Assault charge against ex-Soo police chief dropped (March 3, 2008)
Prosecutors in Michigan dropped a misdemeanor assault charge against the former police chief of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Fred Paquin was accused of assaulting a woman in August 2007. He was suspended, then terminated, as chief...
Oklahoma tribes donated $1M to state politicians (March 3, 2008)
Oklahoma tribes contributed more than $1 million to state politicians in 2006 and 2007, with most of the money coming from three tribes, The Tulsa World reports. The Chickasaw Nation was the largest donor, with $408,100 in contributions. The Choctaw...
Freedmen protest outside of Rep. Boren's office (March 3, 2008)
Descendants of the Cherokee Freedmen held a protest outside the Muskogee, Oklahoma, office of Rep. Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma) on Friday. The protesters said they have been refused meetings with Boren. But Boren, whose district includes the Cherokee Nation, said he...
Opinion: Don't celebrate New Mexico's birthday (March 3, 2008)
"Regarding Santa Fe's cuartocentenario preparations: No amount of fanfare could ever reconcile the atrocities of the Spanish colonizers. In retrospect, the colonization was brutal — not an intriguing experience to commemorate in front of a national and international audience as...
Native women were told not to smudge sweetgrass (March 3, 2008)
A group of Native women who were meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba, were told they couldn't hold a smudging ceremony at a local hotel, CBC News reports. The Native Women's Association of Canada and the Elizabeth Fry Society were meeting to...
Editorial: Honoring Woody Keeble, a Sioux warrior (March 3, 2008)
"At 2:30 p.m., President George Bush will award the Medal of Honor to the late Master Sgt. Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Keeble, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton tribe. He'll be the sixth American Indian and first Sioux Indian to be...
NCAI holds annual winter session in Washington (March 3, 2008)
Hundreds of tribal leaders are in Washington, D.C., this week for the annual winter session of the National Congress of American Indians. The meeting kicks off today and runs through Wednesday. Tribal leaders will hear from Bush administration officials and...
House Appropriations hearing on BIA and OST budget (March 3, 2008)
The House Interior Appropriations subcommittee is holding a hearing this Wednesday, March 5, on President Bush's budget request for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians. The Interior Department's $10.7 billion budget...
Senate hearing on jails, schools and health facilities (March 3, 2008)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding an oversight hearing this Thursday, March 6, on the condition of jails, schools and health facilities in Indian Country. The Interior Department's Inspector General has released reports that have highlighted inadequate conditions at...
Judge to hold Cobell hearing this Wednesday (March 3, 2008)
A federal judge is holding a status conference this Wednesday, March 5, to discuss the next step in the Cobell trust fund case. On January 30, Judge James Robertson ruled that an historical accounting of the Individual Indian Money (IIM)...
Opinion: No tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians (March 3, 2008)
William Perry Pendley is President and Chief Legal Officer of the Mountain States Legal Foundation. "Recently, the Supreme Court has whittled away at the jurisdiction of the nation’s 250 tribal courts. In 1978, it ruled that tribal courts lack criminal...
Yellow Bird: Celebrating 125 years of UND history (March 3, 2008)
"There was a sweet aroma of perfume and an image of polish among the crowd at Thursday’s 125th anniversary celebration of UND’s Founding Day. As I stood watching the growing crowd, I remembered who I was standing among: men...
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