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May 11, 2010
Profile: Melinda Gopher, Blackfeet/Ojibwe, eyes US House
"Through her family’s history, Melinda Gopher knows that one person can make a difference, no matter how difficult the odds or how great the financial disadvantages. And that’s just...

Column: No defense from AIM for Anna Mae Pictou Aquash
"The trial of Richard Marshall in the Annie Mae Aquash murder left me with a sense of dread and sadness that didn't have anything to do with the not-guilty...

Leech Lake fishermen plan treaty rights protest this Friday
Some members of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Indians of Minnesota are going ahead with the Great Anishinaabe Fish-Off this Friday. The fisherman plan to set nets in...

Coquille Tribe no longer paying a local hotel occupancy tax
As part of a settlement, the Coquille Tribe is no longer paying a hotel occupancy tax to the city of North Bend, Oregon. The tribe was paying the tax as...

Sault Tribe begins court proceedings over fishing violations
Three members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan are in tribal court for violating tribal fishing regulations. The three tribal members are accused of illegally...

Southern Ute Tribe close to EPA approval of air quality code
The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado is inching closer to getting its own air quality code approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. The tribe first came up with the idea...

Men in court over swastika-branding incident in New Mexico
Three New Mexico men were arraigned in court for allegedly branding a swastika into the arm of a mentally challenged man from the Navajo Nation.. Jesse Sanford, 24, William...

White Earth council rejects petition to remove chairwoman
Erma Vizenor, the chairwoman of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians of Minnesota, won't face a removal election. Tribal members submitted a petition with 567 signatures last month. They...

San Carlos Apache leader feels betrayed by Rep. Kirkpatrick
Wendsler Nosie Sr., the chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, is no longer on speaking terms with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Arizona) due to her support for a controversial land...

Blackfeet law enforcement deal spurs discrimination ruling
A law enforcement agreement between Blackfeet Nation and Glacier County discriminated against five white deputies, the Montana Human Rights Bureau said. The agreement called for nine Indian deputies and two...

South Dakota school vows effort after 'White Pride' incident
A school board in South Dakota plans to address racial and cultural issues following an incident in which students wore “White Pride World Wide” t-shirts. Six students wore the t-shirts...

Harold Monteau: Let's move away from 'era of intolerance'
"We American Indians know what it is to be discriminated against because of national origin, class, race or religion and we know that we have never wanted to be “equal”...

Kickapoo leaders give ousted chairwoman another hearing
Marilyn Winsea was ousted as chairwoman of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma but she's been given another chance to defend herself against claims of abusing her power. Winsea was ousted...

Rep. Bono Mack 'outraged' with Torres Martinez TANF issue
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-California) said she was "outraged" about the continued abuse of taxpayer dollars by the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians of California. The tribe was fined $1.54...

Appeals court sides with Cayuga Nation in tobacco tax case
The New York Court of Appeals sided with the Cayuga Nation in a tobacco tax case. The court said the tribe can continue to sell tobacco at two smoke shops....

Fort Mojave man avoids death penalty with plea to murder
John Bernard Hemmers, a member of the Fort Mojave Tribe, was sentenced to 18 to 45 years in prison for murdering a man who was dating his sister. Hemmers, 42,...

Spokane Tribe's youth director jailed on sex assault charge
Rod McCoy, a member of the Spokane Tribe of Washington, remains in jail on a sexual assault charge. McCoy, 42, the director of the tribe's youth center, allegedly abused a...

Lumbee leaders host meeting to explain lobbying contract
Members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina met last Friday to discuss a controversial lobbying contract. The meeting was closed to non-members and to the press. But sources told...

Turtle Talk: What a Justice Kagan means for Indian Country
"The answer at this point is — nobody knows, or could possibly know. Solicitor General Kagan has almost no paper record of scholarship on Indian law, no judicial opinions, and...

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