Acoma Pueblo reportedly withdraws from rights-of-way talks (August 28, 2012)
Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico has reportedly withdrawn from rights-of-way talks with a utility that supplies power on the reservation. The tribe's prior agreement with the Continental Divide Electric Cooperative expired in July 2011, The Cibola Beacon reported. The tribe...
Oglala Sioux Tribe opens $3.6M building for housing authority (August 28, 2012)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota dedicated a new building for its housing authority. The tribe secured a $3.6 million loan from the Department of Agriculture for the 13,500-square-foot building in Pine Ridge. It will be the headquarters for...
Suquamish Tribe sues to stop Navy from building $715M wharf (August 28, 2012)
The Suquamish Tribe of Washington is suing the U.S. Navy and other federal agencies to stop the construction of a $715 million explosives handling wharf. The tribe say the wharf will violate its rights under the 1855 Treaty of Point...
Column: Tribe struggles between past and prrsent in Colombia (August 28, 2012)
"On an ordinary day in 1988 a group of 49 mostly women and children walked out of the jungle and into the small village of Calamar, in the Amazon region of Colombia. Their heads were shaved and their faces were...
Cocopah Tribe investigating police chief for misplaced firearm (August 28, 2012)
The Cocopah Tribe of Arizona is investigating its police chief after he apparently left his service firearm at a home with small children. Police Chief James Spurgeon went to a friend's home in Yuma, Arizona, on Friday night. A six-year-old...
Opinion: ICWA punishes child returned to her Cherokee father (August 28, 2012)
"Marcia Zug knows a lot about family and Indian law. In her recent Slate piece, she swims against the strong current of outrage that ensued when “Baby Veronica,” age 2½, was taken from her adoptive parents, the Capobiancos—with whom she’d...
Column: Stanley Crooks sought to share Shakopee Tribe story (August 28, 2012)
"When I talked with Stanley Crooks, the Shakopee Mdewakanton tribal chairman, a few weeks ago by phone, I was struck by how he wanted to tell his life story. He was ready to talk, as if he had things to...
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe schedules powwow in new location (August 28, 2012)
The Little Shell Chippewa Tribe of Montana is moving its powwow to a new location this year. The Little Shell Pow Wow takes place September 1-2 in Great Falls. It had been held in Lewistown for the past 17 years....
Kevin Abourezk: Whiteclay protesters removed in horse trailer (August 28, 2012)
"A protest in the Nebraska border town of Whiteclay ended Sunday after officers used a horse trailer to move five protesters to a nearby town. Olowan Martinez, a Lakota woman and protest organizer, said Monday the five had locked arms...
Column: Learning from the 'collapse' of the Mayan civilization (August 28, 2012)
"With drought draped across all of New Mexico and much of the United States to our east and west, it’s an interesting time to think about the prehistoric Mayan city of Chichén Itzá. Its fate is a reminder that drought...
New Mexico Republican staying in post after Custer joke email (August 28, 2012)
A Republican National Committeeman who angered tribal leaders in New Mexico by bringing up George Armstrong Custer looks to be staying in his post. In an email, attorney Pat Rogers forwarded a news report of a meeting between tribal leaders...
Muscogee Nation reaches tobacco tax compact with governor (August 28, 2012)
The Muscogee Nation signed a tobacco compact with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) on Friday. The tribe was the last major holdout to a compact. The deal ends years of litigation over taxation of tobacco products sold by tribal retailers....
BIA reportedly sets deadline over Spirit Lake Nation contracts (August 28, 2012)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has reportedly set a September 10 deadline to take over self-determination contracts for the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation in North Dakota. Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) told The Grand Forks Herald that he spoke with...
Blackfeet Nation declares emergency amid leadership turmoil (August 28, 2012)
The Blackfeet Nation of Montana declared a state of emergency on Monday as a leadership dispute deepened. The council suspended three more members, bringing the total number of suspended or ousted council members to five. The council has nine members....
Chippewa Cree Tribe responds to audit on use of $12.3M grant (August 28, 2012)
The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana said it is implementing new procedures in response to a Department of Justice audit. The tribe received $12.3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to build a new detention facility. A July...
Harold Monteau: Republican shares racist Custer joke in email (August 28, 2012)
"What in the present atmosphere of the Anglo American existence makes it acceptable for someone to ridicule, demean and dehumanize non-Anglo people and then try to justify what they have said as “humor”? This humor, at the expense of blacks,...
Native Sun News: Rosebud Sioux Tribe debates term limit issue (August 28, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy, Native Sun News Editor. All content © Native Sun News. After having a term-limit challenge filed against him, Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Rodney Bordeaux will remain in the running for...
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