By - Native News Online
WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA—Carrie Tsosie-Jim will always remember how she and her younger brother were forced to leave their home in Colorado to begin a new life in Farmington.
In 2007, their mother was found murdered outside their Colorado home. Days later, her father’s body was discovered in Arizona in the Navajo Nation, an apparent suicide.
When she recounts those tragedies, both of which are still being investigated, she describes how she felt – as if bricks were falling and piling on top of her.
By - KSHB
TULSA, Oklahoma - An artist from Oklahoma is painting figures like Patrick Swayze and the Pope on football helmets in an effort to make people reconsider how Native Americans may feel about their depiction as sports mascots.
Native American artist Matthew Bearden is from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and his new series of paintings "Sacred Mascots" takes aim at real sports mascots, which some Native Americans say they find offensive.
WATERLOO — Seneca County has the right to impose property taxes on land owned by the Cayuga Indian Nation, but the law does not allow for a mechanism to collect those taxes.
That legal quandary appeared headed for the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014 until the law firm that formerly represented the county failed to file a leave to appeal to the nation’s highest court.
On Tuesday, the county Board of Supervisors heard its new attorney predict it may still be taken up by the Supreme Court, however.
By Emily Schultheis - National Journal
August 27, 2015 SCHURZ, Nev.—The three organizers from the Clinton campaign had traveled all the way to this small town nestled between jagged mountains and broad plains in ultra-rural Mineral County, more than 350 miles from Las Vegas and 100 miles from Reno, to meet with five people on a Native American reservation.
With a small circle of folding chairs in the Walker River Paiute Reservation's Agai-Dicutta ("Trout Eaters" in the Paiute language) Community Center, the room was set up like any other organizing meeting: Handwritten posters hung on the wall, waiting to be filled in, featured prompts like "I support Hillary because…" and "These are the issues that are important to me.…" But there were two others that don't often appear in campaign organizing materials: "I know for a fact that the Indian vote can sway a statewide election." And: "I caucus/I vote because I know the power of the native vote."
SPOKANE — The state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a lower court ruling in a long-running lawsuit by non-tribal gas-station owners challenging gas-tax compacts negotiated in the past decade between the state and Indian tribes.
The Supreme Court ruled that non-Indian gas station owners failed to prove that the payments to the tribes, which total about $30 million a year, were not refunds for taxes paid on motor-vehicle fuels.
The three Connecticut officials sued by MGM Resorts International over the state's plan to build a new tribal gaming facility to compete with the MGM Springfield casino have been granted an extension to respond to the complaint.
Gov. Dannel Malloy, Secretary of State Denise Merrill and Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Jonathan Harris will have until Oct. 1 to craft their defense, following MGM's August 11 lawsuit that accused the state of unconstitutionally favoring Connecticut Indian tribes in its newly-passed gaming bill. The original deadline was Sept. 1.
By Tampa Bay Times
TALLAHASSEE — Wading into complicated tax and sovereignty issues, a federal appeals court Wednesday issued a split decision in a dispute between the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida about rental and utility taxes on tribal property.
A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Florida is barred from imposing a real-estate rental tax on non-Seminole businesses that operate at tribal casinos in Tampa and Hollywood.
President Russell Begaye authorized the opening of a canal that serves three communities on the New Mexico portion of the reservation, The Farmington Daily-Times reported. The canal will be flushed to ensure a clean supply from the San Juan River.
"You'll have water that's good for irrigation," Begaye said at a meeting on Thursday night, the Daily-Times reported.
By James Giago Davies- Indianz.com
This is the calm before the Archie Bunker storm. Kids are ready to go back to school, football season about to kick off, it seems like just another late August, but something is brewing, something disturbing moves in a mysterious way.
Rapid City has a new mayor, and a half century of watching, and experiencing, how this town works, has alarm bells ringing in my head. At some point in the months to come there is going to be a racially charged incident, and past experience also tells me this new mayor is not going to be a peacekeeper, a wound healer, he is going to be in the pot stirring thick of it, and he is not going to be our friend. But this is only my opinion and at best an educated assumption.
By Oneida Indian Nation NY
The Oneida Indian Nation announced today that construction has begun on two new state-of-the-art healthcare facilities that will introduce exciting new healthcare options to its Members, employees and the local community. Oneida Nation Health Services and the Bassett Oneida Health Center, both slated to open in early 2016, will be located in Dreamcatcher Plaza on Genesee Street in Oneida.
The Oneida Nation Health Services, which has been providing nationally accredited and award-winning healthcare to Nation Members and other American Indians since 1991, will relocate from its current location on Territory Road to the more convenient and easily accessible location on Genesee Street in the city of Oneida. The new facility will consolidate all of the Oneida Nation Health Service offerings into one location, providing a substantial upgrade to the quality of care delivered to patients. Currently the Health Service provides family healthcare, comprehensive diabetes care and education, dental care, community health, and behavioral health services.