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Ex-DOJ official pleads guilty in Abramoff lobbying scandal (April 23, 2008)

A high-powered lobbying campaign on behalf of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians led a former Department of Justice official to plead guilty on Tuesday. The tribe wanted $16.3 million in federal funds to build a detention facility. DOJ officials...

Opinion: The history of the Cherokee Freedmen (April 23, 2008)

"The Cherokee Freedmen are the descendants of African slaves who played an integral role in the Cherokee Culture during the 1700's and 1800's. Many of the Cherokee Freedmen Descendants of today are Cherokee by blood, many with actually more...

Fontaine: Apologize to Native school students (April 23, 2008)

Phil Fontaine is the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. "In the Oct. 16, 2007, Throne Speech, your government promised to apologize for residential schooling for First Nations, Métis and Inuit children which led to profound harms....

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe elects new chairman (April 23, 2008)

The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has a new chairman. Voters elected Brandon Sazue Sr. in an election last week. Sazue defeated Duane Big Eagle, who is a former chairman. Lester Thompson, the incumbent chairman, was ousted in...

Editorial: Indian views needed in news media (April 23, 2008)

"Many of the South Dakota stories that need to be told most urgently arise from our Indian reservations. Journalists who have experienced the successes and failures and hopes and problems of reservation communities firsthand are uniquely qualified to tell those...

Arrests made at Yankton Sioux hog farm protest (April 23, 2008)

South Dakota state police arrested 17 members of the Yankton Sioux Tribe who are protesting a hog farm in Charles Mix County. The 17 were charged with disorderly conduct for blocking a Bureau of Indian Affairs road that leads...

First Nation seeks probe of police shooting (April 23, 2008)

The Manto Sipi Cree Nation of northern Manitoba is seeking an independent review of a police shooting. Terence Yellowback, 27, was shot in the leg by a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer on April 5. He was then hit with...

Blackfeet Nation plans housing case rehearing (April 23, 2008)

The Blackfeet Nation of Montana is likely to ask the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear a tribal housing case. In a March 19 decision, the tribe was found liable for faulty homes. The court said the tribe waived...

Judge: Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes open to thievery (April 23, 2008)

A federal judge lashed out at the sentencing of a former employee of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma who embezzled about $17,000 in tribal funds. Judge Stephen Friot said Louella Oldbear, 58, stole money from tribal members who...

Oklahoma weighs action on tribal tobacco (April 23, 2008)

The Oklahoma Tax Commission is considering action to reduce the sale of low-tax cigarettes by tribal retailers. The state could re-impose an emergency rule that limits sales at tribal smoke shops that near the Kansas, Texas and Missouri borders. Or...

Opinion: Wiyot Tribe funerary objects not for sale (April 23, 2008)

"As the tribal historic preservation officer for the Wiyot Tribe, I am concerned with the sale of items taken from Indian graves during the early part of the 20th century. While grave robbing was both common and legal at the...

Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe seals deal with town (April 23, 2008)

After two years of negotiation, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe signed an intergovernmental agreement with the town of Mashpee, Massachusetts. The deal requires the town to support the tribe's land-into-trust application. The tribe wants to have 120 acres in trust...

Hopi village to break ground on $100M project (April 23, 2008)

A village on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona will break ground in July on a $100 million economic development project. Described as the "Gateway to Hopi Land," the project includes a motel, conference center, office complex, bank, a business center...

Nottawaseppi Huron Band opens health center (April 23, 2008)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians cut the ribbon for the new tribal new health center in Fulton, Michigan, on Tuesday. The 6,000-square-foot facility offers mental and physical health treatment rooms, a fitness center and a demonstration kitchen....

Men plead guilty to selling memberships (April 23, 2008)

Two California men have pleaded guilty to selling memberships in a non-recognized tribe that has been linked to a number of scams. Victor Granados and Kim Thomas Johnson sold membership in the Pembina Nation Little Shell Band of North America...

Newseum largely ignores Indian media (April 23, 2008)

Visitors of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., won't find much about the Indian press, Indian Country Today reports. During a media preview of the $4.5 million facility, ICT found less than five examples of historical Indian newspapers, no mention...

Clinton wins primary in Pennsylvania (April 23, 2008)

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) won the Pennsylvania primary on Tuesday, giving her campaign another shot at unseating Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) as the leading Democratic presidential candidate. With results still coming in, Clinton won the state with 55...