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Quistorf honored for hiker rescue

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals stays recent ruling striking down ICWA


Oneida, Hobart spar over special event permit

GTC convenes special meeting

Several tribal nations, DOI condemn recent Texas ruling against ICWA


Oneida Child Care Development Fund grant making an impact

History supports OBC per capita decisions

Wayne “Buggin” Malone nominated for two Nammys

Oneida Business Committee denies 2nd $5000 petition request


Special GTC meeting held

Vigue has Wolf River Consulting Group up and running

Oneida Solar Energy Ribbon cutting held

Oneida celebrates Rose’s 100th birthday

GTC convenes special meeting, rescinds OPC dissolution

King has confident Lady T-Hawks gunning for conference title

Celebrating twenty-nine years of Act 31 in Wisconsin

GTC Legal Resource Center opens to public

Kerstetter helps revive lost art of Oneida pottery


Koester crushing the odds in life

Oneida Tourism Department welcomes summer intern

2018 Semi-Annual GTC meeting convened

Yukwatsistay^ keeps opioid crisis in the cross hairs

NACHP, ONCOA receive Partnership Award

House explosion caused by gas leak

Suspect crashes vehicle after pursuit by OPD

King commits to Division I rugby program


Hill takes Honor Flight to DC

2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic media day


Be aware of bears on the move

Oneida mother reunites with daughter

Oneida Nation’s economic impact on region revealed

Oneida Trust Scholarship named in White’s honor

Snowstorm Evelyn Blasts Oneida

Bill to recognize tribal identification cards signed into law

GTC convenes special meeting

Oneida and NWTC reap benefits of partnership

Alvarez and son enjoy volunteer time together

Steinfeldt aims for pediatrics

The keys to Powless’ recovery: Oneida culture and language

Tribal identification cards to be recognized

New events and a new OBC in 2017

Emergency Food Pantry helping those in need


Oneida weighs hemp options


Oneida Nation leadership returns from New York

Tribal Action Plan unveiled

‘Enough is Enough’ attempts to tackle opioid crisis

GTC approves FY2018 budget

“Rez Beater” puts spotlight on Oneida based rapper

Metoxen takes lead at NNALSA

GTC meets for special meeting

Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic earn high marks

***UPDATE*** Election results updated

The Oneida longhouse project nears completion

New Oneida Royalty crowned



Democrat says he’ll appeal to Walker to veto GOP power play

Study: Weak reporting on missing, murdered Native women

Activists laud Native American women’s election to US House

New Mexico set to have all-minority US House delegation

Country sees high number of Native American candidates

Interior watchdog refers Zinke probe to Justice Department

Embattled GOP incumbent tries to paint Democrat as radical

“Fight of Champions” Honor Flight – with Green Bay Packers Alumni takes place at GRB November 1

State claims Interior “buckled” under political pressure

Man dies after officer shooting at Green Bay Jail

Oneida citizen rides out Hurricane Michael

In Wisconsin, a running mate shakes up governor’s race

In Minneapolis, leaders grapple with sudden homeless camp

Alaska governor declares emergency for native languages

Wisconsin sees more bleeding cases linked to synthetic pot

Interior Department rules against tribe in trust land bid

Protesters start 100 mile march against Dakota Access

Dakota Access protester reaches plea deal in riot case

Minnesota woman recovers from addiction on reservation

Wisconsin commercial fishing operations record numbers

Judge: Clerk falsified complaint against Navajo candidate

Wisconsin, tribe reach settlement in hemp lawsuit

Flandreau Santee not required to pay tax on casino work

TransCanada to move materials, prep sites for Keystone XL

Land-trust cases raise red flags across Indian Country

US has split up families throughout its history

Wisconsin high court backs Ho-Chunk, protects burial rights

Lay your money down: Court says states can OK sports betting

Farm Bureau to meet with Justice Department on CBD

Woman chased by authorities dies in Wisconsin crash

Video shows police stop of Native American teens on tour

Bureau of Indian Affairs director resigns after 6 months

MPCA urges judge to drop objection to wild rice rule change

Mandated study of Dakota Access line to miss completion goal

Thousands march to protest Canada pipeline expansion project

Report: Inequity remains 50 years after Kerner Report

Cherokee Nation grows heritage with heirloom seeds

Tribe says it’s being left out of Dakota Access study

Montana’s US attorney to advise Sessions on Native issues

Federal judge dismisses tribe’s lawsuit over Ho-Chunk casino

Cleveland Indians dropping Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms

Prosecutor clears deputy in eighth-grader’s death

Menominee Tribe Announces Tribal Legislature Election Results

Wisconsin students work on book about Ho-Chunk culture

Minnesota, Fond du Lac tribe formalize rights to hunt, fish

Judge: Lawsuit challenging Keystone pipeline can continue

Final report analyzes options for controversial oil pipeline


Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe sues county over lax policing

