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July 20, 2010
Opinion: Traditional fishing continues at the Hesquiaht First Nation
"Hesquiaht First Nation is a confederation of several small tribes, which amalgamated to create the current Hesquiaht Nation and it is located in an isolated harbor on the West Coast...

Dispatch: 100 years of white settlement on a Montana reservation
"This year is the centennial anniversary of the Flathead Indian Reservation being opened to settlers. In 1910, under the Homestead Act, settlers were allowed to claim land that had been...

Opinion: White people will give Indians anything for past misdeeds
"White people make a show of supporting Native Americans much as they did Barack Obama—to avoid any accusations of racism. Society is too willing to give both anything, whether they...

Arizona governor redirects some stimulus money to border tribes
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) said she will redirect nearly $10 million in federal stimulus funds to address border security. Three tribes along and near the U.S.-Mexico border will share...

Former BIA detention center officer pleads guilty to sexual abuse
A former corrections officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual abuse of a ward. Judson P. Elk, 37, admitted that he engaged in...

Rosebud Sioux man sentenced to 51 months for attack on ex-wife
A man from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison for an attack on his ex-wife that has left her with permanent...

Santa Fe Indian School open to funding to renovate famed venue
Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico will need $4.5 million to renovate the famed Paolo Soleri Amphitheater, the superintendent said. Superintendent Everett Chavez has not committed to keeping...

Man asks San Felipe Pueblo to study reported Spanish inscriptions
A New Mexico man has asked San Felipe Pueblo for permission to study what he believes may be the oldest Spanish inscriptions in the state. Mike Smith found the...

Crow Tribe looking for a loan to plug $2.1M deficit in latest budget
The Crow Tribe of Montana is in a deficit for the second year in a row, Chairman Cedric Black Eagle said. The tribe's budget has a $2.1 million deficit. That's...

Shinnecock Nation endures another delay over federal recognition
The Shinnecock Nation of New York almost joined the list of federally recognized tribes on Monday but a challenge will force another delay in the process. The tribe was the...

Tribal Law and Order Act due for consideration in House this week
The Tribal Law and Order Act is up for consideration in the House this week. The bill strengthens law and order on reservations and in Alaska Native villages. It encourages...

Law Article: Treasury study of tribal economic development bonds
"In the July 12, 2010 Federal Register, the Department of the Treasury (the “Department” or “Treasury”) published a notice and request for comments (the “Notice”), with respect to tribal economic...

Column: Quileute Nation history just as exciting as a movie script
"With the success of the "Twilight" series, the Quileute Nation and inhabitants of LaPush have found themselves thrust into the spotlight. While many movie fans may have trouble distinguishing...

Ute Tribe fires back at energy company in fight over development
The Ute Tribe of Utah said it might ban an energy company from the reservation. The tribe signed an agreement with QEP Field Services, a subsidiary of Questar Corporation to...

Chickasaw Nation ready for August move to $145M medical center
The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma held a dedication ceremony on Monday for its new health center. The $145 million Chickasaw Nation Medical Center replaces an aging facility. The 370,000...

Osage Nation announces results of runoff for chief, assistant chief
The Osage Nation of Oklahoma elected a new principal chief and a new assistant chief. John D. Red Eagle won the election for chief. He is the current assistant chief....

Federal charges likely in case over branding of Navajo Nation man
Federal hate crime and kidnapping charges are possible in the case of a Navajo Nation man who was branded with a swastika, The Farmington Daily Times reports. Three men face...

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