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Sault Ste. Marie Tribe hosts Olympian Billy Mills for fun run and walkFiled Under: Health | National | Sports
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe hosts Olympian Billy Mills for fun run and walk (May 3, 2017)
Billy Mills, a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is still the only American to ever win the Gold medal in the 10,000-meter race.
Appeals court bars tribal citizen from entering county in MichiganFiled Under: Law
Appeals court bars tribal citizen from entering county in Michigan (April 7, 2017)
Eugene Rantanen wasn't banished by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. Instead, he asked to be exiled from his tribe's reservation.
Little River Band breaks ground on $170M housing developmentFiled Under: National
Little River Band breaks ground on $170M housing development (March 29, 2017)
The 'Odeno' project in Fruitport Township, Michigan, will include up to 300 homes.
Winona LaDuke: Tribes emboldened by resistance at Standing RockFiled Under: Canada | Environment | National
Winona LaDuke: Tribes emboldened by resistance at Standing Rock (February 1, 2017)
The surge of formal opposition to tar sands and fracked oil pipelines shows how Standing Rock resistance has emboldened Great Lakes tribes.
Bad River Band calls for removal of aging pipeline on reservationFiled Under: Canada | Environment | National
Bad River Band calls for removal of aging pipeline on reservation (January 12, 2017)
The Line 5 pipeline has been transporting oil through the reservation since 1953.
EHN: Menominee Nation won't back down from fight against mine on sacred groundFiled Under: Environment | National
EHN: Menominee Nation won't back down from fight against mine on sacred ground (January 6, 2017)
The open pit gold, zinc and copper mine would be near tribal burial sites and centuries old raised garden beds along the Menominee River, the center of the Menominee Tribe's creation story.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe removes members amid per cap issuesFiled Under: Law | National
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe removes members amid per cap issues (October 20, 2016)
The Michigan tribe earlier this year lowered the annual payment to $60,000 for most adults.
House approves national water bill without #NoDAPL amendmentFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
House approves national water bill without #NoDAPL amendment (September 28, 2016)
Lawmakers worked late into the night to address a water crisis but not the one being followed by Indian Country.
Environmental Health News: Menominee Nation battles mining projectFiled Under: Environment | Health | National
Environmental Health News: Menominee Nation battles mining project (September 20, 2016)
Guy Reiter was an archaeologist before he was an activist. But the two merged after a dream six years ago.
Grand Traverse Band objects to settlement for oil pipeline spillsFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Grand Traverse Band objects to settlement for oil pipeline spills (September 20, 2016)
The Michigan tribe is calling for a full environmental review of an oil pipeline that crosses through treaty territory.
Pokagon Band set to reclaim ancestors from museum in IllinoisFiled Under: Environment
Pokagon Band set to reclaim ancestors from museum in Illinois (September 13, 2016)
The Lake County Discovery Museum is following the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
Gun Lake Tribe selects Scott Sprague to serve as new chairmanFiled Under: Politics
Gun Lake Tribe selects Scott Sprague to serve as new chairman (September 12, 2016)
The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians has undergone some major leadership changes this year.
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community mourns loss of two firefightersFiled Under: Law | National
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community mourns loss of two firefighters (August 31, 2016)
James Shelifoe, 23, and Alan Swartz, 25, were killed in an accident while their crew was on its way to fight a fire.
Pokagon Band completes work on more housing units in MichiganFiled Under: National
Pokagon Band completes work on more housing units in Michigan (July 8, 2016)
Families are ready to move into the first eight housing units at Pokégnek Édawat Hartford.
County might end Grand Traverse Band land-into-trust appealFiled Under: Law | Trust
County might end Grand Traverse Band land-into-trust appeal (June 30, 2016)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the tribe's application for 12 acres but the land has been in limbo for more than three years.
Gun Lake Tribe hosts 2nd annual Sweet Grass Moon Powwow in JulyFiled Under: Politics
Gun Lake Tribe hosts 2nd annual Sweet Grass Moon Powwow in July (June 24, 2016)
The July 9-10 event features a sunrise ceremony, a sobriety walk, a golf tournament, drum and dance competitions and an honoring for veterans.
Aaron Payment re-elected as chairman of Sault Ste. Marie TribeFiled Under: Politics
Aaron Payment re-elected as chairman of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe (June 24, 2016)
Chairman Aaron Payment was among a slew of incumbents who were re-elected by voters of the Michigan tribe.
Bay Mills Indian Community sees land base grow under President ObamaFiled Under: National | Trust
Bay Mills Indian Community sees land base grow under President Obama (June 15, 2016)
The Michigan tribe's reservation has grown by more than 1,180 acres in the last few years.
Gun Lake Tribe selects familiar name to succeed retired chairmanFiled Under: National | Politics
Gun Lake Tribe selects familiar name to succeed retired chairman (June 13, 2016)
Leah Sprague-Fodor is the daughter of D.K. Sprague, who led the Michigan tribe for 24 years.
Nottawaseppi Huron Band to prosecute non-Indians under VAWAFiled Under: Law
Nottawaseppi Huron Band to prosecute non-Indians under VAWA (May 5, 2016)
The Michigan tribe adopted a domestic violence code in March to comply with the federal law.
