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February 5, 2010
Oglala Sioux Tribe plans drug testing of employees
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota approved drug testing for all employees. But the testing won't occur unless the tribe finds funding and develops an implementation plan by the...

Rep. Bono Mack calls for probe of tribal TANF program
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-California) called on the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program run by the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla...

Canoe Lake First Nation lays 10-year-old boy to rest
The Canoe Lake First Nation of Saskatchewan was in mourning as the community laid a 10-year-old boy to rest. Keith Iron was killed by a pack of dogs on...

South Dakota tribal leaders meet with US Attorney
South Dakota tribal leaders met with U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson for a "listening conference" on Thursday. Tribes discussed law enforcement, crime, gangs, jurisdiction and youth. One big concern was suicide...

Coeur d'Alene law enforcement bill stirs controversy
A proposed bill that would expand the arrest authority of police officers for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe is stirring up controversy in the Idaho Legislature. The bill would authorize cooperative...

National Guard delivered over 40,000 meals to tribes
The Arizona National Guard delivered over 40,000 packaged meals to members of the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation but some people -- particularly elders who may not understand...

EchoHawk fills positions in regional offices and in DC
Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk is moving to fill some director positions at the Bureau of Indian Affairs although half of the regional offices in Indian Country remain in transition....

Yellow Bird: Indian Country will miss Senator Dorgan
"My way of life has changed since I left Grand Forks. Where I used to have my car serviced in hours, it now takes days. One of my local...

Editorial: Approve wind farm over sacred site concerns
"For nine years, the developers behind the Cape Wind project have jumped through regulatory hoops in hopes of erecting 130 turbines in Nantucket Sound, a near-ideal location -- shallow, protected...

Lummi Nation and county reach agreement over ferry
The Lummi Nation and Whatcom County, Washington, reached an agreement for the continued operation of the Lummi Island ferry. The tribe agreed to a 25-year extension of the lease...

Phillip Martin, former Choctaw chief, passes on at 83
Phillip Martin, the former longtime chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, died on Thursday night at a hospital in Mississippi. He was 83. Martin suffered a massive...

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