MPR: Tradition mixes with modern at Indian gallery exhibit (December 13, 2011)
"Some people take one look at Native American artist Bobby Wilson's long, braided hair and start treating him like he just stepped out of a 19th-century Edward Curtis photo. "People act like I don't keep up with the times," said...
Mary Pember: Obama silent on apology for Native peoples (December 13, 2011)
"In her recent article in Indian Country Today, Lisa Balk King reports hearing a non-Indian in Rapid City scoff, “You were conquered, get over it!” I don’t purport to speak for all Indian people here in the U.S. but I...
Oglala Sioux man to lead White House education initiative (December 13, 2011)
William Mendoza, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, will lead the new White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education. President Barack Obama created the initiative through an executive order he signed earlier this month. Mendoza will...
Deadline approaches for claims in Keepseagle settlement (December 13, 2011)
Indian farmers and ranchers who want a share of the $760 million Keepseagle settlement must file claims by December 27. The settlement creates two tracks. For Track A, those who can show they were the victims of discrimination and complained...
Iowa Supreme Court clears an attorney for Meskwaki Tribe (December 13, 2011)
The Iowa Supreme Court dismissed a complaint against an attorney for the Meskwaki Tribe. The Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa recommended that Steven Olson be barred from practicing law in the state for 30 days. But the...
Turtle Talk: Supreme Court's actions in Indian law disputes (December 13, 2011)
"The Supreme Court granted cert in an Indian law case where the petition was filed in favor of tribal interests. This is, of course, the Patchak case involving the Department of Interior’s decision to take land into trust for gaming...
House backs bill to allow Tigua Tribe to define membership (December 13, 2011)
By a voice vote, the House last week passed H.R. 1560, a bill that allows the Tigua Tribe of Texas. In 1968, Congress placed the tribe under state jurisdiction. The tribe was restored to federal status in 1987 but the...
Warm Springs Reservation men sentenced for their crimes (December 13, 2011)
Two young men from the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon were sentenced for separate crimes. Ted L. Barney, Jr., 23, was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the shooting death of 24-year-old...
Interview with Eddie Spears about role on 'Hell on Wheels' (December 13, 2011)
"In this exclusive interview, AMCtv.com talks to Eddie Spears, who plays Joseph Black Moon on AMC's Hell on Wheels. Spears talks about a big first on set and how the show taught him about Cheyenne warrior traditions. Q: What...
Ute Tribe supports DOJ probe of pepper-spraying at school (December 13, 2011)
The Ute Tribe of Utah is calling on the Department of Justice to probe a pepper-spraying incident at a public school on the reservation. Police officers from the city of Roosevelt used pepper spray on a group of Polynesian men...
Omaha Tribe implements sex offender registration system (December 13, 2011)
The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska is the latest in Indian Country to have "substantially" implemented a sex offender registration system. The tribe has complied with Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. Its registration system is...
Video: Rosebud Sioux students respond to Hidden America (December 13, 2011)
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Interview: Jim Northrup on importance of The Circle paper (December 13, 2011)
"What is the significance of The Circle newspaper? Why is it important for people to support Native journalism? The Circle is important because it is a free press; one of the basics in the Bill Of Rights. On the reservation...
United Auburn Indian Community sees big turnout for vote (December 13, 2011)
The United Auburn Indian Community of California said 77 percent of eligible voters participated in its tribal council election. Incumbents Kim Rey Dubac, the vice chairwoman, and treasurer Brenda Conway won re-election. They defeated Jessica Tavares and Dolly Suehead, who...
Series: Criminal jurisdiction for Indian Country in California (December 13, 2011)
The Santee Patch is running a three-part series on criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country in California. Under Public Law 280, the state exercises criminal jurisdiction on reservations. There are some exceptions but most serious crimes committed by Indians and non-Indians...
Peter d'Errico: De-colonized minds and Indian sovereignty (December 13, 2011)
"When an Indian speaks about “our country,” what country is being talked about? Is it an Indigenous Nation or the United States? When an Indian refers to “my President,” which president is being discussed, the president of an Indigenous Nation...
Native Sun News: Yankton man vows appeal in abuse case (December 13, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Stephanie Woodard. All content © Native Sun News. D.Z. Iron Wing, left, and Izzy Zephier, shown singing at a Yankton Sioux powwow. SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA -- The South Dakota Supreme Court...
Chukchansi Tribe takes one of last fluent speakers off rolls (December 13, 2011)
The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California has removed hundreds of people from its rolls, including one of the last fluent speakers of the Chukchansi language. The tribe determined that Jack Roan, who died in 1942, was not...
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