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Tsuu T'ina Nation to appeal contempt of court (December 18, 2008)

The Tsuu T'ina Nation of Alberta will move forward with an appeal of a contempt of court citation. The band was held in contempt after it failed to restore power and water service to three homes on the reserve. The...

Troy Doney: A tribal post on Obama transition (December 18, 2008)

"I was wondering whether or not President Elect Barack “Black Eagle” Obama was going to start showing American Indians some attention in his transition team. I was happy to read in Indian Country Today that President Elect Obama has...

Tax exemption weighed for Tlingit-Haida Tribes (December 18, 2008)

The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska could gain an exemption from sales tax in Juneau. The exemption would mainly apply to purchases made by the federally recognized tribe. The city's finance director said the...

Court upholds immunity for tribal loan firms (December 18, 2008)

Payday loan companies owned by tribes enjoy sovereign immunity, the California Court of Appeal ruled on Monday. Five companies owned by the Miami Nation of Oklahoma and the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska do business over the Internet. The California...

Shinnecock Nation on 'active' recognition list (December 18, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has finally placed the Shinnecock Nation of New York on its "active" list of federal recognition petitions. The tribe filed its petition in 1978 and completed work on it several years ago. But a backlog...

Editorial: Seneca Nation blows clouds of smoke (December 18, 2008)

"No matter how many bills the New York State Legislature passes, and how many of them Gov. David A. Paterson signs, the state won’t collect a dime of taxes on cigarettes sold on the state’s Native American reservations until various...

Deal to return 90,000 acres to Klamath Tribes (December 18, 2008)

A deal is being announced today to return 90,000 acres to the Klamath Tribes of Oregon. The tribe lost its 2.5 million-acre reservation when it was terminated in 1953. Most of land ended in the hands of the federal government...

Not guilty pleas for beating of Blackfeet man (December 18, 2008)

Three brothers pleaded not guilty to felony charges for the beating of a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana. The charges against Todd, Brian and Aaron Molenda were upgraded from misdemeanors after public uproar about the September 20 incident....

Mashantucket Tribe firefighters hope to join union (December 18, 2008)

Firefighters for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut want to organize with a labor union. The Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association filed a petition with the tribe's Employment Rights Office. The union seeks to organize under tribal law. Some...

Jodi Rave: Now blogging at BuffaloPost.Net (December 18, 2008)

"I'm having a neighborhood “blog” party. Everyone's invited. Consider this a cordial invitation to join me as I become part of the blogosphere - that place in the ether where ardent bloggers instantly post news items, random thoughts and frequent...

Illegal Mashpee Wampanoag donations traced (December 18, 2008)

The Cape Cod Times tracked down the recipients of the illegal campaign contributions made by leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) received $5,700, Rep. William Delahunt (D-Massachusetts) received $6,000 and former Rep. Richard Pombo...

Editorial: Indian Country needs $2B funding boost (December 18, 2008)

"Where is the crisis? Where is the most need? President elect Barack Obama will run headlong into answering those questions after he’s officially sworn in Jan. 20. Considering the long list of needs — from the Big 3 to Wall...

Editorial: Salazar brings balance to Interior (December 18, 2008)

"As Colorado's U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar stood next to President-elect Barack Obama in Chicago on Wednesday, he pledged to be a faithful steward of the nation's public lands. He has his work cut out for him. If Salazar is confirmed...

Pechanga Band announces tentative water deal (December 18, 2008)

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians announced a tentative settlement to its water rights in the Santa Margarita River Basin of California. The tribe and the Rancho California Water District reached the agreement with the help of the Interior Department,...

Arizona seeks reconsideration of Havasupai ruling (December 18, 2008)

The Arizona Attorney General's Office has asked the state Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that allows the Havasupai Tribe to pursue a $50 million lawsuit. The tribe is suing the Arizona Board of Regents, the Arizona State University...

Obama vows Salazar will fulfill trust responsibilities (December 18, 2008)

President-elect Barack Obama introduced Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colorado) as his nominee for Secretary of the Department of the Interior on Wednesday, vowing to give tribal nations a voice in his administration. Speaking from his transition headquarters in Chicago, Obama...

Morongo Band brings Santa Claus to students (December 18, 2008)

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians continued a Christmas tradition by sending Santa Claus to a local elementary school. Students at Cabazon Elementary School were more than happy to see St. Nick. He bore gifts of backpacks filled with school...

Mille Lacs Band elects new chief executive (December 18, 2008)

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota elected Marge Anderson as its chief executive on Tuesday. Anderson held the job from 1991 to 2000. She ran again in 2008 but lost to Melanie Benjamin, who was recently ousted...

Suzan Shown Harjo: Some praise and some piling on too (December 18, 2008)

Now that Washington is 7-7 after losing to Cincinnati, it’s clear to all but the most fanatical boosters that the Washington football team is not going to the Super Bowl. The team started strong, then fizzled, and another losing season...