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High school band to stay 'Chiefs' for inaugural (January 8, 2009)

A public high school band from Michigan is reversing course and won't drop its "Chief" logo and nickname during the inaugural parade for president-elect Barack Obama. The band from Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte planned to cover up its...

Colville man selected as BIA superintendent (January 8, 2009)

A member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation is the new superintendent for the Spokane Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. John St. Pierre first started working for the BIA in 1988. He was most recently the...

Rep. Cole gains seat on Appropriations panel (January 8, 2009)

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), the only Native American in Congress, will serve on the House Appropriations Committee during the 111th Congress. Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, will oversee the budgets for the federal government in his new post. Cole also...

Some Cherokee councilors cancel inauguration trip (January 8, 2009)

At least five council members for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma have canceled their trip to president-elect Barack Obama's inauguration. Moist of the council will still attend. But Jodie Fishinghawk said she was worried about the cost of the trip....

Wisconsin tribe vows fight for off-reservation casino (January 8, 2009)

A Wisconsin tribe's worst fear became reality on Wednesday with the Bush administration's rejection of a proposed off-reservation casino. The 11th-hour decision, less than two weeks before the inauguration of president-elect Barack Obama, was not a surprise. The Menominee Nation,...

Senate panel holds Daschle confirmation hearing (January 8, 2009)

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has begun a confirmation hearing for Tom Daschle, who is nominated for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Daschle is a former senator from South Dakota. He was an...

Editorial: Sam Bradford a Cherokee class act (January 8, 2009)

"Take it to the bank: Sometime during tonight’s telecast of the BCS national championship game, mention will be made of Sam Bradford’s American Indian heritage. It’s become quite a story. Perhaps they’ll show Cherokee Nation officials giving away T-shirts...

Recorder: Morongo Band argues attorney conflict (January 8, 2009)

"It wasn't a good sign for Sacramento, Calif., attorney Stuart Somach on Wednesday when California Supreme Court Justice Joyce Kennard told him during oral arguments that he didn't have a single case to support his position. Except, Kennard noted, one...

Treatment program focuses on Arapaho culture (January 8, 2009)

Patients at a treatment center on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming focus on Northern Arapaho culture to get the help they need. The White Buffalo Recovery Center runs a program called the Matrix. Patients learn about the source of...

NPR: Alaska Native corporations seek friends (January 8, 2009)

"When Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was voted out of office amid scandal last November, Alaska Natives lost a good friend. Now there's talk on Capitol Hill of reconsidering some of the federal contracting preferences enjoyed by Alaska Native corporations (ANCs)....

Quechan man's death still being investigated (January 8, 2009)

Authorities in California continue to treat the death of a Quechan Nation man as suspicious. Lewis Jefferson, 21, was found November 26 by railroad tracks near the reservation. Authorities say he was struck by a train. Results of an autopsy...

Lawmakers angry over Oneida Nation trust transfer (January 8, 2009)

Lawmakers in New York said they will fight a decision to place 18 acres in trust for the Oneida Nation. Sen. Charles Schumer (D) and Rep. Michael Arcuri (D) called the decision a last-minute move by the Interior Department. They...

Pala Band seeks to reclaim ancestral homeland (January 8, 2009)

The Pala Band of Mission Indians hopes to reclaim its ancestral homeland in southern California. The tribe lived at a village called Cupa until 1903, when tribal members were forced to leave at gunpoint. They walked 39 miles to their...

Jodi Rave: Series on Indian lawmakers in Montana (January 8, 2009)

"Forestina “Frosty” Calf Boss Ribs, D-Heart Butte, joined House colleagues this week for her first session in the Montana Legislature. “We're going to have a good session,” said Calf Boss Ribs. “It's going to be a great session. It's good...

Former Cheyenne-Arapaho official sentenced (January 8, 2009)

Roy Dean Bullcoming, a former council member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, was sentenced to three years in federal prison for theft. Bullcoming pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $100,000 from the tribe. He admitted he took...

EPA issues boil water order for Omaha Reservation (January 8, 2009)

The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering residents of a city on the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska to boil their water until further notice. The EPA said a failure in the water system in Macy could pose a health threat to...

Puyallup Tribe affected by flooding in Washington (January 8, 2009)

Members of the Puyallup Tribe are among the 30,000 people in Washington who are being evacuated due to widespread flooding. The tribe's casino is serving as a shelter for those fleeing the floods. An estimated 6,000 people on and near...

U.S. Attorney to seek state office in Colorado (January 8, 2009)

U.S. Attorney Troy Eid of Colorado will resign his post on January 19 to return to private practice and run for state attorney general. Eid is going back to Greenberg Traurig, the firm that was involved in the Jack...