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December 7, 2010
Nez Perce man sentenced to six months for state trooper incident
A member of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho was sentenced to six months in federal prison for an assault involving a state trooper. Ricardo Daniel Rodriguez, 39, was charged...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing in IHS investigation
Update: The hearing has been CANCELED. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled another hearing into its investigation of the Indian Health Service. The committee has been looking into allegations...

Sen. Dorgan: Congress must act quickly on Indian diabetes funds
"The “lame- duck” session of Congress has a lot of important work to do in a very short time. Much of that work involves very high-profile issues. Facing up to...

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe swears in Kevin Keckler as new leader
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has a new leader. Kevin Keckler was sworn in as chairman this morning. He defeated Derek Bartlett for the post. Former chairman...

Man acquitted of 1975 Aquash murder takes stand in another trial
Testimony continues in the trial for the 1975 kidnapping and murder of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. Richard Marshall, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of...

HHS Secretary Sebelius names members of tribal advisory panel
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the members of the first Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee. The committee is composed of representatives from the 12 areas of the Indian...

Cherokee Nation partnering with hospital for a new dialysis center
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma broke ground on a new dialysis center in partnership with the Tahlequah City Hospital. The center will be located next to the tribe's Redbird Smith...

Alaska Natives ready to litigate for repatriation of sacred artifacts
Alaska Natives say they are ready to go to court to reclaim sacred artifacts that are being held by a university in Pennsylvania. The Hoonah Indian Association and Huna...

Oglala Sioux Tribe to inaugurate new president and other leaders
The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota will inaugurate a new president and other leaders today. John Yellow Bird Steele defeated outgoing president Theresa Two Bulls by 79 votes. Two...

Commission clears store employee for removing Indian customer
The Community Relations Commission in Farmington, New Mexico, won't pursue a discrimination case against a store whose employee removed an Indian customer from the premises. The girl and her mother...

Brothers await sentencing for 'punk a Nav' incident in New Mexico
Two brothers await sentencing for kidnapping and beating a man from the Navajo Nation. Jose Garcia and Joshua Garcia pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping and armed robbery. They admitted...

Editorial: More transparency needed over salaries at First Nations
"There are plenty of aboriginal politicians who work hard for reasonable salaries and live by strict ethical rules. But there are also some chiefs and councillors, as the Canadian Taxpayers...

Letter: Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation people lose their jobs
"How great it was to see Tex G. Hall speaking at engagements such as the National Congress of American Indians, while on Nov. 5, we people of the Mandan, Hidatsa...

Recall against chairman of Southern Ute Tribe lacks enough votes
A recall election against Matthew Box, the chairman of the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado, failed when not enough tribal members voted. According to the tribal constitution, more than half...

Joe Miller: Alaska Native corporations ran a 'slimy' election effort
"Lisa Murkowski proved this past week that she has learned nothing from the message of the midterm elections. The main issues that drove people to the polls and created a...

Interview: Lance Morgan on proposal to change the 8(a) program
"Tribal economies have already been affected by recent restrictions placed on sole-source federal contracts they obtain through the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program, according to Lance Morgan, chairman of the...

Harlan LaFontaine: Making the case for tribal buffalo consultation
"It is often said that, as a people, American Indian tribes are the most legislated group in our nation's history, having had to invoke special status and invoke treaty rights...

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