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May 27, 2010
Navajo Nation president disqualified from seeking third term
The Navajo Election Administration says President Joe Shirley Jr. can't run for a third term in a dispute likely to end up in tribal court. Tribal law imposes a two-term...

Three sentenced for cocaine trafficking on Red Lake Nation
Three people were sentenced for their roles in a cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking ring on the Red Lake Nation of Minnesota. Vanessa Marie Sagataw, 24, was sentenced to 30...

Crow Reservation man pleads in fatal drunk driving accident
A 19-year-old man from the Crow Reservation in Montana pleaded guilty in connection with a drunk-driving accident that left one person dead and another permanently paralyzed. Jeremy Flatmouth admitted he...

USDA funds 27 rural development projects in Indian Country
The Department of Agriculture announced funding for 27 rural development projects in Indian Country. The grants will help fund help fund rural businesses, start new businesses, save and create jobs,...

Red Lake Nation settles case over unused detention facility
The Red Lake Nation of Minnesota has reached a settlement over a juvenile detention facility on the reservation. The tribe used $2 million in federal and tribal funds to build...

Company blocks Keweenaw Bay protesters from sacred site
Kennecott Eagle Minerals has erected a perimeter around a site that is sacred to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan. Kennecott, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto, is leasing the...

Oglala Sioux women reach settlement for voting rights case
Two members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe reached a settlement with the state of South Dakota in a voting rights case. Eileen Janis and Kim Colhoff were convicted in federal...

Tulalip Tribes report 70 percent participation in 2010 Census
As of last month, 70 percent of households on the Tulalip Reservation in Washington participated in the 2010 Census. That's a big improvement from the 2000 Census. Only 54 percent...

Former Indian center director solicits funds to pay for theft
Edward Smiley, the former director of the Farmington Indian Center in Farmington, New Mexico, is trying to raise money to repay the city for the money that he allegedly...

Officer cites discrimination after Indian colleague promoted
A police officer in Farmington, New Mexico, who filed an age and race discrimination lawsuit after an Indian colleague was promoted has reportedly reached a settlement. Sgt. Ron Anderson, whose...

Third person charged for rape and murder of Navajo woman
    Authorities arrested a third man in connection with the rape and murder of a Navajo Nation woman in Farmington, New Mexico. Elmer Billy, 45, was charged with...

Nisqually Tribe drops plan to acquire surplus Navy property
The Nisqually Tribe of Washington won't try to acquire a former U.S. Navy site. The tribe asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs to acquire a lab and pier on Fox...

Yurok Tribe reaches child welfare agreement with California
The Yurok Tribe reached a child welfare agreement with the California Department of Social Services, the second agreement of its kind in the state. The tribe will receive federal funds...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe wins approval to open credit union
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan is set to open a credit union this fall. The Chippewa Eagle Federal Credit Union won approval from the National Credit Union Administration, a...

Interior to cancel off-shore drilling projects in Arctic Ocean
The Obama administration is canceling leases for five off-shore drilling projects in the Arctic Ocean and is announcing a six-month moratorium on new deepwater oil wells, according to news reports....

10th Circuit ends Northern Arapaho man's jurisdiction case
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to consider whether a crime committed by Andrew Yellowbear Jr., a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, occurred in Indian Country. Yellowbear was...

Native Sun: Deputy reached for gun, not taser, in fatal shooting
This story was written by Randall Howell and is copyright Native Sun News. RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA -- The sheriff’s department deputy who fatally shot an Oglala Lakota man in...

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