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Supreme Court seeks DOJ views on Colville case (July 18, 2007)

The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term last month without hearing any Indian law cases but the justices left one significant case on the docket. The high court is being asked to determine whether a Canadian company can be held...

Squaxin Island village vandalized again (July 18, 2007)

For the second time in two years, vandals have struck a Squaxin Island village in Washington. Qwu?gwes is a 700-year-old fish camp and seafood-processing site. Archaeologists are excavating the village with the participation of the Squaxin Island Tribe. Two years...

Hopi artist about to retire after 50-year-plus career (July 18, 2007)

After making art for more than 50 years, Rex Pooyouma, a member of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, is ready to retire. Pooyouma started making moccasins in 1956, after learning the skill from his father. His works are on display...

Native woman loses job for disagreeing with tribe (July 18, 2007)

An Alaska Native woman has been fired from her job with the Stebbins Village council for opposing a development project. Patricia Henry started gathering signatures for a petition against the gravel pit development. That prompted the tribal council to initiate...

World Eskimo-Indian Olympics kick off in Anchorage (July 18, 2007)

For the first time, the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics are taking place in Anchorage, Alaska. The event has been held in Fairbanks for the last 45 years. But organizers have decided to try other cities, with Anchorage laying out the...

Manitoba First Nation sues to reopen 1875 treaty (July 18, 2007)

The Black River First Nation of Manitoba has sued the Canadian government in order to reopen Treaty Five, which was signed in 1875. The First Nation wants more land out of the deal. Each of the 33 bands that signed...

Eagle feathers still hard to come by for Natives (July 18, 2007)

The Interior Department has removed the bald eagle from the list of threatened and endangered species but Native Americans still need a permit to obtain eagle feathers and parts. The bald eagle and the golden eagle remain protected by...

Navajo Nation Council won't hear from Democrats (July 18, 2007)

The Navajo Nation Council usually clamors for attention from politicians but delegates at this year's summer session don't want to hear from two Democratic candidates. The council voted 30-40 against hearing from Mary Kim Titla, a member of the San...

Bacone College wants Native students to succeed (July 18, 2007)

Bacone College in Oklahoma is living up to its mission as a place to serve Native students, the director of the Native American Student program said. Kyle Taylor, who is Pawnee and Choctaw, said the school offers Native students scholarships...

Third defendant in Navajo beating sentenced (July 18, 2007)

The third defendant who admitted beating and kidnapping a Navajo man was sentenced to three and a half years in prison on Tuesday. Freddie Brooks, 21, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping, aggravated assault with the intent to commit...

Skull Valley Goshutes sue DOI over lease rejection (July 18, 2007)

The Skull Valley Band of Goshutes sued the Interior Department on Tuesday for rejecting a lease to store up to 44,000 tons of nuclear waste. The tribe and its backers, a consortium of private energy companies, say the department's decision...

Indian group fails to raise money for center (July 18, 2007)

An Indian organization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has failed to raise enough money to restore a historic former U.S. Coast Guard station. Loonsfoot Inc., had two years to raise money to renovate the site and turn it into a cultural...

Two Oregon tribes await action on development (July 18, 2007)

Two Oregon tribes hope the House Natural Resources Committee will approve a bill that will pave the way for an economic development project. The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes Of Siletz Indians jointly own about...

Northern Cheyenne president to address dispute (July 18, 2007)

Eugene Little Coyote, the president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, plans to hold a meeting with employees today to discuss an incident with vice president Rick Wolfname. Little Coyote said he hopes to dispel rumors about the dispute,...

Veterans Affairs Secretary Nicholson to resign (July 18, 2007)

Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson said on Monday he would leave his post by October 1 in order to return to the private sector. Nicholson faced criticism after a Washington Post investigation uncovered serious deficiencies in health care for...

Bush passes over Abramoff prosecutor for court (July 18, 2007)

President Bush has passed over the lead Jack Abramoff prosecutor for a spot on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, The Newark Star-Ledger reports. The nomination was supposed to go to Noel Hillman, a former assistant U.S. attorney in New...

Yellow Bird: Chippewa man leaves strong legacy (July 18, 2007)

"One of the last traditional Chippewa men, Francis Cree or Ginew Oda Inini (Eagle Heart Man), left the Turtle Mountains for the spirit world Sunday. He was 86. His spirit lives everywhere now; it's part of the wind that...

House Natural Resources Committee markup (July 18, 2007)

House Natural Resources Committee is holding a markup this morning on six Indian bills. The markup will be broadcast online at http://resourcescommittee.house.gov at 11am. The agenda follows: * H.R. 673: To direct the Secretary of the Interior to take lands...