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August 2, 2010
Senate vote anticipated this evening on bill with Cobell settlement
The Senate is expected to vote this evening on a bill to settle the Indian trust fund settlement and to settle a lawsuit with African-American farmers. The National Black Farmers...

BIA approves Saginaw Chippewa Tribe land-into-trust application
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved a land-into-trust application for the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. The BIA is taking public comments for 30 days on the decision to...

Kimberly Craven: Congress should do more work on Cobell lawsuit
"Today, the Senate will be asked to approve by unanimous consent settlement of the proposed Cobell lawsuit (Cobell v. Salazar). Senators are not being advised that the proposed settlement is...

Supreme Court approves extension for Jicarilla Apache trust ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court has given the Obama administration more time to consider an appeal in a trust law case. In December 2009, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled...

Sen. Johnson schedules hearing on Indian housing in South Dakota
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee and the Senate Banking Committee will hold a joint hearing on Indian housing in South Dakota on August 25. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota), a...

San Manuel Band won't see change with Tribal Law and Order Act
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of California doesn't expect to see much change under the newly-signed Tribal Law and Order Act. The tribe has reached law enforcement agreements...

Mark Trahant: Tribal Law and Order Act only one part of the picture
" It’s trite to say, “everything is connected.” It’s a phrase that comes up in the context of family, the environment, or perhaps, philosophy. When the subject is reservation violence,...

Editorial: Tribal Law and Order Act addresses centuries of neglect
"The notion of only one federal patrolman available to police a 2.3 million-acre beat presents ludicrously impossible odds for law enforcement. Yet that was often the case on the Standing...

Editorial: Tribal Law and Order Act long overdue in Indian Country
"President Barack Obama has carried out his promise to enact new measures aimed at bringing down the level of crime in Indian country. Some Oklahoma Indian leaders were on hand...

Oglala Sioux Tribe receives $42M from BIA to build justice center
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota will use $42 million in self-determination funds to build a justice center on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The Pine Ridge Justice Center will...

New Mexico tribe to use $1M grant to rebuild historic trading post
Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to restore an historic trading post on the reservation. The Santo Domingo Indian...

Man charged with manslaughter over death on Shinnecock Nation
A man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a 15-month-old boy on the Shinnecock Nation in New York. Pedro Jones, who is not a tribal...

New director of BIE to participate in live chat for Indian education
Keith Moore, the new director of the Bureau of Indian Education, will participate in a web chat on Indian education on August 11. Moore, a member of the Rosebud Sioux...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe starts up telecommunications company
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is providing cellular phone and wireless broadband service with its new telecommunications company. Standing Rock Telecommunications serves residents on the reservation, which straddles the North...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe ready for Indian Health Service center
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts will be getting its first Indian Health Service facility since gaining federal recognition. The $675,000 center will consist of an an administration building and...

Editorial: Tribal Law and Order Act provides for safer communities
"The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, signed into law on Thursday by President Barack Obama, provides an important step forward in giving American Indian nations the tools combat...

Lance Morgan: The days of taking from Indian Country still ongoing
"If you want to be involved in tribal economic development, it helps to be an optimist. I have always been the ultimate optimist and have helped build Ho-Chunk, Inc., a...

Editorial: Tribal Law and Order Act brings justice to Indian Country
"Finally, some justice — Part II. With a stroke of his pen, President Obama brought some long-overdue justice to Indian Country by signing the Tribal Law and Order Act. The...

Tim Giago: New generation changes minds about race in Rapid City
Have you ever witnessed a scene or overheard a conversation wherein an irony became a replica of itself; irony imitating irony? I believe that’s what happened to me last week...

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