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Texas tribe presses Supreme Court on IGRA issue (April 22, 2008)

As tribes prepare to mark the anniversary of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to consider one of the law's most contested provisions. Congress passed IGRA in 1988, a year after the high court...

Ohio museums field more repatriation requests (April 22, 2008)

Museums and educational institutions in Ohio are learning more and more about the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990. The law requires institutions that received federal funding to repatriate ancestors and artifacts to their tribal owners. Ohio...

Editorial: Mashantucket Tribe builds bridges (April 22, 2008)

"It may be a small thing, this planned rebuilding of a bridge in Ledyard, but it sends a loud message that the relationship between the town and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe continues to move from confrontation to cooperation. For years...

Montana governor holds tribal leaders summit (April 22, 2008)

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) hosted the 2008 tribal leader's summit at the state Capitol on Monday. Schweitzer urged the eight tribes in the state to market their economic opportunities. He said reservations are an untapped source of labor....

Leech Lake woman plans run for Minnesota House (April 22, 2008)

Irene Folstrom, a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, is entering the race for the Minnesota House. Folstrom, a Democrat, is seeking seat being left open by Assistant House Majority Leader Frank Moe, who won't be seeking re-election....

Alaska Native corporation names new president (April 22, 2008)

Doyon Ltd., an Alaska Native regional corporation, named Norm Phillips as its new president and chief operating officer. Phillips, who has worked for the corporation in the past, replaces Orie Williams, who was forced out of office by shareholders last...

Alaska Native corporation reports drop in profits (April 22, 2008)

Cook Inlet Region Inc., an Alaska Native regional corporation, reported a drop in profits and revenue in 2007. CIRI took in $132 million last year, down from $207.9 million in 2006. Profits were $56 million, down from $108.8 million...

NCAI to release national meth ad campaign (April 22, 2008)

The National Congress of American Indians and the Partnership for a Drug-Free America are launching the first national public service campaign targeting methamphetamine in Indian Country. NCAI President Joe Garcia will announce the campaign during the Gathering of Nations powwow...

UND sorority put on probation for 'Indian' party (April 22, 2008)

The University of North Dakota placed the Gamma Phi Beta sorority on a yearlong probation for hosting a party in which guests dresses as "Cowboys" and "Indians." The school investigated the sorority after Indian students complained. Photos of the...

Washington tribes launch Native Vote effort (April 22, 2008)

Washington tribes are hoping to get more Native Americans to the polls and to get more Native Americans in public office.. Native Vote Washington officially launched this month. The non-profit, non-partisan organization seeks to educate, activate and empower Native...

Man admits to selling meth from tribal housing (April 22, 2008)

A Montana man pleaded guilty on Monday to possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of methamphetamine in public housing. Howard Wayne Hamilton, 56, sold meth from housing owned by the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. The Northern Cheyenne Housing...

Yankton Sioux Tribe hosts meeting on hog farm (April 22, 2008)

The Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota hosted a meeting on a controversial hog farm under construction in Charles Mix County. Several hundred people attended the meeting, The Yankton Press and Dakotan reported. Many of them were tribal members...

Oglala Sioux Tribe holds constitutional election (April 22, 2008)

Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota are voting today on proposed changes to their constitution. Nine amendments are on the ballot for the secretarial election. They affect separation of powers, tribal courts, tribal council positions, a new...

Agreement reached on Bureau of Indian Affairs school (April 22, 2008)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota has reached agreement over the construction of a new Bureau of Indian Affairs school. The tribe will contribute $4 million towards the new $8 million school in Twin Buttes. Construction of...

North Carolina Indians still upset with radio show (April 22, 2008)

Some members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina aren't accepting an apology from the the hosts of a radio show over remarks that disparaged Native Americans. About 30 tribal members held a protest at the state Capitol on...

Adam Beach to pursue other projects after TV exit (April 22, 2008)

Canadian Native actor Adam Beach has movie, television and other projects lined up now that he's left the popular NBC series Law & Order: SVU. Beach will be shooting a movie called Paper Games in Canada this summer. He's...

Navajo woman to run tribal college consortium (April 22, 2008)

Carrie Billy, a member of the Navajo Nation, will take over as executive director of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium on June 1. Billy currently serves as deputy director. She will replace Gerald Gipp, a member of the Standing...

Ex-Justice official charged in Abramoff probe (April 22, 2008)

A former Department of Justice official was charged on Monday in connection with the Jack Abramoff scandal. Robert Coughlin was deputy chief of staff of the criminal division at DOJ. He is accused of accepting gifts from one of Abramoff's...

Rep. Frank backs Freedmen in Cherokee funding fight (April 22, 2008)

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts), the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, will oppose a bill to reauthorize the Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act. if the Senate doesn't include a provision addressing the Cherokee Freedmen. The House passed H.R.2786...