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Tribal law and order bill renewed in Senate (April 6, 2009)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers last week introduced a comprehensive bill aimed at improving law enforcement in Indian Country. According to federal government statistics, American Indians and Alaska Natives suffer...

Series: First Nations and the 2010 Olympic games (April 6, 2009)

The Vancouver Sun is running a six-part series on First Nations in British Columbia and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. The Four Host First Nations are taking advantage of the...

Mohegan woman serves as Cherry Blossom princess (April 6, 2009)

Liz Malerba, a member of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, served as a princess for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. Malerba, 25, who works for Rep....

Pueblo and county discuss water treatment deal (April 6, 2009)

Santa Clara Pueblo and Santa Fe County, New Mexico, are in discussions over a water treatment agreement. The tribe built a wastewater plant on its reservation. But it's not being...

Missing BIA title document from 1929 located (April 6, 2009)

A Bureau of Indian Affairs title document that documented the sale of tribal land in 1929 has been located. The missing document was preventing the development of a park in...

Woman won't fight extradition for Omaha baby's death (April 6, 2009)

Tisha Vega, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, won't fight extradition to Nebraska in connection with the death of a 20-month-old Omaha toddler. Vega, 34, is currently being held...

Chehalis Tribe back in court over tax dispute (April 6, 2009)

The Chehalis Tribe is asking a federal judge to block Thurston County, Washington, from assessing taxes on the Great Wolf Lodge. The tribe says the county lacks authority to collect...

Editorial: Tribe spend big in California capitol (April 6, 2009)

"When California voters elect men and women to the state Senate and Assembly, they no doubt expect their legislators to represent them and work for the general good of their...

Supreme Court rejects Navajo Nation trust lawsuit (April 6, 2009)

The Navajo Nation cannot sue the federal government over a botched coal lease, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today. The tribe claimed the Interior Department violated its trust duties by...

Shinnecock Nation expects recognition decision (April 6, 2009)

The Shinnecock Nation of New York expects to receive a preliminary decision on its federal recognition by November, a tribal leader said. The tribe was one of the first to...

Cedric Sunray: Boarding schools and recognition (April 6, 2009)

"Many members of the MOWA Choctaw, Nanticoke, Chickahominy, Chickahominy Indians Eastern Division, Pamunkey, Rappahannock, Mattaponi, and Upper Mattaponi attended these schools prior and after the attendance of these brave 13...

Trial set over troubled reservation trailer park (April 6, 2009)

A federal judge will convene a trial on Tuesday to determine the fate of a trailer park on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in southern California. Harvey Duro, a...

Prior land-into-trust acquisitions appear safe (April 6, 2009)

Prior land-into-trust applications appear to be safe after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, Indian law practitioners said. The Quiet Title Act protects the U.S. government from...

Kempthorne claims ignorance about Interior security (April 6, 2009)

Former Interior secretary Dirk Kempthorne said he didn't know Internet security at the Interior Department was so weak until "late in the administration." Kempthorne said he "personally chaired" a meeting...

Column: My bad on Ward Churchill controversy (April 6, 2009)

"At long last, I get it. I was slow on the uptake, I admit, but have finally come around. For much of my life, you see, I labored under a...

NPR: Giago confident with Native Sun News (April 6, 2009)

"Tim Giago, founder of the Native American Journalist Association, has been working as a journalist for more than three decades. Now, despite the country's recession and a shrinking print...

Tim Giago: Nostalgia and South Dakota blizzards (April 6, 2009)

Who would have thought that blizzards hitting Western South Dakota on three consecutive weeks would bring back moments of nostalgia. Doesn’t it seem to you that when you were a...

Jodi Rave: Young artists, waterfowl flock to refuge (April 6, 2009)

"Three tundra swans flew above the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge while about 100 students and their parents looked up, tilting faces toward the sky to watch the white birds...

Jim Kent: Racism rears its head again in South Dakota (April 6, 2009)

"If it seems we’ve walked down South Dakota’s road of racial unrest before, it’s because we have. One of the first stories I covered as a journalist in this northern...