Eastern Cherokee to announce decision on Wal-Mart (May 16, 2007)
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina will announce details of a deal with Wal-Mart "within weeks," Principal Chief Michell Hicks said. Hicks said a Wal-Mart on the reservation will generate tax revenues and jobs. The tribe has...
Report maintains status quo on Indian rights-of-way (May 16, 2007)
The Bush administration is urging Congress to respect tribal sovereignty and stay out of right-of-way disputes unless they pose a significant impact on the energy supply. In a report finalized on Monday, the Interior Department and the Energy Department said...
Turtle Mountain Band bans blogger for comments (May 16, 2007)
The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians has banished a a political blogger after he wrote a posting on the "appalling" conditions on the North Dakota reservation. Rob Port of the Say Anything blog talked about 15 hours he spent...
Yellow Bird: Indian culture changes in subtle ways (May 16, 2007)
"As an elder, I often turn around to look at the past. The path I've traveled is not always as I expected it would be when I was 16 years old. I say this because it couldn't have been...
Pine Ridge women sentenced for bootlegging (May 16, 2007)
Two women were sentenced for bootlegging alcohol on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Louise Jumping Eagle, 62, received a $500 fine and two years of probation. Juanita Jumping Eagle, 53, received two years of probation and 20 hours...
First Nations man charged with murder of daughter (May 16, 2007)
A 21-year-old man from the Kettle First Nation in Saskatchewan has been charged with second-degree murder for the death of his baby daughter. Jamie Justin Courtney is accused of killing 10-month-old Kiona Rain Jenaya Oakes. She had been taken to...
AFN leader warns of anger in Native communities (May 16, 2007)
Assembly of First Nations Chief Phil Fontaine said Native communities have reached the "breaking point" over Canada's failure to live up to its promises. Fontaine spoke to the Canadian Club of Ottawa on Tuesday. He cited "palpable" anger and frustration...
Washington tribes finalize $33M shellfish deal (May 16, 2007)
The state of Washington and the federal government have finalized a $33 million settlement with 17 tribes. The tribes will receive $22 million from the federal government and $11 million from the state. The payment will make up for the...
Man dies after scuffle with Puyallup Tribe police (May 16, 2007)
A 54-year-old non-Indian man died on Saturday after a scuffle with police officers from the Puyallup Tribe of Washington. Jeffry Young allegedly tried to enter the Takopid Health Center posing as a doctor. When he refused to comply with officers'...
Former Tulalip board member to head up housing (May 16, 2007)
A former board member for the Tulalip Tribes of Washington will take over the Housing Department. Herman Williams Jr. abruptly resigned from the board in February, citing "stupid behavior," The Everett Herald reported. He declined to discuss details but it...
Three Washington reservation smokeshops raided (May 16, 2007)
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided smokeshops on three Washington reservations on Tuesday. Search warrants were served on smokeshops on the Swinomish Reservation, the Franks Landing Indian Community and the Stillaguamish Reservation. No arrests were made. The...
Jodi Rave: Native women take up walking challenge (May 16, 2007)
"It's easy to talk about being physically fit and much easier to think about it, which is why I'm not entering a triathlon tomorrow. But when I was offered a heart-palpitating challenge, I accepted it. I've joined 16 others...
Editorial: Democrats not safe on lobbying reform (May 16, 2007)
"It’s crunch time for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to deliver on the Democrats’ vow to rein in power lobbyists who sully Congress by purchasing privileged access with outsized campaign donations. There are worthy remedies, but members are balking. If the...
Seminole Tribe retains Mitchell Cypress as chairman (May 16, 2007)
Mitchell Cypress was re-elected as chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida on Tuesday. Cypress defeated challenger Moses B. "Moke" Osceola by 100 votes. But Osceola is considering a challenge, citing "extra" votes at a polling place on the Hollywood...
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