"Two ancient skeletons uncovered in 1976 on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, during construction at the home of a University of California chancellor, may be among the most valuable for genetic analysis in the continental United Sates. Dated between...
Outdoors: Minnesota Dakota seek to enforce treaty rights (May 20, 2011)
"Advance notification to the media that a group of Dakota would net Cedar Lake in Minneapolis on the day before the state's fishing season yielded a predictable throng of reporters lakeside, also Department of Natural Resources conservation officers and of...
Tom Vilsack: Making the Agriculture Department open to all (May 20, 2011)
"Before I was sworn in as Secretary of Agriculture, recent folks who had the job—both Republican and Democratic—suggested that it was important that I set a new, proactive course to move past USDA’s checkered and unfortunate history with regards to...
Oneida Nation and Obama administration appeal land claim (May 20, 2011)
The Oneida Nation and the Obama administration are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the tribe's land claim. The tribe sued the state of New York for 250,000 acres of stolen land. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals threw...
Jeffrey Whalen: Oglala Sioux Tribe operating as a slum lord (May 20, 2011)
The following opinion by Jeffrey Whalen, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, appears in the current issue of the Native Sun News. All content © Native Sun News. When Ellsworth Air Force Base made the donations of homes to...
Stacy Leeds, Cherokee, named dean at Arkansas law school (May 20, 2011)
Stacy Leeds is the first American Indian woman to serve as dean at a law school in the United States.
Judge to meet with Meskwaki Tribe after being suspended (May 20, 2011)
A judge in Iowa who was suspended for a week has been ordered to meet with the Meskwaki Tribe to discuss protocol. Tama County magistrate Richard Vander Mey was suspended after he dismissed drunken driving charges against a tribal member....
Riders finish 9th annual Navajo-Hopi Honor Run for veterans (May 20, 2011)
About 100 motorcyclists took part in the ninth annual Navajo-Hopi Honor Run to raise awareness of veterans' issues. The journey started on Tuesday. The bikers rode about 300 miles a day through the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Reservation. Yesterday,...
Dozens charged for Tohono O'odham Nation drug trafficking (May 20, 2011)
Federal authorities have indicted 46 people in connection with a drug smuggling ring on the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona. Authorities say Mexican drug cartels used the reservation to bring drugs into the United States. The Drug Enforcement Administration seized...
Opinion: State's history shows tribes were treated unfairly (May 20, 2011)
"Can you picture this area just a little over 150 to 175 years ago? The Indians that lived here hunted, fished, raised crops and lived a leisurely life. They married, had children and their familes lived as their daddies and...
Opinion: Winnemem Wintu Tribe outraged by federal fishkill (May 20, 2011)
"For the second day in a row, the state and federal water project pumps in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta have taken over 500,000 Sacramento splittail, a native minnow species found only in the Central Valley and Delta. The Bureau...
Opinion: Mining company ignores tribal rights in Wisconsin (May 20, 2011)
"Ever since a grass-roots Indian and environmental alliance defeated a proposal to build a metallic sulfide mine at Crandon, the international mining industry has considered the state among the least favorable places for mining investment. In 1998, the state passed...
Column: Hearing looks at jobs and energy in Indian Country (May 20, 2011)
"Which do you sacrifice, Big Green, with its billionaire clout, or the struggling Navajo, Hopi, and an indispensable coal-fired generator that keeps Arizona's central water supply flowing? The Democrats face a test of character next Tuesday in a life-or-death congressional...
Volunteers work to remove graffiti from sacred Paiute site (May 20, 2011)
Volunteers are working to remove graffiti from the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada. Vandals spray-painted on petroglyphs at a sacred Paiute site. One teen has been arrested in connection with the crime. The Bureau of Land Management...
History: 'Indian Kate' survived the Blackhawk War of 1832 (May 20, 2011)
"As you enter East Dubuque cemetery, quite near the entrance you will find the gravesite of "Indian Kate" Eberle. That had often been the name that she was known by locally, but she had begun life as Sop-oh-kab, a young...
Mescalero Apache Nation discusses renewable energy plan (May 20, 2011)
The Mescalero Apache Nation of New Mexico is looking into renewable energy. The tribe wants to cut down on consumption and increase economic development opportunities. "Renewable energy gives us an opportunity to diversify our business enterprises and honor our traditional...
Census cites dip in Indian population on Martha's Vineyard (May 20, 2011)
The American Indian population on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts fell 28.5 percent over the last decade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but there's reason to believe a significant undercount occurred. American Indians and Alaska Natives make...
Four people -- including three tribal members -- have been indicted in Oklahoma for the possession, transport and sale of a bald eagle feathers and parts. William Creepingbear, a member of the Kiowa Tribe, and Tuhtaka Neshoba Wilson, a member...
Energy company sues Crow Tribe on coal-to-liquids project (May 20, 2011)
An energy company has sued the Crow Tribe of Montana in federal court. Australian-American Energy Co. says the tribe is trying to terminate an agreement for a $7 billion coal-to-liquids plant on the reservation. The company wants an injunction to...
Yakama Nation to meet with state over gasoline tax issues (May 20, 2011)
The Yakama Nation and the Washington Department of Licensing will meet June 13 to discuss gasoline tax issues. The tribe operates eight gas stations on the reservation. Under a consent decree in federal court, the tribe shares about 25 percent...
Editorial: Genuine concern and admiration for Elouise Cobell (May 20, 2011)
"Blackfeet Tribal member and crusader of the rights of Indian-landowners, past and present, we imagine Elouise Cobell wasn't real thrilled when the news of her recent cancer surgery splashed across newspapers —national and local — and news wires. The 65-year-old...
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