Former leader of Grand Traverse Band sentenced for sex crimesFiled Under: Law
Former leader of Grand Traverse Band sentenced for sex crimes (May 4, 2016)
Derek Bailey will spend at least 25 years in prison after being sentenced in two different sexual abuse cases.
Former leader of Grand Traverse Band found guilty of sex crimesFiled Under: Law
Former leader of Grand Traverse Band found guilty of sex crimes (April 11, 2016)
Derek Bailey faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years after being convicted of abusing a minor in Michigan.
Aaron Payment: Affordable Care Act boosts Indian Country healthFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Aaron Payment: Affordable Care Act boosts Indian Country health (March 21, 2016)
American Indians and Alaskan Natives, long recognized as having the highest poverty rates of any ethnic group, have better access to medical care more than ever before. We can thank the Affordable Care Act.
Gina McCarthy: Flint water crisis puts attention on justice issuesFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Gina McCarthy: Flint water crisis puts attention on justice issues (March 15, 2016)
It’s tragic that it took a disaster of this scale for this issue to get the attention it deserves. Now let’s do something about it.
Donald Trump racks up 3 more victories as Clinton and Sanders split wins in 2 statesFiled Under: National | Politics
Donald Trump racks up 3 more victories as Clinton and Sanders split wins in 2 states (March 9, 2016)
Republicans voted in Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan and Mississippi while Democrats went to the polls in Michigan and Mississippi.
Hannahville Indian Community youth see success in agricultureFiled Under: Education | Environment
Hannahville Indian Community youth see success in agriculture (March 2, 2016)
The youth center started an aquaponics program and it's already providing benefits on the reservation.
Broker accused of lying to tribal client about $190M in investmentsFiled Under: Business | Law
Broker accused of lying to tribal client about $190M in investments (February 8, 2016)
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed a complaint against Gopi Vungarala, who was an investment manager for the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan.
Gun Lake Tribe announces retirement of longtime chair D.K. SpragueFiled Under: National | Federal Recognition
Gun Lake Tribe announces retirement of longtime chair D.K. Sprague (February 4, 2016)
D.K. Sprague led his people through a number of major milestones, including federal recognition and the establishment of the tribe's land base.
Gyasi Ross: African and Native Americans share much in commonFiled Under: Opinion
Gyasi Ross: African and Native Americans share much in common (January 29, 2016)
The treatment of Natives foretold how black folks would be treated.
Lac Vieux Desert Band bolsters lending business with acquisition of service firmFiled Under: Business | Technology
Lac Vieux Desert Band bolsters lending business with acquisition of service firm (January 27, 2016)
Chairman James Williams said the purchase will enable the tribe to continue growing its economy.
Little Traverse Bay Bands sue state over reservation boundaryFiled Under: Law
Little Traverse Bay Bands sue state over reservation boundary (January 26, 2016)
The lawsuit asks Michigan to recognize the boundaries of a reservation that was set aside by the 1855 Treaty of Detroit.
Kyle Mays: Michigan city's water crisis impacts Native people tooFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Kyle Mays: Michigan city's water crisis impacts Native people too (January 26, 2016)
I am outraged because the people of Flint don’t have access to a basic human right: clean water.
EPA asserts a greater role as water crisis in Michigan continuesFiled Under: Environment | Health | National | Politics
EPA asserts a greater role as water crisis in Michigan continues (January 22, 2016)
Extremely high levels of lead have been detected in the city's water system, posing a danger to human lives.
Little River Band contributes $10K to assist city during water crisisFiled Under: Environment | Health
Little River Band contributes $10K to assist city during water crisis (January 19, 2016)
Extremely high levels of lead have been discovered in the water system in Flint, Michigan.
Leader of Sault Tribe removed from office after drug convictionFiled Under: Law | Politics
Leader of Sault Tribe removed from office after drug conviction (January 15, 2016)
Rita Glyptis was convicted in tribal court but refused to step down from her position as the Unit V representative on the tribe's board of directors.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe probes allegations of abuse at schoolFiled Under: Education | Law
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe probes allegations of abuse at school (January 8, 2016)
A parent and a teacher are alleging child abuse and a cover-up at the Sasiwaans Immersion School.
Nottawaseppi Huron Band leader named to state energy boardFiled Under: Environment
Nottawaseppi Huron Band leader named to state energy board (December 11, 2015)
Chairman Homer A. Mandoka is the first tribal representative on the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board.
Sault Tribe approves bonuses and pay raises for all employeesFiled Under: National
Sault Tribe approves bonuses and pay raises for all employees (December 11, 2015)
The bonuses will be paid before Christmas and the 3 percent raise takes effect in January 2016.
Pokagon Band reaches cross deputization agreement with countyFiled Under: Law
Pokagon Band reaches cross deputization agreement with county (December 4, 2015)
The agreement is the first of its kind in Indiana and allows tribal officers to enforce county laws and vice versa.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe swears in Frank Cloutier as new leaderFiled Under: Politics
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe swears in Frank Cloutier as new leader (December 3, 2015)
Frank Cloutier is a newcomer to the council who previously served as the tribe's director of public relations.
