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Bush administration opposes review of IGRA case (May 13, 2008)

The Bush administration is taking an unusual position in an Indian gaming case that is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. In a brief filed April 28, the Department of Justice argued that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals "erred"...

Soo Tribe to share BIA road funds with city (May 13, 2008)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians plans to share its Bureau of Indian Affairs road funds with the city of Manistique, Michigan. The tribe wants to include 10 roads in the city on its Indian Reservation Road inventory....

Saskatchewan First Nations plan treatment center (May 13, 2008)

Three First Nations in Saskatchewan have received a $120,000 grant from Health Canada to plan a treatment center. The center would be located on the Yellow Quill First Nation. Band leaders floated the idea after two young girls died...

Passamaquoddy police officers shoot armed man (May 13, 2008)

Police officers for the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine fatally shot an armed man on the Indian Township Reservation on Monday. The man reportedly lived off the reservation. Tribal Gov. Billy Nicholas said he came to see his girlfriend when police...

Fort Peck woman sentenced for boyfriend's death (May 13, 2008)

A 21-year-old woman from the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana was sentenced to 32 months in prison, plus five years of supervised release, for stabbing her boyfriend to death. Stanette Crowe was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter earlier this year....

Supreme Court won't hear tribal immunity case (May 13, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down an case involving the sovereign immunity of the Blue Lake Rancheria of California. Rita Carls dued the tribe over a building defect that led to a mold infestation in her home. The...

Two dead in shootout at Soboba Reservation (May 13, 2008)

Two people were killed in a shootout on the Soboba Reservation in southern California on Monday. The incident was the second fatal shooting on the reservation in less than a week. Both times, sheriff's deputies from Riverside County were involved....

Oklahoma honors original Dawes Roll allottees (May 13, 2008)

Eight original Dawes Roll alottees were honored by the state of Oklahoma on Monday. All eight were born before Oklahoma became a state in 1907. They received 160 acres of former tribal reservations. "They not only witnessed history, they lived...

New Mexico tribes want train stops on their land (May 13, 2008)

Two New Mexico tribes are talking with state officials about joining the Rail Runner Express. San Felipe Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo say their communities could benefit by hosting stops on the route from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. Tribal members...

City rejected Crow Tribe's help on unused jail (May 13, 2008)

The Crow Tribe of Montana tried to help the city of Hardin make use of a $27 million jail that sits empty nearly a year after it was completed. Chairman Carl Venne said the tribe approached the city about...

10th Circuit hears uranium development cases (May 13, 2008)

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is heard two uranium development cases on Monday. Both cases affect plans by Hydro Resources Inc. to develop uranium mines in New Mexico. The company owns a 160-acre parcel that is surrounded by...

IHS hospital on Navajo Nation cuts emergency care (May 13, 2008)

The Indian Health Service has cut back emergency services at a hospital on the Navajo Nation. The Crownpoint Health Care Facility in Crownpoint, New Mexico, will no longer offer emergency services during nights or weekends. A spokesperson said more...

Judge issues pre-trial order in Cobell trust case (May 13, 2008)

The June 9 trial to resolve the Cobell v. Kempthorne Indian trust fund case is quickly approaching. Judge James Robertson intends to put a dollar figure on the money owed to hundreds of thousands of Individual Indian Money (IIM) beneficiaries....

Native residential students wary of claims process (May 13, 2008)

Some former students of Native residential schools don't want to relive the abuse they suffered just to get additional compensation from the Canadian government. Every student received $10,000, plus $3,000 for each year they attended a school. But to qualify...

Bill Clinton to campaign on Pine Ridge Reservation (May 13, 2008)

Former president Bill Clinton will visit the Pine Ridge Reservation on Wednesday to campaign for the presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York). Details are still being worked out, The Rapid City Journal reported. Clinton, who was in the state...

Indian Affairs Committee hearing on Thursday (May 13, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a hearing this Thursday on five bills. The bills are: • S. 1080, the Crow Tribe Land Restoration Act • H.R. 2120, To direct the Secretary of the Interior to proclaim as reservation...

Senate hearing on 20 years of self-governance (May 13, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is held an oversight hearing on self-governance this afternoon. The hearing started at 2:30pm and lasted about 90 minutes. You can listen to audio clips below: • Opening Statements Panel 1 • Testimony | Q&A...