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Barona Band hosts Yuman language summit (April 29, 2008)

The Barona Band of Mission Indians is hosting the 6th annual Yuman Family Language Summit on its reservation in California. The summit brings together all of the tribes that speak Yuman languages. Tribes in California, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico...

Editorial: Incursion on Nisqually Tribe's sovereignty (April 29, 2008)

"Nisqually tribal leaders are right to be alarmed over the new smokeshop operating at Frank’s Landing. The rest of the region should be worried, too. This dispute turns around Gov. Chris Gregoire’s approval of a compact that allows an Indian...

Umatilla Tribes open technology business (April 29, 2008)

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation opened a new technology business aimed at diversifying the tribal economy. Cayuse Technologies is a partnership with Accenture, a management consulting and technology services company. The company will employ about 450 people,...

Appeals court backs Gun Lake land-into-trust (April 29, 2008)

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a challenge to the land-into-trust application for the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan. In a unanimous decision, the court said the Bureau of Indian Affairs did not violate the National...

Longest Walk 2 about halfway to Washington, DC (April 29, 2008)

Participants on the Longest Walk 2 arrived in Topeka, Kansas, on Monday, about halfway through their five-month journey across the U.S. The walk began on February 11 on Alcatraz Island in California. It's due to arrive in Washington, D.C.,...

Canada set to apologize to Native school students (April 29, 2008)

The Canadian government plans to issue a formal apology to former students of Native residential schools. The government sent 150,000 Native children to boarding schools across the country. Many were subject to sexual, physical and emotional abuse. About 90,000 survivors...

Artman resigns from BIA after a year on the job (April 29, 2008)

After a little more than a year on the job, assistant secretary Carl Artman on Monday announced his resignation as head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Artman, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, did not give a...

Editorial: Oglala Sioux voters fail to do their part (April 29, 2008)

"Voter turnout is always an important thing in any election, but in the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s secretarial election last week, it was the only thing. The results of the April 22 election were declared null and void when voter turnout...

Opinion: First Americans too often the last (April 29, 2008)

"During my career I was honored to represent the state of South Dakota for 22 years, 18 in the Senate and four in the House of Representatives. I am proud to call South Dakota home, notwithstanding my early departure from...

Turtle Mountain landowners allege mismanagement (April 29, 2008)

Members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians are trying to figure out what happened to their land. The federal government allotted land to Chippewa Indians in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. But landowners say no one kept...

KBIC member indicted for theft of timber resources (April 29, 2008)

A member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan was indicted in federal court for stealing timber resources from the tribe. Robert Genschow allegedly cut down "thousands of dollars worth of timber" without the tribe's consent. He was charged...

Judge holds hearing in Cobell trust fund case (April 29, 2008)

The federal judge handling the Cobell trust fund case said on Monday he plans to award money to hundreds of thousands of Indian landowners. The exact amount will be determined later this summer. Judge James Robertson is holding a trial,...

Shunned Wampanaogs sue tribal leaders (April 29, 2008)

Two members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts filed suit in state court over their "shunning" by tribal leaders. Amelia Bingham and her son, Steven, were shunned in December 2006 for criticizing the tribe. The Binghams, along with other...

Supreme Court upholds voter ID law in Indiana (April 29, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld an Indiana law that requires voters to display photo identification at the polls. By a 6-3 vote, the justices said the law does not violate the U.S. Constitution. Requiring a government-issued photo...

Federal judge won't close reservation trailer park (April 29, 2008)

A federal judge on Monday gave the operator of a trailer park on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in California 90 days to make improvements at the troubled facility. Judge Stephen G. Larson said he was "not interested"...

Bois Forte Band removes council member (April 29, 2008)

A council member for the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa in Minnesota has been removed from office and could face federal charges, tribal leaders said. District I Representative Mark Drift was censured this month for misusing a tribal credit...

Indian Affairs Committee hearing on energy (April 29, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding an oversight hearing this Thursday on energy development in Indian Country. The focus of the hearing will be on tribal control of their resources. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 contained provisions aimed...

Abramoff probe extends to Justice Department (April 29, 2008)

Federal investigators are looking into former Justice Department officials who may have had contacts with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his associates, The Legal Times reports. One former official has already pleaded guilty in connection with the scandal. Robert Coughlin...