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June 3, 2010
Couple pleads guilty over hate crime attack on Native man
A man and woman from Anchorage pleaded guilty in connection with a racially-motivated assault against an Alaska Native man. Robert Gum, 19, and Deanna Scaglione, 21, will plead guilty...

Oneida Nation representative attends White House concert
Oneida Nation leader Ray Halbritter attended a concert an honoring for Paul McCartney at the White House. Halbritter was the only tribal leader invited to the event, the tribe...

County delaying election after losing Indian voting lawsuit
Officials in Fremont County, Wyoming, are planning to delay an upcoming election after losing an Indian voting rights case. Members of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe...

Otoe-Missouria educator recognized as Woman of the Year
Sydna Yellowfish, a member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma, was named Oklahoma Native American Woman of the Year by the Changing Winds Cultural Society. Yellowfish has taught Indian...

University of Idaho repatriates artifacts to Nez Perce Tribe
The University of Idaho is set to repatriate artifacts to the Nez Perce Tribe. The items include a sacred whistle, a wooden stick, a button, a shell and a rounded...

Cherokee Nation group retraces Trail of Tears route on bike
Ten members of the Cherokee Nation are taking part in Remember the Removal 2010, a 900-mile bicycle ride that retraces a part of the Trail of Tears. The group left...

Officers didn't believe man who was branded with swastika
Two police officers in Farmington, New Mexico, thought a Navajo Nation man was lying to them about an incident in which he was branded with a swastika. The 22-year-old victim...

Another murder charge over Navajo Nation woman's death
    A second man faces an open count of murder in connection with the rape and death of a Navajo Nation woman in Farmington, New Mexico. Additional evidence...

Menominee group retraces forced walk made by ancestors
Members of the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin are retracing a 70-mile journey their ancestors were forced to make in the winter of 1852. Nearly 2,400 Menominees started the walk in...

Fond du Lac Band holds general election for district position
The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Minnesota holds a general election on June 8 to choose a district representative. Incumbent Sandra Shabiash will face Russ...

Blackfeet Nation narrows candidates for tribal council seats
The Blackfeet Nation of Montana held a primary election for five council seats. Ninety-two candidates ran for the open seats. Voters narrowed the field to 10 candidates for the June...

Opinion: Smithsonian center respects Alaska Native culture
"The culmination of many years of dedicated work by hundreds, indeed thousands of people culminated on May 22 with the opening at the Anchorage Museum of the new Smithsonian's Arctic...

Yankton Sioux Tribe loses bid to block federal land transfer
The Yankton Sioux Tribe lost a lawsuit that sought to prevent the federal government from transferring land to the state of South Dakota. The tribe said land along the Missouri...

Study ties community involvement to Indian youth obesity
A new study in the Journal of Community Health says community involvement can reduce obesity in Indian youth. The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and the Kaiser Permanente...

Colville Tribes welcome ruling in treaty and fishing dispute
The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation of Washington hailed a decision in a long running treaty and fishing rights dispute. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the...

Ute Tribe to schedule referendum on project by sacred site
The Ute Tribe of Utah will let its members vote on a controversial hatchery near a sacred site. The tribe started work on the Springs Tribal Fish Hatchery 17 years...

San Manuel Band spends $185K on candidate for tax board
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has spent $185,000 to support a candidate for the California Board of Equalization, Capitol Weekly reports. The tribe started an independent expenditure campaign...

Campo Band ends controversial plan for reservation landfill
The Campo Kumeyaay Nation of California dropped plans for a controversia landfill on the reservation. Chairwoman Monique LaChappa said the project is no longer in the tribe's best interests. She...

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