Northern Cheyenne soldier recovering after Afghanistan incident (August 9, 2012)
Joshua Peppers, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, is back in the U.S. after being injured in Afghanistan. Peppers, 27, stepped on an improvised explosive device while on patrol. He's in recovery at the Walter Reed Army...
Kickapoo Tribe to lose main source of water if drought continues (August 9, 2012)
The Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas will lose its main source of drinking water within 60 days if drought conditions don't improve. The tribe already ordered mandatory water conservation measures. But that won't prevent the Delaware River from drying up without...
BIA finally publishes annual list of federally recognized entities (August 9, 2012)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is finally publishing a list of federally recognized tribes as required by law. The Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994 requires the BIA to publish the list "annually on or before every January...
Choctaw Nation set to repatriate ancestors uncovered in Florida (August 9, 2012)
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is set to reclaim ancestral remains that were found in Florida. The remains of four people, including an infant, were discovered in January 2006. They are believed to be 1,000 years old. The ancestors, along...
Hoopa Valley Tribe concerned about rise in marijuana operations (August 9, 2012)
The Hoopa Valley Tribe of California has seen an increase in marijuana farms on the reservation, Chairman Leonard Masten said. Tribal biologists and foresters were performing spotted owl surveys at night when someone fired gunshots at them. The tribe reported...
Onondaga Nation to celebrate 400th anniversary of 1613 treaty (August 9, 2012)
The Onondaga Nation of New York is preparing to celebrate the 400th anniversary of a treaty that was signed in 1613. The tribe recorded the treaty with the Two Row Wampum Belt. The original is stored in Canada, Onondaga Chief...
NPR: Elizabeth Warren and questions about her 'Indian' heritage (August 9, 2012)
"A controversy about identity has erupted in the race for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. News outlets revealed Democrat Elizabeth Warren claimed Cherokee ancestry during her academic career, and critics say Warren isn't providing enough documentation to prove her identity." Get...
BIA denies exposing pregnancy of teen at school in New Mexico (August 9, 2012)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is denying allegations in a lawsuit filed by a former student whose pregnancy was exposed to her entire school. Shantelle Hicks, 15, informed a dormitory manager at the Wingate Elementary School of her pregnancy. She...
Editorial: Kevin Washburn a worthy pick for Assistant Secretary (August 9, 2012)
"A New Mexican has been tapped for the highest-ranking federal post for Native American issues. President Barack Obama nominated University of New Mexico law school dean Kevin Washburn to be the next assistant secretary of Interior for Indian affairs. If...
Bad River Band starts removal process for chair Michael Wiggins (August 9, 2012)
Michael Wiggins, the chairman of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin, is being removed from office. Wiggins said the tribal council's 4-2 to start removal proceedings came out of the blue. “It’s...
ICT conversation with Steve Stonearrow about Lakota traditions (August 9, 2012)
"Lakota Medicine Man Steve Stonearrow traveled to northwestern Connecticut along with a group of Lakota elders to perform a naming ceremony for a white buffalo born June 16. This interview took place the night of July 29, the day after...
MinnPost: Indian social workers bring experience to community (August 9, 2012)
"With four words, Korina Barry sums up her teens, the times and impetus that helped put her in the chair where she sits today, aiding others. “It’s been a ride,’’ she says. Those were make-or-break years. “I struggled with school...
Byron Dorgan: FCC's proposal poses a threat to Indian Country (August 9, 2012)
"What do border security efforts in Texas, health care in Kansas and economic development on an Indian reservation in New Mexico have in common? All three rely on high-speed Internet services provided by small, independent rural telecommunications companies. And the...
Native Sun News: Lakota youth unite for skateboarding contest (August 9, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Karin Eagle, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Derek Hill, Pine Ridge, shows his best for the judges at the Toby Eagle Bull Memorial Sk8Jam Competition. Walt...
Ex-Seminole leader David Cypress faces prison time in tax case (August 9, 2012)
David Cypress, a former leader of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, will be sentenced today for filing a false tax return. While he sat on the council, Cypress, 61, accepted a salary and doled out million of dollars in discretionary...
DC Circuit weighs contempt case against DOI Secretary Salazar (August 9, 2012)
Like two of his predecessors, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has been held in contempt of court but it wasn't for his role in the Cobell trust fund lawsuit. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday considered whether Salazar can be...
Cobell plaintiffs oppose attorney fees for NARF for work on case (August 9, 2012)
The plaintiffs in the Cobell trust fund lawsuit say the Native American Rights Fund should not be awarded attorney's fees and expenses as part of the $3.4 billion settlement to the case. Along with lead counsel Dennis Gingold, an independent...
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5 Supreme Court shakes up docket by accepting sovereignty case at request of tribe
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