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Gila River governor survives primary challenge (September 18, 2008)

The leader of the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona survived a primary challenge in an election on Tuesday. Gov. William R. Rhodes was the top vote-getter, according to unofficial results. He will face Jennifer Allison-Ray in November's general...

Interior official won't confirm Indian royalty probe (September 18, 2008)

The top investigator at the Interior Department declined to confirm a probe into royalty collections on Indian lands. Inspector General Earl E. Devaney was asked about a Salt Lake Tribune story that said investigators were looking into under-reporting of royalties...

Court: Federal employee pressured USET (September 18, 2008)

A federal employee who was removed from his job after improperly pressuring the United South and Eastern Tribes lost his case before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. As assistant director of tribal affairs for the Agency for...

Cherokee Nation Council passes health care plan (September 18, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will see four new health clinics under a resolution passed by the tribal council. The resolution authorizes three medical clinics and one dental clinic. Funding levels still have to be established. The council passed...

Column: Brothertown Indians deserve recognition (September 18, 2008)

"The recent controversy about our community’s diversity initiative puts an interesting spin on a story that’s unfolding in Fond du Lac County. It involves the Brothertown Indians, who, you may be surprised to learn, were the first permanent settlers in...

Sen. Dorgan accused of blocking recognition (September 18, 2008)

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, has refused to consider tribal recognition bills, Media General News Service reports. Unidentified Senate aides said Dorgan was slow to schedule a hearing on a bill...

Southern Ute Tribe downplays financial adviser's role (September 18, 2008)

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado says its former financial adviser who is the subject of a fraud lawsuit might have exaggerated his record. The tribe hired John Jurrius as the first director of its Southern Ute Growth Fund....

Probe of Alaska Native official's firing awaits testimony (September 18, 2008)

A bipartisan investigation into the Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of the state's public safety commissioner is due to take testimony tomorrow. Palin abruptly fired Walt Monegan, the first Alaska Native to hold the job, in July. She has offered...

BIA officer recovering after being shot on duty (September 18, 2008)

A Bureau of Indian Affairs officer who was shot on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is expected to fully recover, an official said today. Sergeant Louis Troy Poitra, a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, was shot in...

Indian Affairs hearing on prosecution rates (September 18, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing this morning to examine federal declination rates in Indian Country. The hearing started at 9:30am and lasted about almost two hours. Audio clips can be downloaded below: • Opening Statements Panel 1...

House hearing on corruption probe at Interior (September 18, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing this morning on the recent reports issued by the Office of the Inspector General at the Interior Department. The hearing lasted about two hours. The committee heard from Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne...

US Attorneys in Arizona for Indian meeting (September 18, 2008)

More than two dozen U.S. Attorneys are in Scottsdale, Arizona, this week to discuss crime issues in Indian Country. The Native American Issues Subcommittee at the Department of Justice. consists of 27 U.S. Attorneys from districts with significant Indian populations....

Native inmate who escaped prison captured (September 18, 2008)

Police in Winnipeg, Manitoba, captured a Native inmate who escaped from a prison nearly a month ago. Daniel Wolfe, 32, is the second-last inmate to be recaptured following the August 24 escape. Ryan John Agecoutay, 25, remains at large....

Rep. Young wins primary challenge by 304 votes (September 18, 2008)

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) won the Alaska Republican primary by just 304 votes, election officials said on Wednesday. Young faced a strong challenge from Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, who was endorsed by Gov. Sarah Palin (R), the Republican vice presidential...

Tribal National Bison Range agreement takes effect (September 18, 2008)

After 90-day review period, an agreement for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to manage some functions at the National Bison Range in Montana has gone into effect. The range is located entirely within the Flathead Reservation. The bison...

Column: Louisiana tribes need help after Gustav (September 18, 2008)

"When I asked Joel Waltzer what American Indians in the southernmost parts of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes need most right now, he thought for a moment. "Well, let's see," he said. "What they need most of all is a little...

Tucson Weekly: Former Yaqui chair fights back (September 18, 2008)

"Plenty of people wish Herminia Frias would just fade away into Pascua Yaqui history. But the former tribal chairwoman says she has no intention of being quiet or embracing what some tribe members tell her is the true Yaqui...

Joe Martin: No paternalism in tribal government (September 18, 2008)

"Tribal government needs to abandon the practice of paternalism. Tribal members, not tribal government, are the best ones to make certain decisions that affect them individually, but that’s a concept tribal government continuously fails to grasp. We saw a...

White Earth police to provide services for school (September 18, 2008)

Police officers from the White Earth Band of Ojibwe will provide services to a school district in Minnesota. Tribal officers will spend 8 to 10 hours a week at schools in the Waubun-Ogema-White Earth district. They also will assist in...

Former Justice officials linked to Abramoff scandal (September 18, 2008)

Two former Department of Justice officials are being linked to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff through Kevin Ring, the latest person indicted in connection with the scandal. Ring was in contact with former Solicitor General Paul Clement and David Ayres, a...