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Trial open for murders of Turtle Mountain men (June 18, 2009)

Two men are on trial for the double murders of two members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota. Robert Belgarde, 40, and his 19-year-old son,...

June 19-23 set for sacred places prayer days (June 18, 2009)

The 2009 National Days of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places will take place from June 19-23. The Washington, D.C., observance will be held on Monday, June 22, at...

Colleges receive grants for Indian education (June 18, 2009)

The Education Department announced nearly $3.8 million in grants to recruit and graduate new American Indian teachers and school administrators. The money will be directed to 11 colleges in seven...

Big turnout for Cayuga Nation land-into-trust (June 18, 2009)

More than 1,000 people packed a public hearing into the Cayuga Nation's land-into-trust application on Wednesday night. Only one person spoke in favor of the tribe's request to have...

Roubideaux won't call IHS a 'historic failure' (June 18, 2009)

Yvette Roubideaux, the new director of the Indian Health Service, won't call the agency a "historic failure" even though her boss, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius used those...

Attorney General defends Indian artifact case (June 18, 2009)

Attorney General Eric Holder defended the Obama administration's handling of a major Indian artifact theft case at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. Holder said federal agents took all...

Editorial: Pandering in Utah artifact theft case (June 18, 2009)

"Utah's two U.S. senators, Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett, are trying to make cheap political points back home at the expense of federal agents who arrested 23 people on felony...

Art dealer denies wrongdoing after artifact raid (June 18, 2009)

The attorney for a New Mexico art dealer says federal agents spent eight hours searching the home of his client and only left with three items. Forrest Fenn's home was...

Five running for Assembly of First Nations chief (June 18, 2009)

Five candidates have been certified to run for chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Shawn Atleo (British Columbia), John Beaucage (Ontario), Perry Bellegarde (Saskatchewan), Terrance Nelson (Manitoba) and Bill...

Senate confirms Hilary Tompkins for Interior (June 18, 2009)

The Senate confirmed Hilary Tompkins to be Solicitor of the Interior Department on Wednesday. Tompkins, a member of the Navajo Nation, is the first Native American and the first Native...

Cherokee Nation offers help with foreclosures (June 18, 2009)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma says homeowners can take advantage of new federal regulations aimed at preventing foreclosures. The Cherokee Nation Mortgage Assistance Program encourages homeowners who are delinquent or...

Judge allows bridge opposed by Miccosukee Tribe (June 18, 2009)

A federal judge has cleared the way for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a bridge in the Florida Everglades. Judge Ursula Ungaro had issued an injunction that...

Indian Affairs hearing on Law and Order Act (June 18, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing next Thursday, June 25, on S.797, the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2009. S.797 was introduced on April 2. The...

Gila River Tribe launches line of spa products (June 18, 2009)

The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona is selling its own line of spa products. The line, Indigenous, is based on traditional plants. The main one is shegoi, or...

Mining company buys land for Western Shoshone (June 18, 2009)

A gold mining company has purchased 3,629 acres in Nevada for the Western Shoshone Nation. Great Basin Gold Ltd. said it wants to protect the site from development. The company...

LA Weekly: 'Billy Jack' fought for Indian rights (June 18, 2009)

"“Listen, children, to a story that was written long ago ... ” So begins “One Tin Soldier” the relentlessly catchy theme song to Billy Jack, the 1971 cult film...

Catawba Nation to use stimulus funds for roads (June 18, 2009)

The Catawba Nation of South Carolina will receive at least $56,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The money will be used to improve more than 20...

Muscogee chief files lawsuit to force election (June 18, 2009)

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Chief A.D. Ellis has filed a lawsuit in hopes of forcing the tribe to hold a special election. Ellis said tribal members should vote on 14...

Passamaquoddy Tribe cuts ties with developer (June 18, 2009)

The Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine voted last week to end its relationship with an energy developer. Tribal leaders at Pleasant Point signed a contract with Quoddy Bay LNG to host...