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Wisconsin tribe fears last-minute rejection of casino (December 9, 2008)

The clock is ticking on the Bush administration and one Wisconsin tribe is still worried its off-reservation casino proposal will be rejected by outgoing Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne. The Menominee Nation, whose reservation was recently rated the least healthy place...

Seneca Nation worried about New York taxation push (December 9, 2008)

The Seneca Nation is worried that the state of New York might try to impose taxes on reservation businesses in order to close up a $15 billion budget deficit. President Barry E. Snyder Sr. met with Gov. David Paterson (D)...

Magazine: Dirk Kempthorne's amazing race (December 9, 2008)

"Dirk Kempthorne's return to Washington, D.C., as Interior secretary two and half years ago placed him at the center of power in America, across the table from President George Bush and the rest of his Cabinet. But the former...

Supreme Court sets hearings in Indian law cases (December 9, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear its next Indian law cases in February 2009. On February 23, the court will hear US v. Navajo Nation. The federal government is seeking to avoid liability for the handling of a coal mining...

8th Circuit rejects Indian double jeopardy claim (December 9, 2008)

A member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota can be prosecuted in federal court despite pleading guilty to the same crime in tribal court, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals said on Monday. Nephi Sky Antelope pleaded...

Karuk Tribe backs Rep. Thompson for Interior (December 9, 2008)

The Karuk Tribe of California says Rep. Mike Thompson (D) would make a good Secretary for the Department of the Interior. Thompson's district includes the reservation. He supports salmon restoration and tribal fishing, Chairman Arch Super said. "Congressman Thompson...

Tunica-Biloxi chair honored by state National Guard (December 9, 2008)

The chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe has been honored by the Louisiana National Guard. Earl J. Barbry Sr. received the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal. He was recognized for his "exceptionally meritorious service in furthering the security and welfare of the...

Alaska Federation of Natives chooses Anchorage (December 9, 2008)

The Alaska Federation of Natives will hold its 2009 conference in Anchorage. Officials in Fairbanks, where the conference was held last year and in 2005, hoped to lure AFN back to their city. But Anchorage lobbied just as hard to...

Opinion: BLM plan endangers Alaska Native culture (December 9, 2008)

"For generations, Alaska Natives have hunted, fished, thrived and survived on the land surrounding Bristol Bay. As I look forward to passing on this way of life to my children and grandchildren, I find myself fighting for the future of...

Native Hawaiian supporters hopeful under Obama (December 9, 2008)

Democrats say they have a better shot at gaining federal recognition for Native Hawaiians after president-elect Barack Obama is in office. Obama was born in Hawaii. He supports a bill to extend the policy of self-determination to the island's indigenous...

Inuit in Canada at highest risk for lung cancer (December 9, 2008)

Lung cancer rates among Inuit in the North of Canada are the highest in the world, according to a study in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health. Rates among Inuit men were 1.5 times higher than the Inuit living in...

Group sues over tribal management of bison range (December 9, 2008)

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed suit against the Interior Department on Monday to nullify a self-governance agreement with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana. PEER says the tribe should not manage certain functions at the National Bison...

Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe seek Peabody mine delay (December 9, 2008)

Representatives of the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe asked the Interior Department to delay a decision on a mine application by Peabody Energy, the largest coal company in the world. Tribal leaders and activists want the Office of...

Letter: Quechan Nation provides for its people (December 9, 2008)

"I don't normally reveal my personal feelings or thoughts in a public forum such as this, but I feel it is necessary to speak up in support and gratitude for the Quechan Indian Tribe. First off, I am not a...

Editorial: Resolve Indian taxation in New York (December 9, 2008)

"One can fully understand why officials in Seneca and Cayuga counties took it upon themselves recently to raid so-called smoke shops owned by the Cayuga Native Americans. They've been waiting for years for the state to collect millions in sales...

Gover not expecting to hear from Obama transition (December 9, 2008)

Kevin Gover doesn't expect to hear from president-elect Barack Obama about a potential job in the new administration. Gover, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, reportedly eyed the top post at the Interior Department. If nominated, he would...

Review: Fritz Scholder's closeted Indian art (December 9, 2008)

"It would be easier to believe that Fritz Scholder was conflicted about his identity -- was he a Native American artist, or an artist who happened to be one-quarter Native American? -- if he hadn't been quoted as saying,...

S.E. Ruckman: Hand-to-hand combat among tribes (December 9, 2008)

"It was hand-to-hand combat. The two tribes played handgame in Carnegie recently and it was a first for me to see. The traditional contest is considered Class I gaming by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, which basically means...