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August 18, 2010
Navajo cousins make bold decisions for Santa Fe Indian Market
"A wolf crossing a stream and Boba Fett, the legendary bounty hunter from Star Wars. What do these two images have in common? Nothing for many, but everything for...

Sprint accuses Crow Creek Sioux telecom firm of phone scheme
Sprint is accusing a telecommunications company created by the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota of overbilling in a lawsuit filed in federal court. Sprint says Native American Telecom...

HUD Secretary testifies at South Dakota field hearing on housing
Shaun Donovan, the Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will testify at a field hearing on Indian housing next week in South Dakota. Donovan will appear...

Supreme Court approves extension in Jicarilla Apache trust case
The U.S. Supreme Court has given the Obama administration even more time to consider an appeal in a trust law case. The Department of Justice has until September 19...

Blog: Lawyer told to pay restitution to Saginaw Chippewa Tribe
"A former Madison lawyer whose efforts to represent an Indian tribe from Michigan a decade ago led to professional misconduct complaints, got a public reprimand from the Supreme Court on...

McCaleb accuses some states of 'still fighting Plains Indian wars'
Neal McCaleb, the former head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, says tribes and states should find ways to work together. McCaleb, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, said the...

Chippewa Cree Tribe signs agreement with FEMA for full funding
The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana signed an agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to receive disaster recovery funds. The tribe will receive the money directly from FEMA, a...

Tony Reyna, Taos Pueblo elder, to receive Spirit of Heard Award
Tony Reyna, an elder from Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, will be presented with the 7th Annual Spirit of the Heard Award. Reyna, a World War II veteran, served two...

Family of Navajo Nation victim grateful for arrest in murder case
The sister of Delando King, a member of the Navajo Nation who was killed in Washington, D.C., said the family is grateful someone has been arrested and charged with his...

Cherokee Nation joins tribes in opposing Arizona immigrant law
The tribal council of the Cherokee Nation voted unanimously to oppose SB1070, Arizona's anti-immigration law. Council members say the law will lead to racial profiling because some Native Americans may...

Federal judge urges Congress to authorize trust fund settlement
The new federal judge assigned to the Indian trust fund lawsuit says Congress should approve the $3.4 billion settlement to the case. Judge Thomas Hogan held his first status conference...

Editorial: Reward Chinook Nation good deeds with federal status
"The Chinook Nation, represented in the replica plankhouse on the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, wants to permanently preserve its culture by receiving federal recognition as a tribe. U.S. Rep. Brian...

Editorial: Tribal Law and Order Act is essential for Indian Country
"Tools for addressing crime on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation are being put into place. A new federal law recently enacted will provide more law enforcement officers, prosecutors and...

Seneca Nation sues to halt state taxation of reservation tobacco
The Seneca Nation filed a lawsuit in federal court to block the state of New York from imposing its tobacco tax on the reservation. The tribe is challenging a new...

Harold Monteau: Tribes should live up to their 'Buy Indian' policy
"In a recent conversation with a struggling Native American entrepreneur who was refused a contract by a large Puget Sound Area Indian Casino because her bid for Ink Pens for...

San Manuel Band to pay $3M to city for law enforcement services
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians reached a law enforcement agreement with the city of San Bernardino, California. The tribe will pay the city $3 million a year. The...

Opinion: Senate maneuvering on Native Hawaiian recognition bill
"The flight path of the Akaka bill now in the Senate has an eerie resemblance to what happened in previous years. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to...

Washoe elder calls for government to return Lake Tahoe to tribe
An elder of the Washoe Tribe says the federal government should return Lake Washoe to the tribe. The lake lies in California and in Nevada and most of the shore...

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