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Judge subjects Oneida fee land to local jurisdiction (March 31, 2008)

A federal judge on Friday gave approval for a local government in Wisconsin to assert jurisdiction over fee lands owned by the Oneida Nation. In a 47-page decision, Judge William Griesbach acknowledged that the Indian Reorganization Act put an end...

Bill Clinton to campaign in Montana on Tuesday (March 31, 2008)

Former president Bill Clinton will campaign in Montana on Tuesday for his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York). Clinton's tour starts off in Havre, near the Rocky Boy's and Fort Belknap reservations. "My guess is that he somehow wants...

Bill strengthens Alaska Native authentic arts program (March 31, 2008)

A bill awaiting the signature of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) strengthens and modernizes the Silver Hand Program. The program began in 1961 as a way to authenticate Native art. But some requirements -- such as a minimum blood...

Indian man running for office wins defamation suit (March 31, 2008)

A Comanche/Apache man who is running for public office in Las Vegas, Nevada, won a defamation suit against a local paper that accused him of domestic violence, alcoholism and of changing his surname to sound more "American." David Rivers...

Federal board to vote on Piestewa Peak (March 31, 2008)

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names is expected to vote on renaming Squaw Peak for Lori Piestewa, the Hopi woman who was killed in action in Iraq. The state already changed the name to Piestewa Peak but the U.S....

BIA still reviewing Oneida Nation land-into-trust (March 31, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is still reviewing public comments on final environmental impact statement for the Oneida Nation's land-into-trust application. The EIS recommends that about 13,000 acres in Madison and Oneida counties in New York be placed in trust....

Mashantucket Tribe to downsize government (March 31, 2008)

Citing a downturn in the economy that has affected its revenue stream, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut is downsizing its governmental operation. The tribe is asking employees to resign voluntarily. About 1,100 employees received buyout letters, The Norwich...

White Earth Band set for pimary election (March 31, 2008)

Members of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota are going to the polls tomorrow to vote in a primary election. Incumbent Chairwoman Erma Vizenor is running for re-election. She is facing six challengers. Former chairman Darrell “Chip”...

Muscogee Nation considers DEA agreement (March 31, 2008)

The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma is considering an agreement to cross-deputize a tribal police officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration. The tribe would be the first in the U.S. to do so, Lighthorse Police Chief Jack Shackelford said. The...

Mi'kmaq in Newfoundland accept recognition (March 31, 2008)

Members of the Federation of Newfoundland Indians voted to accept a deal for federal recognition with the Canadian government. The agreement recognizes the Qalipu Mi'kmaq Band under the federal Indian Act. No land or hunting rights are included in the...

Editorial: No uranium mining near Grand Canyon (March 31, 2008)

"Uranium mines don't belong next door to one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Yet a British mining company plans to drill exploratory holes on federal land within three miles of the Grand Canyon. The U.S. Forest...

Editorial: Oil companies abuse indigenous people (March 31, 2008)

"Tomas Maynas Carijano, an elder of the Achuar tribe, left his home in the Peruvian Amazon earlier this week and traveled to Los Angeles. He came, he said, to tell the story of his people's suffering at the hands of...

Opinion: Indians took care of environment (March 31, 2008)

"The normally placid environs of the Aspen Institute’s campus, above the juncture of Castle Creek and the Roaring Fork River, were awash in human frenzy as the institute’s Environmental Forum cranked into high gear last week. Old junker Subarus fought...

Letter: A small spark of justice in Cobell case (March 31, 2008)

"A small spark of justice was ignited in January when Appeals Court Judge James Robertson ruled that the Interior Department "unreasonably delayed" its accounting for billions of dollars owed to Indian landholders. The Blackfeet Nation claimed in Cobell v. Kempthorne,...

Tim Giago: Bury My Hertz at Wounded Knee (March 31, 2008)

Newspapers from across the nation and the world found the occupation of Wounded Knee in February 1973 a very hot news item. Reporters came, they saw, and then they wrote about it. Some saw only one side of the story...

Jodi Rave: Tribal governments and transparency (March 31, 2008)

"Jeanne Hobbs wanted financial assistance from her tribe to get her roof fixed. She was told no money existed. Next, a tribal officer arrived at her doorstep intent on enforcing a new ordinance on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in...

Yellow Bird: A fight for oil on the reservation (March 31, 2008)

"The Three Affiliated Tribes — Sahnish (Arikara), Mandan and Hidatsa — and the areas surrounding the reservation in North Dakota are smack dab in the oil field. The reservation has been slower than the surrounding areas to bring in...