Three in Montana charged with illegal trafficking of eagles (June 15, 2011)
Three men from the Crow Reservation in Montana have been charged with illegal trafficking of eagles and migratory birds. William E. Hugs Sr., 51, is charged with six counts of violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the Migratory...
Steven Newcomb: Reconciliation impossible with conquerors (June 15, 2011)
"Words have a history. Words from the past have the ability to colonize the present. Words shape and create reality. Reconciliation has a history; it has the ability to colonize the present for Indigenous nations and peoples; it can be...
State investigates claims of illegal Muckleshoot Tribe hunt (June 15, 2011)
The Washington Department of Natural Resources is investigating claims that members of the Muckleshoot Tribe illegally hunted black bears in a closed area of state land. Department spokesperson Bryan Flint said it appears the tribe was given keys to gated...
City seeks meeting with Ho-Chunk Nation on land-into-trust (June 15, 2011)
The city council in Baraboo, Wisconsin, voted to seek a meeting with the Ho-Chunk Nation to ask about the tribe's land-into-trust application. The tribe wants about 600 acres placed in trust. Officials are worried about the potential loss of property...
Lumbee Tribe holds ceremony for first 'Miss Chief' in history (June 15, 2011)
The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina held an inauguration for Sharon Hunt on Tuesday. Hunt is the first woman to lead the tribe since the Lumbee was established in 2001. She drew applause when she jokingly referred to herself as...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to host roundtable on water (June 15, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will host a roundtable on the future of water in Indian Country on Tuesday, June 28. The roundtable will take place in Room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. A time hasn't been posted....
Dozens arrested after drug raid on Kanesatake First Nation (June 15, 2011)
Authorities in Canada arrested 38 people and are looking for 17 more as part of a major drug investigation that included a raid at some homes on the Kanesatake First Nation in Quebec. A reported 500 law enforcement personnel took...
Haskell University bars students from un-recognized tribes (June 15, 2011)
Members of non-federally recognized tribes have attended Haskell Indian Nations University since the 1950s but a recent rule change blocks them from enrolling. “We here at Haskell can only accept students who are enrolled members of federally recognized tribes,” spokesperson...
Figure in Abramoff scandal maintains influence among GOP (June 15, 2011)
Grover Norquist, the president of the Americans for Tax Reform, has managed to maintain his influence among Republicans despite direct ties to the Jack Abramoff scandal, according to The Hill. Grover allowed Abramoff, a longtime friend, to use ATR...
Cherokee Nation releases plane logs but costs not reported (June 15, 2011)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has released travel logs for the tribe's official plane but costs of the trips haven't been reported. The Cherokee Phoenix posted the logs, which go back to Februrary 1999, during the term of Chief Joe...
Board of Sault Tribe appoints Lana Causley as interim chair (June 15, 2011)
Lana Causley will serve as interim chairwoman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan. Causley will handle all leadership issues for the tribe until the tribe's board can appoint a successor. It's not clear when that...
Jim Billie looks to avoid 'pitfalls' as Seminole Tribe chairman (June 15, 2011)
Jim Billie is back as chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and he says he's a little bit wiser. Billie led the tribe to economic and political prominence for 23 years. He was ousted in 2003 amid accusations of...
Pat Ragsdale: Chad Smith the right choice for Cherokee chief (June 15, 2011)
"The Cherokee Nation is stronger than ever under the leadership of Principal Chief Chad Smith. Within the United States of America, the Cherokee Nation has progressed and risen to be one of the most distinguished, respected, and responsible government. With...
Letter: Bad River Ojibwe will suffer most with proposed mine (June 15, 2011)
"It's interesting to see the comments about this aspect of the mining issue on both sides. I have stated many times that I thought the poison of this mining endeavor would unite everyone against it at least until a step...
Opinion: Tribes left mark in Virginia as they were pushed out (June 15, 2011)
"Sometimes, traveling along Ashburn's carefully tended parkways, I try to imagine how this area might have looked 400 years ago, before the Europeans arrived. The land must have been, as now, partly wooded, with a gentle topography and abundant water,...
Guilty plea for Coeur d'Alene Reservation pedestrian death (June 15, 2011)
A 19-year-old woman pleaded guilty in connection with the death of a pedestrian on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation in Idaho. Andrea George pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter. She admitted she struck and killed Patrick Gourneau, 22, in...
City to welcome Chickasaw Nation for 175th birthday party (June 15, 2011)
The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma will be the guest of honor as the city of Hernando, Mississippi, celebrates its 175th birthday. Hernando was founded just as the tribe was forced to move to present-day Oklahoma. Mayor Chip Johnson told The...
Turtle Talk: Indian law rulings in Colorado and Oregon courts (June 15, 2011)
"Two more states with intermediate appellate courts. You may wonder why I think that’s important, while KF thinks whether the judges are elected or appointed is important. We’re working on it. In Oregon, tribal interests win at a 40 percent...
Unofficial results from election for Mississippi Choctaw chief (June 15, 2011)
Members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians went to the polls on Tuesday to choose a miko, or chief. Incumbent Beasley Denson was leading the field of eight candidates, according to unofficial results. But a run-off is likely because...
Native Sun News: LaPlante seeks to be Indian Country's voice (June 15, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Aly Duncan Neely. All content © Native Sun News. The newly appointed South Dakota Secretary of Tribal Relations, J.R. LaPlante, at a speaking engagement at the SD Peace and Justice Center. RAPID...
Gyasi Ross: A big congratulations to all the Indian graduates (June 15, 2011)
"Congratulations, all Indian graduates. Whether you graduated from high school (I have a bunch of nieces and nephews who graduated this year), college, culinary arts school, law school or medical school, your graduation signifies something big for Indian people. Very...
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