Supreme Court agrees to hear land-into-trust case (February 26, 2008)
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a key land-into-trust case on Monday, a move that could affect the rights of dozens of tribes nationwide. For more than a decade, the state of Rhode Island has been challenging the Interior...
Frank Winnemucca, Pyramid Lake elder, dies at 77 (February 26, 2008)
Frank Winnemucca, an elder of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Nevada, died last week. He was 77. Winnemucca was one of the last direct descendants of Chief Winnemucca, who led the Paiutes in the early 1880s. The chief’s...
Editorial: Long overdue honor for Master Sgt. Keeble (February 26, 2008)
"Woodrow Wilson Keeble will join select company March 3 at the White House. It was for heroism in battle in the Korean War that the soldiers he led - and saved - were convinced he deserved the Medal of...
University receives $1.2M for Native languages (February 26, 2008)
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has been awarded a $1.2 million grant to study Native languages. Michael Krauss, professor emeritus of linguistics at UAF, says the grant will enable study of Eyak and 10 other languages. Marie Smith Jones,...
Former DOJ official lobbying for Oneida Nation (February 26, 2008)
A former Department of Justice official who helped develop the Bush administration's land-into-trust policy is now lobbying for the Oneida Nation of New York. From 2001 through 2005, Thomas Sansonetti was the assistant attorney general of the Environment and...
Rhode Island welcomes ruling on land-into-trust case (February 26, 2008)
Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri (R) says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in a land-into-trust case will affect states nationwide. Carcieri is challenging the Interior Department's ability to acquire land in trust for the Narragansett Tribe. The state says...
Lawyer predicts land-into-trust fix for new tribes (February 26, 2008)
An attorney who specializes in Indian law says Congress will legislate a fix to the Indian Reorganization Act if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against tribes in a land-into-trust case. The case affects the Narragansett Tribe's bid for 31 acres...
Senate on final day of IHCIA debate (February 26, 2008)
The Senate is moving towards final passage of S.1200, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. You can watch the session on C-SPAN2. Updates will be posted on top. 11:29am - Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) welcomes passage of S.1200. "To come...
Major water rights settlements before Congress (February 26, 2008)
At least four major Indian water rights settlements are headed to Congress this year. The largest is a $800 million deal between the Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico. The Bush administration has balked at the high...
LaDuke not on Green Party's presidential ticket (February 26, 2008)
Ojibwe environmental activist Winona LaDuke wants everyone to know she isn't on the Green Party's presidential ticket this year. In 1996 and 2000, LaDuke was activist Ralph Nader's running mate. This year, Nader has once again thrown his hat...
Editorial: Limit Oneida land-into-trust request (February 26, 2008)
"There was never any question that the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs was going to recommend putting land-into-trust for the Oneida Indian Nation, an action that would officially remove properties from the tax rolls. But it was disappointing to see...
Blog: Sen. McCain withheld Choctaw e-mail (February 26, 2008)
"On the stump, Sen. John McCain often cites his work tackling the excesses of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff as evidence of his sturdy ethical compass. A little-known document, however, shows that McCain may have taken steps to protect his Republican...
Jury selection in Narragansett smokeshop case (February 26, 2008)
Jury selection began on Monday in the case of seven members of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island who were arrested during a raid of the reservation. State troopers went to the reservation on July 14, 2003, to shut down...
Yakama Nation explains firing of police chief (February 26, 2008)
The Yakama Nation of Washington has fired its police chief whom tribal leaders say was never properly hired in the first place. Davis Washines was fired last Thursday. Tribal leaders say he didn't meet all the requirements for the...
More parents allege abuse at Mille Lacs day care (February 26, 2008)
Two more parents have come forward with allegations that their children were abused at a day care center on the Mille Lacs Ojibwe Reservation in Minnesota. One 2-year-old boy was allegedly beaten by two other kids in an incident caught...
Eastern Cherokee Band loses three prosecutors (February 26, 2008)
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has lost its top criminal prosecutor and two aides. Chief Prosecutor James Kilbourne recently resigned to go into private practice. Prosecutors Theressa Holland and Chris Siewers have since tendered their resignations for undisclosed reasons....
Opinion: John McCain fights special interests (February 26, 2008)
"You wouldn’t know it to look at them, but political consultants are as faddish as anyone else. And the current vogueish advice among the backroom set is: Go after your opponent’s strengths. So in the first volley of what feels...
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