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Sioux tribes condemn call for 'violence' made at university talk (11/29)
Leaders of four Sioux tribes are condemning the remarks of an activist who reportedly told a university audience that “violence is the only way" to reclaim Dakota land and rights. The Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska, the Crow Creek Sioux...

Tim Giago: Native Americans remain at the bottom of the heap (10/18)
A Bureau of Indian Affairs bureaucrat once responded angrily when I spoke about “treaty tribes,” with, “What in the hell are treaty tribes?” Kurt Luger, a well-known member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, is also actively involved behind the...

Editorial: Tribal Law and Order Act a good first step in South Dakota (07/30)
"A bill signed Thursday by President Obama should lend a bit more stability to American Indian reservations nationwide. The Tribal Law and Order Act is designed to strengthen tribal law enforcement, provide tribes with more tools to fight crime, and...

Tim Giago: June 25 marks the 134th anniversary of Bighorn (06/07)
The bumper stickers were born before the holiday. They could be seen on cars coming and going from the Indian reservations in America. They read “Custer died for your sins,” or “Custer wore Arrow Shirts.” And then came the holiday....

Medicine Hole remains sacred for tribes in North Dakota (04/22)
Medicine Hole, a sacred site near Killsdeer, North Dakota, plays an important role in tribal history. Medicine Hole is the place where the first bison emerged in the Plains. It's also the place where members of the Mandan, Hidatsa...

Tim Giago: Black Hills land claim settlement fund tops $1B (04/12)
The riches that have fallen upon those Indian nations blessed to be located next to urban centers with huge populations have bypassed the very poor tribes of the Northern Plains. When one travels around the communities on the reservations that...

Al Jazeera: Sioux Nation aims to reclaim Black Hills (11/06)
"Centuries of mistreatment at the hands of Washington have left most native Americans living on isolated reservations. According to the latest government figures, there are nearly three million native Americans living in the US. The vast majority live west...

Tim Giago: Can ceremonies save Sioux people? (10/19)
The outrage about the sweat lodge deaths reverberates around the country as everyone seeks an answer to questions they don’t even know how to pose. Arvol Looking Horse, the 19th Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle said,...

Interview: Black Hills, White Justice author (10/12)
The Sioux Falls Argus Leader interviews Edward Lazarus, an attorney and author of Black Hills, White Justice about efforts to return the Black Hills to the Sioux Nation. Lazarus said the public has lost awareness of the issue. He...

Johnson and Thune cool to Black Hills talk (10/08)
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) and Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) aren't eager to talk about the Black Hills even as Sioux tribes have been holding historic meetings to discuss a potential settlement. Johnson isn't taking a position because he...

Charles Trimble: Sioux Nation can truly unite (09/25)
"The 1992 unification of the Western European countries into the European Union has apparently worked wonders, and there is peace and cooperation, at least in all physical appearances. For example, currencies in all participating countries have been unified, and like...

Sioux tribes meet over Black Hills settlement (09/25)
Sioux tribes in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Nebraska are holding meetings to discuss a potential settlement to the status of the Black Hills. Treaties recognized the Sioux Nation's ownership of the Black Hills. But the Indian Claims Commission...

Sioux leaders hopeful for Black Hills settlement (08/31)
Leaders of Sioux tribes in North Dakota and South Dakota are hopeful President Barack Obama will live up to a campaign promise to settle the status of the Black Hills. Tribal leaders discussed the issue generally when they met with...

Spiritual leaders to discuss Black Hills lawsuit (07/15)
Spiritual leaders of the Sioux Nation will meet and pray this month to discuss the status of the Black Hills in South Dakota. The Sioux Nation was awarded $106 million for the loss of the Black Hills. The tribes have...

County won't allow tribal fire at sacred Bear Butte (05/07)
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota won't be allowed to burn a ceremonial fire at sacred Bear Butte, KBHB Radio reports. Commissioners in Meade County refused to grant the tribe a permit for the fire. They cited an ordinance...

Hearing scheduled for Aquash murder defendants (05/05)
A federal judge holds a hearing today to discuss the cases of two men accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. Judge Lawrence Piersol has already dismissed one charge against John Graham, a Native man from...

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe wins $60K Shakopee grant (04/30)
The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has received a $60,000 grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota. The tribe will use the money to finish a youth recreation center. The grant will provide $15,000 for furnishings,...

