USDA Blog: Secretary Tom Vilsack hosts tribal colleges in DC (February 11, 2013)
"Speaking to the presidents of tribal colleges from across the nation at the Agriculture Department last week, Secretary Tom Vilsack expressed his commitment to support Tribes and further strengthening the government-to-government relationship. While USDA faces substantial budget uncertainty in the...
Senate set for vote on VAWA with tribal jurisdiction provisions (February 11, 2013)
The Senate is set for a final vote today or tomorrow on S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The bill recognizes tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence offenses on reservations. Studies show that the...
Mark Trahant: Indian Country loses with budget sequestration (February 11, 2013)
"Friday the White House released new details about the stark nature of those cuts, including deep cuts to food safety, mental health, head start, teaching jobs, workplace safety, in other words, across virtually all platforms of the federal government. The...
Donna Ennis: Child welfare system not helping Indian children (February 11, 2013)
"I have worked with over a thousand foster youth in the past 20 years. Thanks to Facebook and other social media sites I am able to stay in contact with them after they have left foster care and moved onto...
Ruth Hopkins: Genocide takes a new disguise in youth suicide (February 11, 2013)
"Genocide has found a new disguise: that of adolescent suicide. According to the Indian Health Service, Natives who fall between 10 and 24 years of age have the highest rate of suicide of all racial groups. Despite this epidemic, we’re...
Editorial: Let Alaska Native village have road through refuge (February 11, 2013)
"If Interior Secretary Ken Salazar balks at overruling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's myopic decision blocking a short, one-lane road between King Cove and Cold Bay - and it stands - there is a single certainty. Someone will die....
Opinion: Don't leave out Bad River Band in mining negotiation (February 11, 2013)
"The framing of the mining controversy by mainstream media as an issue of jobs vs. environmental protection gives short shrift to the issue of cultural survival for the Bad River Chippewa tribe. Tribal chairman Mike Wiggins Jr. has testified that...
National Parks: Eastern Cherokees pitching in for road repairs (February 11, 2013)
"Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians hope some financial incentives, and disincentives, will speed repairs to the Newfound Gap Road, which was severed by a landslide in January. The two are pooling resources to...
Blog: Momentum builds to eliminate offensive Redskins name (February 11, 2013)
"It was mentioned in today’s one-liners, but the topic demands an article of its own. The NFL franchise assigned to Washington, D.C., has a name that is both racist and offensive. Most Americans have become desensitized to that fact. But...
Chief Allan: Coeur d'Alene Tribe works to preserve our history (February 11, 2013)
"The Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s aboriginal territory spanned nearly 4 million acres across the region. For thousands of years, our ancestors before us centered their lives on Lake Coeur d’Alene and its tributaries, leaving evidence of their lives in the region....
Editorial: Reauthorize VAWA with tribal jurisdiction provisions (February 11, 2013)
"Commit an act of domestic violence in a neighboring county or state, and you can be arrested by local authorities and prosecuted in that jurisdiction's court. Commit an act of domestic violence in another country, you can be arrested by...
Column: Failing to respond to violence against Native women (February 11, 2013)
"The Violence Against Women Act, providing funding for local programs and setting up an Office on Violence Against Women in the Department of Justice, was passed in 1994. Since then, Congress has twice reauthorized the legislation, fairly uneventfully. But in...
Column: Finally listening to Native Americans about mascots (February 11, 2013)
"The Post recently published a spate of columns, by different writers, calling for the local National Football League team’s nickname to be changed to avoid its racist overtones. You know, the red and gold team led by Robert Griffin III....
Opinion: Sally Jewell shares passions of Interior Department (February 11, 2013)
"The emperor of the American outdoors usually wears a cowboy hat, for the lashing dust and searing sun in the domain of the Interior Department, one-fifth of the United States. James Watt, the most small-minded head of that agency in...
Charles Trimble: Attempting to profit from hallowed grounds (February 11, 2013)
A news story on Indianz.com tells that James A. Czywczynski, owner the lands where the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre took place, is offering to sell that forty-acre sacred site for $3.9 million. The decision to sell the land and to...
Tim Giago: Signing off after more than 30 years of columns (February 11, 2013)
Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © Unity South Dakota We all, eventually, reach that point in our lives when it is time to move on. For more than 30 years I have spent each Sunday morning...
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