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Muscogee Nation buys land for controversial bridge (June 3, 2009)

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation appears to be moving forward with a bridge project that officials in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, oppose. The tribe purchased three parcels totaling about...

Books Blog: Comanche author Paul Chaat Smith (June 3, 2009)

"Non-natives charmed by The Education of Little Tree, Dances with Wolves, The Last of the Mohicans, and Thunderheart, for starters, might find in Paul Chaat Smith's Everything You Know...

Shakopee Tribe plans land-into-trust application (June 3, 2009)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota is seeking to have 80 acres placed in trust. The tribe plans to open a new headquarters and clinic on the land. A...

Wal-Mart in Montana now accepting tribal IDs (June 3, 2009)

A Wal-Mart in Great Falls, Montana, is accepting tribal identification after being informed of state law. As of October 1, 2007, businesses must accept tribal-issued cards as a valid...

Column: Indian charter school lessons now about greed (June 3, 2009)

"She was the school's first teacher in 1972, and for 18 months she worked for free in a basement classroom with no supplies, telling stories passed down from her...

Editorial: Delaware Nation back home in New Jersey (June 3, 2009)

"While few solid details have emerged, there is a promising alliance now in place focused on a greener future for the Mercer County area. The leader of the Delaware...

Oregon Radio: Yakama elder preserves Sahaptin (June 3, 2009)

"Lots of people go back to school -- whether it’s to re-train after a lay-off or to finally get a degree after life events have delayed one’s education. But it’s...

Shinnecock Nation in DC to press for recognition (June 3, 2009)

Members of the Shinnecock Nation of New York held a prayer service outside the Interior Department this morning to press for federal recognition. The tribe hopes Bureau of Indian Affairs...

Yellow Bird: A tale from the Fort Berthold Reservation (June 3, 2009)

"Readers who live in New York or Dallas may not believe the tale I am about to tell, and even people in my former hometown of Grand Forks may...

Sycuan Band seeks to place 2,000 acres in trust (June 3, 2009)

The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation of California is asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs to place 2,000 acres in trust. The properties are contiguous to the reservation....

Arizona tribes are finalists for sports training complex (June 3, 2009)

Two Arizona tribes are among the finalists for a sports-training complex near Phoenix. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation want to build a facility...

House approves Native American Heritage Day (June 3, 2009)

The House unanimously passed H.J.Res.40, the Native American Heritage Day Act of 2009, on Tuesday. The bill designates Friday, November 26, 2009, as Native American Heritage Day. It encourages the...

Senate Republicans holding Tompkins nomination (June 3, 2009)

Senate Republicans on Tuesday refused to move forward with a vote on Hilary Tompkins to be Solicitor of the Interior Department. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) went to floor to...

Coburn proposes anti-tribal provision in tobacco bill (June 3, 2009)

Update: The Senate has begun debate on the bill. It's not clear when, or if, the Coburn amendment will be discussed. Coverage can be viewed on C-SPAN2. Tribes are worried...

Lumbee, Virginia recognition bills on House agenda (June 3, 2009)

Update: 3:30pm - The House passed the Lumbee bill by a vote of 240 to 179. 2:30pm - The House passed the Virginia recognition bill and is currently on the...

House Resources Committee hearing on three bills (June 3, 2009)

The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing this morning on three bills. The bills are: * H.R. 1061: To transfer certain land to the United States to be held...

Charles Trimble: After Custer, still fighting battles (June 3, 2009)

In only a few weeks the Sioux national holiday will be upon us – June 25th. It will be the 133rd anniversary of the hot day in 1876 when Col....