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Editorial: Yakama cigarette deal good for all (December 19, 2007)

"Given the options of a win/win situation through negotiations or a return to confrontation between the Yakama Nation and the state of Washington over cigarette taxes, we'll come down on the side of the former just about every time. A...

Plea deal seen in Narragansett smoke shop case (December 19, 2007)

Seven members of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island might be reaching a plea agreement, more than four years after state troopers raided the reservation to shut down a smoke shop. The tribal members - including Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas...

Cherokee Nation takes more control of housing (December 19, 2007)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is taking more control of its housing programs. The tribal council voted Monday to dissolve the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation. The authority was formed under a state Indian housing law. The tribe itself...

Alaska Native corp. executive was forced out (December 19, 2007)

Orie Williams, the outgoing president and CEO of Doyon Ltd., an Alaska Native regional corporation, says he was forced to resign from his post by the board of directors. The corporation announced Williams' resignation last week. But no reason...

Bush nominates McSwain as director of IHS (December 19, 2007)

President Bush on Tuesday nominated Robert G. McSwain, a member of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, to be director of the Indian Health Service. McSwain has been serving as acting director since the departure of Dr. Charles...

First Native woman sworn in as U.S. Attorney (December 19, 2007)

Diane Humetewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe, made history on Tuesday when she was sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for Arizona. Humetewa is the first Native American woman to serve as U.S. Attorney. She was confirmed by the...

Pueblo woman takes acting Indian affairs post (December 19, 2007)

Teresa Gomez of Isleta Pueblo has been named acting secretary of Indian Affairs for the state of New Mexico. Gomez, who has been serving as deputy secretary, takes over from Benny Shendo Jr. The Jemez Pueblo man, the first...

16-year-olds among three charged with murder (December 19, 2007)

Three young males, including two 16-year-olds, were charged with murder on the Red Earth First Nation in Saskatchewan. Timothy Troy Young, 21, and one of the 16-year-old boys were charged with second-degree murder for the death of Brant Ellery Whitehead,...

Yellow Bird: Christmas can be depressing too (December 19, 2007)

"One of the wonderful things about having a large family is just that - they are family in good times and bad. Yet the Christmas holidays can be a depressing time for families, too. As we age, we find...

Spirit Lake business settles false claims case (December 19, 2007)

A business owned by the Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota has agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit. Sioux Manufacturing Corp. was accused by former employees of failing to properly make protective material...

Coquille Tribe receives $200K grant to fight meth (December 19, 2007)

The Coquille Tribe of Oregon has received a $200,000 grant to fight methampetamine in Coos County. The money comes from the Department of Justice. The tribe will use $170,000 for the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team, a local drug...

Pala Band donates $1M to La Jolla fire victims (December 19, 2007)

The Pala Band of Mission Indians has donated $1 million to help members of the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians whose homes were destroyed by fire. The money will be used to buy mobile homes for 20 La Jolla...

Omaha woman convicted of second-degree murder (December 19, 2007)

Janice Grant, a member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, was convicted of second-degree murder. Grant, 30, stabbed her 24-year-old boyfriend Erasmo Porter with a kitchen knife in July. She claimed Porter was threatening her. The incident occurred on...

Crow Tribe taps into natural gas resources (December 19, 2007)

The Crow Tribe of Montana is developing its natural gas resources. The reservation has 36 square miles of gas potential, the minerals director for the tribe said. So far, five wells have been drilled and a sixth is being...

North Dakota tribe moves ahead with oil refinery (December 19, 2007)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota says a draft environmental impact statement for its proposed oil refinery is coming soon. The tribe hopes to win a permit for the $250 million project on the Fort Berthold...