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Alaska Natives open cultural and visitors center (August 13, 2008)

The $27 million Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, was dedicated on Tuesday. The center is named for Morris Thompson, an elder from Tanana who died in 2000. He was praised as a leader who built...

Soboba Band seeks state certification for officers (August 13, 2008)

The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians will seek state certification for its eight tribal security officers. Certification from California Police Officer Standards and Training would enable the tribal officers to enforce state law on the reservation. That could alleviate...

Miccosukee Tribe supports Everglades project (August 13, 2008)

The Miccosukee Tribe asked a federal judge to force the state of Florida to restart a water project in the Everglades. The tribe says the reservoir will protect its homeland. But state officials and some environmental groups are willing to...

New Mexico lawmakers discuss fake Indian art (August 13, 2008)

The New Mexico Legislature's Indian Affairs Committee made a field visit to Gallup to learn more about fake Indian arts and crafts. The federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act requires goods that are marketed as Indian to be produced by...

Senate hopeful Franken to campaign at powwow (August 13, 2008)

U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken, a Democrat, will campaign on the Red Lake Nation in northern Minnesota on Friday. Franken, a well-known comedian, plans to attend the Red Lake Fair and Powwow. He will observe the grand entry and address...

Dairy farm holds forum on Yakama Reservation (August 13, 2008)

A family that wants to open a dairy farm on the Yakama Reservation in Washington is hosting a public forum on Thursday night to explain the operation. Dairy is controversial among tribal and non-tribal members. They say the farms pollute...

California tribes oppose fire crews at sacred site (August 13, 2008)

Tribes in northern California don't want fire crews trampling on sacred sites and fishing grounds in the Six Rivers National Forest. The Karuk Tribe, the Yurok Tribe and the Tolowa Tribe say federal officials should let the 9,400-acre Blue 2...

Colville Tribes offer $90K reward in arson case (August 13, 2008)

A $90,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the people responsible for a large fire on the Colville Reservation in Washington. Tribal officials believe someone deliberately set the Columbia River Road Fire on August 12. The fire...

Indian primary winner faces familiar rival (August 13, 2008)

Incumbent South Dakota state Sen. Theresa Two Bulls, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, survived a Democratic primary challenge in June but now faces the man she defeated in the November general election. Two Bulls, who is supported by...

Three from Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe shot (August 13, 2008)

A man is in custody in connection with the shootings of three members of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe of Washington. The shootings allegedly occurred at a home on the reservation on Sunday night. The assailant fled the scene and...

Editoral: Bush undermines Endangered Species Act (August 13, 2008)

"The Bush administration has never masked its distaste for most environmental laws or its ambitions to thwart Congress’s will. Now in its waning months, it is trying to undermine the Endangered Species Act. This week, the interior secretary, Dirk Kempthorne,...

Comanche Nation signs tobacco compact (August 13, 2008)

The Comanche Nation signed a new tobacco compact with the state of Oklahoma with a lower tax rate than other tribal agreements. The tribe will be able to sell cigarettes with a 51.5-cent tax stamp, or half of the...

Oglala Sioux police officers walk off the job (August 13, 2008)

Police officers for the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota walked off the job on Tuesday, The Rapid City Journal reports. The officers are protesting their assignments and the continued employment of Joe Herman as chief of police and Milton...

Hazel Brown, oldest Otoe-Missouria, dies at 103 (August 13, 2008)

Hazel Frances Barnes Brown, who was believed to be the oldest member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma, died on July 27. She was 103. Brown was born in Nebraska in 1904. Along with her siblings, she was placed in...

No charges for illegal hirings at Justice Department (August 13, 2008)

U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey said the Department of Justice won't file charges against former officials who broke the law by basing hiring decisions on illegal factors. Two investigations determined that aides to former attorney general Alberto Gonzales hired...

McCain urged to kill fundraiser with Abramoff figure (August 13, 2008)

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the presumptive Republican nominee for president, is being urged to cancel a fundraiser that is being hosted by an associate of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Three watchdog group say McCain should not appear with Ralph Reed,...

Good behavior earns ex-lawmaker early release (August 13, 2008)

A Republican Congressman who was indicted in connection with the Jack Abramoff scandal is being released from federal custody after serving about half of his prison sentence. Good behavior and participation in a drug and alcohol program earned early...

Cobell to appeal $455.6M ruling 'as soon as possible' (August 13, 2008)

Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, said an appeal of a $455.6 million restitution judgment will be filed "as soon as possible" during an appearance on Democracy Now. "The opinion is both profoundly disappointing and...

Jodi Rave: Interior can't find owners of $73M (August 13, 2008)

"The Interior Department owes tens of millions of dollars to tens of thousands of Native people - but it doesn't know where to send the checks. Nearly $73 million sits in a U.S. Treasury account waiting to be claimed by...