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9th Circuit issues rulings on sacred site, compacts (August 8, 2008)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today released two rulings in Indian cases. In Navajo Nation v. US Forest Service, an en banc panel of the court ruled that the U.S. Forest Service did not violate the religious rights of...

Cobell decision close to low figure cited by government (August 8, 2008)

Holding true to his promise to resolve the long-running Cobell case, a federal judge on Thursday said Indian beneficiaries are only owed $455.6 million for the historical mismanagement of their trust funds. Judge James Robertson hinted at a low figure...

Tule River students learn boat making tradition (August 8, 2008)

The Tule River Tribe of California is passing on one of its oldest traditions to a new generation. Students in the tribe's summer education program are learning how to make tule reed boats. The tribe depended on the small...

Auburn Rancheria reaches deal to purchase land (August 8, 2008)

The United Auburn Indian Community of California has agreed to buy 65 acres from a developer. The tribe will buy the land from Clover Valley Partners, which has proposed a controversial housing project that is the subject of litigation....

Soboba Band forum on Public Law 280 on Monday (August 8, 2008)

The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians is hosting a forum on Public Law 280 on Monday. The tribe called the forum after clashing with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The tribe and the sheriff don't agree about the extend of...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe lacks building permit (August 8, 2008)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe has yet to obtain a building permit for a structure that was at the center of a major sovereignty case. The tribe built a small shed and pier in the town of Aquinnah without obtaining a...

Editorial: Return peyote to Utah 'medicine man' (August 8, 2008)

"Federal authorities ought to return peyote that was seized from an American Indian church in Utah County and stop trying to deliver their own brand of justice outside the court system. James Flaming Eagle Mooney contends that the 15,000 peyote...

Witness says fake tribe pulled in $30K a day (August 8, 2008)

A fake tribe in Kansas that sold "memberships" to immigrants was pulling in $30,000 a day, a former employee testified in court on Thursday. Eduviges del Carmen-Zamora worked for the Kaweah Indian Nation and its self-proclaimed leader Malcolm Webber. She...

Report cites poor conditions at BIA detention centers (August 8, 2008)

A report that the Bush administration commissioned but is refusing to endorse cites poor conditions at Bureau of Indian Affairs detention facilities. Shubnum assessed conditions at 39 out of 84 jails across Indian Country. The visits confirmed overcrowding, understaffing and...

Crow Tribe strikes $7B coal development deal (August 8, 2008)

The Crow Tribec of Montana has struck a $7 billion coal development deal with an Australian company. The tribe will host a unique plant that will convert coal into liquid fuel. Only one other commercial site exists in the world....

Linda Grover: Onishishin -- It's all good in Ojibwe (August 8, 2008)

"The Ojibwe word “Onishishin” is a lovely and reassuring. It translates, literally, into English as “that’s pretty,” but has meaning and implication far beyond the literal. I believe this is due to differences between Ojibwe and majority American cultures,...

Navajo president vetoes ban on public smoking (August 8, 2008)

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. vetoed legislation that banned tobacco use in public places. Shirley called the ban too broad. He said it failed to address religious concerns and underage drinking and said it would have hurt revenues at...

Cherokee Nation to renovate Supreme Court building (August 8, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is starting a project to renovate the historic building that once house the tribe's highest court. The Cherokee National Supreme Court was built in 1844, just a few years after the tribe was forcibly...

Pueblo brothers open restaurant in Arizona (August 8, 2008)

Two brothers from Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico hope their family recipes will lure diners to their new eatery in Mesa, Arizona. Otis and Nick Lara just opened Cafe Laguna with Otis' wife, Carla. The restaurant can seat up to...

Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame to honor tribes (August 8, 2008)

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will recognize the achievements of tribal artists and musicians. this year. The singers of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes will be inducted into the American Indian Tribal Music Traditions category. The singers are some...

Winnebago Tribe hosts Senate candidate on reservation (August 8, 2008)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska hosted Democratic Senate candidate Scott Kleeb on Thursday. Tribal leaders and members said one of their biggest issues is access. They want to be able to talk to their politicians and get a response, citing...

Opinion: Arctic drilling not worth the cost (August 8, 2008)

"Politicians speak about the Arctic and Alaska in the abstract. Some venture to say that it is a place devoid of life. I know this not to be so. In fact, for thousands of years, the Coastal Plain of the...

Editorial: It's time to recognize Chinook Nation (August 8, 2008)

"Years of behind-the-scenes work came to partial fruition last week with U.S. Rep. Brian Baird's announcement that he has lined up congressional support for formally recognizing the Chinook Indian Tribe. It defies belief that this profoundly significant tribe has long...