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April 27, 2010
2nd Circuit blocks foreclosure suits against Oneida Nation
Two New York counties can't bring foreclosure proceedings against the Oneida Nation, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. Madison County and Oneida County foreclosed on tribal-owned land. They...

Rob Capriccioso: Obama remains silent on Native apology
"Did you know that President Barack Obama signed a historic apology resolution addressed to American Indians in December, but he hasn’t drawn any attention to it? As I reported in...

BIA stops lease for Passamaquoddy natural gas terminal
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has officially canceled a lease for a liquefied natural gas terminal on the Passamaquoddy Reservation in Maine. Tribal leaders at Pleasant Point signed a contract...

State challenges Alaska Native corporation's river claims
The state of Alaska is telling an Alaska Native corporation to stop claiming ownership of the Chuitna River bed. The Tyonek Native Corporation owns land all around the river....

Wind River students start support group after girl's death
A group of female students on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming have created a support in group in response to the death of a 13-year-old girl. The Young...

South Dakota county to provide voting material in Lakota
The Department of Justice reached an agreement to protect the voting rights of Lakota speakers in Shannon County, South Dakota. The county agreed to provide election materials in the Lakota...

County backs agreement for Ho-Chunk Nation trust lands
The board of supervisors in Crawford County, Wisconsin, approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Ho-Chunk Nation. The tribe will pay the county annually $1,000 for every acre of trust land....

VOA News: Indigenous people see themselves in 'Avatar'
"An Australian aboriginal instrument called a "didgeridoo" began a special screening of "Avatar" for indigenous leaders from around the world. The event coincided with the 9th Session of the...

Ojibwe tribes request co-management of treaty resources
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Indians and the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians want to co-manage their off-reservation treaty resources with the state. Leech Lake, White Earth and...

Maine tribes seek new leader for tribal-state commission
The Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission is looking for a new chairman. Paul Bisulca, a member of the Penobscot Nation, left the unpaid post in January after four years. He said...

Editorial: Medical community needs more Navajo doctors
"Treating disease and injury on the Navajo Nation is different from medical work anywhere else in the world, as a recent look by The Associated Press into Tuba City Regional...

Oneida Nation spent over $500K for lobbying in New York
The Oneida Nation spent more than $500,000 on lobbying in New York, according to a new state report. The tribe paid $120,000 to the Roffe Group and $401,977 to Citizens...

Editorial: Wind farm in Massachusetts good for the nation
"Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has said that he will announce his decision this week on the fate of Cape Wind, a proposed wind farm off the coast of...

Lumbee group urges chairman to kill recognition contract
Members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina want Chairman Purnell Swett to veto a controversial lobbying contract. The Lumbee Sovereignty Coalition says the contract with Lewin International will end...

Editorial: Chickasaw Nation role at national park a win-win
"Privatization of government services typically draws the wrath of liberals in general and public employees in particular. Witness the aborted attempt in 2001 to privatize maintenance of some Oklahoma...

Editorial: Wisconsin mascot bill something to cheer about
"The state Legislature last week created a fair process for challenging race-based mascots in Wisconsin public schools, giving Native Americans something to cheer about. The bill passed both chambers of...

Editorial: Reasonable settlement in Havasupai blood case
"A bitter seven-year legal struggle between an impoverished Indian tribe and scientists at Arizona State University reached a reasonable settlement when the university’s regents agreed to pay $700,000 and to...

Echo Hawk picks Mike Black as permanent director of BIA
Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk has named Michael Black, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, as the director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Black...

Editorial: Justice delayed for Indian trust fund settlement
"The Obama White House and Congress are compounding two historic grievances as they fumble around trying to multitask settlement offers that need legislative endorsement. All they have accomplished is missed...

Mark Trahant: Health care reform brings more jobs to IHS
"This is simple math: Health care equals jobs. And the new health care reform law means even more jobs. In many communities across the United States, the health care...

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