Council from Hopi Tribe votes against water rights settlement (June 19, 2012)
Leaders of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona voted against a water rights settlement. The council voted 11-4 to oppose S.2109, the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act. The bill would settle the tribe's claims to the Little Colorado...
Osage Nation picks two for board of economic development arm (June 19, 2012)
The Osage Nation of Oklahoma named two people to the board of its economic development corporation. David Stewart will join the board of Osage LLC. Stewart recently served as CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses and was paid nearly $2.7 million...
Leech Lake Band starts recount for very close chairman's vote (June 19, 2012)
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota will begin a recount this afternoon to confirm the results of the race for chairman. Carri Jones, 32, was certified as the winner of the election. But only five votes separated her...
Outdoors: Pictographs share the tribal perspective of Sasquatch (June 19, 2012)
"Not far from the Tule River in Central California is a rock shelter used by tribal villagers long before the Sierra foothills began filling up with white settlers and gold miners. The shelter is known as Painted Rock by tourists...
Blackfeet Nation removes Jay St. Goddard from council position (June 19, 2012)
Leaders of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana voted to remove Jesse "Jay" St. Goddard from his position on the tribal council. Chairman T.J. Show said St. Goddard was removed for four reasons, including his participation in a moose hunt and...
Wyoming Legislature on the Wind River Reservation for hearing (June 19, 2012)
Lawmakers in Wyoming are on the Wind River Reservation this week to discuss law enforcement and other issues. The reservation is home to the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe. Crime increased there seven percent despite a "surge"...
Simon Moya-Smith: Catholic nuns take on Doctrine of Discovery (June 19, 2012)
"Well, folks, Mitt the Mormon has locked the GOP presidential candidacy, and for the first time in 10 years I’m giving serious consideration to spending the morning of Nov. 6 at the beach or bar or breakfast table—anywhere but that...
Alaska Native corporation land bill included in omnibus package (June 19, 2012)
H.R.1408, the Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act, has been added to H.R. 2578, the Conservation and Economic Growth Act. Sealaska, an Alaska Native regional corporation, is entitled to land under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement...
Rep. Boren to work for Chickasaw Nation after leaving Congress (June 19, 2012)
Rep. Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma) will work for the Chickasaw Nation when he leaves Congress at the end of its 112th session. Boren will serve as president of corporate development, a new position. He said he will explore new economic avenues...
House backs bill for economic development on Pueblo trust land (June 19, 2012)
By a voice vote, the House on Monday passed H.R.1556, a bill that will allow the 19 Pueblo tribes of New Mexico to use the Santa Fe Indian School for economic development. Congress placed the SFIS campus in trust for...
Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs sets hearing (June 19, 2012)
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs will hold an oversight hearing next week on federal recognition. The hearing will focus on "Authorization, standards, and procedures for whether, how, and when Indian tribes should be newly recognized by...
House approves bill to authorize land swap for Ute Tribe of Utah (June 19, 2012)
By a voice vote, the House approved H.R.4027, a bill to authorize a land swap for the Ute Tribe of Utah, on Monday. The bill allows the tribe to protect 20,000 acres of culturally important sites on the reservation. The...
House approves bill to distribute Minnesota Chippewa trust fund (June 19, 2012)
By a voice vote, the House passed H.R.1272, the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Judgment Fund Distribution Act, on Monday. The bill distributes a $28 million trust fund that stems from the taking of tribal land. About $12 million will be distributed...
Pala Band finalizes decision to remove 154 people from the rolls (June 19, 2012)
The Pala Band of Mission Indians in California said its decision to remove 152 people from the rolls is final.
Ho-Chunk Inc. executive addresses tribal leaders at NCAI meet (June 19, 2012)
Lance Morgan, the head of Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, spoke at the National Congress of American Indians midyear conference on Monday. Morgan encouraged tribal leaders to take risks in order to grow...
Supreme Court decision kills California land-into-trust measure (June 19, 2012)
A bill in California that would have barred state agencies from opposing certain land-into-trust applications was killed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak. Senate Bill 162 was going to be considered at a hearing...
Mark Trahant: Turning out the Native vote for the 2012 elections (June 19, 2012)
American Indians and Alaska Natives have the lowest voter participation rate by race and ethnicity, according to a new study by Tova Wang, a senior democracy fellow at Demos. The report was released this week by the National Congress...
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