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  • Meet Tribal Chair Bryan of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians July 24, 2014 Stephanie Bryan was sworn in as the new Tribal Chair of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Thursday, June 19, and as the first woman to hold this position, there are many who would like to know more about her and what brought her to this position of national prominence.
    Bryan has served as vice-chair since 2006. When Buford Rolin announced his retirement this year, Bryan said she felt it was a logical choice and natural …
  • Federal and State Agencies Join Yurok Tribe in Humboldt Raid on Pot Farmers July 24, 2014 California just endured the hottest six months in its recorded history, but that didn’t stop state and federal government agencies from joining with the Yurok tribe to turn up the heat on marijuana growers blamed for sucking up the reservation’s water in Humboldt County.
    The California National Guard, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Yurok police, the Humboldt County Sheriff and others fanned out on Monday with search warrants in hand, looking for illegal pot …
  • Arooga’s & Mohegan Tribe Break Ground for First of 15 New England Restaurants July 24, 2014 Connecticut Governor Dannell Malloy & Chairman of the Tribal Council Kevin Brown Join Arooga’s President and Co-Founder Gary Huether, Jr., Co-Founder Mike Murphy and Franchise Sales Head Keith Swade
    Mohegan Tribal Nation  (Restaurant News Release)  Arooga’s Franchising, LLC and The Mohegan Tribe, who announced a franchise agreement in May, broke ground in Uncasville, Connecticut yesterday on the first of 15 planned Arooga’s Grille House and Sports Bar restaurants in New England.
    President and Co-Founder of Arooga’s Gary …
  • Indian Girl’s Got Game! Rez Ball Rules: MVP Shoni Schimmel Scores 29(!) in WNBA All-Star Game July 23, 2014 At the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game, supporters of rookie phenom Shoni Schimmel, Umatilla, cheered her on wearing “Rez Ball Rules” t-shirts. It wasn’t only a slogan — it was also a prophetic statement.
    Schimmel, who plays for the Atlanta Dream but does not start, was selected to the first team of the Eastern Conference All-Star squad thanks to a flood of votes from Indian country. http://roundhousetalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/shoni-shimmel-2.jpgTo show her appreciation, she poured in an unprecedented 29 points …
  • DANIELS: Land Buy Back Program: Did anything really happen? | Pechanga.net July 22, 2014 DANIELS: Land Buy Back Program: Did anything really happen?
    When my health condition pushed me into taking time off to obtain care, a long-time BIA friend offered good luck in my future. She stated that one thing she liked about me was I “…wasn’t afraid to speak my opinion even if it was different than everyone else.”
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  • FSA -Disaster Assistance for 2012 Frost or Freeze Fruit Crop Losses July 22, 2014 Montana FSA: Disaster Assistance for 2012 Frost or Freeze Fruit Crop Losses Announced
    Enrollment Begins Tomorrow, July 22
    WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) assistance for losses to bush or tree fruit crops due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year. The program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides supplemental NAP payments to eligible producers.
    Farmers who did not …
  • Cherokee Nation builds 8th gaming facility on Indian allotment July 21, 2014 The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is leasing an restricted Indian allotment for its newest gaming facility.
    The allotment is located on the outskirts of South Coffeyville, just one mile south of the Kansas border. The site is more than 110 miles from tribal headquarters in Tahlequah and more than 66 miles from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino near Tulsa.
    Other tribes in the state have tried to open casinos on Indian allotments. The Kialegee …
  • Setting the record straight on Glendale’s West Valley casino July 21, 2014 Lost in this week’s headlines about the Glendale City Council’s 4-3 vote to no longer oppose the Tohono O’odham Nation’s neighborhood casino are some critical points about what this new casino could mean for Valley neighborhoods and for the Nation’s sister tribes. At the risk of injecting a dose of fact and reality into the Nation’s overheated rhetoric about soaring tax revenues and “West Valley opportunity,” allow me to set the record straight.
    First and …
  • Native American Rights Fund — Alaska Supreme Court affirms full faith and credit to tribal court orders in Simmonds v. Parks decision July 21, 2014 Alaska Supreme Court affirms full faith and credit to tribal court orders in Simmonds v. Parks decision
    This morning, the Alaska Supreme Court issued its opinion in Simmonds v. Parks.  The Court ruled the Minto Tribal Court’s order terminating Mr. Parks’ parental rights was entitled to full faith and credit and remanded the matter back to the superior court to be dismissed.  Today’s decision ends the long-running case and reaffirms the respect owed to tribal …
  • Wyandotte Tribe agrees with dismissal of lawsuit over land July 21, 2014 WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An Oklahoma tribe has agreed with the government that the last claim in its lawsuit seeking to build a casino on suburban Wichita land should be dismissed.
