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Washington tribal policing bill being debated (March 6, 2008)

A bill to grant tribal police officers the authority to enforce state criminal and traffic laws is under consideration in Washington. Supporters say the bill will improve law enforcement in rural areas of Indian Country. It will also help law...

Sen. Baucus promotes tribal tax bond legislation (March 6, 2008)

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has introduced a bill to treat tribal governments the same as other governments for purposes of tax-exempt bonds. For years, tribes were able to issue tax-exempt bonds. But the...

State police testify about Narragansett raid (March 6, 2008)

Rhode Island police officers testified about their role in the state's raid of the Narragansett Reservation on Wednesday. Officers said tribal members resisted arrest and sought to "incite" others as state troopers tried to shut down a smokeshop on the...

Cobell case moves toward resolution after 12 years (March 6, 2008)

The federal judge handling the Indian trust fund case is moving to resolve the case by the end of the summer despite opposition from the Bush administration. At a hearing in Washington, D.C., yesterday, Judge James Robertson scheduled a June...

Abourezk: Democrats have two Indian superdelegates (March 6, 2008)

"A Democratic nomination like no other. That's how many political pundits are describing the titanic clash this presidential primary season between Democratic Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. On Tuesday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cinched his party's nomination. So these...

Rep. Boren hopes to put Indian apology in IHCIA (March 6, 2008)

Rep. Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma) hopes to attach the Indian apology resolution to the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. Boren is taking up the issue for the late Rep. Jo Ann Davis. The Democrat from Virginia, who died last October, was...

Dine College receives $5M for new library (March 6, 2008)

Dine College on the Navajo Nation will use a $5 million capital outlay grant from the state of New Mexico for a new library. The library will be located at the Shiprock, New Mexico, branch of the college. It's part...

New Mexico governor signs Indian veteran tax bill (March 6, 2008)

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) signed into law a bill that will refund state taxes to Indian veterans. Indian veterans are exempt from state taxes during the years they serve in the military. But due to paperwork requirements, many...

Ex-Comanche police chief pleads to theft (March 6, 2008)

The former police chief of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $12,000 from the tribe. Ray Anderson, 55, faces a five-year prison term and a $250,000 fine. He resigned his job from the tribe under...

Second annual Veterans Pow Wow at Salt River (March 6, 2008)

The second annual l Veterans Pow Wow is being held this weekend on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Arizona. The event will honor veterans from the Salt River community. One man and one woman veteran will be chosen...

California tribes pay for land-into-trust services (March 6, 2008)

The Capitol Weekly writes a second story about the California Fee to Trust Consortium. According to a December 13, 2007, story, at least 60 consortium tribes have paid about $5.5 million to the Bureau of Indian Affairs since 2000. The...

Opinion: Natives not always kind to Mother Earth (March 6, 2008)

"There is a common utopian picture that American Indians all lived in complete harmony with the land, never used their environment beyond its capacity, and always kept a balance between taking and giving back to Mother Earth. This is nonsense....

Column: Ho-Chunk Nation lays Ken Funmaker to rest (March 6, 2008)

"Wisconsin lost a cultural treasure this week when Kenneth Funmaker Sr., who could be described as the Brett Favre of the Ho-Chunk Nation, passed away in his wigwam near Friendship. Funmaker, 75, the traditional chief of the Bear Clan,...

Opinion: No dishonor in using Indians as mascots (March 6, 2008)

"I see no dishonor in the way any mascot is represented. Even if I were to take insult to a mascot distorting my heritage, is it right for me to protest and rile up like-minded people until the logo is...

Snohomish Tribe files suit to gain recognition (March 6, 2008)

The Snohomish Tribe of Washington filed suit on Wednesday in hopes of gaining federal recognition. The tribe went through the Bureau of Indian Affairs process but was rejected in 2004. The lawsuit claims the BIA denied the tribe due...

Senate hearing on facilities in Indian Country (March 6, 2008)

Audio Files: • Opening Statements • Panel 1 Testimony | Q&A [Before Recess] | Q&A [After Recess] • Panel 2 Testimony | Q&A Update: The committee came back around 11:30am. The committee went into a recess around 11:10am for the...