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Opinion: Civil rights abuses among California tribes (February 25, 2009)

"We support reform of the Indian Civil Rights Act in such a way that this would be possible. Our hope was to provide some of the 3000+ Indians in California...

Memorial funds for Cheyenne River Sioux teens (February 25, 2009)

Memorial funds have been set up to assist the families with funeral expenses for two teens from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Donations for the families...

Low turnout reported for Chippewa Cree election (February 25, 2009)

Turnout appeared to be low as members of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana voted in a delayed general election. Only about 450 people voted as of yesterday afternoon,...

Tribes will ask Congress to 'fix' land-into-trust decision (February 25, 2009)

Tribes will ask Congress to "fix" the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, a Native American Rights Fund attorney said. Richard Guest monitored the case for NARF's...

Oneida Nation not worried about land-into-trust (February 25, 2009)

The Oneida Nation of New York says the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Carcieri v. Salazar won't affect its land-into-trust applications. The tribe said it has been recognized for more...

Massachusetts tribe blasts land-into-trust ruling (February 25, 2009)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts blasted the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Carcieri v. Salazar as an "assault" on sovereignty. The tribe gained federal recognition in May 2007, long...

Raw Story: Did Bush ancestor steal Geronimo's skull? (February 25, 2009)

"While it has long been rumored that Skull and Bones, the Yale secret society which counts several scions of the Bush family as members, holds the skull of legendary...

Editorial: Confront racist history in California (February 25, 2009)

"We’re compelled to ask, is Cal State Long Beach is a campus of cowards? Do we avoid discussing race because it’s too sensitive, or is it because many see...

Editorial: State should follow through with tribes (February 25, 2009)

"Members of the Wisconsin Legislature listened politely and applauded in the proper places Tuesday when Arlyn Ackley presented the fifth annual State of the Tribes address. Time will tell if...

Column: Wisconsin tribes seek strong relationships (February 25, 2009)

"This is the fifth year that the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate have met with the tribes of Wisconsin. This is a big step forward for the Legislature, counties and tribes...

Jodi Rave: Oglala artist brings beauty through beads (February 25, 2009)

"Artist Molly Murphy moves a needle and thread through wool with ease, like a champion butterfly swimmer bobbing above and below water on her way to Olympic gold. While a...

Turtle Talk: Thoughts on land-into-trust decision (February 25, 2009)

"A couple of quick thoughts on this case: 1.) This does NOT affect tribes that were acknowledged by the United States at or before the time the IRA was enacted...

Turtle Talk: Implications of land-into-trust case (February 25, 2009)

"This post is about the potential impact of Carcieri on Michigan Indian tribes. I want to emphasize that this case may have significant potential impacts for Michigan tribes. The Grand...

Yellow Bird: Commonalities in Indian Country (February 25, 2009)

"Yesterday I had a phone conversation with a reader from Grand Forks. She suggested in a good way that a new name might be the “Fighting Spirits,” because that...

Ute man sentenced to 87 months for girlfriend's death (February 25, 2009)

A member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe was sentenced to 87 months for killing his girlfriend. Nathan Dutchie, 38, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He admitted shooting Jennifer Cantsee,...

Bill in Wisconsin seeks removal of Indian mascots (February 25, 2009)

The Wisconsin Legislature will hold a March 17 hearing on a bill that would lead to the removal of Indian mascots at public schools. The bill creates a process...

Editorial: Larry EchoHawk the right man for the BIA (February 25, 2009)

"Larry EchoHawk was one of the class acts of Idaho politics during the 1990s. Smart, socially conservative and steeped in Idaho values, the former state attorney general had the political...

Witness list for Senate hearing on youth suicide (February 25, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing on youth suicide in Indian Country on Thursday. The hearing takes place at 10am in Room 628 of the Senate...

Bill in Maine creates Native veterans holiday (February 25, 2009)

The Maine Legislature’s Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee heard testimony on a bill to create a holiday to honor Native veterans. The bill establishes June 21 as Native American Veteran’s...

Supreme Court rules in big land-into-trust case (February 25, 2009)

Tribes that weren't under federal jurisdiction in 1934 cannot follow the land-into-trust process of the Indian Reorganization Act, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. By a 6-3 vote, the...