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Alaska state troopers meet with Native village (February 22, 2008)

The Alaska State Troopers sent a representative to meet with the Aniak Traditional Council after complaints of racial profiling and harassment by officers. A spokesperson said the troopers aren't unfairly targeting Native residents of Aniak. But tribal council chief Wayne...

Hundreds attend meeting on Native land swap (February 22, 2008)

Hundreds of people attended a public meeting on a controversial land swap between the federal government and an Alaska Native regional corporation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments on a draft environmental impact statement for a swap...

Rep. Renzi indicted on 35 counts for land deal (February 22, 2008)

Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Arizona) was indicted today on 35 criminal counts stemming from a land deal in his home state. The charges include extortion, wire fraud and money laundering. Federal prosecutors say Renzi, 49, used his public office to...

Late Dakota veteran to receive Medal of Honor (February 22, 2008)

President Bush has finally approved a Medal of Honor for the late Woodrow W. Keeble, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe. Keeble served in World War II and the Korean War. He received the Purple Heart, the Bronze...

Elders asked to improve Mount Rushmore programs (February 22, 2008)

Tribal elders praised the superintendent of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota for asking them about ways to improve interpretive programs at the national memorial. Elders from the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota tribes are attending a summit organized...

High court weighs Narragansett land-into-trust (February 22, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court is meeting in a private conference today to consider the Narragansett Tribe's land-into-trust case. The state of Rhode Island says the Bureau of Indian Affairs can't acquire land in trust for the tribe. The state says...

Cason to brief counties on Oneida land-into-trust (February 22, 2008)

Associate deputy secretary Jim Cason will brief officials from two New York counties about the Oneida Nation's land-into-trust application. The officials from Madison and Oneida counties are meeting with Cason today in Washington, D.C. They will learn about the final...

BIA set to rule on Oneida Nation land-into-trust request (February 22, 2008)

The Bush administration is set to make a decision on one of the most controversial land-into-trust applications in Bureau of Indian Affairs history. In a Federal Register notice published today, the BIA announced the release of a final environmental impact...

Leadership dispute stirs San Ildefonso Pueblo (February 22, 2008)

A leadership dispute at San Ildefonso Pueblo is stirring change within the northern New Mexico tribe. James Mountain resigned as governor last fall after being accused of sexual assault. Though the charge was dropped, Martin Aguilar was appointed as...

Canada to apologize to Native residential students (February 22, 2008)

The Canadian government is preparing to apologize to former students of Native residential schools. The apology is part of a $2 billion settlement to former students. No time frame has been given for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to make...

North Dakota tribes tired of 'Sioux' talks (February 22, 2008)

North Dakota's tribes are tired of talking about the "Fighting Sioux" controversy, the state's top higher education official said on Thursday. University System Chancellor William Goetz met with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Spirit Lake Nation to...

Column: Reservations are more than just land (February 22, 2008)

"Recently a student in an Indian Studies class I teach asked me what, exactly, is an Indian reservation. He had never been on one, he said, but had seen signs on the highway that indicated when cars were entering the...

Democrats expect over 100 Indian delegates (February 22, 2008)

The Democratic National Committee is expecting more than 100 Indian delegates at the party's convention this August. Frank LaMere, a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska who chairs the Democrat Party's Native American Coordinating Council, said the 2008 convention...

Iowa lawmakers weigh Native commission (February 22, 2008)

A bill to create a Commission on Native American Affairs is making its way through the Iowa Legislature. The commission would have 11 members. Four would represent the tribes with land in Iowa: the Meskwaki Tribe, the Winnebago Tribe,...

Lumbee Tribe irked by 'Lumbee' cigarettes (February 22, 2008)

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is urging its members not to buy "Lumbee" cigarettes. The cigarettes started popping up in local stores last December. But tribal leaders say the brand has nothing to do with the tribe. “At...

Monteau: Keeping money in Indian Country (February 22, 2008)

"Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Carl Artman, Mashantucket Chairman Michael Thomas, Seminole Chairman Mitchell Cypress and other United South and Eastern Tribes recently announced a new economic development initiative that would link land rich, cash poor tribes with wealthy gaming...