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Freedmen dispute continues despite court decision (July 30, 2008)

A decision by a federal appeals court in the Cherokee Freedmen controversy resulted in little change from both sides of the dispute on Tuesday. The Cherokee Nation repeated its position to "let the courts decide" even after the D.C. Circuit...

Oklahoma man convicted of assaulting children (July 30, 2008)

A federal jury found an Oklahoma man guilty of sexually assaulting three children in Indian Country. Kimberly Chancellor, 42, was convicted of three charges of assaulting an 11-year-old in 2003 and a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl in 2007....

Navajo Nation Council passes public smoking ban (July 30, 2008)

The Navajo Nation Council voted 42-27 on Friday to ban tobacco use in public places. The ban applies to smoking and chewing tobacco throughout the Navajo Nation. An exception allows ceremonial tobacco usage. The tribe's gaming enterprise opposed the bill...

More than 60 caribou carcasses discarded in Alaska (July 30, 2008)

More than 60 unharvested caribou carcasses were discarded near Inupiat Eskimo villages in northwest Alaska this month. State authorities have been investigating the incident but they say residents of Point Hope and Kivalina are not cooperating. Five suspects from...

Yellow Bird: On UNITY, Amtrak and North Dakota (July 30, 2008)

"We may have complaints about North Dakota’s weather, but there are few complaints about the people who live here. I say this because I traveled outside our area and found people’s interests and manners are different from those in...

Fire destroys foster home on Pine Ridge Reservation (July 30, 2008)

A large foster home on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota was destroyed by fire on Tuesday night. Verden Fast Wolf and his wife, Mary, took care of 15 foster children in the home. No one was injured but...

Santa Fe Indian School demolishes buildings (July 30, 2008)

The Santa Fe Indian School continues to demolish historic buildings on its New Mexico campus. The school is part of the Bureau of Indian Education system but is run by the 19 Pueblo tribes in the state. The campus...

New Mexico adopts Navajo language textbook (July 30, 2008)

The state of New Mexico is the first in the nation to adopt a Navajo language textbook. Starting in the fall of 2009, students at 10 public school districts and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools will use the book "Dine...

Indian bishop changes story about Gallup injuries (July 30, 2008)

Donald Pelotte, who was the first American Indian bishop of the Catholic Church, now admits that injuries he sustained at his former home in Gallup, New Mexico, weren't accidental. Newly released photographs show a severely injured Pelotte on a hospital...

Indian inmate settles religious rights lawsuit (July 30, 2008)

A member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming has settled his religious rights lawsuit. Andrew John Yellowbear is serving a life sentence in state prison for the beating death of his 22-month-old daughter. He claims corrections officials denied him...

Both sides claim victory in Freedmen case (July 30, 2008)

TheCherokee Nation, of Oklahoma and the Cherokee Freedmen both declared victory after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling on Tuesday in the controversial case. The tribe declared that the court dismissed the Freedmen's lawsuit. Chief Chad Smith...

More woes for GOP with Sen. Stevens indictment (July 30, 2008)

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, may not be there much longer after being indicted on corruption charges on Tuesday. Stevens, the former chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee , is one of the most...

Judge backs Miccosukee Tribe in Everglades suit (July 30, 2008)

A federal judge slammed the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Florida for failing to protect the Everglades from pollution. The Miccosukee Tribe and Friends of the Everglades sued to block a state law that postponed a new...

San Manuel Band donates $100K to food bank (July 30, 2008)

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians donated $100,00 to a food bank in southern California. Second Harvest Food Bank provides food to needy people in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The tribe's donation is worth $2.5 million in food,...

Bill provides $527M to settle Crow water rights (July 30, 2008)

A bill to settle the water rights of the Crow Tribe of Montana was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday. S.3355, the Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act, provides $527 million to improve water systems on the reservation. It ensures...

Opinion: Indians and constitutional rights (July 30, 2008)

"On Thursday, June 12, 2008 Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper presented Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine with a statement of apology expressing regret for the forced placement of 150,000 aboriginal children into residential church schools from the...

House resolution offers apology for slavery (July 30, 2008)

By a voice vote, the House passed a resolution that apologizes for the enslavement and racial segregation of African-Americans. H.Res.194 states that African salves were "brutalized, humiliated, dehumanized, and subjected to the indignity of being stripped of their names and...