter-judicial showdown. I have advocated that tribal courts,...
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