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Indian law cases on Supreme Court's new docket (October 7, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court opened a new term on Monday, after expanding its docket to include two more Indian law cases and declining a handful of others. The justices previously agreed to hear a major land-into-trust case affecting the Narragansett...

Lac du Flambeau election marked by controversy (October 7, 2008)

Members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Wisconsin go to the polls today to choose their leaders. President Victoria Doud and her allies on the tribal council are seeking re-election. Opponents say Doud and her...

Wisconsin legal opinion excludes tribal police (October 7, 2008)

A legal opinion from Wisconsin attorney general J.B. Van Hollen said tribal law enforcement agencies are not covered by the state's "mutual assistance" law. The law allows a law enforcement agency to request the aid of another agency. The responder...

Attorney compares Public Law 280 extermination (October 7, 2008)

States that exercise jurisdiction in Indian Country are supporting extermination of tribal nations, attorney Terry Janis says. Janis, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, said Congress passed Public Law 280 at the height of the termination...

Editorial: Montana Republicans try to suppress turnout (October 7, 2008)

"The state of Montana, through its legislators and other elected officials, has taken important steps in recent years to encourage citizens to exercise their right to vote. So it was a shock last week for Montanans to learn that the...

Crow chair says race behind recall of Indian sheriff (October 7, 2008)

A recall election against the Indian sheriff in Big Horn County is motivated by race, the chairman of the Crow Tribe of Montana says. "Politics in Big Horn comes down to if you're red or white," Chairman Carl Venne...

Aquash family 'devastated' by delay in murder case (October 7, 2008)

The family of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash is "devastated" by the delay in the trial of a Canadian man accused of murdering her in 1975. John Graham was set to go to trial on Monday. But...

March calls attention to missing Native women (October 7, 2008)

The Native Women's Association of Canada organized marches across the country to raise awareness of Native women who have gone missing or have been killed. About 50 people participated in a march in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on Sunday. At least 16...

Sitting Bull descendant shares Big Horn history (October 7, 2008)

Ernie LaPointe, the great-grandson of legendary Chief Sitting Bull, shared history about the 1876 Battle of the Little Big Horn at the Monroe County Historical Museum in Michigan. LaPointe said Lakota warriors didn't know they defeated General George Armstrong...

Navajo program promotes 'healthy marriage' (October 7, 2008)

The Navajo Healthy Marriages Opportunities Project in Kirtland, New Mexico, seeks to promote healthy relationships among American Indians. The project is funded by a five-year $1 million federal grant. Since it started two years ago, organizers have served 47...

Elders praise Sen. Murkowski, mum on Gov. Palin (October 7, 2008)

Elders in the Yup’ik Eskimo village of Akiachak pay attention to politics but Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), the Republican vice presidential nominee, is not on the tip of their tongues. Rather, it's Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), the first woman...

Fort Mojave Tribe battles high rate of diabetes (October 7, 2008)

The Fort Mojave Tribe of Arizona hopes new eye screening equipment will help in the fight against diabetes. The Fort Mojave Indian Health Center recently installed an imaging system to screen tribal members for diabetes-related vision problems. Previously, patients had...

White Earth Band wants state to cede jurisdiction (October 7, 2008)

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe wants the state of Minnesota to cede its jurisdiction over the reservation. Congress granted criminal and civil jurisdiction to the state under Public Law 280. Tribal leaders say the state hasn't lived up...

OST official in middle of controversy resigns (October 7, 2008)

A senior official at the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians has resigned. Jeff Lords submitted his resignation last week, according to an e-mail sent to OST employees on Friday. "We wish Jeff the very best in the...

NCAI heads to Arizona for 65th annual convention (October 7, 2008)

The National Congress of American Indians holds its 65th annual convention in Phoenix, Arizona, later this month. The convention takes place October 19-24 at the Phoenix Convention Center. An opening reception will be held at the Heard Museum on October...

Arguments still not settled in land-into-trust case (October 7, 2008)

Note: The hearing takes place November 3. An earlier posting listed the wrong date. Who will represent the state of Rhode Island in an upcoming land-into-trust case before the U.S. Supreme Court? As of Monday, the state still hadn't figured...

Narragansett chief starts community service (October 7, 2008)

The leader of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island began his court-ordered community service for his arrest in the state's July 14, 2003, raid of the reservation. Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas was found guilty of simple assault by a state...

Commentary: Gov. Palin's family eligible for IHS (October 7, 2008)

"When Gov. Sarah Palin said during the vice presidential debate Thursday that her family has gone through periods where they’ve been uninsured and she understands what it’s like for Americans “to sit around the kitchen table and try to figure...

Makah grandmothers complete 330 walk for treaty (October 7, 2008)

Three grandmothers from the Makah Nation of Washington completed their 330-mile journey to call attention to treaty rights and other issues. Dotti Chamblin, 65, Gail Adams, 68, and Rhonda Markishtum, 50, walked and drove from the reservation to Portland,...

Yanomami Tribe accuses Venezuela of neglect (October 7, 2008)

More than 50 members of the Yanomami Tribe have died in the past three years, a situation being blamed on neglect by the government of Venezuela. Tribal leaders say they no longer have access to medicine, fuel and reliable...