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Jilted investors detail ex-Crow official's schemes (January 10, 2007)

Four people who said they gave or loaned more than $1 million to a former official of the Crow tribe of Montana testified in federal court on Tuesday. Louise Kilcourse, a retiree, said she developed a "beautiful friendship" with Hogan,...

No absentee voters for Eastern Cherokee election (January 10, 2007)

Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who live off the North Carolina will no longer be able to mail in their votes for elections. Due to a change in tribal law, off-reservation residents have to vote in person....

Indian students in Montana have high dropout rates (January 10, 2007)

Indian students are more than three times more likely to drop out of school than white students, the Office of Public Instruction said. Across the state, 8.4 percent of Indian students fail to complete high school. In comparison, only 2.7...

Navajo woman faces charges in Hopi tribal court (January 10, 2007)

An 84-year-old Navajo woman pleaded not guilty to cutting a fence on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. Rena Babbitt Lane lives on land that was the subject of a dispute between the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe. The...

Navajo Nation officer shoots and kill Hopi man (January 10, 2007)

A Navajo Nation police officer shot and killed a member of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona last Friday night. The 24-year-old Hopi man was not identified. He allegedly tried to take the officer's gun after being pulled over near Black...

Shirley sworn in for 2nd term as Navajo president (January 10, 2007)

Joe Shirley Jr. was sworn in for his second term as president of the Navajo Nation on Tuesday. Shirley won re-election last November. He is the first to serve a second term in 28 years, the Associated Press reported....

Montana tribe accused of hostility at bison range (January 10, 2007)

A draft report by a former federal agent contains allegations of harassment and intimidation by employees of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana. The report claims tribal employees created a hostile environment for federal workers at the National...

Column: Still no answers on Ramapough shooting death (January 10, 2007)

"The wheel of justice grind slowly. I never expected 2007 to begin with Emil Mann's shooting death still unresolved. Nine months after the incident, not only is there no resolution, but there are few signs of forward movement in this...

Blackfeet Reservation hit by severe windstorm (January 10, 2007)

A severe windstorm destroyed homes and damaged property on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana last week. The storm brought winds between 75 and 95 miles per hour. One gust was clocked at 110 miles per hour. State Rep. Shannon Augare,...

Peltier: Truth doesn't matter in my murder case (January 10, 2007)

"For over 30 years I have sought justice from the United States Courts which have failed to provide me with any relief despite acknowledging numerous acts of Government misconduct. For example, after my trial, my lawyers issued Freedom of Information...

BIA schedules another Oneida land-into-trust meeting (January 10, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will hold a second public meeting on the Oneida Nation's request to have 17,000 acres in upstate New York placed in trust. The BIA has issued a draft environmental impact statement on the proposed acquisition....

Appeals court hears land-into-trust dispute (January 10, 2007)

Congress has created different categories of tribes, some with the right to acquire new trust lands and others without, lawyers from the state of Rhode Island told a federal appeals court on Tuesday. Tribes in Western states fall into the...

Dispute over road involves rival bands of Mi-wuks (January 10, 2007)

The dispute over a road in Calaveras County, California, involves rival bands of Mi-wuk Indians. The Calaveras Band of Mi-Wuk Indians has asserted jurisdiction over the Bald Mountain Road, which apparently runs through 80 acres of trust land. But the...

Interior raises royalty rate for offshore drilling (January 10, 2007)

The Interior Department raised the royalty rates on off-shore drilling in hopes of generating $4.5 billion over 20 years. The move came as Democrats prepare to roll back royalty incentives and tax breaks for the energy industry. Government reports have...

Griles a target of Abramoff investigation (January 10, 2007)

J. Steven Griles, the former deputy secretary at the Interior Department, has been notified by federal prosecutors that he is a target of the Jack Abramoff investigation. Prosecutors met with Griles last Friday to discuss possible criminal charges, The...

Myers withdraws nomination for 9th Circuit seat (January 10, 2007)

William G. Myers III, a former Interior Department official whose handling of sacred sites and the Indian trust angered tribes, withdrew his name from consideration for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Myers was the top attorney at Interior from...

Ute Mountain Ute man on trial for murder (January 10, 2007)

A member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Colorado went on trial on Monday for the murder of a fellow tribal member. Charleston "Chuck" Lang, 40, is charged with second-degree murder and a firearm violation. He is accused...