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Senate heads to final vote on package with mine on sacred land (12/12)
The controversial defense bill transfers federal land to a private company for a mine on sacred Apache sites in Arizona.

Congress clears bill to extend VAWA tribal provisions to Alaska (12/12)
The bill heads to President Barack Obama a week after Vice President Joe Biden drew new attention to the issue.

Pueblo family upset by one-year sentence over singer's death (12/12)
The non-Indian assailant received a year in prison and two years of supervised released.

Native Sun News: Bales taken at Rosebud Sioux Tribe spirit camp (12/12)
Tribal and federal agencies are looking into an incident involving the removal of dozens of giant alfalfa bales from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s Oyate Wahacanka Woecun Spirit Camp.

DOJ announces new policy affecting marijuana in Indian Country (12/11)
Federal prosecutors will have discretion to allow marijuana grows and sales.

Rep. Gosar won't apologize for calling Native Americans 'wards' (12/11)
The Arizona Republican made the inaccurate comment when challenged about a mine on sacred Apache lands.

Tribes challenge permit for Keystone XL Pipeline in South Dakota (12/10)
TransCanada needs to re-certify its permit for the pipeline route.

Northern Arapaho Tribe files lawsuit over Affordable Care Act rules (12/10)
The tribe says working-class Native Americans who obtained coverage through healthcare.gov will be penalized.

Ex-employee of Oklahoma tribal corporation sentenced for theft (12/10)
Robin Jean Bitseedy admitted stealing money from WCD Enterprises, a corporation charted by the Wichita Tribes, the Caddo Nation and the Delaware Tribe.

Authorities investigate another blaze on Shinnecock Reservation (12/10)
There have been three confirmed cases of arson on the reservation in the past year.

Senate backs measure to extend VAWA tribal provisions to Alaska (12/09)
The Alaska issue gained renewed focus after Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the White House Tribal Nations Conference last week.

Youth arrested at at-risk facility on Yerington Paiute Reservation (12/09)
Several youth were reportedly arrested after a fight broke out.

Former Chippewa Cree Tribe chair pleads guilty in corruption case (12/09)
John “Chance” Houle admitted he accepted bribes and kickbacks from companies and vendors that did business with the tribe.

Government attorneys don't want to release judge's racist emails (12/09)
Clifford Birdinground, a former chairman of the Crow Tribe who was convicted of bribery, wants to see the emails in hopes of clearing his name.

Chumash Tribe donates $10K to Legal Aid Foundation in California (12/09)
The money will be used to address homelessness in Santa Barbara County.

Chair of Miccosukee Tribes faces contempt over dispute with IRS (12/09)
A December 15 could determine whether Chairman Colley Billie is held in contempt for refusing to turn over financial information about tribal members.

Colville Tribes appeals court dismisses trust fund settlement case (12/09)
The tribe received a $193 million settlement and distributed half on a per capita basis.

NPR: DOJ to assert greater role in Indian Child Welfare Act cases (12/08)
Attorney General Eric Holder said the Department of Justice will take action to prevent the 'unnecessary and illegal removal' of Indian children from Indian homes.

Tribes warned about misspending of federal health care money (12/08)
The Office of Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services is taking a close look at tribal spending.

Supreme Court brings good news to Cayuga Nation in land dispute (12/08)
The justices won't let a county in New York file a late petition in a foreclosure case.

Five defendants change pleas in Berry Creek Rancheria dispute (12/05)
The charges stem from a dispute over the disenrollment policies of the Tyme Maidu Tribe.

Salt River Pima-Maricopa man sentenced for shooting 2 officers (12/05)
Micah Sobori Moquino, 20, admitted he shot one officer in the hand and another in the leg.

Ex-employee accused of stealing $778,632 from Laguna Pueblo (12/05)
Tribal authorities say Marshall Cheromiah took the money from an ATM machine at a tribal business.

Self-proclaimed 'shaman' left custody and walked to Connecticut (12/04)
Iron Thunderhorse, who claims to be Quinnipiac, walked away from a halfway house where he was serving a 99-year sentence.

Meskwaki man's murder trial delayed due to jury makeup issues (12/04)
Only two out of 86 potential jurors identified as Native American.

Indian farmers protest foundation with $380M Keepseagle funds (12/04)
Lead plaintiff Marilyn Keepseagle spoke out in court against the proposal.

Vice President Biden calls for inclusion of Alaska tribes in VAWA (12/04)
Alaska tribes are excluded from provisions in the Violence Against Women Act that recognize tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders.

Ousted leader of Chippewa Cree Tribe denies theft accusations (12/03)
Ken St. Marks has been removed from his post for the second time in two years.

Leaders of Chippewa Cree Tribe try to remove chairman again (12/02)
An outside attorney came all the way from Philadelphia to read a series of allegations against Chairman Ken St. Marks.

Oglala Sioux Tribe postpones dog roundups amid investigation (12/01)
The death of an eight-year-old girl was blamed on a pack of wild dogs but some tribal members say that isn't true.

Supreme Court to consider motion in Cayuga Nation land case (12/01)
A county in New York wants permission to appeal the case even though it missed the deadline to file a petition with the nation's highest court.

Tribes struggle to provide services to youth in justice system (12/01)
Juveniles who commit crimes or get into trouble are often placed in detention centers where they receive little support and services.

Blackfeet Nation denies political motive in arrest of ex-leader (11/26)
Shannon Augare, a former council member and outgoing state lawmaker, was cited for DUI, eluding an officer and speeding.

Former convicted leader of Crow Tribe seeks to clear his name (11/26)
Attorneys for Clifford Birdinground question whether a federal judge was biased against Native Americans.

Judge allows NFL team lawsuit against young Native activists (11/26)
The team is suing the six young activists in federal court in Virginia.

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