    U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson ordered an Oklahoma tribe to show cause why the court shouldn’t dismiss as moot the lawsuit’s remaining claim of unreasonable delay.
    The Interior Department had earlier notified the court that it rejected the tribe’s application to take the Park City land …
  • Native Sun News: North Dakota tribe contains spill at pipeline July 18, 2014 MANDAREE, N.D. —The Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara (MHA) Nation, working with federal, state, and corporate officials, has contained a pipeline spill that threatened to contaminate Lake Sakakawea on the Missouri River, Tribal Business Council Chairman Tex Hall announced July 10.
    After detection of a pipeline break in the Bear Den area of Mandaree in west-central part of the Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation on the morning of July 8, the pipeline was shut down, and steps …
  • Attorney General Strange takes Poarch Creek Indians dispute to federal appeals court July 18, 2014 The state of Alabama, represented by Attorney General Luther Strange, has taken its case against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) Gaming Authority to a federal appeals court.
    Earlier this month, Strange’s office filed its opening brief to the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta, arguing that PCI’s casinos are illegal in the state of Alabama. On Thursday, April 11, Judge W. Keith Watkins of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District …
  • Fort Berthold Saltwater spill rivals mammoth breach in 2006 July 18, 2014 WILLISTON, N.D. — Cleanup is expected to continue in the coming weeks at the site of a saltwater spill in North Dakota that rivals a 2006 breach believed to be the worst environmental disaster in state history.
    The estimated 1 million gallon spill on the Crestwood Midstream Partners LP pipeline was discovered July 8 near Mandaree on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. It is one of the biggest oilfield spills in North Dakota history.
    The 2006 incident …
  • River crossing would open up Fort Berthold Indian Reservation’s Twin Buttes July 18, 2014 TWIN BUTTES, N.D. — The Three Affiliated Tribes is looking at a plan that could easily cost $100 million to bridge the Little Missouri River and bring the Twin Buttes area out of isolation.
    The plan resurrects a $26 million version that was authorized by Congress four decades ago but never funded to bridge Charging Eagle Bay about four miles west of where the Little Missouri River flows into Lake Sakakawea.
    The river creates a transportation barrier. Travel …
  • Setting the record straight on the proposed West Valley Tohono O’odham Nation casino July 18, 2014 Lost in this week’s headlines about the Glendale City Council’s 4-3 vote to no longer oppose the Tohono O’odham Nation’s neighborhood casino are some critical points about what this new casino could mean for Valley neighborhoods and for the Nation’s sister tribes. At the risk of injecting a dose of fact and reality into the Nation’s overheated rhetoric about soaring tax revenues and “West Valley opportunity,” allow me to set the record straight.
    First and …
  • Tribal leaders will meet with EPA to make case for stopping GTAC mine July 18, 2014 Tribal leaders from Wisconsin and Michigan will meet with Environmental Protection Agency officials next month to urge them to stop mining activity in the Lake Superior region of northern Wisconsin.
    The six tribes of Wisconsin’s Chippewa Federation sent a letter to the EPA on May 27 asking the agency to invoke a section of the Clean Water Act to stop mining exploration by Gogebic Taconite (GTAC). The company wants to build the largest open-pit iron …
  • With no constitution, ‘a community … without rules’ July 18, 2014 There was never any doubt that the Passamaquoddy needed a constitution.
    Ira Gilbert, a member of the Passamaquoddy tribe, shows the tattoos he got while in prison in Arizona. Today, Gilbert and his three dogs live in a mobile home on tribal land. Blame spread to many people in leadership roles in the 1980s and ’90s when votes for a tribal constitution ended in defeat. 
    Such a document would establish the fundamental law of their land, …
  • Tribe, Land Trust Break Ground on Ohop Creek Restoration Project July 18, 2014 The Nisqually Indian Tribe, Nisqually Land Trust and South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group broke ground on 1.5 miles of restored salmon habitat on Ohop Creek on Saturday.
    Ohop Creek, near Eatonville, is a vital tributary to the Nisqually River, according to a press release from the land trust. The Ohop River flows into the Nisqually River about 15 miles southeast of Yelm.
    Ohop Creek was ditched by settlers about 130 years ago for dairy …
  • Secretary Jewell Announces New Tribal Climate Resilience Program July 18, 2014 WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and continued commitment to support Native American leaders in building strong, resilient communities, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn today announced the Administration has dedicated nearly $10 million this year to help tribes prepare for climate change through adaptation and mitigation. The Tribal Climate Resilience Program, which will be announced today at the fourth and final …
  • Cherokee Nation funds $349K waterline project in Delaware County July 18, 2014 OAKS, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation and Delaware County Rural Water District 11 entered into an agreement Thursday to build a new $349,000 waterline in the Oaks community.
