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July 14, 2010
Tribal Law and Order Act boosts tribal court sentencing authority
Tribal courts will be able to impose three-year sentences under the Tribal Law and Order Act that passed the Senate on June 23. The Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968...

Navajo soldier from Arizona succumbs to injuries in Afghanistan
Chris Moon, a baseball star and former University of Arizona student who left school to enlist in the military, died on Monday after suffering injuries in Afghanistan. Moon, 20,...

Yellow Bird: Indian reservation roads in desperate need of work
"Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., held a Senate committee meeting in the tribal chambers of the Three Affiliated Tribes on July 8 in New Town, N.D. The meeting’s purpose was...

Editorial: Interior right to impose moratorium on offshore drilling
"Despite legal challenges from industry, complaints from local politicians and bad rulings from unsympathetic judges, the Obama administration has rightly chosen to reaffirm its decision in May to suspend deep-water...

Turtle Talk: A State Department payback on Iroquois passports?
"So we should all be familiar with the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) passports dispute (news articles here and here and here). Here’s a possible reason (I say possible with the faintest of...

Column: Pueblo leaders clean up at economic development firm
"The governors of New Mexico's 19 pueblos have taken steps aimed at cleaning up the mess that is the Indian Pueblos Federal Development Corp. The housecleaning follows published reports that...

Youth suicide prevention discussed at Honoring Life Conference
About 200 people attended the Honoring Life Conference at a high school on the Navajo Nation on Wednesday. Tribal youth, educators and health specialists spoke about the need to prevent...

Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone buries skull left in dumpster
The Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada reburied a skull that had been left in a dumpster. The skull was found in April along with some other items....

Sports Illustrated: Lacrosse a centerpiece of Iroquois way of life
"The wood is alive, they say. Yes, a good stick talks to you when it's finished and agleam: begging to be picked up and cradled, demanding that you rake the...

Iroquois lacrosse team plans to board flight to world tournament
The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team expects to board a flight this afternoon to the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships in England after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton intervened in their...

Pascua Yaqui Tribe upset by closure of public elementary school
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona said it will reconsider its relationship with the Tucson Unified School District after the closure of yet another school. The Richey Elementary primarily served...

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe reaches law enforcement agreement
The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe reached a law enforcement agreement with Clallam County in Washington. The agreement will allow the county sheriff to patrol the reservation. One deputy will be on...

White Earth officers arrest three during protest at headquarters
Three members of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians of Minnesota were arrested on Wednesday as part of an ongoing protest against Chairwoman Erma Vizenor. The White Earth...

Michael Preston: Winnemem Wintu Tribe aims to protect culture
"As a member of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe of Northern California, I want to shed some light on what we are doing to protect our culture, land, and way...

Tribal leaders meet in DC to lobby for fix to land-into-trust ruling
The National Congress of American Indians and the United South and Eastern Tribes hosted a land-into-trust summit in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Tribal leaders discussed the U.S. Supreme Court decision...

Editorial: Native Hawaiian recognition bill offers best protection
"Criticism of the Akaka Bill for native Hawaiian recognition has focused mainly on the concerns of the political right, which considers the legislation race-based preferential treatment. But there is also...

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