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Judge weighs compromise for $380M in leftover Keepseagle funds Judge weighs compromise for $380M in leftover Keepseagle funds (02/05)
The Obama administration reached a settlement to address discrimination against Indian farmers and ranchers but most of the funds remain unspent.
Yakama Nation wins decision on costs of cleaning up contamination Yakama Nation wins decision on costs of cleaning up contamination (02/05)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must pay the tribe for costs incurred at Bradford Island, a treaty fishing site on the Columbia River.
Samuel Winder: Indian defendants face harsher criminal penalties Samuel Winder: Indian defendants face harsher criminal penalties (02/04)
The net effect is American Indians will incur far longer terms of imprisonment than they probably would have received in state court for the same conduct.
House Natural Resources Committee passes Indian bills at markup House Natural Resources Committee passes Indian bills at markup (02/04)
Except for a land-into-trust measure affecting the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, the bills were non-controversial and didn't receive much discussion.
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes help inmates reintegrate Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes help inmates reintegrate (02/04)
The Flathead Reservation Reentry program helps former inmates with employment, housing, transportation and other issues.
Group sues IHS for records about water pollution on Yakama Nation Group sues IHS for records about water pollution on Yakama Nation (02/04)
Friends of Toppenish Creek said its requests for documents about groundwater nitrate pollution on the reservation went unfulfilled.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes two water bills at meeting Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes two water bills at meeting (02/03)
The business meeting marked the first time that the committee has advanced a tribal water settlement in five years
Federal judge dismisses Freedmen historical accounting lawsuit Federal judge dismisses Freedmen historical accounting lawsuit (02/03)
Leatrice Tanner-Brown, whose grandfather was a Freedman of the Cherokee Nation, failed to demonstrate standing in her case against the Interior Department.
4th Circuit won't recognize tribal authority in online lending case 4th Circuit won't recognize tribal authority in online lending case (02/03)
An arbitration agreement that subjected consumers to the laws of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe cannot be enforced, the court determined.
Native man from Canada faces charges for killing eagle in Nevada Native man from Canada faces charges for killing eagle in Nevada (02/03)
Authorities said Dana Morley McIvor had a recently killed eagle, a recently killed hawk, hawk parts and 124 eagle and hawk feathers in his vehicle.
Tim Evans: Menominee Nation loses contract support costs case Tim Evans: Menominee Nation loses contract support costs case (02/03)
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a tribe has six years from the time a claim for self-determination contract support costs first arises to present the claim to a governmental agency allegedly owing it reimbursement for those costs.
Navajo Nation seeking millions of dollars for unauthorized products Navajo Nation seeking millions of dollars for unauthorized products (02/02)
The Urban Outfitters retail company sold products labeled as 'Navajo' without the tribe's permission.
Ojibwe tribal members plead not guilty for exercising treaty rights Ojibwe tribal members plead not guilty for exercising treaty rights (02/02)
The state of Minnesota isn't recognizing the off-reservation fishing and rice gathering rights of Ojibwe residents.
Shinnecock Nation faces deadline to appeal loss in land claim case Shinnecock Nation faces deadline to appeal loss in land claim case (02/02)
The U.S. Supreme Court has not been receptive to tribal land claims ever since its March 2005 decision in Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation.
Kumeyaay Nation set to reclaim ancestors after long NAGPRA fight Kumeyaay Nation set to reclaim ancestors after long NAGPRA fight (02/02)
The U.S. Supreme Court put an end to a lawsuit filed by a group of scientists who claimed a right to study the remains.
Steve Russell: Cowboy legal scholars fail big on federal Indian law Steve Russell: Cowboy legal scholars fail big on federal Indian law (02/02)
The cowboy legal scholars are about as competent as legal theorists as most law professors would be as cowboys.
Thousands of alleged residential school abusers located in Canada Thousands of alleged residential school abusers located in Canada (02/02)
None are facing any charges at this point but they were invited to participate in hearings for the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.
Leadership of Chukchansi Tribe appears solid after IBIA decision Leadership of Chukchansi Tribe appears solid after IBIA decision (02/01)
Rival factions have been clashing for years but a decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs nearly two years ago helped lead the tribe back to stability.
