Opinion: Republican VAWA amendment dangerous for tribes (April 26, 2012)
"Senate amendments to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (“VAWA”) should be completed today. According to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), “Republicans are working with Democrats on an agreement to consider just a few amendments to the bill, and...
Ute Tribe threatens lawsuit for pollution from power plant (April 26, 2012)
The Ute Tribe of Utah is threatening a lawsuit over pollution from a coal-fired power plant on the reservation. Chairwoman Irene Cuch said the Bonanza Power Plant threatens the "health, safety, and welfare" of people on the reservation. Although Deseret...
Mathew Tomaskin of Yakama Nation running for state seat (April 26, 2012)
Mathew Tomaskin, a member of the Yakama Nation, is running for the 14th Legislative District in Washington. Tomaskin, a Democrat, is challenging incumbent Charles Ross, a Republican. He says Ross doesn't adequately represent the views of the district, which includes...
Obama administration proposes the first tribal national park (April 26, 2012)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota will operate the first tribal national park under a proposal released by the Obama administration today. The 133,300-acre South Unit of the Badlands National Park is located entirely within the boundaries of the...
DOJ: Transcript of remarks at tribal consultation conference (April 26, 2012)
"It is an honor to join all of you today to discuss our shared goal of ensuring tribal justice and public safety, which are top priorities for the Department of Justice. It was vitally important for me to be here...
Richard Gomez: Chumash Tribe to produce own label of wine (April 26, 2012)
"Our tribe two years ago purchased a small portion of our ancestral land in the valley for homes for tribal families. You may have read in the news about these plans for the Camp 4 property, including a just-released report...
BSPR: Tribes defend law to kill sea lions to protect salmon (April 26, 2012)
"A coalition of tribal groups says sea lions are eating far more salmon along the Columbia River than previously thought. The claim comes in a legal fight over whether wildlife officials should be killing some of the hungry sea lions....
Tribes celebrate completion of Columbia River fishing sites (April 26, 2012)
Leaders of tribes with treaty rights on the Columbia River celebrated the completion of the last of 31 fishing sites. Federal law authorized the construction of fishing sites to replace the usual and accustomed grounds that were promised to the...
Tulalip Tribes vice chair pushes for reauthorization of VAWA (April 26, 2012)
Deborah Parker, the vice chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, discussed her experience with domestic violence in Indian Country on Wednesday. Parker spoke at a press conference in Washington, D.C., with some of the co-sponsors of S.1925, a...
UCR News: Symposium focuses on boarding school history (April 26, 2012)
"When the Sherman Institute opened in Riverside in 1902, its mission was straightforward—to assimilate Native American children of all ages by eradicating their culture and training them to become laborers and domestics. More than 100 years later, however, Sherman Indian...
Native Sun News: Native activists oppose Canada's land grab (April 26, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy, Native Sun News Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Richard Peters, left, and Greg King display their painted version of the 1764 Niagara Treaty, a 24 nations wampum belt,...
Evelyn Red Lodge: Lakota man accuses hospital of mutilation (April 26, 2012)
"A member and resident of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota came home from a 14-day stay in the hospital to find he had been horribly mutilated. Three Ks can be easily seen carved or burned into his...
Ruth Hopkins: UFO sightings common across Indian Country (April 26, 2012)
"Ancient Indigenous Peoples around the globe have reported unidentified lights in the sky, and even contact with star beings, for millennia. Corroborations of these interactions are found in petroglyphs and related through myths and legends preserved by their descendants who...
Sen. Tom Udall floor statement on tribes and VAWA measure (April 26, 2012)
The following is the text of a floor statement by Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) on the tribal provisions of S.1925, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. I rise today to express my support for the Violence...
APRN: Alaska Natives angry about exclusion from VAWA bill (April 26, 2012)
"Alaska tribal advocates are upset by a section in the federal reauthorization of the 2000 Violence Against Women Act. Section 905 of the act would expand tribal court jurisdiction by allowing those courts to issue protective orders against ‘any person’...
Obama administration against Alaska tribal VAWA exclusion (April 26, 2012)
The Obama administration opposes the exclusion of Alaska Natives from the tribal authority provisions of S.1925, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. In July 2011, the Department of Justice and the White House unveiled a bill to...
More changes in Obama's Indian team as Echo Hawk exits (April 26, 2012)
After three years of relative stability, the Obama administration's Indian team is due for change as the 2012 election approaches. Larry Echo Hawk, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, is leaving the Bureau of Indian Affairs after nearly...
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