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English-only bill in Oklahoma faces Senate vote (April 2, 2009)

A bill to make English the official language in Oklahoma is up for a final vote in the state Senate. The bill already passed the House over objections from Indian...

Dorgan promises hearing on land-into-trust decision (April 2, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing to address the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) said. "We're going to do...

Urban Indian clinic seeks share of stimulus funds (April 2, 2009)

The Native American Health Center in Oakland, California, is hoping to tap into the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act but the group's executive is frustrated by the lack of information...

Harold Monteau: Surviving and prospering together (April 2, 2009)

"This last year brought hard lessons in economics. I was one of those homeowners who believed my house had doubled in value in five years. I drew on this “paper...

Julie Kitka: Send stimulus funds to Alaska Natives (April 2, 2009)

"Gov. Sarah Palin recently announced that she intends to reject $288 million, or about 31 percent, of the $930 million in federal stimulus money available to Alaska. The Legislature may...

Q&A: Alaska Native man runs for mayor in Anchorage (April 2, 2009)

The Anchorage Daily News interviews Walt Monegan, who is running for mayor of Anchorage. Monegan is well known in the state for his law enforcement career and for being the...

Video: Senate Indian Affairs hearing on four bills (April 2, 2009)

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BBC: Native languages on the verge of disappearing (April 2, 2009)

"More than 2,400 languages around the world are in danger of extinction, according to Unesco, and the US is second only to India in having the highest number of endangered...

House panel holds first hearing on land-into-trust ruling (April 2, 2009)

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar could impact criminal jurisdiction, tribal governance and other matters beyond land-into-trust, Indian law experts said on Wednesday. The decision restricted the...

Narragansett Tribe hopeful for land-into-trust fix (April 2, 2009)

The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island is hopeful Congress will take action this year to address the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar. Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas attended...

Jury deliberates Ward Churchill termination lawsuit (April 2, 2009)

A jury is deliberating the wrongful termination lawsuit that Ward Churchill filed against the University of Colorado. Churchill claims he was fired for writing a controversial essay about the September...

No charges for fatal hit and run of Navajo woman (April 2, 2009)

A police officer in Albuquerque, New Mexico, won't face charges in connection with the fatal hit and run of Vera "Tonie" Haskell, who was a member of the Navajo Nation....

Judge takes on Wampanoag land claim lawsuit (April 2, 2009)

Two members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts were in federal court on Wednesday for a hearing on their land claim lawsuit. Amelia Bingham and her son, Steven, sued...

Mattaponi Tribe wins ruling against reservoir (April 2, 2009)

A coalition including the Mattaponi Tribe won a lawsuit that challenged federal approval of proposed reservoir in Virginia. Judge Henry H. Kennedy said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed...

Tax increase sends smokers to Yakama Nation (April 2, 2009)

An increase in tobacco taxes in Washington has some consumers headed to the Yakama Nation for their cigarettes, KAPP-TV reports. A pack of cigarettes costs about half as much on...

Ute Tribe slams comments by ex-financial adviser (April 2, 2009)

The Northern Ute Tribe of Utah says its former adviser is trying to influence an upcoming election. Tribal leaders who were elected in 2007 fired John Jurrius and sued him...

Police recover stolen Wampanoag gravestone (April 2, 2009)

Police in Lakeville, Massachusetts, are investigating the theft of a historic gravestone that marked the burial of a Wampanoag man. The circa-1872 gravestone of Thomas Smith went missing from the...

DOJ drops corruption case against Ted Stevens (April 2, 2009)

The Department of Justice asked a federal judge to withdraw all charges against former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who lost his seat last year after being convicted in a corruption...