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Blackfeet Nation seeks ouster of county attorney (December 5, 2008)

The Blackfeet Nation of Montana says a county attorney should resign for failing to secure hate crime charges in an attack on a tribal member. Glacier County Attorney Larry Epstein charged three white males with misdemeanors for beating up Ron...

Jodi Rave: Indian business leaders inspire (December 5, 2008)

"Vina Little Owl took center stage Thursday during the American Indian Business Leaders annual fundraising luncheon where she stood - and later danced - as a shining example of how business education and tribal culture can be used for...

Indian nominees for Grammy awards announced (December 5, 2008)

The nominees for the 51st annual Grammy awards were announced this week. Five recordings are vying for "Best Native American Music Album." They are: "Songs From The Black Hills" by Bryan Akipa; "Spo'Mo'Kin'Nan" by Black Lodge; "Red Rock" by Northern...

Kevin Abourezk: Optimism on Indian health bill (December 5, 2008)

"Rachel Joseph isn't ready to give up. For nearly a decade, the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone has been fighting for reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. "We've been at it for nine years," said Joseph, co-chair of the National...

Indian-themed films to be screened at Sundance (December 5, 2008)

Two Indian-themed films were selected for screenings at the Sundance Festival in 2009. "The Only Good Indian" focuses on a teenage boy forced to attend a boarding school in early 1900s Kansas. The cast includes Wes Studi, a member of...

California school replaces 'Redskins' mascot (December 5, 2008)

Students at a public high school in California selected "RedHawks" as their new mascot. The vote came after the Colusa Unified School District in voted 3-2 to eliminate the "Redskins" mascot. The change was delayed so that this year's...

Quechan youth leader's death considered suspicious (December 5, 2008)

Authorities in Imperial County, California, are investigating the suspicious death of Lewis Jefferson, who was a 21-year-old member of the Quechan Nation. Jefferson's body was found on railroad tracks near the reservation on November 26. He apparently was struck by...

All 722 Pequot employees offered buyout (December 5, 2008)

All 722 governmental employees of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut have been offered a voluntary buyout package. Those who accept the buyout will receive up to a half year in pay and health benefits. That's more than the...

Editorial: Cultures collide in Havasupai lawsuit (December 5, 2008)

"When a contract or formal agreement is made, the parties involved must live up to the terms or face legal consequences. It's a basic tenet of our civil justice system, so it should not come as a surprise to two...

North Dakota tribe buys retail store on reservation (December 5, 2008)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is the new owner of a retail shop on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. The tribe purchased the Northern Star Gift Shop in New Town as an economic development venture and...

In the Loop: Interior Secretary pick next in line (December 5, 2008)

"The Obama transition team, moving along smartly to fill Cabinet posts, is planning to trot out nominees as early as next week for three jobs much watched by enviros: the secretaries of energy and the interior and the administrator...

Cobell lawyer leads Interior transition for Obama (December 5, 2008)

Keith Harper, an attorney for the Cobell v. Kempthorne trust fund case, is leading the Interior Department transition team for president-elect Barack Obama. Harper, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, has worked on the Cobell case since it...

Opinion: New developments in inter-tribal commerce (December 5, 2008)

"Tribes have engaged in kinship commerce, or inter-tribal trade, since time immemorial. A recent news headline, however, recently helped bring these activities to the forefront: “Economic Consortium of Indian Tribes Launched; The Native American Group to Buy from and Sell...