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Resolution backs Winnemem Wintu Tribe recognition (August 29, 2007)

A California Assemblyman has introduced a resolution to support federal recognition for the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. The tribe signed a treaty with the United States in 1851 but it was never ratified. President Grover Cleveland issued allotments to tribal members...

Voice of America: KILI serves Pine Ridge Reservation (August 29, 2007)

The Pine Ridge reservation is the eighth largest in the United States and its close to 30,000 residents are spread out over nearly 9,000 square kilometers of hilly, rocky land. Some people here are involved in ranching, but this...

Whiteclay activists protest beer distributors (August 29, 2007)

Activists opposed to the sale of liquor in the border town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, are going after beer distributors. Nebraskans for Peace is planning a protest on Thursday at High Plains Budweiser in Scottsbluff. High Plains is one of several...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe gives star quilt to Sen. Johnson (August 29, 2007)

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe gave a star quilt to Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) for his first public appearance since suffering a brain hemorrhage last December. The star quilt graced the left side of the stage used by Johnson...

Lawsuit blasts Navajo water documentary on PBS (August 29, 2007)

A lawsuit filed in New Mexico state court accuses PBS of "propaganda" for airing a documentary about the hardships faced by Navajo water users. Attorney Victor Marshall, who represents the San Juan Agricultural Water Users Association, says PBS affiliate KNME...

Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe receives $1M grant (August 29, 2007)

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has received a $1 million grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota. The money will be used to build two community centers. The tribe's existing buildings are too small and are...

Canada seeks Native exception for border crossings (August 29, 2007)

The Canadian government says its Native citizens should not have to produce a passport to cross into the United States by car or by boat. The U.S. wants every person who enters the country to have a passport. But...

Yakama Nation faces crisis over per cap payments (August 29, 2007)

Members of the Yakama Nation of Washington want $5 million and they want it in the next 10 days. Tribal members voted Monday for a one-time $500 per capita payment. With 10,000 tribal members, that comes to about $5 million....

Editorial: Native vote ignored by top Democrats (August 29, 2007)

"The first attempt to bring a presidential debate to Indian Country was more whimper than bang last week, as only three Democratic candidates for president showed up at the Morongo Band of Mission Indians reservation in Southern California for a...

Kaweah Nation denies scamming immigrants (August 29, 2007)

The Kaweah Indian Nation of Kansas says it is not selling membership to immigrants for thousands of dollars. The unrecognized group says other people are using its name to sell membership cards. But "High Chief" Manuel Urbina has already admitted...

Indian employees group holds national conference (August 29, 2007)

The American Indian-Alaska Native Employees Association of the Natural Resources Conservation Service is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week at its national conference. The conference is being held in Corpus Christi, Texas. About 150 people, representing tribes across the nation,...

County rejects Cayuga Nation land claim settlement (August 29, 2007)

Cayuga County legislators voted down a proposed land claim settlement with the Cayuga Nation on Tuesday. The deal limits the tribe to 10,000 acres in Cayuga and Seneca counties. But legislators said they didn't want the tribe asserting sovereignty in...

Yellow Bird: North Dakota not the next Tornado Alley (August 29, 2007)

"Could North Dakota be joining the southern Plains states in “Tornado Alley”? And are we being pushed toward that “alley” by global warming? I wondered about those questions as Sunday night's storm rumbled through the Grand Forks region, leaving...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to introduce new chair (August 29, 2007)

The Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe of Massachusetts is introducing its new chairman to the public today. Shawn Hendricks spent his first full day on the job yesterday. He became chairman after his predecessor, Glenn Marshall, was ousted in disgrace. Hendricks,...

Hopi appeals court reinstates ousted chairman (August 29, 2007)

Ben Nuvamsa is officially back on the job as chairman of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona. Nuvamsa took the tribal council to court after council members ousted him. They claimed that he didn't meet the residency requirements to hold public...

Interior attorney accused of disclosing trust data (August 29, 2007)

The Interior Department is moving to fire an attorney who is accused of disclosing Indian trust data to the media. Robert McCarthy, a field solicitor in southern California, acknowledged that he gave information about the Indian trust to a reporter...

Michigan tribe set to open casino after court victory (August 29, 2007)

The Interior Department lost another Indian lands case on Tuesday when a federal judge cleared the way for a Michigan tribe to open a casino. Judge R. Allan Edgar granted a preliminary injunction that bars the government from interfering with...