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Chumash Tribe

article IBIA vacates Chumash land consolidation plan, dismisses appeals
(California) -- The Interior Board of Indian Appeals has vacated an approved land acquisition plan for the Chumash tribe covering more than 11,000 acres in the Santa...
article Tribe to donate $105K from golf tournament
(California) -- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County, Dream Foundation and Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation will each receive $35,000 from the...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mascot Issue

article Millikin takes up American Indian topics
(Illinois) -- Not surprisingly, no one turned up to defend the Washington Redskins during a discussion of American Indian athletic mascots to kick off Millikin...
article Mascot bill headed for Governor Walker's desk
(Wisconsin) -- A Republican bill that would make it harder to force public schools to drop American Indian nicknames has cleared the Wisconsin Legislature.
article Wis. Senate approves bill making it harder to force schools to drop Native American nicknames
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin Republicans moved closer Tuesday to making it harder to force public schools to drop American Indian nicknames, pushing a bill that would raise...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Coal trains mean coal dust: UW prof’s study
(Washington) -- Passage of more coal trains through Western Washington cities would likely spread more coal dust on nearby neighborhoods, according to findings of a...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article GIAGO: Some in South Dakota still observing Columbus Day
(South Dakota) -- There is a holiday that comes around every October in 49 states, but not in South Dakota. That holiday is, of course, Columbus Day. And this holiday...
1 Article on this Issue

Pine Ridge

article Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe intervenes in water dispute
(South Dakota) -- Vancouver, Canada-based Powertech Uranium Corp. accepted a $400,000 cash injection from its investment partner Azarga Resources Ltd. to shore up its...
1 Article on this Issue

Redskins

article Column: Introducing the Washington Red Clouds
(Nebraska) -- In June 1870, the most powerful Native leader in the country, Red Cloud, arrived in Washington with a contingent of Oglala and Brule Sioux.
article D.C. Council calls on Washington Redskins to ditch ‘racist and derogatory’ name
(Washington D.C.) -- In the latest challenge to the Washington Redskins’ name, District lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to call on the team to change it,...
article Minneapolis City Council members protest ‘Redskins’ name
(Minnesota) -- Six Minneapolis City Council members told the NFL and the owner of the Washington, DC franchise they disapprove of the team’s name and the mascot....
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Tribal Taxation

article Navajo Nation could place additional tax on junk food
(New Mexico) -- Buying chips and a soda on the Navajo Nation could get more expensive if a proposal to increase the sales tax on junk food is enacted. As the number of...
1 Article on this Issue

Voter Suppression

article Five reasons voter identification bills disproportionately impact women
(Washington D.C.) -- Voting-rights advocates are pushing a new line of attack on laws that require voters to show identification at the polls: The laws, they say,...
1 Article on this Issue

