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Joint Rep. Cole and Rep. Kildee statement on Cobell settlement (December 8, 2009)

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) and Rep. Dale E. Kildee (D-Michigan), Co-Chairs of the House Native American Caucus, praised today’s announcement of a long-awaited settlement of the Cobell lawsuit regarding the...

Ponca Tribe opens smoke shop on trust land in Iowa (December 8, 2009)

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska opened a smoke shop on trust land in Iowa. Ponca Smoke Signals is the tribe's first retail venture through the Ponca Economic Development Corporation....

Opinion: Use of Indians as mascots causes damage (December 8, 2009)

"A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving the trademark for the Washington Redskins. That decision left in place a lower court ruling stating that...

BIA won't acquire surplus land for Narragansett Tribe (December 8, 2009)

After seeking a number of extensions, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has dropped efforts to acquire surplus U.S. Navy property for the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island. In a letter...

Mary Pember: Fancy Sky selected for NMAI program (December 8, 2009)

"When I think of my godfather, Mezinaanakwad, Fancy Sky, I picture him sitting calmly in his cozy rez kitchen early in the morning, sipping coffee while listening to jazz....

Statement by Rep. Rahall on Cobell Settlement (December 8, 2009)

Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-West Virginia), the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, today released the following statement commending the Obama Administration's announcement of a long-awaited settlement to the...

Statement by Sen. Tester on Cobell Settlement (December 8, 2009)

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, today released the following statement in response to the settlement of the Cobell class-action lawsuit. “This is milestone...

Statement by Sen. McCain on Cobell Settlement (December 8, 2009)

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) issued the following statement regarding the Administration's announcement of a settlement agreement in the protracted and highly contentions Cobell v. Salazar class-action lawsuit. “The financial mismanagement...

Statement by Sen. Dorgan on Cobell Settlement (December 8, 2009)

STATEMENT BY SENATOR BYRON DORGAN (D-NORTH DAKOTA), CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS “I welcome today’s announcement that a settlement agreement between the plaintiffs of the Cobell lawsuit...

Backlogs at Interior Department subject of hearing (December 8, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow to focus on backlogs at the Interior Department. Land-into-trust, land title, probate and other backlogs often affect the ability of...

Hearing to focus on Utah Navajo trust management (December 8, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on a bill to address the management of the Utah Navajo Trust Fund. In 1933, Congress created a trust...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee postpones meeting (December 8, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has postponed a business meeting that was scheduled to take place tomorrow. The meeting will instead take place Thursday, December 17. The agenda had included...

Gyasi Ross: An exit interview by a Super Fancy Skin (December 8, 2009)

"Gyasi Ross interviews Gyasi “Fancy Skin” Ross and gives insight about this blog, life and his plans for the future. Gyasi Ross (“Gyasi Ross”): Hey, how’re you doing? Thanks...

Mark Trahant: Work together for health care reform (December 8, 2009)

"What do we want in a health care system? It’s a question Dr. Donald Berwick asked an audience of 5,000-plus people at the Institute for Health Care Improvement’s National Forum...

Statement by President Obama on Cobell Settlement (December 8, 2009)

Statement by the President on the Settlement of Cobell Class-Action Lawsuit on Indian Trust Management. “Today, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Attorney General Eric Holder announced that, at long last,...

Recap: Twitter of Cobell settlement announcement (December 8, 2009)

Recap of tweets regarding the December 8, 2009, announcement of a settlement in the Cobell case. 'Major' Indian trust announcement at 10:30am from DC. We'll be at DOI to twitter...

Charles Trimble: On being an 'insignificant nobody' (December 8, 2009)

In 1972, not long before I went to Washington to serve as executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, I was taken up on a high hill for...

'Major' announcement on Indian trust management (December 8, 2009)

Follow us at Twitter for updates on settlement! $p The Obama administration is making a "major" announcement regarding Indian trust issues today in Washington, D.C. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Attorney...