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Column: Indigenous nations speak with one voice (August 28, 2007)

"At the invitation of Evelyn Jefferson, chairwoman of the Lummi Indian Nation, about 40 indigenous nations met to discuss a proposed treaty that would establish a United League of Indigenous Nations. After two days of negotiation, 11 nations, including Lummi,...

Miccosukee Tribe mum on firing of police chief (August 28, 2007)

The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida won't say why it fired its longtime police chief. David Ward was with the tribe for 4.5 years, CBS4 reported. He was fired in the "middle of the night" on Saturday. The tribe has...

Death on Fort Peck Reservation under investigation (August 28, 2007)

The FBI and the Fort Peck Tribes of Montana are investigating the stabbing death of a 26-year-old woman. The woman died at a hospital early Saturday morning. A juvenile female is suspected of being involved, tribal police said. The woman's...

Standing Rock veterans back 'Fighting Sioux' (August 28, 2007)

The veterans group on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is backing the University of North Dakota's controversial "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. The vote by the governing board came during a meeting with Sam Dupris, a member of the Cheyenne...

Former Oglala Sioux treasurer sentenced for theft (August 28, 2007)

David Rabbit, the former treasurer of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay almost $10,000 in restitution for theft. Rabbit, 41, pleaded guilty to stealing money from the tribe. He admitted to...

First trial set for murder, rape of Navajo woman (August 28, 2007)

A 24-year-old man is set to go to trial in January 2008 for the rape and murder of Nicole Leigh Redhorse, a Navajo woman. Derrick Nelson Begaye pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and felony sexual assault. Two others --...

Penobscot Nation blames paper mill for water bloom (August 28, 2007)

The Penobscot Nation of Maine is blaming a paper mill for a massive algae bloom in the Penobscot River. The tribe has warned members to avoid swimming in or drinking from the river. "We’re really taking the precautionary approach...

Raytheon to double jobs, space on Navajo Nation (August 28, 2007)

Raytheon Missile Systems is doubling its workforce and manufacturing space on the Navajo Nation. Raytheon is leasing land from Navajo Agricultural Products Industry to build missiles. The Excalibur missiles are in heavy demand by the U.S. Army for use...

Navajo community rebuilds chapter house after fire (August 28, 2007)

The Navajo Nation community in Nageezi, New Mexico, finally has a new chapter house. The old chapter house was completely gutted by a fire in March 2006. The only thing left was the building's foundation. The new $600,000 facility...

Sen. Craig, salmon opponent, guilty in airport incident (August 28, 2007)

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), a critic of salmon preservation efforts in the Pacific Northwest and a defender of a judicial nominee who was unanimously opposed by tribes, pleaded guilty for a "lewd conduct" incident at a Minnesota airport in June....

Heffelfinger: Gonzales was open to Indian issues (August 28, 2007)

Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was "sensitive" to Indian issues, former U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger says. Heffelfinger was chair of the Department of Justice's Native American Issues Subcommittee. He said he dealt with Gonzales on Indian issues. "He seemed...

Three tribes ready to unveil hotel in Sacramento (August 28, 2007)

Three tribes are holding a grand opening for their new hotel in downtown Sacramento, California, today. The Residence Inn by Marriott Sacramento at Capitol Park is a venture of Three Fires LLC. The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, the...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe heads to general election (August 28, 2007)

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota will hold a general election on October 25. Incumbent President Rodney Bordeaux faces a challenge from Louis “Wayne” Boyd, who currently serves as vice president. Charlie Colombe, a former president, will face William...

Judge refuses guilty plea for Colville homicide (August 28, 2007)

A federal judge refused to accept a guilty plea from a man who admitted to involuntary manslaughter on the Colville Reservation in Washington. Judge Robert Whaley called James H. Gallaher Jr.'s plea "odd." He said it would have required him...

Editorial: No more lies for Mashpee Wampanoags (August 28, 2007)

"Monday night's closed meeting of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe should be the first of many meetings as tribal members determine how to respond to the disgrace and resignation of their leader, Glenn Marshall. This is a moment of truth for...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe ousts Marshall as chair (August 28, 2007)

Glenn Marshall was ousted as chairman of the newly recognized Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts on Monday night. Marshall offered to resign in 30 days but the tribal council voted 10-1 to terminated him immediately. Vice chairman Shawn Hendricks...

Appeals court backs climbing ban at sacred site (August 28, 2007)

A ban on recreational climbing at Cave Rock, a sacred Washoe site, does not violate the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday. In a unanimous decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the U.S. Forest Service...

Crow woman named to number two position at BIA (August 28, 2007)

Majel Russell has been appointed to the number two position at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, assistant secretary Carl Artman said on Monday. Russell, a member of the Crow Tribe of Montana, joined the BIA as principal deputy assistant...