Another land-into-trust case on high court's radar (December 16, 2008)
The Department of Justice appears to be anticipating changes in the land-into-trust process if a critical U.S. Supreme Court case goes against tribal interests. The changes would affect tribes that gained federal recognition after 1934, the year the Indian Reorganization...
Cherokee Nation weighs move in poultry lawsuit (December 16, 2008)
The Cherokee Nation is weighing its options in a lawsuit involving the state of Oklahoma and the poultry industry, Chef Chad Smith said. The tribe could intervene in the case, which was filed by state attorney general Drew Edmondson in...
Skokomish Tribe nears settlement over dams (December 16, 2008)
The Skokomish Tribe of Washington is near a settlement over two dams that were built on its traditional territory, The Tacoma News Tribune reports. The tribe would receive $12.6 million and 1,140 acres from Tacoma Power in exchange for dropping...
United Tribes Technical College to march in inaugural (December 16, 2008)
United Tribes Technical College in North Dakota will participate in the inaugural parade on January 20, 2009. Employees and students are expected to march in Washington, D.C. The contingent includes veterans, singers and dancers. Veterans from the Oneida Nation of...
Editorial: Eleventh hour mischief at Interior (December 16, 2008)
"The Bush administration is racing the calendar, busy salting federal regulations with changes. Most would be unlikely to survive scrutiny outside of the frenzied period when one presidency ends and another begins. One example goes after the Endangered Species Act,...
Editorial: Ken Salazar a wise choice for Interior (December 16, 2008)
"With his natural resources background and level-headed approach to policy making, Sen. Ken Salazar is well-suited to be the next Interior secretary. Salazar has been a moderate voice of reason on recent Western land and energy disputes, and we...
New York tribes vow fight over tobacco tax bill (December 16, 2008)
New York tribes said they will continue to fight efforts to impose tobacco taxes on their reservations. The Seneca Nation, the Oneida Nation and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe said a bill signed by Gov. David Paterson (D) on...
Opinion: A Republican for Interior Secretary (December 16, 2008)
"Key components of leadership are listening and learning. Barack Obama seems to understand this to the relief of at least some of us who did not support him. He has exhibited careful, sure-footed leadership in this transition period. Obama projects...
U.S. Attorney opposes separate Aquash trials (December 16, 2008)
The U.S. Attorney's Office in South Dakota is objecting to motions to sever the trials of two men accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. John Graham, who is from the Southern Tutchone First Nation in...
Column: Shock jock insults Native women (December 16, 2008)
"Radio shock jocks don't get better with age, just older and more crass. Case in point: Rob Tepper, one of Seattle's most recognizable radio personalities -- the T-Man of KUBE 93. Smarmy, garrulous and sometimes funny, this less polished version...
Statistics Canada reports on employment, prisons (December 16, 2008)
Statistics Canada released two reports on Monday, one on employment levels among Aboriginal people and another on the prison population. Aboriginal People Living Off-Reserve and the Labour Market: Estimates from the Labour Force Survey found that 70.1 percent of Aboriginal...
Outgoing Grand Traverse chair sued over salaries (December 16, 2008)
The outgoing chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan is being sued in tribal court over salaries of tribal council members.. The tribe's Compensation Committee set the base council salaries at $60,000. Those serving...
Report finds political influence by Interior official (December 16, 2008)
A political appointee at the Interior Department interfered with more than a dozen Endangered Species Act decisions, according to an investigation made public on Monday. Julie MacDonald "jeopardized" nearly every ESA decisions during her time in the Bush administration, Inspector...
Sen. Dorgan remains chair of Indian Affairs panel (December 16, 2008)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) announced the expected committee chairmanships for the 111th Congress. Indian Country will see few changes come January 2009. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) remains as chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. He will...
Supreme Court allows suit against 'light' tobacco (December 16, 2008)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed smokers in Maine to sue the manufacturers of "light" cigarettes for fraud. In a 5-4 vote, the justices held that the suit was not pre-empted by federal law. The opinion was written...
Satire: Native Americans split over Manhattan sale (December 16, 2008)
"A split has opened up in the campaign by Native Americans for historical compensation after descendants of East Coast Indians have defended the infamous real estate deal that swapped the island of Manhattan for some beads. ‘What nobody acknowledges...
Former Mashpee Wampanoag leader pleads guilty (December 16, 2008)
The former chairman of the newly recognized Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts agreed to plead guilty on Monday and to cooperate with federal investigators in an "ongoing" probe. Glenn A. Marshall, 59, admitted to violating campaign finance laws, embezzling...
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