Pine Ridge woman wins lawsuit based on 1868 treaty (04/30)
The federal government must pay a woman from the Pine Ridge Reservation nearly $600,000 after she was sexually assaulted by a military recruiter, a judge from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled. Lavetta Elk, 26, a member of the...

Protesters slam sentence for Pine Ridge man (04/28)
About 10 people gathered outside the federal courthouse in Rapid City, South Dakota, to protest the prison sentence for a man from the Pine Ridge Reservation. Marc Wisecarver, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, was acquitted of assaulting...

Column: 'Fighting Sioux' vote sends strong message (04/28)
"UND law professor Jim Grijalva presents himself as being a member of the fair-minded groups on both sides of the logo-nickname controversy who were “surprised” by the Spirit Lake vote. If he was fair minded, why was he so...

Opinion: 'Fighting Sioux' reflects warrior spirit (04/27)
"UND should keep the Fighting Sioux name and logo, and the tribes should be proud to support the effort. When I was a young man coming from Fort Yates, N.D., I was proud that the college I was going...

Tim Giago: Resolving ownership of the Black Hills (04/27)
When U. S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun wrote his brief on a case that had dragged on for 60 years before reaching his desk in 1980, a case dealing with the illegal taking of the Black Hills from the...

Trial for Aquash murder defendants set to begin (04/27)
A trial for two men accused of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash is set to begin May 12. John Graham, a Native man from Canada, and Richard Marshall, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, are charged...

Oglala Sioux Tribe pays off $1.5M in immunity case (04/24)
The Oglala Sioux Tribeof South Dakota took out a $1.1 million loan to pay off a $1.5 million debt in a sovereign immunity dispute. The tribe failed to pay C&W Construction, an Indian-owned company, for road work on the Pine...

'Fighting Sioux' supporters eye Standing Rock vote (04/23)
Supporters of the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo of the University of North Dakota are hoping the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will schedule a vote on the issue now that members of the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation have spoken....

Rosebud Sioux council member suspended after arrest (04/22)
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has suspended a council member who was arrested last week. Michael J. Valandra, 49, has been charged with sexual contact with a minor and solicitation of a minor, both felonies. He was also...

Oglala Sioux Tribe hit with levy in immunity case (04/21)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has been hit with a $2.4 million levy after losing a sovereign immunity dispute with an Indian-owned company. The tribe failed to pay $1.5 million to C&W Construction. But the levy was issued...

Rosebud council member arrested for solicitation (04/20)
Michael Valandra, a council member for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, was arrested for soliciting a minor and sexual contact, KOTA-TV reports. Valandra, 49, was arrested last Thursday in Rapid City. He appeared in court on Friday morning...

BIA investigates fatal house fire on Pine Ridge Reservation (04/16)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is investigating a fatal house fire on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The BIA didn't release the names of the victims of the fire on Sunday. But The Rapid City Journal identified them...

Judge allows levy on Oglala Sioux Tribe funds (04/10)
A federal judge said she can't prevent an Indian-owned construction company from levying funds and property of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota C&W Construction won an arbitration award of $1.2 million. The company filed suit in state court...

Cheyenne River Sioux soldier home from Iraq (04/08)
Chris Condon, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, is spending some time with his family after a long tour of duty in Iraq. Condon, 29, joined the U.S. Army in 2004 after his older...

Supreme Court won't hear Pine Ridge drug appeal (04/07)
The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear the case of a woman who was convicted for running a drug ring on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Geraldine Blue Bird, 53, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, was...

Art Raymond, first Indian lawmaker, dies at 86 (04/03)
Art Raymond, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who was the first Indian lawmaker in North Dakota, died on Wednesday. He was 86. Raymond was elected to the North Dakota House in 1970 and served three terms. He...

Oglala Sioux Tribe in sovereign immunity disput (04/03)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is in federal court today over a sovereign immunity dispute with an Indian-owned construction company. An arbitrator ordered the tribe to pay $1.2 million to C&W Construction for road work on the Pine...

Friend vows IHS will 'flourish' under Roubideaux (03/26)
The Indian Health Service will "flourish" with Yvette Roubideaux as director, a family friend from South Dakota said. "She cares for her people and cares for how horribly things have gone wrong for IHS," Rose Kern told The Rapid City...

