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9th Circuit backs immunity for tribal businesses (November 20, 2008)

Tribal-owned businesses enjoy the same sovereign immunity as tribal governments, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on November 14. Christopher Cook sued AVI Casino Enterprises, a corporation owned by the Fort Mojave Tribe. He said the company was responsible...

Ruthie Sampson, Inupiaq teacher, dies at 54 (November 20, 2008)

Ruthie Tatqavin Sampson, a well-known teacher of the Inupiaq language, died on Sunday. She was 54. As a teen, Sampson began translating Bible verses into Inupiaq. She dedicated the rest of her life to ensuring the language stays alive....

Jodi Rave: Natives on Obama transition team (November 20, 2008)

"As President-elect Barack Obama appoints a new team of cabinet members and fills other key federal work posts, he's named six Native people to his transition team - half of them assigned to assist in Interior Department policy, budget and...

Mississippi Band marks return of sacred mound (November 20, 2008)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians celebrated the return of a sacred mound that is considered the birthplace of the tribe. The tribe regained Nanih Waiya, which means "leaning hill" or "place of creation" in the Choctaw language, through state...

Opinion: Grand Ronde Tribes rebuild a nation (November 20, 2008)

"On Saturday, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde will celebrate its silver anniversary as a restored Tribe. Looking back over the last 25 years, the Tribe has truly evolved and survived the worst that federal Indian policies could throw...

Rep. Cole drops bid for GOP leadership post (November 20, 2008)

After seeing his party lose more seats, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), the only Native American in Congress, dropped his bid for re-election as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Cole was going to face Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) for...

Outdoors: Puyallup Tribe nears hatchery goal (November 20, 2008)

"In just four years of operation, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians’ Clarks Creek Hatchery is halfway to its goal of collecting 2 million chinook salmon eggs every year. Staff at the four-year-old hatchery, collected more than 1 million eggs...

Wisconsin tribes work to keep languages alive (November 20, 2008)

Wisconsin tribes are working to preserve their languages in hopes of keeping them alive for future generations. Fewer than 20 fluent Menominee speakers live on the Menominee Nation. So the tribe started classes for older tribal members and helped...

Menominee Nation most unhealthy in Wisconsin (November 20, 2008)

The county that is home to the Menominee Nation was once again rated the most least healthiest place in Wisconsin.. Chairwoman Lisa Waukau wasn't surprised by the results of the annual University of Wisconsin-Madison study. She said most people on...

Editorial: Yakama guest worker program a bad idea (November 20, 2008)

"Upon further review, we don't think a guest worker program to fingerprint and photograph all nontribal workers on the Yakama reservation and collect 50 cents for every hour they work is such a good idea after all. Schaptakay Labor Works...

Mashantucket Tribe faces another union effort (November 20, 2008)

Firefighters employed by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut are moving to organize into a union. The employees plan to join the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut. A source told The New London Day that the firefighters...

Guilty pleas in Stillaguamish tobacco case (November 20, 2008)

Four members of the Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington are expected to plead guilty on charges they sold untaxed cigarettes. Former chairman Edward Goodridge, Sr., his wife, their son and a relative are due to appear in court today. Federal prosecutors...

Soboba Band helps in arrest of carjacking suspect (November 20, 2008)

The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians said it was "surprised" by the show of force made by Riverside County Sheriff's Department in response to a carjacking. Dozens of officers, including a SWAT team with an armored vehicle, stormed the reservation...

Obama makes more Cabinet secretary choices (November 20, 2008)

President-elect Barack Obama plans to nominate two Indian Country allies to his Cabinet as more of his top picks emerged on Wednesday. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) is being tapped to serve as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security....