Sovereignty at issue in Supreme Court case (March 13, 2008)
It's states versus tribes in one of the most important cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this year. The state of Rhode Island is trying to block the Interior Department from acquiring land in trust for the Narraganset Tribe. Sixteen...
UND poster campaign boycotted over 'Sioux' (March 13, 2008)
The University of North Dakota's "Beyond Beads and Feathers" poster campaign has been indefinitely delayed. The first round of the campaign highlighted successful Indian students and alumni at UND. Posters were distributed to tribal colleges around the state. The...
Farmington paper not satisfied with Navajo probe (March 13, 2008)
The Farmington Daily Times, the paper that first investigated the Navajo Nation's trip to Hawaii, is not satisfied with the outcome of the Interior Department's probe. The paper points out that Inspector General Earl E. Devaney did not investigate the...
Chippewa Cree Tribe's anti-slander law protested (March 13, 2008)
Members of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana are protesting a new anti-slander law that could result in offenders losing their property and being kicked off the Rocky Boy Reservation. Tribal members are circulating a petition to rescind the law....
Probe clears Navajo Nation trip to Hawaii conference (March 13, 2008)
The Navajo Nation did not misuse federal funds by sending tribal officials and employees to a conference in Hawaii, according to an Interior Department probe. Inspector General Earl E. Devaney said the tribe's attendance at the National Indian Education Association...
Judge delays trial for Aquash murder defendant (March 13, 2008)
A federal judge agreed to delay the trial for John Graham, a Canadian man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. Graham, 52, was due to go to trial June 17. His lawyers asked for more...
Editorial: Apology long overdue to Native people (March 13, 2008)
"In some ways, it's difficult to believe we haven't done this long ago: Formally apologize for the long history of U.S. wrongs against Native Americans - as called for in an amendment to the Native American health bill recently passed...
United Auburn in first year of first tribal school (March 13, 2008)
The United Auburn Indian Community of California has established its first school. About 175 students are attending the first full year of the United Auburn Indian Community Tribal School. Tribal leaders and educators are promoting a pro-Indian curriculum for...
Indian business in Kansas to process Seminole beef (March 13, 2008)
An Indian-owned business in Wichita, Kansas, is playing a big role in a new inter-tribal economic venture. McGreevy's Mid West Meat Co. will process meat for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The Seminoles, as part of a partnership with the...
Bad River Band narrowly votes to recall chairwoman (March 13, 2008)
Members of the Bad River Band Lake Superior Chippewa voted 260 to 247 to recall Chairwoman Loretta Livingston. But some tribal members are disputing the legality of the election. An ad hoc committee decided to bar off-reservation tribal members from...
San Manuel Band names two new top leaders (March 13, 2008)
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of California has named a new chairman and vice chairwoman. James Ramos will serve as chairman. He is the first Native American on San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees. Lynn Valbuena will...
Lac Courte Oreilles Band seeks property tax deal (March 13, 2008)
The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is seeking a memorandum of understanding over property taxes in Sawyer County, Wisconsin. The tribe says its members don't have to pay taxes under the 1854 Treaty of LaPointe. The 6th...
White Earth chair delivers State of Nation address (March 13, 2008)
White Earth Nation Chairwoman Erma J. Vizenor delivered the fourth annual State of the Nation last Friday. Vizenor said the tribe is in a strong financial shape. "Nothing has come easy. Hard work, sacrifice, dedication and a vision for...
First Nation devastated by loss of three boys in fire (March 13, 2008)
The Mathias Colomb First Nation is "devastated" by the loss of three young boys to a house fire, a resident of the Pukatawagan Reserve in northern Manitoba said. Troi Castel-Lapansee, 3, and Robert Castel-Lapansee Jr., 4, and their cousin,...
Biggest closure of salmon fishery on West Coast (March 13, 2008)
The National Marine Fisheries Service is closing the Pacific salmon fishery on the West Coast due to extremely poor salmon runs. "This is the largest collapse of salmon stocks in 40 years," NMFS regional administrator Robert Lohn told The New...
New York governor resigns after link to scandal (March 13, 2008)
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) announced his resignation on Tuesday after being linked to a prostitution ring. Spitzer will be replaced by Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson, an African-American and blind former state lawmaker. Paterson takes office on...
Editorial: A step towards ethics reform on Capitol Hill (March 13, 2008)
"After months of anxiety and arm-twisting, the House has taken the boldest step yet toward ethics reform, creating an independent ethics office. The panel of six nonpartisan outsiders is empowered to field allegations against representatives, refer serious charges for investigation...
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