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Judge presses Interior on historical accounting plan (May 15, 2007)

The federal judge handling the Indian trust fund case pushed the Bush administration on Monday to finalize its historical accounting plan, citing delays that could hinder an upcoming trial. During a two-hour-plus hearing in Washington, D.C., Judge James Robertson said...

Editorial: United States can afford to help tribes (May 15, 2007)

"Non-Indians frequently have strange ideas about American Indian reservations. They tend to find it hard to conceptualize a group of people having been assigned a location in which to be. The first thing to be noted is that a reservation...

No patrols at Whiteclay two years after agreement (May 15, 2007)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe will lose out on $200,000 in federal funds because it hasn't started patrols in the border town of Whiteclay, Nebraska. Two years ago, the tribe and the state of Nebraska signed an agreement to cross-deputize tribal...

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation plans land swap (May 15, 2007)

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut and the town of Ledyard are proposing a land swap that some residents are questioning. The tribe wants to swap a 102-acre former diary farm for the 76-acre Indiantown Park in Ledyard....

Lakota reburial ceremony at Black Hills Forest (May 15, 2007)

The remains of four tribal ancestors were reburied in the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota during a Lakota ceremony on Monday. Rev. Robert Two Bulls, a retired Episcopal priest, laid the remains to rest at a spot...

Winnemum Wintu Tribe objects to church construction (May 15, 2007)

A church in northern California has halted construction in response to opposition from the Winnemum Wintu Tribe. The tribe says the future site of Risen King Community Church used to be a village. Spiritual leader Caleen Sisk-Franco says tribal ancestors...

Yakama Nation reclaims village and burial site (May 15, 2007)

The Yakama Nation of Washington is celebrating the acquisition of an ancient village and burial site known as Lyle Point. The tribe lost the site to non-Indian settlers and to the Bonneville Dam. It was further threatened by a...

Southern Ute Tribe to expand events center (May 15, 2007)

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado is planning to renovate and expand its Sky Ute Events Center. The project will add a second arena to the 20-acre site in Ignacio. The recreational vehicle park will be renovated and expanded...

Oregon tribes back Sen. Smith for re-election (May 15, 2007)

Oregon's nine federally recognized are endorsing Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Oregon), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, in his bid for re-election in 2008. In a joint statement, tribal leaders cited Smith's commitment to Indian issues. Individual tribes...

Youth with disabilities summit in Albuquerque (May 15, 2007)

The National Indian Health Board and the National Congress of American Indians are co-hosting the Tribal Summit for American Indian and Alaska Native Young Adults with Disabilities. NIHB and NCAI partnered with the Indian Health Service to host the summit,...

Editorial: Squaxin Island Tribe gambles with health (May 15, 2007)

"The Squaxins of Mason County are gambling with the public's health by expanding their tobacco manufacturing and distribution business. Squaxin Island tribal leaders want to increase cigarette production from 50,000 cartons a month to a number that could reach 250,000....

Cherokee Freedmen restored to membership for now (May 15, 2007)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has agreed to restore the citizenship rights of 2,700 African descendants pending appeals in the tribal court system. The temporary injunction will allow the Freedmen to receive tribal services and to vote in a June...

Adam Beach gives 'stirring performance' on HBO (May 15, 2007)

Adam Beach "delivers a stirring performance" in the upcoming HBO movie "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," the Associated Press reports. Beach plays Charles Eastman, a Dakota from Minnesota who was a physician and Indian rights advocate in the...

Pope: Indians were 'silently longing' for Christianity (May 15, 2007)

Pope Benedict has angered Indian leaders in Brazil for saying their ancestors welcomed Europeans because they were "silently longing" for Christianity. On the last day of his visit to Brazil, the Pope spoke to Latin American and Caribbean bishops...

Number two at Department of Justice resigns post (May 15, 2007)

Paul J. McNulty, the second in command at the Department of Justice, announced his resignation on Monday. McNulty served as deputy attorney general for just 18 months. He cited the "financial realities of college-age children" for his decision to...

Native Hawaiian school settles admission lawsuit (May 15, 2007)

A private Native Hawaiian school has settled a lawsuit with a non-Native student who was denied admission. The terms of the settlement between Kamehameha Schools and the unnamed student were not disclosed. It averts a potential U.S. Supreme Court showdown...