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Two dozen indicted in Turtle Mountain meth ring (January 30, 2009)

Federal authorities announced indictments against 24 people who are accused of operating a methamphetamine ring out of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation in North Dakota. The meth was allegedly brought from Mexico the reservation for distribution elsewhere. Seven men and...

Haskell regents to meet with BIA in Washington (January 30, 2009)

Regents from Haskell Indian Nations University will meet with Bureau of Indian Affairs officials in Washington, D.C., next week. The regents are concerned with President Linda Sue Warner, a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma who took over...

Editorial: Tough job ahead for Salazar at Interior (January 30, 2009)

"The new sheriff, as he's calling himself these days, came to town Thursday to lay down the law on ethics and accountability in his new department. And boy, does recently confirmed Interior Secretary Ken Salazar have a mess to clean...

Probe into beating of eagle on Swinomish Reservation (January 30, 2009)

Federal authorities are investigating the beating of a bald eagle on the Swinomish Reservation in Washington. A man said he witnessed a tribal member beat the eagle with a BB gun and a piece of driftwood. The bird had to...

Hopi Tribe to elect chairman and vice chairman (January 30, 2009)

The Hopi Tribe of Arizona is scheduled to elect a new chairman and vice chairman after the top two leaders resigned after a long battle.. Former chairman Ben Nuvamsa was at odds with former vice chairman Todd Honyaoma Sr. for...

Columbia River tribes warn states about fish catch (January 30, 2009)

Tribes with treaty rights on the Columbia River say non-Indians in Washington and Oregon are taking too much of the fish catch. The Columbia River Compact calls for tribal and non-Indian fisherman to take equal amounts of fish. But the...

Larry EchoHawk won't comment on BIA nod (January 30, 2009)

Indian Country is abuzz with talk about the new head for the Bureau of Indian Affairs but the man at the center of the speculation isn't commenting. Larry EchoHawk, a lawyer from the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, has been selected...

Mary Kim Titla: Reflecting on the inauguration (January 30, 2009)

"It’s been days since I witnessed and soaked in the historic inauguration of our first black president, yet the amazing images I experienced with a mere 1.8 million people on Jan. 20 continue to run through my mind and are...

Kevin Abourezk: The Year of the Indian just starting (January 30, 2009)

"Since the election of Barack Obama in November, an unfamiliar energy has infected the spirits of Native people across the country. The chairman of the Democratic Party's Native American Caucus described it as a sense of renewal, a hope for...

Cayuga Nation to reopen disputed smoke shops (January 30, 2009)

The Cayuga Nation of New York will reopen two smoke shops after winning a court ruling that protects the tribe from being prosecuted under state tax laws. The tribe shut down the stores after they were raided by authorities in...

Ex-staffer linked to Abramoff took two salaries (January 30, 2009)

A former Capitol Hill staffer who has been linked to the Jack Abramoff scandal continued to earn money from her government job after leaving the office of Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi). Ann Copland was paid more than $20,000 by Cochran...

Opinion: Studies back removal of Klamath River dams (January 30, 2009)

"Three new reports funded by the California Coastal Conservancy confirm that dam removal on the Klamath River will be beneficial for salmon and water quality without incurring any increased flood risk to downstream residents. The studies demonstrate that removing the...

Letter: Being Indian more than just blood quantum (January 30, 2009)

"The myth of blood quantum is just that, a myth. Today, when a tribal member says he or she is a "fullblood," unless that person belongs to one of the really huge tribes like the Navajo, the extreme likelihood is...

Column: Schaghticoke Tribal Nation needs state help (January 30, 2009)

"The Schaghticoke Indians, fighting each other and the outside world for decades, came to Hartford on Thursday demanding the state intervene and stop a man they say is desecrating their reservation in Kent. State leaders, watching this latest Schaghticoke tussle...

NMAI launches website to showcase collection (January 30, 2009)

The National Museum of the American Indian will put its entire 800,000-item collection online, a project that is expected to take at least four years. Most people aren't able to visit NMAI's three facilities, said director Kevin Gover, a member...

Opinion: Indian Country stimulus a good start (January 30, 2009)

"The news of an inclusion of nearly $3 billion for American Indian tribes as part of the economic stimulus bill has spread quickly through Indian country, prompting some optimism, but mostly deep concern about whether it will be enough to...

Blog: Lobbyist finally caught in Abramoff scandal (January 30, 2009)

"It once appeared that despite his unseemly role in the bribery scandal surrounding disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Todd Boulanger had weathered the proverbial storm. Politico noted this year that Boulanger, the former vice president of Cassidy & Associates, a...

Lynne Harlan: Eastern Cherokees shape future (January 30, 2009)

"This new year will bring significant changes to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Several long projects will come to fruition and their changes will affect generations of our people. This year, the Cherokee Central School System will say farewell...