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September 1, 2010
First Nations man shot and killed by police officer in Washington
John T. Williams, a member of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth First Nation of British Columbia, was shot and killed by a police officer in Seattle, Washington, on Monday. Williams, 50, was reportedly...

Opinion: New York tobacco tax placed on non-Indians, not tribes
"In announcing the movement of the Oneida Indian Nation’s cigarette plant to its bingo hall on Route 46, the OIN has finally acknowledged the fact that treaties and quasi-sovereign status...

Opinion: Storing nuclear waste on Goshute Reservation bad idea
"Tim Vollmann contends that the Goshute Tribe has the right to store spent nuclear fuel on tribal property. I do not contest his legal assertions. The fact that it may...

OMB panel to consult tribes about change in federal contracting
The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council at the White House Office of Management and Budget will consult tribes about changes in federal government contracting. The 2010 Defense Authorization Act requires federal...

Juaneno Band of Mission Indians awaits BIA recognition decision
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is set to make a final decision on federal recognition for the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians of California. In November 2007, the BIA issued...

Simon Moya-Smith: Tribal sacred sites desecrated by Christians
"So the controversy – for the moment – is over the mosque slated to be built near the site of the World Trade Center bombings in New York City. Don’t...

Artists in South Dakota say 'Indian' items are produced in China
Indian artists and their supporters in South Dakota hope amendments to the Indian Arts and Crafts Act will stop the sale of fraudulent goods. The law bars people from marketing...

Agency warns Passamaquoddy Tribe on fishing in federal waters
The National Marine Fisheries Service is warning members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine not to fish in federal waters without a federal permit. The NMFS recently cited a fishing...

Passamaquoddy Tribe questions benefits of county tax payment
The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township is wondering whether it gets any benefits from paying taxes to Washington County for municipal services. The tribe provides all fire, ambulance, police and...

Grand Traverse Band files motion to enter invasive species case
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians filed a motion to join a lawsuit over Asian carp, an invasive species. Five states are suing the federal government and...

Kevin Abourezk: Tribes in Nebraska plan two detention facilities
"Keely Bassette understands the need for an adult jail on the Winnebago Reservation. With her brother locked in a Council Bluffs, Iowa, jail nearly 100 miles from her South Sioux...

Al Jazeera: Native women continue to disappear all over Canada
"As human rights activists around the world marked the International Day of the Disappeared by focusing on Peru, Iraq, Nepal and Mexico, Leslie Spillett sat in her office in Winnipeg,...

Alaska Native leader named chair of Federal Subsistence Board
Tim Towarak, the co-chairman of the Alaska Federation of Natives and the president of Bering Straits Native Corp., has been named chairman of the Federal Subsistence Board. Towarak will...

Seneca and Cayuga tribes get temporary freeze on tobacco tax
A federal judge temporarily blocked the state of New York from imposing its tobacco tax on the Seneca Nation and the Cayuga Nation but said the effort could go ahead...

WyoFile: An ugly history of prejudice on Wind River Reservation
"As a child in California, Helsha Acuña was so sensitive about her Native American heritage—her father was Apache, her mother Aleut—that she sometimes tried to pass herself off as Italian....

Sen. Murkowski concedes Republican primary race to challenger
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, conceded the Republican party primary for her seat in Alaska. Murkowski has been trailing Joe Miller, an attorney...

Mary Pember: Sharing a story of trauma known to Indian women
"Beginning my story is like gutting a deer carcass, and so I plunge my knife deep. Opening the body, I see the rapes lodged there in the gore where they...

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