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April 8, 2010
Editorial: Keep the 'Fighting Sioux' nickname in North Dakota
"“In an 8-6 vote Tuesday, the (Standing Rock Tribal) council decided that it wouldn’t discuss the matter until the board makes a decision on the nickname.” So began Wednesday’s story...

Judge urges Congress to approve settlement in Cobell case
Judge James Robertson urged Congress to approve the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit at a hearing in his courtroom today. Key members of Congress reacted positively...

Navajo Nation librarian wins honor for national organization
Irving Nelson, the library program supervisor of the Navajo Nation, has been named Librarian of the Year for 2010 by Reader to Reader, a national nonprofit. Nelson was selected...

Details for Wilma Mankiller memorial on Saturday, April 10
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma released details on the memorial service for Wilma Mankiller (1945-2010), who was the first woman to lead the tribe. The memorial takes place on Saturday,...

Lumbee group plans to discuss contract for recognition bid
Members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will meet next Monday to discuss the tribe's federal recognition effort. The tribe fired longtime attorney Arlinda Locklear, who had been working...

Sue Masten: Wilma Mankiller stood strong for tribal nations
"We, the founding board members of Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations, are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of sister, colleague and friend, the honorable Wilma Mankiller. But...

Census aims for improved count with visits to reservations
Most Native Americans are participating with the 2010 Census via mail but the process is taking a different route in Montana. Tribes asked the Census Bureau to send workers to...

'Nowhere close' to deal in Indian farmer discrimination suit
The plaintiffs in the Keepseagle case are "nowhere close" to a settlement with the Obama administration, attorney Joseph Sellers told The National Law Journal. The plaintiffs represent Indian farmers and...

Labor Department hails Tulalip Tribes for effort with unions
The Labor Department visited the Tulalip Tribes of Washington to learn more about the tribe's dealings with unions. Assistant Labor Secretary Jane Oates praised the tribe for working with unions....

Shakopee Tribe reports Indian Country loans and donations
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota released its annual donation report on Wednesday. The tribe donated more than $30 million between October 1, 2008, and September 30, 2009. Of...

Cherokee Nation opens museum in Supreme Court building
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma dedicated a museum in its historic Supreme Court, the oldest public building in the state. The tribe opened the building in Tahlequah in 1844....

Oglala Sioux officers locate teen girl after overnight search
A teen girl was reported to be in good condition after Oglala Sioux Tribe officers located her semi-conscious, soaking wet and shivering early Wednesday morning. Brianna Waters, 16, and her...

BIA adds more officers on Standing Rock Sioux Reservation
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is sending 25 more law enforcement officers to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) said in a press release. The BIA...

Opinion: Chumash Tribe wields influence on land-into-trust
"The recent announcement that the Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians (Chumash casino) closed escrow on 1,400 acres in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley is the latest in...

Kevin Abourezk: Panel discusses alcohol sales in Whiteclay
"A Winnebago business leader and attorney called massive beer sales in Whiteclay and alcoholism on the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation symptoms of greater economic problems on the reservation. "If...

Salazar presents awards to schools for energy competition
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will present awards to the winning high school and college teams of the 2010 Indian Education Renewable Energy Challenge at a ceremony today in Washington, D.C....

NPR: Remembering Wilma Mankiller, former Cherokee chief
"Wilma Mankiller, whose life encapsulated some of the traditions and the changes that are part of contemporary Native American culture, died on Tuesday. She was 64. In 1985, Mankiller became...

Max Mazzetti, former chairman of Rincon Band, passes on
Max Mazzetti, a former chairman of the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians of California, died on March 25. He was 88. Mazzetti led the tribe from 1947 to 1960 and...

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