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July 29, 2010
Elderly man still riding on horse in parade, painted as an 'Indian'
[Video: YouTube] Fred Muzi, 79, continues to paint his skin with red, don a headdress and ride a horse during the annual Fourth of July parade in Needham, Massachusetts....

Alaska Native leaders tell EPA to reject huge Pebble mine project
Alaska Native leaders spoke against the controversial Pebble Mine during a listening session with Lisa Jackson, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Leaders from villages and corporations said the...

Former Mashantucket chairman in court for default on bank loan
Michael Thomas, the former chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut, is being sued in state court for allegedly defaulting on a bank loan. Thomas was offered an...

Red Lake woman sentenced to 30 years over murder and assault
A woman from the Red Lake Nation of Minnesota was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison on murder and assault charges. Patricia Ann Brown, 19, was convicted of one...

House panel hears dispute for management of Navajo trust fund
The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on Wednesday on H.R.4384, a bill affecting the Utah Navajo Trust Fund. In 1933, Congress created a trust fund for members of...

Schwarzenegger won't back Tule River land-into-trust application
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) won't support a land-into-trust application even though local officials have reached a cooperative agreement with the Tule River Tribe. Schwarzenegger was pressured by gas station...

PETA to put up billboards targeting Eastern Cherokee bear parks
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is putting up four billboards to warn people not to visit the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. PETA opposes...

County in California offers a seat to tribes on lake advisory panel
Supervisors in Lake County, California are offering a seat to tribes on the Clear Lake Advisory Committee. The tribes reportedly asked for individual seats. But the county wouldn't agree to...

Two candidates so far for Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara chairman
In 2006, 17 people filed to run for chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota, The Bismarck Tribune reports. This year, only two people have filed:...

Meskwaki woman questions GOP vote against Tribal Law and Order
Christina Blackcloud-Garcia, a member of the Meskwaki Tribe, is disappointed that an Iowa Republican voted against the Tribal Law and Order Act. Blackcloud-Garcia told The Iowa Independent that the bill...

Blog: Republicans ought to explain Tribal Law and Order opposition
"I mentioned briefly yesterday afternoon that Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) voted last week against a measure to make it easier "for Native American tribal courts to prosecute non-natives who commit...

IPR: Michigan tuition waiver limited to federally recognized tribes
"Only some American Indians in Michigan will qualify for a college tuition waiver this fall. Until this month, any Native American student could waive tuition at public universities if they...

White House ceremony for Tribal Law and Order Act this afternoon
President Barack Obama will sign the Tribal Law and Order Act at the White House this afternoon. Tribal leaders, advocates for Native women and sponsors of the bill are expected...

Energy company challenges Ute Tribe on banishment proceeding
An energy company is asking a federal judge to stop the Ute Tribe of Utah from proceeding with a banishment. QEP Field Services, a subsidiary of Questar Corporation, operates five...

GAO report finds federal agencies not in compliance with NAGPRA
Federal agencies have failed to comply with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act even after being given more than a decade to do so, the Government Accountability Office...

Judge blocks major provisions of Arizona's anti-immigration law
A federal judge blocked the most controversial provisions of SB1070, Arizona's anti-immigration law. Judge Susan R. Bolton said police officers in the state cannot ask a person about his or...

Ramona Two Shields represents tribes in Silver Haired Assembly
Ramona Two Shields, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, is representing tribal interests at the North Dakota Silver Haired Legislative Assembly. Two Shields, 68, is the...

Sen. Dorgan not planning to address worries on land-into-trust fix
Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said he's not planning to address concerns about a fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in...

Yakama Nation files suit to halt shipment of garbage from Hawaii
The Yakama Nation of Washington and three environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture to block the shipment of garbage from Hawaii to a landfill next to...

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