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No hate crime for attack on Blackfeet man (November 18, 2008)

The Montana Attorney General's Office says hate crime charges aren't warranted in an attack against a member of the Blackfeet Nation. Ron Rides at the Door, a commissioner for Glacier County, was beaten by three white males. Although they made...

Blackfeet Nation eager to tap into oil reserves (November 18, 2008)

The Blackfeet Nation of Montana is working with Anschutz Exploration Corporation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to explore for oil on the reservation. Anschutz is drilling exploratory wells in two areas on the reservation. Work completed in one...

Yakama Nation guest worker program debated (November 18, 2008)

The Yakama Nation of Washington is starting a program to register workers on the reservation but some business owners are questioning the idea. Mike Gempler of Washington Growers League said the tribe is proposing too high of a fee to...

Ex-Passamaquoddy leader faces jury's fate (November 18, 2008)

A federal jury will begin deliberations to decide the fate of a former leader of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine. Robert L. Newell was the governor of the tribe's Indian Township reservation. Federal prosecutors accuse him of misusing $1.7 million...

Pechanga Band puts culture into new golf course (November 18, 2008)

The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians of California is emphasizing tribal culture at its new golf course. The Journey at Pechanga celebrated its grand opening last week. The facility features an 18-hole course, a 62,000 square-foot clubhouse, a 2,800...

Morongo Band to distribute 11,000 turkeys (November 18, 2008)

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is distributing 11,000 turkeys to families in southern California. The tribe began donating the turkeys on Monday. It's the largest donation in the tribe's history. Needy families and 46 organizations will benefit from...

Opinion: Dismantling the Thanksgiving myth (November 18, 2008)

"In less than two weeks, Thanksgiving will arrive. The need for celebration may not come as easily for those who have lost their homes and have suffered many misfortunes throughout the year. However, one should be thankful for just being...

Opinion: A non-Indian perspective on Indians (November 18, 2008)

"The Pawnee Nation recently got 257 acres of sacred land back. Sort of. The white owners of the land technically still own the 257 acres, which include the sacred Pawnee ground known as Pahaku or Pahuk Hill, situated on a...

Red Lake Nation receives $31M Shakopee loan (November 18, 2008)

The Red Lake Nation has received a $31 million loan from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, a fellow Minnesota tribe. The loan will enable the tribe to complete three projects: a casino, a justice complex and a greenhouse. Work...

Minnesota tribes saw record voter turnout (November 18, 2008)

Members of Minnesota tribes voted in record numbers on November 4, Native Vote Alliance of Minnesota said. The non-profit organization worked to increase voter registration and turnout on the Mille Lacs, Red Lake, Fond du Lac, Leech Lake and White...

Six-year sentence for attack on Kickapoo land (November 18, 2008)

An Oklahoma man was sentenced to nearly six and one-half years in prison for an attack on Kickapoo land. Jesse Smith Trevino Jr. pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to cause bodily harm. He admitted he...

Editorial: Non-tribal tobacco retailers in Oklahoma (November 18, 2008)

"Vance McSpadden, head of the Oklahoma Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, wrote in The Oklahoman recently that tobacco compacts with some Indian tribes weren’t working as designed. Further proof for him came last week when the state and Cherokee...

Interior shifts political hires into career jobs (November 18, 2008)

Six political hires at the Interior Department will be able to keep their jobs despite the pending inauguration of Barack Obama, The Washington Post reports. Barely a week after the election, Solicitor David L. Bernhardt converted the positions of six...

Indian gaming up for review by Obama team (November 18, 2008)

President-elect Barack Obama could reverse some of the Bush administration's controversial gaming actions, a senior Bureau of Indian Affairs official said on Monday. Paula Hart, a career employee at the BIA's Office of Indian Gaming Management, said the agency has...

Raw Story: Abramoff had White House 'agreement' (November 18, 2008)

"Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff told his colleagues at his former law firm that he had an “agreement” regarding communications with a former assistant to then-Deputy Chief of Staff, Karl Rove, perhaps the most substantial documented tie between Abramoff and the...