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Osage Nation loses state taxation lawsuit (January 26, 2009)

A federal judge says members of the Osage Nation who live and work in Osage County are not exempt from Oklahoma state income taxes. The tribe claimed the entire county as Indian Country. But "Congress and the courts have repeatedly...

Five indicted for theft of Missouri River artifacts (January 26, 2009)

Five people have been indicted for stealing Indian artifacts from the Missouri River. The U.S. Attorney's Office in South Dakota said the five people traded in a "significant number" of artifacts like arm bands, bracelets, beads and pottery. Federal law...

New York governor won't halt tobacco shipments (January 26, 2009)

The state of New York won't halt tobacco shipments to tribal retailers without first negotiating, Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder Sr. said. Snyder received a letter from Gov. David Paterson (D) yesterday that said the state won't take...

Blog: The case against Larry EchoHawk for BIA (January 26, 2009)

The Native Land Guardian blog has published a series of posts that criticize the potential selection of Larry EchoHawk, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, as the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Well, it was a...

Obama's potential BIA nominee draws fire over gaming (January 26, 2009)

Correction: The attorney's last name is Crowell, not Cromwell as incorrectly reported. President Barack Obama has yet to announce his nominee for the Bureau of Indian Affairs but a potential pick is already generating some fire. Larry EchoHawk, a member...

NAGPRA foe wins top Resources Committee spot (January 26, 2009)

A critic of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act is serving as the top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee during the 111th Congress. Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Washington) represents a district that includes parts of the Yakama...

Changes in store for Indian Affairs Committee (January 26, 2009)

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) remains chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee but there are some changes in store for the 111th Congress. On the Democratic side, Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) joins the committee as a new member....

Letter: Just say no to Navajo Nation power plant (January 26, 2009)

"In December 2008, Navajo President Shirley sent the Obama-Biden transition team a federal agenda that outlines 27 recommendation policies and requests for $2.9 billion in funding through Obama's $775 billion stimulus program. Some of these priorities include research funding for...

Editorial: Information elusive in Navajo shooting (January 26, 2009)

"The Daily Times often asks that the Navajo Nation be held accountable for releasing information to the pubic. This time however, the week-old fatal shooting of a 25-year-old man by Navajo Tribal Police has community leaders and family members joining...

Blog: Dirk Kempthorne for president in 2012 (January 26, 2009)

"Here's a name I've not heard linked with presidential aspirations before: former Idaho governor and senator Dirk Kempthorne. Republicans familiar with his activities say that Kempthorne has begun to reach out to allies gauge their opinion about whether he should...

Column: Mohegan Tribe clamps down on the press (January 26, 2009)

"Imagine a place where a government, apparently stung by the criticism of a vibrant and sometimes sassy local press, moves not just to restrict what might be legally published about the government but also prosecutes a journalist who has leveled...

Opinion: Alaska Native villages desperate for aid (January 26, 2009)

"As I watched the inauguration yesterday, I couldn't stop wondering if the villages in Bush Alaska that were probably listening to it on public radio had heat and food to go with the ceremony. I wondered if they wondered whether...

Opinions: Still more debate on 'Fighting Sioux' nick (January 26, 2009)

Keith Becker: "As a UND alumnus who bleeds green, I have taken part in discussions about the Fighting Sioux logo for more than 15 years. I have gained a great respect for how UND selected, and fans continue to...

Review: Coming of age in Inupiat elder's memoir (January 26, 2009)

"The Far North of the imagination is a cartography of cartoon proportions, made even more so by the sudden celebrity of Sarah Palin. In shorthand, Alaska is white, cold and exotic, or it’s a cruise ship fantasy of fast-melting...

Review: Erdrich weaves tales in 'Red Convertible' (January 26, 2009)

"It has been 25 years since Louise Erdrich published the first of her vibrant novels -- or was that really a novel in the first place? Love Medicine, set on a Chippewa reservation in North Dakota, was told from...

Jodi Rave: Series on Indian lawmakers in Montana (January 26, 2009)

"When Sen. Sharon Stewart Peregoy, D-Crow Agency, stood among fellow members of the Montana Senate during swearing-in ceremonies, she spoke in her Crow language, breaking the state's English-only law. Peregoy, a bilingual educator, said she invoked her "senatorial privileges"...

Yellow Bird: KIPP could help Indian students (January 26, 2009)

"In the minds of most North Dakotans, the state’s education system works well. Although salaries of teachers rank near the bottom, students rise to the top. But there are exceptions, and some of the public schools on the state’s...

Tim Giago: Native veteran loses fight against VA (January 26, 2009)

It seems like a little black cloud forms over the heads of those that fight the bureaucracy. Andy Torres, an Oglala Lakota veteran, discovered that. Torres served with honor in the United States Army from 1961 to 1964. After...