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Judge opens electronic data to Cobell plaintiffs (July 10, 2007)

A federal judge on Monday said he would allow the Cobell plaintiffs to obtain electronic records of their trust fund data. The plaintiffs have been seeking the data since the inception of the case 11 years ago. So Judge James...

Sierra Club sues EPA over Navajo power plant (July 10, 2007)

The Sierra Club has filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency over a proposed power plant on the Navajo Nation. The Sierra Club says the EPA failed to consider how pollution from a $2.5 billion coal-fired power plant would affect...

Karuk Tribe: Remove dams on Klamath River (July 10, 2007)

"Today, four American Indian tribes, nine environmental groups, farm groups and a host of local, state and federal agencies are working hard on a settlement to prevent disasters like the ones we saw in 2001 and 2002 from happening again....

Johnson O'Malley funds keep Indian youth connected (July 10, 2007)

The public school district in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is using Johnson O’Malley funds to keep urban Indian students connected to tribal culture. About 30 students are taking part in a six-week summer program. In the morning, they work on...

Editorial: Tribes need law enforcement resources (July 10, 2007)

"Officials from six tribes in South Dakota recently testified during a congressional field hearing in Lower Brule that federal grants and other funding sources that help pay for police officers on the reservations has decreased, meaning there are fewer cops...

Reminder: Adam Walsh Act deadline approaching (July 10, 2007)

Tribes have until July 27 to respond to the Adam Walsh Act, which creates a national sex offender registry. The act requires tribes in non-Public Law 280 states to take one of two actions. By resolution, a tribe must either:...

Prairie Island Tribe uses device to preserve Dakota (July 10, 2007)

The Prairie Island Indian Community in Minnesota is using a device first used by the military to preserve the Dakota language. The tribe is using three "phraselators" to record common Dakota words and phrases. Elder Curtis Campbell, one of...

Alaska Native corporations cite impact on economy (July 10, 2007)

Alaska Native regional corporations have shared $870.2 million in natural resource revenues since 1971, a corporate executive said. Roberta "Bobbi" Quintavell, the president and chief executive officer of Arctic Slope Regional Corp., said ASRC was responsible for $282 million of...

Village boy, 12, charged with murder of brother (July 10, 2007)

A 12-year-old boy from the Yup'ik Eskimo village of Marshall was charged with first-degree murder on Monday. The boy is accused of intentionally killing his younger brother. James Buster, 11, died of gunshot wounds after an incident at the...

Bill helps Coquille Tribe with development (July 10, 2007)

The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday on a bill to help the Coquille Tribe of Oregon develop some of its property. H.R.2683 allows the tribe to lease, sell or otherwise convey its property without...

New Mississippi Choctaw chief takes office (July 10, 2007)

For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will get a new chief. Beasley Denson will be sworn in this morning as leader of the tribe. He defeated longtime chief Phillip Martin by...

Bush won't let former aides testify on US Attorneys (July 10, 2007)

President Bush has asserted executive privilege in order to prevent two former aides testify about the firings of several U.S. Attorneys. The House and Senate Judiciary committees sought testimony from former White House counsel Harriet E. Miers and former White...

UND spends more than $500K in 'Fighting Sioux' case (July 10, 2007)

The University of North Dakota has spent $530,000 to defend its "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo in court. UND is suing the NCAA over NCAA's Indian mascot policy. The NCAA says the "Sioux" nickname creates a hostile and abusive environment....

Opinion: Let Cherokee Nation decide citizenship (July 10, 2007)

Ed. Note: Heather Williams is a member of the Cherokee Nation and is employed by Cherokee Nation Enterprises. "For me, the crucial question is who decides who is an Indian? Does the United States government decide? Does misinformed public opinion...

Non-Indian worker settles with Colville Tribes (July 10, 2007)

A non-Indian employee who said he was the victim of racial discrimination and harassment has settled his lawsuit with the Confederated Colville Tribes of Washington. Christopher Wright sued the tribe's corporation after he said he was repeatedly subject to slurs...

Editorial: Interior's ethics policy not enough (July 10, 2007)

"nterior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has described himself as a late-inning relief pitcher, sent in to clean up the department after the tumultuous and destructive reign of Gale Norton. Not the least of his problems has been the terrible ethical hangover...