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February 3, 2010
Senate Indian Affairs Committee meeting and hearing
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a business meeting and oversight hearing next Thursday, February 11. The business meeting will focus on pending issues. The hearing will look at...

Editorial: Support tribal arrest authority over non-Indians
"The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is supporting proposed legislation that would allow tribal officers to make arrests of non-tribal members on reservation land in Benewah County. Officials in Benewah County...

Wayne Newton draws attention to tribe recognition bid
Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton attracted a lot of attention in the Virginia state capitol on Tuesday as he testified in favor of recognition for his tribe. The state recognizes...

Scholarship helps Indian law students in South Dakota
The University of South Dakota School of Law has created a scholarship program that seeks to benefit Indian students. The school received a $70,000 grant from the John T. Vucurevich...

Mining company owes royalties to Coeur d'Alene Tribe
A mining company says it needs more time to figure out how much money it owes to the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho. Sterling Mining Co. is in bankruptcy court....

Opinion: Don't ignore First Nations fishing rights cases
"Native rights are a head-scratcher, but it's really difficult to understand the province withdrawing from key court cases involving the West Coast fishery. Consider what's happened. The Lax Kw'alaams band,...

Opinion: Phillip Martin led Choctaw self-determination
"Assessing the legacy of former Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Chief Phillip Martin is an exercise that is incomplete without context. Martin was in critical condition at a Jackson...

Grand Traverse Band eliminates general counsel post
The tribal council of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan voted to restructure its legal department and eliminate the position of general counsel. The decision...

North Dakota tribal leaders back Republican candidate
Three tribal leaders have endorsed North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven (R) in his bid for the U.S. Senate. Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation Chairman Marcus Levings, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe...

Little Traverse Bay Bands hires two new police officers
The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan has is expanding its police department with the help of money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009....

Ho-Chunk Nation helps out Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin sent a truck and trailer of supplies to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, whose members have been struggling to recover from a winter storm. The...

Nez Perce Tribe receives ambulance from Hanford site
The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho will be able to provide paramedic and emergency services to its members thanks to a donation from the Department of Energy. The tribe...

Montana sends Yellowstone bison to Ted Turner ranch
Over the objections of tribes and some conservationists, the state of Montana will transfer up to 88 bison from Yellowstone National Park to a ranch owned by media mogul...

San Manuel Band creates fund for tribes hit by storms
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of California has donated $220,000 to a new fund to help tribes that have been affected by winter storms. The San Manuel Band...

Salazar not expecting consensus on wind farm project
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he doesn't expect tribes and the developers of a wind farm to reach a consensus on the controversial project. Salazar went to Massachusetts to...

Former Choctaw chief hospitalized in critical condition
Phillip Martin, the former longtime chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, is in critical condition at a hospital, The Neshoba Democrat reported. Martin, 83, was admitted to the...

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