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October 15, 2010
Judge extends temporary restraining order for Seneca tobacco
A federal judge extended a temporary restraining order that bars the state of New York from imposing its tobacco tax on the Seneca Nation. The order was due to expire...

Former Ione Band chairman reports being stabbed at his home
Matt Franklin, the former chairman of the Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California said he was stabbed during a burglary of his home. Franklin, who resigned his post in...

BIA set to make decision on Cayuga Nation land-into-trust bid
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is set to make a decision on the Cayuga Nation land-into-trust application. The BIA has finalized the environmental impact statement for the application. The proposed...

Judge hopes for 'one last chance' for Congress to support Cobell
The federal judge handling the Indian trust fund lawsuit held a hearing this morning amid Congressional inaction on the $3.4 billion settlement to the case. Judge Thomas Hogan inherited the...

Opinion: Internet liberates Alaska Natives in rural communities
"Driving down the Alaska Highway gave me the opportunity to listen to CBC radio earlier this week. I was particularly struck by an interview of people in various villages in...

GOP candidate says Alaska Native firms trying to 'buy' election
Alaska Native corporations are "trying to buy the election" for the U.S. Senate, Republican candidate Joe Millersays. Through an independent expenditure group called Alaskans Standing Together, Native corporations have raised...

Manuel Cristobal: Hearing voices of Pueblo tribes in New Mexico
""Ammu Hanu,” she starts by speaking, with sorrow as old as war, “warriors, women and children were massacred and died here.” Eighty-year-old Lolita Pena Christobal of Santa Ana Pueblo (Tamaya)...

Principal at reservation school remains in job after controversy
The principal of a public school on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana will stay in her job after facing criticism for publicly singling out students who were failing. The...

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux elder shares traditions at school
The following story was written and reported by Randall Howell. All content © Native Sun News. PINE RIDGE, SOUTH DAKOTA –– They’re drawn to the drum. When they touch it,...

Criminal probe for death of Native man in hospital waiting room
Police in Winnipeg, Manitoba, have opened a criminal investigation into the death of a Native man in a hospital waiting room, CBC News reports. Brian Sinclair, 45, was from...

Former Pueblo leader faces wrongful death suit for hit and run
Linda Diaz, the former lieutenant governor of Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico, is facing a wrongful death lawsuit for a hit and run death on the reservation. Diaz was...

Nottawaseppi Huron Band opens reservation Head Start center
The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi opened a Head Start center on its reservation in Michigan. The center is operated by the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan. "We're looking to...

Mohegan and Pequot tribes hold elections for council positions
Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes are holding elections to fill seats on their councils. The Mohegan Tribe needs to fill one position on the council due to the resignation of...

Briefs due in dispute over taxation of Chehalis Tribe water park
A taxation dispute between the Chehalis Tribe and Thurston County, Washington, is before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The tribe owns 51 percent of Great Wolf Lodge. The facility...

Editorial: Lumbee recognition bill falls victim to Senate trickery
"A few months ago, we expressed editorial outrage at the unconscionable rule that allows any U.S. senator to put a secret "hold" on administration appointments. But it's not just judicial...

Reports: Fatal shooting of Native woodcarver ruled not justified
The shooting of John T. Williams, a traditional Native woodcarver, was not justified, the Seattle Police Department's Firearms Review Board has determined. The Seattle Times and KIRO-TV reported that the...

Washington court backs Lummi officer's off-reservation pursuit
For the second time, the Washington Supreme Court backed the Lummi Nation in a dispute over an off-reservation pursuit by a tribal officer. By a 6-3 vote, the court said...

Conviction for murder of Cherokee man who was state trooper
A jury in North Carolina found a man guilty of first-degree murder for the death of Shawn Blanton Jr., who was the first member of the Eastern Band of...

Oneida Nation hopes to negotiate tobacco taxes with New York
After winning a preliminary injunction in federal court, the Oneida Nation said it wants to negotiate tobacco tax issues with the state of New York. Judge David Hurd called the...

Lac Vieux Desert Band banishes woman for being a 'disruption'
The Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Michigan banished an elderly woman from the reservation for a year. Jo Ann Douyette inflicted "emotional distress to several...

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