Editorial: Investigate abuse claim involving Alaska Native girl (November 30, 2011)
"It's not about nailing Bill Allen. It's about protecting young women. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been trying to get a good explanation for why federal prosecutors decided not to pursue a teen sex crimes case against the former Veco president,...
Blood Tribe investigates cause of fire amid sweat lodge rumor (November 30, 2011)
The Blood Tribe of Alberta is investigating the cause of a fire on the reserve amid rumors that it was started by someone who was warming up rocks for a sweat lodge. The fire started on Sunday and reportedly destroyed...
Air ambulance provides service to Rosebud Sioux Reservation (November 30, 2011)
Members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota will benefit from air ambulance service provided by Rural Health Care Logistics Inc. The ambulance will be stationed in Valentine, Nebraska, just seven minutes from the reservation. It allows patients to...
Suspended Ute Tribe council member denies pushing a recall (November 30, 2011)
A council member who was suspended from the Ute Tribe of Utah denies being behind a recall effort. The petitions against Chairwoman Irene Cuch and Stewart Pike, another council member, were filed on October 19. Three weeks later, Richard Jenks...
New Mexico still taking claims for Indian veterans tax refunds (November 30, 2011)
The state of New Mexico is still taking claims from Indian veterans who wrongly paid income taxes while they were serving in the military. So far, $825,000 has been paid to Indian veterans who lived in Indian Country between between...
Salazar names Indian Trust Administration and Reform panel (November 30, 2011)
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the five members of the National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform. The commission was created by the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit. Its members will evaluate trust reform efforts...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on deficit, jobs (November 30, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing tomorrow on deficit reduction and job creation. "The purpose of this hearing is to examine how federal agencies support tribes in accessing capital for development and business operations; support tribal infrastructure development,...
Judge allows NAGPRA suit over reburial of Jim Thorpe remains (November 30, 2011)
A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to rebury the remains of legendary athlete Jim Thorpe in Oklahoma. Thorpe is buried in Pennsylvania. His sons, supported by the Sac and Fox Nation are suing the borough...
Native Sun News: $17M went to Empowerment Zone program (November 30, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy. All content © Native Sun News. Former President Bill Clinton listens as Oglala Sioux tribal member, Geraldine Blue Bird, left, describes her living conditions during a visit to the Pine...
Opinion: Native ideals forgotten in Thanksgiving celebrations (November 30, 2011)
'Thanksgiving is a modern holiday where we all shove our faces full of turkey, watch football, and, for four seconds before dinner, say what we are thankful for. However, we should try to follow the ideals of the Native American...
Column: Agua Caliente museum exhibit shows Native cuisine (November 30, 2011)
"An exhibit about native California cooking opened at the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum in Palm Springs in mid-October, but I didn't get around to seeing it until last weekend. I would be very sorry to have missed it. Not that...
Editorial: President Obama continues work with tribal leaders (November 30, 2011)
"President Barack Obama deserves credit for meeting annually with Native American tribal leaders, but any real progress should be gauged by his federal policies and budget priorities affecting tribes. Representatives from the 565 federally recognized tribes are gathering in Washington,...
United Auburn Indian Community due to hold council election (November 30, 2011)
Two members of the United Auburn Indian Community of California who have been banished from the tribe are seeking seats on the council. Jessica Tavares, a former chair, is running for vice chair. Dolly Suehead, a former council member, is...
Steve Russell: Losing marbles over the presidential elections (November 30, 2011)
"I punched the TV button so hard that in the old days I would have twisted the dial right off, and went looking for cousin Ray Sixkiller. I found him over at the high school football field practicing digadayosdi, the...
Judge orders probation for theft from Northern Arapaho Tribe (November 30, 2011)
The former head of social services for the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming was sentenced to three years probation for theft. George Moss, 65, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement. He admitted he allowed other employees to steal up...
Law Article: Tribes facing new IRS rules on employee benefits (November 30, 2011)
"Crunch time has come for Tribes to review whether their employee benefit plans are "governmental," in light of the Internal Revenue Service "Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" issued November 7. Five years ago, in the Pension Protection Act of 2006,...
Gyasi Ross: White folks appropriating another Indian tradition (November 30, 2011)
"Lately, it seems like some of the younger, very, very, very educated Indians are very focused on white people who emulate Native styles of dress, jewelry, fashion, etc. I find that argument interesting—that white people should not emulate any of...
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