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9th Circuit rebuffs Samish Nation on treaty rights (December 14, 2009)

The Samish Nation of Washington can't reopen the landmark Boldt treaty rights case, an en banc panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said on Friday. In 1974, Judge...

Washington tribes receive $94M in stimulus grants (December 14, 2009)

Tribes in Washington have received more than $94 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, with the bulk of the money going to five tribes. The five...

BIA backs Seneca Nation Indian preference policy (December 14, 2009)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs says the Seneca Nation of New York can apply its Indian preference policy at an off-reservation business. The BIA said the Civil Rights Act of...

Indian inmate group files lawsuit over tobacco ban (December 14, 2009)

The Native American Council of Tribes says the South Dakota Department of Corrections is violating the religious rights of Indian inmates. The group says Indian inmates aren't being allowed to...

Column: Painting depicts signing of Pawnee treaty (December 14, 2009)

"As early as 1827, Baptist missionaries were urging the creation of a Pawnee Agency for the tribe considered the area’s prominent residents. In 1833, the roughly 10,000 Pawnee, who...

Column: Lynn Malerba makes history for Mohegans (December 14, 2009)

"When Lynn Malerba was elected the first female chairwoman of the Mohegan Tribe two months ago, her mother Loretta Roberge offered some advice. "All I said is, 'As long...

Editorial: Vote on Navajo Nation reform initiatives (December 14, 2009)

"The Navajo people Tuesday have three choices they can make about their own government. The first one, and perhaps most important, is whether to vote. The second one, for those...

EchoHawk names president of SIPI in New Mexico (December 14, 2009)

Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, named Dr. Sherry R. Allison as president of the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, a tribal college in...

Candidate supports Cherokee Nation on Freedmen (December 14, 2009)

Felton Newell, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House, says Congress should not intervene in the Cherokee Freedmen dispute. Newell is challenging Rep. Diane Watson (D-California), who has sponsored bills...

North Dakota tribes back settlement in Cobell case (December 14, 2009)

The United Tribes of North Dakota passed a resolution to urge Congress to approve the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement. The settlement will benefit members of the Mandan, Hidatsa,...

Gang violence an issue for Pine Ridge Reservation (December 14, 2009)

The New York Times examines gang violence on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Officials with the Oglala Sioux Tribe have counted 39 gangs on the reservation. They...

Column: Navajo woman helped settle Cobell case (December 14, 2009)

"Health reform, economic recovery, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — President Obama has had his challenges and taken his share of lumps. But the Indian trust settlement was...

Opinion: Indian plaintiff won't see trust settlement (December 14, 2009)

"Over the course of a long and proud life, Oklahoma native daughter Mildred Imoch Cleghorn, a Fort Sill Apache, understood firsthand that two wrongs do not make a right. But...

Johnny Flynn: Cheating Indians out of land, money (December 14, 2009)

"Moses Bruno, my great-grandfather, was “given” eighty acres of land by the US government in 1887 when he was fourteen years old. The land was his anyway since it...

Editorial: Approve settlement to Cobell trust case (December 14, 2009)

"If members of Congress take the time to examine the history of the Native trust system, they won't have to think twice about approving the proposed $3 billion settlement in...

Editorial: Preventing future trust mismanagement (December 14, 2009)

"The proposed settlement of the Indian accounting lawsuit would end costly litigation that has spanned three presidential administrations and pump an estimated $27 million into Montana with payments to individual...

Mark Trahant: Projects improve Indian health care (December 14, 2009)

"There are two master narratives about the Indian Health Service. First, everyone knows the Indian health system needs more money. Everyone, it seems, except the collective members of Congress who,...