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Official says Narragansett Tribe taking 'our' money (July 11, 2007)

A town leader in Charlestown, Rhode Island, is apologizing for an e-mail that accused the Narragansett Tribe of taking money that is "ours." Katharine H. Waterman, the president of the town council, said her conduct was "inexcusable." "It was...

Corbin Harney, Western Shoshone activist, dies (July 11, 2007)

Corbin Harney, a spiritual leader of the Western Shoshone Nation, died on Tuesday of complications from cancer. He was 87. Harney was an outspoken opponent of nuclear power. The Nevada Test Site was built on Shoshone treaty land and...

Goshute Tribe passes law to restrict trespassing (July 11, 2007)

The Confederated Tribe of the Goshute Reservation recently passed a law to restrict access to its reservation on the Utah-Nevada border. Due to unlawful hunting and recreating, the tribe has imposed fines ranging from $100 to $5,000. Non-tribal members must...

New member for Senate Indian Affairs Committee (July 11, 2007)

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) has joined the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Barrasso was appointed to the Senate following the death of Sen. Craig Thomas (R-Wyoming). Thomas was vice chair of the Indian committee. "As a member of the Indian Affairs...

Yellow Bird: Following the Lewis and Clark trail (July 11, 2007)

"The 200th anniversary of the Corps of Discovery's historic journey now is finished and a part of the past, but this celebration taught many of us a lot of backyard history that we hadn't known. Lewis and Clark, Sakakawea,...

Udall bus tour visits Haskell, tribal communities (July 11, 2007)

Thirteen scholars from the Morris K. Udall Foundation are on a two-month bus tour to learn about environmental and Indian issues. The Udall Legacy Bus Tour started in Washington, D.C., on 12 and ends in Tucson, Arizona, on August 4....

Chief targeted over RCMP pepper spray incident (July 11, 2007)

About 60 members of the Sechelt First Nation in British Columbia have occupied three tribal buildings in protest of Chief Stan Dixon. The protesters want Dixon to resign over his handling of pepper spray incident. On July 2, Royal Canadian...

Specialist helps protect Washoe sites from fire (July 11, 2007)

As the environmental specialist for the Washoe Tribe, Darrel Cruz has a unique job whenever fires arise in the area. Cruz ensures that fire crews don't damage archaeological and sacred sites. "I've been in front of the 'dozers and...

Navajo Nation Council approves $50K for rings (July 11, 2007)

The Navajo Nation Council approved an appropriations measure last week that includes a special gift for delegates -- rings. The rings will cost $50,000. That's about $568 for each of the 88 delegates to the council. "It's an unwise use...

Mescalero Apache Nation limits school bus traffic (July 11, 2007)

The Mescalero Apache Nation of New Mexico is limiting school bus traffic on the reservation, a school district off the reservation says. The tribe is not allowing buses to leave U.S.70 to pick up students who attend schools in Tularosa....

Winnebago artist's murals to stay put at high school (July 11, 2007)

Murals by renowned Winnebago artist Chuck Raymond won't be painted over, the principal of a high school in Sioux City, Iowa, said. There were rumors that the four murals painted by the late artist were going to be removed when...

Blackfeet Nation lifts alcohol ban during powwow (July 11, 2007)

The Blackfeet Nation of Montana has lifted the ban on alcohol sales during its annual powwow. The tribe banned alcohol during the North American Indian Days powwow in 1999. The following year, police calls, violations and alcohol incidents dropped dramatically...

Fire burns more than 23,000 acres at Pine Ridge (July 11, 2007)

A fire on the Pine Ridge Reservation has burned more than 23,000 acres since Saturday. The Stampede Fire has burned 17,000 acres of a pasture used by the tribe's buffalo herd. Only four older animals have been found dead but...

Ramon Arthur Roubideaux, Rosebud lawyer, dies (July 11, 2007)

Ramon Arthur Roubideaux, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe who was the first Indian lawyer in private practice in South Dakota, died Tuesday. He was 82. Roubideaux attended law school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on the...

Interior's new conduct board already needs leader (July 11, 2007)

On June 27, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced the creation of a conduct accountability board. Two days later, the official who was to head the board resigned to join a lobbying firm. Kempthorne said the Conduct and Accountability Board could...

House Natural Resources Committee hearing (July 11, 2007)

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing today on four Indian bills. The bills are: * S. 375: To waive application of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to a specific parcel of real property transferred by...