Tanya Fiddler: Payday loans and traditional tribal values (April 22, 2011)
"It is important to arm our people with the knowledge to combat predatory lenders. It is common for predatory lenders, those with outrageous fees and extraordinarily high interest rates, to operate in border towns of reservations where they prey on...
Cheryl Andrews-Maltais: No consultation on wind project (April 22, 2011)
"How profoundly disappointing it is to find out that the Department of the Interior has approved Cape Wind’s Construction and Operation Plan (COP); that the decision is not only being rushed through the approval process, but pushed forward without even...
Kevin Abourezk: Civil War and tribal conflicts in Nebraska (April 22, 2011)
"Like Sherman marching to the sea, settlers and miners flowing into Nebraska Territory angered the region's original inhabitants. Add to that the removal of most federal troops in the territory to fight in the Civil War, and many living in...
David Gipp: United Tribes survives budget battle with help (April 22, 2011)
The budget battle in Washington, DC was resolved in mid April and United Tribes Technical College came through OK with the help of friends. As you know, we were closely watching how Congress and the President would resolve their differences...
Indian man in Minnesota charged for minor sex solicitation (April 22, 2011)
An Indian man in Minnesota who goes by the name Tatanka Ohitika has been charged with one felony count of soliciting a child for sex online. Thomas F. LaBlanc, 64, allegedly asked a 14-year-old boy in Missouri for explicit pictures....
Judge who sent Taos Pueblo members to jail told to resign (April 22, 2011)
The New Mexico Supreme Court has told a judge to resign or face removal for sending 32 people from Taos Pueblo to jail for contempt of court. The court determined that 8th Judicial District Judge Sam Sanchez acted outside of...
Native candidate comes under fire for 'Holocaust' remark (April 22, 2011)
Lawrence Joseph, a former chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, is facing criticism for comparing the residential school experience to the Jewish Holocaust. Joseph is the NDP candidate for Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River. At a recent forum, he said...
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes announce plan for wind farm (April 22, 2011)
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma plan to open a wind farm in early 2012. Plans call for 22 100-kilowatt turbines to be placed on tribal land. Two turbines will power the tribe's smoke shop and headquarters and the...
Village uses meeting to slam Oneida Nation land-into-trust (April 22, 2011)
The annual village meeting in Hobart, Wisconsin, turned into a forum on tribal issues, prompting an Oneida Nation representative to call for more open dialogue. The village's director of community development and tribal affairs is Elaine Willman, the former leader...
Tribes oppose oil field development near sacred Bear Butte (April 22, 2011)
The South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment is considering an application for an oil field near sacred Bear Butte. The board previously approved a permit for Nakota Energy to develop 960 acres near the site. But the decision failed...
Native Sun News: Law firm ordered to provide documents (April 22, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Evelyn Red Lodge. All content © Native Sun News. RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA — A federal court has ordered the Gonzalez Law Firm to turn over documents to Alltel Communications they say...
Navajo Nation won't recognize removal of chapter leaders (April 22, 2011)
The Navajo Nation won't recognize the removal of the three top leaders of the Shiprock Chapter. Residents voted 77-0 to put President William Lee, Vice President Donald Benally and Secretary Lula Jackson on leave pending an investigation into the chapter's...
Editorial: Secretary Salazar plays politics with gray wolves (April 22, 2011)
"As part of its budget bill, Congress approved a brief rider, 11 lines long, that removes gray wolves in Idaho and Montana from the protections of the Endangered Species Act. The rider overturns a recent court ruling, prohibits further judicial...
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