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Tribes still feel victimized by Abramoff long after scandal (September 5, 2008)

Delores Jackson, former council member for Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan, after Jack Abramoff's sentencing in Washington, D.C. Indian Country is still suffering from the effects of the Jack Abramoff scandal, more than four years after it became national...

Police cite 'suspects' in death of Pechanga leader (September 5, 2008)

Gabriel Pico, a leader of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, fell to the ground and lost consciousness during an altercation at a strip club in Denver, Colorado, The Rocky Mountain News reports. The paper quotes a police report that...

Yakama Nation sues over tobacco compact (September 5, 2008)

The Yakama Nation filed a lawsuit against the state of Washington over the tribe's canceled tobacco compact. The tribe and retailers on the reservation want a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order against the state. That would prevent...

Editorial: Wellness center good for Navajo youth (September 5, 2008)

"The state of health care for American Indians can be described as alarming at best. An Associated Press article back in March reported that health problems such as obesity and diabetes continue to plague the American Indian community, while access...

Duwamish recognition opposed by Muckleshoots (September 5, 2008)

The Muckleshoot Tribe of Washington is seeking to join a federal recognition lawsuit filed by the Duwamish Tribe. But the Muckleshoots aren't supporting their cousins. Instead, they say the Bureau of Indian Affairs was right to reject the Duwamish...

Linda Grover: Family proud to be 'redneck' Indians (September 5, 2008)

"Until he retired a few years ago, my father earned a living and supported a wife and 14 children as a house painter and small contractor. Before that he worked as a dish washer, a forest firefighter, snow shoveler,...

Ex-financial adviser denies cheating Ute Tribe (September 5, 2008)

John Jurrius denies cheating his former client, the Ute Tribe of Utah, out of millions of dollars. Jurrius used to advise the tribe on financial matters and energy development. He was paid well for his efforts and enjoyed a...

Nighthorse Campbell snubbed by RNC planners (September 5, 2008)

Former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell was unable to attend the Republican National Convention because planners failed to contact him in time, Indian Country Today reports. Campbell, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, said he was only...

Column: More trust needed between Natives, police (September 5, 2008)

"This year has been particularly difficult for Saskatchewan's aboriginal people and police services. There have been eight individuals shot this year by police, with five fatalities and three shootings resulting in serious injuries This is not a simple issue that...

Eight Native people shot by police in Canada (September 5, 2008)

Eight Native people have been shot by police in the last 10 months in Canada, pointing to the need for a public inquiry, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations said on Thursday. Five of the shooting incidents were fatal....

Search of reserve fails to turn up missing inmates (September 5, 2008)

A search of the Frog Lake First Nation in Alberta failed to turn up any sign of four Native inmates who escaped from a prison in Saskatchewan on August 24. The search lasted 10 hours on Wednesday before being...

Steve Russell: Being indigenous good for the fakers (September 5, 2008)

"For some reason, lots of folks have decided it's a good day to be indigenous. Now, I've got no problem with Prof. [Raymond] Pierotti writing about traditional ecological knowledge. But like every other scholar, he needs to cite his sources,...

Charles Trimble: Indian Country must take control (September 5, 2008)

" It does Indian country no good to have the answers to our economic problems over-simplified as only a lack of government assistance or legislated incentives. And it doesn't do us any good to blame others - our federal trustee...

Abramoff sentenced for defrauding tribes (September 5, 2008)

Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to 48 months in prison for a conspiracy to defraud tribal clients, bribe a member of Congress and evade federal taxes. Judge Ellen S. Huvelle acknowledged Abramoff's extensive cooperation with an ongoing corruption inquiry....

Judge certifies appeal of Cobell accounting decision (September 5, 2008)

Judge James Robertson issued a final order in Cobell v. Kempthorne on Thursday to allow an both sides of the case to appeal. The plaintiffs will challenge the amount that Robertson said they are owed -- $455.6 million -- for...

10th Circuit rules in Navajo trust accounting case (September 5, 2008)

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed the right of members of the Navajo Nation to seek an accounting of their trust funds. The state of Utah manages oil and gas royalties for Navajos who live in San...

McCain cites tribes in GOP acceptance speech (September 5, 2008)

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) accepted his party's presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention on Thursday. McCain cited his record as an opponent of corruption in his speech at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. "I've fought...

Blog: Some tribes not really Abramoff victims (September 5, 2008)

"Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff is off to the hoosegow for another four years after a judge sentenced him today for his role in the tribes-and-bribes scandal. In 2006, you'll recall, Abramoff and his cohort Michael Scanlon pleaded guilty to crimes...

Turtle Talk: Review of pending Supreme Court cases (September 5, 2008)

"On September 29, 2008, the Supreme Court will convene for what is known as the long conference. Here is where the Court meets privately to make decisions on the summer backlog of cert petitions. There are EIGHT Indian law-related cert...