Patricia Michaels gets through another week on Project Runway (March 14, 2013)
Fashion designer Patricia Michaels of Taos Pueblo has made it through another week on Project Runway. Michaels, the first Native American to appear on the show, has repeatedly earned praise from the judges for her unique looks and innovative...
Clint Carroll: Minnesota wolf policy should include Ojibwe tribes (March 14, 2013)
Clint Carroll on the importance of wolves in Ojibwe culture: On Thursday, the Minnesota Senate Environment and Energy Committee could decide the fate of a bill (SF666) that would reinstate the five-year moratorium on wolf hunting that was disregarded last...
Inquiry into death of Native girl put on hold again as costs climb (March 14, 2013)
The inquiry into the death of Phoenix Sinclair has been put on hold again as costs of the probe have risen to more than $6 million. Phoenix was under the care of Manitoba's Child and Family Services when she was...
8th Circuit upholds conviction of theft from Spirit Lake Nation (March 14, 2013)
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction and sentence of a woman who stole from the Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota. Patricia Robertson, a tribal member, administered the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for the tribe....
Eastern Cherokees estimate damage from winter storm at $3M (March 14, 2013)
Severe winter rainstorms caused an estimated $3 million damage to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. Four days of storms in January caused damage throughout the reservation. One road alone will cost about $1.3 million to fix,...
Lac du Flambeau Band joins effort to promote financial literacy (March 14, 2013)
The Lac du Flambeau Tribe is part of a group that won a financial literacy award from the state of Wisconsin. Zhoonyia Gikendasowin means "Money Knowedge" in the Ojibwe language. The group helps tribal and non-tribal members with financial issues....
Ceremony recognizes Council of Confederated Chilocco Tribes (March 14, 2013)
A ceremony recognized the five tribes that make up the Council of Confederated Chilocco Tribes. Under an agreement with the council, Oklahoma State University's University Multispectral Laboratories has used the former Chilocco Indian School for urban, and aviation operational testing....
Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians embroiled in dispute (March 14, 2013)
A leadership dispute within the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians of California appears to have no resolution in sight. One group is controlled by Nancy Ayala and other is run by Reggie Lewis. Each claims to have four council...
Grand Ronde Tribes observe 30 years since federal restoration (March 14, 2013)
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the law that restored the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in Oregon to federal government. The tribe was terminated in 1954. Council member Cheryle Kennedy, 65, keeps a copy of the Federal Register...
Nakia Zavalla: Chumash Tribe building bridges with community (March 14, 2013)
Nakia Zavalla, the cultural director for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in California, discusses efforts to build bridges with the local community: On the positive side, I have heard of stories from the past about the relationships...
Kalispel Tribe preserves Salish language for future generations (March 14, 2013)
The Kalispel Tribe of Washington hosted a three-day Salish language conference last week, an event that keeps getting bigger every year. JR Bluff, the tribe's assistant director of culture, started language preservation efforts a few years ago when only a...
Law Article: Hualapai tribal bankruptcy case raises new issues (March 14, 2013)
Is a corporation owned by the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona eligible for bankruptcy in federal court? Attorneys consider the issue: On March 4, 2013, ‘SA’ NYU WA, Inc., a tribally-chartered corporation wholly owned by the Hualapai Indian Tribe, filed a...
Natalie Landreth: Alaska Native women excluded in new VAWA (March 14, 2013)
Natalie Landreth, an attorney with the Native American Rights Fund, explains why S.47, which reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act, erodes protections for Alaska Native women: Last Thursday, March 7, President Obama signed into law the reauthorization of the Violence...
Onondaga Nation calls on Pope Francis to repeal lands doctrine (March 14, 2013)
The Onondaga Nation of New York is calling on Pope Francis, the new leader of the Catholic Church, to repeal the Doctrine of Discovery. The doctrine arose from a series of papal bulls that were used to justify the taking...
Freedmen anticipate Cherokee Nation appeal to Supreme Court (March 14, 2013)
The president of the Descendants Of Freedmen Of The Five Civilized Tribes expects the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the Freedmen citizenship dispute. Marilyn Vann sued the Interior Department for allowing the tribe...
Native Sun News: Prison guards watched as Indian inmate died (March 14, 2013)
The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Tony Lester Indian inmate bled to death while officers filmed it By Brandon Ecoffey Native Sun News Staff Writer...
Jim Enote: Buyer beware as auction house offers 'Zuni' masks (March 14, 2013)
Jim Enote, the director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center at Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico, on the auction of Zuni and Hopi cultural items in France: After carefully examining thousands of “ceremonial” objects including Zuni masks held...
Sen. Harry Reid: Indian women heard with enactment of VAWA (March 14, 2013)
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada), the Senate majority leader, on the importance of tribal jurisdiction provisions in S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act: March 7 was a momentous day -- President Obama was finally able to sign...
Steve Russell: Why should we care about selection of new pope (March 14, 2013)
Steve Russell on the selection of Pope Francis: Why care about who heads a fantasy world of wealthy child molesters? We have to. From the time Constantine made Catholicism the state religion of the Roman Empire until the Treaty of...
Rep. Frank Pallone, advocate for tribes, considers Senate run (March 14, 2013)
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-New Jersey), the longtime vice chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus, is considering a run for Senate, The New York Times reports. “I’ve always been interested in the Senate,” Pallone told the paper. “And I’m going...
Opinion: Never say never -- Redskins owner vowed no change (March 14, 2013)
Washington Post sports blogger Dan Steinberg doesn't think the Washington Redskins professional football team will ever change its name: Anyhow, Mike Wise and I appeared to have made a friendly lunch wager on whether the Redskins will change their name...
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in New Mexico for Pueblo events (March 14, 2013)
Outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is in New Mexico for two events with Pueblo tribes. Salazar will be at Sandia Pueblo this morning. The tribe is the first to implement regulations under H.R.205, the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal...
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