Colville Tribes face opposition to land-into-trust application (February 17, 2012)
The city of Moses Lake, Washington, is opposing a land-into-trust application filed by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. The tribe recently purchased about seven acres for more than $1 million, The Columbia Basin Herald reported. Plans call for...
Opinion: Lesson in job creation from the Osoyoos First Nation (February 17, 2012)
"Nestled in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, the 470-person Osoyoos Indian Band, led by Chief Clarence Louie, is providing a telling answer to the question of how best to create jobs. Policymakers in Washington, D.C., and other national capitals...
Willow Pingree: Home on Wyoming's Wind River Reservation (February 17, 2012)
"The smell of fry bread and burgers, the laughter of friends and family reminiscing about good old times, the sound of music and the sight of people dressed in regalia, dancing inside an arbor while spectators watch from bleachers...
Indian jeweler from New Mexico finds big audience in Japan (February 17, 2012)
Michael Kirk, an Isleta Pueblo / Navajo Nation jeweler from New Mexico, has found fame in a far-away place: Japan. Kirk was featured in a Japanese travel magazine 14 years ago. Now, about 95 percent of his pieces are sent...
Hearings on Capitol Hill focus on Indian energy development (February 17, 2012)
Energy development in Indian Country was the focus of two hearings on Capitol Hill this week. On Wednesday, the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs held a hearing on H.R.3973, the Native American Energy Act. Tribes support the...
Inquiry into death of five-year-old Native girl moves forward (February 17, 2012)
An inquiry into the death of Phoenix Sinclair will move forward after a union representing child welfare and social workers in Manitoba lost a court appeal. Sinclair was under the care of Manitoba's Child and Family Services. The inquiry will...
APTN: Three women from same reserve go missing on street (February 17, 2012)
"Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Winnipeg asking for help in finding three women who have vanished. All three women came from the same northern reserve and all went missing on the same city street." Get the Story: 3 women...
Native Sun News: Famous Dave reflects on career of success (February 17, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy, Native Sun News Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Business and financial wizard David “Famous Dave” Anderson, the exuberant founder of the Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que franchise that bears his...
Delvin Cree: Predatory lending a cash cow in Indian Country (February 17, 2012)
The new cash cow for Indian tribes is predatory lending. Some do it - some don't; in a sense, I don't know why any tribe would want to this kind of loan sharking business. For some, they say it's a...
DC Circuit hears first of challenges to Cobell trust settlement (February 17, 2012)
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the first appeal of the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement on Thursday. The appeal was filed by Kimberly Craven, an outspoken critic of the settlement. She has not opted out of the...
House passes bill to approve Keystone XL and ANWR drilling (February 17, 2012)
The Republican-controlled House voted 237-187 to approve H.R.3408, the Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security Act, on Thursday. The bill forces approval of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. Tribes in the U.S....
Blog: NMAI is working on a 'whole new look' for exhibits in DC (February 17, 2012)
"If you’re especially enamored of, say, the beaded wool Klukwan Chilkat octopus bag displayed at the National Museum of the American Indian, you may want to visit it again before 2014. By that date — the museum’s 10th anniversary —...
Oregon tribe finds success with restorative justice program (February 17, 2012)
The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians in Oregon are seeing success with a restorative justice program. The Peacegiving Court requires offenders to admit their wrongdoing. Offenders work with victims and other affected parties to find solutions...
Tigua Tribe to shut down costly Olympic-size swimming pool (February 17, 2012)
The Tigua Tribe of Texas is closing its Olympic-sized swimming pool, The El Paso Times reports. The facility became too costly to maintain. An entertainment center for concerts and sports events will open in its place "It was a financial...
County rejects quarry mine near Pechanga Band sacred site (February 17, 2012)
The board of supervisors in Riverside County, California, voted 3-2 against a controversial quarry mine that was opposed by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. The Liberty Quarry mine would have been located less than 500 yards from the reservation....
Opinion: Allegations against San Manuel chairman lack merit (February 17, 2012)
"I served as chief deputy district attorney for the District Attorney's Office Central Division between October 2006 and June 2009. The city of San Bernardino and the San Manuel Indian Reservation were within my area of responsibility, as was overseeing...
Rick Cuevas: Disenrollments nothing short of tribal terrorism (February 17, 2012)
"The Sierra Star has done an excellent job in bringing the shameful acts of dissenrollments of members of the Chukchansi Indians to the public. Congratulations to reporter Carmen George for her McClatchy President's Award for her story on Chukchansi tribal...
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