Navajo Nation man and son killed in shooting in New Mexico (March 14, 2012)
A man from the Navajo Nation and his son were killed in a shooting in Gallup, New Mexico, on Monday night. Clifton Harper, 39, and Roman Harper, 15, were involved in an altercation with another man at an apartment complex....
Las Vegas Paiute Tribe maintains a low-profile police force (March 14, 2012)
The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe of Nevada is proud of its low-key police force. Officers patrol the tribe's 18-acre reservation in downtown Las Vegas and the much alrger 3,800-acre reservation northwest of Las Vegas. Felonies are rare and most of...
Blog: Indian women denied Plan B despite high assault rate (March 14, 2012)
"After weeks of debate over personhood, Planned Parenthood funding, transvaginal ultrasounds, fetal pain, Fluke-fest, aspirin-between-the-knees, and the little matter of 130,000 economically disadvantaged Texas women losing access to basic health care starting today, discussions about the accessibility of Plan B...
Opinion: Biologists trade their opinions for the highest price (March 14, 2012)
"The recent arrest of Mad River biologists Ronald LeValley and Sean McAllister on charges of using phony spotted owl surveys to embezzle funds from the Yurok Tribe should lead to an in-depth discussion of the long-standing method of obtaining a...
Isleta Pueblo suspends two council members amid turmoil (March 14, 2012)
Leaders of Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico continue to bicker with one another, resulting in the suspensions of two council members. After being accused of acting hostile during council meetings, Diane Peigler and ReGina Zuni were slapped with restraining orders....
Freedmen attorney claims Abramoff influenced BIA position (March 14, 2012)
Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff influenced the Bush administration to reverse its stance on a Cherokee Nation election in which the Freedmen weren't allowed to vote, an attorney for the Freedmen claims. The tribe's economic development arm hired Greenberg Traurig, where...
IPR: Humanitarian award goes to Grand Traverse employee (March 14, 2012)
"This year's Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award in Traverse City will go to a woman who has advocated for better foster care placements for American Indian children, Helen Cook. Indian nations across the country have struggled for decades as an extraordinary...
Opinion: Land swap for Agua Caliente Band not a good idea (March 14, 2012)
"[W]hen news got out in 2010 that the BLM and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians were exploring the possibility of a land exchange in the hills around Palm Springs, and that the Agua Caliente stood to regain ownership...
Bill elevates Indian affairs position to Cabinet in Oklahoma (March 14, 2012)
The Oklahoma House passed a bill to elevate the state's American Indian liaison position to the Cabinet. Last year, the Legislature enacted HB2172, which abolished the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission. The law created the liaison position but it hasn't been...
Navajo woman back home to serve as tribe's top physician (March 14, 2012)
Dr. Gayle Diné Chacon has returned home to the reservation to serve as Surgeon General of the Navajo Nation. Diné Chacon grew up in Chinle, Arizona. She is the second person to serve as the tribe's top physician. “This...
BIA approves land-into-trust application for Mohegan Tribe (March 14, 2012)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved a land-into-trust application for the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut. The application covers about 35 acres. That would bring the tribe's total trust land holdings to 350 acres. The tribe gained federal recognition in...
Opinion: Ishi play opens up wounds among California tribes (March 14, 2012)
"The current production of John Fisher’s play “Ishi: The Last of the Yahi” in the department of theater, dance and performance studies at UC Berkeley has sparked a number of strong reactions — especially among the Native American community, for...
'Fighting Sioux' petitions approved for referendum in June (March 14, 2012)
Supporters of the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo at the University of North Dakota gathered enough signatures to put the issue on the June 12 ballot. The Committee for Understanding and Respect, led by members of the Spirit Lake Dakotah...
Matthew Wesaw, Pokagon Band leader, wins NAFOA award (March 14, 2012)
Matthew Wesaw, the chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan, will receive the Tribal Leader of the Year Award from the Native American Financial Officers Association. “Out of more than 550 tribes in the United States, Pokagon...
Mother Jones: Indian women lack access to contraceptives (March 14, 2012)
"Compared to the rest of the United States, the rates of sexual violence among Native American women are nearly twice as high; one in three Native women will be raped in her lifetime, according to the Native American Women's Health...
Harold Monteau: Tribes should do more for Indian business (March 14, 2012)
"The Reservation Economic Summit, RES 2012, conference and trade show I recently attended experienced record attendance according to NCAIED (National Center for Indian Enterprise Development). It’s satisfying to see the Indian small business exhibitors and the tribally owned business exhibitors....
Northern Arapaho Tribe receives permit to take bald eagles (March 14, 2012)
The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming has received a federal permit to kill two bald eagles, the Associated Press reports. The tribe filed an application for a permit with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service nearly three years ago. The...
Native Sun News: Staged white buffalo hunts draw outrage (March 14, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy, Native Sun News Editor. All content © Native Sun News. A proud non-Native hunter poses with his not-so-hard-to-kill “trophy” – a revered white buffalo, or tatanka ska – near Texas...
Rick Santorum racks up two more Republican primary wins (March 14, 2012)
Former U.S. senator Rick Santorum won Republican primaries in Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday. Santorum narrowly defeated Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, and former House speaker Newt Gingrich. “We did it again,” Santorum told supporters, The Washington Post...
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