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Dusten Brown with his daughter, Veronica, before her return to her adoptive parents in South Carolina.
Cherokee Nation

The National Congress of American Indians is honoring the biological father of a Cherokee girl at the center of a lengthy custody dispute.

At a meeting in Tulsa on Tuesday, the group honored Dusten Brown, a member of the Cherokee Nation who is the father of 4-year-old Veronica. Brown was also recognized for his service with the Oklahoma National Guard.

Last week, Brown announced he was dropping all custody claims and was working with the South Carolina couple who adopted Veronica on ways he could be involved in her life.

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The 70th annual National Congress of American Indians has opened in Tulsa with tribal ceremonies and a speech from Gov. Mary Fallin.

The Tulsa World reports that Fallin welcomed up to 3,000 attendees from tribes across the country on Monday.

Fallin congratulated tribes on their work to improve tribal health care, tying tribal efforts to national reforms.

Fallin also addressed the government shutdown, urging lawmakers to "see the light and get their act together."

National Congress of American Indians

Thousands of Native American tribal members will be in Oklahoma starting this weekend to discuss revitalizing languages, combating violence against women, protecting sacred sites and other topics.

The tribal members will be in Tulsa for the 70th annual National Congress of the American Indian convention. Among the scheduled speakers during the six-day convention are Attorney General Eric Holder, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn and leaders of various tribes across the nation.

Native American Rights Fund

The relationship between the Supreme Court of the United States and Native Americans has a rocky history and recent rulings have not gone the way Indian Country hoped. The Supreme Court, friend or foe, is charged with interpreting the law of the land.

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The National Congress of American Indians has joined the Osage Nation in opposing federal actions to permit eagle kills caused by wind industry development on tribal lands without regard for tribal cultural interests and authority. 

A recent NCAI resolution says authorizing the wind energy project to kill eagles in Osage Nation territory without the tribe's consent would set a dangerous precedent. The resolution says it would limit the ability of all tribes in the U.S. to protect their cultural resources.