Rosebud Sioux leaders hail Roubideaux for IHS (03/25)
Leaders of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota say Dr. Yvette Roubideaux will be responsive to Indian Country as director of the Indian Health Service. Chairman Rodney Bordeaux said Roubideaux responded quickly to the tribe's concerns when she was...

Obama selects Native woman for IHS position (03/24)
A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota made history on Monday as the first Native woman to be nominated as director of the Indian Health Service. In selecting Yvette Roubideaux, an assistant professor at the University of...

Oglala woman arrested for death of Omaha toddler (03/24)
A member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe was arrested on Monday in connection with the death of an Omaha toddler. Authorities tracked down Tisha Vega, 34, in Pennsylvania after The Sioux City Journal found her address through a public records...

Column: Oglala Sioux boy dreams of Olympics (03/23)
"The Olympics can inspire athletes to achieve their greatest goals. The Olympics can drive athletes to train harder and be their best. Lou Tyon, a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, also hopes the Olympics...

Oglala Sioux man returns home to serve as police chief (03/20)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota hired one of its own as police chief. Everett Little Whiteman, who moved back to the Pine Ridge Reservation last July, started his new job on March 9. He spent 30 years in...

Bill adds $132M to South Dakota tribal trust funds (03/20)
South Dakota's Congressional delegation has introduced a bill to add $132 million to the trust funds for the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe. Congress created the accounts to compensate the tribes losing land to dams...

Oglala Sioux Tribe taking care of rescued horses (03/16)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is taking care of a herd of horses that were rescued on the Pine Ridge Reservation. About 80 horses were found starving in a barren pasture in January. Some of the weaker ones...

Tim Giago: Pine Ridge team triumphs at tournament (03/16)
I remember well the excitement that ran from one end of the Pine Ridge Reservation to the other when the word spread that the Pine Ridge Lady Thorpes, led by the now legendary SuAnn Big Crow, had just won their...

Marketplace: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe eyes wind (03/10)
"Laurie Stern: The Lakota Sioux call the wind their relative: constant and strong. Now, they're going to put that relative to work. Eileen Briggs: Our focus is developing the wind and getting it sold now, that's our focus. Eileen Briggs...

Editorial: Look within to address Whiteclay liquor (03/05)
"Earlier this week activist Frank LaMere led the protest at the Capitol. It’s familiar ground for LaMere who has protested sales at Whiteclay and urged the Nebraska legislature and law enforcement to solve the problem. But if Nebraska laws aren’t...

Trial for Aquash murder suspects delayed again (03/03)
Two men accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash are set to go to trial on May 12. John Graham, from the Southern Tutchone First Nation, and Richard Marshall, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe,...

Activists to commemorate Whiteclay deaths (03/03)
Tribal activists plan a special commemoration to mark the unsolved deaths of two Oglala Sioux men in Whiteclay, Nebraska. Wilson Black Elk Jr. and his cousin Ronald Hard Heart were found dead on June 8, 1999. Their deaths have gone...

Oglala woman recommended for USDA position (02/27)
Elsie Meeks, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, could soon be joining new administration of President Barack Obama. Meeks has been recommended to serve as the director of Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office. She is...

Memorial funds for Cheyenne River Sioux teens (02/25)
Memorial funds have been set up to assist the families with funeral expenses for two teens from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Donations for the families of Jalen Mellette, 16, and Mariah Roundtree, 17, can be...

Cheyenne River teens died of apparent exposure (02/24)
Two teens from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota died of apparent exposure, authorities said. Mariah Roundtree, 17, and Jalen Mellette, were last seen on February 8. Their bodies were found on Sunday, on the nearby Standing...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe delays grocery store again (02/18)
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has delayed the opening of its grocery store again. The Turtle Crossing store was supposed to open late last year. But rising costs and equipment delays have pushed its debut to May. The...

Cheyenne River teens missing for more than a week (02/17)
Two teens from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota have been missing since February 8. Mariah Roundtree, 17, and her boyfriend Jalen Mellette, 16, were last seen at a family home on the reservation. A search has failed...

Fossils being returned to Standing Rock Sioux (02/10)
Concordia College in Minnesota has agreed to turn over dinosaur fossils taken from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. A retired professor took fossils from the reservation, which straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border, without permission. The school has started to...