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April 26, 2010
Video: Obama delivers message at Gathering of Nations
President Barack Obama delivered a video message at the 27th annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Friday. "Native Americans, the first Americans, have always been a...

Vernon Lane, former Lummi Nation chairman, dies at 79
Vernon Lane, a former chairman of the Lummi Nation of Washington, died on April 21 after a long struggle with lupus. He was 79. Lane served on the tribal council...

New Mexico tribe celebrates $1M water delivery system
Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico turned on a new water delivery system that was funded by the Department of Agriculture. The $1 million system includes about 35,000 feet of water...

Torres Martinez Tribe to pay fine with reduction in grant
The Administration for Children and Families says the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians of California can pay off a $1.2 million fine through a reduction in its annual grant. The...

Opinion: Alaska Native opposition to huge Pebble mine
"Among our Alaskan Native tribes, a promise made is a promise kept. For generations, survival in the Far North depended on this trust. Such promises over the generations have kept...

Cherokee and Cheyenne football players drafted to NFL
Two American Indian players were drafted by the NFL this year. Sam Bradford, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, was drafted by the St. Louis Rams. He...

Appeals court rejects new trial in case over Native jury
An Alaska Native man whose trial was moved 450 miles away from his Native community lost his bid to overturn his assault conviction. Gregory Lestenkof wanted to be tried among...

Alaska Native hunters told to purchase US duck stamps
The Association of Village Council Presidents is trying to get the Interior Department to rescind a legal opinion that says Alaska Native hunters must buy U.S. duck stamps. The...

Brownback pushes White House for apology ceremony
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) is pressing President Barack Obama to hold a public ceremony to apologize to Native peoples for being mistreated by the United States. Brownback first introduced...

Lac du Flambeau president remains in power amid feud
Jerome "Brooks" Big John will continue to serve as president of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians pending resolution of a tribal court case, The Ojibwe...

House Speaker Pelosi backs settlement for Cobell case
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California), the Speaker of the House, added her support to the $3.4 billion settlement in the Indian trust fund lawsuit. "I'm committed to finding funding for the...

Supreme Court asks for DOJ views on Alaska ICWA case
The U.S. Supreme Court has asked the Department of Justice for its views on a Hogan v. Kaltag Tribal Council. In the case, Alaska questions whether federally recognized tribes can...

At least five candidates seek Navajo Nation presidency
At least five candidates plan to run for president of the Navajo Nation, The Farmington Daily Times reports. Donald Benally and Rex Lee Jim have filed their papers and paid...

Editorial: Public suffers in Coeur d'Alene policing dispute
"A stubborn clash was reignited last week between the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe and Benewah County over tribal police authority. It may look like a routine he-said-she-said standoff, but the...

Editorial: Fighting drug trafficking on the Navajo Nation
"Headlines in the war on meth were made last week when federal and tribal authorities announced arrests following an interagency undercover operation. The resulting shared insight into the meth problem...

Clock ticking for Congress to approve Cobell settlement
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, said she's frustrated by the failure of Congress to approve a $3.4 billion settlement to the case. "All we...

Salazar expected to make wind farm decision by Friday
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to announce a decision on a controversial wind farm in Massachusetts by Friday. The Cape Wind has generated significant controversy. Litigation is expected no...

Kevin Abourezk: Finding a little bit of hope at Whiteclay
"Jack Andersen pulled beer cans and plastic bottles from a flooded ditch Saturday, trying to make a dent in the pile of garbage that had collected for untold months...

Column: White Earth leader prefers diplomacy on treaty
"Erma Vizenor is tribal chairwoman of the White Earth band of Chippewa, whose 48,000-acre reservation lies in northwest Minnesota. The reservation is home to 530 lakes and three river systems,...

Charles Trimble: A Lakota sense of place on reservation
A few years back the hot topic in academic and literary circles was that of “sense of place.” Spanish-American philosopher/author George Santayana described it best when he wrote “...the freest...

Tim Giago: Democrat reaches out to South Dakota tribes
It has been more than 30 years since a Democrat sat in the seat of the governor of South Dakota. A Democrat who fashions his campaign on the past actions...

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