Court subjects non-Indian bank to tribal laws (July 20, 2006)
A bank doing business on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota faces a nearly $900,000 tribal court judgment after losing a federal case on Tuesday. Ronnie and Lila Long, a tribal couple with a cattle business, sued Plains...
Northern Arapaho hold Sun Dance without incident (July 20, 2006)
Members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming held a Sun Dance on Wednesday without incident. Gerald Redman Sr., a Northern Arapaho ceremonial leader, said there were "rumors" about potential trouble over a dispute involving the Southern Arapaho in Oklahoma....
Wake begins for Native RCMP officer slain on duty (July 20, 2006)
A four-day wake began on Tuesday for Robin Cameron, a Native Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer who was killed on duty. The wake is being held on the Beardy's and Okemasis Reserve in Saskatchewan were Cameron, 29, grew up....
Virginia Indians set to return from trip to England (July 20, 2006)
A delegation of Virginia Indians is returning from a one-week trip to England. The trip was made in conjunction with the Jamestown 2007 commemoration. Officials in England wanted to learn more about some of the tribes that greeted the Jamestown...
Alaska Native infant mortality rate still above average (July 20, 2006)
The Alaska Native infant mortality rate is still one of the highest in the nation despite efforts to reduce infant deaths. Based on a 10-year review of data, the state Division of Public Health said infant mortality rates declined. But...
Indian woman seeks office in South Dakota county (July 20, 2006)
An Indian woman who was a plaintiff in a voting rights lawsuit is seeking office in Charles Mix County, South Dakota. Sharon Drapeau and the other Indian plaintiffs sued over the county's redistricting plan. They successfully proved that it violated...
Navajo Nation education director resigns post (July 20, 2006)
Leland Leonard resigned as director of the Navajo Nation's education division but says his departure has nothing to do with problems at the tribe's Head Start program. The Head Start program was forced to shut down after the federal government...
Southern Ute Tribe files suits over motorcyle rally (July 20, 2006)
The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado filed two lawsuits on Wednesday over a motorcycle rally that was supposed to take place on the reservation. The tribe filed one suit in tribal court and the other suit in county court. They...
Fire at sacred Karuk dance house ruled suspicious (July 20, 2006)
Authorities in Siskiyou County, California, say a fire that destroyed a sacred Karuk dance house is suspicious. The July 1 fire has not been ruled arson at this point. But leaders and members of the Karuk Tribe believe it...
Former Gila River judge ordered to return funds (July 20, 2006)
A former judge for the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona was sentenced to 90 days home detention, five years probation and was ordered to return $36,188 she took from a tribal scholarship fund. Darlina C. Mercado, 43, pleaded guilty...
Mescalero Apache Nation worried about hatchery (July 20, 2006)
The Mescalero Apache Nation of New Mexico is holding an auction August 1 to raise money for its financially-strapped hatchery. The tribe took over the hatchery from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. But funding has been a long-standing issue....
Jourdain re-elected chairman of Red Lake Nation (July 20, 2006)
Floyd Jourdain was re-elected as chairman of the Red Lake Nation of Minnesota on Tuesday. Jourdain defeated former tribal secretary Judy Roy by just 71 votes. He had the majority of absentee votes while she had the majority of...
Crews battle fire in Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park (July 20, 2006)
Crews are battling a fast-growing blaze on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation in Utah. As of Wednesday, the fire burned 679 acres of the Ute Mountain Tribal Park. The archaeological sites in the park are not believed to be in...
Column: Havasupai Tribe without power for weeks (July 20, 2006)
"Try getting through one summer day of 100-degree-plus weather in Phoenix with no electricity. If this happened, I'm certain the governor would declare a state of emergency, the National Guard would be mobilized, evacuations would be ordered and curfews would...
Controversial leader Farrakhan visits Navajo Nation (July 20, 2006)
Louis Farrakhan, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, visited the Navajo Nation this week. Farrakhan arrived sometime on Tuesday but his visit was not disclosed publicly. Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. would only say that he came...
Oregon senators cite 'impasse' over land-into-trust (July 20, 2006)
Oregon Sens. Gordon Smith (R) and Ron Wyden (D) are asking the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians and Douglas County to work together to resolve an "impasse" over the tribe's land-into-trust application. The Roseburg News-Review reports...
Rep. Ney, Sen. Burns face election amid probes (July 20, 2006)
Having seen the fall of Ralph Reed, one of the many figures linked to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Republicans are worried that Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) and Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Montana) will be the next to go. Ney and Burns...
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