Kevin Abourezk: Indian students lagging in graduation rate (March 29, 2012)
"Judi Morgan gaiashkibos knows Native students face many obstacles when it comes to achieving academic success. Too many Native students don't have parents who are high school graduates and, as a result, don't have good role models for academic achievement,...
Appeal decision upholds Navajo Nation's air quality permit (March 29, 2012)
The Navajo Nation has the authority to issue air quality permits on the reservation, the appeals board of the Environmental Protection Agency ruled. In 2009, the tribe issued a permit under the Clean Air Act. The permit set standards for...
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe takes on child welfare program (March 29, 2012)
The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe of Washington is the first in Indian Country to run its own Title IV‐E program. The tribe previously worked with the state on guardianship assistance, foster care, adoption assistance and other child welfare issues. But...
Editorial: Too many Indian children ending up in foster care (March 29, 2012)
"For a hundred years, white people in America thought that the way to deal with Native Americans — those few who survived displacement — was to assimilate them, persuade them to abandon their cultural heritage and adopt European ways. And...
Sauk-Suiattle Tribe claims immunity in employment lawsuit (March 29, 2012)
The Sauk-Suiattle Tribe of Washington is raising a sovereign immunity defense in a lawsuit filed by eight former employees. The tribe also says its constitution only protects tribal members. All of the fired employees are non-Indian and they say they...
Opinion: Nisqually Tribe offers model for restorative justice ( (March 29, 2012)
"Midway through the schematic design for the new Nisqually Public Safety Complex, I experienced a “wow moment.” I realized that our client, the Nisqually Tribal Police and Corrections Departments, practiced a remarkably successful form of restorative justice. The Nisqually form...
Column: San Manuel Band a 'perfect' fit with baseball team (March 29, 2012)
"Twenty-five years ago, someone had the kooky idea that if you put a minor league baseball team, with no major league affiliation, in outdated Fiscalini Field, people would actually come out and watch. Oddly enough, they did. The San Bernardino...
Outdoors: Kalispel Tribe seeks to address invasive species (March 29, 2012)
"Even though ice still lingers in a few sloughs, Pend Oreille River northern pike are feeling the heat. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Kalispell Tribe announced their plan in December to drastically reduce the number of non-native...
Editorial: Settle lawsuit over tribes and water in Oklahoma (March 29, 2012)
"The next 60 days could prove to be a pivotal period for Oklahoma’s long-term water decisions. A federal judge this week put a lawsuit brought by American Indian tribes on hold while leaders try to negotiate a settlement. The stay...
Fake 'Apache' from UK tried to move to a reservation in US (March 29, 2012)
A man from the United Kingdom who goes by the name of an Apache chief once tried to move to the U.S. and live on a reservation, The Daily Mail reports. The 60-year-old man, who calls himself Mangas Coloradas, said...
Pascua Yaqui Tribe starts work for $7.8M education center (March 29, 2012)
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona has started construction on a $7.8 million education center with the help of a federally-backed program. The tribe broke ground on Pascua Yaqui Education Center in December 2011 but still needed additional financing to...
Leader of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe survives removal effort (March 29, 2012)
Charles Murphy, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, survived an attempt to remove him from office. After a seven hour hearing, the tribal council voted down three charges against Murphy. He had been accused of misconduct and neglect...
Native Sun News: Employment program passes over tribes (March 29, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy, Native Sun News Editor. All content © Native Sun News. PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA –– An employment program recently instituted by Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s Office of Economic Development that seeks to...
Julianne Jennings: Denied health services at Indian facility (March 29, 2012)
"Recently, I sought medical care at a local Native Health Care Center. Their mission statement is defined as, A tradition of wellness―to continually strive to improve the lives of American Indian families by offering high quality, culturally competent health-related services...
Non-Indian developer appeals ruling in Hualapai Tribe case (March 29, 2012)
The non-Indian developer of the Grand Canyon Skywalk has taken his dispute with the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. David Jin, the former operator of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, contends the tribe has acted...
Review: A mixed bag of Indian exhibits at museum in Utah (March 29, 2012)
"That is one reason that the Natural History Museum of Utah, which opened last fall in a new $102 million, 17-acre home in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain Range, has such a powerful impact. Here, at Salt Lake City’s...
Review: 'Rez Life' a grim yet hopeful view of Indian Country (March 29, 2012)
"Recently, the New York Times reported on the Oglala Sioux tribe’s federal lawsuit against liquor dealers in Whiteclay, Nebraska, a town standing a few hundred yards from the boundaries of the Pine Ridge reservation and the South Dakota state...
Opinion: Putting an end to land-into-trust for wealthy tribes (March 29, 2012)
"News flash: A game-changing letter in opposition to annexation of land by a wealthy Indian tribe has been sent by the state of California to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The March 14, 2012, letter from the California Attorney General,...
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