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Indian man and partner refused room at hotel (March 30, 2007)

An Indian man and his partner are considering legal action after they were refused a room at a hotel in South Carolina. Darren Black Bear and Jason Pickel tried to check in to the Affordable Suites of America in...

Bush administration won't admit liability on Indian trust (March 30, 2007)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Opening Statements Kempthorne Testimony | Kempthorne Q&APanel 1 Testimony | Panel 1 Q&APanel 2 Testimony | Panel 2 Q&A U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales did not admit to a $200 billion-plus liability for tribal trust lawsuits,...

State urges fight on Eastern Pequot land claim (March 30, 2007)

The Connecticut attorney general is urging a property owner to fight a land claim by the Paucatuck Eastern Pequot Tribe. The tribe placed claims on two properties in the town of North Stonington. One of them is owned by Patricia...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe considers alcohol license (March 30, 2007)

A decision on a liquor license for a night club and golf course is in the hands of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. The tribe's liquor commission heard four hours of testimony on Thursday. The owner of The...

Native woman named top employee by company (March 30, 2007)

Debra Castillo, a Navajo/Apache woman from Arizona, has been named Employee of the Year by The Maids, an international home cleaning company. Castillo, a member of the San Carlos Apache Nation, joined The Maids nearly eight years ago. Since...

Poarch Creek woman, oldest in tribe, turns 100 (March 30, 2007)

Members of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians celebrated the 100th birthday of Willie Martin on Thursday. Martin is the oldest living member of the tribe. Born in 1907, she was raised in Alabama, where the tribe is based, but...

Hopi chairman ousted after less than a month on job (March 30, 2007)

For the second time in less than a year, the Hopi Tribe of Arizona has gotten rid of its chairman. This time it was Ben Nuvamsa, who has been on the job less than a month. The tribal council voted...

Column: Medal of Honor for Sisseton-Wahpeton vet (March 30, 2007)

"It seems like a no-brainer, but then I remembered that this is a government thing. It's been a year since the Secretary of the Army recommended that the late Master Sgt. Woodrow Keeble receive a Medal of Honor. Then...

Pechanga man sentenced to 44 years for deaths (March 30, 2007)

A member of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians who said he was high on methamphetamine when he ran his car into a boy and his grandmother was sentenced to 44 years for their deaths. Joseph Anthony Barrientos, 27,...

Opinion: Fired U.S. Attorney helped Michigan tribes (March 30, 2007)

"Lost in the accounts of the eight U.S. attorneys recently dismissed or asked to resign by the Department of Justice is the potential impact on Indian country. Four of the fired U.S. attorneys represented federal districts with a significant...

Opinion: Cherokees treat Delawares like property (March 30, 2007)

"The Cherokee Nation has received a great deal of heated criticism for its decision to eject the black freedman from their national rolls. The freedmen are the descendants of blacks who were once held as slaves by some wealthy members...

Mediator suggests $7-9B settlement for Cobell (March 30, 2007)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Opening Statements Kempthorne Testimony | Kempthorne Q&APanel 1 Testimony | Panel 1 Q&APanel 2 Testimony | Panel 2 Q&A A settlement for the Cobell trust fund lawsuit should fall in the range of $7 billion to...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe signs land-use pact (March 30, 2007)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts signed a land-use pact aimed at resolving sovereignty and jurisdictional disputes. The tribe and the town of Aquinnah negotiated the agreement after the state's highest court ruled that the tribe has to comply with...

'Prez on the Rez' hopes to finalize roster (March 30, 2007)

Kalyn Free, the organizer of the "Prez on the Rez" forum, hopes to confirm a roster of Democratic candidates within the next few weeks. So far, only New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) has confirmed his attendance. But Free, a...

Brazil to provide free Internet to remote tribes (March 30, 2007)

The government of Brazil signed an agreement on Thursday to provide free Internet access to remote tribes in the Amazon. The Forest People's Network will serve 150 communities. The system will enable tribes to communicate with the government and to...

Jodi Rave: Indian probate conference in Montana (March 30, 2007)

"It's typically not hard to figure who owns land and how to pass it on to the next generation - except when it comes to individual land ownership in Indian Country. Some of the country's leading experts on individual Indian...

Jodi Rave: Cobell calls trust offer 'insulting' (March 30, 2007)

"The federal government's $7 billion attempt to settle a Native trust lawsuit is both positive and insulting, the case's lead plaintiff told members of the U.S. Senate's Committee on Indian Affairs on Thursday. “Positive” because it's the U.S. Interior and...

Missing Navajo boy, 14, found safe in Phoenix (March 30, 2007)

A 14-year-old Navajo boy who was missing for 10 days was found safe in Phoenix, Arizona. Alexander "Alex" Darwin Joe was last seen at his home in Surprise on March 19. At first, he was considered a runway but...

Listening Lounge: House hearing on BIA-OST (March 30, 2007)

The House Interior Appropriations subcommitee held a hearing on Thursday on the fiscal year 2008 budget proposal for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Office of the Special Trustee. Associate deputy secretary Jim Cason and Special Trustee Ross Swimmer testified....