    The project will provide quality water to about 70 families. The waterline stretches 10 miles, from west of Kansas to south of Colcord. The project is expected to finish by spring 2015.
    “It is important for the Cherokee Nation to make critical investments in community infrastructure that …
  • MHA Tribal councilman in jail July 18, 2014 Three Affiliated Tribes Councilman Barry Benson is in jail at the tribe’s justice center in New Town for violating conditions of his probation and additional felony drug charges have been referred to the U.S. attorney, according to the tribe’s special prosecutor.
    Special prosecutor Don Bruce said he couldn’t specify the drug involved in the new charges, only that it was illegal.
    Benson, 51, who represents the Twin Buttes segment, was arrested July 4 for failing to appear …
  • Upcoming Keepseagle Listening Session Meetings Venue Location and Webinar Information July 17, 2014 Keepseagle v. Vilsack
    Settlement Funds Update
    Approximately $380 million in settlement funds remain undistributed from the Keepseagle v. Vilsacklitigation. The Settlement Agreement approved by the Court requires that these funds only be given to non-profit organizations providing services to Native American farmers & ranchers.
    The parties to the litigation propose creating a Trust that would distribute most of these funds as grants to eligible non-profit organizations.
    Counsel for the plaintiff class want to discuss the Trust and seek your …
  • Mohawks press for Franklin County settlement of land claim dispute July 17, 2014 HOGANSBURG — The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is sending postcards to Franklin County residents to alert them to a website that contains information about the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed with St. Lawrence County that could be a prelude to settlement of the long-standing land claim dispute.
    “To learn more about how the proposed settlement agreement benefits Franklin County, please visit www.ResolveTheBoundary.com,”; reads the card, which proclaims itself an “important notice for all residents …
  • Ho-Chunk ’18 money’ changes don’t win support July 17, 2014 The Ho-Chunk Nation’s “18 money” isn’t going away.
    A proposal to delay lump-sum trust-fund payouts to 18-year-olds in the tribe failed to win support of the tribal legislature last week, signaling the likely end to a push for changes that started four years ago.
    “It’s really a no-action vote,” said legislator Robert Two Bears. “It seems like it’s a dead bill.”
    Two Bears spoke of the decision in Green Bay to avoid a vote on the proposed changes …
  • Neighboring Glendale community changes position on tribal land July 17, 2014 At a special meeting, Glendale City Council reversed its position regarding the Nation’s proposal to build a resort and casino on property it owns at 95th and Northern avenues. The tribe purchased the land in 2003, but did not announce its plan to build a casino on the property until January 2009. At that time, the City of Glendale declared its opposition and proceeded to go to court to assert its municipal rights over the …
  • Gambling foes to fight Nebraska horse racing ballot measure July 17, 2014 LINCOLN, Neb. | Gambling opponents have launched a campaign against a Nebraska ballot measure that would allow betting on previously recorded horse races shown on machines that resemble casino slots.
    The group Gambling with the Good Life is traveling the state and working with churches in hopes of defeating the November ballot proposal, executive director Pat Loontjer said Wednesday.
    If approved by voters, the constitutional amendment would clear the way for the video terminals at licensed race …
  • Land Buy Back Program: Did anything really happen? July 17, 2014 When my health condition pushed me into taking time off to obtain care, a long-time BIA friend offered good luck in my future. She stated that one thing she liked about me was I “…wasn’t afraid to speak my opinion even if it was different than everyone else.” I never made statements or expressed my opinion without first researching and vetting what I thought to ensure that I could support my opinion. I have been …
  • Land Buy Back Program will reduce “fractionated’ tribal lands July 17, 2014 The Department of the Interior announced Wednesday that it signed a agreement with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe to facilitate the purchase of nearly 230,000 parcels of “fractionated” trust lands and consolidate ownership for the tribe.
    Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II said in a statement that the cooperative agreement will allow the tribe to take ownership of parcels that are mostly unusable and combine them for housing and other purposes.
    Fractionated trust lands are lands …
  • Proposed Catawba casino in Kings Mountain facing mounting backlash July 17, 2014 KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC (WBTV) - The plan to transform a field in Kings Mountain into a $340 million casino is meeting major backlash.
    Today, Les Bernal, the national director of a group called Stop Predatory Gambling arrived to help a growing number of residents concerned with the project.
    “Local citizens here, they’re not pounding the table for a place to go lose their rent checks, their mortgage and their college tuition dollars,” Bernal says.