Former employee accused of cheating Grand Traverse BandFiled Under: Law
Former employee accused of cheating Grand Traverse Band (November 24, 2015)
Michael Gerard Buchanan was the information technology director for the Michigan tribe for more than 14 years.
First woman to lead KBIC Myrtle Tolonen passes on at age 80Filed Under: National
First woman to lead KBIC Myrtle Tolonen passes on at age 80 (November 18, 2015)
In addition to serving the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community with distinction, Myrtle Tolonen was a two-time breast cancer survivor and a breast cancer advocate.
Former leader of Grand Traverse Band guilty of sex crimesFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Former leader of Grand Traverse Band guilty of sex crimes (November 9, 2015)
Derek Bailey was found guilty of abusing a minor victim but was acquitted in connection with a second one.
Burt Lake Band renews bid for federal recognition in CongressFiled Under: Federal Recognition
Burt Lake Band renews bid for federal recognition in Congress (October 29, 2015)
The tribe was denied by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and has asked Congress repeatedly for recognition.
Wenona Singel: Racist mascot found at schools in many statesFiled Under: Education | Opinion
Wenona Singel: Racist mascot found at schools in many states (October 16, 2015)
California and Oregon aside, there remain 21 states representing 58 high schools in the U.S. that use Redskins as a team name or mascot.
Petition seeks White House response on Indigenous People's DayFiled Under: National | Politics
Petition seeks White House response on Indigenous People's Day (October 13, 2015)
A growing number of tribes, schools, communities and states are joining the Indigenous People's Day movement.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe donates bottled water for city residentsFiled Under: Environment | Health
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe donates bottled water for city residents (October 7, 2015)
The 1,000 cases of bottled water will help residents in Flint who are dealing with a public health emergency.
States oppose tribal jurisdiction in upcoming Supreme Court caseFiled Under: Law | National
States oppose tribal jurisdiction in upcoming Supreme Court case (October 7, 2015)
The states of Oklahoma, Wyoming, Utah, Michigan, Arizona and Alabama are supporting a non-Indian company whose manager is accused of abusing a minor member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
IBIA rejects challenge to Grand Traverse Band land-into-trust bidFiled Under: Law | Trust
IBIA rejects challenge to Grand Traverse Band land-into-trust bid (October 1, 2015)
Grand Traverse County argued that the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar barred the acquisition of about 159 acres.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe raids marijuana operation on reservationFiled Under: Health | Law
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe raids marijuana operation on reservation (September 30, 2015)
Police officers seized 102 plants and 14 pounds of the drug from a home in Chippewa Township, Michigan.
Lac Vieux Desert Band won decision affecting car title loan firmFiled Under: Business | Law
Lac Vieux Desert Band won decision affecting car title loan firm (September 29, 2015)
Sovereign Lending Solutions charged interest rates that wouldn't otherwise be allowed under Michigan state law.
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community backs trail through reservationFiled Under: Environment | Health
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community backs trail through reservation (September 29, 2015)
The 12-mile trail would provide walking, hiking, biking and other recreational opportunities for the Michigan tribe and the community.
Little Traverse Bay Bands count few fluent language speakersFiled Under: Education | National
Little Traverse Bay Bands count few fluent language speakers (September 28, 2015)
Only three people on and near the tribe's reservation in Michigan are considered to be fluent in Anishinaabemowin.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe starts disenrollment proceedings againFiled Under: Law | National
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe starts disenrollment proceedings again (September 24, 2015)
More than 230 people, including some who are deceased, are being told to prove their lineal descent from a tribal ancestor.
Kyle Mays: Urban Indians ignored in debate over Detroit's futureFiled Under: Opinion
Kyle Mays: Urban Indians ignored in debate over Detroit's future (September 21, 2015)
Let’s not be naïve or ignorant and act like Native people no longer exist or even matter in the city.
Little Traverse Bay Bands confirm one gray wolf on reservationFiled Under: Environment
Little Traverse Bay Bands confirm one gray wolf on reservation (September 16, 2015)
The animal, known as ma'iingan in the Odawa language, is considered a brother to man.
Pokagon Band works to protect ash trees from invasive speciesFiled Under: Environment
Pokagon Band works to protect ash trees from invasive species (September 16, 2015)
The trees have played an important role in tribal culture but they are being devastated by the Asian emerald ash borer.
Grand Traverse Band holds memorial for first chair Ardith HarrisFiled Under: National | Federal Recognition
Grand Traverse Band holds memorial for first chair Ardith Harris (September 9, 2015)
Ardith 'Dodie' Harris, who died on August 1 at the age of 67, was the first and only woman to lead the Michigan tribe.
Former Pokagon Band leader to leave Michigan civil rights postFiled Under: Politics
Former Pokagon Band leader to leave Michigan civil rights post (August 31, 2015)
Matthew Wesaw was the first Native American to serve as director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.
Pokagon Band breaks ground on village with housing complexFiled Under: National
Pokagon Band breaks ground on village with housing complex (August 27, 2015)
The first phase of the project features eight homes that are expected to be complete in the spring of 2016.

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