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March 23, 2010
GAO to look at law enforcement issues in Indian Country
The Government Accountability Office will study law enforcement in Indian Country. According to The Sioux Falls Argus Leader, the GAO will look at three main issues: how the Interior Department...

Police search continues for 14-year-old First Nations boy
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police began a search for a 14-year-old boy who went missing on the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba. Police say Tyler Arkinson attended a party...

Survey work starts on major Navajo Nation water project
Survey work began on the $870 million Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project in New Mexico. The pipeline is a component of the Navajo Nation water rights settlement that President Barack...

San Ildefonso Pueblo starts community farming program
San Ildefonso Pueblo in New Mexico hopes to keep its agricultural traditions alive with a new community farm. Tribal members, from toddlers to the elderly, took part in building...

Column: Red Lake educators stayed after school tragedy
"Chris Dunshee came back after suffering a heart attack and lost three more of his "children" this year — one to complications of childbirth, another to an accidental shooting and...

Indian school aids Navajo family that lost two daughters
The Santa Fe Indian School community in New Mexico has been reaching out to a grieving Navajo Nation family. The Peshlakai family lost sisters Deshauna and Del Lynn in a...

Witnesses: SCIA hearing on youth suicide, mental health
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing on Thursday to discuss youth suicide and mental health resources in Indian Country. The hearing takes place at 9:30am in Room 628...

Panel hears concerns over wind farm at Wampanoag site
A panel of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation held its final hearing on the controversial Cape Wind energy project in Massachusetts. Leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the...

Grant to help tribes in Washington with Boys & Girls Clubs
A $101,700 grant from the Washington Attorney General’s Office will help tribes work with the Washington Association of Boys and Girls Clubs The Tulalip Tribes operate the only Boys &...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe pushed on 'Fighting Sioux' vote
A petition asks the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to schedule a referendum on the controversial "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo of the University of North Dakota. Supporters of the...

Cobell team heads to Idaho to talk trust fund settlement
Update: Room change for the April 1 meeting with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Elouise Cobell and the attorneys and experts in the Indian trust fund lawsuit have been busy meeting with...

Cobell asks for support to approve trust fund settlement
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, met with members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana on Monday. Cobell, a member of the...

Leech Lake Band accepts clients at first homeless shelter
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe of Minnesota opened the doors to the first homeless shelter on the reservation. The Leech Lake Homeless Shelter has space for 16 people. Priority...

Oglala Sioux Tribe plans to build a Nebraska nursing home
The Oglala Sioux Tribe announced plans to build a nursing home in Nebraska. President Theresa Two Bulls said work could start this spring once a design is approved and financing...

Rod Van Mechelen: Check Indian ancestry on the Census
Ed. Note: Rod Van Mechelen is a member of the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington. "If every American who is "part-Indian" checked "American Indian or Alaska Native" on question 9 of...

Judge holds hearing over rejected Goshute nuclear dump
A federal judge heard arguments in a lawsuit filed by the Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah against the Interior Department. The tribe wants to store up to...

House panel taking testimony from tribes on 2011 budget
The House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Interior and Environment, is taking testimony from tribal leaders, Alaska Native executives and Indian organizations today. The subcommittee has scheduled two sessions, one in...

Mille Lacs Band expects to fire police officer after charges
The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe of Minnesota expects to fire a police officer who faces criminal charges in state court. Steven Hoberg, 49, is accused of making terroristic threats...

Cherokee Nation shares $2.8M with public school districts
The Cherokee Nation shared $2.8 million in car tag revenues with public school districts in Oklahoma. The tribe, the largest in the state, started its car tag program in...

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