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Indian Country mourns Sen. Kennedy's passing (August 27, 2009)

Tributes from Indian Country are pouring in after the loss of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts), who died on Wednesday at the age of 77. Kennedy came from a family...

Skokomish Tribe forced to halt oyster harvest (August 27, 2009)

The Skokomish Tribal Nation of Washington is blaming non-Indian fishermen for the closure of its shellfish harvest area. The tribe was forced to stop its oyster harvest due to the...

Rep. McDermott: Recognize the Duwamish Tribe (August 27, 2009)

"I represent the City of Seattle, which is named after the famous Duwamish Chief Sealth. Like other tribal leaders, he too signed a treaty with the United States. It...

Editorial: State takes advantage of sovereignty (August 27, 2009)

"We understand Indian sovereignty. All the pueblos surrounding the city of Española and populating the land stretching south along US Hwy 84/285 to Santa Fe are their own little countries....

Column: 'Scary' bill to settle with Spokane Tribe (August 27, 2009)

"Sportsmen and their access to portions of Lake Roosevelt don’t appear to have much stature in the latest Congressional legislation to compensate the Spokane Tribe for the impacts of Grand...

Indian artifact case spans Four Corners states (August 27, 2009)

Federal authorities have charged more than two dozen people and have raided several homes in an Indian artifact theft case that continues to grow. "It's like a Tony Hillerman...

Judge won't return tobacco to Cayuga Nation (August 27, 2009)

A judge in New York refused to return $550,000 in tobacco products that were seized from the Cayuga Nation. The tribe sought the return of 17,600 cartons of cigarettes...

Canada won't support First Nation banishment (August 27, 2009)

The Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada says First Nations can't enact their own banishment and disenrollment laws. The department says the Indian Act doesn't authorize First Nations...

Task force launched after deaths of Native girls (August 27, 2009)

Law enforcement authorities in Manitoba announced a task force to look into missing and murdered women after two Native teenage girls were found dead in Winnipeg. Authorities aren't saying...

Memorial service held for Navajo Nation soldier (August 27, 2009)

About 1,500 people attended a memorial service for Troy Orion Tom, a 21-year-old soldier from the Navajo Nation who was killed in Afghanistan last week. Tom joined the U.S....

County withdraws from Blackfeet policing deal (August 27, 2009)

Commissioners in Glacier County, Montana, agreed to pull out of a law enforcement agreement with the Blackfeet Nation. The commissioners will hold public hearings and discuss the agreement before taking...

Yankton Sioux Tribe pleased with land decision (August 27, 2009)

The Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota hopes a long-running dispute over the status of its reservation has ended with a decision from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals The...

Viejas Band changes focus of shopping center (August 27, 2009)

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians is changing the focus of its outlet mall in southern California. The tribe is adding a bowling alley to the Viejas Outlet Center. It's...

Standing Rock Sioux court hears election case (August 27, 2009)

A candidate for chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is in court today to challenge the results of a primary vote. Avis Little Eagle, who currently serves as vice...

Foundation preserves Native advocate's home (August 27, 2009)

The New York home of Matilda Joslyn Gage, a woman who advocated for Native rights, women's suffrage and abolition of slavery, will be turned into a museum and learning...

Tribes win stimulus funds for justice programs (August 27, 2009)

Tribes and Indian organizations across the nation are sharing in million of dollars in funds that will support programs to combat violence against women and law enforcement on reservations. The...

Turtle Talk: Vacancies on Federal Circuit Court (August 27, 2009)

"BLT reports that numerous vacancies will be opening soon on the Federal Circuit, which the writers refer to as “patent-heavy.” That’s true, but the Circuit also hears a significant number...

Indian retailers ordered to stop tobacco sales (August 27, 2009)

A federal judge ordered retailers on the Poospatuck Reservation to stop selling tobacco products to non-Indians until a lawsuit over tax-free cigarettes can be resolved. Judge Carol Amon granted an...

Twelve from Awa Tribe massacred in Colombia (August 27, 2009)

Twelve members of the Awa Tribe in Colombia were massacred by armed men, according to news reports. The early morning attack on the Gran Rosario reserve resulted in the...