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September 13, 2010
Blog: Oglala Sioux Tribe set to manage first national tribal park
"Pending the results of management plan vetting currently under way, the National Park Service is primed to turn the South Unit of Badlands National Park over to the Oglala Sioux...

Mark Trahant: Shrinking government and Indian health spending
"No matter who wins the coming election it’s pretty clear that government at all levels will reduce their number of employees. The federal government is the largest U.S. employer with...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee hosts field hearing on schools
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a field hearing on Indian education on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota on Saturday. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the...

Judge dismisses fishing citations against Alaska Native group
A judge dismissed fishing citations against four Alaska Native men who said they were exercising their subsistence rights. Sen. Albert Kookesh (D) and three others were charged for exceeding fishing...

Paper looks into botched Apache reservation rape investigation
The person or persons responsible for a series of sexual assaults on the Fort Apache Reservation were likely never caught due to a botched investigation by the Bureau of Indian...

Public school on Navajo Nation closes amid arson investigation
The FBI is investigating an arson at a public school on the Navajo Nation. A fire was set inside the library at the Mesa Elementary School in Shiprock, New Mexico....

Lac Vieux Desert council members out of jail after court ruling
All nine council members for the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Michigan have been released from jail after a tribal appellate court intervened. A tribal...

Penobscot Nation chief and vice chief win reelection campaign
The top two leaders of the Penobscot Nation of Maine won their bids for re-election. Chief Kirk Francis defeated former chief Barry Dana by a vote of 372 to...

Lumbee Tribe lobbies for recognition with Congress back in DC
Members of Congress are returning to work this week and the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will be there to make a final push for federal recognition. The House passed...

California sheriffs dispute provision in Tribal Law and Order Act
The California State Sheriffs Association is disputing a provision in the new Tribal Law and Order Act. The law authorizes tribes to access national criminal information databases. Access is restricted...

Echo Hawk affirms UKB's right to follow land-into-trust process
The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and its members can follow the land-into-trust process, Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk said in a decision on Friday. In 1946, Congress identified...

Interview: Dorgan 'enormously proud' of Indian health, law bills
As part of its "Exit Interviews" series, MSNBC talked to Sen. Byron Dorgan, the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Dorgan is retiring after 30 years in the nation's...

Obama calls trust fund settlement 'priority' at press conference
President Barack Obama called the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit a "priority" at a press conference on Friday. A reported asked about the Cobell settlement and...

Elouise Cobell: Sen. Barrasso needs to work for trust settlement
"After more than 14 years of acrimonious litigation, 500,000 individual Indians and the government agreed to settle the Cobell case in December and to turn the page on this sad...

Tim Giago: There are still active missile silos on Highway 71 South
Jackie and I set out from Rapid City to Albuquerque for two reasons. The first was for Jackie to have her annual Multiple Sclerosis checkup at the University of New...

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