Hayley Hutt: Tribal perspectives missing from Klamath report (February 3, 2012)
"The Times-Standard's “Klamath draft report released; Thompson: 'Time for Congress to act is now'” article mistakenly recites that the 2010 Klamath Agreements “represent the best way forward for the Klamath River Basin and its communities.” If it sounds too good...
Column: Ponca Chief Standing Bear a focus of documentary (February 3, 2012)
"When artist Janice Rockwell found a photograph in the VIT High School library, she had no idea that it would inspire a creation that would take three years of her time and propel her to national recognition. The photo is...
Delvin Cree: Favoritism in Turtle Mountain tribal employment (February 3, 2012)
When favortism takes place within a tribe, not too many of us pay attention because the practice of hiring family members, close relatives and friends happens all the time. Our sovereign status enables our leaders to continue this practice and...
Review: A positive story, and Alaska Natives, in 'Big Miracle' (February 3, 2012)
"Who wouldn’t want to save the whales? Maybe an oilman, more interested in drilling rights than in wildlife. Or Inupiat Eskimos, whose close relationship to whales includes hunting them. Or the governor of Alaska, uneager to risk human lives to...
Review: Exhibits showcase Native art from past and present (February 3, 2012)
"Two of the most thrilling shows you are likely to see this year, both devoted to Native American art, are showing concurrently in New England. Both are filled with astounding and beautiful things. Both have been mounted at institutions that,...
KUAC: Alaska Native corporation seeks to lure film industry (February 3, 2012)
"A trade group and a Native Corporation are teamed up to promote a program that attracts movie and television productions to Alaska. The Alaska Film Group and Nana Regional Corporation owned Piksik LLC are pushing the state to extend its...
Peter d'Errico: Supreme Court decision and indigenous rights (February 3, 2012)
"According to the common law, as the Jones opinions acknowledge, any unauthorized intrusion on private property is actionable (i.e., the owner can take legal action against the intruder). The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was written with that context...
Native Sun News: Man working to restore Wounded Knee site (February 3, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Karin Eagle, Native Sun staff writer All content © Native Sun News. The Wounded Knee Memorial has been neglected for many years until Tribal member steps in to restore it. WOUNDED KNEE,...
BIA threatens to cut Navajo Nation law enforcement funding (February 3, 2012)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is threatening to pull $35 million in law enforcement funding due to "alleged misconducts" by top Navajo Nation law enforcement officials. Citing reports in The Navajo Times, the BIA is asking the Navajo Division of...
Oklahoma governor asks tribes to drop water rights lawsuit (February 3, 2012)
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) is asking the Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation to drop their water rights lawsuit. Citing treaties, the tribes claim ownership of Sardis Lake. They want a say in decisions affecting water usage. Fallin said...
Editorial: California tribes don't need land-into-trust process (February 3, 2012)
"The ancestors of the present-day Indians never asked the Europeans to come to these shores, and surely did not request to be sequestered on small, agriculturally poor and isolated "reservations" where they were generally unable to grow enough to feed...
BIA looks into mining debate that affects tribes in Wisconsin (February 3, 2012)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has been asked to look into a mining bill that tribes in Wisconsin say violates their treaty rights. The BIA wants to know whether the state has consulted with tribes about the bill. "[W]hile a...
Tribal court orders business out of Los Coyotes Reservation (February 3, 2012)
The Intertribal Court of Southern California has sided with the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians in a lease dispute. An agreement that was signed by the tribe's former chairwoman but not the rest of the council is...
BIA's 'surge' leaves Wind River Reservation with more crime (February 3, 2012)
During the Bush administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs boosted law enforcement on reservations with significant crime problems. The so-called "surge" was deemed a success by BIA officials and members of Congress from both parties. But something different happened on...
Candidate links San Manuel Band leader to gangs and crime (February 3, 2012)
A flyer being emailed to residents of San Bernardino County blames James Ramos, the chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, for gangs, drugs and crime on the reservation. Ramos is running for 3rd district supervisor in the...
Judge blocks an appeal in Mishewal Wappo recognition case (February 3, 2012)
A federal judge won't allow two California counties to appeal a decision in the Mishewal Wappo Tribe federal recognition lawsuit. Napa and Sonoma counties lost a motion to dismiss the tribe's lawsuit, which was filed against the Interior Department. The...
Pala Band removes 15 percent of membership from the rolls (February 3, 2012)
The Pala Band of Mission Indians of California has removed a significant percentage of people from its rolls. The tribe just disenrolled 154 people, or 15 percent of the membership. That's a lot larger than the eight people who were...
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