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Government files first brief in Navajo trust case (December 3, 2008)

The outgoing Bush administration filed its first brief in the contentious Navajo Nation trust case last week, raising a new claim about the handling of a botched coal lease. Solicitor General Gregory Garre, a Bush nominee, told the U.S. Supreme...

New version of Sacagawea $1 coin being unveiled (December 3, 2008)

A new version of the Sacagawea golden dollar coin will be unveiled on Friday. The image of Sacagawea, the Shoshone woman who helped the Lewis and Clark expedition, and her son will remain on the front of the coin....

Oil company weighs appeal in Alaska drilling case (December 3, 2008)

Shell Oil is considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of a decision that blocked drilling in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska. The company said it invested $2.5 billion to explore for oil. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals...

Column: Bury the 'Sweet Sioux Tomahawk' trophy (December 3, 2008)

"Northwestern shouldn't have the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk trophy. Quite frankly, the trophy shouldn't have been retired in the first place. But since it was, no school should have it. Instead, we should bury the hatchet ... err ... tomahawk....

Sex offender to seeks to eliminate Ojibwe name (December 3, 2008)

A convicted sex offender with a long criminal history has been given another shot at getting rid of his Ojibwe name. While incarcerated in Minnesota, Guy Israel Greene changed his name to Ozhaawaskoo Giishig. He said he was told by...

BIA bridge project delayed by archaeological dig (December 3, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs might finally begin construction on a bridge replacement in Oklahoma next year, more than five years after the project started. The BIA and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation have spent $200,000 on an archaeological...

Editorial: Congress must improve Indian health (December 3, 2008)

"The United States' historic relationship with the peoples who were here first is not a source of pride. Advertisement To the contrary, it's more a story of tragedy and shame. Our purpose today, however, is not to recount the long...

More details in drunk driving death of Pueblo man (December 3, 2008)

Court documents in the case of a politically connected lawyer who is accused of a drunken driving accident that killed a Pueblo man in New Mexico were released on Tuesday. Carlos William Fierro, who has served as an attorney for...

Santa Fe Indian School mum on development rumors (December 3, 2008)

The Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico isn't talking about its development plans but that isn't stopping the local newspaper from speculating. The Santa Fe New Mexican talked to a woman who said she was told about plans for...

Two new leaders for Indian Arts and Crafts Board (December 3, 2008)

The Indian Arts and Craft Board at the Interior Department has two new leaders. Joyce Begay-Foss, a member of the Navajo Nation, will serve as chair. Rebecca Webster, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, is the new vice...

Indian housing mortgages saw big drop in 2007 (December 3, 2008)

Mortgages to American Indian and Alaska Native homeowners dropped by nearly 30 percent in 2007, Indian Country Today reports. Data released under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, showed that 3,000 lenders extended $15.5 billion in mortgage credit to American Indians...

Art Review: Fritz Scholder exhibit at NMAI in DC (December 3, 2008)

"In case Thanksgiving left you with any guilt towards the plight of the Indian population, a visit to the National Museum of the American Indian’s Fritz Scholder exhibit will ease your pain. Titled "Indian/Not Indian", the exhibition is a...

San Manuel Band donates $100K for fellow tribes (December 3, 2008)

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of California donated $100,000 to the Black Hills Chapter of the American Red Cross to help South Dakota tribes. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe were hit hard by a...

City approves Shakopee land-into-trust settlement (December 3, 2008)

A settlement will enable the Bureau of Indian Affairs to acquire 725 acres in trust for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota. The city of Shakopee agreed to the deal and will drop its lawsuit against the BIA. In...

Tribal-friendly Republican wins close House race (December 3, 2008)

Republican Tom McClintock defeated Democrat Charlie Brown in a tight U.S. House race for the 4th Congressional district in California. As a state lawmaker, McClintock earned praise for his views on tribal sovereignty. When he ran for governor in...

Bill Richardson being named for Commerce post (December 3, 2008)

President-elect Barack Obama will name New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) as Secretary of the Department of Commerce, The Washington Post reports. As governor, Richardson has appointed more Native Americans to Cabinet seats, boards, commissions and other positions. He elevated...

One Senate seat settled with Republican victory (December 3, 2008)

One of two remaining U.S. Senate races was decided on Tuesday, with voters in Georgia choosing Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss over Democrat Jim Martin. The victory prevents Democrats from gaining a 60-seat majority that would have enabled them to break...