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Lac du Flambeau Band weighs use of former plant site (August 5, 2008)

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is weighing development of a former plant site in Elgin, Illinois. The tribe bought the six-acre site in 1985. It was home to an electric supply company that has since...

Sen. Stevens wants coruption trial moved to Alaska (August 5, 2008)

Facing the legal and political fight of his career, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) wants to be tried in Alaska, not Washington, D.C. Stevens is charged with seven counts of making false statements. Federal prosecutors allege he failed to disclose...

Food a highlight of Cherokee, Choctaw holidays (August 5, 2008)

Food is always on the menu as the Cherokee Nation and the Choctaw Nation celebrate their national holidays. Whether it's kanuchi, a Cherokee hickory nut soup, or tash-labona, a Choctaw corn dish, tribal members say it's important to preserve...

Abramoff associate avoids time in halfway house (August 5, 2008)

Italia Federici, an associate of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, won't have to report to a halfway house as part of her sentence. Federici was supposed to spend 60 days in a halfway house for pleading guilty to tax evasion...

Leader of fake tribe on trial for immigration scam (August 5, 2008)

The leader of a fake tribe in Kansas is being tried today in connection with a scam that promised U.S. citizenship to immigrants. Malcolm Webber, also known as Grand Chief Thunderbird IV, leads a group called the Kaweah Indian...

Senate panel holds field hearing at Standing Rock (August 5, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a field hearing on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Monday. The reservation straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border and saw a spike in violent crime in the past year. The Bureau of Indian...

Large Pine Ridge family finds temporary home (August 5, 2008)

A large family from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota has found a temporary home. The 15 members of the Fast Wolf family lost their "Rez Mansion" in a fire on June 29. Everyone lost all of their belongings...

Navajo president vetoes purchase of Gallup hotel (August 5, 2008)

Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. vetoed legislation to authorize the purchase of a hotel in Gallup, New Mexico. Shirley said the $6.6 million of the Inn of Gallup was a high risk. He said the facility would require $2.6...

County sheriff won't attend Soboba Band forum (August 5, 2008)

The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians is hosting a forum on August 11 to discuss Public Law 280 but one key local law enforcement official won't be there. Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff said he already understands the law....

Judge chastises owner of reservation trailer park (August 5, 2008)

A federal judge warned the owner of a trailer park on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in California to improve conditions at the troubled facility or face a trial. Judge Stephen Larson set a tentative trial on December...

Native games draw 4,500 athletes to Canada (August 5, 2008)

The 2008 North American Indigenous Games opened on Sunday. The games are being hosted by the Cowichan Tribes in British Columbia. More than 4,500 athletes, representing 23 teams, are competing in more than a dozen events, including basketball, lacrosse and...

Interview: Mark Trahant on presidential race (August 5, 2008)

News From Indian Country interviews Mark Trahant, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho, about the 2008 presidential election. Trahant, the editorial page editor for The Seattle Post Intelligencer, said tribal members have played key roles in the...

Fort Mojave teens take part in Longest Walk 2 (August 5, 2008)

The teen council of the Fort Mojave Tribe Fort Mojave Tribe took part in the recently-concluded Longest Walk 2. Seven teens, ages 13-17, marched in Washington, D.C., with other participants. They traveled to the U.S. Capitol, where they delivered a...

Native man killed in police shooting in Manitoba (August 5, 2008)

A 26-year-old man from the Wasagamack First Nation was shot and killed by a police officer in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Police say Craig McDougall was armed with a knife when he was shot early Saturday morning. The incident is under...

Aurelius Piper, Paugussett chief, dies at 92 (August 5, 2008)

Aurelius H. Piper Sr., the longtime chief of the Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe of Connecticut, died on Sunday. He was 92. Piper led the tribe's fight to gain federal recognition. After several appeals during the Clinton and Bush administrations, the...

Winnebago Yankee to undergo tests on shoulder (August 5, 2008)

Joba Chamberlain, a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska who plays for the New York Yankees, will undergo tests on his shoulder. Chamberlain, 22, injured his shoulder during a game last night. He had to leave during the...

McCain and Obama differ on use of oil reserves (August 5, 2008)

With gas prices at record highs, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) are battling over their energy plans. McCain supports more drilling, including in off-shore areas that are sensitive to Alaska Natives. "We have to drill...