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November 16, 2010
Tribes ready for another White House Tribal Nations Conference
Tribal leaders will once again descend on Washington, D.C., for the White House Tribal Nations Conference. President Barack Obama announced that his annual summit will take place December 16. It...

Count of write-in votes gives Lisa Murkowski lead in Senate race
An ongoing count of write-in votes in Alaska has put Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) ahead of Republican Joe Miller. According to the latest count, Murkowski has 92,164 votes. Miller has...

Officer waited four seconds before shooting Native wood carver
A police officer waited just four seconds before opening fire and killing John T. Williams, a traditional Native woodcarver, The Seattle Times reports. Officer Ian Birk saw Williams, 50, carrying...

County finally returns illegally seized tobacco to Cayuga Nation
After nearly two years, Cayuga County in New York has finally returned tobacco that it illegally seized from the Cayuga Nation. The county took 7,627 cartons of cigarettes from two...

Energy firm spends $925M for land on North Dakota reservation
The Williams energy company announced it will spend $925 million to acquire land on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. The company said it is buying about 85,800 acres...

Tribes weigh Congressional agenda at NCAI meet in New Mexico
With the 111th Congress winding down, tribes are focusing on their priorities for the next session. Republicans will be in charge of the House while Democrats retain control of the...

Quechan Nation elders stage protest against solar energy plant
Elders from the Quechan Nation are holding a protest against a solar power project on federal land in southern California. Tribal members say the 709-megawatt solar farm will disrupt cultural...

Analysis: How the Anishinabe fought and won their treaty rights
"In spring of 1986 I got a call from Walter Bresette, a Red Cliff Anishinabe (aka Anishinabeg, Ojibwa, Ojibwe, Chippewa) native American. Walter was a treaty rights leader for the...

United Auburn teen shares struggle with depression in new film
A young member of the United Auburn Indian Community of California who struggled with depression is sharing her story. Janessa Starkey began cutting herself when she was 13. She was...

Lobbyists worried about a rival land-into-trust fix on Capitol Hill
Rumors of a potentially negative fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar have lobbyists in Washington, D.C., playing a cloak and dagger game. In September, Cedric...

Peterson Zah leaves tribal affair job at Arizona State University
Peterson Zah, the former president of the Navajo Nation, is leaving his post at Arizona State University. Zah has served as special advisor to the ASU president since 1995. He...

Editorial: County should stop discrimination against Indian vote
"Fremont County's attempts to circumvent a federal judge's order to stop disenfranchising American Indian voters have thus far been stubborn and foolhardy. The latest -- an effort to convince the...

Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation prepares for new chairman
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota has a new chairman and that means political appointees from the last leader have been let go. Chairman Tex Hall said...

Vincent Armenta: Chumash vice chair recognized for leadership
"Earlier this week our tribal leadership team attended the 2010 American Indian Heritage Month Local Leadership Awards ceremony honoring a handful of tribal leaders — including our very own Richard...

Letter: Cayuga Nation of New York isn't the 'real' Cayuga Nation
"A question: Have the Seneca and Cayuga lawyers and representatives been fighting the wrong Cayuga tribe? The one that is not the correct legal Cayuga Nation? At the end of...

Former Abramoff associate found guilty on five of eight counts
A federal jury found Kevin Ring, an associate of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, guilty on five of eight counts in his corruption trial. Ring was convicted on charges of...

IRS broadens demand for Miccosukee Tribe financial documents
The Internal Revenue Service has widened its demand for financial documents from the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, The Miami Herald reports. The IRS has been investigating former chairman Billy Cypress...

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