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September 14, 2010
Employees fight management of economic development group
Employees at the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development are demanding the resignation of the organization's leaders. Employees want Margo Gray-Proctor, a member of the Osage Nation, out as...

Chester Cayou, longtime Swinomish leader, passes away at 88
Chester Cayou, a longtime leader of the Swinomish Tribe of Washington, died on August 27. He was 88. Cayou was serving his sixth term on the Swinomish Senate. He worked...

Passamaquoddy Tribe maintains right to fish in federal waters
Members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point say they will continue to fish in federal waters despite questions about their rights. The Passamaquoddy are known as the "people who...

Alaska Native corporation lands stake in film production studio
NANA Development Corp., an Alaska Native regional corporation, purchased a 33 percent stake in a local film production studio. The deal with Evergreen Films Inc is worth several million dollars,...

Kanesatake First Nation calls meeting to discuss youth violence
The Kanesatake First Nation of Quebec held an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss acts of youth violence on the reserve. Band members say a group of youth is responsible...

Report looks into suspension rates of students in public schools
African-American students are much more likely to be suspended at public middle schools across the nation, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The report did...

Public school on Navajo Nation closed for rest of week after fire
A public school on the Navajo Nation will be closed for the rest of the week after a fire caused upwards of $250,000 in damage. Someone intentionally set a fire...

One group gets permit to hold Shiprock parade on Navajo Nation
It looks like there might be two parades during the 99th annual Shiprock Navajo Fair this year. The Shiprock Chapter of the Navajo Nation revived the Northern Navajo Fair Board...

IHS sends investigator to review concerns at North Dakota clinic
The Indian Health Service is investigating complaints about a clinic on the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Tribal leaders and tribal members say the management at the clinic...

Settlements require cleanup of uranium sites on 2 reservations
The Environmental Protection Agency announced two settlements that will require the cleanup of uranium sites on the Navajo Nation and on the Hopi Reservation. Rio Algom Mining, a subsidiary of...

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe telecom firm offers settlement to Sprint
The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is offering to settle a dispute with telecommunications giant Sprint. The tribe operates Native American Telecom on the reservation. The firm has...

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe among winners of USDA broadband cash
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York received a $10.5 million grant to improve broadband Internet service on the reservation. The grant will bring high-speed Internet to about 3,750...

Editorial: Clock ticking on Lumbee Tribe's federal recognition bill
"Lumbee Chairman Purnell Swett says he's confident that the tribe will win federal recognition this year. We hope he's right. If it happens, it will be a dramatic rebound from...

Colorado River Indian Tribes evict non-Indian at recreation area
The Colorado River Indian Tribes evicted a non-Indian man who managed a recreation area on the reservation. Bob Johnson claimed that the Water Wheel Resort is not part of the...

Pottery that was being repatriated to Caddo Nation still missing
Researchers at Southern Arkansas University are still hoping to recover 26 pottery items that were stolen in the summer of 2006. The university was about to repatriate the items to...

BLM extends comment period on Agua Caliente Band land swap
The Bureau of Land Management is extending the comment period on a land swap with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of California. The swap involves land within the...

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