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Ute Mountain Ute man retains state commission post (January 19, 2007)

Ernest House Jr., a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, has been asked to stay on as executive secretary of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs. House has served on the commission since 2005. He was asked to stay...

Senate shields tribes from new lobbying restrictions (January 19, 2007)

The Senate overwhelmingly passed a broad ethics and lobbying reform package on Thursday, shielding tribes from negative provisions that could have weakened their presence in Washington. In the wake of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, tribal leaders were worried that...

Coquille Tribe to host national women's conference (January 19, 2007)

The Coquille Tribe of Oregon is hosting the first 2007 Heart of the American Indian Women's Conference in April. The conference takes place April 25-27 at the tribe's casino. The theme is "Native American Women Leaders -- Encouraging Future Generations...

Intelligence Report: Hate crimes in border town (January 19, 2007)

"William Blackie's money ran out near midnight. His luck soon followed. It was a Saturday night, last June 4, when Blackie, a 46-year-old Navajo, left the bar at the Anasazi Inn on foot, walking west along one of Farmington's main...

Rehberg seeks House Indian Affairs Committee (January 19, 2007)

Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Montana) introduced a resolution on Thursday to create the House Indian Affairs Committee. Rehberg says the House needs an independent committee to hear Indian issues. Currently, the House Resources Committee has jurisdiction over tribal matters --...

North Dakota tribal colleges seek state funding (January 19, 2007)

North Dakota's five tribal colleges are supporting a bill that would help them educate students who are not tribal members. Of the 2,600 tribal college students, about 175 are not enrolled in a tribe. That means the colleges can't receive...

Jodi Rave: Native youth get turned onto reading (January 19, 2007)

"Loriene Roy remembers a group of kids from Jemez Pueblo who attempted to greet the librarian in her Anishinaabe language. The New Mexico students said, "Boozhoo! Boozhoo!" "Do you know me? Do we know each other?" asked the faculty...

Cherokee Nation responds to brutal winter storm (January 19, 2007)

The Cherokee Nation is helping communities in eastern Oklahoma that were hit by an ice storm. The tribe has delivered more than 25,000 gallons of water to help those in need. Some rural communities have been without water and...

Oglala Sioux Tribe denounces 'Chief Illiniwek' (January 19, 2007)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota stepped into the debate over the controversial "Chief Illiniwek" mascot of the University of Illinois. The tribe passed a resolution denouncing the mascot as disparaging to Native people. "The antics of persons...

Navajo Nation slowly reopening Boys & Girls Clubs (January 19, 2007)

The Navajo Nation is slowly reopening the 14 Boys and Girls Clubs on the reservation. All 14 were closed two years ago amid a power and financial struggle between the tribe and a non-profit organization. The tribe eventually took...

Tribes tap into resources of major law firms (January 19, 2007)

Tribes are increasingly turning to big-name law firms to help them navigate state and federal laws and work with their business partners. Historically, tribes relied on boutiques, or small firms that specialized in Indian law. But now, many of the...

Lumbee recognition bill introduced in Senate (January 19, 2007)

Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-North Carolina) introduced a bill on Thursday to recognize the Lumbee Tribe. The bill would repeal a termination-era law the recognized the Lumbees as Indians but denied them from receiving benefits as a tribe. It would provide...

Santa Barbara Independent: Neo-Chumash identity (January 19, 2007)

"A court case that began January 17 could determine once and for all the fate of American Indian Health & Services (AIHS), which is the third incarnation of a clinic first established in the 1970s to serve Native Americans...

Navajo court rules man can't serve tribe and state (January 19, 2007)

The Navajo Nation Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a tribal member can't serve the Navajo Nation Council at the same time he serves in the New Mexico Legislature. Leonard Tsosie was elected in November as one of the delegates...

Tribes ask Congress to end tax-exempt bond dispute (January 19, 2007)

Sens. Gordon H. Smith (R-Oregon) and Max Baucus (D-Montana) will reintroduce legislation to clarify that tribes can issue tax-exempt bonds for governmental projects, a Washington lobbyist said.. Speaking at the 12th annual Western Indian Gaming Conference, lobbyist Tom Rodgers said...

Tex Hall still fighting loss of tribal election (January 19, 2007)

Two months after losing the November election, Tex Hall is still fighting for his job as chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota. In seeking his this term as chairman, Hall lost to Marcus Wells Jr....

Cherokee Nation judge announces run for chief (January 19, 2007)

Stacy Leeds, the first woman to serve on the Cherokee Nation's highest court, has announced her campaign for principal chief. Leeds has served on the court since August 2002. She also directs the Tribal Law and Government Center and...

Tribes back Agua Caliente Band in contribution case (January 19, 2007)

Eight California tribes have filed petitions with the California Supreme Court to support the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The Agua Caliente Band asked the court for a rehearing in a campaign finance case. The justices, by a 4-3...

Former Rep. Ney faces sentence over Abramoff (January 19, 2007)

Former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) will be sentenced in federal court today for his role in the Jack Abramoff scandal. Ney pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to accept campaign contributions, trips, meals and other items in exchange for legislative...