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Alaska governor loses subsistence rights appeal (September 24, 2008)

An Alaska Native subsistence rights case that Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, appealed was rejected by a federal court on Tuesday. In a unanimous decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to overturn federal approval of...

'Frozen River' touches chord with New York Mohawks (September 24, 2008)

Members of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York can relate to the racial tensions in the film Frozen River, a spokesperson for the tribe said. The film follows a Mohawk woman a non-Indian woman who smuggle people...

MinnPost: Heffelfinger supports declination reporting (September 24, 2008)

"When federal prosecutors decide not to pursue criminal cases in Indian country, should they be required to file detailed reports explaining those decisions? "Yes," says Tom Heffelfinger, former U.S. attorney for Minnesota. "No," says Drew Wrigley, the U.S. attorney for...

Grand Traverse Band holds another election (September 24, 2008)

Members of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians are going to the polls today to decide who will lead the Michigan tribe. Incumbent chairman Robert Kewaygoshkum faces a challenge from Derek Bailey. Kewaygoshkum beat Bailey by 23...

Social workers tried to find missing Blackfeet boy (September 24, 2008)

Social workers in Montana tried to find a two-year-old Blackfeet boy as far back as July, The Great Falls Tribune reported. Summer Many White Horses, 31, was arrested on July 21 for drunken driving. She had her 11-year-old daughter in...

US Attorney: Why we won't share declination data (September 24, 2008)

"This past week, I volunteered to represent my U.S. attorney colleagues and the Department of Justice by testifying before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in Washington. North Dakota’s own Sen. Byron Dorgan chairs the committee, and it was a special...

Congressional Black Caucus to host Freedmen panel (September 24, 2008)

Actor Danny Glover will take part in a discussion on Freedmen issues at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual leadership conference in Washington, D.C. Other participants include Marilyn Vann, the plaintiff in a lawsuit involving the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma,...

Haskell University sees big boost in enrollment (September 24, 2008)

Enrollment at Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas continues to rise, The Lawrence Journal-World reports. Nearly 1,000 students signed up for classes this fall, up 11 percent from fall 2007. Enrollment is 17 percent higher than spring of this year....

Native inmate captured on Saskatchewan reserve (September 24, 2008)

The last of six Native inmates who broke out of a prison last month was captured on the Star Blanket Cree Nation in Saskatchewan on Tuesday evening. Ryan Agecoutay, 25, was taken into custody after a standoff that lasted...

Lawmakers seek more answers on Interior corruption (September 24, 2008)

Members of Congress aren't happy with the Department of Justiceand its handling of corruption at the Interior Department. Lawmakers want to know whether a sex crime allegation involving an Interior official and a subordinate was investigated. The official, Greg Smith,...

Bush threatens veto of Pueblo water rights bill (September 24, 2008)

President Bush is threatening to veto a bill to settle two long-running Pueblo water rights disputes in New Mexico. S. 3381 contains two components. One would settle the water rights of Tesuque, Nambe, San Ildefonso and Pojoaque pueblos and the...

Witness list for House hearing on three Indian bills (September 24, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water and Power, will hold a hearing on Thursday to consider four bills. Three of the bills on the agenda affect tribes. They are: H.R. 883, the Oglala Sioux Tribe Angostura Irrigation Project...

NATHPO holds annual meeting in Washington, DC (September 24, 2008)

The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (NATHPO) is holding its 10th annual meeting in Washington, D.C., this week. The meeting kicked off with a reception last night. It continues today through Saturday with sessions at a hotel on...

FBI investigates Navajo Nation police shooting (September 24, 2008)

The FBI is continuing its investigation of a police shooting on the Navajo Nation that left one man dead. Leroy Henderson, 44, was killed when a tribal officer fired at least 11 shots into a vehicle that was involved in...

Cherokee chief vetoes health expansion measure (September 24, 2008)

Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith vetoed a measure that would have authorized four new health clinics for the Oklahoma tribe. Smith said he supports the clinics but accused tribal council members of "political grandstanding." He said the plan would have...

Study finds high rate of stroke among 13 tribes (September 24, 2008)

American Indians have a higher incidence of stroke than African-Americans or Whites, according to a study published in Circulation on Monday. The rate of stroke among more than 4,500 members of 13 tribes was 679 per 100,000. That was higher...

Rincon Band donates $15K to save Christmas parade (September 24, 2008)

A $15,000 donation from the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians will save the Christmas parade in Escondido, California. The Escondido Jaycees were about to cancel the parade because organizers couldn't raise enough money for a new security fee imposed by...

County to house Port Gamble S'Klallam inmates (September 24, 2008)

The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe signed an agreement to send its inmates to Jefferson County, Washington. The tribe will pay the county jail $69.50 per day per offender. The agreement lasts a year. The county expects to see three to...

Yellow Bird: Races are more alike than different (September 24, 2008)

"Racial groups in this country are more alike than different. American Indians and Hispanics, for example, have a lot of similarities, especially in skin color. From my experience, when American Indian people and Hispanic meet in their journey through...

Jodi Rave: Sherman Alexie in the Classroom (September 24, 2008)

"It ain't easy being Indian. So says one of America's premier Native writers of contemporary Indian life. To help explain the racial complexities that permeate Sherman Alexie's work, a textbook for teachers, “Sherman Alexie in the Classroom,” was recently...