Water Issues

article New Mexico court upholds Navajo Nation's water rights in San Juan Basin
(New Mexico) -- A New Mexico appeals court said the Navajo Nation has water rights in the San Juan River Basin.
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Alaska tribes call on Obama administration to settle up
(Alaska) -- Sixty tribes and tribally affiliated organizations from across the country have signed a letter to President Barack Obama asking his administration to settle...
article President Obama proclaims Native American Heritage Month
(Washington D.C.) -- From Alaskan mountain peaks to the Argentinian pampas to the rocky shores of Newfoundland, Native Americans were the first to carve out cities,...
article Augare will plead guilty if federal charges stand
(Montana) -- Shannon Augare, a Montana state senator (D-Browning), will plead guilty before he has to stand trial in federal court on DUI and other charges.
article Prosecutors: Augare trying jurisdictional gymnastics to get federal charges dismissed
(Montana) -- The efforts of Montana State Senator Shannon Augare (D-Browning) to dismiss federal DUI charges against him is being denounced as "jurisdictional...
article Absentee, contested ballots to determine close CSKT primary races
(Montana) -- The final lineup for next month’s Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal general election will hinge on 160 absentee ballots, and 249 contested...
article Hopi Tribe ends dispute with APS
(Arizona) -- The Hopi Tribe has settled a longstanding dispute with an Arizona utility over a transmission line that crosses the reservation. The tribe had granted...
article Climate-change relocation of Alaska village stops, after state audit finds potential wrongdoing
(Alaska) -- An effort to move an eroding Southwest Alaska village that's a poster child for the negative effects of climate change has lurched to a dramatic halt. A...
article Melendez receives Nevada Indian Commission honor
(Nevada) -- Arlan D. Melendez, chairman of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, was recently named the American Indian Community Leader of the Year by the Nevada Indian...
article Family sues BIA for $2.1M over jail death
(South Dakota) -- The family of a man who died after a fall in a jail on an American Indian reservation in South Dakota is suing the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs for...
article Coconino Jail builds sweat lodge at inmate's request
(Arizona) -- It would be easy to give up on life if you spent the day locked away in a cell. When James Bret came to Coconino County Jail five years ago, he was...
article Probe continues into Maine tribe’s ex-finance director
(Maine) -- A former finance director of the Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point tribal government had his first court date Tuesday, but a police investigation into his tenure...
article New treatment center for Native American youths
(New Mexico) -- At the beginning of next year, Native American youths will have a new option, closer to home, to help them recover from problems with substance abuse and...
article Idaho’s First Public Native American Language School Works To Preserve Shoshone Culture
(Idaho) -- This new kindergarten classroom on eastern Idaho’s Fort Hall Indian Reservation looks and feels much like any other. Tiny tables and chairs fill the...
article Northern Arizona University receives $1 million grant to train Native American educators
(Arizona) -- A new $1 million grant will strengthen Northern Arizona University's (NAU) role as a leader in educating American Indian K-12 principals to work in...
article Descendants visit home of fort commander
(Oregon) -- Thirteen-month-old Newell Daniels slowly toddled up the stairs with help from his mother, Zanne Augur, this past Saturday as they toured the A-frame dwelling...
article JOHNSON: Life on a reservation for a boy
(California) -- When I was young, maybe four, I used to wander to my Aunt Martha’s house across the road from my grandmother’s adobe on the Pala Indian...
article Rally at controversial Racine burial mound
(Wisconsin) -- Protesters are gathering at a controversial piece of the Racine Mound Cemetery. Recently, a portion of land was sold to a local family. Members of the...
article ‘Little Turtle’ led during war and peace
(Indiana) -- For 30 years he was a dominating figure on the Indiana frontier, at first resisting the white man’s encroachment and later giving in to the inevitable...
article Birmingham University bans “racist” Halloween outfits
(UK) -- Students wearing sombreros and Native American headdresses were banned from attending Halloween parties at the University of Birmingham last week, after the...
article Annie Cungauyar Blue, master of Yup'ik culture, passes away at age 97
(Alaska) -- One of Alaska’s most esteemed elders, Annie Cungauyar Blue, whose wisdom and integrity earned her the rank of a tribal judge in the Bristol Bay region...
article Grizzly bear deaths drop 50 percent in Yellowstone ecosystem
(Wyoming) -- Researchers say grizzly bear deaths have declined more than 50 percent this year in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem.
article Family sues after fatal fall in reservation jail
(South Dakota) -- The family of a man who died after a fall in a reservation jail is suing the Bureau of Indian Affairs for wrongful death.
article Sentencing today; U.S. Attorneys: Forestry director embezzled for drugs
(California) -- A former Yurok Tribe forestry director who has pleaded guilty to embezzling almost $1 million in federal funds committed the theft to support drug and...

