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Judge weighs next step in tribal trust lawsuits (July 25, 2008)

As the landmark Cobell Indian trust fund suit heads into its final chapter, a federal judge on Thursday contemplated opening a new one for hundreds of tribes. Judge James Robertson plans to wrap up the 12-year-old Cobell case next month...

Opinion: Protect cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde (July 25, 2008)

"In seventh grade, I visited the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings in Southern Colorado for the first time. The beautiful and ancient Puebloan structures were awe-inspiring for me and awakened my interest in Native American history, particularly those in Mesa Verde....

Indian Affairs hearing addresses tribal courts (July 25, 2008)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Tribal Courts and the Administration of Justice in Indian Country. July 24, 2008. • Opening Statements • Testimony | Q&A • Written Testimony | Webcast The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a...

Rep. Herseth-Sandlin: Safety in Indian Country (July 25, 2008)

The following is the opinion of Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-South Dakota). Like many South Dakotans, I have been alarmed by some of the news about crime rates and safety on reservations in our state. In reports I’ve received from...

Controversy continues over new Alaska top cop (July 25, 2008)

Gov. Sarah Palin (R) continues to face the fire over the state's public safety commissioner. Palin has been criticized for firing Walt Monegan, the first Alaska Native to hold the job. He says he was ousted because he refused to...

Indian inmate at large was tribal police officer (July 25, 2008)

An Indian man who escaped a county jail in Montana used to be a police officer for the Fort Peck Tribes. Robert War Club, 48, escaped from the jail in Wolf Point on Monday night. He remains at large...

Sen. Nelson questions IHS mismanagement (July 25, 2008)

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) is blaming theIndian Health Service for forcing tribes into "financial disarray" while failing to keep track of its own spending. Nelson said the IHS forced the Omaha Tribe to accept a $800,000 cut in funding for...

Congress clears $2B boost for Indian Country (July 25, 2008)

A bill that provides $2 billion for law enforcement, health care and water projects in Indian Country has been sent to President Bush for his signature. The $2 billion is part of the S.2731, a global HIV/AIDS bill. Supporters were...

Yakama Nation fires second business manager (July 25, 2008)

The Yakama Nation of Washington has fired its business manager after a little over a year on the job. Rebecca Trujillo was fired as head of the Yakama Nation Land Enterprise earlier this week. Chairman Ralph Sampson Jr. said the...

Injury at issue in Narragansett smokeshop raid case (July 25, 2008)

Experts presented conflicting testimony about an ankle injury suffered by a member of Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island who was arrested during the state's July 15, 2003, raid of the reservation. Adam Jennings' ankle was broken by state trooper Kenneth...

Editorial: Find solution for Navajo Internet service (July 25, 2008)

"The hits keep coming for the Navajo Nation government and, unfortunately, it's the Navajo people who are taking the direct blows. Since April, the Navajo have had a question mark hanging over their heads when it comes to Internet service,...

Travel spending by Lumbee leaders questioned (July 25, 2008)

Federal authorities have been looking into the use of housing funds by leaders of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Tribal leaders have gone to Hawaii, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and Alaska in the past year, WRAL reported. They spent...

Opinion: Indian voting rights victory in Arizona (July 25, 2008)

"When Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian famous for helping raise the flag at Iwo Jima, returned to Arizona after World War II, he couldn't vote. Neither could the Navajo and Hopi men who served as code talkers. And more important...

Native woman leaves Indian chamber of commerce (July 25, 2008)

Kim Cameron, a member of the Long Plain First Nation in Manitoba, Canada, has stepped down as president of the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce. Cameron served as president of the Denver-based organization for five years. She helped promote...

Opinion: South Dakota study ignores crime victims (July 25, 2008)

"Are American Indians more often victims of crime than members of other ethnic and racial groups? Are most of the offenses committed against them committed by non-Indians, as opposed to members of their own group? Ever since the federal Bureau...

Sheriff accused of negligence in Soboba man's (July 25, 2008)

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department has been hit with a negligence claim over the shooting death of a member of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians. Gordon Davis Arres, 26, was shot by sheriff's deputies on December 28, 2007. Civil...

Soboba water settlement cleared for White House (July 25, 2008)

A bill to settle the water rights of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians is ready for President Bush's signature. H.R.4841, the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act of 2007, ends a 75-year-old lawsuit over water rights in southern...

Jurisdiction dispute flares at Lake Coeur d'Alene (July 25, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2001 affirmed ownership of the southern third of Lake Coeur d'Alene to the Coeur d'Alene Tribe but at least one local official doesn't seem to accept the ruling. Benewah County Commissioner Jack Buell and his...

Yankton Sioux Tribe challenges hog farm water permit (July 25, 2008)

The Yankton Sioux Tribe is asking state and federal officials to review a water permit for a hog farm in Charles Mix County, South Dakota. The tribe opposes the proposed farm, citing impacts on health and the environment. But since...