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Cheyenne And Arapaho Tribes

After years of turmoil and litigation, the leadership dispute within the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes is settled.

The Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes consist of the Southern Arapaho and Southern Cheyenne people who banded together in western Oklahoma. The small community of Concho serves as tribal headquarters and that’s where Governor Eddie Hamilton will carry on his elected duties as tribal governor, thanks in part to a recent court ruling by the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or IBIA, recognizing the Cheyenne and Arapaho’s 2013 election as legitimate.

This Week In Indian Country

Jul 25, 2014
Susan Shannon

Decision Made On Cheyenne And Arapaho Tribal Government

It’s been a long four plus years for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes - working under two governments, enduring separate court systems and dealing with divisive and competing decisions by local Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) officials. Compounding these difficulties was the freezing of assets which adversely affected tribally owned casinos, payrolls and tribal programs that served the Cheyenne and Arapaho people.

Susan Shannon

SoonerCare Can Give Indian Health Care Services An Added Advantage

SoonerCare is Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. The tribal relations associate for SoonerCare is Katie Carden. Carden says more Native Americans and native veterans need to sign up because not only are there more services available for them to take advantage of, it will pay their tribal clinics for services received. In fact, SoonerCare is the third largest payer to Indian Health Service.

Katie Carden, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, wants Native Americans to sign up for SoonerCare.

Culture As Medicine

Jul 4, 2014
OU Health Sciences Center

Dr. Dolores Bigfoot is one of the authors of the article Cultural Enhancement of Mental Health Services for American Indian Children found in the spring 2014 edition of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). Bigfoot explains how age-old ceremonies and values from tribal life can help abused native children today.

5 Stories From Indian Country This Week

Jun 28, 2014
Dwight Mission

Cherokee Nation To Restore And Preserve Schoolhouse

The Cherokee Nation and its businesses are donating $120,000 to restore and preserve a nearly 100-year-old schoolhouse. The schoolhouse was built in 1917 and was the main building at the Dwight Mission in Vian in eastern Oklahoma.

Can A School Be Bully Free?

Jun 20, 2014
Oklahoma Alliance Academy

The U-S Department of Health and Human Services defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.”

An educator and a counselor in Tulsa want to create a school that’s bully-free.

Jennie Stockle

Oklahoma-born American Indian rights advocate Suzan Shown Harjo has led the fight against team names and mascots deemed disparaging to Native Americans. She led a successful legal challenge in 1992 against the owner of the Washington Redskins. But the initial ruling by Trademark Trial and Appeal Board was overturned, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case.

Now the torch has been passed, and a new generation of advocates is running with it.

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic

The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic is hosting a Walk for Wellness on June 14 at Remington Park. The Clinic is trying to promote healthy lifestyles by engaging the whole family in healthy activities. Steve Daugherty is the health promotion and disease prevention coordinator for the clinic.

"There's several changes that we all need to make. Being natives we're more prevalent to diabetes and heart disease," Daugherty said.

Did Tribal Sovereign Immunity Dodge A Bullet?

Jun 6, 2014
DonkeyHotey / Flickr.com

Brian Pierson, team leader for Indian Nations law team at Godfrey & Kahn, wrote an article about the Supreme Court’s recent decision on Michigan v Bay Mills Indian Community case for the

Red Earth

Thursday, June 5, marks the beginning of Red Earth Festival, now in its 28th year. And this year marks a new direction and new location for the 3 day festival.

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