Rep. Dicks announces retirement after 36 years on Capitol Hill (March 2, 2012)
Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Washington), who played a key role in funding for Indian programs, announced his retirement after 36 years on Capitol Hill. Dicks is a longtime member of the House Appropriations Committee. He served as ranking Democrat on the...
Mining bill opposed by tribes in Wisconsin appears to be dead (March 2, 2012)
A mining bill that was opposed by the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and other tribes in Wisconsin appears to be dead for now. Republicans pushed the bill, which would make it easier for Gogebic Taconite to...
Students from Makah Tribe are finalists in science competition (March 2, 2012)
Students from the Makah Nation in Washington are among 12 finalists for the Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow contest. The team from Neah Bay High School and Markishtum Middle School made a documentary about the use of mushrooms to clean...
Cherokee Nation business CEO placed on administrative leave (March 2, 2012)
David Stewart, the CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses, has been placed on leave, The Cherokee Phoenix reports. The board of directors held a special meeting today to place Stewart on leave for 30 days. No reason was given for the...
Opinion: United Keetoowah Band not equal to Cherokee Nation (March 2, 2012)
"I am deeply concerned about the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk considering the placement of land into trust for the United Keetoowah Band within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation. Federal courts have consistently and repeatedly acknowledged...
Ho-Chunk Nation's chief of police resigns after being arrested (March 2, 2012)
The chief of police for the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin resigned on Tuesday, WKBT-TV reported. Dan Libke was arrested on February 24 for obstructing an officer. However, no charges have been filed so far in Jackson County. Libke was the...
MPR: House panel debates Minnesota Chippewa trust fund bill (March 2, 2012)
"It's taken 123 years, but the federal government is the closest it's ever been to compensating Minnesota's Chippewa bands for tribal land that the U.S. government sold unfairly. Today, a bill that would award millions of dollars to the six...
Tule River Tribe welcomes visitors to off-reservation business (March 2, 2012)
The Tule River Tribe of California held a grand opening for its new Eagle Feather Trading Post. The gas station and convenience store is located in Reef City, at the intersection of two highways. It's the tribe's first off-reservation business....
Chukchansi factions agree to extend cooling-off thru weekend (March 2, 2012)
Rival factions of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California have agreed to extend their cooling-off period through the weekend, The Fresno Bee reports. Two factions, one led by Morris Reid and the other by Reggie Lewis, clashed...
9th Circuit to investigate judge who sent racist Obama e-mail (March 2, 2012)
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will investigate a federal judge from Montana who admitted that he circulated a racist e-mail about President Barack Obama. Chief Judge Richard Cebull asked the 9th Circuit to initiate a "complaint of judicial misconduct,"...
Jim Billie: Setting the record straight on my medical situation (March 2, 2012)
"Back on Dec. 30, I was riding a horse (ca-wa-yee) on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. Suddenly, the horse raised up and fell totally on top of me. It possibly gave me a concussion. I went out, but a couple...
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