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Gov. Palin attacks Alaska Native official's work (September 16, 2008)

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is accusing the state's former public safety commissioner of "outright insubordination" for allegedly lobbying against her budget choices. In July, Palin abruptly fired Walt Monegan, the first Alaska Native to hold the job. She refused...

Cobell: Judge gives Interior a pass on trust duties (September 16, 2008)

"Until now there have been nine appeals of the class-action lawsuit I filed 12 years ago with four other Native Americans over the government's admitted mismanagement of the Indian Trust. All nine appeals were filed by the government, anxious to...

Kempthorne to testify at hearing on DOI scandal (September 16, 2008)

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne will testify at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on Thursday. The hearing will address three Office of the Inspector General at the Interior Department that uncovered extremely close relationships between government regulators and oil companies....

Freedmen descendants to protest at BIA office (September 16, 2008)

Freedmen descendants and their supporters will protest outside the Bureau of Indian Affairs office in Muskogee, Oklahoma, on Friday. The BIA office cut funds to the Seminole Nation when tribal members tried to deny citizenship to the Freedmen. Similar measures...

Southern Ute chairman praises Sen. Obama (September 16, 2008)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) is "willing to go outside the box," the chairman of the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado said. Clement Frost attended Obama's speech in Pueblo yesterday. He said he was impressed by the Democratic presidential nominee. "It...

Standoff at reserve fails to turn up escaped inmate (September 16, 2008)

A police standoff at the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba failed to result in the capture of a Native inmate who escaped from prison nearly a month ago. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police forced the evacuation of an apartment...

Turtle Mountain Band to open sex offender office (September 16, 2008)

The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota will use a $207,000 Department of Justice grant to open a sex offender registration office. Tribes and states have to keep track of sex offenders under the Adam Walsh Act....

Chippewa Cree Tribe stages annual diabetes walk (September 16, 2008)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana kicks off its fourth annual diabetes walk today. Tribal members, leaders and students will walk 32 miles around the Rocky Boy Reservation to promote diabetes awareness and prevention. The walk ends tomorrow. The tribe...

Cultural Survival: Rosebud Sioux Tribe taps wind (September 16, 2008)

"Around the world indigenous peoples are suffering enormous hardship from climate change, but in the western United States, some Native American tribes are seeing climate change as an opportunity for economic self-sufficiency. Consider the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Reservation in...

Markers for Potawatomi Trail of Death sought in Indiana (September 16, 2008)

A Potawatomi woman wants a county in Indiana to recognize the Potawatomi Trail of Death. In September 1863, more than 850 Potawatomi ancestors in Indiana were marched out of the state at gunpoint. They were forced to walk 660 miles...

Remains of 600 Indians back in West Virginia (September 16, 2008)

Officials in West Virginia plan to rebury the remains of 600 Indian people that were the subject of a long-running Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act dispute. The remains were unearthed at an Indian village in Putnam County that...

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe reburies ancestors (September 16, 2008)

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington began reburying 300 ancestors on Monday. The remains were uncovered during a state construction project in 2004. Controversy led the state to drop the $70 million project. The tribe is reburying the...

Historic Delaware school in Oklahoma demolished (September 16, 2008)

A school that was built for youth of the Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma has been demolished. Limestone Elementary School in Bartlesville was built in 1939. It was a one-room tribal school house that eventually became part of the public...

Cherokee Nation claims exclusive jurisdiction (September 16, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation says it's the only tribe with jurisdiction over Cherokee treaty lands in northeastern Oklahoma. But a land-into-trust application by United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians could change that. Approval of the application would establish UKB jurisdiction in...

Rumsey Band settles lawsuit against ex-attorney (September 16, 2008)

The Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians of California settled a lawsuit against Howard Dickstein, the tribe's former attorney. The tribe had accused Dickstein of mishandling millions of dollars. Also named in the lawsuit was the tribe's former financial adviser. The...

Natives accounted for 1.3 percent of arrests (September 16, 2008)

American Indians and Alaska Natives accounted for 1.3 percent of arrests in cities and urban areas in 2007, the FBI reported on Monday. Based on data from over 8,600 agencies, 108,271 Native Americans were arrested last year. That figure includes...

Judge rejects Yellowstone snowmobile plan (September 16, 2008)

The Bush administration's plan to allow more snowmobiles in national parks was rejected by a federal judge on Monday. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said the National Park Service failed to consider the environmental impacts of expanded snowmobile use in Yellowstone...

House passes bill to study Tule River Tribe reservoir (September 16, 2008)

The House passed H.R.2535, the Tule River Tribe Water Development Act, on Monday. The bill authorizes $3 million for a study of a reservoir that would benefit the Tule River Tribe. Not enough water was secured for the tribe when...

Appeal stretches Cobell lawsuit into another year (September 16, 2008)

After 12 years in the courts, it looks like the Cobell v. Kempthorne will last at least one more year as the plaintiffs pursue an appeal in the case. Lead plaintiff Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation of...

Two states battle NIGC over Ponca Tribe's casino (September 16, 2008)

A federal judge on Monday took the unusual step of allowing two states to sue the federal government over a proposed tribal gaming facility. The Ponca Tribe plans to build a casino on five acres of trust land in Iowa....