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Makah men face sentencing for illegal whale hunt (June 27, 2008)

Five members of the Makah Nation of Washington who hunted a whale without a federal permit will be sentenced on Monday. Wayne Johnson and Andy Noel pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Federal prosecutors...

North Dakota Supreme Court rejects ICWA ruling (June 27, 2008)

The North Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday refused to apply the Indian Child Welfare Act in a case involving a child who is eligible for membership in the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. In briefs, the tribe determined that...

9th Circuit ruling in Shoshone-Bannock case (June 27, 2008)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling today in a dispute between the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho and the world's largest producer of phosphorous. The federal government and FMC Corporation entered into an agreement over the operation of...

Funding restored to United Tribes Technical College (June 27, 2008)

Funding has been restored to the United Tribes Technical College in North Dakota, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) said. The Bush administration eliminated $4.5 million for the tribal college in the fiscal year 2009 budget. Dorgan restored the money through...

Editorial: Address protections at sacred Bear Butte (June 27, 2008)

"Bear Butte has long been a sacred site for Native Americans. The state of South Dakota also recognizes the significance of Bear Butte and in 1961 officially deemed it a state park. By 1973, the U.S. Department of Interior designated...

Forum addresses dairy farm on Yakama Reservation (June 27, 2008)

Residents of the Yakama Reservation in Washington voiced opposition to a proposed dairy farm. Members of the Yakama Nation recently passed a resolution that calls for a moratorium on new or expanded dairy operations. They are worried about the environmental...

Gas taxes an issue as prices reach record high (June 27, 2008)

Dual tribal and state taxation of gasoline in New Mexico is hurting members of the Navajo Nation. The tribe and the state reached agreement over regular gasoline taxes. The tribe imposes a tax similar to the state's. But diesel fuel...

Blockade planned over beer on Pine Ridge Reservation (June 27, 2008)

Activists are planning another blockade to prevent the flow of beer into the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota. The reservation is dry so residents head to Whiteclay, Nebraska, to buy liquor. Four stores in the small town sell about...

South Dakota court rules in boarding school cases (June 27, 2008)

The South Dakota Supreme Court issued rulings in two boarding school cases on Thursday. In Zephier v. Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls, nine former students of the St. Paul’s School on the Yankton Sioux Reservation sued over alleged abuse. A...

Top two leaders at Sandia Pueblo abruptly resign (June 27, 2008)

The top two leaders at Sandia Pueblo in New Mexico abruptly resigned this week after just six months on the job. Gov. Robert Montoya and Lt. Gov. Ryan Paisano were appointed in January. The tribe did not say why they...

Wisconsin Oneidas seek trust land in New York (June 27, 2008)

The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will seek to have its land in New York placed in trust, the tribe's chief of staff said. The tribe owns 350 acres in New York. The properties are located in the two counties where...

Kickapoo Tribe cites lack of contract health dollars (June 27, 2008)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Senate Indian Affairs Committee oversight hearing on Access to Contract Health Services in Indian Country. June 26, 2008. • Opening Statements Panel 1 - Testimony | Q&A Panel 2 - Testimony | Q&A • Webcast | Written...

Navajo president opposes ouster of top lawyer (June 27, 2008)

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. says there are no grounds to remove the tribe's top lawyer from office. Navajo Nation Council is considering legislation to remove attorney general Louis Denetsosie. Some delegates are upset that he issued a legal...

Bill transfers old lighthouse to Oregon tribes (June 27, 2008)

Legislation pending in Congress would transfer an abandoned lighthouse to the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians of Oregon. The Cape Arago lighthouse sits on a small island where a tribal ancestral village and burial grounds...

Suit over Mashpee Wampanoag shunning dismissed (June 27, 2008)

A judge in Massachusetts dismissed a second lawsuit filed by members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe who were shunned for questioning tribal leaders. Four tribal members who wanted a closer look at the tribe's finances were barred from tribal...

Sault Ste. Marie chairman voted out of office (June 27, 2008)

Voters of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians ousted incumbent chairman Aaron Payment, according to unofficial election results. Darwin "Joe" McCoy defeated Payment by a vote of 3,853 to 3,495. "I am really humbled about how things turned...

Obama hasn't fulfilled pledge for tribal town hall (June 27, 2008)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) skipped Prez on the Rez and it looks like he might skip another tribal leaders forum being organized by Democratic activist Kalyn Free, Indian Country Today reports. Obama told Free, the founder of INDN's List, that...

Steve Russell: Family violence docket an ugly one (June 27, 2008)

"Having grown up in rural Oklahoma, I knew family violence was a problem, but I have to admit I was ignorant of the size of the problem. It first hit me when I was the administrative judge on the municipal...