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Navajo man chairs community relations commissionn (September 15, 2008)

David John, a member of the Navajo Nation, is chair of the Community Relations Commission in Farmington, New Mexico. John, 58, has owned a business in Farmington for more than 30 years. He hopes the commission can encourage more respect...

Kevin Washburn: Constitutional myths about Indians (September 15, 2008)

Kevin K. Washburn, a member of the Chickasaw Nation and professor law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, contributes to an article about constitutional myths. "The U.S. Constitution grants Congress and the president authority over...

Column: Level the playing field with Seneca Nation (September 15, 2008)

"There’s a meeting set for Monday night in downtown Niagara Falls that centers on the future of downtown Niagara Falls. It’s being organized by One Niagara building owner Frank Parlato and held in that building at the U.S. end of...

Men with 'Soboba' tattoos accused of robbery (September 15, 2008)

Two members of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians are wanted for an armed home invasion off the reservation. Brandishing handguns, David Neil Morreo, 34, and Thomas Charles Durnin, 19, allegedly threatened a woman and took some items from the...

Wealth Bulletin: On the lookout for big tribal money (September 15, 2008)

"After centuries of being marginalised, Native American tribes are being wooed by advisers attracted by money they make from gaming and other activities. The Florida-based Seminole tribe’s $965m (€683m) acquisition of Hard Rock Cafe from UK leisure business Rank Group...

Blog: Interior received award for ethics manual (September 15, 2008)

"Oh, the irony. Just before the Department of Interior's inspector general released reports that laid bare the oil-and-sex scandal in the department's oil royalties office this week, Interior won an annual award from the federal Office of Government Ethics, The...

Editorial: A lot of cleaning to do in Washington (September 15, 2008)

"Republican presidential candidate John McCain denounces "the broken system in Washington that too often allows lobbyists to write legislation and members of Congress to waste taxpayer money." And Democratic candidate Barack Obama condemns "the pettiness and the game-playing and the...

Minnesota tribes to be represented at stadium (September 15, 2008)

The design for a tribal plaza at the University of Minnesota's new football stadium is being unveiled today. The Minnesota Tribal Nations Plaza will represent the 11 federally recognized tribes in the state. Each tribe's flag, crest and information will...

Virginia tribal recognition bill up for Senate hearing (September 15, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing September 25 on a bill to recognize six Virginia tribes, The Washington Times reports. The hearing on the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act comes a day...

Congressional Black Caucus to discuss Freedmen (September 15, 2008)

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation is scheduled to hold a panel on Freedmen issues at its upcoming conference in Washington, .D.C. The panel is due to take place at 1pm on Friday, September 26. A similar discussion took place last...

Senate hearing on Indian Country declination (September 15, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing this Thursday, September 18, to examine federal declinations to prosecute crimes in Indian Country. According to committee members, U.S. Attorneys have declined to prosecute 62 percent of cases on reservations....

House Resources hearing on Interior investigation (September 15, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing this Thursday, September 18, on the recent reports issued by the Office of the Inspector General at the Interior Department. The reports cited a "a culture of ethical failure" at the...

BIA to rule on UKB land-into-trust application (September 15, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will be ruling on an appeal of the United Keetoowah Band's land-into-trust application. The tribe asked for 76 acres in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, to be placed in trust more than two years ago. BIA regional director...

Travel: Monument Valley National Tribal Park (September 15, 2008)

"A woman in a blue country dress and a white apron stares from the porch of a simple ranch house. She spies a lone rider framed by two distant, towering buttes, moving slowly across sage brush, sand and scrub....

Osage Nation's newspaper faces funding cut (September 15, 2008)

The newspaper owned by the Osage Nation could lose tribal funds if lawmakers have their way. Lawmakers want the Osage News to be free of Chief Jim Gray's control. They say Gray has not implemented the tribe's Independent Press Act....

Alaska Native named public safety commissioner (September 15, 2008)

After firing the first Alaska Native to hold the job, Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has named another Native as the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. Joseph Masters, a shareholder in the Bering Straits Native Corp., has a...

Yellow Bird: Race a poisonous role in the election (September 15, 2008)

"Is America ready to elect a black president? As the election moves forward, doubts fill my mind and tug at my heart because I wonder how much influence race will have on the election. In the sanctuary of the...

Editorial: Sex, drugs and lost royalties at Interior (September 15, 2008)

"What a surprise, this news that the oil industry cronies that the Bush White House hand-picked to run the Interior agency, charged with collecting oil and natural gas royalties, partied long and hard with the companies they were supposed to...

Tim Giago: Still undecided, despite all the hate mail (September 15, 2008)

What is it about the word “undecided” that self-professed liberals find so hard to understand? Although the word cannot be found in my Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, which is probably obsolete by now, I think it means that I...