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County reduces budget as it battles Chehalis Tribe (December 11, 2009)

Officials in Thurston County, Washington, say they are running out of money to pay for a lawsuit filed by the Chehalis Tribe. The tribe operates the Great Wolf Lodge on...

U.S. Attorney in Montana gains Indian law experts (December 11, 2009)

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Montana has added two Indian law experts to its team. Dawn Bitz-Running Wolf, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, will serve as assistant U.S. attorney...

Editorial: Land consolidation program 'worrisome' (December 11, 2009)

"It is hard to understate the significance of this proposed settlement, though it still must clear several hurdles before Indian beneficiaries start seeing checks in the mail. Congress must pass...

Washington tribes react to Cobell case settlement (December 11, 2009)

Washington tribes will benefit from the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement, the leader of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe said. Chairman Ron Allen said the deal enables the Bureau of Indian Affairs...

Lawmakers concerned about auction of tribal land (December 11, 2009)

Members of South Dakota's Congressional delegation are concerned about the auction of land belonging to the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-South Dakota), Sen. Tim Johnson...

Senate committee sets Cobell settlement hearing (December 11, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is moving quickly to address the Cobell settlement. The committee has scheduled a hearing next Thursday, December 17, to discuss the $3.4 billion deal. A...

Hopland Band leaders protest ouster from council (December 11, 2009)

Two members of the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians of California say they were wrongly removed from the tribal council. Beverly Rodriguez and Wanda D. Balderama accused election chair Trina...

Yerington Paiute Tribe vote results in five-way tie (December 11, 2009)

The Yerington Paiute Tribe of Nevada will hold a meeting to discuss how to resolve a five-way tie for a council seat. Voters filled six seats on the council but...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to fill one council seat (December 11, 2009)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts will hold an election on Sunday to fill a council seat. Richard Oakley resigned in October. Four candidates are running to serve the rest...

EchoHawk addresses Indian school safety summit (December 11, 2009)

Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, addressed a summit on Indian school safety this week in Washington, D.C. The Bureau of Indian Education...

Lynne Harlan: A new era in federal Indian relations (December 11, 2009)

"This week, a landmark lawsuit settlement was offered in the Cobell v. United States case. Basically, the Cobell parties sued the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian...

Editorial: Acknowledge past mistakes in trust fund (December 11, 2009)

"We’re glad to see the end is in sight for American Indians’ lawsuit against the federal government over alleged mismanagement of individual trust accounts. Ultimately, the Indians lowered their settlement...

Editorial: A long overdue settlement to Cobell suit (December 11, 2009)

"It’s long overdue, but it appears that finally a agreement has been reached to settle a lawsuit on behalf of Native Americans that was led by Blackfeet tribal member Elouise...

Editorial: Support settlement for Cobell trust case (December 11, 2009)

"The settlement of the Cobell class-action lawsuit on Native American lands deserves the full support of our congressional delegation. The settlement would pay $1.4 billion in compensation to heirs and...

Editorial: Settling more than a century of injustice (December 11, 2009)

"American taxpayers got off easy with a $3.4 billion settlement of a lawsuit over the shameful and incompetent handling of individual Indian trust accounts by the U.S. government. This 13-year-old...

Column: Cowboy banks got paid more than Indians (December 11, 2009)

"Over here you have the bazillions of U.S. bucks doled out to Wall Street’s cowboys for reckless conduct that wrecked the world’s economy. Over there you have a $3.4 billion...