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Cherokee Nation reacts to BIA rejection of constitution (May 23, 2007)

The leader of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma vowed a fight with the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Tuesday as controversy over the tribe's removal of African descendants continued. Cherokee Chief Chad Smith said the tribe would take "all appropriate...

Oglala leader targeted over veterans' comments (May 23, 2007)

A council member for the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has caused an uproar for his comments about veterans and people who serve in the military. At a recent council meeting, Jason "Jake" Little voted against a motion to...

Opinion: Labor unions hold up tribal sovereignty (May 23, 2007)

"Even labor sympathizers -- and I count myself among them -- should favor approval of the newest compact amendments, despite the absence of the card-check provisions. Under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, California is required to negotiate with the...

Adam Beach reappears on NBC show 'Law & Order' (May 23, 2007)

Adam Beach made his reappearance on the NBC show "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" last night. Beach reprises his role as detective Chester Lake. He has been transferred to the Manhattan SVU and joins with fellow detective Fin...

Pojoaque Pueblo seeks to improve phone service (May 23, 2007)

Pojoaque Pueblo wants to improve telephone service on three reservations in northern New Mexico. Service to the area is currently provided by Qwest Communication. The tribe signed a new contract with the Mescalero Apache Nation's telecommunications provider and now wants...

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation swap approved (May 23, 2007)

Voters in the town of Ledyard, Connecticut, overwhelmingly approved a land swap with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. The vote on the measure was 880 to 329. Now the town and the tribe can move forward with the exchange. The...

Navajo Nation chapters reclaim traditional names (May 23, 2007)

More Navajo Nation chapter governments are reclaiming their traditional Navajo names. The Baahaali Chapter (formerly Breadsprings), the Tsah Bii Kin Chapter (formerly Inscription House), the T'iistoh Sikaad. Chapter (formerly Burnham) and the Tse' Daa' Kaan Chapter (formerly Hogback) are...

Tulalip Tribes break ground on housing project (May 23, 2007)

The Tulalip Tribes of Washington broke ground on a new housing project this month in hopes of alleviating a housing shortage on the reservation. The 41 homes are part of a 60-home development. The tribe has 240 families on the...

Fort Berthold woman charged with murdering son (May 23, 2007)

A woman from the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota was released to the custody of her mother pending trial for the murder of her son. Dana Deegan, 34, was charged with first-degree murder. She allegedly allowed her infant...

Cayuga Nation to announce land claim settlement (May 23, 2007)

The Cayuga Nation and the state of New York plan to announce a land claim settlement, the Associated Press reported. The deal would allow the tribe to acquire up to 10,000 acres in trust. A casino could be possible, the...

MethSMART program targets youth on reservations (May 23, 2007)

Indian youth are being educated about the dangers of methamphetamine through a program called MethSMART. The Boys & Girls Clubs created MethSMART to target youth ages 6 through 18. It is being implemented at eight Native American Boys & Girls...

House panel to hold field hearing at Lower Brule (May 23, 2007)

The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a field hearing on June 1 to discuss law enforcement in Indian Country. The hearing will take place on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-South Dakota),...

Hopi vice chairman jailed in leadership dispute (May 23, 2007)

The vice chairman of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona was arrested and jailed for refusing to allow the ousted chairman to take office. The Hopi Appellate Court reinstated chairman Ben Nuvamsa to his post for 15 days. But vice chairman...

Glenn Marshall: A True Day of Thanksgiving (May 23, 2007)

Today, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's federal recognition becomes final. Glenn Marshall, the chairman of the tribe, submitted the following to thank the people who helped the tribe on its long road to recognition. I have the honor of serving as...

Former White House aide seeks immunity for Abramoff (May 23, 2007)

Susan Ralston, a former aide to top White House adviser Karl Rove, is asking a House committee to grant her immunity if she is called to testify about her involvement in the Jack Abramoff scandal. Ralston went to work for...

Sentencing delayed for Abramoff and Scanlon (May 23, 2007)

A federal judge has agreed to delay sentencing for convicted lobbyists Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon because government prosecutors say they are still cooperating. In separate filings, the Department of Justice asked to defer sentencing for Abramoff and Scanlon. Both...