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Appeals court reverses course on sacred site in Arizona (August 11, 2008)

A lawsuit over a sacred site in Arizona appears to be headed towards the U.S. Supreme Court after tribes and Indian activists lost a major decision on Friday. More than a dozen tribes in the Southwest are suing the Bush...

Boarding school in Phoenix lasted 100 years (August 11, 2008)

For 100 years, through good times and bad, hundreds of students attended the Phoenix Indian School in Arizona. Mary Lomahaftewa, 84, was forbidden from speaking Choctaw at the school. But she said fellow students were able to share their culture...

Indian president in Bolivia survives recall vote (August 11, 2008)

Evo Morales, the first Indian president of Bolivia, survived a recall vote on Sunday with 63.5 percent of the vote. Morales was elected in December 2005, following years of Indian-led protests against the country's former leaders. He has sought...

Santa Fe Indian School still mum on demolition (August 11, 2008)

Santa Fe Indian School demolished 18 historic buildings on its campus in New Mexico but hasn't explained much about it beyond a short statement to the local newspaper. School officials and tribal leaders have refused to discuss the removal...

GOP lawmaker's ad accuses tribes on taxes (August 11, 2008)

A Republican lawmaker is accusing New York tribes of not paying their "fair share in taxes!" in a flier being distributed to voters. Assemblyman David Townsend claims tribes are cheating the state out of "tens of millions of dollars"...

Fire on Colville Reservation threatens homes (August 11, 2008)

A fire on the Colville Reservation in Washington has grown to 35 square miles and is threatening homes and other structures. Nearly 500 firefighters are battling the Columbia River Road Fire. The blaze is about 15 percent contained, a...

Blackeet chief loses election but gains $100K (August 11, 2008)

Voters of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana ousted longtime chairman Earl Old Person in June but his former colleagues -- some of whom were also voted out of office -- agreed to pay him $100,000 to serve as the...

Seniors trust Seminole Tribe to run mobile home park (August 11, 2008)

The elderly residents of a mobile home park in Florida are happy with their new landlords -- the Seminole Tribe. The residents say they trust the tribe to run the Seminole Mobile Estates better than their prior landlord. The tribe...

BIA shuts down jail on Pine Ridge Reservation (August 11, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has shut down a detention facility on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The BIA said the facility was unsafe for human occupation but the Oglala Sioux Tribe wasn't told in advance of the...

Sen. McCain campaigns with Abramoff associate (August 11, 2008)

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the presumptive Republican nominee for president, will campaign with a former associate of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. As chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, McCain investigated Abramoff's bilking of tribes. One name that repeatedly came...

Sen. Obama opens campaign office on Navajo Nation (August 11, 2008)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois), the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, is opening an office on the Navajo Nation. The office will be located in Shiprock, New Mexico. It's the first reservation office for any presidential candidate since the primaries ended....

Editorial: Indian Country owed more than $455.6M (August 11, 2008)

"Finally, a federal judge has come up with a dollar figure in a long-running class action trust case involving 500,000 Native American plaintiffs. While the dispute is not over, the ruling from U.S. District Court Judge James Robertson should serve...

Editorial: More money for Indian law and order (August 11, 2008)

"The police surge on Standing Rock, by all accounts, has been a rousing success. Dozens of police have spent the past two months on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North and South Dakota, responding to a growing lawlessness. More...

Opinion: Restore jurisdiction over non-Indians (August 11, 2008)

"One in three American Indian women will be raped in their lifetimes, statistics gathered by the United States Department of Justice show. But the odds of the crimes against them ever being prosecuted are low, largely because of the...

Yellow Bird: Investing in college students (August 11, 2008)

"Incoming and graduating students are a good investment. Something I’ve learned here in Grand Forks is you meet a lot of UND students, and some become your friends. But UND is a turning wheel, students come and go —...

Jodi Rave: Cobell to appeal $455.6M decision (August 11, 2008)

"Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against the Interior Department, on Friday said lawyers representing thousands of Native landowners will appeal a final ruling issued by a federal judge in a 12-year-long trust fund case. An appeal...

Tim Giago: Tom Daschle for Interior Secretary (August 11, 2008)

After what must seem like ages to most Americans, there are only about 90 days left before the elections. I cast my first vote for President of the United States when I voted for John F. Kennedy 48 years ago....