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January 22, 2010
Arizona governor opposes tribes in national AG group
  Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) doesn't think tribes should be a formal part of the National Association of Attorneys General, a campaign consultant said. Brewer believes tribal attorneys...

Lawsuit for Saginaw Chippewa reservation continues
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan is set to go to court later this year in a lawsuit over the boundaries of the Isabella Reservation. The tribe wants to clarify...

Colorado lawmaker 'sorry' for taking on Native tuition
A Colorado lawmaker says she's "sorry" for introducing a bill that would have affected the Native student tuition program at Fort Lewis College. Rep. Karen Middleton (D) said she didn't...

Sisseton-Wahpeton woman takes state education job
LuAnn Werdel, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, is new the South Dakota Director of Indian Education. Werdel begins her job next week. She replaces Stuart Zephier, who was serving...

Chumash Chair: Reflecting on ten years of leadership
"Ten years ago last month, when I was first elected to the honorable position of tribal chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, I had no idea what...

Indian Country crime gets a second look in Oklahoma
The Indian Country justice system in Oklahoma is undergoing some changes. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma is creating a misdemeanor docket to handle Indian...

House backs three Indian water settlement measures
The House voted largely along party lines to pass three Indian water settlement bills on Thursday. H.R.3254, the Taos Pueblo Indian Water Rights Settlement Act, affecting Taos Pueblo of New...

Groups tackle dog problem at reservation trailer park
About 100 volunteers from five non-profits will head to the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in California in hopes of sterilizing dogs at a troubled trailer park. An estimated 400 to...

Southern California tribal group re-elects key officers
The Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations, an organization that represents 11 tribes in southern California, re-elected three key officials at the group's recent meeting. Lynn Valbuena, the vice chairwoman...

Leader of Maine's tribal-state commission leaves post
Paul Bisulca, a member of the Penobscot Nation, will no longer be serving as chair of the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission. Bisulca took the volunteer, unpaid post four years...

North Dakota tribes discuss Missouri River settlement
Two North Dakota tribes met on Wednesday to discuss the settlement they each received for the loss of hundreds of thousands of acres of valuable land to the Missouri River....

Motive for Cabazon leader's 1981 murder an unknown
Fred Alvarez and two friends were murdered in the summer of 1981 and a man has been charged with their murders. But no one really knows why the vice chairman...

Video: Secretary Salazar reflects on a year at Interior
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reflected on his one-year anniversary as head of the Interior Department. Salazar, a former U.S. Senator from Colorado, said he is changing the way the department...

Editorial: Congress must act fast on Cobell settlement
"After more than a century of obstruction and delays, still another deadline looms for a settlement that would compensate hundreds of thousands of American Indians for billions of dollars lost...

NCAI President Keel to deliver State of Indian Nations
National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel will deliver the 9th annual State of Indian Nations next Friday, January 29. This is the first address for Keel, who was...

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