Spokane Tribe concerned about pollutants at sewage plant (June 7, 2011)
The Spokane Tribe is set to meet with state and federal officials to discuss a $173 million sewage treatment plant in Spokane County, Washington. The tribe is worried about the release of cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. The pollutants could...
Soboba Band celebrates graduates from Noli Indian School (June 7, 2011)
The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians in California celebrated the 19 graduates of the Noli Indian School. The students represented 12 tribes. They heard from guest speaker Desiree Renee Martinez, a member of the Gabrielino Tribe who works as an...
Brad Carson, Cherokee, to make bid to return to Congress (June 7, 2011)
Brad Carson, a member of the Cherokee Nation, will run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma). Carson represented Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional district from 2001 to 2005. He vacated the seat for his unsuccessful Senate campaign in...
Interview with Matthew Fletcher on Indians in military law (June 7, 2011)
"Dr. Matthew L.M. Fletcher is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University College of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. He was asked to comment on the legal and moral issues surrounding the federal government’s recent...
Yurok Tribe developing legislation for federal land transfer (June 7, 2011)
The Yurok Tribe of California is developing legislation to authorize a federal land transfer. The tribe is eyeing 1,204 acres within Redwood National Park and another 285 acres of federal property. The land was once part of the reservation. ”It's...
DOJ cites Supreme Court case in bid to dismiss Quapaw suit (June 7, 2011)
The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in US v. Tohono O'odham Nation is being used against members of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma who filed a trust mismanagement lawsuit. In April, the justices ruled that tribes can't pursue trust management...
Tribal leaders will head to Washington, D.C., later this month to rally for a fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar. Tribes that weren't "under federal jurisdiction" in 1934 cannot follow the land-into-trust process, the court...
Turtle Talk examines Indian law rulings in state court cases (June 7, 2011)
Turtle Talk is looking at the outcomes of Indian law cases in state court systems. For the Montana Supreme Court, Turtle Talk reviewed more than 50 cases, dating back to 1986. According to the analysis, tribal interests won 70 percent...
Column: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe grows wireless service (June 7, 2011)
"Intrado (News - Alert), Inc., a provider of 911 technology solutions, has partnered with Standing Rock Telecommunications, Inc. (SRTI), a tribally-owned wireless carrier serving people throughout the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota and South Dakota. This deployment is...
Editorial: Reaching consensus with tribes on water supply (June 7, 2011)
"These are issues that will require strong, proactive leadership — we can't treat water the way we did Oklahoma's roads and bridges, where the state only got serious about improving them after a motorist was killed by a chunk of...
Ron Volesky aims to be first Indian on state Supreme Court (June 7, 2011)
Ron Volesky, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, wants to be the first American Indian on the South Dakota Supreme Court. Volesky, an attorney and former state lawmaker, has submitted an application for an open seat on the...
Candidates for chief of Cherokee Nation debate the issues (June 7, 2011)
The two candidates for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma participated in a debate on Monday night. Incumbent Chad Smith is seeking a third term in office. He is facing a challenge from Bill John Baker, a tribal...
Congressman who sponsored PACT Act admits lewd photo (June 7, 2011)
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-New York), the sponsor of the anti-tribal Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act, admitted he sent a lewd photo of himself over the Internet.
Charges dropped for Q'orianka Kilcher White House protest (June 7, 2011)
Federal prosecutors dropped charges against actress/activist Q’orianka Kilcher and her mother, who were arrested for a protest outside the White House in June 2010. Kilcher, whose father is Quechua from Peru, chained herself to the White House fence while her...
Ollanta Humala narrowly wins presidential election in Peru (June 7, 2011)
Ollanta Humala, a former military leader and the son of an indigenous rights activist, won election as president of Peru. Humala is Quechua, who make up a significant percentage of the population in Peru. He is the nation's second democratically-elected...
San Manuel Band opens new business at development site (June 7, 2011)
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in California will welcome a new business to its mixed-used development project. The SportsWatch Bar and Grill opens next week. It's one of several businesses at the San Manuel Village, which is now...
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe accepts old Indian school grounds (June 7, 2011)
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan held a remembrance and healing ceremony on Monday at the site of the former Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial School. The school operated from 1893 to 1934. Officially, five children died there but a search...
June 9, 2011, marks the 39th anniversary of the 1972 Rapid City Flood, the worst event in the history of that town, my birthplace, and as I have stated here before, the most racist city in the U.S. for Indians....
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