Editorial: 'Indian' mascots in Michigan can teach about tribes (February 28, 2013)
Michigan newspaper says state Civil Rights Department should leave Indian mascots alone: Area high schools would be affected by a requested order to ban American Indian nicknames, mascots, images and chants. If there is evidence that use of American Indian...
Opinion: Chumash Tribe won't compromise on land-into-trust (February 28, 2013)
A critic of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians discusses land-into-trust issues: On Jan. 21, the Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians held a public meeting proposing a number of development plans for their 1,400 acres — Camp 4...
KOSU News: Tribes in Oklahoma help communities with water (February 28, 2013)
KOSU News reports on Oklahoma tribes helping out small communities with water: Duane Smith, water consultant for the Chickasaw Tribe, in front of Hillside Spring at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, Okla. Oklahoma’s water infrastructure needs are daunting,...
Editorial: Navajo Nation and state must cooperate on highway (February 28, 2013)
The Arizona Daily Sun urges the Navajo Nation and the Arizona Department of Transportation to work together to address road conditions on the reservation: Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly predicts eight months. The Arizona Department of Transportation says it...
Wisconsin Senate approves mining bill despite tribal protests (February 28, 2013)
The Wisconsin Senate voted 17-16 to approve a controversial mining bill opposed by the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians and other tribes. Tribal members protested at the State Capitol on Wednesday as debate...
Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation suspends director of social services (February 28, 2013)
Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota suspended its social services director, who is facing domestic violence charges. Mark Little Owl, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, is accused of hitting a woman and shoving a child,...
Montana Senate passes bill to create tribal language program (February 28, 2013)
The Montana Senate voted 44-6 to pass SB 342, a bill to create a tribal language pilot program, on Wednesday. The bill sets aside $2 million for each of the state's eight tribes. They will be able to use the...
Deadline for second round of Cobell settlement is almost here (February 28, 2013)
The deadline for the second round of payments from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement is almost here. Indian beneficiaries who received a $1,000 payment from the historical accounting class are already included in the trust administration class. But...
Historic preservation board pick fought tribes on sacred sites (February 28, 2013)
A new member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has fought tribes on sacred sites. Lynne Sebastian was appointed as an "expert member" by President Barack Obama on January 22. “The ACHP’s mission of promoting the preservation and appreciation...
Theodora Bird Bear: Oppose plan for Cobell land consolidation (February 28, 2013)
Theodora Bird Bear urges Indian beneficiaries and their family members to object to the $1.9 billion land consolidation component of the Cobell trust fund settlement: Right now, the feds are required to respond to any written comments submitted to them...
Hundreds mark Wounded Knee occupation's 40th anniversary (February 28, 2013)
Hundreds of people gathered on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota on Wednesday to mark the 40th anniversary of the occupation of Wounded Knee. The American Indian Movement started the occupation on February 27, 1973. It lasted 71 days...
LAT: Remembering Wounded Knee 1973 through photography (February 28, 2013)
Photographer Jim Hubbard, who covered Wounded 1973 for United Press International, shares his observations: During the cold of winter in late February 1973, UPI dispatched me to the village of Wounded Knee, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Reservation. A...
NPR: Photographer shares experience at Wounded Knee 1973 (February 28, 2013)
Photographer Owen Luck discusses his experience at Wounded Knee 1973 with National Public Radio: Forty years ago, a caravan of more than 50 cars full of demonstrators pulled into Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. That day marked the...
Energy giant suspending offshore drilling operations in Alaska (February 28, 2013)
Energy giant Shell Oil said it was suspending offshore drilling operations in Alaska for the remainder of 2013. Shell was involved in a series of mishaps in Alaska last year. That prompted the interior Department to launch a review of...
Alaska Native village meets Secretary Salazar to discuss road (February 28, 2013)
Residents and leaders of the Alaska Native village of King Cove met with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar this morning to discuss a road they say will ensure their health and safety. The village wants to build a road to a...
Mark Trahant: Sequestration lands big blow on Indian Country (February 28, 2013)
Native journalist and blogger Mark Trahant analyzes the impending sequester: And so austerity begins across the United States. On March 1, a few hours from now, the federal government will officially sequester funds that have already been appropriated, $85 billion....
Joe Burton, Soboba Band, plays final college basketball game (February 28, 2013)
Joe Burton, a member of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, is playing his final game for Oregon State University tonight. Burton grew up on his reservation in southern California. He was the first member of his tribe to...
Tribal provisions of Violence Against Women Act survive fight (February 28, 2013)
After months of opposition from Republicans, it looks like the Violence Against Women Act will finally clear Congress this week.
Voting Rights Act challenged by Supreme Court conservatives (February 28, 2013)
The U.S. Supreme Court heard Shelby County v. Holder, a Voting Rights Act case, on Wednesday, with conservative justices questioning a key provision of the law. Section 5 requires certain states and local governments to submit voting changes to the...
Native Sun News: Indian family feels crime slanted by media (February 28, 2013)
The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Charles “Chuck” Birdhead is charged with the death of 33 year old Eustacio Marrufo. The Family of BirdHead feels...
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