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August 27, 2010
Editorial: New York City mayor should apologize for 'cowboy' remarks
"Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent rant about Native people reminds us once again of the abhorrent power of stereotypes. Bloomberg’s vision of Native Americans is that of an uncivilized race stuck...

Blackfeet Nation seeks treatment as state designation from EPA
The Blackfeet Nation of Montana is seeking treatment as state status from the Environmental Protection Agency. The tribe wants to administer its own water quality program under the Clean Water...

Leech Lake Band in talks to host power line through the reservation
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Indians of Minnesota is reportedly in talks to host a power line on the reservation. The tribe has been negotiating a right-of-way agreement with...

Editorial: FSU tells high school to stop using 'Seminole' as mascot
"How does any high school “cease and desist” on a cherished tradition? For generations, the Southeast High School Seminoles have charged the gridiron, stalked the basketball court and cheered the...

Man uses permit from Passamaquoddy Tribe to fish in federal waters
Federal authorities are investigating a fishing captain's claim to harvest scallops under a permit issued by the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine. The captain and the ship had been fishing in...

New York governor cites potential for 'violence' over state taxes
New York Gov. David Paterson (D) will go forward with plans to impose a tobacco tax on reservations despite acknowledging the potential for "violence and death." Starting on September 1,...

Judge expected to issue ruling in Seneca Nation tobacco tax case
A federal judge is expected to issue a ruling in the Seneca Nation tobacco taxation case. The tribe asked for a temporary restraining order to prevent the state of New...

Blog: Native cultural center the right choice for Seattle Center
"When I read Roger Fernandes' opinion piece in the Seattle Times, I knew instantly that the Northwest Native Cultural Center (NNCC) was the right project. Upon reviewing the full project...

Onondaga Nation abandons name brand tobacco amid state tax effort
The Onondaga Nation will join at least one other New York tribe in selling only Indian-produced brands of tobacco. The tribe also might start up its own tobacco manufacturing business...

Chris Deschene, Navajo, wins primary for Arizona secretary of state
Chris Deschene, a member of the Navajo Nation, won the Democratic primary for Arizona secretary of state. Deschene curently serves in the Arizona House. He is the first Native American...

Tribes question 'unfunded mandate' from Tribal Law and Order Act
Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) met with tribes in New Mexico on Thursday to discuss the Tribal Law and Order Act. Tribal officials praised the new law but said it...

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