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Native issues on agenda for ministers in Canada (January 6, 2009)

Native issues will be on the agenda for the first ministers meeting in Canada on January 16. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the meeting after issuing an apology for Canada's treatment of former residential school students. Internal e-mails cited by...

Narragansett Tribe welcomes ruling on sacred site (January 6, 2009)

The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island hopes to discuss the future of a sacred site with the Federal Aviation Administration.. The tribe was worried about the expansion of an airport in Turner Falls, Massachusetts. At issue was a collection of...

Colville Tribes lose bid to stop Forest Service auction (January 6, 2009)

A federal judge said the U.S. Forest Service can auction a traditional site over the objections of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation of Washington. The tribe said it wasn't told of the plans to auction the land, which...

Tigua Tribe nears completion of ceremonial building (January 6, 2009)

The Tigua Tribe of Texas is nearing completion of a kiva, a ceremonial building. The tribe began work on the kiva, a circular structure, a year ago. Work is expected to be finished in late March. "We want to...

Opinion: Native Hawaiian Supreme Court case (January 6, 2009)

"All citizens should be alarmed that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is attempting to use political pressure to force the State of Hawai`i to abandon its “ceded lands” appeal to the US Supreme Court. OHA apparently expects to lose out...

Mashantucket Tribe swears in new council members (January 6, 2009)

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut swore in three council members on Monday. Richard E. Sebastian is the new vice chairman. He said he wants more tribal members to work at the tribe's casino, which recently cut 700...

Gov. Palin denies influence on Alaska Native job (January 6, 2009)

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) denied using her influence to secure a job with an Alaska Native firm for her daughter's boyfriend. Levi Johnston, 18, was taking part in an electrical apprenticeship with ASRC Energy Services Inc., a subsidiary of...

Crow Reservation family missing for two weeks (January 6, 2009)

A couple and their infant son haven't been seen on the Crow Reservation in Montana for two weeks though authorities have found their vehicle. Teddy Little Light, his wife, Juliet, and their 3-month-old son, Wyatt, were last seen on...

Tribes ask Supreme Court to hear sacred site case (January 6, 2009)

A group of tribes asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case affecting the sacred San Francisco Peaks in Arizona. The Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe and other tribes in Arizona say the use of reclaimed wastewater to make...

Review: 'The Red Convertible' from Louise Erdrich (January 6, 2009)

"Americanness needs no apology; it’s the strength of our letters. And few of our contemporary writers exemplify its adaptive vitality better than Louise Erdrich, herself descended from the first Americans (her mother was part Chippewa, part French, and her...

Mark Charles: A 51st state for Native Americans (January 6, 2009)

The right to vote and have representation is a fundamental American right and in the early history of our country that right was based on land ownership. At one point, Native Americans resided on a majority of the land and...

Charles Trimble: A challenge for the next generation (January 6, 2009)

I was asked to give the keynote address at the winter Commencement of the University of South Dakota on December 13th, 2008. I was very honored to be asked, especially in that USD is my alma mater where I received...

Jodi Rave: Series on Indian lawmakers in Montana (January 6, 2009)

"Rep. Margarett Campbell, D-Poplar, who holds a top leadership position in the Montana Legislature, expects the state budget to dominate much of her time as lawmakers propose, debate and pass bills during the 90-day session. “We will be practicing fiscal...

Jodi Rave: Denise Juneau takes top education post (January 6, 2009)

"Denise Juneau raised her right hand and was sworn in as the state's top K-12 educator on Monday, a coup that earned her traditional honor songs, trade blankets, two eagle feathers and praise from all corners of the state....

Kempthorne gives last speech as Interior secretary (January 6, 2009)

Outgoing Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne defended his last-minute initiatives in his last major speech as a Bush administration official. In December, the Interior Department finalized a controversial endangered species act regulation and made other changes to allow development without Congressional...

Obama fills four senior Justice Department posts (January 6, 2009)

President-elect Barack Obama filled four top Department of Justice posts with former Clinton administration officials. David W. Ogden is being tapped as deputy attorney general. Elena Kagan would serve as solicitor general, the first woman in the post. Thomas J....

Pro basketball player ticketed for DUI on reservation (January 6, 2009)

Phoenix Suns guard Jason Richardson was ticketed for driving under the influence of alcohol on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Arizona. Richardson was stopped by a tribal officer on December 21, The Arizona Republic reported. He was cited...

Al Franken declared winner of Senate race in Minnesota (January 6, 2009)

Democrat Al Franken was declared the winner of the U.S. Senate race in Minnesota on Monday but Republican Norm Coleman indicated he would challenge the results in court. After a recount of nearly 3 million votes, Franken defeated the incumbent...