BIA not looking to intervene in Blackfeet Nation leadership feud (July 25, 2012)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs won't intervene in Blackfeet Nation leadership dispute, a spokesperson said. The dispute stems from the removal of Jesse "Jay" St. Goddard from the tribal council last month. He claims he was removed illegally so his...
Pascua Yaqui Tribe asks Congress for right to set membership (July 25, 2012)
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona wants Congress to restore its right to set its own membership standards. The tribe gained federal recognition through an act of Congress in 1978. Public Law 95-375 included a membership standard that was later...
Payouts from residential school settlement could reach $5.4B (July 25, 2012)
Payouts from the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement could reach $5.4 billion, far higher than anticipated. The settlement was structured into two main categories. The Common Experience Program offered money to all students of residential schools while the Independent Assessment...
Criminal charges expected in Navajo Nation Council fraud case (July 25, 2012)
Criminal charges are likely in a fraud case involving current and former members of the Navajo Nation Council, the Associated Press reports. Originally, 85 people faced civil charges for the use of $36 million in discretionary funds. Some cases were...
Authorities looking into death on the Fort Berthold Reservation (July 25, 2012)
Federal authorities are looking into the death of an Iraq war veteran on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. Jeremiah Sage, 30, died on July 20, according to his obituary. He was a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and...
Terry Cross: Compliance with Indian Child Welfare Act needed (July 25, 2012)
"As a member of the Seneca Nation and having worked in the field of Indian child welfare for over 30 years, I'm familiar with the history behind the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA). Today, ICWA has been increasingly...
DOI releases roadmap for solar energy projects on public land (July 25, 2012)
The Interior Department on Tuesday released a roadmap for solar energy development on public lands. The plan identifies 285,000 acres in seven states where future solar projects will be able to proceed without lengthy environmental reviews. Existing or pending applications...
Johnny Depp's role as Tonto eagerly awaited in Indian Country (July 25, 2012)
Photo from Jerry Bruckheimer on Twitter Native American roles are far and few between in Hollywood and when they do appear, it's often non-Natives who are cast. That's the case with Johnny Depp, who is reprising the role of...
Ginny Tyler, Snoqualmie woman who was Mouseketeer, passes (July 25, 2012)
Ginny Tyler, a member of the Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington who served as Head Mousketeer and was an accomplished voice actor, died on July 13. She was 86. Tyler learned how to mimic animal sounds and change her voice...
House fails to pass bill promoting tribal commerce with Turkey (July 25, 2012)
The House failed to pass H.R.2362, the Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project Act, under a suspension of the rules on Monday. A two-thirds majority was required to approve the bill, which promotes tribal trade with Turkey and other...
Native Sun News: High winds rip through Pine Ridge Reservation (July 25, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by David Arredondo, Native Sun News Summer Journalism Intern. All content © Native Sun News. James Hudson inspects the damage done by the high winds on Saturday, July 21, near the town of...
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