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November 30, 2010
Cow Creek Band distributes an extra $50K to charities in Oregon
The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians is contributing an extra $50,000 to charities in Oregon. The tribe regularly shares money with non-profits. The extra money will help...

Supreme Court declines Miccosukee Tribe's petition in EPA case
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida. The tribe fought for years to prevent the Florida Water Management District from...

Alaska Native corporation secures mineral rights after 40 years
Koniag Inc., an Alaska Native regional corporation, has received mineral rights promised by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of1971. The Bureau of Land Management will transfer title of the...

Daily Planet: Closing the Indian achievement gaps in Minnesota
"According to a 2009 report to the State of Minnesota, only two of five American Indian high school students in Minnesota graduate high school within four years, as compared to...

US Attorney in Montana establishes 'Fearless Justice Initiative'
The U.S Attorney's Office in Montana announced the "Fearless Justice Initiative" to protect victims and witnesses in federal cases in Indian Country. The U.S. Attorney will work with the FBI...

Hate crime charges another scar in border town's shaky history
Three men have been indicted on federal hate crimes charges in Farmington, New Mexico, a border town where race relations have long been a touchy issue. Vincent Kee, a 22-year-old...

City officials visit Oneida Nation cigarette manufacturing facility
Local officials toured the new cigarette manufacturing plant on the Oneida Nation in New York. The tribe started producing tobacco at the facility in October. The plant is located on...

'Fighting Sioux' supporters launch last minute nickname appeal
Members of the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation make a last-minute appeal to preserve the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo of the University of North Dakota. As part of a settlement...

Mamie Deschillie, Navajo Nation folk artist, passes on at age 90
Mamie Deschillie, a member of the Navajo Nation whose folk art was internationally known, died on Friday. She was 90. Deschillie was born in New Mexico in 1920. She entered...

Judge orders acquitted suspect to testify in Aquash murder trial
A judge in South Dakota ordered Richard Marshall to testify in a trial for the the 1975 kidnapping and murder of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. Marshall,...

APRN: Sitka Tribe removes council member after closed session
"The Sitka tribe of Alaska’s tribal council has ousted one of their members. George Paul has been removed from the council. Five members found Paul guilty of neglect of duty...

Editorial: Center at ASU will help preserve indigenous languages
"According to a 2005 publication of the SIL Ethnologue, a worldwide manifest of language, 170 endangered languages in the Americas are forced to not just imagine this, but accept it...

Conditions reportedly improve at reservation mobile home park
Conditions appear to be improving at a mobile home park on the the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in southern California. In May 2009, a federal judge appointed a receiver to...

Sen. Schumer asks BIA to kill Cayuga Nation land-into-trust bid
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) is urging the Bureau of Indian Affairs to reject the Cayuga Nation land-into-trust application. Schumer says the final environmental impact statement doesn't address local concerns...

Seneca Nation looking to acquire license for hydropower facility
The Seneca Nation of New York hopes to acquire a license for a hydropower facility at Kinzua Lake. The lake was built on land that was taken from the tribe....

Mark Trahant: Obama administration optimistic on trust reform
I remember the first time I learned of the Cobell case. It was several newspaper-lives ago. Over the years I collected lots of paper, listened to lawyers explanations and written...

House passes package with Cobell and tribal water settlements
After two hours of debate, the House today voted to pass H.R.4783, the Claims Settlement Act of 2010. The tally was 256 to 152. A handful of Republicans voted to...

David Hayes: Settlements honor our pledges to First Americans
"This month we took a giant step toward fulfilling that promise. On Nov. 19, the Senate approved five major settlements for Indian country that are nothing short of historic. It...

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