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Howard Dean slams McCain for treatment of Cobell (August 26, 2008)

Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, criticized Sen. John McCain 's (R-Arizona) for his treatment of Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit. During a June 26, 2005, hearing before the Senate Indian...

Review finds BIA doesn't always follow driver policy (August 26, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs does not consistently follow its employee driver policy even after paying $4 million in a high-profile drunk driving controversy, according to a recent audit. In January 2002, two elderly couples were killed in New Mexico...

Editorial: Improvement needed in Indian education (August 26, 2008)

"The New Mexico Department of Education is winning half the battle: More American Indian students are enrolling in college. But they're not staying for the long haul. That's part of the battle we cannot afford to lose. According to an...

Six Native inmates escaped prison in Saskatchewan (August 26, 2008)

Six Native inmates escaped from a prison in Saskatchewan on Sunday. The men were being held at the Regina Correctional Centre. One inmate has since been captured but the five others, some of whom were charged with violent crimes,...

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe opposes tobacco tax bill (August 26, 2008)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is joining the fight against a tobacco tax bill in New York. The tribe says the bill will hurt the economy in northern New York. Tribal leaders said tobacco sales generate more than $2 million...

Jodi Rave: UTTC president to address convention (August 26, 2008)

"Educator David Gipp, the only Native person scheduled to address delegates at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, plans to share a few ideas on how the White House can renew its promise of a better life for all Americans....

Arrest made in one of murders on Alberta reserve (August 26, 2008)

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested a man in connection with one of the recent murders on the Samson Cree Nation in Alberta. A tip led to the arrest of Darrell Ernest Baptiste, 19, in Edmonton on Monday. It's not...

Native Democrats tie Abramoff to McCain campaign (August 26, 2008)

The Native American Caucus at the Democratic National Convention is slamming Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) for associating with one of Jack Abramoff's "Republican cohorts," Indian Country Today reports. Members of the caucus are drafting a resolution that calls on McCain...

Havasupai Tribe seeks help after flooding (August 26, 2008)

The Havasupai Tribe of Arizona is seeking financial donations after recent flooding in the Grand Canyon. The tribe didn't see any injuries or lose any structures. But the flood has destroyed the tribe's economy, which depends heavily on tourists. Damage...

Barona Band drops support for trespassing bill (August 26, 2008)

The Barona Band of Mission Indians has dropped its support of a bill that critics said would allow tribes to punish disenrolled California Indians. SB 331 would have imposed fines and penalties on people who trespass on reservations. Tribe said...

Ex-employee claims retaliation by Viejas Band (August 26, 2008)

In a case testing sovereign immunity, a former employee of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians said he was fired after he complained about a tribal elder. Jamal Kanj served as director of public works for the southern California tribe....

Three injured by propane fire at Pequot powwow (August 26, 2008)

Three people were injured when a propane tank ignited at Schemitzun, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation's annual powwow. One 56-year-man suffered burns to 25 percent of his body. He remains in the hospital in fair condition. Two others were treated...

Mohegan man uninjured after rescue from river (August 26, 2008)

A 76-year-old member of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut escaped injury after falling into the Thames River on Monday. Donald Tantaquidgeon was transporting his boat when he fell into the river. Authorities said the Navy veteran remained calm throughout the...

Coeur d’Alene Tribe funds popular bus service (August 26, 2008)

With gas prices at record highs, commuters are flocking the first tribal-county public transportation project in Idaho. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe started the service in 2004 to help members get around Kootenai County. Local governments have since joined forces with...

Oklahoma tribes bless new arena in Tulsa (August 26, 2008)

Representatives of four Oklahoma tribes blessed the city of Tulsa's new arena. The Osage Nation, the Muscogee Nation, the Cherokee Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe took part in the ceremony on Monday. They prayed to ensure the success of...

Kalyn Free excited to attend Democratic convention (August 26, 2008)

Kalyn Free, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is one of the more than 140 Native American delegates attending the Democratic National Convention this week. Free praised the opening day speeches by Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and...

Stone Age Doc: Modern diet hurts Pima people (August 26, 2008)

"The Pima tribe is working with U.S. Public Health Service scientists hoping to learn why this population is not only the most obese on the planet but has a rate of type 2 diabetes that is six times as high...

NBA coach urges end to 'Fighting Sioux' nick (August 26, 2008)

Former NBA coach Phil Jackson urged his alma mater, the University of North Dakota, to get rid of its controversial "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. Jackson, who was a star basketball player at UND, said his Lakota friends urged...

Arrests for 2001 murders of Turtle Mountain men (August 26, 2008)

Two men have been charged in connection with the seven-year-old murders of two members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota. Robert Belgarde, 40, and his 19-year-old son, Damien, were killed in Grand Forks on September...

Rita Keshena, Menominee chief justice, dies at 87 (August 26, 2008)

Rita Keshena, the chief justice of the Menominee Nation court, died on Sunday. She was 87. Keshena was a tribal member. She entered the law field at age 57 to help her tribe. "She was a strong voice for the...

Quapaw chair on historic preservation council (August 26, 2008)

John Berrey, the chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, has been named to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Berrey was appointed by President Bush for a four-year term on the ACHP. He said he will bring a Native...