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House panel takes up land-into-trust, recognition bills (June 14, 2007)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Opening Statements Part 1 Panel 1 - Testimony | Opening Statements Part 2 | Q&A Panel 2 - Testimony | Q&A Panel 3 - Testimony | Q&A The Bureau of Indian Affairs backed two land-into-trust bills at...

Tigua Tribe celebrates heritage at annual feast day (June 14, 2007)

The Tigua Tribe of Texas celebrated its annual feast day on Wednesday. Every June 13, the tribe pays tribute to St. Anthony, its patron saint. Tribal members from across the country come home to celebrate their Pueblo and Catholic...

Mashantucket museum hosts powwow exhibit (June 14, 2007)

The museum owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut is hosting a powwow exhibit. The "50 Years of Powwow" exhibit opens on Sunday at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. It features photographs and clothing to...

Nasa Tribe in Colombia metes out tough justice (June 14, 2007)

Members of the Nasa Tribe in Colombia face harsh punishments if they commit crimes. The tribe's justice system involves the entire community. When Juan Carlos Troches was accused of killing his 16-year-old cousin, he was held upside down by...

Information sought on death of Omaha toddler (June 14, 2007)

Authorities in Dakota County, Nebraska, are seeking information about an Omaha toddler who died in foster care. Nathaniel Saunsoci was 20 months old when he died in September 2006. He had been placed in an Indian foster home by...

Column: Bill helps wealthy tribes purge members (June 14, 2007)

"You know local, eastside state Senator Gloria Romero, right? The feisty Democratic majority leader in the California Senate? The highest-ranking woman in the state Legislature? Ardent defender of civil liberties, consumers, workers, minorities? Fearless reformer of prisons and rogue police...

Federal court won't halt Cherokee election (June 14, 2007)

A federal judge on Wednesday refused to halt the Cherokee Nation's upcoming election. The Cherokee Freedmen sought an injunction to halt the June 23 vote. Although they will be able to vote, they said they aren't allowed the right to...

Pomo sites placed on National Trust endangered list (June 14, 2007)

Two sites on the Stewarts Point Rancheria in northern California were placed on the list of 11 most endangered places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Regalia House and the Old Round House are sacred to the...

BIA approves land-into-trust for Shakopee Tribe (June 14, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved a land-into-trust application for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Minnesota. The tribe asked for the land over a decade ago. The BIA rejected the request, saying the tribe was too financially successful....

Crow Tribe cites at least $3M in flood damage (June 14, 2007)

The Crow Tribe of Montana estimates recent flooding caused at least $3 million in damage to the reservation. Chairman Carl Venne declared a state of disaster in hopes of speeding up federal and state assistance. But he said Gov. Brian...

First Nation seeks greenhouse to combat diabetes (June 14, 2007)

The Misipawistik Cree First Nation in Manitoba plans to build a greenhouse to combat high rates of diabetes. Chief Ovide Mercredi said the greenhouse will provide a source of fresh vegetables to community members. It will also generate revenues for...

Canada touts commission to resolve land claims (June 14, 2007)

Canada's Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice hailed a proposal to create a commission that would resolve hundreds of outstanding land claims. The Conservative administration plans to spend $250 million a year for 10 years to create an independent panel...

FEC official can't recall Native voting rights case (June 14, 2007)

A Federal Elections Commission official who has targeted tribes couldn't recall a Native voting rights case at his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday. Hans von Spakovsky told Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) that he couldn't "remember" talking to anybody about a...

Judge rejects Bush count of Columbia River salmon (June 14, 2007)

The Bush administration can't count hatchery fish along with wild fish when making decisions about salmon on the Columbia River, a federal judge said on Wednesday. Judge John C. Coughenour said the policy contradicts the Endangered Species Act. But since...

Opposition voiced to Cayuga land settlement (June 14, 2007)

Opponents outnumbered supporters at a public hearing on a proposal to settle the Cayuga land claim in New York. Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) and the Cayuga Nation announced the deal last month. It calls for the tribe to receive no...

Run-off set for Mississippi Choctaw chief (June 14, 2007)

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is set to hold a run-off election for the position of chief. Longtime chief Phillip Martin trailed challenger Beasley Denson by just a few dozen votes on Wednesday. The official count is due Friday....