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NIGC moves forward with regulatory agenda in 2007 (May 1, 2007)

The National Indian Gaming Commission updated its regulatory agenda on Monday but tribes won't find many surprises in the document. The agency in charge of the $23 billion tribal casino industry has completed just one regulation in the past 18...

Indian inmates report problems at Indiana facility (May 1, 2007)

The 19 Indian inmates at the New Castle Correctional Facility in Indiana have been moved to other facilities following a riot last week. Sally Tuttle, the chairwoman of Native American Indian Voices of Indiana, said the inmates complained about their...

Lumbee Tribe accused of stealing heritage (May 1, 2007)

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is being accused of stealing the heritage of the historic Tuscarora Nation. The Tuscarora Nation of Indians of the Carolinas claims to be the original inhabitants of the state. The tribe says the Lumbees...

Ute Mountain Ute church holds services after fire (May 1, 2007)

Members of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Colorado held services at their Presbyterian Church on Sunday, just days after vandals set fire to the building. About 25 parishioners gathered outside to pray. “They can’t stop the service,” said...

Nez Perce Tribe water settlement finalized (May 1, 2007)

The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho signed an agreement to formally end a water rights lawsuit. The tribe agreed to give up its claims to water in the Snake River basin in exchange for about $83 million in cash, 11,000...

Parents question handling of Onondaga abuse case (May 1, 2007)

Two parents say they aren't getting answers about a teacher who has been accused of sexually abusing nearly half of the girls at the Onondaga Nation School. Albert Scerbo, 44, was arrested on charges of endangering 17 girls and sexually...

Company turns to reservation for temporary workers (May 1, 2007)

A printing company in South Dakota has turned to the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation to find temporary employees. Midstates Printing is located in Aberdeen, about 100 miles from the reservation. To address a shortage of workers, the owner came up...

Lakota man helps brings lost soldiers home (May 1, 2007)

Sgt. Kili Bald Eagle, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, has spent the last two years assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command. Bald Eagle, 31, helps the unit find lost soldiers. He has...

Three accused of theft from Oglala Sioux Tribe (May 1, 2007)

Three people are facing federal charges for allegedly stealing money from the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Eileen Janis, David D. Rabbit Sr. and Kim Colhoff are charged with theft from a tribal organization. The U.S. Attorney's Office says...

Stewart Clah, Navajo Code Talker, dies at age of 87 (May 1, 2007)

Stewart Clah, a Navajo Code Talker who served in World War II, died on Sunday. He was 87. Clah lied about his age and joined the Marines around 1940. He served in Midway, Saipan, Guam and Guadalcanal, transmitting military...

California tribes seek bigger share of health funding (May 1, 2007)

California has the second-largest Indian population in the nation but Indian leaders say they aren't receiving their fair share of health care funding. California has no fully-funded Indian Health Service facilities, according to Medill Reports. That means tribes and Indian...

Puyallup Tribe to develop shipping terminal at port (May 1, 2007)

The Puyallup Tribe of Washington has signed a major deal to develop a shipping container terminal in the Port of Tacoma. The tribe will use the 180-acre site for the project. SSA Marine, the largest U.S.-owned terminal operator, will design...

Judge who wrote Mille Lacks treaty decision dies at 80 (May 1, 2007)

Donald P. Lay, the former chief judge of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, died in Minnesota on Sunday. He was 80. Lay wrote the majority opinion in Mille Lacs Band v. Minnesota. The decision upheld the off-reservation treaty rights...

Mental evaluation ordered in Wind River murder trial (May 1, 2007)

A woman from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming is undergoing a court-ordered mental evaluation. Lila K. Goggles, 47, is charged with first-degree murder for the death of 22-month-old Tyraine Wanstall. She is accused of killing the boy on the...

Sen. Johnson discharged from rehabilitation center (May 1, 2007)

Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) was discharged from a medical rehabilitation center on Friday, four months after being hospitalized for a brain hemorrhage. Johnson, 60, will continue outpatient physical and speech therapy from his home in northern Virginia. He is...

Tohono O'odham Nation to hold general election (May 1, 2007)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona is holding its general election on May 26. Incumbent Chairwoman Vivian Juan-Saunders, 47, is running for re-election. She is the first woman elected to lead the tribe. Her former vice chairman, Ned Norris,...

Editorial: Virginia tribes deserve recognition (May 1, 2007)

"Nearly 400 years to the day that English settlers landed in Virginia, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee finally recognized that people were here long before the tall ships crossed the Atlantic -- and, of modern-day importance, that Native American...

OST one of worst places to work in government (May 1, 2007)

The Office of Special Trustee is one of the worst places to work in the federal government, according to a survey of employees. OST ranked 212 out of 222 federal agencies, or near the bottom of the pile. Scores were...