Passamaquoddy basketmaker Jeremy Frey wins top Heard honor (March 9, 2011)
A Passamaquoddy basketmaker who entered the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market for the first time ended up walking away with the Best of Show Award. Jeremy Frey, 32, who lives in Indian Township, Maine, won the award...
The following story was written and reported by Ernestine Chasing Hawk. All content © Native Sun News. PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA — The South Dakota State legislature considered a bill that will authorize the use of tribal identification cards as the...
Lawmakers question Obama's cut to BIA loan guarantee program (March 9, 2011)
Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk defended the Obama administration's proposed cut to a loan guarantee program at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Testifying before the new House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, Echo Hawk said the $5...
Column: Documentary features Catawba potter Margaret Robbins (March 9, 2011)
"There are billions of people in the world. Only a few thousand of those people are members of the Catawba Indian tribe. Of those, just a couple of handfuls are Catawba potters. Of those handful, maybe the most recognized...
North Dakota Senate committee votes against Fighting Sioux bill (March 9, 2011)
A bill to protect the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo at the University of North Dakota could be headed toward defeat after a state Senate committee voted against it. The Senate Education Committee voted 5-2 against House Bill 1263. Sen....
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe the largest employer in central Michigan (March 9, 2011)
With over 3,500 full-time and part-time employees, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe is the largest employer in central Michigan. Most of the positions are based in Isabella County, which has one of the lowest-employment rates in the state. Nearly one job...
Tribes with treaty rights on the Columbia River support a bill that will allow them to lethally remove California sea lions in order to protect endangered salmon runs. H.R.964, the Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act, authorizes the Warm Springs Tribes,...
Timothy Chavez: Tribes looking for energy development partners (March 9, 2011)
In 2009, federally recognized tribes across the U.S. received a collective $54.8 million in federal funding from the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program to support energy efficiency and conservation initiatives. These funds are critical...
Dozens auditioned in Billings, Montana, for six Indian roles in a pilot based on the Sheriff Walt Longmire mystery series by author Craig Johnson. The series follows a sheriff who works on a fictional reservation in Wyoming. The sheriff's best...
Kevin Abourezk: Chuck Trimble discusses the ongoing Indian wars (March 9, 2011)
"Chuck Trimble doesn't like Indian casinos -- not because he opposes them morally, but because he's not very lucky. He never witnessed abuse at the Native boarding school he attended. And he didn't wear a breast plate and choker to...
Lawmakers worried about action on genetically modified salmon (March 9, 2011)
Lawmakers from both parties are worried that the Food and Drug Administration will approve a request to market and sell genetically modified salmon in the U.S. One bill, H.R.521, bars the FDA from allowing AquaBounty to sell the modified salmon....
The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan will hold a primary election on May 9 to fill four council seats. Twenty-one candidates have filed to run. Two incumbents -- Gerald Chingwa and Regina Gasco-Bentley -- are seeking...
Attorneys who have worked on the Indian trust fund lawsuit for 14 years don't think their fee request isn't a big issue in Indian Country. Keith Harper, a member of the Cherokee Nation who has worked on the case since...
Mohawks support lawsuit to block shipment of nuclear equipment (March 9, 2011)
Mohawk First Nations in Canada are supporting a lawsuit that seeks to block the shipment of nuclear equipment along the St. Lawrence River. Mohawk communities in Kahnawake, Tyendinaga and Akwesasne don't think it will be safe to ship radioactive equipment...
The new tax commissioner for the state of New York says he is "prepared to enforce" a tobacco tax on tribes. Thomas Mattox was confirmed to the head of the Department of Taxation and Finance on Tuesday. He said the...
Editorial: Protect Havasupai Tribe from uranium mine exploration (March 9, 2011)
"In July 2009, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar imposed a two-year halt to uranium exploration and mining on one million acres around the Grand Canyon. The moratorium was a much-needed timeout to a rush of prospecting claims near the canyon, most...
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians re-elects five to committee (March 9, 2011)
The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians of California re-elected all five incumbents to the tribal business committee. Chairman Vincent Armenta won re-election to a sixth term. He ran unopposed. Business committee incumbents David Dominguez, Richard Gomez, Kenneth Kahn and...
Navajo Nation president approves lease extension at power plant (March 9, 2011)
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed a lease extension for a coal-fired power plant on the New Mexico portion of the reservation. Shelly said he wanted to protect jobs at the Four Corners Power Plant. The facility employs over 700...
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