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Dispute over Buena Vista casino continues in court (March 25, 2008)

A California county is moving forward with its lawsuit against the Bush administration after efforts to resolve a casino dispute failed. Officials in Amador County don't think the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians has a right to build a...

Rep. Young wants action on Alaska land swap (March 25, 2008)

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), the top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee, wants action this year on a controversial land swap involving an Alaska Native corporation. Young said President Bush needs to make a decision on the swap...

Mike Graham: Responding to Sen. Obama's speech (March 25, 2008)

"Barack Obama's speech on race was flat-lined and he even managed to deliver himself a left punch to the chin. Obama's speech hit rock bottom when he spoke about his "White" grandmothers fear of a black man walking behind...

Maine tribes awarded wildlife grants from DOI (March 25, 2008)

Two Maine tribes have been awarded Tribal Wildlife Grants from the Interior Department. The Aroostook Band of Micmacs will use $49,000 for wildlife habitat and species diversity. The tribe will plant wild and cultivated apple trees and high-bush cranberries. The...

Ceremony honors Lori Piestewa and Native soldiers (March 25, 2008)

A sunrise service was held on Monday to honor all fallen Native soldiers and Lori Piestewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe of Airzona who was killed in Iraq. The ceremony took place at Piestewa Peak in Phoenix. The...

Editorial: Agua Caliente Band a good neighbor (March 25, 2008)

"The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is a good Palm Springs neighbor and corporate citizen. There is no reason to believe that the planned renovations of the Spa Resort Hotel won't be tastefully done and take into consideration...

Grand Traverse Band objects to water legislation (March 25, 2008)

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians says two bills in the Michigan Legislature would violate its treaty rights. The tribe and four others signed an agreement with the state to resolve fishing and hunting issues. The two...

Briefly: Oglala Sioux election, tribal meetings (March 25, 2008)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe is holding a secretarial election on April 22. Members will vote on nine amendment to the tribal constitution. Get the Story: OST voters must register by Monday (The Rapid City Journal 3/25) The South Dakota Department...

Oneida Nation asks BIA for all 17,000 acres in trust (March 25, 2008)

The Oneida Nation of New York wants the Bureau of Indian Affairs to place all 17,370 acres of its properties in trust. The tribe rejected the BIA's recommendation to place 13,086 acres in trust. A letter says jobs and revenues...

Tulalip Tribes pass development, job bills (March 25, 2008)

Members of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington voted in favor of two bills at a general council meeting on Saturday. The Future Generations Land Protection Act imposes a tax of about 17 percent on people who develop land on the...

Makah whalers reject plea deal for illegal hunt (March 25, 2008)

Five members of the Makah Nation of Washington rejected a plea agreement for participating in an unauthorized whale hunt. The men had agreed to plead guilty for violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act. They wouldn't have had to serve time...

Native woman recalls struggle against meth (March 25, 2008)

After getting hooked on methamphetamine in Montana, Karen Hilleary tried to commit suicide. Now she's in recovery and taking things one day at a time. Hilleary, 39, who is Aleut and Haida from Alaska, started using meth in the...

Sorority suspended for 'Indian' costume party (March 25, 2008)

The Gamma Phi Beta sorority suspended its University of North Dakota chapter after members held a party in which students dressed up as "Indians." The suspension is temporary, pending an investigation by the UND Dean of Student’s Office. But...

Editorial: UND students wrong to play 'Indian' (March 25, 2008)

"At UND, the students who went to the party smeared in red paint and dressed in stereotypical Indian outfits violated a recent but very powerful American more: namely, Thou Shalt Not Traffic in Ethnic Stereotypes, especially when thou art not...

Lawmakers weigh moving Forest Service to DOI (March 25, 2008)

Members of the House Interior Appropriations subcommittee have asked the Government Accountability Office to study a potential move of the U.S. Forest Service from the Department of Agriculture. to the Department of the Interior. Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Washington), the chairman...

Navajo Nation council overrides spending veto (March 25, 2008)

The Navajo Nation Council voted 68-8 to override President Joe Shirley Jr.'s veto of a $17 million appropriations bill. The council passed the measure earlier this month to provide $1 million to help tribal members with weather-related emergencies. But since...