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Tonto Apache Tribe to hold special election (October 16, 2008)

The Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona will hold a special election on November 8 to choose a new chair. Jeri Johnson DeCola resigned this month after a drinking incident at the tribe's casino. Surveillance video shows her intoxicated, a...

Man resentenced for Crow Reservation murders (October 16, 2008)

A man whose actions were called "evil" by a federal judge was sentenced to life in prison for 2003 beating deaths of two women on the Crow Reservation in Montana. Eugene R. Rising Sun, 27, pleaded guilty to two counts...

Oklahoma raids two tribal smokeshops (October 16, 2008)

Authorities in Oklahoma raided smokeshops owned by two tribes on Wednesday. The Oklahoma Tax Commission claims the shops owned by the Alabama Quassarte Tribal Town and the Kialegee Tribal Town were selling cigarettes without proper tax stamps. The state also...

Pueblo firm to receive large Los Alamos contract (October 16, 2008)

A firm owned by Ohkay Owingeh will sign a $65 million services contract with Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The five-year contract with TSAY Construction and Service is the largest tribal contract in LANL's history. "This is a...

Thomas Stillday, Ojibwe spiritual leader, dies (October 16, 2008)

Thomas Stillday Jr., a spiritual leader of the Red Lake Nation of Minnesota, died on October 14. He was 74. Stillday was an expert in the Ojibwe language, a championship grass dancer and a singer. He served as tribal council...

NAGPRA committee supports Onondaga Nation (October 16, 2008)

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act review committee voted 6-0 to recommend the return of 180 ancestors to the Onondaga Nation of New York. The remains were removed from a burial site 41 years ago. They are currently...

Editorial: Liquor sales close to the Navajo Nation (October 16, 2008)

"On the edge of the Navajo Nation is not a good place for a alcohol sales. The owners of the now-closed Zia Bar and My Place Bar learned that the hard way through the dozens of deaths resulting from...

Mille Lacs court upholds removal of top leader (October 16, 2008)

A tribal appeals court has upheld the removal of Melanie Benjamin as chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe of Minnesota. Benjamin was removed by the tribe's general assembly. She was accused of misusing tribal funds for...

Chippewa Cree Tribe denies election protest (October 16, 2008)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana denied a protest from a candidate who came in third for the race for chairman. Kenneth Blatt St. Marks alleged irregularities with the procedures for the October 7 primary election. He received 320 votes,...

Indian lawmaker apologizes for spam e-mail mishap (October 16, 2008)

Correction: Cris Larson did not refer to Rep. John McCoy as a "silly misguided fool." According to The Everett Herald reporter who wrote the story, Larson believes McCoy's statements to the press made Larson look like "silly misguided fool."...

Aquash murder defendant opposes early trial (October 16, 2008)

A man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash doesn't want his trial moved up. Richard Marshall, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, was supposed to go to trial in February 2009. But the U.S....

Blog: Forrest Gerard receives public service award (October 16, 2008)

" While some tribes are getting rich off gambling, an "Indian tribal Appalachia" has grown up among rural tribes that do not operate casinos, according to a member of Montana's Blackfeet Tribe and former top U.S. Interior Dept. official. "Once...

Opinion: Internal racism and 'Fighting Sioux' (October 16, 2008)

"I draw upon my identities as a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota and North Dakota, as a former instructor at the Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten, N.D., and...

Seminole Nation working on abuse victims' shelter (October 16, 2008)

The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma plans to start construction on a domestic violence shelter. The $500,000 shelter will be open to all abuse victims in Seminole County and to tribal members throughout the state. It will have individual rooms, a...

PBS: Inadequate funding kills Indian patients (October 16, 2008)

"BETTY ANN BOWSER: A hundred miles west of Hagerman is another area with an acute doctor shortage, the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation. The only medical facility on the 460,000-acre reservation is this 13-bed hospital run by the federal government's...

Nez Perce woman files lawsuit over priest abuse (October 16, 2008)

A member of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho filed a lawsuit against a Jesuit order, claiming she was raped by a priest when she was 7 years old. Kim "Mia" Sonneck, 41, filed suit in state court in Idaho....

City rejects powwow permit out of fear of crime (October 16, 2008)

The Sounds of Thunder powwow has been postponed because the city of Willow Park, Texas, won't grant a permit to organizers. Kim Taylor, who is Shawnee, planned to hold the powwow at an old race track this weekend. But...

Opinion: Tohono O'odham Nation's morality (October 16, 2008)

"Of all the morally troubling aspects of the ongoing border crisis, the most disturbing has to be the growing migrant death toll, including on the Tohono O'odham reservation. Equally troubling is the tribal government's refusal to support humanitarian water stations...

Editorial: A lawmaker and the Oneida Nation (October 16, 2008)

"The reason the Oneida Nation gives most of its liquor business to a Rome restaurant owned by Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito’s husband might be just as the Oneidas say: It delivers consistent quality and excellent service. But the fact that Destito...