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Today's Christian: Native youth turned into leaders (June 28, 2007)

"Blackfeet. Cree. Nez Perce. Navajo. Hopi. These are just a few of the Native American tribes represented through On Eagles' Wings (OEW), an organization started in 1991 by Ron Hutchcraft Ministries. Made up of young people from more than...

Appeals court upholds tribal verdict in bank loan case (June 28, 2007)

A non-Indian bank in South Dakota must answer to a tribal court judgment of nearly $900,000 after losing a federal appeal on Tuesday. In a long-running case, the Plains Commerce Bank asserted it was not subject to the laws of...

Crews battle blaze on Gila River Reservation (June 28, 2007)

Tribal and federal crews are battling a blaze on the Gila River Reservation in Arizona. The Beltline Fire started early Wednesday morning. It has consmed nearly 20 acres a few miles from a major highway exit. No structures were threatened...

Comment sought on Native use of migratory birds (June 28, 2007)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on regulations to allow Native Americans to acquire parts and feathers from birds other than eagles for religious or spiritual use. The agency has adopted rules for use of eagle...

Judge upholds Alaska Native dental program (June 28, 2007)

A judge in Alaska has dismissed a challenge to a dental therapist program for Native villages. The American Dental Association, the Alaska Dental Society and four dentists sued the state and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, charging that the...

UND search committee could include tribal member (June 28, 2007)

North Dakota Board of Higher Education President John Paulsen is recommending the University of North Dakota add a tribal member to its presidential search committee. Paulsen previously said the makeup of the 16-member wouldn't change. But after talking to United...

South Dakota adds Indian law to state bar exam (June 28, 2007)

The South Dakota Supreme Court has adopted a rule to require the state bar exam to include an essay question on Indian law. The essay will appear on the bar exam starting in July. The question will address basic principles...

Yakama Nation chairwoman suspended over firing (June 28, 2007)

Lavina Washines, the chairwoman of the Yakama Nation of Washington, and two other tribal leaders have been put on probation due to the way they fired a business manager. Lehigh John was fired from his job of the Yakama...

Opinion: Canada's forked tongue on land claims (June 28, 2007)

"Indian residential school survivors struggled for nearly two decades for recognition, and only received it when class actions scared Canada into paying up. Canada, through Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice, still refuses to apologize. Some healing. Dudley George's people peacefully...

Three Oklahoma tribes in leadership disputes (June 28, 2007)

Three Oklahoma tribes are being affected by leadership and power disputes. Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Gov. Darrell Flyingman is accusing the tribal legislature of overstepping its authority on several issues. He is fighting an effort to recall him. An election...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe allows grass field burning (June 28, 2007)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho will allow bluegrass field burning this summer despite health and environmental concerns. Burning is illegal In Idaho. But the tribe, as a sovereign nation, makes its own laws on the issue. In 1996, the...

DOJ contacts another ex-aide to Rep. Doolittle (June 28, 2007)

Federal prosecutors have contacted another former aide to Rep. John Doolittle (R-California) as part of the ongoing Jack Abramoff investigation. Pete Evich, Doolittle's former legislative director, said he will voluntarily talk to the Department of Justice. David Lopez, a former...

Muckleshoot Tribe hires firm to study Sonics arena (June 28, 2007)

The Muckleshoot Tribe of Washington has hired a facility planning company to study the feasibility of building an arena for the Seattle Supersonics. The tribe is looking at building the facility on 185 acres in Auburn. The tribe owns a...

Fired U.S. Attorney overruled on death penalty (June 28, 2007)

Paul K. Charlton, the former U.S. Attorney for Arizona, said Attorney General Alberto Gonzales forced him to seek the death penalty in a murder case involving a methamphetamine dealer. No body or weapon was ever discovered in the case against...

Pine Ridge blockade aims to stop flow of alcohol (June 28, 2007)

Starting today, Lakota activists will stage a blockade in hopes of stopping alcohol from entering the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Strong Heart Civil Rights Movement and Nebraskans for Peace have been fighting the sale of alcohol in...

Seri Tribe in Mexico faces development threat (June 28, 2007)

A small tribe in northwestern Mexico faces some important choices as development comes closer and closer to its ancestral territory The Seris used to live on Tiburon Island until they were removed by the Mexican government in the 1960s....