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California compacts up for vote on Super Tuesday (January 21, 2008)

February 5 is a big day for California. Not only will voters take part in the "Super Tuesday" presidential primary, they'll also decide whether four tribes can expand their casinos. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Morongo Band...

Opinion: Don't take Native languages for granted (January 21, 2008)

"All over the world, through the ravages of time, we are losing our elders, losing touch with our oral history, and slowly drifting away from the anchors of civilized culture. For many native people, those whose numbers are rapidly dwindling,...

Man pleads guilty to killing wife hours after wedding (January 21, 2008)

A man from Canada pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for killing his Potawatomi wife hours after they were married. Derek Joseph Linklater, 25, admitted that he beat Loretta Lea Wandahsega, 34, to death on July 12. Wandahsega was a...

Clinton, McCain and Romney score primary victories (January 21, 2008)

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York), Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) each scored primary victories on Saturday. Clinton won the Nevada caucuses with 51 percent of the popular vote. But due to the way...

NCAI president to deliver Indian Nations speech (January 21, 2008)

National Congress of American Indians President Joe Garcia will deliver the 6th annual State of Indian Nations speech on Thursday, January 31. The speech takes place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. It comes three days after...

Non-Indian protests exclusion from Taos Pueblo (January 21, 2008)

A non-Indian man who has been banished from Taos Pueblo in northern New Mexico says he is the victim of racism. Jon Ricketson, 45, is married to a tribal member. He was told to leave the reservation after an altercation...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe discusses shunning (January 21, 2008)

Members and leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts held a special meeting yesterday. The main topic was the tribe's shunning of four members. According to The Cape Cod Times, attendees voted overwhelmingly to rescind the shunning. Yet elder...

Tanka Bar a big hit for South Dakota company (January 21, 2008)

A small company based on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota has a big hit on its hands with the Tanka Bar. Native American Natural Foods launched the bison meat and cranberry energy bar last fall. Demand has...

Gover thinks few will remember West's spending (January 21, 2008)

When Kevin Gover took control of the National Museum of the American Indian last month, his arrival was soon overshadowed by controversy over spending by his predecessor. Gover, a member of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, tells The New...

Editorial: Deal brings hope to Klamath basin (January 21, 2008)

"For complexity, the years-long water war along the Klamath River rivals the Middle East. A list of contending parties, long-held grievances and state borders have strained hopes of settlement. Until now. Some two dozen interest groups ranging from back-country sugar...

Blog: South Dakota tribes can't donate to campaigns (January 21, 2008)

"When I learned that Sen. Theresa Two Bulls, D-Pine Ridge, had introduced a bill that would strike a provision of state law banning political candidates, committees or parties from accepting donations from Native American tribes my first question was simple:...

DOI report backs Tigua Tribe's land claim (January 21, 2008)

A report commissioned by the Interior Department backs up the Tigua Tribe's claim to 36 square miles in Texas. Two historians said the Tigua Tribe was promised the land by the King of Spain. When Texas became part of the...

Sen. Coburn won't hold up Indian health bill (January 21, 2008)

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) says he won't hold up debate on the Health Care Improvement Act. S.1200 goes to the Senate floor tomorrow. Coburn, who has been critical of the bill in the past, plans to introduce several amendments aimed...

Makah Nation delays trial for unauthorized hunt (January 21, 2008)

The Makah Nation of Washington has delayed a trial for five members accused of an illegal whale hunt. The men were set to go to trial tomorrow but the tribe doesn't have a judge to hear the case. The men...

Opinion: Hawaii a special place for Navajos (January 21, 2008)

"I'm just guessing, but I'll bet Mr. Denton Blueeyes never has visited Hawaii. However, given that nearly 400 of his fellow tribal members spent perhaps $1 million in public money to go there, I'm sure he thinks it must be...

Tim Giago: Wounded Knee book a must read (January 21, 2008)

The name of the book is “American Indian Mafia” and it was written by Joseph H. Trimbach, the FBI’s Special Agent in Charge during the occupation of Wounded Knee by the American Indian Movement in 1973. It is advertised as...