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June 9, 2010
Former Rosebud Sioux council member pleads guilty to charge
A former leader of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation of a minor. Valandra was arrested over a year ago, in April...

Audio: Resources Committee hearing on self-governance bill
The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing this morning on H.R.4347 , the Department of the Interior Tribal Self-Governance Act of 2009. The Obama administration does not support the...

Couple enters guilty pleas for hate crime against Native man
A man and woman could each face up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a hate crime attack on an Alaska Native man. Robert Gum, 19, and...

New Mexico court affirms state officer pursuit to reservation
State police officers can pursue members of the Navajo Nation onto the reservation and investigate crimes committed off the reservation, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. David Harrison,...

Navajo Nation Council opposes Arizona anti-immigration law
The Navajo Nation Council passed a resolution that condemns SB1070, Arizona's controversial anti-immigration law. Delegate Kee Allen Begay sponsored the measure. He said it will allow law enforcement to harass...

Nez Perce Tribe sues federal government over irrigation plans
The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho filed suit against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to challenge an irrigation plan. The tribe says the plan does not provide enough water...

Nominations, legislation on agenda for SCIA business meeting
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a business meeting tomorrow. The agenda includes the nomination of Tracie Stevens as chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission. Her confirmation hearing was...

Abramoff expected to complete prison sentence in December
Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff has been transferred from a federal prison to a halfway house in preparation for the completion of his federal sentence. Abramoff pleaded guilty to bank fraud...

Duke Energy in talks to stop development near Cherokee site
Duke Energy is considering a new site for an electrical substation after protests from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Duke started work on the substation near Kituwah, the ancestral...

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe elects a new chief and a new subchief
Voters of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York elected a new chief and a new subchief over the weekend. Official results were not reported but Randy Hart won...

Mohegan Tribe to use federal loan to build government center
The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut will use a $74 million federal loan package to build a community and government center. The multi-level facility will include offices for the tribal...

Osage Nation chief prepares to pass the torch to a new leader
Jim Gray, the outgoing chief of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma, is preparing for the next leader of his tribe. Gray, who served as chief for eight years, expects his...

Ousted chairman of Kiowa Tribe disputes results of recall vote
Donald Tofpi was ousted as chairman of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma but he says the election was illegal. Tofpi was ousted by a 373 to 221 vote on May...

Ute Tribe requests FBI investigation of its business executive
The Ute Tribe of Utah suspended its top business executive and asked the FBI to investigate alleged misuse of funds. Roderick “Rod” K. Ariwite Sr. was hired as chief executive...

Bob Juneau: Pennies on the dollar for trust fund settlement
"The Pre-1966 Indian Money Damage Claims [2415 Indian Claims Program] are distinct from the Cobell v. Salazar lawsuit, but there is concern that the Interior Department is trying to extinguish...

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