11/4/2013

article Miccosukee chairman may face contempt of court sanctions in Miami federal court
(Florida) -- Miccosukee Tribe Chairman Colley Billie may be found in contempt of court Monday by a Miami federal judge for failing to turn over income tax and other...
article Tribal judge strips four, and 40 descendants, of membership
(Michigan) -- Four members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, two elders and two who are deceased, will be removed from membership rolls under a decision issued by...
article Governor will support appeal of Ponca’s actions
(Nebraska) -- Gov. Dave Heineman has indicated he will support efforts to appeal action taken by the Ponca tribe to have The White Eagle Express in Bloomfield exempt...
article Blackfeet leader wants federal charges dropped
(Montana) -- The attorney for a state senator and Blackfeet tribal leader is asking a judge to drop federal drunken-driving and obstruction charges just days before his...
article Feds lack jurisdiction to try Blackfeet leader, Augare attorney says
(Montana) -- Federal prosecutors no longer have jurisdiction to try a state senator and Blackfeet tribal leader on drunken driving, reckless driving and obstruction...
article Navajo Nation enters the coal mining business
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation has thrown its hat into the coal mining business. For years Navajo Mine has provided coal to the Four Corners Power Plant and while the...
article Fond du Lac band's Diver named to White House climate panel
(Minnesota) -- The head of a Minnesota Indian tribe has been named to a White House panel dealing with the effects of climate change.
article Republican Lawyer to Lead NCAI Legal Team
(Washington D.C.) -- There’s a new legal boss at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and he’s one with strong Republican ties—a shift for...
article American Indian's Bias Suit Given Another Shot
(Pennsylvania) -- An American Indian social worker who refuses to classify himself as a member of any one religious group must amend his discrimination claims, a federal...
article Most Peninsula tribal reservations will ban marijuana as it legalizes in state
(Washington) -- If you live on or visit a reservation on the North Olympic Peninsula, don’t bring marijuana. At least four of the six tribes in Clallam and...
article First Nations education needs fresh ideas, leaders say
(Canada) -- When Stephen Harper apologized to the First Nations five years ago for residential schools and the lasting harm they caused, there was hope of a new...
article More than 1,500 attend Indian Education Convention
(South Dakota) -- More than 1,500 people from around the nation attended the annual National Indian Education convention and trade show in Rapid City. One of the...
article How the Government Monitored Life on a 1920s Reservation
(Wisconsin) -- These 1922 documents assess the living situations of Chippewa families living on the Lac du Flambeau reservation in Wisconsin. Compiled by the Lac du...
article A flooded Manitoba reserve’s residents can’t go home again
(Manitoba) -- When the Lake St. Martin reserve flooded in May, 2011, and residents were ordered to leave, most people thought this would be like every other evacuation...
article Olympian Billy Mills visits Pojoaque studio to see sculpture of historic moment
(New Mexico) -- Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills looked up at the brown clay statue that depicts him running in the Olympic race he won 49 years ago. He became teary-...

11/3/2013

article Group fights for rights of Native American children
(Oklahoma) -- She was trying to teach a class that evening, but professor Nicky Michael’s phone kept interrupting, flooded with calls and urgent texts. “Have...
article Blackfeet council dispute seen as hurtful: Bitter rift divides tribe's community
(Montana) -- About the only thing the members of the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council can agree upon is that the bitter controversy dividing the tribal council has hurt...
article Osage chief responds to Special Inquiry
(Oklahoma) -- The Osage Nation Congress will hold a special session Nov. 14 to consider whether to hold a removal trial for Principal Chief John Red Eagle as recommended...
article Lawsuit charges coal 'topper' not effective for dust
(Montana) -- Christina Hughes regularly waits for trains to pass by on her way to work at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Great Falls, Mont.
article Eye on Boise: Tribes introduce treaty rights as factor in federal land debate
(Idaho) -- A new wrinkle was added last week to the debate over Idaho lawmakers’ attempts to take over federal public land in the state.
article First Nations watching landmark title case
(British Columbia) -- Bringing with them the possibility of stability for non-First Nations economic projects, a busload of First Nations people from the interior of B.C...
article A Gay Marriage Loophole for Native Americans
(Oklahoma) -- Jason Pickel mustered the courage to ask Darren Black Bear out nine years ago at a Christmas party. Three dates later, they moved in together, and they...
article Utahn hopes to recruit American Indian foster families
(Utah) -- Brandi Sweet is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota, but that heritage is only partly why she is a perfect fit for the...
article Free census records help find Penobscots, Mi’kmaqs
(Maine) -- Eight years ago, I started off a column about Native American genealogy by recalling the time I took four young boys to Indian Island to see the gravestone of...
article Two centuries later, history of Tallasseehatchee overshadowed by legend of ‘battle’
(Virginia) -- Emman Spain looked on the crowd of faces and searched for the right thing to say about an attack that killed 186 people. "I don't want to make...

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