APTN: Canadian government spies on Native youth advocate (November 15, 2011)
"The federal Aboriginal Affairs department has been spying on a high-profile campaigner for First Nations children, documents show. The department has amassed a large file on Cindy Blackstock, who heads the First Nations Child and Family Caring society. The file...
Opinion: Genetically modified salmon concern for everyone (November 15, 2011)
"The thing about GE salmon isn't just the creep factor. In short, the science is questionable and an open public process for approval almost nonexistent. Concerns about GE salmon include food and animal safety, environmental risk and potential impacts on...
City in Oregon reimburses two tribes for tax overpayments (November 15, 2011)
The city of Keizer, Oregon, reimbursed about $19,000 to two tribes that mistakenly paid taxes on land they own. The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians paid the tax bill that was sent...
Spirit Lake man charged with attempted murder after fires (November 15, 2011)
A man from the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation in North Dakota faces assault and attempted murder charges after he allegedly started two fires off the reservation. Lyndon Galen Greybear, 29, is accused of assaulting his cousin's two children, ages 4...
Morongo Band donates 9000 turkeys for 26th annual event (November 15, 2011)
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is donating 9,000 turkeys to families in need this Thanksgiving. The tribe started delivering the turkeys to 75 non-profits throughout southern California. This is the 26th year of the Thanksgiving Outreach event. "I'm extremely...
Navajo Nation Supreme Court hears case at Yale law school (November 15, 2011)
The Navajo Nation Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a special session at Yale Law School on Monday. The justices heard Navajo Nation v. RJN Construction Management, Inc., Robert J. Nelson and The Home for Women and Children. The case...
Foster parents of Hualapai Tribe could face charges in death (November 15, 2011)
A foster couple from the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona could face charges for the death of an 8-month-old boy who was in their care. The boy, identified as David Whatahomigie, died after drowning in a tub. The foster mother said...
Blog: Indigenous people connect for annual Canoe Journey (November 15, 2011)
"Ivan Pankararú and Leandro Pataxó representing the Pankararú and Pataxó indigenous peoples of Brazil traveled to the Pacific Northwest to join with the Puyallup on this year’s annual Tribal Canoe Journey. The two traveled to this corner of the...
Westword: Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs meets up (November 15, 2011)
"If Thanksgiving is approaching, it must be time for another controversy at the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, which is overseen by the state's lieutenant governor. Back in 1988, then-lite guv Mike Callihan created a ruckus with his plans for...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee hosts Indian veterans event (November 15, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will host a special event tomorrow to commemorate the American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian veterans who have served in the U.S. military. "The Way of the Warrior: Native Americans’ Commitment to Country,...
MinnPost: Indian attorney wins endorsement for state seat (November 15, 2011)
"Susan Allen, an attorney of American Indian descent, has won the DFL endorsment for the open state House District 61B. With that key endorsement and the support of many south Minneapolis politicians, it looks like she's on track to...
Grand Traverse Band names executive at tribal corporation (November 15, 2011)
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians named Richard Bailey as chief executive officer of its Economic Development Corporation. Bailey is a tribal member. He's worked for the Grand Traverse Resort and Casinos for 15 years and has...
Seneca Nation leaders in discussions for status of president (November 15, 2011)
Leaders of the Seneca Nation of New York continue to discuss the status of President Robert Odawi Porter. Porter took office a year ago. Some of his allies have turned against him, accusing him of making decisions without consulting them....
Dean Chavers: Occupation at Alcatraz led to tribal advances (November 15, 2011)
"When 78 Indian college students took over the Alcatraz Island prison in San Francisco Bay on November 19, 1969 to protest the poor treatment of Indians in schools and the hated termination policy, none of us had any idea that...
Gabe Galanda: Indian Country's middle class rooted in past (November 15, 2011)
"Indian Country had established its own middle class even before the creation of what we now know as the United States. Although now shaped by federal self-determination policy, we are our own organic creation, with a tribal middle class rooted...
Maidu coalition seeks to manage land in aboriginal territory (November 15, 2011)
A coalition of Maidu tribes, some with federal recognition and some without, are seeking to reclaim land within their aboriginal territory in northern California. But instead of going to court, the tribes founded the Maidu Summit Consortium, a non-profit, to...
DC Circuit won't allow Abramoff figure to change plea terms (November 15, 2011)
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in US v. Michael Scanlon, No. 11-3024, on Monday. Michael Scanlon pleaded guilty to bilking tribes out of more than $20 million. He agreed to repay the money but went back to...
TransCanada to modify Keystone XL Pipeline Nebraska path (November 15, 2011)
TransCanada agreed to modify the route of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline in order to address environmental concerns in Nebraska. The company will move the pipeline away from the Nebraska Sandhills and the Ogallala Aquifer. That addresses concerns about water...
Native Sun News: Navajo doctor blends tradition in practice (November 15, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Kate Saltzstein. All content © Native Sun News. ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO -- Lori Arviso Alvord, the first Navajo woman surgeon, grew up in a small town on the Navajo reservation and went...
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