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Choctaw Nation breaks ground on community center (February 1, 2007)

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma broke ground on a $1.2 million community center, one of 17 planned throughout the tribe's jurisdictional area. The 7,800-square-foot center in Isabel will house field offices for outreach services for tribal services, offer meals for...

Ruling awaited on snowmaking in sacred peaks (February 1, 2007)

A ski resort in the sacred San Francisco Peaks in Arizona is waiting on a ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals before expanding its facility. The Arizona Snowbowl wants to use reclaimed wastewater to make snow. But tribes...

BIA settles lawsuit over suicide at Yakama jail (February 1, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has agreed to settle a lawsuit over the suicide of a 39-year-old man at a jail on the Yakama Nation of Washington. The family of Ricky O. Sampson will receive $700,000 for their wrongful death...

Interior reopens comment period on trust reform rules (February 1, 2007)

For the second time, the Bush administration has extended the public comment period on a major set of trust reform regulations. In a Federal Register notice published last week, the Bureau of Indian Affairs said it would take comments on...

Bill to block new liquor licenses near Bear Butte killed (February 1, 2007)

A bill to block new liquor licenses for facilities near sacred Bear Butte was killed by a South Dakota Senate committee on Wednesday. HB1227 would exempt business within the boundaries of Sturgis, the site of an annual biker rally. Tribal...

Navajo Preparatory School unveils $3.2M gym (February 1, 2007)

Navajo Preparatory School, a Bureau of Indian Affairs school in Farmington, New Mexico, unveiled a $3.2 million gym on Wednesday. The 22,000-square-foot facility was funded by the BIA, the Navajo Nation, the Nenahnezad Chapter and the state of New...

Canada says $1.9B abuse payout won't be held up (February 1, 2007)

Canada's Indian Affairs Minister said the $1.9 billion residential abuse settlement won't be held up over a dispute in attorney's fees. Minister Jim Prentice said the package will receive final approval in a few weeks despite an appeal filed by...

Kickapoo chairman criticizes 'Official English' bill (February 1, 2007)

Steve Cadue, the chairman of the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas, linked an "Official English" bill being considered by lawmakers to cultural genocide against Native peoples. "What group of people is next for such legislation?" Cadue told the House Veterans, Military...

Crow chairman delivers State of Tribal Nations (February 1, 2007)

Carl Venne, the chairman of the Crow Tribe of Montana, delivered the State of Tribal Nations address on Wednesday. Venne told a joint session of the Montana Legislature that tribes are being left behind as the state enjoys economic...

Hopi woman passed over for interim US Attorney (February 1, 2007)

The Department of Justice passed over a Hopi woman in announcing an interim U.S. Attorney for Arizona on Wednesday but a spokesperson said Diane Humetewa has not been excluded for the permanent nomination. Humetewa, an attorney who has worked...

House passes $463B federal appropriations measure (February 1, 2007)

The House voted 286 to 140 on Wednesday to pass a $463 billion spending measure that maintains level funding for most federal agencies, provides some increases for Democratic priorities and eliminates thousands of earmarks. Democrats combined nine individual spending bills...

Maya woman considers run for president of Guatemala (February 1, 2007)

Rigoberta Menchu, a Maya woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, said she is considering a run for president of Guatemala. Menchu said she is being urged to run for this September's election. "I owe my loyalty...

Tohono O'odham Nation kicks off annual rodeo and fair (February 1, 2007)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona kicks off its 69th annual rodeo and fair today. The three-day event takes place in Sells. It features a rodeo, parade, fun run, powwow, carnival, performances, dances, vendors and food. This year's rodeo is...

WSJ: Indian Civil Rights Act a little-known 'quirk' (February 1, 2007)

In a front-page article, the Wall Street Journal calls the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 "a little-known quirk in federal law" that doesn't require defendants in tribal court to provided with attorneys. The right to legal counsel is guaranteed...

Gila River Indian Community working on retail project (February 1, 2007)

The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona is working on a major retail project on its reservation near Phoenix. Negotiations are underway and the deal hasn't been finalized. But Kimberly Lewis, general manager of the Wild Horse Pass Development Authority,...

Nez Perce Tribe supports delisting of wolves (February 1, 2007)

The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho says the proposed delisting of wolves from the Endangered Species Act represents the suceess of its management program. Wolves are highly regarded by the tribe, said chairwoman Rebecca Miles. The tribe reintroduced them to...

Confirmation hearing for BIA nominee Artman (February 1, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a confirmation hearing this morning for Carl J. Artman, President Bush's nominee to head the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The committee will hear from Gerald Danforth, the president of the Oneida Nation of...