CNS: Diocese apologizes to girl for using Menominee language (March 6, 2012)
"The Diocese of Green Bay has apologized to the family of a Native American Catholic school student who was reprimanded for speaking in her native language during class and to the Menominee Nation, the tribe to which the student's family...
S.E. Ruckman: Oklahoma tribes working to protect water rights (March 6, 2012)
"Not more than a few months went by that I learned that two of the Five Civilized Tribes had filed a case in federal court to prevent the State of Oklahoma from selling water storage rights to a municipal party....
Series on food and nutritional problems facing Indian Country (March 6, 2012)
"Tribal communities nationwide are working to fight the trend toward obesity and its resulting health consequences. Nutritionists such as DeWilde and Miller work with tribes to educate members about proper diet and healthier lifestyles. In 2008, the Indian Health Service...
Editorial: Temporary truce with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe (March 6, 2012)
"A temporary truce has been called in the bid by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe to introduce nonnative steelhead this spring in the recently restored Elwha River. Advertisement The tribe and three federal agencies were sued in federal court last...
Colorado lobbies Obama administration on tribal payday loans (March 6, 2012)
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is pressing the Obama administration to look into payday loan companies owned by tribal governments. Suthers said he has given documents about tribal payday loan firms to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal...
Opinion: Technology can improve education in Indian Country (March 6, 2012)
"American Indian students are more likely to live in poverty and face unemployment later in life. These children carry the burdens of geographic isolation and multi-generational poverty that are heavy to lift. In my conversations with state leaders on ways...
Joseph Quesnel: Ensure accountability for First Nation schools (March 6, 2012)
"A national panel on First Nation elementary and secondary school education is calling for more funding, and for the creation of a First Nation education system. Most on-reserve First Nations lack a meaningful school system, including school boards, or anything...
White House official also hopeful for tribal trust settlements (March 6, 2012)
The Obama administration remains optimistic about reaching more Indian trust management settlements, a senior White House official said today. Since President Barack Obama took office, the federal government settled the Cobell trust fund lawsuit for $3.4 billion and the Osage...
Witness list for Senate Banking Committee hearing on housing (March 6, 2012)
The Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing this Thursday to discuss the "housing crisis" in Indian Country. The hearing takes place at 10am in Room 538 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The witness list follows: Panel 1 The...
Tribal leaders worried about potential Postal Service closures (March 6, 2012)
The U.S. Postal Service remains in a "dire financial situation," a top official said today, prompting concerns about potential closures affecting Indian Country. Last year, the USPS identified nearly 3,700 facilities that could be closed due to budget constraints. But...
Remarks from HHS Secretary Sebelius at NCAI winter session (March 6, 2012)
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius addressed the National Congress of American Indians this morning during its 2012 executive council winter session in Washington, D.C. Sebelius, the former governor of Kansas, noted that the the budget for the Indian...
Remarks by NCAI President Jefferson Keel at winter session (March 6, 2012)
The National Congress of American Indians opened its 2012 executive council winter session in Washington, D.C., this morning. NCAI President Jefferson Keel, who also serves as Lt. Gov. of the Chickasaw Nation, welcomed hundreds of tribal leaders to the nation's...
Cherokee Nation business executive won't comment on leave (March 6, 2012)
David Stewart, the CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses, won't discuss why he's been placed on administrative leave. Stewart told News on 6 that he doesn't plan on resigning. But he said that he went on leave in order to resolve...
Chelsea Vowel: Navajo Nation seeks to enforce its trademarks (March 6, 2012)
"The Navajo Nation has trademark ownership of the name ‘Navajo’, just like Urban Outfitters owns the trademark to its name. The Navajo Nation has the legal right to stop people from using its trademark to describe products that have not...
Jordan Logan Bear, Ponca soldier, killed on duty in Afghanistan (March 6, 2012)
Jordan Logan Bear, a member of Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, was killed on duty in Afghanistan on March 1. Bear, 25, was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was killed amid Afghan outrage over the burning of the...
Cooling-off period ends for rival factions of Picayune Rancheria (March 6, 2012)
Rival factions of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California appear to be at peace as they prepare for a disputed election this weekend. Reggie Lewis and Morris Reid each claim to be the rightful leader of the...
Liquor from Whiteclay invades every aspect of reservation life (March 6, 2012)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe hopes its federal lawsuit will stop the flow of alcohol from Whiteclay, Nebraska. Liquor is outlawed on the Pine Ridge Reservation but residents can go to Whiteclay, a town only several hundred feet from the border....
WPM: Bill requests funding for Wind River Reservation cleanup (March 6, 2012)
"With only a week to go until the legislative session is over, Wyoming lawmakers are reviewing a number of bills, including a joint resolution requesting Congress to provide for increased monitoring and funding for remediation of the Riverton uranium mill...
Witness List: Senate Indian Affairs Committee budget hearing (March 6, 2012)
UPDATE #2: The hearing has been pushed to 3:30pm due to votes on the floor. UPDATE: The hearing will take place at 2pm, according to the committee. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is hosting a hearing this Thursday to discuss...
Witness list for House hearing on IHS and OST budget request (March 6, 2012)
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs is holding a hearing this afternoon on the fiscal year 2013 budget requests for the Indian Health Service and the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians. The hearing takes...
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