FTC files lawsuit against tribal-affiliated payday lending firms (April 2, 2012)
The Federal Trade Commission today filed a lawsuit against payday lending firms owned by three tribes, accusing them of engaging in illegal business tactics. The firms are owned by the Miami Nation of Oklahoma, the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma and...
Passamaquoddy Tribe reaches $11.4M trust fund settlement (April 2, 2012)
The Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine has reached an $11.4 million trust fund settlement with the Obama administration. The tribe sued the federal government over the management of a $13.5 million trust fund that was authorized by an act of Congress....
Famous South Dakotans: Maria Pearson, repatriation expert (April 2, 2012)
"A woman born in Springfield became the primary catalyst for the creation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. WHO: Maria Pearson BORN: July 12, 1932. She died May 23, 2003, in Ames, Iowa. BACKGROUND: Darlene Elvira Drapeaux...
Updates on Indian Country from the Department of Justice (April 2, 2012)
A weekly update on public safety in Indian Country, provided by the Department of Justice. For more information on tribal programs at DOJ, visit www.justice.gov/tribal Justice and Interior Departments Launch National Criminal Justice Training Initiative in Cherokee Nation On March...
NCAI thanks Larry Echo Hawk for 'new standard' of leadership (April 2, 2012)
The National Congress of American Indians said tribal leaders will miss Larry Echo Hawk, who is resigning from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Echo Hawk, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, joined the Obama administration in May 2009....
BIA lists job opening for Eastern Oklahoma's regional director (April 2, 2012)
After more than two years of a vacancy, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is finally looking for someone to serve as director of the agency's regional office in Eastern Oklahoma. Jeanette Hanna, a member of the Seminole Nation, was named...
Tigua Tribe prepares for debut of $3M entertainment center (April 2, 2012)
The Tigua Tribe of Texas is spending $3 million to convert its Olympic-sized swimming pool into an entertainment facility for concerts, sports events and other activities. The Socorro Entertainment Center will open later this month. The tribe anticipates a crowd...
SDPR: Oglala Sioux Tribe sues over liquor sales in Whiteclay (April 2, 2012)
"The sale or possession of liquor is strictly forbidden by the tribal government of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. But there is a tiny town just over the border in Nebraska that does sell alcohol, in massive quantities,...
Cleanup of uranium mines on Navajo Nation poses huge cost (April 2, 2012)
The federal government knows of at least 683 uranium sites on the Navajo Nation but there isn't enough money to clean them up. Out of the hundreds, federal agencies have identified just 34 structures and 12 residential yards for cleanup,...
Deni Leonard: Tribes not treated equally for municipal bonds (April 2, 2012)
"In 1994 a meeting was held with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to discuss institutional discrimination against American Indian Tribes issuing Tribal Municipal Finance Bonds to pay for Tribal projects which created revenue to pay for the Tribes government...
Law Article: Navajo Nation fights for its intellectual property (April 2, 2012)
"The Navajo Nation's recent lawsuit reminds companies that unauthorized use of American Indian tribal names might be considered infringement and might also violate the federal Indian Arts & Crafts Act. The Navajo Nation recently filed a lawsuit in federal court...
History: When peaceful Indians usually meant dead Indians (April 2, 2012)
"Good Indians were peaceful Indians, according to stories that appeared in the early newspaper accounts of the conflict between native tribes and the early European settlers of San Bernardino County. Peaceful, in news accounts from the time, often meant dead....
Don Young: Bill moves federal Indian policy in right direction (April 2, 2012)
"As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, I oversee most issues concerning Native Americans. Throughout my career, I have worked tirelessly to empower and improve the lives of America’s Native peoples, which is why I take...
Jeromy Sullivan: Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe aims for success (April 2, 2012)
"On March 29, officials from the Administration for Children and Family and the Department of Health and Human Services convened with me and other leaders from the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe to celebrate a momentous achievement. PGST has become the...
Charles Trimble: Lessons from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe (April 2, 2012)
A March 28th article from the Associated Press told of problems at the Mashantucket Pequot tribe’s Foxwoods Casino complex in Connecticut, the largest casino in the Western Hemisphere. The story, by reporter Michael Melia, begins “For two decades, the Mashantucket...
Tim Giago: When Leader Charge spoke, Kevin Costner listened (April 2, 2012)
Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © 2012 Unity South Dakota We’ve all had to send a “belated” birthday card in our lives, but today I am writing a “belated” column. I say belated because two months...
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