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Spirit Lake secretary-treasurer survives recall (March 28, 2007)

The secretary-treasurer of the Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota survived a recall election on Tuesday, The Grand Forks Herald reports. Tribal members voted 196-114 to keep Brian Pearson in office, chairwoman Myra Pearson said. Brian Pearson is Myra Pearson's...

Gonzales won't testify about trust fund settlement (March 28, 2007)

The Bush administration won't be sending embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to the Senate hearing on Indian trust fund litigation tomorrow. Gonzales, who previously told Congress that the trust lawsuits were worth more than $200 billion, continues to face...

Commentary: The revolving door in Washington (March 28, 2007)

"Last week former Deputy Interior Secretary Steven Griles pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice after admitting that he lied to Senate investigators about his relationship with Jack Abramoff. According to an account in the New York Times, prosecutors said that...

Navajo domestic violence shelter almost finished (March 28, 2007)

A domestic violence shelter on the Navajo Nation is scheduled to open this fall. The $4.5 million Home for Women and Children is located in Shiprock, New Mexico. It was designed to look like a hogan, a traditional Navajo...

House hearing on BIA and OST budget for 2008 (March 28, 2007)

The House Interior Appropriations subcommittee is holding a hearing tomorrow afternoon on the fiscal year 2008 budget request for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of the Special Trustee. Associate deputy secretary Jim Cason and Special Trustee Ross...

Bad Eagle questions Comanche ancestry of actor (March 28, 2007)

David Yeagley, the conservative commentator who runs the Bad Eagle site, says the main star of "Apocalypto" is not Indian. Yeagley, who has faced questions about his own ancestry, says actor Rudy Youngblood has falsely claimed to be Comanche....

Bill to award medal to Sisseton-Wahpeton vet (March 28, 2007)

Senators from North Dakota and South Dakota have introduced a bill to award the Medal of Honor to Woodrow Wilson Keeble, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe who fought in World War II and the Korean War. Keeble,...

Film defends ex-officers who dumped Native man (March 28, 2007)

A new documentary defends two former police officers who were convicted after dumping a Native man in the freezing cold in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Dan Hatchen and Ken Munson lost their jobs and spent six months in jail after Darrell Night...

Norton was asked to stop recognition process (March 28, 2007)

Several members of Congress asked former Interior Secretary Gale Norton to halt the federal recognition process after the Bureau of Indian Affairs gave a favorable decision to the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut. In a "fairly emotional meeting" on Capitol...

Houston official: Stop apologizing to Indians (March 28, 2007)

The United States needs to stop apologizing to American Indians and stop giving them money, a city council member in Houston, Texas, said on Tuesday. Michael Berry, who serves as mayor pro tem, said the federal government spends too...

Hate crime suspect pleads guilty to beating (March 28, 2007)

An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty to the beating and attempted kidnapping of a Navajo man in a crime that heightened racial tensions in Farmington, New Mexico. John Winer is the first to plead guilty for the July 4, 2006, beating...

Cherokee Freedmen protest ouster from tribe (March 28, 2007)

Descendants of former slaves of the Cherokee Nation marched on the Oklahoma Capitol on Tuesday to protest their removal from the tribe. The Freedmen gained the support of Oklahoma’s Black Caucus, whose members criticized the tribe's March 3 vote. "We...

Appeal filed in Northern Arapaho eagle case (March 28, 2007)

The Department of Justice is trying to reinstate charges against a Northern Arapaho man who killed an eagle for use in the Sun Dance. In a brief to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, government attorneys say Winslow Friday violated...

Muwekma Ohlone Tribe fights for recognition (March 28, 2007)

The Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of California is waiting to hear on its bid for federal recognition from a judge in Washington, D.C. The tribe was rejected by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in September 2002. It was the agency's first-ever...

Soboba Band holds election for council members (March 28, 2007)

The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians of California held an election to choose two seats on the tribal council. Incumbent Rose Salgado was re-relected to her third term. Julie Arrietta-Parcero won her first term on the council. A total of...

Officer indicted for death of Ramapough man (March 28, 2007)

A New Jersey state park police officer was indicted on Tuesday for the shooting death of a member of the Ramapough Lenape Nation. Chad Walder faces a charge of second-degree manslaughter. He is accusing of killing Emil Mann, 45, on...

House hearing on royalty collection at Interior (March 28, 2007)

Update: At 1:34, the committee returned from its recess. At around 12:40, the committee went into a recess for some votes on the House floor. The recess is expected to last 30 minutes. The House Natural Resources Committee is holding...