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BIA approves Grand Traverse Band land-into-trust (December 15, 2009)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved a land-into-trust application for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. The application was filed eight years ago. The tribe will use...

Column: Suicide emergency facing Lakota youth (December 15, 2009)

"The recent spate of "cluster suicide" attempts by Oglala Lakota youth at Pine Ridge - 17 last month, 96 from October, 2008 to August, 2009 - has alarm bells ringing...

Editorial: Same old problems for Whiteclay liquor (December 15, 2009)

"A "whole new bunch" of Nebraska lawmakers are ready to go where lawmakers before them have gone, attempted and failed to solve the alcohol issues arising from the location between...

Native woman thanks officers for saving newborn (December 15, 2009)

A Native woman and her family thanked police officers in Winnipeg. Manitoba, for saving her newborn infant. Heather Richard, 32, didn't know she was pregnant when she gave birth at...

Choctaw Nation creates unit to protect burial sites (December 15, 2009)

The Choctaw Nation is the first in Oklahoma with a crime scene investigator team. Terry Cole and Dr. Ian Thompson recently completed an archeological law enforcement class. They will assist...

Haskell president detailed to yet another BIE post (December 15, 2009)

Haskell Indian Nations University President Linda Sue Warner has been detailed to another post at the Bureau of Indian Education. Warner, a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, was...

Navajo chapter eyes investigation of Shiprock Fair (December 15, 2009)

Members of the Shiprock Chapter of the Navajo Nation voted to request an investigation into the Shiprock Navajo Fair. A resolution passed by the chapter cites alleged improprieties at the...

Newcomer chosen to lead Saginaw Chippewa Tribe (December 15, 2009)

Newcomer Dennis "Vince" Kequom Sr. has been elected chief of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. Kequom was sworn in this morning after being chosen by fellow council members. He...

House panel to consider Indian arts, Hawaiian bill (December 15, 2009)

The House Natural Resources Committee holds an open markup session tomorrow. Two bills of note are on the agenda. They are: • H.R. 725, the Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments...

Al Jazeera: Louisiana tribe slowly losing homeland (December 15, 2009)

"The wetlands of the Mississippi Delta are disappearing with severe consequences for the whole Gulf coast, its people, its industries and its environment. The Delta's wetlands are being destroyed...

First lady shows Indian Native holiday ornaments (December 15, 2009)

First Lady Michelle Obama gave Oprah Winfrey a tour of the White House and showed off a Christmas tree with ornaments from two tribes. The Eagle Shield Senior Center...

Judge reinstates Shirley as Navajo Nation leader (December 15, 2009)

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. was back on the job on Monday night after winning a court ruling in his battle with the Navajo Nation Council. Shirley was suspended...

New Mexico tribe still waiting on stimulus funding (December 15, 2009)

Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico was awarded a stimulus grant to study geothermal energy but the tribe says the Obama administration has been slow to release the money. The tribe...

Mashantucket Tribe hosts party for needy children (December 15, 2009)

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut held its 9th annual holiday party for needy children and their families. The tribe invites children from agencies of the United Way of...

Puyallup Tribe asks Alaska Natives for information (December 15, 2009)

The Puyallup Tribe of Washington is asking Alaska Natives for help with a history project about the old Cushman Indian Boarding School and the old Cushman Hospital. People who...

Shinnecock Nation wins federal recognition ruling (December 15, 2009)

The Shinnecock Nation of New York deserves federal recognition, the Bureau of Indian Affairs said today. The tribe met all seven criteria for recognition, the BIA said in a press...

Republican poll ties Hayworth to Abramoff scandal (December 15, 2009)

  A Republican polling firm is linking former Congressman J.D. Hayworth (R-Arizona) to the Jack Abramoff scandal in a survey that was commissioned by supporters of Sen. John McCain...

Bill Means: Cobell settlement a rip-off for Indians (December 15, 2009)

"With all due respect to Elouise Cobell, lead plaintiff in a recently settled lawsuit over American Indian trust funds, I think the United States is continuing a policy of "Indians...

Editorial: At last, a settlement to Cobell trust case (December 15, 2009)

"For the last 13 years, the case of Cobell v. Salazar has wound its way through the United States District Court for the District of Columbia like a latter-day version...

Jodi Gillette: Agencies work on consultation plans (December 15, 2009)

"As part of the President Obama's commitment to regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with federally recognized Indian tribes, we are pleased to update you on the implementation of the...