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April 28, 2010
Indian candidates fight for House Democratic nomination
Democrats in Montana House District 15 will choose between two Indian candidates in the upcoming primary. Rep. Frosty Boss Ribs, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, is running for re-election....

Opinion: Dorgan draft energy bill limits tribal sovereignty
"Last month, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) released the draft of a bill intended to “unlock the potential of Indian energy resources.” The bill would amend the Energy Policy Act of...

Coquille Tribe's proposal to join tourism board questioned
The Coquille Tribe wants to join the Coos Bay-North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau in Oregon but not everyone embraces the idea. The tribe wants to add two representatives to...

Editorial: Alaska at a tough place in relations with Natives
"We're at that hard place in Alaska relations. Armed guards enforcing the Tyonek Native Corporation's no-trespassing rules on its lands. Unwelcome visitors by ATV and truck on that same land....

Man enters plea for assaulting woman on Red Lake Nation
A man pleaded guilty to one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury for attacking a woman on the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota. Christopher Michael Strong, 31, admitted...

Man pleads guilty for violent assault on Crow Reservation
A man from Montana pleaded guilty for beating a man on the Crow Reservation with a wooden stool. Armund George Bull Tail, 21, pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous...

University offers course on St. Regis Mohawk Reservation
Members of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York can work towards a master's degree at St. Lawrence University without leaving the reservation. SLU has offered classes on the...

Passamaquoddy group declares victory over gas terminal
Members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point in Maine declared victory in their campaign against a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal. Nulankeyutmonen Nkihtaqmikon, or We Protect Our Homeland, opposed...

Keweenaw Bay activists camp out at planned mining site
Members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan have camped out on public land in protest of a proposed nickel and copper mine. The Stand for the Land...

Snoqualmie Tribe keeps traditions alive with a new canoe
The Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington celebrated the completion of its first ocean-going canoe. The Northern Dipper took six months of work. It will be used by a tribal family...

Yakama Nation marks 30th year since fishing rights ruling
The Yakama Nation of Washington credits a federal judge's ruling with an increase in spring salmon and steelhead runs. The tribe fought for adequate water in the Yakima River...

Squaxin Island Tribe expects to debut golf course in 2011
The Squaxin Island Tribe of Washington plans to open an 18-hole golf course in spring of 2011. The tribe owns the public Salish Cliffs Golf Club. The facility is near...

Recall election proceeds against Little Traverse chairman
The chairman of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan will face a recall election on May 28. Chairman Ken Harrington tried to stop the election...

Oneida Nation foes anticipate a review by Supreme Court
Opponents of the Oneida Nation of New York believe the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually take up a decision affecting the foreclosure of tribal land. in 2003, the Supreme...

Eastern Cherokees debate next move in enrollment audit
Leaders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina are debating what to do about the results of an enrollment audit. Enrollment is linked to the Baker Roll,...

Navajo court to hear dispute over president's suspension
The Navajo Nation Supreme Court hears arguments today in a power dispute between the Navajo Nation Council and President Joe Shirley Jr. The council suspended Shirley last October for alleged...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee takes up bills at hearing
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing tomorrow on three bills. The hearing takes place at 2:15pm and will be broadcast on the Internet. A witness list hasn't been...

Sen. Barrasso proposes changes to trust fund settlement
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), the vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, is proposing changes to the Indian trust fund lawsuit. In a letter to Indian Country, Barrasso suggested...

Steve Russell: Don't head to Arizona without your 'papers'
"I was slow to learn about Indians and complexion, having been born with the name Teehee in a small Oklahoma town. Nobody would question my ethnicity and if I wished...

Salazar approves wind farm despite sacred site concerns
AUDIO: Secretary Salazar | Gov. Patrick | Q&A Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced his approval of a controversial wind farm in Massachusetts at a press conference in Boston today. Salazar...

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