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Maine tribes lose sovereignty in EPA water case (August 9, 2007)

In a blow to their sovereignty, a federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked two Maine tribes from regulating water quality on their reservations. The Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe sought to set their own standards under the Clean Water...

Police told to pay Native woman for search (August 9, 2007)

A judge ordered the police department in Vancouver, British Columbia, to pay a Native woman $5,500 for a random drug search. Margaret Willie was accused of dealing drugs in downtown Vancouver. She was forced to submit to a search on...

Minister guilty of abuse on Navajo Reservation (August 9, 2007)

A minister was found guilty in federal court of sexually assaulting a teenage boy on the Navajo Reservation. Clarence Dee, 39, of Red Mesa, Arizona, faces life in prison. He is accused of assaulting the boy at a home on...

Husband charged with Potawatomi woman's death (August 9, 2007)

A 25-year-old man was charged in federal court with second degree murder for the death of Loretta Lea Wandahsega, a member of the Hannahville Indian Community of Michigan. Derek Joseph Linklater is accused of killing Wandahsega after they got...

Village fighting Cayuga Nation must pay own legal bills (August 9, 2007)

The state of New York has cut off legal aid to the village of Union Springs, which is fighting the Cayuga Nation's land-into-trust applications. The state is already footing the legal bills for Cayuga and Seneca counties. So the village...

Meskwaki Tribe to kick off 93rd annual powwow (August 9, 2007)

The Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa kicks off its 93rd annual powwow today. The powwow began in the early 1900s and lasted about a week. Now it runs for four days. The powwow features the Green Corn Dance and other unique...

BIA moving to shut down mobile home park (August 9, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is moving to shut down a mobile home park on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in California. The BIA says Harvey Duro, the owner of the park, has been given enough chances to make...

Chippewa Cree firefighters at work in Montana (August 9, 2007)

Firefighters from the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana are busy battling a fire that has burned more than 40,000 acres. Allan Eagleman and his tribal crew have been setting up buffer lines to stop the Meriwether Fire. "When it...

Voice of America: Navajo weaver keeps tradition (August 9, 2007)

"Pearl Sunrise is a Navajo weaver. Her mother and her grandmother were also weavers. Sunrise's multiple oak tools were made by her father and grandfathers. Today, she is one of the most recognized weavers in the United States. "I...

Jodi Rave: Native American Bank makes difference (August 9, 2007)

"The Native American Bank was created in 2001. The bank's total assets topped $86 million as of June 30, up from $24 million in 2002. The bank is now owned by 26 federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations across the...

Democrats put $2M in Native American Bank (August 9, 2007)

The organizers of the 2008 Democratic National Convention have put $2 million into the Native American Bank. The money comes from $16 million in federal funds that will be used to pay for the convention in Denver. The bank is...

Column: Right call on Narragansett testimony (August 9, 2007)

"Kudos to Judge Susan McGuirl for ruling that Governor Carcieri must testify in the coming Superior Court trial of seven Narragansett Indians arrested in the 2003 smoke shop raid. In the aftermath of the raid, Carcieri said he had ordered...

Sweep nets marijuana plants on Yakama Reservation (August 9, 2007)

An annual sweep netted more than 11,000 marijuana plants on the Yakama Reservation in Washington. In cooperation with the Yakama Nation and local and state agencies, the National Guard and the Drug Enforcement Administration conduct helicopter flyovers. About 37,000 plants...

Golfers seek out Choctaw man for his healing hands (August 9, 2007)

Jim Weathers, a Choctaw man who grew up in California, is one of the most sought-after persons in golf even though he doesn't actually play the game. After injuring himself during an Green Beret exercise, Weathers was trained in...

Colombia told to pay $232K for Indian activist's death (August 9, 2007)

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ordered Colombia to pay US$232,000 to the family of an Indian activist who was tortured and killed by army officers. German Escue Zapata was abducted from his home on the reservation in 1988....

Interior employees complain of sickness from renovation (August 9, 2007)

Employees at the Interior Department's main building in Washington, D.C., say renovations have made them sic. Employees have been suffering from headaches, nausea, rashes and respiratory difficulties, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a watchdog group. The fumes,...

Ho-Chunk Inc CEO Lance Morgan suspended (August 9, 2007)

Lance Morgan, the chief executive officer of Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, was suspended on Wednesday. Morgan, a tribal member, was suspended by HCI's board of directors after he refused to turn...