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Makah Nation whale hunt up for public comment (May 12, 2008)

The federal government is once again asking the public to comment on the Makah Nation's controversial whale hunt. The tribe is the only one in the U.S. with a treaty-protected right to hunt whales. "The right of taking fish and...

South Dakota Indians back Clinton for president (May 12, 2008)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) has the support of elected tribal leaders in South Dakota but some Indian voters are still backing Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) for president. "I think many Native Americans support Hillary Clinton because she is...

Judge won't dismiss evidence in Rosebud police case (May 12, 2008)

A federal judge has refused to throw out evidence gathered by tribal police officers on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has acknowledged some of its officers weren't certified under tribal law. But Judge Karen...

Mississippi Choctaws watching elections closely (May 12, 2008)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is monitoring the 2008 elections very closely, Miko Beasley Denson said. The tribe's land-into-trust application was rejected under a new policy issued assistant secretary Carl Artman, who is resigning this month. The policy, however,...

Haskell University graduates largest class (May 12, 2008)

A record number of graduates received their degrees from Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas. The university held its commencement on Friday. Eighty students received a bachelor’s degree and 116 received an associate’s degree. Graduation exercises were followed by...

House Resources Committee markup on Indian bill (May 12, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a markup on Wednesday. One Indian bill is on the agenda. HR 5680 is technical corrections legislation that contains provisions affecting several tribes. The markup takes place at 11am in Room 1324 of...

Colorado River soldier killed in Afghanistan (May 12, 2008)

Ara Tyler Deysie, a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes of Arizona, was killed in Afghanistan on May 9. Deysie, 18, was a private first class in the U.S. Army. He signed up for the military this past...

10th Circuit to hear Indian Country uranium case (May 12, 2008)

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing oral arguments today in a case that affects uranium mining in New Mexico. In February 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled that a 160-acre parcel in Church Rock is Indian Country. The...

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to hunt in national refuge (May 12, 2008)

For the first time since 1912, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho will return to its traditional hunting grounds in Wyoming. The tribe signed an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to hunt up to five bison in the...

Pine Ridge company builds on Tanka Bar's success (May 12, 2008)

Native American Natural Foods, a company based on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, continues to see success with the unique Tanka Bar. The bar, which is made of bison meat and cranberry, was launched last October in South...

Minnesota Indians protest state celebration (May 12, 2008)

Minnesota Indians are protesting the state's 150th birthday celebration. An estimated two dozen protesters blocked the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Wagon Train on Saturday. The train was making its way to Fort Snelling, where Dakota Indians were imprisoned in the winter...

Cherokee chief praises Obama as 'good president' (May 12, 2008)

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith appears to be endorsing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) for president, just days after the Democratic candidate took a stance favoring the tribe in the Freedmen controversy. Smith said Obama "will be a good president...

Indian superdelegate backs Obama for president (May 12, 2008)

Laurie Weahkee, the fourth Indian superdelegate, is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama for president. Weahkee, who is of Zuni, Navajo and Cochiti heritage, said last week that she was undecided. But after Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) lost the North Carolina...

Opinion: Freedmen victimized by Cherokee Nation (May 12, 2008)

"In 1983, the Cherokee nation revised its constitution, stripping the Cherokee Freedmen, descendants of former Cherokee slaves, of their voting rights and citizenship status. According to the tribal election council, the Freedmen are not Cherokee “by blood” and thus are...

Senate hearing on 20 years of self-governance (May 12, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding an oversight hearing on self-governance on Tuesday. This year marks the 20th anniversary of self-governance legislation. Since then, more than 300 tribes have taken greater control of programs at the Indian Health Service...

Column: Mashantucket Pequots protest cut in services (May 12, 2008)

"All is not well in the Kingdom of Mashantucket. It's no secret that the casino business is off. Slots are down. Competition is growing. When Standard & Poor's downgraded the Mashantucket Pequots' credit rating recently, one of the problems analysts...

Yellow Bird: Recycle and live lightly on the Earth (May 12, 2008)

"There’s a never-ending search in Grand Forks for a place to put our refuse. The response has been “Not in my backyard”; and, unfortunately, we’ve heard that a time or two in the past few years. I certainly don’t...

Tim Giago: Role models for today's Indian youth (May 12, 2008)

In the spring of 1976, 32 years ago, I had an actor named Will Sampson as my guest on the weekly television show I hosted, The First Americans, which aired each Sunday morning on KEVN- TV in Rapid City, SD....