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October 4, 2010
Cobell worried about ties to African-American farmers lawsuit
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, says passage of the $3.4 billion settlement to the case "appears be impossible" due to a link to an...

Oglala Sioux Tribe's historic preservation office monitors work
The Oglala Sioux Tribe is monitoring construction of a highway on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Six representatives from the tribe's historic preservation office are on site to...

Steven Newcomb: Mayor a threat to New York tribes on taxes
"In 1819, in the case McCulloch v. Maryland, Chief Justice Marshall famously wrote, “That the power to tax involves the power to destroy [is] not to be denied.” This destructive...

Editorial: Reservations need more law enforcement resources
"Reservation communities do not enjoy sufficient public safety. According to recent reports presented to federal officials in Washington, D.C., reservation communities are not well protected from criminal activities. The crime...

Alaska Native firms propose government contracting reforms
Three large Alaska Native regional corporations are proposing changes to the government contracting program at the Small Business Administration. Cook Inlet Region Inc., Doyon Ltd. and Arctic Slope Regional Corp....

Editorial: Study reveals high rates of violence against women
"Gov. Sean Parnell was right in August when he said we can't be a decent, good society -- no matter what our wealth -- unless we reverse Alaska's chronic epidemic...

NCAIED announces recipients of Native American 40 Under 40
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development has announced the 2010 recipients of its Native American 40 Under 40 award. The award recognizes existing and emerging Indian leaders under...

Board in Washington opens probe into shooting of Native man
The Seattle Police Department's Firearms Review Board has begun its inquiry into the shooting of John T. Williams, a traditional woodcarver. Williams, 50, was shot by a police officer on...

Mark Trahant: Austerity is the future for government spending
"Which rally drew more people? One Nation Working Together or Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor? Left or right? Liberal or Conservative? “Per usual the rally's attendance numbers are being disputed by...

Shinnecock Nation surprised by favorable ruling for recognition
The Shinnecock Nation of New York celebrated after the Interior Board of Indian Appeals on Friday rejected challenges to its federal recognition. The IBIA said two groups could not show...

US offers apology to Guatemala for conducting STD experiment
The U.S. government apologized to Guatemala for conducting experiments in the 1940s in which people were purposely infected with syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases. President Barack Obama called Guatemalan...

Eyak pulls back takeover bid for GTSI
Eyak Corp., an Alaska Native corporation, has dropped its bid to buy one of the largest government contractors after the Small Business Administration suspended new work to the firm. EyakTek,...

Former Laguna Pueblo corporation employee enters plea deal
A former employee of Laguna Construction Co. pleaded guilty to accepting kickbacks on government contracts. Ismael "Mike" Salinas inflated contracts and over-billed the Defense Department for work in Iraq. He...

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne opposes nuclear waste transfer
The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is opposing a shipment of nuclear waste through the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is considering a request to allow 16 decommissioned...

Lac du Flambeau Band gets approval of water quality program
The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin has won Environmental Protection Agency approval of its water quality standards. The tribe developed its own standards under...

Little Traverse Bay Bands considers change in council salaries
Council members for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan could see a change in their salaries under a proposed statute. Council members currently receive a base...

Hopes dimming for approval of Lumbee Tribe's recognition bill
It doesn't look like the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will gain federal recognition this year. Some members of the Senate have placed holds on a bill to recognize the...

Elouise Cobell provides update about status of trust settlement
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, will be answering questions about the proposed settlement to the case. Cobell is a member of the Blackfeet Nation...

Tim Giago: The 'disguised patriots' of the Tea Party movement
There are two words in the following paragraph that jump out at most students of Native American history, but are probably impervious to the ardent participants of the Tea Party...

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