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House panel holds NAHASDA reauthorization hearing (June 7, 2007)

Tribal and Indian leaders testified on the need to reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act at a House subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. With the law set to expire this summer, tribal witnesses said it was vital...

Flood hits Northern Cheyenne elementary school (June 7, 2007)

Heavy rains sent up to half a foot of water into the Lame Deer Elementary School on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. The water hit the school's library, cafeteria, pre-school room and hallways on Wednesday. No students were inside...

Officials discuss Cayuga land claim settlement (June 7, 2007)

Officials in Seneca County, New York, discussed the proposed Cayuga land claim settlement on Wednesday. Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) has proposed to limit the Cayuga Nation's land-into-trust applications to 10,000 acres in Seneca and Cayuga counties. The tribe would...

Disenrolled Indians oppose exclusion bill in California (June 7, 2007)

Disenrolled Indians in California are opposing a bill that would make it a crime for non-tribal members to enter reservations without tribal permission. Senator Gloria Romero, a Democrat, sponsored SB131. She said it will help law enforcement in rural reservations....

Navajo Nation didn't check background before loan (June 7, 2007)

The Navajo Nation failed to do a background check of the CEO of a company who was convicted of mail fraud, wire fraud, commodity fraud and perjury, a tribal official said. Hak Ghun of BCDS Manufacturing Inc. was convicted in...

First Nations chief knows how to deal with white man (June 7, 2007)

The chief of the Roseau River First Nation in Manitoba is facing call to resign for comments he made about non-Natives. Chief Terry Nelson told media organizations last month: "There's only one way to deal with a white man. You...

Abramoff investigators want dirt on Norton (June 7, 2007)

Federal prosecutors are seeking to connect former Interior Secretary Gale Norton to the Jack Abramoff scandal, the Associated Press reports. A government official told the AP that Italia Federici, a longtime associate of Norton's, may be able to provide information...

Lawmakers urge no vote on Lumbee recognition bill (June 7, 2007)

Update: The bill passed this afternoon following a lengthy debate and four votes. The first debate was a closed rule to prevent amendments on the bill. After the rule was called to order [Roll Call], it passed by a 214...

Meskwaki Tribe plans $21M expansion of school (June 7, 2007)

The Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa has begin construction on a $21 million expansion of the Bureau of Indian Affairs school on the reservation. The project will more than double the size of the Meskwaki Settlement School. The tribe is picking...

Opinion: Native Hawaiian entity ripe for corruption (June 7, 2007)

"Proponents claim the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2007 (Akaka Bill, S 310) will protect Hawaiian entitlements and assets. But the strong connections between the Broken Trust scandal of the late 1990s and the 2000 introduction of the “Akaka...

Chickasaw Nation to manage Kiowa Tribe housing (June 7, 2007)

The Chickasaw Nation will manage federal housing programs for a fellow tribe in Oklahoma. The Chickasaws were recommended to the Kiowa Tribe by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Kiowas were under investigation by HUD for improper accounting...

Cherokee Nation to vote on constitution again (June 7, 2007)

Members of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will go to the polls on June 23 to elect a new leader and vote on a proposed constitutional amendment. The amendment would remove a provision that requires federal approval of the constitution....

New York to appeal Oneida land claim decision (June 7, 2007)

The state of New York is appealing a federal judge's decision to keep the Oneida land claim open. The state wants the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to block the Oneidas of New York, Wisconsin and Canada from seeking compensation...

Chippewa Cree Tribe can't declare water safe (June 7, 2007)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana says water restrictions on the Rocky Boy's Reservation will remain in effect until June 29. The tribe issued a no-use order after the water system was mistakenly contaminated by a degreaser. Residents can't drink,...

Yakama Nation to celebrate treaty of 1855 (June 7, 2007)

The Yakama Nation of Washington will be celebrating its June 9, 1855, treaty with the United States. The tribe has scheduled three days of events for the 152nd annual Treaty Day commemoration. There will be a parade, a rodeo, a...

NCAI statement on passing of Sen. Craig Thomas (June 7, 2007)

The late Sen. Craig Thomas (R-Wyoming) with National Congress of American Indians President Joe Garcia at NCAI's 2007 winter session in Washington, D.C. Photo © NSM. National Congress of American Indians President Joe Garcia released the following statement on...

FBI tells Sen. Stevens to preserve records (June 7, 2007)

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) told The Washington Post that he has been asked by the FBI to preserve records as part of a political corruption probe. "They put me on notice to preserve some records," Stevens said in a brief...