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Muscogee Nation considers tobacco tax compact (April 3, 2008)

The Muscogee Nation has revived negotiations over a tobacco tax compact amid limitations being placed on the sale of Philip Morris cigarettes. The tribal council will likely consider the compact this month, the tribe's tax commissioner said. The state previously...

Pine Ridge school receives $1M anonymous gift (April 3, 2008)

The Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota received a $1 million anonymous donation, the largest in its history. The donation came from a Washington, D.C.-area couple. It will be used to complete a $2.5...

Group examines missing, dead residential students (April 3, 2008)

A group established by the Canadian government is looking into students who went missing or died while attending Native residential schools. The group will report to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission about ways to investigate the incidents. Currently, there is...

Judge rejects Ottawa Tribe's fishing rights claim (April 3, 2008)

A federal judge on Monday ruled that the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma doesn't have fishing rights in Ohio. Judge Jack Zouhary of the Northern District of Ohio said the tribe waited too long to file suit. "Federal jurisdiction has been...

Lumbees excited about Bill Clinton campaign visit (April 3, 2008)

Members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina are excited that former president Bill Clinton will be coming to town on Friday to campaign for his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York). Clinton will start his day at the University...

South Dakota governor creates Indian health position (April 3, 2008)

South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds (R) appointed Daryl "KC" Russell, a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, as the state's first director of Indian Health Care Initiatives. Russell used to work for the Indian Health Service in South Dakota....

Bois Forte Band re-elects Leecy as chairman (April 3, 2008)

Voters of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians of Minnesota re-elected Kevin Leecy as chairman on Tuesday. Despite three other challengers, Leecy won 52 percent of the vote in a primary. Under Chippewa law, that means he doesn't...

Cherokee chief protests English-only hearing (April 3, 2008)

Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith interrupted a hearing on a bill that would make English the official language of Oklahoma after he was denied a chance to speak. Smith said he was outraged by the comments of state Rep. Randy...

North Dakota tribe nears oil tax agreement with state (April 3, 2008)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is near an oil tax agreement with the state of North Dakota, Chairman Marcus Wells Jr. said. The deal would resolve differing tax rates on Indian and non-Indian land on the Fort Berthold Reservation....

DOJ to join argument in tribal court jurisdiction case (April 3, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court granted a motion to allow the Department of Justice to participate in oral arguments in an upcoming tribal jurisdiction case. The court will hear Plains Commerce Bank v. Long on April 14. The case concerns a...

Jury continues deliberations in Narragansett case (April 3, 2008)

Jury deliberations in the Narragansett raid case continued on Wednesday as jurors appear to be considering some tough issues. Twice, the jury asked Judge Susan E. McGuirl for clarifications about their role in determining whether seven tribal members -- including...

Tulalip Tribes land protection measure in dispute (April 3, 2008)

Leaders of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington are seeking a legal review of a land protection act approved by tribal members last month. The Future Generations Land Protection Act imposes a tax of about 17 percent on tribal members who...

Yankton Sioux Tribe loses Missouri River lawsuit (April 3, 2008)

A federal judge has rejected the Yankton Sioux Tribe's attempt to block the transfer of two federal sites to the state of South Dakota. The tribe said the sites along the Missouri River are part of its reservation. But Judge...

Kempthorne refuses to testify about polar bears (April 3, 2008)

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne refused to testify at a Senate hearing on Wednesday about endangered species protections for the polar bear. Kempthorne turned down a request to appear before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, citing litigation over...