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March 19, 2010
Seneca Nation asks Obama to veto cigarette mailing bill
The Seneca Nation has asked President Barack Obama to veto the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act. The bill prohibits the U.S. Postal Service from delivering cigarettes and certain tobacco products,...

MPR: Indian defendants struggling in probation system
"Steven Rock says there's nothing his first probation officer could have done. He wasn't going to listen. "She was never hard or anything; she just wanted me to succeed, but...

BIA admits filling vacant officers won't meet tribal needs
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is working to hire more officers in Indian Country but filling all of the vacant positions won't meet tribal needs, a senior official said on Thursday.

Judge hears arguments in Chehalis Tribe taxation case
A federal judge is set to issue a ruling about the future of a taxation dispute between Chehalis Tribe and Thurston County, Washington. The tribe operates the Great Wolf Lodge...

Chumash Tribe saves city fireworks with $20K donation
The July 4 fireworks celebration in Lompoc, California, will go on thanks to a $20,000 donation from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. The city council eliminated funding for...

Editorial: Nisqually ownership of state park a great idea
"Tolmie State Park, with its 1,800 feet of saltwater shoreline on the Nisqually Reach, has been on the state's closure list multiple times. As state parks and recreation officials have...

Woman sentenced for drugs on Saginaw Chippewa land
A Michigan woman was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for drug trafficking on the Isabella Reservation of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe. Shannon...

Column: Ada Deer still making a difference in Wisconsin
"March is National Social Workers Month, so I wasn’t surprised when my favorite social worker, Ada Deer, stopped by the office recently to make sure I didn’t forget. Ada...

Rival Little Shell Chippewa group to swear in leadership
A rival faction of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana will swear in its tribal council tomorrow. The Little Shell Chippewa Alliance elected John Gilbert as new...

Ski resort accuses tribes of hypocrisy in sacred site flap
The owners of a ski resort that wants to use reclaimed sewage in the sacred San Francisco Peaks of Arizona says tribes are trying to put them out of business....

Lumbee Tribe ends relationship with longtime attorney
The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina has ended its relationship with Arlinda Locklear, its longtime attorney. Locklear, a tribal member, was working for free for the last 20 years. She...

IHS director to appear at health care meeting in Arizona
Indian Health Service Director Yvette Roubideaux, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, will speak at a national health care meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, next week. Roubideaux...

Cobell settlement discussions in Montana, South Dakota
The $3.4 billion settlement to the Cobell trust fund lawsuit will be the subject of meetings this week and next week in Montana and in South Dakota. Today, lead plaintiff...

Jack Jackson: Marking Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
"Since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, nearly 3,500 American Indians/Alaska Natives have been diagnosed with the disease and approximately half of our brothers and sisters have passed on...

Tracey Fisher: Washington takes an interest in Oweesta
"Washington, D.C. seems to be taking an interest in grassroots Native economic development lately. Last week, Oweesta staff testified at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives and...

FDA finalizes rule to limit tobacco advertising and sales
The Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule that restricts the marketing and sale of tobacco to minors and limits advertising of tobacco. The rule, Regulations Restricting the Sale...

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