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Editorial: Tribes combat drugs and gang violence (June 2, 2008)

"The San Manuel, Morongo and Soboba tribes are banding with Native American leaders from as far away as Canada to come up with ways to reduce gang and drug crimes on their reservations - an admirable admission that problems exist...

Judge holds final hearing before Cobell trial (June 2, 2008)

The federal judge handling the Cobell v. Kempthorne trust fund case is holding a pre-trial conference today at 2pm in Washington, D.C. The conference is the last before the June 9 trial. Judge James Robertson plans to resolve the 11-year-old...

House hearing on Minnesota Chippewa trust fund (June 2, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing this Thursday on two bills that would distribute a judgment fund for the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe H.R.2306 and H.R.3699 each distribute the funds in trust account JA1041696 to six bands of...

Senate hearing this week on predatory lending (June 2, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a hearing on predatory lending in Indian Country this Thursday. The hearing takes place at 9:30am in Room 562 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. A witness list hasn't been published. Committee Notice:OVERSIGHT...

Yellow Bird: There's good and bad in oil development (June 2, 2008)

"I spent last week looking into the oil boom on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation — for a news story, yes, but also for my own information. I want to look a little closer at the potential effects of...

Tim Giago: Keep your presidential options open (June 2, 2008)

A funny thing happened on the way to the primaries: I became bewitched, bothered and bewildered. Mostly bothered. As I watched the Democratic National Committee play their little game over seating the delegates and counting the votes of Michigan and...

Tlingit people upset by auction of warrior's helmet (June 2, 2008)

A rare Tlingit warrior's helmet was auctioned for $2 million in Connecticut. An anonymous woman on the East Coast came into possession of the item. It was likely taken from the Tlingit people in Alaska in the late 18th...

ditorial: A limited victory for the polar bear (June 2, 2008)

"Ever so grudgingly, the Bush administration officially acknowledged recently that global warming is impinging on the future of the polar bear. The administration agreed to list the animal as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. It's good news for the...

Editorial: Connecticut tribe tightens its belts (June 2, 2008)

"The recession — if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck ... — is taking a bite out of the casino industry, so much so that the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is about to shed about 170...

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe re-elects chairwoman (June 2, 2008)

Voters of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington re-elected Frances Charles as their chairwoman on Saturday. Charles won the election with 57 percent of the vote. She defeated four other challengers. Tribal members also voted for two seats on...

Second public hearing on Makah whaling plan (June 2, 2008)

The second of three public meetings on the Makah Nation's whaling plan takes place tonight in Seattle, Washington. The public is being asked to comment on an environmental impact statement. The EIS identifies six alternatives, including a "no hunt" option...

Jodi Rave: North Dakota tribe reaches tax agreement (June 2, 2008)

"The Three Affiliated Tribes and the state of North Dakota announced on Friday the signing of an oil and gas tax agreement that should pull the tribe from its current lull in oil production. “This agreement should help open...

Eight banished from Snoqualmie Tribe file suit (June 2, 2008)

Eight members of the Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington who were banished in April have filed a lawsuit in federal court. The plaintiffs include elected chairman Bill Sweet and some council members. They were removed by a group led by honorary...

NCAI opens mid-year conference in Nevada (June 2, 2008)

The National Congress of American Indians kicks off its mid-year conference in Reno, Nevada, today. The theme of the conference is “Sovereignty in Action." Hundreds of tribal leaders from across the nation are attending the three-day event to talk about...

UK Paper: Clinton campaign dies on reservation (June 2, 2008)

The Guardian newspaper says Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-New York) presidential campaign died on the Pine Ridge Reservation on May 28. The paper said Clinton spoke to about 200 people on the reservation. The campaign event was painted as a...

Indian Citizenship Act was signed into law today (June 2, 2008)

President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act into law 84 years ago today. The law extended citizenship to all American Indians born in the U.S. Despite its passage, tribal members were denied the right to vote in many...

2nd Circuit to hear appeals of Oneida land claim (June 2, 2008)

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals will be holding oral arguments on Tuesday in the long-running Oneida land claim. The Oneidas of New York, Wisconsin and Canada are suing over 250,000 acres. The land was taken by the state of...