    And that loss is guaranteed, …
  • Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux president replies to complaints July 17, 2014 PINE RIDGE — Suspended Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) President Bryan Brewer responded to the two complaints levied against him. The response comes just days before the hearing scheduled to decide for or against his impeachment.
    Regarding complaint one, filed against Brewer by Caroline Bettleyoun, calling specifically for the impeachment of Brewer, Brewer cites the OST Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual where personnel matters are appealed to the Tribal Court rather than the Tribal Council.
    “The …
  • Garden City Group executive ties Cobell payment delay to DOI July 17, 2014 Indian beneficiaries probably won’t be seeing the final payment from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement for a couple more months.
    In May, a federal judge approved distribution of the remaining funds while appeals from people who believe they are eligible are still being processed. The ruling gave hope to hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries who were originally told to expect a check around Christmas in 2013.
    The payments, however, depend on calculations being …
  • Obama to meet with local, tribal leaders preparing for climate change July 17, 2014 President Obama on Wednesday is meeting with state, local and tribal leaders who are part of a task force to prepare the nation for the impacts of climate change.
    This is the fourth and final meeting of the task force, comprised of 26 officials from across the country. The group was put together after the release earlier this year of the National Climate Assessment, which explored the ways the U.S. could blunt the impacts of climate …
  • Peoria Tribe cultivating partnerships, developing programs – Miami News Record: Visions July 17, 2014 The tribe, based in Miami, has embarked on several major projects that will benefit northeast Oklahoma by cultivating partnerships with Northeastern A&M, Ottawa County and other local tribes.
    “We have developed some great partnerships in the community, not only with the tribes but with the county and NEO A&M College,” Chief John Froman said. “We believe that it’s part of our obligation not only in the environment; we need to provide programs and projects that …
  • Quinault Tribal Enterprises purchases controlling interest in Westport Marina tenant RPMM, LLC July 17, 2014 While Quinault tribal fishermen have long used the moorage facilities at Washington’s largest fish landing port, Westport Marina, it is now home to one of Quinault Tribal Enterprises’ (QTE) newly acquired upland facilities, RPMM, LLC. The Port of Grays Harbor Commissioners approved the transfer of ownership as it related to a condition of the lease between tenant RPMM and the Port. This is the first upland lease between QTE and the Port.
    The Port signed …
  • Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah Dispute Over Casino Rights to be Decided in Federal Court July 17, 2014 The town of Aquinnah and a group of residents have petitioned to intervene in a federal lawsuit over whether the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has the right to open a casino on the Vineyard. The court filings last week by the town and the Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association came shortly after a judge ruled that the case would be tried in federal court.
    At stake is whether the tribe has the legal right to …
  • Tester Seeks Progress Report on Cobell Settlement Implementation July 16, 2014 U.S. SENATE – Appearing before Congress for the first time, Garden City Group’s Chief Operating Officer, Jennifer Keough, testified today at a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing covering the Cobell Settlement.  Garden City is the Cobell Settlement Claims Administrator handling direct payments to tribal members.
    Committee Chairman Jon Tester expressed concern with the lack of progress on making final payments to individual Indians, “Four years after the Settlement was first agreed upon, and twenty months …
  • Cherokee Principal Chief Baker announces new casino during council meeting July 16, 2014 TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – At the Tribal Council’s July 14 meeting, Principal Chief Bill John Baker announced the upcoming construction of a casino in South Coffeyville.
    “I’m pleased to stand here today and tell you that the paperwork is done, the business lease has been approved and as soon as next week a casino will go in South Coffeyville, Okla.,” he said.
    Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said the tribe should have more details available about the …
  • ‘Saltwater’ From North Dakota Fracking Spill Is Not What’s Found in the Ocean July 16, 2014 In early July, a million gallons of salty drilling waste spilled from a pipeline onto a steep hillside in western North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Reservation. The waste—a byproduct of oil and gas production—has now reached a tributary of Lake Sakakawea, which provides drinking water to the reservation.
    The oil industry called the accident a “saltwater” spill. But the liquid that entered the lake bears little resemblance to what’s found in the ocean.
    The industry’s wastewater is five …
  • Grouchy Gourmet: A politically-correct ‘Native American Taco’ July 16, 2014 Grouchy just happened to take some friends and family up to the Crazy Horse Memorial on the 4th of July. There was a blast on the mountain at 1:04 p.m. and so Grouchy waited until after the blast to get to the Mountain, but there were still hundreds of people still there.
