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The Economist: A new tribal land model in Canada (December 16, 2009)

"THE Amerindian peoples of Canada, where they are known as First Nations, like those in Bolivia, have traditionally held land in common. So the decision by the Nisga’a First...

Alaska Native corporation votes against big mine (December 16, 2009)

The board of directors for the Bristol Bay Native Corp., an Alaska Native corporation, voted against the controversial Pebble copper and gold mind. The board said it was concerned about...

Agua Caliente Band cuts water deal at golf course (December 16, 2009)

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians reached a deal to supply water to its golf course in Palm Springs, California. The tribe entered into a contract with the...

Editorial: Settlement in Cobell case is long overdue (December 16, 2009)

"Congress and a federal judge are the last remaining hurdles in a settlement reached between the U.S. Department of Interior and Native American tribes nationwide. If given final approval, the...

Prairie Island leaders push nuclear waste issues (December 16, 2009)

New leaders of the Prairie Island Indian Community of Minnesota said they will continue to make nuclear waste management a top priority. The reservation sits next to the Prairie...

Editorial: Preservation for sacred Tamanous Rock (December 16, 2009)

"For eons, Tamanous Rock in the Chimacum Valley has been sacred to regional Indian tribes. Its geology is ancient and peculiar, and generations of people can testify that it contains...

Former Mohawk leader arrested on drug charges (December 16, 2009)

Philip H. Tarbell, a former chief of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York, has been charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Tarbell, 67, once led an anti-drug...

Mary Pember: The small picture of the Cobell deal (December 16, 2009)

"When my Uncle Don passed back in 1991, I received documents informing me that he had left me his fraction of land allotments on the Bad River, Red Cliff and...

Audio: House Resources Committee opens markup (December 16, 2009)

Update: The committee returned at 2:18pm. Audio files from earlier parts are below. After considering the first five bills, the committee went into a recess at 12:48pm for votes on...

Gila River Tribe open to highway thru reservation (December 16, 2009)

In what is being reported as a breakthrough, leaders of the Gila River Indian Community say they are open to a freeway on the reservation. The tribe previously said...

Not guilty plea for 1981 murder of Cabazon leader (December 16, 2009)

James “Jimmy” Hughes pleaded not guilty to the 1981 murders of three people, including a former leader of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians of California. Hughes, 52, was a...

Navajo voters back government reform initiatives (December 16, 2009)

Voters of the Navajo Nation backed two government reform initiatives that were championed by President Joe Shirley Jr.. The first reduces the size of the Navajo Nation Council from 88...

Ray Halbritter: Improving tribal-state relationships (December 16, 2009)

"Tribal governments still need – perhaps more than ever – the federal government’s protection from state designs on their land, businesses, and status as self-governing people. In 1934, Congress authorized...

Opinion: Deal won't change much in Indian Country (December 16, 2009)

"Last week, the Obama administration offered $3.4 billion to settle the long running Cobell Indian Trust lawsuit. The offer still has to be approved by Congress, but if it is,...

Editorial: Act quickly to approve Cobell settlement (December 16, 2009)

"The announcement that the federal government has agreed to settle one of the largest and most complex class-action lawsuits this nation has ever faced is welcome news not only for...

Reviews: 'Palestine, New Mexico' set on reservation (December 16, 2009)

"Palestine, New Mexico," a play set on a reservation in New Mexico, received less than favorable reviews after its debut in Los Angeles, California. Russell Means (Oglala Lakota) plays...

Agenda for Senate Indian Affairs business meeting (December 16, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a business meeting tomorrow to consider pending legislation. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place last week but Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North...

Witness List: Senate hearing on Cobell settlement (December 16, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow to address the Cobell settlement. The hearing takes place immediately following a business committee meeting at 2:15pm in Room 628...