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Alaska governor defends firing of Native top cop (July 18, 2008)

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) denied firing the first Alaska Native public safety commissioner over a family dispute. Walt Monegan was unexpectedly fired last week. Palin said she wanted to take the Department of Public Safety in a different...

Editorial: Senate's $2B a good first step for tribes (July 18, 2008)

"For South Dakotans familiar with the problems facing Native American reservations here, watching the federal government pour money into foreign aid can be bittersweet. Those programs often are worthy efforts to improve some of the world's worst situations, but so...

Makah men appeal convictions for rogue whale hunt (July 18, 2008)

Two members of the Makah Nation of Washington are challenging their convictions for hunting a gray whale without federal approval. Andy Noel and Wayne Johnson were convicted of one count of violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act. They are serving...

Slade Gorton raising money for Sen. McCain (July 18, 2008)

When former Sen. Slade Gorton (R-Washington) was being recommended for a federal judgeship, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) immediately opposed it. McCain said he opposed Gorton's views on tribal sovereignty. He was the only Senator who refused to sign a letter...

Senate Finance hearing on Indian tax policy (July 18, 2008)

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, July 22, to address tax policy in Indian Country. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana), the chairman of the committee, said the hearing will address three specific issues: the Indian Employment Tax...

BIA school teacher accused of molesting student (July 18, 2008)

A teacher at a Bureau of Indian Affairs school on the Navajo Nation has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under the age of 13. Marcelito Creer taught at the Choosgai Community School in...

First Nation pulls children from school in Quebec (July 18, 2008)

Most of the children in an Ojibwe-speaking community in northern Quebec have been removed from the government-run school because parents are worried they are being forced to speak English. The Algonquins of Barrière Lake speak Ojibwe at home almost exclusively....

San Manuel Band to sign law enforcement contract (July 18, 2008)

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will renew a law enforcement services contract with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. The tribe has been working closely with the department to address crime on the reservation. Tribal members have been...

Colorado to exempt tribal lands from energy rules (July 18, 2008)

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has agreed to exempt tribal lands from new energy development rules. The rules won't apply to reservation lands where the tribe owns the surface rights or the mineral rights. They will apply if...

Leech Lake chairman fires more than 20 directors (July 18, 2008)

Arthur “Archie” LaRose, the new chairman of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota, has fired more than 20 division directors since being sworn in July 4. “It’s like the president of the United States comes in, he brings...

Jodi Rave: Tribes testify on Adam Walsh Act (July 18, 2008)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Senate Indian Affairs Committee oversight hearing on on Tracking Sex Offenders in Indian Country: Tribal Implementation of the Adam Walsh Act. July 17, 2008. • Opening Statement • Testimony | Q&A • Written Testimony | Webcast "A...

Kara Briggs: Making history at UNITY convention (July 18, 2008)

"The fourth UNITY: Journalists of Color convention convenes July 23 in Chicago's McCormack Convention Center. UNITY is probably the largest and certainly the most interesting convention of journalists in the world. Interest in the convention, which occurs every four years,...

Suquamish Chair: Clarifying position on boardwalk (July 18, 2008)

"The Suquamish Tribe is committed to positive relationships with all people and governments of the Puget Sound. These relationships require a fair and open exchange of information. That's why it is important to set the record straight on the...

Passamaquoddy officers cleared in fatal shooting (July 18, 2008)

Maine attorney general Steven Rowe has cleared two officers of the Passamaquoddy Tribe in the fatal shooting of an armed man. Officer Alexander Nicholas II and game warden Scott Francis shot and killed Douglas P. Kelley Jr. on the Indian...

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe still waiting on BIA (July 18, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has yet to decide who are the rightful leaders of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, more than a month after an election. The tribe chose a new chief and other leaders on June 7. But...

Barona Band awards grants through lawmakers (July 18, 2008)

The Barona Band of Mission Indians has donated more than $300,000 to schools in California. The tribe doesn't select the public or private schools that receive a Barona Education Grant. The schools are picked by state lawmakers, a practice that...

EPA report warns of health risks of global warming (July 18, 2008)

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency warns of the health risks of global warming and climate change. The report warns of an increase in deaths due to rising temperatures, more powerful hurricanes, dwindling water supplies and an increase...

Senate Indian Affairs hearing on tribal courts (July 18, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing next Thursday, July 24, on tribal courts and the administration of justice in Indian Country. The hearing takes place at 9:30am in Room 562 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. A...

MinnPost.Com: Leech Lake island a battleground (July 18, 2008)

"Earlier this month, sharpshooters with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services wrapped their annual operation at Leech Lake, the sprawling and legendary fishing Mecca in north central Minnesota. In keeping with past practices, the sharpshooters set their sights...