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Rep. Watson: Obama wrong on Cherokee Freedmen (May 14, 2008)

"Without a clear understanding of the issue, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has weighed in on the side of the Cherokees by publicly opposing my legislation, H.R. 2824, which suspends U.S. relations with the Cherokees until the rights of Freedmen are...

Column: Protect Indian children in foster care system (May 14, 2008)

"According to a report by the National Indian Child Welfare Association and Kids Are Waiting, Washington has one of the nation's highest rates of American Indian foster children. While they make up only 2 percent of Washington's child population, American...

Column: Russell Means predicts Obama win in 2008 (May 14, 2008)

"When South Dakota Democratic Party leaders and candidates look for ways to solidify support in presidential and congressional elections, usually they seek to secure the traditional backing of Native Americans. Voter registration efforts intensify and get-out-the-vote becomes a priority. Presidential...

Tribes in U.S. and Canada address gangs, drugs (May 14, 2008)

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians hosted a meeting last Saturday to address gangs and drugs among Indian youth in the U.S. and Canada. The meeting drew 40 tribes and First Nations. Tribal leaders talked about expanding educational opportunities...

Tribes back expansion of self-governance program (May 14, 2008)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on "The Success and Shortfall of Self Governance under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act after Twenty Years." May 13, 2008. • Opening Statements Panel 1• Testimony | Q&A • Witness...

Clinton and Obama eye Indian vote in South Dakota (May 14, 2008)

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) are taking their presidential campaigns to South Dakota this week. In advance of the state's June 3 primary, Clinton and Obama will make appearances in the state. Clinton is visiting...

Jodi Rave: Clinton and Obama court Indian vote (May 14, 2008)

"The Native vote continues to play a prominent role in both the Obama and Clinton campaigns, with Montana and South Dakota among the country’s last presidential primaries. On Tuesday, both campaigns announced alliances and support among tribes and tribal leaders....

Soboba chair cites 'war' against county 'calvary' (May 14, 2008)

Robert Salgado, the chairman of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, is angered by the latest fatal shootings of tribal members by sheriff's deputies in Riverside County, California. In the last week alone, three tribal members have been killed...

House Resources Committee markup on Indian bill (May 14, 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 bill was originally scheduled for a markup on April...

Editorial: Kickapoo Tribe invests in its future (May 14, 2008)

"For far too many years, the American Indian has been reduced to talking about geographic boundaries of reservation lands as if these property lines somehow define the Indian experience. It shouldn’t be that way — not for the Indian...

Border fence blocks Tigua Tribe from sacred site (May 14, 2008)

The Tigua Tribe of Texas won't be able to access a sacred site once the federal government builds a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. The tribe conducts ceremonies in the Rio Grande. The planned fence, however, will block access to...

Maryland governor signs bill for state Indian holiday (May 14, 2008)

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) signed a bill to designate the Friday after Thanksgiving as American Indian Heritage Day. State employees already get the day off. But tribal supporters said the designation will finally recognize the state's first inhabitants. “Since...

Leech Lake woman won't run for Minnesota House (May 14, 2008)

Irene Folstrom, a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, has dropped her campaign for the Minnesota House. Folstrom was seeking the Democratic nomination for the House 4A seat. The district includes the Leech Lake Reservation. But less than...

Cherokee Nation lifts tobacco tax for border retailers (May 14, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has suspended its tobacco tax for some tribal smoke shops. Retailers within 20 miles of the Texas, Kansas and Missouri borders won't have to pay the tribal tax. Council members believe this will help smoke...

Sen. Clinton easily wins West Virginia primary (May 14, 2008)

Sen. Hillary Clinton(D-New York) vowed to keep campaigning for president after winning the Democratic primary in West Virginia on Tuesday. Clnton easily defeated Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) by a more than 2-1 margin. But Clinton may not have enough...

Lawyer seeks rehearing of Arapaho eagle case (May 14, 2008)

The lawyer who is defending a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe who took an eagle without a federal permit wants the full 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case. A three-judge panel of the court ordered Winslow...

Editorial: Another guilty plea in Abramoff scandal (May 14, 2008)

"The recent guilty plea by a former high-ranking Justice Department official is a stunning statement about just how far the corrupt reach of ex-Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff extended into decision-making in Washington. Robert E. Coughlin II, the former deputy chief...