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Nebraska panel debates Omaha jurisdiction bill (February 21, 2008)

The Nebraska Legislature's Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Wednesday on a bill to cede state jurisdiction on the Omaha Reservation. The state has already ceded most of its criminal and civil jurisdiction on the reservation. LR234 would complete the...

Protesters arrested at troubled tribal college (February 21, 2008)

Three people were arrested on Wednesday for occupying D-Q University in northern California. The trio are part of a larger group of former D-Q students. They have been holding classes at the school in hopes of keeping the troubled tribal...

Apology resolution added to Indian health bill (February 21, 2008)

A resolution to apologize to Native peoples for their treatment by the federal government has been added to the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), a former presidential candidate, first introduced the resolution back in 2004. It...

Mohegan Tribe helps school develop mascot (February 21, 2008)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut is helping a public school develop a culturally appropriate mascot. Uncas Elementary School is named for Chief Sachem Uncas, who led the tribe in the 16th century. But the mascot originally chosen by the...

Mount Rushmore seeks guidance from tribes (February 21, 2008)

Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota is kicking off a two-day summit to seek input from tribal elders. Superintendent Gerard Baker, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota, called the summit to improve interpretive...

Clock ticking on Navajo Nation power plant lawsuit (February 21, 2008)

The clock is ticking on the Navajo Nation's threatened lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency. The tribe's law firm, Bracewell & Giuliani, plans to sue EPA unless the agency takes action on a a permit for a proposed coal-fired power...

Red Lake chairman delivers annual address (February 21, 2008)

Red Lake Nation Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr. delivered the annual State of the Band on Wednesday. Jourdain said the tribe saw success last year. He cited the retirement of a $27 million debt, the resumption of the commercial walleye...

San Luis Rey Band, cemetery reach agreement (February 21, 2008)

The San Luis Rey Band of Luiseno Indians and a cemetery have reached an agreement to preserve a sacred site. The tribe will receive .45 acres in the Eternal Hills Memorial Park cemetery. The site contains the most important red-rock...

Next hearing in Cobell case set for March 5 (February 21, 2008)

A federal judge will hold a status conference on March 5 to discuss the next step in the Cobell trust fund case. Last month, Judge James Robertson ruled that an historical accounting of the Individual Indian Money (IIM) trust was...

Editorial: No uranium mining near Grand Canyon (February 21, 2008)

"There is no place more sacred to Arizonans than the Grand Canyon. However, it is at risk. A British mining company is about to begin exploratory drilling for toxic, radioactive uranium in Kaibab National Forest just outside the eco-fragile boundaries...

Judge dismisses Quechan suit on refinery site (February 21, 2008)

A federal judge has dismissed the Quechan Nation's lawsuit over a proposed oil refinery in Arizona. The tribe said the Bureau of Reclamation, an agency of the Interior Department, failed to address the environmental impact of a land transfer that...

Karuk Tribe sues over rejected salmon advertisement (February 21, 2008)

The Karuk Tribe of northern California filed a lawsuit on Wednesday after an advertisement promoting salmon in the Klamath River Basin was rejected by a public transit agency in Oregon. The tribe and environmental group called Friends of the...

Lumbee Tribe sued by former administrator (February 21, 2008)

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina treats male and female employees differently, a lawsuit in federal court alleges. Donna Cummings, a former employee, says men are hired and promoted more frequently by the tribe. She claims former tribal administrator Leon...

Denise Phoenix, BIA investigator, dies at 43 (February 21, 2008)

Denise Phoenix, a Bureau of Indian Affairs criminal investigator died last week after being exposed to methamphetamine chemicals. She was 43. Phoenix was a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Nevada. She was investigating a child abuse...

Ex-Rep. Bob Ney moved to halfway house (February 21, 2008)

Former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), the only member of Congress convicted in the Jack Abramoff scandal, has been transferred from federal prison to a halfway house. Ney, who said he is an alcoholic, has been serving a 30-month sentence for...

Supreme Court strikes down state tobacco law (February 21, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a Maine law that attempted to outlaw Internet sales of tobacco to teenager. In a unanimous decision, the court said the state law conflicted with federal law. The justices cited federal airline...