Sen. Begich criticizes state for targeting Alaska Native voters (March 11, 2013)
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) says politicians in his state are trying to make it harder for Alaska Natives to vote. Alaska Natives represent 16 percent of the state population. They played a major role in sending Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)...
Tribes lobby Congress for equal treatment on tax-free bonds (March 11, 2013)
Tribes are lobbying Congress for equal treatment in issuing tax-exempt bonds. Tribes often issue tax-exempt bonds for economic development projects. But the Internal Revenue Service has determined that projects such as casinos and hotels do not represent traditional "government" functions....
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee, explains no vote on VAWA (March 11, 2013)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma) voted against S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, because it included “sexual orientation” language, The Cherokee Phoenix reports. Mullin, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, was one of 138 Republicans who voted...
FEMA to consult tribes about new disaster declaration process (March 11, 2013)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is consulting tribes about a disaster declaration process that will recognize their sovereignty. In January, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that allows tribes to request disaster declarations from the federal government. Previously,...
Column: There's no debate on eliminating Washington Redskins (March 11, 2013)
Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise explains why he's against the name of the Washington Redskins professional football team: I want to see both sides in this. I really do. But two hours after the meaning of the name of...
Tribes in Oklahoma prepare for jurisdiction provision in VAWA (March 11, 2013)
Tribes in Oklahoma are debating how best to implement S.47, a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act that allows them to investigate, prosecute and sentence non-Indians for domestic violence offenses. The Cherokee Nation and the Muscogee Nation already operate...
Column: Memorial service honors Richard Twiss, Rosebud Sioux (March 11, 2013)
A memorial service was held in honor of Richard Twiss, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota who died on February 9: A memorial service Sunday will honor a pastor, professor, author and community leader whose work...
USDA Blog: Arthur Blazer discusses sacred site efforts at NCAI (March 11, 2013)
Arthur “Butch” Blazer, a member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe of New Mexico who serves as Deputy Undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture, spoke to the National Congress of American Indians last week: As part of President Obama’s commitment to...
Colorado tribes lead effort for reburial locations on public lands (March 11, 2013)
Tribes in Colorado are leading an effort to find suitable locations to rebury ancestral remains. The Southern Ute Tribe and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe convened a group to identify places on state and federal land where remains and artifacts...
Native Sun News: First Nations leaders slam Keystone XL study (March 11, 2013)
The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman, Native Sun News Health & Environment Editor. All content © Native Sun News. Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam Route of proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Indigenous leadership rejects federal...
Native Sun News: South Dakota Republicans vote against VAWA (March 11, 2013)
The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota) votes against VAWA and reportedly advocates against tribes. Photo Courtesy www.hcpdblog.com Senator John Thune...
Opinion: Supreme Court shifts to the right on affirmative action (March 11, 2013)
The U.S. Supreme Court will be ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas this term: When the Supreme Court last ruled on affirmative action, almost a decade ago, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy issued a 13-page dissent that may now provide...
Marc Simmons: Spanish official harsh on tribes in New Mexico (March 11, 2013)
Historian Marc Simmons on the crimes of an early Spanish Colonial governor: Who today knows the name of Diego de Peñalosa? Very few people, I suspect, even though he was one of the more fascinating of New Mexico’s Spanish Colonial...
Editorial: Tribal colleges a worthy investment for North Dakota (March 11, 2013)
The Grand Forks Herald supports Senate Bill 2218 to help tribal colleges improve workforce opportunities in Indian Country: North Dakota boasts the lowest statewide unemployment in the nation. But unemployment remains shockingly high in a few places, notably on Indian...
Charles Kader: Keeping the momentum going for Idle No More (March 11, 2013)
Charles Kader explains why the Idle No More movement isn't going away: Idle No More has had approximately a dozen weeks of select media coverage behind it, and certain factors have been irrevocably altered. The founders of the movement are...
Winona LaDuke: Hugo Chavez committed to indigenous people (March 11, 2013)
Activist Winona LaDuke pays tribute to the late Hugo Chavez, the former president of Venezuela: I was a great admirer of Hugo Chavez, thankful for his generosity, his courage, his leadership, and his commitment to Indigenous peoples. My first memory...
Donna Ennis: Ensuring racial equity in juvenile justice systems (March 11, 2013)
Donna Ennis, the chair of the Minnesota Indian Child Welfare Advisory Council, discusses juvenile justice issues: I have been involved for the past several years in the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI). There is overwhelming evidence that the wholesale incarceration...
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