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July 1, 2010
Salazar memo cites 1900 pending land-into-trust applications
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has more than 1,900 land-into-trust applications, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a June 18 memo. The majority of the applications are for non-gaming purposes,...

Montana study finds success in treating Indian meth offenders
Montana's methamphetamine treatment program is finding success with Indian offenders, according to a University of Montana study. Indian offenders who completed the program at Nexus Treatment Center were one-third less...

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe leader welcomes investigation into IHS
The leader of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota won't be surprised if an investigation of the Indian Health Service turns up wrongdoing. "Some of this stuff has...

Girl adopted by Paiute family reconnects with First Nation roots
Shalyce Parashonts always wanted to find her birth mother's family and she finally reconnected with the Ucluelet First Nation of British Columbia on Father's Day. Parashonts, now 21, was adopted...

Sen. Dorgan hopes to renew Indian diabetes program this year
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held an oversight hearing on diabetes on Wednesday. The hearing did not focus on a bill but witnesses praised the Special Diabetes Program for Indians,...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee approves Indian housing bills
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved two Indian housing bills at a business meeting on Wednesday. H.R.3553, the Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act, ensures that Indian veterans who receive federal...

Editorial: Partisan gridlock in Senate holds up Cobell settlement
"American history abounds with instances of the federal government breaking its promises to Indian tribes. History isn’t over. One example of federal faithlessness has roots that date back to Grover...

House approves Pueblo jurisdiction, Creek land-into-trust bills
The House voted Wednesday to pass two Indian land bills. H.R.4445, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Clarification Act, clarifies a land and jurisdiction issue for the Indian Pueblo Council Center...

Blog: Operation Alliance brings officers to Wyoming reservation
"Mike Shockley is used to working alone. An officer in the Bureau of Indian Affairs police, he was until recently one of just two assigned to night patrols on the...

Opinion: Blood quantum, enrollment and Indian identity politics
"Last week I wrote about what others have called the "More Indian Than Thou" syndrome. This column gave rise to a lively online discussion and some interesting fallout, including a...

S.E. Ruckman: Kiowa Tribe honors leader on Independence Day
"He was a tall young man who rode on a horse and hunted buffalo from it. He fought hard and fought often. Summers were hot and winters were cold. He...

Miccosukee man sentenced to 12 years over fatal car accident
Thomas Cypress, a member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, was sentenced to 12 years in connection with a car accident that killed two people. Cypress pleaded guilty to two...

Cherokee lobbyist sues over recognition of groups in Tennessee
A lobbyist for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma filed suit against the Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs for recognizing six groups as tribes. Mark Greene says the commission violated...

Kevin Abourezk: Omaha Tribe seeks payment for use of culture
"A Nebraska tribe is seeking 10 percent of the University of Nebraska Foundation's $1.2 billion endowment campaign for a university professor's use of what the tribe calls its "intellectual cultural...

Elena Kagan wraps up confirmation hearings for Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan wrapped up three days of confirmation hearings on Wednesday and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said they expected her to win confirmation...

Cobell settlement in limbo after being removed from Senate bill
The $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit has been removed from a new version of the jobs bill that is being redone in the Senate. The Senate...

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