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Nottawaseppi Huron Band negotiates service deal (January 7, 2009)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi is negotiating a municipal services agreement with Athens Township in Michigan. The tribe proposed to pay $6,200 per year for fire and medical services on the Pine Creek Reservation. The township rejected the offer...

Column: Indian family upbeat despite house fire (January 7, 2009)

"Solomon Little Owl can’t stop replaying the late-November night in his head. He remembers the final quiet moments of an otherwise enjoyable Thanksgiving Day. Little Owl was settling in to flick on the 10 o’clock news. Then everything flipped. A...

Iowa Tribe eyes wind power for entire reservation (January 7, 2009)

The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska would like to power it entire reservation with wind energy, vice chairman Alan Kelley said. For now, the tribe is starting a project to power its casino and two buildings. Three wind turbines...

Editorial: State should help Alaska Native villages (January 7, 2009)

"Plunging oil prices have Citgo Petroleum, the Venezuelan-owned company, thinking twice about its generous provision of free heating oil to Alaska villages. The program is on hold for now, with fuel prices in the Bush still sky high and bitter...

Jodi Rave: Montana tribes lobby Gov. Schweitzer (January 7, 2009)

"Tribal delegations from across Montana spent Tuesday meeting with Gov. Brian Schweitzer as part of the state's annual tribal summit at the Capitol. The two-way dialogue between the governor and tribal leaders allowed each side to provide updates and...

Jodi Rave: Series on Indian lawmakers in Montana (January 7, 2009)

"Rep. Carolyn Pease-Lopez, D-Billings, plans to bring her faith to the Montana Legislature this year where she is one of five new legislators representing the nine-member American Indian caucus. While Pease-Lopez will tackle bills of statewide concern, she will also...

Surplus Air Force land in trust for Oneida Nation (January 7, 2009)

The Oneida Nation of New York has acquired 18 acres of surplus U.S. Air Force property. The land, which was already off the local tax rolls, was declared surplus in 1999. It was transferred to the Interior Department to be...

Corporate Counsel: First Nations assert rights (January 7, 2009)

"Last summer, after almost two decades of planning and construction, De Beers Canada Inc. finally opened the Victor diamond mine in the James Bay Lowlands in northern Ontario. One of the most time-consuming aspects of the project: the negotiations that...

Relatives plead for help in locating missing family (January 7, 2009)

Relatives of a family from the Crow Reservation in Montana are asking the public for help in locating a couple and their infant son. Teddy Little Light, his wife, Juliet, and their 3-month-old son, Wyatt, were last seen on...

Editorial: No ordinary potty for Dirk Kempthorne (January 7, 2009)

"Once celebrated mostly for superb potatoes and world-class ski runs, Idaho has a new claim of sorts: Politicians with a fascination for bathrooms. Habitués of late-night television have heard the running gags about U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's wide-stance encounter in...

Two tribes donate maximum for Obama inaugural (January 7, 2009)

Two tribes each donated a maximum of $50,000 to the inaugural committee for President-elect Barack Obama. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of California and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma are among the 2,000-plus donors to the committee. Both...

Blog: Wampanoag chef inspires with cooking show (January 7, 2009)

"Ask Robin Marcellino how she came to fall in love with her husband, Chef John Marcellino, and she responds, "It was a type of energy he exudes. It's just very interesting and a lot of fun. He's so upbeat...

Review: Indian knowledge and medicine in 'Frontier' (January 7, 2009)

"Among the first things exchanged by European settlers and Native Americans were diseases and medical treatments. The Europeans gave the natives measles, yellow fever and smallpox; when the Indians tried to cure these contagions with traditional methods, such as...

NMAI to host special events during Obama inaugural (January 7, 2009)

The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., is hosting a series of events and an exhibit to coincide with the inauguration of president-elect Barack Obama. "Out of Many" features performances from Cherokee storyteller Gayle Ross, the Native...

Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes sue over tobacco taxes (January 7, 2009)

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes filed a lawsuit against the Oklahoma Tax Commission, alleging unfair treatment and discrimination over tobacco taxes. The tribe had a compact with the state but it expired. During negotiations, the state raised the tax rate,...

Opinion: Alaska Natives must control their destiny (January 7, 2009)

" We, as Alaskan Native People, have to take part of the blame for allowing the Caucasians to take from us in the first place. Let's face the facts, the Native leadership we have today is doing nothing. We have...

San Manuel Band donates $7.3M to nonprofits (January 7, 2009)

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of California donated a record $7.3 million to non-profits, charities, schools and other organizations. The bulk of the money went to organizations in southern California. Recipients included two chapters of the American...