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April 6, 2010
Convicted officials removed from Crow Creek Sioux election
The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has removed three convicted felons from an upcoming ballot. Vice Chairman Randy Shields, Treasurer Norman Thompson Sr. and Secretary Thomas Thompson Sr....

Charges dropped against passenger in Pueblo man's death
A judge in New Mexico dismissed charges against a man who was a passenger in the vehicle that struck and killed William Tenorio of San Felipe Pueblo. The New Mexico...

Indian students in Oklahoma participate in language event
The 8th annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair began on Monday. The event is being held at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Over 600 youth...

Wilma Mankiller, former Cherokee Nation chief, passes on
Wilma Mankiller, the first woman to lead the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, died this morning. She was 64. Mankiller was born in 1945 at the Hastings Indian Hospital in Tahlequah,...

Petition forces decision on project by Cherokee sacred site
The North Carolina Utilities Commission will make a decision about an energy project near Kituwah, the ancestral Cherokee home. A group called Citizens to Protect Kituwah Valley and Swain County...

Crow Nation Tea Party criticizes sale of water in energy bid
The Crow Nation Tea Party is criticizing on the Crow Tribe of Montana for selling water as part of an energy project. The group says the sale of water...

Column: Potawatomis come home to ancestral reservation
"Wish-kuk-ke-ash-kuk is his Potawatomi name but Ryan Dyer is the English name he uses most of the time. He is one of the seven members of the Tribal Council –...

Chumash Tribe purchases ranch property for reported $40M
The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians of California announced the purchase of a 1,390-acre ranch property. The tribe bought the land from Fess Parker Enterprises. The purchase price was...

Navajo Nation to create new jobs with help of stimulus grant
The Navajo Nation is creating new jobs for a project to develop a high-speed Internet network on the reservation. The tribe received $33.2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment...

Deadline approaches for Indian farmers discrimination suit
The Obama administration has until April 21 to reach a settlement in Keepseagle case over discrimination at the Department of Agriculture, The Hill reports. The administration has been in talks...

New research looks into urban Native population in Canada
The Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study, an in-depth look into the urban Native population in Canada, was released today. Researchers interviewed 2,614 First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in 11 cities....

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe considers 'Fighting Sioux' petition
Leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will consider a petition that that seeks a reservation-wide vote on the controversial "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo of the University of...

Chickasaw Nation extends smoking ban to more businesses
The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma has expanded its non-smoking policy. Last May, the tribe banned smoking in tribal health centers. Now, all restaurants, food courts and event centers at tribal-owned...

Two New York tribes working to keep their languages going
The Shinnecock Nation and the Unkechaug Nation of New York are working to revitalize their languages. The tribes speak closely-related Algonquin languages. But the last fluent speakers died so they...

Gas station a good business for Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe of Washington is expanding the Gliding Eagle Marketplace with more gas pumps and a coffee stand. The tribe opened the facility seven years ago....

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