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Race relations discussed at forum in Rapid City (April 30, 2009)

SANI-T: Society for the Advancement of Native Interests-Today hosted the second of two meetings on race relations in Rapid City, South Dakota. The meeting drew a larger crowd than the...

New leads in 1993 murder of Alaska Native woman (April 30, 2009)

Authorities have received more than a dozen new tips in the 1993 rape and murder of an Alaska Native woman in Fairbanks. Sophie Sergie was assaulted and shot on...

California lawmaker pulls controversial tribal bill (April 30, 2009)

A California lawmaker has pulled a controversial bill that critics said would have given tribes too much power. State Sen. Dean Florez (D) said there weren't enough votes to advance...

School districts dispute Navajo court jurisdiction (April 30, 2009)

Two public school districts on the Navajo Nation say they aren't subject to tribal court jurisdiction. The Red Mesa School District and the Cedar Unified School District filed a lawsuit...

Judge rejects probe into BIA informant claim (April 30, 2009)

A federal judge won't force federal prosecutors to release information about an alleged "improper relationship" between a former Bureau of Indian Affairs official and a female informant. Bob Ecoffey, a...

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe wins $60K Shakopee grant (April 30, 2009)

The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has received a $60,000 grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota. The tribe will use the money to finish a...

Pope Benedict discusses Native residential schools (April 30, 2009)

Pope Benedict XVI at expressed "sorrow" for the Catholic Church's role in the Native residential school system in Canada. Benedict met privately with First Nations leaders and residential school survivors...

Editorial: Secretary Salazar undoes the damages (April 30, 2009)

"The Obama administration is reversing many of the potentially damaging anti-environmental regulations rushed through in the Bush administration’s final months. This week, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar withdrew a rule that...

Committee backs Roubideaux nomination at IHS (April 30, 2009)

At a business meeting this morning, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved the nomination of Yvette Roubideaux to be director of the Indian Health Service. Roubideaux is a member of...

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes host ceremonial bison hunt (April 30, 2009)

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho are hosting a ceremonial bison hunt on the National Elk Refuge in Wyoming. The hunt is the second for the tribe. The bison are used...

Muscogee Nation passes bill to buy land for bridge (April 30, 2009)

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoman plans to spend $2.5 million to buy land for a proposed bridge. But details won't be released until Chief A.D. Ellis signs a bill...

Mesa Grande Band sues to settle land dispute (April 30, 2009)

The Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians has sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs in hopes of settling a land dispute with the Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueño Indians. The...

Pine Ridge woman wins lawsuit based on 1868 treaty (April 30, 2009)

The federal government must pay a woman from the Pine Ridge Reservation nearly $600,000 after she was sexually assaulted by a military recruiter, a judge from the U.S. Court of...

Ramona Band to develop eco-tourism resort (April 30, 2009)

The Ramona Band of Cahuilla Indians announced plans for an eco-tourism resort on its reservation in southern California. The tribe is working with Catalyx Inc to use alternative energy...

Turtle Talk: State AGs oppose land-into-trust fix (April 30, 2009)

"Here is the letter to the ranking members of the SCIA and the House Resources Committee from the attorneys general of 17 states — carcieri-state-ags-ltr-to-hill-april-24-2009 The letter asserts that Carcieri...

Jodi Rave: Announcing my leave and future plans (April 30, 2009)

"I've turned in my resignation letter to the Missoulian and Lee Enterprises. First, a review of a recent trip that prompted my decision to leave the newspaper business, which has...