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Wyandotte casino survives another legal challenge (September 12, 2008)

The 7th Street Casino in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. File Photo © Wyandotte Nation. After more than a decade of litigation, it looks like the out-of-state casino operated by the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma is finally safe. The tribe...

Catawba Nation to open technology center (September 12, 2008)

The Catawba Nation of South Carolina is opening a technology center at its longhouse on the reservation. The center will help tribal members earn their GEDs. It will also provide work-skills training and small business assistance. The center is being...

Nine churches on Pine Ridge Reservation closing (September 12, 2008)

Nine churches on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota are closing due to dwindling attendance. The Episcopal Church of South Dakota will also change the status of two churches to reflect lack of attendance. Five churches will still...

Oneida Nation land-into-trust records at issue (September 12, 2008)

The Interior Department is seeking more time to produce records relating to its decision to acquire 13,000 acres into trust for the Oneida Nation of New York. The records are being requested as part of litigation against the department. Some...

More Americans claims Native heritage on Census (September 12, 2008)

More and more Americans are claiming American Indian or Alaska Native heritage, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As of 2007, 4.5 million Americans claims Native heritage. That's a 10 percent increase from 4.1 million in 2000. "There's less of...

Navajo student on trial for murder in Arizona (September 12, 2008)

Testimony began on Thursday in the first-degree murder trial of Galareka Harrison, a Navajo student accused of killing a fellow Navajo student at University of Arizona. Harrison allegedly stabbed her roommate, Mia Henderson, more than 20 times. Henderson died...

BIA officer was shot during domestic violence call (September 12, 2008)

A Bureau of Indian Affairs officer who was shot on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation was responding to a domestic violence call, U.S. Attorney Marty Jackley said. The officer was shot early Wednesday. Pat Ragsdale of the BIA said...

Inspector General probes Indian royalty collection (September 12, 2008)

The Office of the Inspector General at the Interior Department is investigating royalty collections on Indian lands, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The investigation appears to focus on under-reporting by energy companies. One of the targets is a drilling operation...

Rep. Rahall calls hearing on Interior corruption (September 12, 2008)

Rep. Nick Rahall (D-West Virginia) called a House Natural Resources Committee next Thursday, September 18, to address "a culture of ethical failure" at the Interior Department. The hearing will focus on three reports released by the Office of the Inspector...

Editorial: Support state park at sacred Shiprock Peak (September 12, 2008)

"The idea of protecting and celebrating one of our area's most revered and certainly most recognized landmarks, the Shiprock pinnacle, is a wonderful idea and worthy of doing so by establishing it as a state park. Such action would...

Candidate resigns for 1990 comments on Mohawks (September 12, 2008)

A political candidate in Quebec dropped out of the Liberal Party campaign after his comments about the 1990 Oka Crisis resurfaced. As a host of a radio show, Simon Bédard called on Canadian soldiers to kill Mohawk warriors who were...

Cherokee Nation partners with Oklahoma State (September 12, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation signed a partnership with Oklahoma State University to offer a distance-learning program. Tribal employees will be able to earn a master's degree in hospitality administration. Five employees are already enrolled in the program. The partnership is a...

Navajo Nation Council fails on tobacco override (September 12, 2008)

The Navajo Nation Council fell 18 votes short of overriding a veto on a bill to ban tobacco use in public places. The council needed 59 votes to override President Joe Shirley Jr.'s veto. But only 41 delegates were in...

Former Bush lawyer paid $200K for land-into-trust case (September 12, 2008)

Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri (R) ended the fiscal year with a budget deficit, in part due to his decision to spend $200,000 on a land-into-trust case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Carcieri hired Theodore B. Olson, the former Solicitor...

Editorial: Still no justice after Abramoff scandal (September 12, 2008)

"The Republican lobbyist and the center of the decade's most notorious political corruption case was sentenced last week. Jack Abramoff got four years as punishment for his conviction in federal court. More than a dozen public officials and lobbyists have...

Column: San Manuel Band celebrates milestone (September 12, 2008)

"The long-awaited opening of the San Manuel tribe's four-story Hampton Inn and Suites in Highland was a major cause for celebration this week. Plans for the retail, office and hotel complex had been in the works since 2001, and...

Former McCain staffers turn into tribal lobbyists (September 12, 2008)

At least 16 former staffers to Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) have left Capitol Hill to become lobbyists, a practice he has criticized. Eric Eberhard and Steven Heeley left the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to represent tribes, The Politico reports. Heeley's...

Jewish Daily Forward: Abramoff attempts makeover (September 12, 2008)

"As he serves time in federal prison, a picture is emerging in court documents and in a newly published book of a repentant Jack Abramoff, who is embracing the Jewish notion of “Teshuva” and turning his back on the days...

Editorial: 'Anything goes' at Interior Department (September 12, 2008)

"It seemed inevitable that bad things would happen when President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney packed the top posts at the Department of the Interior with lobbyists who had spent their careers representing the very industries they were now...