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June 24, 2010
9th Circuit revives Indian preference lawsuit against Peabody
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals revived a messy Indian preference lawsuit against Peabody Energy, the world's largest coal company, and said the Navajo Nation can be joined in the...

Elem Pomo Tribe steps up efforts to reacquire ancestral land
The Elem Pomo Tribe of California is seeking local and federal support to reacquire Rattlesnake Island, the ancestral Pomo village. The 58-acre island was stolen from the tribe in...

New York paper profiles Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation leader
The Rome Observer is running a three-part series on Ray Halbritter, the longtime public face of the Oneida Nation of New York. Halbritter said the death of his aunt and...

Kevin Abourezk: NCAI passes resolution for Cobell settlement
"The National Congress of American Indians voted June 23 to approve a resolution calling for immediate passage of the Cobell v. Salazar settlement by Congress. NCAI’s resolution did not call...

New Mexico court boots Navajo woman off state commission
The New Mexico Supreme Court removed a Navajo Nation woman who was convicted of two felonies from the state on the Public Regulation Commission. Carol Sloan, a Democrat, was found...

Navajo Nation rape suspect turns self in to federal authorities
A member of the Navajo Nation who is wanted on a rape charge turned himself into federal authorities on Wednesday. Sterling Clyde, 30, faces one count of forcible rape. He...

Most claims dismissed in law enforcement discrimination suit
A federal judge has dismissed most of the claims in a lawsuit over discrimination in federal law enforcement on the Crow Reservation in Montana. The relatives of two people who...

NPR: Interview with author of book on Comanche Chief Parker
"In 1836, a 9-year-old pioneer girl named Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped during a Comanche raid in North Texas. She was strapped onto the back of a horse and...

Federal judge holds regular sessions on Hopland Reservation
In what is being described as a first in California, a federal magistrate has agreed to hold regular sessions on the Hopland Reservation. Judge Nandor J. Vadas of the California...

Chippewa Cree Tribe assesses damage after flooding disaster
The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana is assessing conditions on the Rocky Boy's Reservation after suffering through major flooding. Tribal leaders and Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) toured the reservation to...

Opinion: Louisiana tribe suffers through Gulf of Mexico oil spill
"In the last few days I’ve traveled (by car and/or boat) from New Orleans to Grand Isle to an area about 35 miles south and west of Houma that, as...

Indian Country takes aim at alarming rate of Type 2 diabetes
According to the Indian Health Service, about 16 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives suffer from diabetes. Tribes nationwide are looking to change the situation by developing programs to...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee meeting, hearing on June 30
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a business meeting and oversight hearing next Wednesday, June 30. The business meeting will focus on pending committee issues. An agenda hasn't been...

Senate passes Tribal Law and Order Act as part of another bill
By unanimous consent, the Senate passed H.R.725, the Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act of 2010, on Wednesday after including the Tribal Law and Order Act in the bill. H.R.725...

Abramoff not a 'monster' according to new boss at pizza spot
Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff is earning between $7.50 and $10 an hour at his new job at Tov Pizza, a kosher pizza restaurant in Maryland, The New York Times reports....

Labor Department announces $67M in tribal workforce grants
The Department of Labor announced $67 million in tribal workforce grants. About $53 million was awarded to 178 tribes and tribal organizations to provide employment and training services for American...

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