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July 26, 2010
House Republicans cast 92 'no' votes on Tribal Law and Order Act
The Tribal Law and Order Act passed the House by a wide margin last week but 92 Republicans still found a way to vote against it. The bill enjoyed bipartisan...

Village wants Oneida Nation to hold off land-into-trust application
The village of Hobart, Wisconsin, wants the Oneida Nation to hold off on a land-into-trust application for its new biomass-to-energy plant. The village is willing to sign a lease with...

South Dakota Indians debate 'fattiest' label for beloved fry bread
Health magazine recently put fry bread, South Dakota's official state bread, on list of The 50 Fattiest Foods in the States. Not everyone was happy with the designation. Ansel...

Candidates for Navajo Nation president set for primary next week
Members of the Navajo Nation, the largest tribe in the U.S., go to the polls on August 3 to narrow the field for the presidency. Twelve candidates -- 10 men...

Jim Thorpe's son hopes for friendly resolution of repatriation case
The son of legendary athlete Jim Thorpe is hoping he can work out a deal to settle his Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act lawsuit. Jack Thorpe, 73, a...

Editorial: Residents benefit from Chickasaw Nation medical center
"Most residents have some sense of the tremendous impact the Chickasaw Nation has in our community. For starters, it is our city’s largest employer, with more than 2,000 employees...

Former Rosebud Sioux council member sentenced for solicitation
A former leader of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to a charge of solicitation of a minor. Michael Valandra,...

Opinion: Pollution from huge Pebble mine could hurt environment
"Executives with Pebble Limited Partnership and some of their high-profile supporters, like former House Speaker Gail Phillips, have recently made misleading statements about the location and potential impacts of the...

Mark Trahant: Making the Indian Health Service into 'our' system
"There’s an old joke: A Native American student comes home from a geography lesson, shows his grandfather a map, and then asks, “What did we call the United States before...

Team from BIE school in Mississippi takes first in solar car contest
Students from a Bureau of Indian Education high school in Mississippi took home top honors in the Hunt-Winston School Solar Car Challenge. The team from Choctaw Central High School won...

Heather Kendall-Miller under consideration for seat on 9th Circuit
Heather Kendall-Miller, an Athabascan attorney who works for the Native American Rights Fund, is under consideration for a spot on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, The Recorder reports. If...

Turtle Talk: Law databases use 'Porno Indians' for 'Pomo Indians'
"WestLaw and LexisNexis need to update their scanning software immediately. We noticed in WestLaw’s scan of a recent trial pleading in the ongoing Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians v. Salazar,...

Indian lobbyists expect a tough road ahead for land-into-trust fix
Two Indian lobbyists say a fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar faces an uncertain future despite recent movement on the matter. The House Interior Appropriations...

Cobell remains hopeful despite Senate inaction on settlement bill
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, believes Congress will approve the $3.4 billion settlement to the case. The House has voted twice to authorize...

Interview: Carrie Garrow discusses Haudenosaunee passport flap
"In news stories and letters to the editor of The Post-Standard, many have focused on one question: Why do the Iroquois care which passport they use? Carrie Garrow, executive...

Editorial: Tribal Law and Order Act holds promise for reservations
"With a violent crime rate 2.25 times the U.S. average and fewer than 3,000 Bureau of Indian Affairs officers to police more than 56 million acres, law enforcement on Native...

Opinion: A 'quiet hero' takes on a big responsibility for Leech Lake
"People familiar with American Indian nations know how identity is closely tied to the land. Many also understand that tribal sovereignty includes water and valuable minerals or petroleum below the...

Tim Giago: Mount Rushmore Memorial gets a new superintendent
Two things happened nearly simultaneously at Mount Rushmore a couple of weeks ago. First, the only Native American superintendent to ever be in charge at the Memorial, Gerard Baker, Mandan...

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