Indian gang member accused of running drug ring from prison cell Indian gang member accused of running drug ring from prison cell (02/01)
Cody McClendon used a contraband cell phone to arrange the distribution and sale of methamphetamine through phone calls, text messages and even Facebook.
Native Sun News: Human traffickers target Native women and girls Native Sun News: Human traffickers target Native women and girls (02/01)
The 21-minute documentary 'Chosen' was featured at a Community Awareness Night event sponsored by the South Dakota West River Human Trafficking Task Force.
Lael Echo-Hawk: Too much uncertainty for tribes and marijuana Lael Echo-Hawk: Too much uncertainty for tribes and marijuana (01/29)
We are still in the infancy of this industry, both in Indian Country and the 'outside' world. Growing pains are inevitable.
Four people remain at refuge in Oregon as FBI defends shooting Four people remain at refuge in Oregon as FBI defends shooting (01/29)
The FBI continues to negotiate with the holdouts in hopes of resolving the takeover of the ancestral reservation of the Burns Paiute Tribe.
Blackfeet Nation asks county to establish satellite voting office Blackfeet Nation asks county to establish satellite voting office (01/28)
An office in Heart Butte would save residents from making a two-hour round trip to the Pondera county seat.
Oglala Sioux Tribe might ask membership about legal marijuana Oglala Sioux Tribe might ask membership about legal marijuana (01/28)
A fellow South Dakota tribe ran into serious obstacles after legalizing the drug on its reservation.
Operator of Passamaquoddy Tribe wastewater plant sentenced Operator of Passamaquoddy Tribe wastewater plant sentenced (01/28)
The tribe helped investigate the incident in which an estimated 96,000 gallons of raw sewage were released into the ground in a residential neighborhood.
Alaska tribes share in $940 million Ramah contract support settlement Alaska tribes share in $940 million Ramah contract support settlement (01/28)
Of the $100 million going to tribes and tribal organizations in Alaska, the Tanana Chiefs Conference will receive nearly $11.8 million, the largest amount in the state.
Leader of armed takeover tells followers to leave federal refuge Leader of armed takeover tells followers to leave federal refuge (01/28)
Even as the group dwindled, Burns Paiute Tribe Chairwoman Charlotte Rodrique expressed concerns about the occupation.
Siletz Tribe disavows video showing artifacts at refuge in Oregon Siletz Tribe disavows video showing artifacts at refuge in Oregon (01/27)
Chairwoman Delores Pigsley expressed full support for the Burns Paiute Tribe after one of her citizens appeared in a video posted by the armed group.
Nooksack Tribe loses bid to prevent some from voting in election Nooksack Tribe loses bid to prevent some from voting in election (01/27)
The Nooksack 306 are facing removal from the rolls but a tribal court judge said they can still exercise their voting rights.
Agua Caliente Band remains patient in dispute over water rights Agua Caliente Band remains patient in dispute over water rights (01/27)
Even though resolution could take years, Chairman Jeff Grubbe said the water rights lawsuit was a top priority for the tribe.
Leaders of armed takeover at federal refuge arrested after death Leaders of armed takeover at federal refuge arrested after death (01/27)
Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum, 55, who had been the primary spokesperson of the occupation, was killed in Oregon.
Little Traverse Bay Bands sue state over reservation boundary Little Traverse Bay Bands sue state over reservation boundary (01/26)
The lawsuit asks Michigan to recognize the boundaries of a reservation that was set aside by the 1855 Treaty of Detroit.
Alaska tribe claims victory in dispute over transportation funding Alaska tribe claims victory in dispute over transportation funding (01/26)
The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes can't be sued without its consent, much to the disappointment of the Douglas Indian Association.
Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Family seeks justice for death Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Family seeks justice for death (01/26)
Juan Lira Jr., 44, was hit by a car on September 8, 2015 as he was walking in Clinton, Oklahoma. He died at the scene.
Burns Paiute Tribe asks DOJ to end occupation of ancestral land Burns Paiute Tribe asks DOJ to end occupation of ancestral land (01/26)
The armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon began on January 2.

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