Alaska Federation of Natives includes all tribes as members (February 25, 2013)
All 229 federally recognized tribes in Alaska now have a voice with the Alaska Federation of Natives. Most tribes are already members of AFN. But now they will get to help choose representatives on AFN's 37-member board. “The AFN has...
Sherry Counts: Hualapai Tribe remains open for all business (February 25, 2013)
"As chairwoman of the Hualapai Tribe, I can tell you we are open for business. Much like every Native American tribe across the country, we have hundreds of outstanding relationships with off-reservation contractors. Those partnerships are successful because both parties...
Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe elects two newcomers to council (February 25, 2013)
Members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts went to the polls on Saturday to choose members of the council. Chairman Cedric Cromwell won re-election to a second term. He defeated two challengers by sizable margins. Two other incumbents, however,...
Sen. Murkowski threatens to block pick for Interior Secretary (February 25, 2013)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is threatening to block Interior Department nominee Sally Jewell unless the Obama administration agrees to a road for an Alaska Native village. The village of King Cove wants to build a road to an airport in...
Deadline approaching for second round of Cobell settlement (February 25, 2013)
March 1 is the deadline to apply for a second round of payments from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement. The second payments covers the trust administration class. Move beneficiaries will receive $800 but others will receive more, based...
NCAI denounces Sen. Grassley for 'fear mongering' on tribes (February 25, 2013)
[YouTube: Sen. Grassley doesn't think Native Americans can hold fair trials] The National Congress of American Indians denounced Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for comments he made about tribal courts. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was one of 22 Republicans who...
House to consider VAWA with different jurisdiction provisions (February 25, 2013)
Republicans in the House are fast-tracking a version of the Violence Against Women Act with tribal jurisdiction provisions that differ from the bill that passed the Senate. The bill recognizes tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence offenses on...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds first business meeting (February 25, 2013)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold its first business meeting of the 113th Congress on Tuesday. Among other business, the committee will officially elect Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) as chair. She is the first woman to lead the panel....
Marc Simmons: Army used 'talking mirrors' to find Geronimo (February 25, 2013)
"During the last campaign against Geronimo in 1886, the U.S. Army introduced a heliograph system for the rapid transmission of messages across the Southwestern deserts. The heliograph was a small, round mirror mounted on a movable bracket and a tripod....
Smithsonian Mag: Tracking 'uncontacted' tribes in Colombia (February 25, 2013)
"On a cloudless afternoon in the foothills of the Andes, Eliana Martínez took off for the Amazon jungle in a single-engine Cessna 172K from an airstrip near Colombia’s capital, Bogotá. Squeezed with her in the tiny four-seat compartment were Roberto...
Ray Halbritter: Helping schools to eliminate 'Indian' mascots (February 25, 2013)
"The owners of professional sports franchises like the Cleveland Indians, the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Redskins continue to disrespect the heritage of Native American people with mascots and logos that insultingly portray aspects of our culture as a cheap...
MPBN: Bill allows tax exemption for ceremonial tobacco uses (February 25, 2013)
"Lawmakers in Augusta are considering a measure that would exempt the Penobscot National and other Maine tribes from paying sales taxes on certain tobacco products, specifically those used for ritual or ceremontial purposes. As originally drafted, the bill would have...
Editorial: Congress must renew Violence Against Women Act (February 25, 2013)
"The Senate and House last year each passed bills to reauthorize the act, but differences over new provisions for gay, immigrant and Native American victims of intimate partner violence — opposed by the Republican-led House — derailed reauthorization. The Senate...
Opinion: Racism plays on with Washington 'Redskins' mascot (February 25, 2013)
"As many have pointed out, we’d never allow, for example, a Washington Blackskins or a Washington Yellowskins, nor should we. Nor would we allow a baseball team to be called the Cleveland Jews. Yet, we somehow justify keeping Native Americans...
Review: Negative picture of anthropology in 'Noble Savages' (February 25, 2013)
"Napoleon Chagnon’s “Noble Savages” is a sprawling book that explores his complicated relationship with the Yanomamo Indians of Venezuela, as well as his war with anthropology. Author of one of the best-selling anthropology texts of all time, “Yanomamo: The...
Column: Basketball team energizes urban Indian community (February 25, 2013)
"With eight minutes to go in the half, 15-year-old Evan Denny found his sweet spot, the far right corner just past the three-point line. Denny was one of the smaller guys on the court, but he’s known for his shooting...
Native Sun News: Native activists join anti-Keystone XL rally (February 25, 2013)
The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman, Native Sun News Health & Environment Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Native Americans joined other opponents of Canadian tar-sands mining and the associated Keystone XL Pipeline on Feb....
Julianne Jennings: Italian carnival an insult to Native peoples (February 25, 2013)
"While strolling with friends through the busy streets of Spoleto, an ancient Italian city in the province of Umbria, we stepped into the start of celebrations or carnivals called, Quaresima. This is the time that precedes the celebration of Easter...
Jay Daniels: Indian land consolidation marks a new beginning (February 25, 2013)
"The Department of Interior recently completed the final tribal consultations for the implementation of the Cobell Settlement's Land Buy Back Program for Tribal Nations. Tribal Consultations were previously conducted in Billings, Montana (July 15, 2011), Minneapolis, Minnesota (August 18, 2011),...
Gabe Galanda: More bad moves for Indian land consolidation (February 25, 2013)
" There were several revelations from the Department of the Interior during its tribal consultation in Seattle last week. Interior officials successfully conveyed to Indian leaders their best of intentions as to the copy.9 billion Indian land consolidation effort, which...
Mark Trahant: Plan for a chaotic month with budget sequester (February 25, 2013)
"The sequester begins in four days and Congress is set on a do nothing course. Not that anyone is happy about it. The White House over the weekend released a state-by-state list of impacts. (I wish a similar sheet had...
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