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Three more tribes win EPA approval for water (May 6, 2008)

Three more tribes have won Environmental Protection Agency approval to develop their own water quality standards under the Clean Water Act. Approval of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Wisconsin, the Swinomish Tribe of Washington and...

Yakama Nation weighs ban on new dairy feedlots (May 6, 2008)

The Yakama Nation of Washington will study the impact on feedlots and dairies before deciding whether to ban new development on the reservation. At a general council meeting last week, tribal members voted in favor of a moratorium on new...

Native candidate speaks about sexual assaults (May 6, 2008)

Diane Benson, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House, didn't expect her past sexual assaults to be a part of her campaign. But after Benson, who is Tlingit, spoke about being a survivor at a conference last week, she has...

Crews battle fire on Mescalero Apache Reservation (May 6, 2008)

More than 450 firefighters from multiple agencies are battling a blaze on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in southern New Mexico. The fire burned about 4,000 acres of forest and wild land on the reservation. It was about 45 percent...

Clinton and Obama back Lumbee recognition (May 6, 2008)

As North Carolina votes in the Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) are affirming their support for recognition of the Lumbee Tribe. With over 40,000 member, the Lumbees are the largest tribe...

Appeals court to hear Cherokee Freedmen case (May 6, 2008)

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is holding oral arguments this morning in Vann v. Kempthorne, the Cherokee Freedmen case The Freedmen are the descendants of former African slaves. They are suing the Interior Department to force the federal government...

Jodi Rave: Obama secures Indian superdelegates (May 6, 2008)

"Superdelegate Kalyn Free, one of the most influential women in Indian Country politics, announced on Monday her support for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Her endorsement brings solid consensus in support of Obama among all Native superdelegates to the...

Judge axes Native housing discrimination suit (May 6, 2008)

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit that accused the Nebraska Health and Human Services System and the owners of mobile home park of discriminating against Native tenants. Judge Laurie Smith Camp said High Plains Community Development failed...

Two children killed in fire at Cheyenne River (May 6, 2008)

A two-year-old boy and his four-year-old sister were killed in a house fire on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota on Friday. The fire occurred in Cherry Creek, a remote area that is more than 30 minutes from...

Arrest in connection with missing Native teen (May 6, 2008)

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with the case of a Native teen who went missing in 2005. Amber Redman was 19 when she was last seen in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan. Remains found...

North Dakota tribe plans to take over IHS clinic (May 6, 2008)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota is moving forward with plans to take over an Indian Health Service clinic on the Fort Berthold Reservation. The tribe has established a health board to oversee the delivery of services....

Sen. Obama welcomes Kalyn Free's endorsement (May 6, 2008)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) picked up another superdelegate endorsement in his bid to win the Democratic Party's nomination for president. Obama said he was "proud" to have the support of Kalyn Free, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma....

Yup'ik voters seek language assistance at polls (May 6, 2008)

Yup'ik voters in the Bethel region of Alaska filed a federal lawsuit to obtain Native language assistance at the polls. The Native American Rights Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union say local and state officials are violating the Voting...

Mildred Loving, interracial marriage figure, dies (May 6, 2008)

Mildred Loving, the African-American and Indian woman who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that struck down laws against interracial marriage, died on Friday. She was 68. Loving was of Rappahannock, Cherokee and African-American ancestry. She and her...

Rosebud President: 'Black Hills are not for sale' (May 6, 2008)

"The Black Hills are not for sale," Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Rodney M. Bordeaux said on Monday. Bordeaux said the tribe does not support efforts by a South Dakota attorney to represent people who want to accept an Indian Claims...

Sen. Schumer seeks delay on Oneida land-into-trust (May 6, 2008)

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) is asking Interior Dirk Kempthorne to delay a decision on the Oneida Nation's land-into-trust applications. Schumer wants the Interior Department to address taxation, regulation, land claims and jurisdictional issues before ruling on the application....

Judge rules against founders of fake tribe in Utah (May 6, 2008)

Three men who created a fake tribe at an Arby's restaurant are guilty of violating federal racketeering laws, a judge ruled last week. The "Wampanoag Nation, Tribe of Grayhead, Wolf Band" and its founders filed numerous legal claims against officials...