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North Dakota tribes takes over law enforcement (November 20, 2007)

The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation of North Dakota is taking over law enforcement duties on the Fort Berthold Reservation. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has been handling police duties. The tribe's new police department starts work December 7. Get...

Report: Too many Native children in foster care (November 20, 2007)

American Indian and Alaskan Native children are overrepresented in the foster care system, according to a report released on Monday. "Time for Reform: A Matter of Justice for American Indian and Alaskan Native Children" is a joint report from the...

Jesuit order confirms $50M Alaska Native deal (November 20, 2007)

A Jesuit order based in Oregon confirmed it will pay $50 million to settle an Alaska Native abuse case. Rev. John Whitney, who is the provincial superior for the Society of Jesus, apologized to the victims of sexual abuse. The...

Winona LaDuke's Mercedes powered by fry bread (November 20, 2007)

Ojibwe environmental activist Winona LaDuke drives a 1983 Mercedes-Benz but it's not your usual luxury car. LaDuke's Mercedes was modified to run on biodiesel. "It is the first fry bread power Mercedes Benz," she said at Central Michigan University,...

NCAA issues statement on 'Sioux' settlement (November 20, 2007)

The NCAA on Monday issued a statement as part of its settlement with the University of North Dakota over the use of the school's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. The statement acknowledges UND's "many programs and outreach services to...

Opinion: Not all Sioux oppose 'Fighting Sioux' (November 20, 2007)

"UND Fighting Sioux; that's a nice sounding name, isn't it? The Standing Rock Warriors - also a nice sounding name, as are Solen Sioux, Eagle Butte Braves and so on. We use ourselves as a mascot when we see...

Editorial: Mechoopda Tribe preserves heritage (November 20, 2007)

"A community's history is often nothing more than a dusty collection of books and artifacts packed behind glass in a museum. Or perhaps it's reflected in the names of streets and places, named for our ancestors. While both scenarios are...

Sen. Dorgan plans bill to address Indian Country crime (November 20, 2007)

The leader of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is asking tribes to help develop a bill to reform law enforcement on reservations. On November 7, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) sent a concept paper to tribes that outlines a number...

Lumbee officials defend trip to NIEA in Hawaii (November 20, 2007)

Leaders of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina are defending their trip to the National Indian Education Association conference in Hawaii. The tribe sent 10 council members and 5 other representatives to the conference, which was held last month. Critics...

Default judgment issued in 'membership' case (November 20, 2007)

A Texas judge issued a default judgment against an unrecognized group that is accused of selling "membership" cards to immigrants. The Kaweah Indian Nation of Kansas is not recognized by the state or federal government. Its leaders failed to respond...

Contract improperly awarded to Native firm (November 20, 2007)

The Department of Homeland Security improperly awarded a contract to an Alaska Native firm, The Washington Post reports. The nine-year, $475 million contract was awarded to Chenega Technology Services on the basis of the firm's purported status as a...

Letters: Support for Michigan treaty rights deal (November 20, 2007)

Readers of The Detroit News support a treaty rights settlement between the state of Michigan and five tribes. Alex Hess: "In my opinion it is important that we honor the Native Americans because this originally is their land." saac C....

Off-reserve school ordered to enroll Native boy (November 20, 2007)

A 13-year-old Native boy started classes at an off-reserve school on Monday after the Manitoba government intervened in an enrollment dispute. Eileen Apetagon tried to enroll her grandson at a public school in Winnipeg. But school officials said he couldn't...

Editorial: Confirm Hopi woman as US Attorney (November 20, 2007)

"The U.S. Senate needs to move swiftly to confirm Diane Humetewa as the U.S. attorney for Arizona. An experienced federal prosecutor respected by the state’s legal community, Humetewa’s nomination goes a long way toward repairing the political damage inflicted on...

US Attorney in Minnesota to leave post for DC (November 20, 2007)

After just 20 months, Rachel K. Paulose, the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, is leaving her post to return to the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Paulose, 34, was appointed to the job after the departure of Tom Heffelfinger,...