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Senate committee to take up 'crisis' on reservations (June 16, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee this week will take up a comprehensive proposal aimed at improving law enforcement on reservations. According to government data, American Indians and Alaska Natives suffer from the highest rates of violent crime in the United...

Deadline this week on Oneida land-into-trust (June 16, 2008)

Thursday is the deadline to challenge the Interior Department's decision to take 13,000 acres into trust for the Oneida Nation. Four challenges are in the works. One from the state of New York and two counties, another from two towns,...

Audio: Sen. Brownback on Indian apology (June 16, 2008)

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) said the United States government has to ask Native peoples for forgiveness over hundreds of years of bad policies. Brownback introduced a non-binding resolution to apologize to Native people for "official depredations and ill-conceived policies." He...

Artifacts stolen from Cabazon museum recovered (June 16, 2008)

Fourteen out of 17 items that were stolen from the museum operated by the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians of California were finally returned to their rightful owners. Thieves broke into the tribe's Cultural Museum in January 2005 and...

Tribes welcome attention by McCain and Obama (June 16, 2008)

Tribal leaders in Washington say they are glad the presidential candidates are finally paying to Indian Country before entering office instead of afterwards. Mel Sheldon, the chairman of the Tulalip Tribes, said President Bush has ignored tribes. He hopes the...

Editorial: Funding alone won't help Standing Rock (June 16, 2008)

"There’s a violent crime problem on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation that Operation Dakota Peacekeeper is designed to address. The Bureau of Indian Affairs project will supplement local and tribal police forces on Standing Rock with an increased law enforcement...

Yellow Bird: Exhibit focuses on Arikara Scouts (June 16, 2008)

"On May 24, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park south of Mandan, N.D., held an event that was centered on the scouts who were hired by Lt. Col. George Custer and accompanied him on his travels in the Dakota and...

Column: Mashantucket Tribe deserves new leader (June 16, 2008)

"When Michael Thomas was first elected to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council, in 1994, he was still on probation for drug-dealing charges in Rhode Island, where he served six months of an 18-month prison sentence before being paroled. He was...

Paiute Tribe of Utah celebrates federal recognition (June 16, 2008)

The Paiute Tribe of Utah held its annual Restoration Gathering and Powwow on Saturday. The event started in 1980. That's when the tribe was restored to recognition after being terminated in 1954. “It was hard on us,” Chairwoman Lora...

BIA's 'surge' at Standing Rock making an impact (June 16, 2008)

Some residents of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation say an increase in law enforcement has already made an impact on crime. As part of "Operation Dakota Peacekeeper," the Bureau of Indian Affairs has added 12 officers to patrol the reservation....

Letter: Indian tuition waiver not a treaty right (June 16, 2008)

"The treaties used to legitimize Indian Tuition Waivers do not guarantee a right to free college tuition for tribe members. The Washington Treaty of 1836 provided that the federal government would pay the Ottawa and Chippewa tribes $5,000 per...

Sacred site in New Mexico receives protection (June 16, 2008)

The New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee voted 4-2 on Saturday to place the sacred Mount Taylor on the state's Register of Cultural Properties. The designation is temporary. It protects the site from development for one year while the...

Testimony continues over shooting of Native teen (June 16, 2008)

Testimony continued in the government inquest into the shooting death of Matthew Dumas, a Metis teenager who was from Manitoba. Dumas, 18, was killed in Winnipeg in January 2005. He was being chased by two police officers, who had...

Man fatally shot by police on Saskatchewan reserve (June 16, 2008)

A 21-year-old member of the White Bear First Nation of Saskatchewan was fatally shot by Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers on Saturday morning. The Canadian Press identified the man as Chase McKay Standingready. It is not clear if he...

Editorial: Consider Navajo Nation reform proposal (June 16, 2008)

"A proposal to downsize the Navajo Nation's tribal council from 88 delegates to 24 may sound good on the surface when it comes to talk of saving money and implementing government reform, but there are great dangers that Navajo voters...

Winona LaDuke supports Obama for president (June 16, 2008)

Environmental activist Winona LaDuke has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) for president. LaDuke, a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota, appeared on The Colbert Report last Thursday. She was asked "which candidate would Native Americans...

Cobell to appear on NPR program 'Tell Me More' (June 16, 2008)

Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, will appear on NPR's Tell Me More program this afternoon. Cobell taped the segment on Friday. She is in Washington, D.C., for the ongoing trial that will determine how...

Creek Nation sees increase in rides on transit service (June 16, 2008)

As gasoline prices rise, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma has seen an increase in ridership on its transit service. Ben H. Chaney, the tribe's transportation manager, said about 3,000 people use the service. "We're at a point right...

Jodi Rave: Indian women turn to YWCA shelter (June 16, 2008)

"Karen Neumiller led a small group of Native women through a “talking circle,” carving a path for what will be a weekly Tuesday discussion on domestic violence. About 50 percent of the abused women who use the Missoula YWCA...

Jodi Rave: Testimony continues in historic Cobell trial (June 16, 2008)

"A federal judge took note of witness testimonies last week in a landmark trial that will award a historic cash settlement to Native landowners in a class-action lawsuit against the Interior Department. U.S. District Judge James Robertson will determine...

Letter: Indians kept poor by federal government (June 16, 2008)

"Del Quentin Wilber gave a succinct overview of a momentous trial concerning what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has called "government malfeasance" regarding the handling of individual Indian trust accounts over the past century. Federal mismanagement...