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Senate committee backs boost for Indian programs (March 18, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is backing big increases for Indian Country programs, including a $400 million appropriation that was rejected on the Senate floor earlier this month. Sen. Byron...

Non-Indian blamed for fatal Miccosukee accident (March 18, 2009)

A non-Indian woman is being blamed for a fatal accident that the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida has been criticized for investigating. An expert and an attorney for the tribe both...

Turtle Talk: Judicial vacancies affecting Indian law (March 18, 2009)

"The Obama Administration will soon be acting to nominate federal judges at the trial and appellate levels. The first list includes the vacancies in Indian Country (loosely defined :) )....

Letter: Fort Peck Tribes only want 'free buffalo' (March 18, 2009)

"I was reading your new USA Today version of The Gazette the other day and came across an opinion on Senate Bill 337 regarding transporting Yellowstone bison to the Fort...

OST offers financial literacy training sessions (March 18, 2009)

The Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians has scheduled a series of financial and entrepreneurial training sessions on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The sessions are the work...

Opinion: Open debate on aboriginal title bill (March 18, 2009)

"When word first leaked out in late February that Premier Gordon Campbell intended to push through a sweeping new law to recognize aboriginal title across the province, right now, before...

Aymara community banishes former vice president (March 18, 2009)

An angry Aymara community in Bolivia has ceremonially banished the country's former vice president and his family. After Victor Hugo Cardenas, 58, hinted he might run against President Evo Morales,...

Opinion: 'Anything goes' for Ward Churchill (March 18, 2009)

"These are some of the things Ward Churchill's attorney, David Lane, wanted jurors in Judge Larry Naves' courtroom Tuesday to believe: • The strength of any evidence "is in the...

Weeklong protest ends on Brokenhead First Nation (March 18, 2009)

A weeklong protest on the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation in Saskatchewan ended on Tuesday. About 30 people occupied the tribal headquarters in a protest led by former chief Tina Levesque. The...

Audio: House hearing on federal recognition bills (March 18, 2009)

The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing today on two federal recognition bills. The hearing lasted about 3 hours. Audio clips can be downloaded through the following links: •...

Yurok Tribe boosts law enforcement agency (March 18, 2009)

The Yurok Tribe of California is the first in its area with in-car cameras for its law enforcement personnel. The equipment records all audio and data during traffic pursuits and...

Omnibus provides $3M for Navajo Nation projects (March 18, 2009)

The Navajo Nation will benefit from nearly $3 million in the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act. The bill provides about $1.9 million for improved electricity on the reservation, $700,000...

Obama administration backs Lumbee recognition (March 18, 2009)

The new administration of President Barack Obama supports federal recognition for the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, a top Bureau of Indian Affairs official said today. During the campaign, Obama...

Salt River Tribe might raise development fees (March 18, 2009)

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of Arizona might raise fees associated with new development on the reservation. The one-time impact fees are used to pay for roads, water and...

White Earth Band hit hard by economic recession (March 18, 2009)

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe has cut budgets and frozen employee salaries in response to the national economic recession, Chairwoman Erma Vizenor said in her annual State of...

Seneca Nation adopts tobacco safety standards (March 18, 2009)

The Seneca Nation of New York has adopted national fire-safety standards for the sale of tobacco products on the reservation. Starting in September, all Seneca businesses must certify that their...

California school to keep most of its Indian imagery (March 18, 2009)

The Carpinteria Unified School District voted narrowly to retain most of the Indian imagery associated with Carpinteria High School. Members of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and...

Viejas Band buys university stadium naming rights (March 18, 2009)

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians purchased the naming rights to the stadium at San Diego State University in California. Beginning July 1, the 12,845-seat venue will be known...

Kara Briggs: Tribes wait to rebury ancestors (March 18, 2009)

"The battle over the ancestral remains of Indian nations along the Columbia River didn’t begin or end with the famous Kennewick Man case. Throughout the mid-20th century federal hydropower projects...

GovExec: Alaska Native corporations on defense (March 18, 2009)

"To many small business owners, the preferences granted Alaska native corporations in federal contracting might appear unwarranted. But, in rural Alaska, where a gallon of milk can exceed $10 and...

Cheyenne-Arapaho leader blames lawyer for loss (March 18, 2009)

The leader of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes blamed an attorney for losing a land claim to Fort Reno in Oklahoma. Gov. Darrell Flyingman said attorney Richard J. Grellner wasn't...