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April 20, 2010
Alaska Native ICWA case considered a petition to watch
SCOTUSBlog has listed Hogan v. Kaltag Tribal Council as one of its U.S. Supreme Court petitions to watch. In the case, Alaska questions whether federally recognized tribes can resolve Indian...

Witness list for House Resources hearing on Indian bills
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on three Indian bills. The hearing takes place at 10am in Room 1324 of the Longworth House Office Building. It...

Navajo Nation college appoints two acting copresidents
Dine College, a tribal college on the Navajo Nation, has appointed two co-presidents amid an investigation of President Ferlin Clark. Ron Belloli, vice president of finance and administration, and Curtis...

Chief who opposed liquor ban pleads to booze violation
A newly elected leader of the Mushuau Innu First Nation in Labrador has pleaded guilty to violating the reserve's ban on liquor. Deputy chief Simon Pokue campaigned against the...

Testimony resumes in trial of Aquash murder defendant
Testimony resumed on Monday in the trial of a man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash Judge Lawrence Piersol refused to grant a mistrial on...

Michigan paper takes credit for breaking Abramoff story
The Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun of Michigan is taking credit for publishing the first stories on the Jack Abramoff scandal. The paper looked into the issue when members of the...

Tester introduces bill to cut BIA out of home site leases
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) introduced the Senate version of the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (HEARTH) Act. The bill cuts the Bureau of Indian Affairs out of the...

Senators seek funds for Indian Country emergency fund
In 2008, Congress created a $2 billion "emergency fund" for Indian Country law enforcement, public safety and water projects Despite the significance of the investment, no money has ever been...

Obama reviews stance on indigenous rights declaration
President Barack Obama is reviewing the federal government's stance on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The United States was one of four nations that voted against the...

BIA to develop new assessment for Navajo power plant
The Bureau of Indian Affairs plans to submit a new biological assessment for a controversial power plant on the Navajo Nation. The BIA withdrew the assessment for the Desert Rock...

Crow Creek Sioux chair loses reelection bid by 11 votes
Members of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota went to the polls last Thursday. Incumbent chairman Brandon Sazue Sr. lost his bid for re-election by just 11 votes....

Supreme Court takes up Apache man's restitution case
The U.S. Supreme Court today heard a criminal restitution case involving a member of Mescalero Apache Nation of New Mexico. Brian Russell Dolan pleaded guilty to a violent attack on...

Morongo Band contributes $20K to assist area charities
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians donated $20,000 to the Sun Lakes Country Club Charitable Trust. The money was contributed for Charity Week, an annual fundraising campaign that helps charities...

Dakota descendants to press trust claims in lower court
The plaintiffs in the Wolfchild trust case said they will continue to press their claims despite being rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The plaintiffs represent Dakota descendants...

Opinion: Appropriating Native culture once again trendy
"Recently, I’ve seen a lot of people walking around with feathers in their hair, and it kind of pisses me off. Maybe you haven’t noticed the recent hipster trend of...

Village battles BIA over Oneida Nation's land-into-trust
The village of Hobart, Wisconsin, is fighting a decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to place land into trust for the Oneida Nation. The village says the BIA violated...

Judge delays hearing over Mishewal Wappo recognition
For the second time, judge has delayed a hearing in the federal recognition lawsuit of the Mishewal Wappo Tribe of California. A status conference that was scheduled for Monday was...

One Indian serving on Montana redistricting committee
Pat Smith, a member of the Assiniboine Tribe on the Fort Peck Reservation, is serving on the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission. Smith, an attorney, will help redraw all 150...

IHCIA seeks to boost number of Indians in medical field
The Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which was signed into law as part of the national health reform bill, seeks to increase the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives...

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