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Obama names Cherokee woman to top DOJ post (April 8, 2009)

President Barack Obama has nominated Mary L. Smith, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, to a top Department of Justice post. Smith, a prominent attorney, is being...

Fort Peck man missing for nearly a month (April 8, 2009)

Authorities in Montana continue to search for a member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes who has been missing for more than three weeks. Roderick Red Star,...

Editorial: Alaska nominee's past views not an issue (April 8, 2009)

"Attorney general designate Wayne Anthony Ross is controversial for a lot of reasons, but his position on questions like rural Alaskans' subsistence hunting and fishing rights should be a non-issue...

Mille Lacs Band leaders won't schedule new election (April 8, 2009)

Leaders of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota won't schedule a new election despite a ruling from the tribal court of appeals. The court called for a...

Cheyenne River Sioux soldier home from Iraq (April 8, 2009)

Chris Condon, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, is spending some time with his family after a long tour of duty in Iraq. Condon,...

Navajo Nation hires new education director (April 8, 2009)

The Navajo Nation has a new superintendent for the Department of Diné Education. Andrew Tah, a tribal member with 37 years of education experience, will oversee implementation of the...

Southern Ute Tribe eyes expanded bus service (April 8, 2009)

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado may be expanding its transit system to New Mexico, The Farmington Daily Times reports. Road Runner Transit provides service from the reservation to cities...

Mary Pember: Law boosts tribal child welfare services (April 8, 2009)

"Indian country should soon be seeing more tribally certified foster homes and adoptions. The need for such homes is great. In some states, there are two to three times as...

BIA testimony a setback in trailer park case (April 8, 2009)

A Bureau of Indian Affairs official faltered on the stand as the trial into a trailer park on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in southern California opened on...

Eastern Shawnee Tribe buys tire dealership (April 8, 2009)

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma has purchased a tire dealership for an undisclosed sum, Modern Tire Dealer reports. The tribe bought Burggraf Corp last month from previous owner Joe...

Jodi Rave: DOJ announces $248M in tribal grants (April 8, 2009)

"Some $248 million is now available for tribes to meet their criminal justice needs, including money for programs addressing domestic and sexual violence, the Department of Justice announced this week....

Jodi Rave: Ward Churchill as Indian impostor (April 8, 2009)

"Ex-professor Ward Churchill walked out of a Denver courtroom with $1, wearing a smile and carrying a piece of red cloth, part of an eagle feather prop he used while...

Washington Sketch: Rough justice for Ted Stevens (April 8, 2009)

"It was Ted Stevens's moment to savor sweet vindication yesterday, but, in courtroom 24A, bitterness prevailed. "You'd think there would be jubilation, that we'd be high-fiving each other around...

Blog: Protecting Native artists from knock-offs (April 8, 2009)

"Thanks to the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, Native artists have the right to promote their economic development through their creativity and traditional talents without fear of being undermined by...

Bill seeks to force Seminole tobacco tax issue (April 8, 2009)

A bill in the Florida Senate makes it a crime for non-Indians to possess tobacco products sold by the Seminole Tribe. The prohibition would be lifted if the tribe...

Column: Reparations and other anti-Indian myths (April 8, 2009)

"In response to Raleigh Tiahrt’s opinion column last week about government bailouts: His comparison of American Indians to the poor money-managers of AIG is degrading and uniformed. To say that...

Asteroids given names in Luiseno language (April 8, 2009)

An astronomer who identified three asteroids asked the Pauma Band of Mission Indians to give them names in the Luiseno language. Jean Mueller of the Palomar Observatory said she...

Citizen Potawatomi chair weighs tax case appeal (April 8, 2009)

John "Rocky" Barrett, the chairman of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma, is weighing an appeal of his income tax case, his attorney said. Barrett paid taxes and penalties on...

Herseth Sandlin introduces tribal law and order bill (April 8, 2009)

Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-South Dakota) has introduced the Tribal Law and Order Act in the House. The bill is the companion to one introduced in the Senate last week....