Sentencing delayed for man over murder of Indian toddler (September 17, 2012)
Sentencing has been delayed for a man who pleaded guilty for murdering a three-year-old Indian boy in Oklahoma. Jason Cline, 28, admitted that he caused the death of Cody Paul Chama by "willful or malicious use of reasonable force." He...
Developer goes back to federal court in Hualapai Tribe feud (September 17, 2012)
A non-Indian developer is going back to federal court to seek $28 million arbitration award against the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona. David Jin, the developer behind the Grand Canyon Skywalk, claims the American Arbitration Association awarded him the judgment. He...
BIA to take over Spirit Lake Nation social services program (September 17, 2012)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs will take control of social services from the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation of North Dakota. The tribe had a self-determination contract with the BIA. But the tribe requested a retrocession amid scrutiny of child welfare...
Seneca Nation seeking $7.5M from IHS in contract dispute (September 17, 2012)
The Seneca Nation of New York is seeking $7.5 million from the Department of Health and Human Services in a self-determination contract dispute. The tribe says the Indian Health Service, which is part of HHS, underfunded the contract by miscounting...
Court allows lawsuit against Viejas emergency responders (September 17, 2012)
The fire department run by the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians does not enjoy sovereign immunity, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.
Rosebud Sioux Tribe to seek trust status for Black Hills site (September 17, 2012)
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota plans to submit a land-into-trust application for a sacred site in the Black Hills. The tribe has signed an agreement to buy nearly 2,000 acres for $9 million. The goal is to protect...
Group says buses from reservations are part of voter fraud (September 17, 2012)
A group linked to the Tea Party and conservative causes is spreading stories nationwide about "voter fraud buses," The New York Times reports. In one version of the story, a bus full of people from a reservation shows up at...
Navajo Nation seeing an increase in new cases of HIV/AIDS (September 17, 2012)
The Navajo Nation is seeing a dramatic rise in new HIV/AIDS cases. A report from the Indian Health Service, the Navajo Nation Health Education Program, and the Navajo AIDS Network said 40 new cases were diagnosed last year. That's up...
History: The day the U.S. military slaughtered tribal horses (September 17, 2012)
"In walking distance from the Idaho-Washington state line, just north of I-90, stands a lonely granite monument in an open field. It is a sad memorial to man's inhumanity. A bad thing happened there 158 years ago this month. It...
Editorial: Start the healing process on Indian child takings (September 17, 2012)
"Historically, efforts to assimilate Indian children into non-native culture, in many cases, devastated tribal communities. In the 1800s, church groups, with government support, took Indian children and sent them to boarding schools, far from their culture, religion, language and families....
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on Thursday (September 17, 2012)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing this Thursday. The hearing is entitled "Advancing the Federal-Tribal Relationship through Self-Governance and Self-Determination." It will take place at 2:15pm in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Senate Office Building....
Dwanna Robertson: A little request about 'Indian' mascots (September 17, 2012)
"With football and the fall season—which is always tough for Native folks because of the U.S.’s insistence on honoring Columbus, the awful Pocahontas Halloween costumes, and the ever-present Thanksgiving mythology of the goodness of the pilgrims and the simple-mindedness of...
Steve Russell: Health care and Barack Obama on train ride (September 17, 2012)
"An argument for train travel is the people you meet. Some might take that as an argument against, but I’m not sure why a practicing xenophobe would be traveling in the first place. To travel is to invite the unfamiliar...
Walt Lamar: Rate of flu shots low among American Indians (September 17, 2012)
"This fall, most of us will suffer from nothing worse than hay fever. However, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued several warnings recently about rising numbers of more serious illnesses. The bad news is that these serious ailments...
Tim Giago: Claiming Indian heritage does not make it right (September 17, 2012)
Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © 2012 Unity South Dakota Foundation There is a recurring problem in Indian country that has been a bother for many years. I hear Native Americans discussing it oftentimes with a...
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