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Column: Language and non-language on PL280 (August 14, 2008)

"I finally understand why the sheriff and the Soboba Indians don't hit it off: They don't communicate in Luiseño, native language of the Soboba band. They don't communicate in English, native language of the sheriff. They miscommunicate in a nonlanguage...

Grand Traverse Band ordered to hold new election (August 14, 2008)

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians will be holding another election for the chairman's position. The tribe held an election on May 21. Candidate Derek Bailey filed a complaint when the election board made unsubstantiated allegations against...

Seneca Nation lobbies governor on tobacco tax bill (August 14, 2008)

The Seneca Nation is sending a delegation to lobby New York Gov. David Paterson (D) on a tobacco tax bill. The tribe says state taxation violates treaty rights and its sovereignty. Taxation will hurt the local economy and lead to...

Alaska governor claims Native top cop was disloyal (August 14, 2008)

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) says she fired the state's first Native public safety commissioner because he was disloyal to her administration. Walt Monegan was not a "team player on budgeting issues," Palin said. She said Monegan was asking...

Crow Reservation admits filing false rape report (August 14, 2008)

A woman from the Crow Reservation in Montana pleaded guilty to making false statements. Vanessa Antoinette Stewart, 33, admitted she made up the rape allegations. She faces up to eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine. She will be...

More Indian students enter college in New Mexico (August 14, 2008)

More and more Indian students are going to public universities and colleges in New Mexico, according to a report from the state Higher Education Department. About 9.5 percent of the 130,388 students at public universities are Indian, the report said....

Navajo medicine man sentenced for rape (August 14, 2008)

A 70-year-old Navajo medicine man was sentenced to 18 months in prison for raping a 15-year-old girl in New Mexico. David Filfred initially denied having contact with the girl, who became pregnant following the assault in 2002. DNA tests showed...

McCain denies Abramoff figure works for campaign (August 14, 2008)

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) said one of the players in the Jack Abramoff doesn't have an official role in his presidential campaign. But Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition, said he has joined the "McCain Victory 2008...

Project seeks radio on White Earth Reservation (August 14, 2008)

The White Earth Land Recovery Project is coordinating an effort to establish the first Indian radio station in Minnesota. Niijii Broadcast Corporation has been tentatively selected for a Federal Communications Commission license. Supporters hope to start on the Internet later...

Indian candidate in Arizona heads towards primary (August 14, 2008)

Mary Kim Titla, a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, is battling a crowd of rivals for Arizona's 1st Congressional district. Titla is one of four Democrats seeking the party's nomination for the open seat. Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Arizona),...

Editorial: Oversight at Indian charter school (August 14, 2008)

"Add another charter school to the casualty list. On Tuesday, the Minneapolis school board voted to end its sponsorship of Oh Day Aki/Heart of the Earth, which effectively closes the K-12 program for Native American kids. Though the move is...

Navajo Nation leaders agree to talk about reform (August 14, 2008)

The two most powerful leaders of the Navajo Nation's have agreed to pursue reform of the Navajo Nation Council . President Joe Shirley Jr. and Council Speaker Lawrence Morgan will focus on reducing the number of council delegates from 88...

Kempthorne to speak at Soboba Band's golf club (August 14, 2008)

Law enforcement and state officials say the Soboba Reservation in southern California is too dangerous but that's not stopping a member of President Bush's Cabinet from speaking there on Friday. Technically, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne will appear at the golf...

Frank's Landing smokeshop owners enter pleas (August 14, 2008)

A plea agreement for the former owners of a smokeshop at Frank's Landing's Indian Community in Washington was announced on Wednesday. Henry and Alison Gottfriedson pleaded guilty to conspiracy and avoiding tax payments. They agreed to pay about $9.2 million...

Joe Martin: Open discussion at Eastern Cherokee (August 14, 2008)

"Some members of the Snowbird Community took heat over the invitation of Carl Mumpower, the Republican congressional nominee challenging incumbent Rep. Heath Shuler, to speak to their community club meeting Aug. 5. Mumpower had made controversial statements in response...

Opinion: Help out the Code Talkers Memorial Park (August 14, 2008)

"It is time to honor courageous warriors who protected America’s freedom. Honorable combatants risked their lives to free the world of tyranny during World War I and World War II. Specifically, a unique and elite group of warriors that has...

Leader of fake tribe guilty in immigration scam (August 14, 2008)

A federal jury found a Kansas man who claims he is the leader of a tribe guilty for scamming immigrants with promises of U.S. citizenship. Malcolm Webber calls himself the Grand Chief Thunderbird IV of the Kaweah Indian Nation. Prosecutors...

Half of Oglala Sioux Tribe police force resigned (August 14, 2008)

About half of the police officers for the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota resigned on Tuesday, President John Yellow Bird Steele said. The officers complained about being overworked, Steele said. He blamed the federal government for cutting funds for...