    The idea was to have lunch at the Laughing Water Restaurant at the Memorial. The restaurant was also very crowded and Grouchy noticed …
  • Opening Eleventh Circuit Briefs in Alabama v. PCI Gaming July 16, 2014 The State of Alabama, through State Attorney General Luther Strange, has filed their opening briefs in the Alabama v. PCI Gaming, on Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Case No. 2:13-cv-00178-WKW-WC on July 7, 2014.
    Officers of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, a federally recognized Indian tribe in Alabama, are alleged to be violating federal and state law on lands that the United States putatively holds in trust for …
  • Tenth Circuit Supplemental Briefs in Oklahoma v. Hobia re: Bay Mills July 16, 2014 In 2013, a judicial ruling stopped construction of an Indian casino in Broken Arrow. U.S. Chief District Judge Gregory Frizzell granted a temporary injunction against the Kialegee Tribal Town and its casino developers, saying the casino would violate the state gaming compact and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act because the Kialegees do not have “Indian lands.” The case reached the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in September 2013. The Kialegee Tribal Town, based in Wetumka, is …
  • Pomo Tribe Seeks Protection for Cultural Sites at Caltrans Construction of Bypass July 16, 2014 On July 11, 2014, the Coyote Valley Tribal Council unanimously voted on a Tribal Resolution requesting government to government consultations with the Army Corps of Engineers. They noted in their cover letter that the Tribe had been awaiting a written response to their letter of May 28, 2014 in which they raised concerns regarding Caltrans’ apparent failure to abide by General Condition 3 of the Army Corps permit to Caltrans for the project that deals …
  • Navajo Nation to hold tribal energy summit – SFGate July 16, 2014 WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is hugely dependent on coal for revenue.
    Tribal officials want to get their government talking about how to diversify the portfolio at an energy summit.
    The tribe’s Division of Natural Resources is sponsoring the summit to be held July 23-24 at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort east of Flagstaff.
    Navajo President Ben Shelly signed off an updated energy policy last October that keeps coal prominently in the tribe’s energy mix. At the …
  • Indian Country Awaits 9th Circuit’s En Banc Rehearing in Big Lagoon Case July 16, 2014 In January, a split 9th Circuit panel shocked Indian Country with its holding in Big Lagoon Rancheria v. California that the State’s failure to negotiate in good faith for a tribal-state gaming compact with the Big Lagoon Rancheria of California did not violate the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 (“IGRA”) because the lands at issue were not “Indian lands” under Carcieri. The Court held that the proposed gaming parcel was improperly accepted into trust due to the Supreme …
  • Forget grid divorce. Native Americans are not getting married to the grid anyway July 16, 2014 The Energy Information Administration says 14% of Native American reservation households have no access to electricity. Extending distribution lines to those remote locations could cost as much as $60,000 per mile.
     
    As result, many of them are choosing to power their homes with solar energy and battery storage. This trend has been growing for years on the Hopi and Navajo reservations, where sunshine is plentiful. The Hopi Nation has been offering small-scale solar systems …
  • Mashpee Wampanoag to host Interior officials to discuss tribe recognition procedure July 16, 2014 Two meetings will be held at the Mashpee Wampanoag headquarters to allow the Department of the Interior to discuss proposed regulations to reform its federal acknowledgement process for Native American tribes.
    A public meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 29, at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Community and Government Center, 483 Great Neck Road South in Mashpee. That will be followed by a private “tribal consultation” meeting between tribal officials and …
  • New Native American Tribal Regulations Implicate Hawaiian Sovereignty July 16, 2014 In two seemingly unconnected actions, the Interior Department in April and May of this year announced two regulatory initiatives with widespread impact on Native Hawaiians and Native Americans.
    On May 27, 2014, the Interior Department issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking stating that it “is considering whether to propose an administrative rule that would facilitate the reestablishment of a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community, to more effectively implement the special political and trust …
  • BIA orders city to vacate land that belongs to Nez Perce Tribe July 16, 2014 The Bureau of Indian Affairs has ordered a city to vacate land that belongs to the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho.
    The city of Kamiah is using the 4.6-acre property for a dog pound. It’s also being leased to a concrete production plant, The Lewiston Tribune reported.
    But the BIA says the city is trespassing. The property was the subject of an easement that should have reverted to the tribe, according to the agency.
    The …
  • Glendale City Council supports tribe’s casino plan July 16, 2014 In a major shift, a divided Glendale City Council voted Tuesday to support a southern Arizona tribe’s proposed casino near the Westgate City Center.
    The council voted 4-3 to rescind its previous opposition to a plan by the Tohono O’odham Nation to build a major casino resort on its land less than two miles from the Jobing.com Arena and the University of Phoenix Stadium.
    Glendale’s new position comes after five years of fierce objections from the city, …