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OST pressed on timetable to complete trust reform (January 9, 2007)

After 12 years of existence, the Office of the Special Trustee has completed just three out of eight key reform goals, the Government Accountability Office said on Monday. Established by the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994,...

Shadow Wolves find 7,000 pounds of marijuana (January 9, 2007)

The Shadow Wolves, an all-Native unit of border drug trackers, found 7,000 pounds of marijuana on the Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona. The unit found three trucks filled with the drug near the village of Ventana. Drug smugglers had attempted...

Western Shoshone refuse to give up on treaty (January 9, 2007)

Members and leaders of the Western Shoshone Nation continue to fight for a treaty that may not come with any rights. The tribe signed the Treaty of Ruby Valley in 1863. It promised 26 million acres in Nevada, California, Utah...

Comanche Nation to honor Code Talkers (January 9, 2007)

The Comanche Nation of Oklahoma will hold a performance on Saturday to honor the contributions of its Code Talkers. During World War II, 17 Comanche soldiers used their language to create an unbreakable code. The "Crying Spirit, Mona Pehta" performance...

Navajo man proud to portray the Navajo Elvis (January 9, 2007)

Will Foster is not your typical Elvis Presley impersonator. The Tuba City, Arizona, resident, likes to sing in Navajo, loves frybread and his favorite canine is a sheep dog, not a hound dog. "I like to imagine what it...

Tribes discuss shift of power in Washington (January 9, 2007)

More than 200 tribal leaders are in San Diego to discuss the shift in power to Democrats in Washington, D.C. On Monday, tribal leaders heard from former Congressional staffers who said Democratic gains could help Indian Country. But Eric Eberhard,...

Former Crow official faces second stint in prison (January 9, 2007)

A former official of the Crow Tribe of Montana who was convicted of corruption in the 1990s is on trial for fraud. Theodore Jon Hogan, 61, is accused of lying to the Department of Justice about his financial status. As...

Dispute arises over county's road on trust land (January 9, 2007)

The Caleveras Band of Mi-Wuk Indians is asserting control over a county road that has become the source of an escalating dispute. The road apparently runs through land held in trust. The Caleveras Band, however, is not federally recognized. Tribal...

A record four Indian lawmakers in Washington (January 9, 2007)

A record four tribal members are serving in the Washington Legislature this session. Don Barlow, a member of the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma, and Claudia Kauffman, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho, are new to the...

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe to hold new elections (January 9, 2007)

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of Nevada has called new elections after two violations were found in the last vote. In the first error, a tribal member who was ineligible to vote was allowed to cast a ballot, chairman Norm...

Yakama council member, 79, suspended after DUIs (January 9, 2007)

A 79-year-old council member for the Yakama Nation of Washington was suspended following three DUI offenses. Leo Aleck was pulled over twice by state police and once by tribal police within a four-week span. Another incident has been alleged in...

New York judge bars tax on tribal tobacco sales (January 9, 2007)

A New York Supreme Court Justice has issued a preliminary injunction barring the state from collecting tobacco taxes on the reservation. The law was passed to force tribal retailers to collect taxes on the sale of tobacco to non-Indians. But...

Eastern Band in talks to host Wal-Mart Supercenter (January 9, 2007)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is in talks with Wal-Mart to bring a Supercenter to the reservation in North Carolina. No decisions have been made. But the tribal council will consider a resolution to authorize Principal Chief Michell Hicks...

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community reorganizes (January 9, 2007)

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan has made some changes at the top of its leadership. The tribe will now have a chairman and a chief executive officer. Up until now, one person served in both posts. At a...

Photo shows Bush with Abramoff at fundraiser (January 9, 2007)

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington posted a photo of President Bush with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The photo was taken in December 2003 at a fundraiser, CREW said on its blog [Link]. Abramoff was...