Lawsuit threatened against federal agencies in mine dispute

Native American activist Dennis Banks dies at age 80

Professor quits over denied Dakota Access pipeline seminars

Menominee tribe buys naming rights to Herd’s new arena

Committee approves Wisconsin burial sites bill

Monument acknowledging Native Americans dedicated

Miss Navajo Nation contest is parting ways with fry bread

LA votes to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day

Nebraska project works with Pawnee corn

Wisconsin tribe withholds state payment over casino dispute

Secretary Zinke appoints Dr. Gavin Clarkson as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

Lawsuits over new Utah monument to test president’s power

Dakota Access review to re-examine impact on tribes

Supreme Court pushes Redskins’ name back to society

Ho-Chunk Nation urges judge to reject casino lawsuit

In Wisconsin, ID law proved insurmountable for many voters


Man convicted in slayings of couple on Oneida Reservation

Trump pushes school choice, making good on campaign promise


Wisconsin tribes clash in casino expansion fight

Study: Wisconsin will face water infrastructure problem

Upstate New York tribe funds cultural preservation

NY State Museum adds contemporary Native American artwork

Company: Dakota Access pipeline on track to start this week

Opponents of Dakota pipeline bring message to Trump

Judge won’t stop construction of Dakota Access Pipeline

Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe threatens to stop casino payments

Madeline Island watches, worries as winter climate shifts

Tribe files legal challenge to stall Dakota Access pipeline

Last pipeline protesters weigh whether to fight or leave

Ho-Chunk casino could draw $37 million from other casinos

Justices to hear free speech clash over offensive trademark

Wisconsin tribe wants pipeline moved from its reservation

Funds could rid Michigan schools of Native American mascots

Tribal corporation sues Green Bay over power plant

10 pipeline protesters face disorderly conduct trial

Traveling trophy stays in Oneida


After major victory, ND protesters to defy deadline


Brady, Nunes applaud new Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee appointment


Halloween night vehicle accident take life of area teenager


Protesters set up camp in project’s path for the first time


Tribes offer pipeline protesters a place to overwinter


Tribes object to Ho-Chunk casino expansion east of Wausau

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Police issue warrants for 3 in pickup, protesters crash


Truck plows through Native American crowd during protest

Police lights at a crime scene at night.

US judge sides with Nevada tribes in voting rights case

Gavel and scales

Redskins, rock band battle government in trademark fight

 Simon Tam has openly criticized the Washington Redskins team name as a racist slur that demeans Native Americans.

Gavel and scales

Wisconsin guard, tribal member Koenig joins pipeline protest


A proud Ho-Chunk Nation member, Bronson Koenig has been speaking out about his Native American heritage since his freshman year at the University of Wisconsin, long before public displays of social consciousness by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, soccer player Megan Rapinoe and other NFL players.

Federal intervention on oil pipeline project unprecedented


The Standing Rock Sioux’s effort to block a four-state oil pipeline got a lifeline when the federal government temporarily stopped the project, a move some say likely may forever change the way all energy infrastructure projects are reviewed in the future.

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Judge grants partial stop on North Dakota pipeline work

An American Indian tribe succeeded Tuesday in getting a federal judge to temporarily stop construction on some, but not all, of a $3.8 billion four-state oil pipeline, but its broader request still hangs in the balance.

Gavel and scales

Judge: Florida tribe’s members must pay taxes to IRS

A judge has ruled that members of a South Florida Indian tribe must pay federal income taxes in a decision that could cost other tribe members millions of dollars.

Sioux tribe leader wants political help to halt oil pipeline

A tribal leader Wednesday said he contacted the White House and met with North Dakota’s senators in an effort to halt construction of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline that crosses the Missouri River near an American Indian reservation in southern North Dakota.

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8 counties, Bad River Band qualify for federal help

Eight Wisconsin counties and the Bad River Band have qualified for federal assistance to recover from July flood damage.

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UW-Stout removing paintings depicting American Indians

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Noted Ojibwe author has died of cancer at 73, family says


Gavel and scales

Judge: Wisconsin residents who lack ID can vote in November

Bad River Bridge

Bad River State of Emergency Update 

Bad River powwow grounds

Bad River Reservation in state of emergency due to storms

Krystal Torres

Torres-Smith killer sentenced

Percy N. Sims, the man convicted in the murder of Oneida Nation member Krystal Torres-Smith in June of 2015, was formally sentenced this morning to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years.

Supreme Court tie favors tribal court authority

A Supreme Court tie has left in place the authority of Native American courts to judge complaints against people who are not tribal members.


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Hill Represents Oklahoma at Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Lexi Hill, Oneida Tribal citizen from Oklahoma, was named the Oklahoma state winner of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

The Menominee Indian Tribe mourns passing of Former Tribal Chairwoman, Lisa S. Waukau

It is with great sadness that the Menominee Nation announces the passing of four-time Tribal Chairwoman, Lisa S. Waukau.

