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March 31, 2010
HCN: Back to drawing board for Navajo coal power plant
"The 1,500 megawatt coal-fired Desert Rock power plant – proposed for tribal land in the Four Corners region near Farmington, N.M. -- once seemed like a slam dunk. A...

Rare species of beetle finds home on Agua Caliente land
A rare species of beetle found only in southern California makes its home on land owned by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The Casey's June beetle is...

Economist: Tribes face hurdles for wind energy projects
"Efforts to develop tribal energy face a maddening set of obstacles. Because tribes are sovereign governments, some investors are wary of internal political shifts. Because the federal government holds tribal...

Museums consider challenge to new NAGPRA regulations
Some museums and educational institutions are considering a legal challenge to new Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act regulations that require them to consult tribes about "culturally unidentifiable" ancestors....

Defendant in Indian artifact theft case to plead guilty
Another defendant in the Indian artifact theft case is due to plead guilty, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Dale Lyman, 76, of Utah will be the fifth person to admit...

Editorial: Reach compromise over Alaska Native land bill
"Today residents of the small Southeast communities of Port Protection, Point Baker and Edna Bay will have their say at community hearings about the claims of Sealaska Corp. to tens...

Mashpee Wampanoag woman honored for achievements
Amelia Bingham, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts, was presented with the fifth Pioneering Women award from Cape Cod Community College on Tuesday. Bingham, 87, has...

Gyasi Ross: Cobell a hero and warrior for Indian Country
"I paid close attention to the Elouise Cobell litigation and settlement and am amazed at the meanness and anger of the comments directed at her. Like my grandpa, she recognized...

Navajo bilingual classes popular at school in New Mexico
The Navajo language classes at a public school in New Mexico are so popular there's a waiting list for students to get in. More than 150 students at Ruth...

NCAI encourages Indian Country to take part in Census
The National Congress of American Indians is encouraging American Indians and Alaska Natives to participate in the 2010 Census. Historically, American Indians and Alaska Natives have been the most undercounted...

Quileute Nation selling items inspired by 'Twilight' series
The Quileute Nation of Washington has started a website to sell items inspired by the Twilight series of movies and books. Some of the items on Twilight at Quileute are...

Muscogee Nation plans $1B investment in Tulsa projects
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation plans to invest $1 billion in economic development projects in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a tribal executive said. The projects are centered around land the tribe owns along...

Tribes working to keep cases away from Supreme Court
In 2000 and 2001, tribal interests suffered a slew of losses before the U.S. Supreme Court, prompting the National Congress of American Indians and the Native American Rights Fund to...

Colville woman heading to Italy to discuss church abuse
Clara Vargas, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation of Washington, will testify about Catholic school abuse before the Italian Parliament this Saturday. Vargas, 50, attended St....

San Manuel Band announces $5.6M in community grants
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of California donated $5.6 million ton non-profits and charitable organizations at its second annual Forging Hope luncheon on Tuesday. The largest donation of...

Interior to support development off Alaska's north shore
The Interior Department will open the north shore of Alaska to oil and gas development, according to news reports. Nearly 130 million acres in Chukchi Sea and Beaufort Sea will...

Cobell discusses trust fund settlement at Yakama Nation
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, met with members of the Yakama Nation of Washington on Tuesday. Cobell said about 10,000 Yakamas will be...

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