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BIA seeks to improve tribal labor force report (October 2, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is hoping to improve its annual American Indian Population and Labor Force Reports. The Indian Employment, Training, and Related Services Demonstration Act of 1992 (PL 102-477) requires the BIA to publish reports on the Indian...

Ruling affects Oneida Nation's purchase of golf course (October 2, 2008)

A federal judge threw a wrinkle in the planned purchase of a golf course by the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. The tribe is willing to pay up to $12 million for the Thornberry Creek Golf Course. But the judge ruled...

Cherokee Nation takes over hospital from IHS (October 2, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation officially took control of the W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital on Wednesday. The tribe signed a self-governance compact to take over the Indian Health Service hospital. The process took about nine months of work. “This is a...

Native contracting rider removed from bill (October 2, 2008)

A rider that would have limited sole-source contracting to tribes, Alaska Native corporations and Native Hawaiian organizations was removed from a defense bill, The Anchorage Daily News reports. The Native American Contractors Association lobbied against the provision, which was the...

Navajo Nation trust case on Supreme Court docket again (October 2, 2008)

A long-running breach of trust case that the Bush administration claims will encourage more lawsuits was accepted by the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. The justices will determine whether the Navajo Nation can sue the federal government over a bungled...

Editorial: No state easement for sacred Bear Butte (October 2, 2008)

"Last year, Gov. Mike Rounds proposed providing $250,000 to buy an easement around the site to ensure a future without encroaching development. Lawmakers said no. And they’re saying it again this year. While the Native Americans are rightfully concerned about...

New Jersey tribes closer to state recognition (October 2, 2008)

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) signed an executive order on Wednesday that moves tribes closer to state recognition. The New Jersey Commission on American Indian Affairs will recommend legislation to recognize three tribes. The commission will also look at...

Goshute Tribe threatens suit over rare Utah fish (October 2, 2008)

The Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation in Utah says it will sue the Interior Department for failing to act on a petition to protect a rare fish. The tribe, joined by two conservation groups, want the least chub...

Durango Telegraph: Watering the Navajo Nation (October 2, 2008)

"The Animas-La Plata project’s little brother has broken ground downstream. Construction is currently under way on the Navajo Nation Municipal Pipeline, a new water supply for impoverished areas of the Diné Nation, southwest of Farmington. In an unusual twist,...

First Nation reports second death in two weeks (October 2, 2008)

Two children from the Shamattawa First Nation in remote Manitoba have died in the last two weeks, CBC News reports. A five-year-old boy drowned in a lake on Monday. He was living in a foster home, as was Rephanniah Redhead,...

Teen held in connection with murder on reserve (October 2, 2008)

A 16-year-old has been taken into custody in connection with a stabbing death on the Louis Bull Reserve in Alberta. Joseph Daniel Moonias, 28, was stabbed on Tuesday night and died from his injuries. The 16-year-old faces charges for the...

Sen. McCain sends campaign bus to Navajo Nation (October 2, 2008)

Sen. John McCain has yet to visit Indian Country during his campaign but he is sending his bus to the Navajo Nation this week. As part of a wider tour of western New Mexico, the bus will stop at the...

Daschle campaigns for Sen. Obama in New Mexico (October 2, 2008)

Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota) is campaigning for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) in New Mexico, touting the Democratic presidential candidate's Indian agenda. Daschle, who served on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, is advising Obama on Indian issues. He says...

States' rights at issue in Supreme Court cases (October 2, 2008)

Appeals from state governments make up more than a dozen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in its upcoming term. Two of the cases are disputes between states and tribes and Native Hawaiians. States are usually on the winning end...

Northern Arapaho Tribe files Indian Country suit (October 2, 2008)

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming filed suit in federal court in hopes of settling a long-running Indian Country issue. The tribe contends Riverton and other parts of Fremont County are part of the Wind River Reservation. The state...

Supreme Court won't rehear death penalty case (October 2, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to reconsider its ruling in death penalty case from Louisiana. In June, the court voted 5-4 to bar the use of the death penalty in non-homicide cases. Louisiana asked the court to rehear...

More than 30M cartons sold on New York reservations (October 2, 2008)

More than 30 million cartons of cigarettes were sold on reservation in New York last year, representing nearly one-third of all cigarettes sold in the state. The bulk of wholesale shipments went to smokeshops on the Seneca Nation and...

Judge blocks Omaha Tribe's attempted banishment (October 2, 2008)

A judge has blocked leaders of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska from trying to banish the superintendent of the public school on the reservation, The Omaha World-Herald reports. The tribal council voted in May to suspend Morris Bates and two...

Opinion: Congress overlooks tribal immunity (October 2, 2008)

"You recently editorialized about an earlier piece written by Frank Parlato concerning the inequality between Indian-owned and operated businesses and those non-Indian businesses trying to compete. In your editorial, you posed questions about how this unfair advantage enjoyed by Indian...

Opinion: Protest against 'Fighting Sioux' event (October 2, 2008)

The following is the opinion of Chelsey Luger. I grew up in North Dakota. My mother was an employee of American Indian Student Services at the University of North Dakota, and so we lived here, and I went to...