Montana reservation man guilty of abuse (June 15, 2007)
A man from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation was found guilty of sexually abusing a young girl seven years ago, The Billings Gazette reports. Willie James Sequi Sr., 57, was charged with aggravated sexual abuse with a 12-year-old girl. The incident...
Jury finds anti-Indian bias at urban Indian clinic (June 15, 2007)
The director of an urban Indian clinic in California discriminated against non-Indians when she fired them, a jury in Santa Barbara ruled last week. Maria Elizabeth Cordero fired three employees of the American Indian Health & Services. They sued...
Column: Cheyenne youth attend basketball camp (June 15, 2007)
"For most born and/or reared on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, life seldom leads them beyond the borders of the site’s 445,000 acres in southeast Montana. Most are schooled there and remain there to raise their own family. They...
Omaha Tribe 'silent' on death of toddler, attorney says (June 15, 2007)
The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska has been "silent" about a toddler who died in foster care, Dakota County Attorney Ed Matney said. Matney has been investigating the death of Nathaniel Saunsoci-Mitchell, an Omaha tribal member who died at 20 months...
Obama most popular candidate among Navajo voters (June 15, 2007)
Navajo leaders in Shiprock, New Mexico, are seeking to lure Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to the reservation, citing his popularity among local voters. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) has been a strong supporter of Indian issues but Donald...
Tribes left out of UND president search committee (June 15, 2007)
The United Tribes Technical College is urging the state to appoint a tribal member to the search committee for a new president of the University of North Dakota. UTTC President David Gipp says the state Board of Higher Education...
Land-into-trust next big move for Oneida Nation (June 15, 2007)
After surviving one decision from the Interior Department this week, the Oneida Nation of New York faces action on its land-into-trust application . The tribe wants more than 17,000 acres in two counties placed in trust. The land is part...
Chad Smith: Cherokee Nation exercises sovereignty (June 15, 2007)
"“The Shame of the Cherokee Nation” said the Cherokee Nation “voted to expel black members” in amending its constitution. The amendment had nothing to do with skin color. Instead, the nation exercised its sovereignty to determine that only those with...
Judge allows suit by fired BIA agent in 'Indian' case (June 15, 2007)
A former Bureau of Indian Affairs agent who is not legally Indian can sue the United States for malicious prosecution and false imprisonment, a federal judge ruled. Duane Garvais claimed Indian ancestry although he is not enrolled in any...
Gonzales under investigation for meeting with aide (June 15, 2007)
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is being investigated for a meeting with an aide who later told Congress that former federal prosecutor Tom Heffelfinger was spending "too much time" on Indian issues. The Department of Justice's Inspector General and...
Navajo Nation investigates Internet company (June 15, 2007)
The Navajo Nation is investigating allegations of overbilling by an Internet services company. The Navajo Office of the Auditor General analyzed payments made to OnSat Network Communications, based in Utah. It found over $650,000 in questionable charges. Frank Brown, an...
Lawmakers request extension on financial disclosures (June 15, 2007)
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-California) and Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Arizona) have received extensions to file financial disclosure forms amid federal investigations into their activities. Stevens has been told by the FBI to preserve his records as...
Former Oglala Sioux treasurer facing new charges (June 15, 2007)
David Rabbit Sr., the former treasurer of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, faces a slew of new tribal charges, including spousal abuse, in addition to federal theft charges. Rabbit was arrested May 1 on federal charges but...
Opinion: Sovereign immunity under full frontal attack (June 15, 2007)
"The first two parts of this series focused primarily on pre-litigation strategies involving the use of tribal immunity as a nation-building tool. This third and final part provides defensive alternatives to asserting sovereign immunity in lawsuits against tribal governments and/or...
Harjo: HBO buried history with 'Wounded Knee' (June 15, 2007)
"Someone owes Sam Eaglestaff an apology. The venerated Cheyenne River leader of the Wounded Knee Survivors Association left this life thinking we set the record straight on the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 when the United States apologized for it...
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