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Cherokee Freedmen dispute threatens NAHASDA (April 24, 2008)

The Cherokee Freedmen dispute could derail the Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act, the nation's largest Indian housing organization warns. NAHASDA, first passed in 1996, is set to expire unless it is reauthorized. The House has already passed its version...

Larry Baca awarded top Justice Department honor (April 24, 2008)

Larry Baca, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, received the U.S> Attorney General's Medallion at a ceremony on Wednesday. Baca, a graduate of Harvard Law School, was the first American Indian hired through the Attorney General's Honor Law...

Questions over Cherokee Nation IHS takeover (April 24, 2008)

Last week, the Cherokee Nationproudly announced a takeover of operations at the W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, but some tribal council members are questioning the move. Dr. Brad Cobb, the chairman of the tribal council's health committee,...

Spirit Lake man sentenced for attempted rape (April 24, 2008)

A man from the Spirit Lake Reservation of North Dakota was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for the attempted rape of a 10-year-old girl. Joseph DeMarce, 25, was convicted in December of attempted sexual abuse. He attempted to...

House committee approves Alaska Native bill (April 24, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday approved H.R. 2801, a bill that authorizes a road through a national refuge in Alaska. The Alaska Native village of King Cove wants a road built from its land to an airport...

U.S. Mint presents description for Sacagawea coin (April 24, 2008)

The U.S. Mint wants to put a design representing Native agriculture on the back of the Sacagawea $1 coin. Congress authorized a new back for the coin to honor Native Americans and their contributions to the United States. The...

Indian student weighs three Ivy League schools (April 24, 2008)

Veronica Watters, a senior at the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, has been accepted to three Ivy League schools. Watters said she was surprised she received offers from Yale University in Connecticut,...

Pueblo settles case over ceremonies at ski resort (April 24, 2008)

Nambe Pueblo has settled a lawsuit over ceremonies at a ski resort in the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico. The tribe initially sued to stop the construction of a chairlift at Ski Santa Fe. That didn't happen but...

Squaxin Island Tribe reclaims 10-ton petroglyph (April 24, 2008)

The Squaxin Island Tribe of Washington has reclaimed an ancient petroglyph that will be used for its veterans memorial. The 10-ton granite rock features carved symbols of a bear, a mountain, the sun and a bow and arrow. It...

County posts documents on Cahuilla water rights (April 24, 2008)

Riverside County, California, hopes to keep residents informed about two Cahuilla water rights claims. The county and 2,300 property owners are named as defendants in a complaint dating from 1951. The United States is asserting rights on behalf of the...

Fond du Lac Band offers reward for threat against chair (April 24, 2008)

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is offering a $5,000 reward for information about a threat made against Chairwoman Karen Diver. Diver found a dead deer on her front lawn on Sunday. A "threatening" letter was...

Lummi Nation to improve dangerous pathway (April 24, 2008)

The Lummi Nation will work with Whatcom County, Washington, to improve a narrow stretch of road where five people have died since 1999. The tribe and the county plan to install a 10-foot-wide paved pathway along Haxton Way. The project...

Rosebud police certification at issue in federal court (April 24, 2008)

The certification status of police officers for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota should not affect evidence gathered in criminal cases, a federal magistrate has recommended. Robert L. Erickson, 28, filed a motion to suppress evidence gathered by tribal...

Turnout too low for Oglala Sioux election (April 24, 2008)

A constitutional election held by the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota was declared null and void because not enough people voted. A total of 2,295 tribal members registered to vote. But only 671 actually came to the polls --...

Puyallup Tribe signs agreement over Tacoma port (April 24, 2008)

The Puyallup Tribe of Washington has signed an agreement to develop the Port of Tacoma. The tribe will work with the Port and SSA Marine, the largest terminal operator in the U.S., to expand operations in Tacoma. The tribe...

Rep. Cole charges 'blackmail' in Freedmen dispute (April 24, 2008)

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), the only Native American in Congress, is accusing colleagues of "legislative blackmail" as the dispute over the Cherokee Freedmen heats up on Capitol Hill. Cole, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, responded to recent comments by...

Yankton Sioux parents file suit over hog farm (April 24, 2008)

Parents of the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota filed a lawsuit in federal courts on Wednesday aimed at stopping a hog farm in Charles Mix County. The Head Start Concerned Parents want Long View Farms to comply with environmental...

Jodi Rave: Montana tribal leaders back Obama (April 24, 2008)

"Democratic Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign in Montana kicked up its outreach efforts in Indian Country on Wednesday, with the announcement of its newly unveiled Montana Native Americans for Obama steering committee. Tribal chairmen from the Crow Nation and Confederated...

Indian Affairs business meeting, hearing (April 24, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a business meeting and oversight hearing this morning at 9am. The business meeting lasted about 19 minutes. Five items were on the agenda and all were approved: • Audio: Business Meeting • Nomination of...