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May 4, 2010
MPR: Great Anishinaabe Fish-Off still planned in Minnesota
"White Earth Indian Reservation, Minn. — Some members from the White Earth Band of Ojibwe still intend to demonstrate their off-reservation fishing rights, despite efforts by tribal government leaders from...

New Mexico tribe awarded $1M through NAHASDA program
Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico has received $1 million in federal funds for housing projects. The tribe received the money through the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act Indian...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to weigh 'Fighting Sioux' petition
Leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are expected to consider a petition that calls for a referendum on the controversial "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo of the University of...

Plaintiffs in voting rights case seek district for reservation
The plaintiffs in a voting rights case say the Wind River Reservation should be its own district in Fremont County. The plaintiffs, who are members of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe...

Editorial: A vote on alcohol impacts Alaska Native villages
"Bethel voters on Tuesday again take up the question of just how much alcohol to allow into the hub city of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Alaskans wish them good luck, although...

Editorial: Congress must act quickly on Cobell settlement
"It's been 14 years since a lawsuit was filed seeking compensation for the federal government's mishandling of a tribal trust fund and 123 years since the government first began collecting...

Man charged for drive-by shooting on Samson Cree Nation
A man has been charged in connection with a shooting on the Samson Cree Nation in Alberta that authorities say was gang-related. Clinton Roy Green, 20, is charged with discharging...

French government returns warrior heads to Maori people
The French parliament approved a law to return the heads of ancestral warriors to the Maori people in New Zealand. The tattooed, mummified heads were taken from New Zealand in...

Army unit wanted to learn from Wounded Knee 'mistakes'
The Colorado Army National Guard wanted to learn from the "mistakes" of the past with a visit to the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. But the unit was...

Ute student prepares to graduate from Haskell University
Tracy Pargeets, a member of the Ute Tribe of Utah, will graduate from Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas on Friday. Pargeets earned a degree in bachelor’s degree in...

Chief Allan reappointed as chairman of Coeur d'Alene Tribe
Chief James Allan has been re-appointed as chairman of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho. Allan has served as chairman since 2005. He was first elected to the tribal...

Coushatta vice chairman to attend 'Casino Jack' screening
David Sickey, the vice chairman of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, will attend a screening of "Casino Jack and the United States of Money" a documentary about corrupt lobbyist...

Elem Pomo Tribe battles plan for housing at ancestral site
The Elem Pomo Tribe of California is trying to stop a landowner from developing Rattlesnake Island, the ancestral Pomo village. "That was the main village for our tribe," tribal...

Keweenaw Bay protest at sacred site brings more support
Members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan continue to camp out on public land in protest of a proposed nickel and copper mine. The Stand for the Land...

Lakota student in court for traditional dress at graduation
Aloysius Dreaming Bear, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, has filed a lawsuit against a public school district in South Dakota because he won't be allowed to wear traditional...

Laura Revels: The three scariest words - You have cancer
"Two summers ago, I heard the three scariest words: You have cancer. How could I have cancer? I felt great! I was active! I felt on top of the world!...

US Attorney in Montana to hire Indian Country prosecutors
The U.S. Attorney for Montana plans to hire three more prosecutors to focus on crime in Indian Country. The money is part of the Obama administration's public safety initiative. The...

Lovejoy launches another run for Navajo Nation president
Lynda Lovejoy, a New Mexico state senator, is making another bid to lead the Navajo Nation. Lovejoy ran for the post in 2006 but lost to President Joe Shirley...

First Nations University plans to sell one of its campuses
The First Nations University of Canada plans to sell its campus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The move is part of an effort to cut costs. The school is in debt...

Column: Greatest social disparity between Natives, Asians
"You can observe the same phenomenon when looking within the U.S. Last week, the American Human Development Project came out with its “A Century Apart” survey of life in...

Former HUD secretary for Bush won't face criminal charges
Alphonso Jackson, a former secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will not face criminal charges, according to news reports. Jackson was accused of trying to steer federal...

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