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Oneida Police Department honored by Outagamie County DA

The Oneida Police Department, along with the Outagamie County Sherriff’s Department, Brown County Sherriff’s Department, Seymour Police Department, Hobart-Lawrence Police Department, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation were honored for their work concerning the Benderz Bar incident in August of 2013.




Betters, Lady T-Hawks eye conference title

Pocan’s ‘Soaring Eagles Boxing Club’ helping local youth

Kelley, King team up for WIAA tourney

Lee doing good work on and off the volleyball court

Sei Young Kim’s Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic victory recognized by World Golf Hall of Fame


Peterson preps young Thunderhawks squad for 2018 season

Everything fans need to know before attending the LPGA Classic

Michelle Wei headlines Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic Tournament field

Fowler, Jordan dominate track and field

Skenandore takes the helm for Lady T-Hawks

Denny brothers enjoying time on rugby pitch

Three Thunderhawks earn All-State honors


Thornberry Creek named Top 50 range


Betters has Lady T-Hawks aiming for playoff run

Student athlete House calls it a collegiate career

Oskey makes her Phoenix commitment official

Thunderhawks prep for 2017 season

Katherine Kirk wins Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic

Lacrosse’s spirit of unity on display with new Ferris team

Expectations are high for Thunderhawks lacrosse

With experience comes high expectations.

Oneida artist Hill’s design chosen for LPGA trophy

Betters leads Lady Thunderhawks into new season


New lacrosse field opened to public


Thunderhawks fall to Gibralter



Thunderhawks fall in season opener

T-Hawks football team stocked and ready to roll


Spirit of Hoops works to raise spirits of youth

One of the Oneida Nation Thunderhawks football team’s biggest stumbling blocks every year will not challenge them this season.


Powless tearing through road racing competition

Commitment. Hard work. Excellence. Words that go hand-in-hand for many working professionals but to actually see 19-year-old Neilson Powless demonstrate them as he lives his dream is amazing.


Smith gets defensive on lacrosse field

Synala Smith had never picked up a lacrosse stick in her life prior to three years ago when she was convinced to join the Green Bay United Griffins Girl’s Lacrosse team by her good friend Sonya Sommers.


Softball team showing steady improvement

As the lady Thunderhawks move through their 2016 season, improvement is following.


Skenandore to dive for UW-Milwaukee

Dakota Skenandore will join the UW-Milwaukee dive team.


Editor's Corner

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Are we ignoring our past mistakes?


001KaliByLine_DWalschinski_NewI’ve noticed there’s not a lot of listening going on in Oneida. For example, at a September 28 Oneida Business Committee (OBC) meeting, Vice Chairwoman Melinda Danforth gave an explanation about a past financial situation of Oneida Tribal Integrated Enterprises (OTIE). When she was done with her detailed explanation, another Oneida citizen marched up to the microphone and asked the same question that had been answered.

At an October 2 General Tribal Council (GTC) meeting, the issue of the food pantry came up. A person who was in support of the food pantry as proposed argued that managers were arguing against the food pantry, and that we didn’t understand the need. This person was not listening to what was being said. The managers, myself included, were not against a food pantry, but were against repeating an expensive mistake.

As written by the petitioner, the food pantry would go back into a space where rent will have to be paid to Oneida Seven Generations, Inc. Also, because the petition was amended to be limited to Oneida households, it severely limits who it serves and where donations can be sought from.

Instead of passing the petition as written, we could have looked at more convenient and less expensive locations, and developed a staffing model that could have included volunteers and community groups which would have saved money as well. Instead, the pantry will be funded by removing food line items from tribal budgets. Those line items probably don’t come near what the cost will be to staff and house the food pantry, but so be it.

It seems the petition for a food pantry was less interested in helping the financially struggling in Oneida, and more interested in punishing Oneida departments for slights. For example, the location was chosen because it hasn’t been rented out in many years. Perhaps that’s because it’s located in an inconvenient place. Or because at one public meeting, there was leftover food, therefore, departments don’t need food lines in their budget. Never mind that food is provided to entice people to attend public meetings, and it’s difficult to estimate how many people will attend any given event.

There’s a long history of using petitions to undermine managers and departments. The petitioners often pose themselves as Robin Hood robbing from the rich to give to the poor. They’re not stealing from the rich to give to the poor. They’re stealing from potential per capita funds. They’re stealing from potential raises for front line employees. They’re stealing from funds that could be used for economic development, housings and services to Oneida citizens including the poor.

But the people supporting the food pantry don’t want to hear that. They won’t read this article, or if they do, they’ll accuse me of being an elitist manager who doesn’t understand the need in this community. Alas, as a manager my experience with budgeting and knowledge of past practices is ignored. My ability to suggest more efficient solutions is shoved to the side. And when the food pantry doesn’t address all the needs it was imagined to address, people will look at me and ask why I didn’t say something.

I did, you weren’t listening.


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