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Court rejects Bush salmon plan on Columbia River (April 10, 2007)

A federal appeals court rebuked the Bush administration on Monday for failing to consult tribes with treaty rights in the Pacific Northwest. The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho, the Umatilla Tribes of Oregon, the Warm Springs Tribes of Oregon and...

Opening of Alaska Native charter school delayed (April 10, 2007)

The Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage won't be opening this fall as planned. The school won approval to open as long as it recruited at least 150 students and brought its building up to code. The school hasn't...

Alaska Native suicide rates remain high (April 10, 2007)

Suicide rates among Alaska Natives have not dropped despite nearly two decades of state and tribal efforts, according to a new report. In 2004, the Alaska Native suicide rate was 58 per 100,000. That's the highest rate since 1986. In...

University of Central Oklahoma hosts powwow (April 10, 2007)

Native students at the University of Central Oklahoma hosted their 37th annual powwow on Saturday. More than 300 people attended the event, which was sponsored by the Native American Student Association and Multicultural Student Services. Spectators enjoyed dancers, drum groups...

Navajo Nation buys 300-acre town in New Mexico (April 10, 2007)

As of 10am this morning, the Navajo Nation gained a new property -- the 300-acre town of Counselor, New Mexico. The tribe bought the entire town for a reported $1.25 million. It includes a trading post, church, school, dormitory, playground...

Pit River council removes chairwoman from office (April 10, 2007)

Jessica Jim has been ousted as chairwoman of the Pit River Tribe of California. Jim was removed by the tribal council on Saturday. The move came after Jim organized tribal meetings to restore her powers. Jim had been stripped of...

Pember: Native basketball tourney certified by NCAA (April 10, 2007)

"If all goes according to plan, the term “Rez Ball” may soon become part of the mainstream lexicon. The Native American Basketball Invitational, founded in 2003, is helping to bring Indian Country’s unique variation of basketball to the outside world....

Former Hopi chairman seeks time on radio show (April 10, 2007)

Ivan Sidney, the former chairman of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, is asking for time on the radio show of a Houston, Texas, council member who insulted Native Americans. Sidney wants Houston Mayor Pro Tem Michael Berry to apologize to...

Ute Tribe eyes development of vast oil reserves (April 10, 2007)

The Ute Tribe of Utah has signed an agreement with an Indiana energy company that could lead to development of a $300 million crude-oil refinery. The tribe has vast black-wax crude oil reserves on its reservation. But black-wax is more...

Meetings planned to discuss cancer on reservations (April 10, 2007)

The American Cancer Society and Northern Plains Comprehensive Cancer Control Program are planning public meetings on reservations in South Dakota. Statistics show that Indians in the state die from cancer at rates higher than other populations. Poverty and limited access...

Editorial: Tribal-state relations in Maine improving (April 10, 2007)

"A group set up to foster discussion of tribal issues has done a lot to improve relations between lawmakers and the state’s Indian tribes. The Tribal-State Working Group should be continued so it can get to difficult issues that have...

BIA office in Palm Springs under investigation (April 10, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs office in Palm Springs, California, is under investigation for failing to implement key trust reforms, Gannett News Service reports. The office manages prime real estate for members of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians....

NCAA given 'Muzzle' for Indian mascot policy (April 10, 2007)

The NCAA's Indian mascot policy has earned the organization a "Muzzle" award for allegedly violating the First Amendment. The policy bans the use of Indian imagery during post-season college tournaments. Exceptions are allowed if the namesake tribe approves. The Thomas...

Radio show host suspended for racist remarks (April 10, 2007)

Radio show host Don Imus, who once called retired Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell "the guy from `F Troop,'" has been suspended for making racist remarks about African-American women. Imus was suspended by CBS Radio and MSNBC for two weeks,...

Red Lake Nation receives $1M Shakopee grant (April 10, 2007)

The Red Lake Nation has received a $1 million grant from a fellow tribe in Minnesota. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community awarded the grant so the Red Lake Nation can reopen a commercial walleye fishery. " It is very important...

Abramoff probe continues through end of year (April 10, 2007)

The Department of Justice's Jack Abramoff investigation won't be ending anytime soon, according to a filing in federal court. Abramoff went to prison last November on bank fraud charges. But he continues to cooperate with federal prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney...