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Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe wins federal recognition (February 15, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs this afternoon announced a final determination in favor of recognition for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts. Jim Cason, the associate deputy secretary at the Interior Department, called the tribe at around 5pm. Tribal...

Two Picuris Pueblo leaders face alcohol charges (February 15, 2007)

The governor of Picuris Pueblo in New Mexico has been charged with illegal possession of alcohol and a tribal council member has been charged with drunken driving. Gov. Richard Mermejo was having a party at his home last Thursday. The...

Interior Department wary of off-reservation gaming (February 15, 2007)

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne remains concerned about off-reservation gaming, a top aide said on Wednesday, even though efforts to limit the practice were killed in Congress last year. As governor of Idaho, Kempthorne was adamantly opposed to off-reservation casinos. He...

Opinion: Hualapai Tribe steals White Man's ideas (February 15, 2007)

"The Hualapai Indian Reservation in Arizona is constructing an immense glass walkway, called Skywalk, that juts out 70 feet from the South Rim precipice of the Grand Canyon. When finished next month, Skywalk will allow visitors a dizzying view of...

Tribal meth bill making its way through House (February 15, 2007)

A bill to ensure tribes are eligible for three anti-methamphetamine programs is making its way through the House. H.R.545, the Native American Methamphetamine Enforcement and Treatment Act, was introduced on January 17. It was referred to the House Judiciary and...

Two Ponca tribes reunite after 125 years apart (February 15, 2007)

The Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma and the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska reunited for the first time on Thursday, more than 125 years after they were split apart by the federal government. The tribes are meeting over two days at Haskell...

Woman faces trial for murder of 2-year-old boy (February 15, 2007)

A woman faces trial in April for the death of a 2-year-old boy on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Lila K. Goggles, 47, is charged with first-degree murder. She is accused of killing Tyraine Wanstall. on November 1, 2005....

Astronauts to help tribe open Grand Canyon skywalk (February 15, 2007)

John Herrington, the first Native American in space, and Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, will help the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona open its Grand Canyon Skywalk next month. The tribe built the $30 million horseshoe-shaped...

Lawyers to discuss Native abuse settlement (February 15, 2007)

The Canadian Bar Association is meeting this weekend to discuss proposed rules of conduct in dealing with survivors of Native residential schools. The bar wants to make sure lawyers don't "revictimize" victims. "Many survivors of residential schools are highly vulnerable...

Senate passes $463B appropriations measure (February 15, 2007)

The Senate voted 81-15 on Wednesday to pass a $463.5 billion measure to keep the federal government operating. The bill, like the one approved by the House earlier this month, largely provides level funding for most agencies. Democrats shifted some...

Bad Eagle: Tribes wrong on 'Official English' bill (February 15, 2007)

"Oklahoma Republican House Representative George Faught, of Muskogee, wants English to be the language of Americans -- or at least of Oklahomans. He has introduced a bill to that end: HB 1423, the 'Oklahoma English Language Act', which requires that...

Commentary: Muslims can learn from tribal courts (February 15, 2007)

"In the United States today, there is a system of courts which is just outside of the federal and state court systems, known as the American Indian Tribal Courts. The Tribal Courts deal with criminal, civil and family court issues,...

Griles shares two homes with former DOJ official (February 15, 2007)

J. Steven Griles, the former deputy secretary of the Interior Department who is facing charges as part of the Jack Abramoff scandal, shares ownership of two homes with a former Justice Department official. Griles and Sue Ellen Wooldridge, the...

Death of teen ruled an accidental overdose (February 15, 2007)

A 15-year-old Indian teen accidentally overdosed on prescription methadone, a county coroner in Washington ruled. Robley "Bobby" Carr Jr., died in December in the home of his foster father, who has prescription for methadone. It's not clear where Carr...

Editorial: Group only backs Indian Democrats (February 15, 2007)

"A Tulsa-based Indian political advocacy group endorsed four candidates for the Legislature in 2006. All are Democrats. All won. But they represent only a fraction of the Indians in the Legislature, where the Native American Caucus has grown from 11...

Group seeks new election for Hopi chairman (February 15, 2007)

A group of Hopi council members want the tribe to hold a new election because they say man who won the chairman's race doesn't meet residency requirements. Benjamin Nuvamsa won the February 7 special election. But the council members, some...

Indian Affairs Committee hearing on budget (February 15, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing this morning on President Bush's fiscal year 2008 budget. The hearing starts at 9:30am. The URL to the live webcast is http://indian.senate.gov/public/webcast.ram. The witness list follows: Panel 1 MR....