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NIGC drops gaming rules amid economic downturn (September 25, 2008)

The National Indian Gaming Commission on Wednesday completed the withdrawal of controversial regulations that would have cost tribes more than a $1 billion in revenues. The agency spent more than two years developing the rules in hopes of resolving an...

Utah tribes sign consultation agreement with state (September 25, 2008)

Six Utah tribes and an Indian clinic signed a consultation agreement with Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr (R) on Wednesday. The agreement provide a framework of consultation between the tribes, the Indian Walk-in Center in Salt Lake City and the state...

Newcomb: Forced removal of Kumeyaay Indians (September 25, 2008)

"Two congressional bills – one passed in 1919 and the other in 1932 – granted the city of San Diego certain lands within the Cleveland National Forest and the Capitan Grande Indian Reservation for a reservoir and water storage system....

Appeals court rejects Narragansett raid suit (September 25, 2008)

Members of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island can't sue state troopers for raiding the reservation on July 14, 2003, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday. Troopers went to the reservation to shut down smokeshop that was...

Female Indian inmates plan for financial future (September 25, 2008)

Indian women at a county jail in Arizona are taking part in a program that helps them plan for their financial future. The Wi$e Up program teaches women how to make a budget, manage credit and invest their money....

S.E. Ruckman: Reflections on Indian mascots (September 25, 2008)

"For American Indians, the symbols have been around so long that we scarcely notice it. Recently, I saw the most remarkable book cover. It was a hoot. The front was emblazoned with the title, “To Tame a Savage.” The most...

Oneida woman opens Puerto Rican restaurant (September 25, 2008)

A member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin has opened a Puerto Rican restaurant with her fiance. Tamar Cornelius received financing from Oneida Small Business Inc. to open Gali's, which is located in Ashwaubenon on the reservation. "If not for...

Former governor Janklow cited for traffic accident (September 25, 2008)

Former South Dakota governor Bill Janklow (R), who was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in 2003, was cited for a minor traffic accident in Sioux Falls on Tuesday. Janklow hit a parked car and left the scene of the accident, according...

Editorial: Solve suicide crisis among Indian youth (September 25, 2008)

"Rosebud is not the first South Dakota Indian reservation to struggle with a deeply troubling suicide epidemic among its youth. Standing Rock, Crow Creek, Cheyenne River - each tribe has lost far too many children in recent years. But the...

Study: Indian stroke victims more likely to die (September 25, 2008)

American Indians are more likely to die from stroke than African-Americans or Whites, according to a study published in the journal Circulation. The stroke facility rate among American Indians was 1.5 times higher than other racial and ethnic groups, the...

Opposition to effort to protect sacred Bear Butte (September 25, 2008)

South Dakota lawmakers continue to oppose efforts by the state to protect sacred Bear Butte from continued encroachment. Gov. Mike Rounds (R) proposed to buy an easement to prevent development near the butte. Tribal practitioners are worried about biker bars...

Indigenous Peoples Caucus meets in Geneva (September 25, 2008)

The Indigenous Peoples Caucus meets in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The United Nations general assembly adopted the declaration last year but Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States -- the...

Editorial: City, tribe break promises on racism (September 25, 2008)

"It has taken too long. It smacks of another broken promise. It has yet to produce its first results. Nevertheless, the city of Farmington's Community Relations Commission is in meeting mode and its members say they hope to begin hearing...

Letter: Cherokee chief stands up for sovereignty (September 25, 2008)

"We thank the Creator that we have a principal chief who is fighting to preserve the historical sovereign rights of Cherokee people to determine their own citizenship criteria. Like our ancestors who fought and sacrificed for the sovereignty of the...

Army claims tribal rights 'always respected' (September 25, 2008)

The U.S. Army claims it has "always respected" tribal religious rights at Fort Sill in Oklahoma even though the facility was built for the Indian wars of the late 1800s. "Fort Sill has always respected Native American Religious Freedoms...

House Resources hearing on three Indian bills (September 25, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water and Power, holds a hearing this morning 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 Modernization...

Aquash murder defendant seeks dismissal of case (September 25, 2008)

John Graham, a man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, says the U.S. federal court system does not have jurisdiction over the case because neither he nor the victim are American Indian. Graham is Native...

Art: Indian paintings by George de Forest Brush (September 25, 2008)

""George de Forest Brush: The Indian Paintings" at the National Gallery of Art is a split-screen exhibition, a thought-divider. Following its plots is like paying full attention to two movies at once. The first one is a western. Brush's...

Senate business meeting and recognition hearing (September 25, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a business meeting and hearing this afternoon. The proceeding lasted about 90 minutes. The committee approved S. 3355, the Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act, with Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) voting no. The hearing...