School district sues over San Pasqual Band land-into-trust (December 12, 2011)
A public school district in southern California has filed a lawsuit to block a land-into-trust application for the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the application on January 4. The tribe plans to use...
Hopi Tribe strips chairman of certain duties during absence (December 12, 2011)
The leader of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona has been stripped of certain administrative duties. Chairman Leroy Shingoitewa was in Washington, D.C., for the White House Tribal Nations Conference when the Hopi council took action. The council passed a resolution...
Mark Trahant: Payroll tax debate matters in Indian Country (December 12, 2011)
Congress has a long to-do list to complete before the end of the year. It must enact a budget, either a real one, or for most federal agencies, a Continuing Resolution that funds the government after the current one expires...
Supreme Court blocks San Carlos Apache Tribe from appeal (December 12, 2011)
The U.S. Supreme Court won't let the San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona appeal a decision in a trust law case. The tribe asked for permission to file a petition even though the deadline to appeal already passed. For that...
Supreme Court to hear dispute over Arizona immigrant law (December 12, 2011)
The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to hear a dispute over SB1070, Arizona's anti-immigration law. The controversial law allows state police officers to ask about people's immigration status. The Tohono O'odham Nation and the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona oppose...
Rival factions from Little Shell Chippewa Tribe present case (December 12, 2011)
A special panel of judges will decide who runs the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana. John Sinclair is in charge of the Little Shell Tribal Council. John Gilbert is serving as chairman of another faction, known as...
Tigua Tribe leader says Jack Abramoff's apology is too late (December 12, 2011)
Jack Abramoff says he's sorry for defrauding Tigua Tribe out of $4.2 million. But the convicted lobbyist isn't apologizing to tribal leaders in person. Instead he told The El Paso Times that he feels bad about stealing their money. "I'd...
Nez Perce Tribe puts police officers on leave after shooting (December 12, 2011)
The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho has placed three police officers on leave following a fatal shooting. The officers were involved in a chase that ended in gunfire on November 12. Jeffrey Allen Flinn, 45, was killed. Federal authorities are...
Charles Trimble: Gyasi Ross is a great new writer among us (December 12, 2011)
We’ve been told for many years “don’t judge a book by its cover.” I would add to that, “don’t judge a book by its title either.” In the early 1970s a large format paperback was published titled, “Everything You Ever...
United Auburn Indian Community votes for council election (December 12, 2011)
Members of the United Auburn Indian Community of California voted in a tribal council election on Saturday. Kim Dubach and Brenda Conway were re-elected to the council. Their challengers were Jessica Tavares and Dolly Suehead, who weren't allowed to vote...
Two Indian domestic violence cases before Supreme Court (December 12, 2011)
The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to hear two Indian Country domestic violence cases. In the first case, Roman Cavanaugh Jr., a member of the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation in North Dakota, pleaded guilty to two felony child abuse...
Ray Austin: Alaska Native corporations allow few to benefit (December 12, 2011)
"December 18, 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA), the anniversary of the “great experiment” that failed many Alaska Native corporations (ANC) shareholders, but allowed a few to benefit. I speak...
Steve Russell: US laws fail to protect rights of Mother Earth (December 12, 2011)
"Last year, in the ironically named Citizens United case, the U.S. Supreme Court followed the logic of a line of cases declaring corporations to be “persons” within the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment and found them equal to human beings...
Andrew Cohen: Asking Indian Country about Obama policy (December 12, 2011)
"Earlier this month, I wrote a piece here at The Atlantic about the ways in which the three branches of federal government this year have handled matters of great importance to American Indians. I criticized the Senate-- and Oklahoma Sen....
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe wants police academy (December 12, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Karin Eagle. All content © Native Sun News. James "Toby" Big Boy RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA -- The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council approved a resolution endorsing the Oglala Lakota College’s efforts in...
Jimmy Indian: Dear Santa, please buy Indian for Christmas (December 12, 2011)
"Dear Santa, I’ve been good again this year and am very excited for Christmas. Thank you for all of the wonderful Native-made presents you brought my family and me last year. Will you please do the same this year? Since...
Review: Jack Abramoff still boasting about lobbying efforts (December 12, 2011)
"Early in 1998, Jack Abramoff was in Imelda Marcos’s condominium in Manila, advising the former first lady of the Philippines on how to overturn a Supreme Court order that she go to prison for graft. His proposal: She should...
Letters: European settlers were the first illegal immigrants (December 12, 2011)
Julia A. King: "It was stunning to read Christopher Hewitt’s insinuation that “settlers” from Europe in the 17th century arrived in lands where there were no existing societies. The implication is that Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia were unoccupied or otherwise...
Tim Giago: SuAnne Big Crow's legacy lives on at Pine Ridge (December 12, 2011)
Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © 2011 Unity South Dakota SuAnne Big Crow was furious after she watched an NBC broadcast about the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1981. “They came here and showed all of the...
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