Makah Nation welcomes Superfund listing for polluted site (May 22, 2013)
A polluted site on the Makah Nation in Washington could be added to the national Superfund list. The Warmhouse Beach dump was used as a dump site by the U.S. Air Force and by tribal members. The tribe asked...
Te-Moak Tribe implements program to protect sage grouse (May 22, 2013)
The Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians in Nevada is implementing a program to protect the sage grouse, a bird that could be placed on the endangered species list. The tribe's program is modeled after the one in Elko County....
Chippewa Cree Tribe postpones election due to challenge (May 22, 2013)
The election committee for the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana postponed a special election for the chairman's post. The election was due to take place yesterday. But a tribal court lawsuit filed by former chairman Ken Blatt St. Marks raised...
Eastern Cherokees take over welfare assistance program (May 22, 2013)
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina is running its own welfare assistance program. Previously, tribal members had to go to neighboring counties. Now they can go to their own government for help. "People are more comfortable going...
Judge won't stop Nooksack Tribe from ousting 306 people (May 22, 2013)
The Nooksack Tribe of Washington will move forward with disenrollment proceedings against 306 people, Chairman Bob Kelly said. Kelly said the tribe's court confirmed that the power to determine membership with the tribal council. He disputed allegations that the 306...
Column: Tribes forced out of homelands across the nation (May 22, 2013)
Columnist traces the history of Indian policy through war, treaties and removal: The end of the Civil War signaled a renewed effort on the part of the federal government to address “the Indian problem.” During the first half of the...
Opinion: Christian forefathers perpetrated Indian genocide (May 22, 2013)
Writer says Christian forefathers perpetrated genocide on Indian people: We have so much unfinished business when it comes to healing the breach that exists between us and our American Indian brothers. Consider these facts: Native Americans have the highest poverty...
Osage Nation leader defends rape suspect at bond hearing (May 22, 2013)
Scott BigHorse, the assistant chief of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma, testified in support of a tribal employee who has been charged with rape, The Bigheart Times reports. BigHorse called Christopher Beatty Harris, who has been charged with rape, assault...
South Dakota files motion to dismiss tribes' ICWA lawsuit (May 22, 2013)
The South Dakota Department of Social Services is seeking the dismissal of an Indian Child Welfare Act lawsuit filed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. The lawsuit accuses the state of violating ICWA by removing Indian...
Column: Honor song debate shines light on race relations (May 22, 2013)
Columnist posts some of the public reaction to the honor song debate in Chamberlain, South Dakota: The issue of race doesn’t come up much in South Dakota until there’s a controversy such as the Chamberlain graduation ceremony that erupted last...
Native American Natural Foods going strong after sx years (May 22, 2013)
Native American Natural Foods, an Indian-owned business on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, is still going strong, six years after introducing its first product. The Tanka Bar is now sold in all 50 states and by major companies...
Native Sun News: Tribes walk out of Keystone XL meeting (May 22, 2013)
“The Oceti Sakowin are united in this effort to stop the pipeline. It will not cross our lands. When we come together we have the power to stop anything,” said Rosebud Sioux Tribal President Cyril “Whitey” Scott.
KUOW: Duwamish Tribe still looking for federal recognition (May 22, 2013)
KUOW public radio reports on the Duwamish Tribe of Washington and its long struggle for federal recognition: On a rainy Saturday afternoon, a strong brew of native tea warms up the crowd at the Duwamish Longhouse in West Seattle. The...
This Land: One man's fight for Cherokee Freedmen justice (May 22, 2013)
This Land Magazine publishes a lengthy article about the Freedmen citizenship dispute within the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the role played by David Cornsilk, a tribal member: On an oppressively hot evening last May, David Cornsilk addressed a room...
Cow Creek Band loses barn to fire at newly acquired ranch (May 22, 2013)
The Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians lost a barn to a fire at a newly acquired ranch in Oregon. Damp hay had been stored in the barn, causing microbes to generate heat after mold formed on...
Dr. Jill Biden walks with the procession of graduates of the Navajo Technical College Class of 2013, Navajo Tech President Elmer Guy, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and the Board of trustees on the Navajo Tech campus in Crownpoint,...
Tyme Maidu Tribe moving to disenroll more than 70 people (May 22, 2013)
The Tyme Maidu Tribe of California is preparing to remove more than 70 people from the rolls, according to news reports. The tribe is mailing disenrollment ballots as part of the process. The ballots had been shredded during a protest...
House Republicans approve deep cuts to federal programs (May 22, 2013)
By a party-line vote, House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved deep cuts to the federal government's budget. Republicans on the committee voted in favor of a 19 percent cut to the budget that includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs and...
Sidney Hill: Elected councils are not traditional government (May 22, 2013)
Chief Sidney Hill of the Onondaga Nation on traditional versus elected leadership: From the moment elected councils were imposed in our communities, its primary intent was to abolish the strength and national character of our traditional governments and to assist...
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