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Cobell blasts Gover's appointment to NMAI (September 12, 2007)

Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, blasted the National Museum of the American Indian for hiring former assistant secretary Kevin Gover. Cobell is a trustee for NMAI. She said she wasn't consulted about the hiring...

BIA seeks input on 'modernization' initiative (September 12, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is moving forward with talks to modernize the agency after encountering a "rocky start," assistant secretary Carl Artman said on Tuesday. The BIA began a series of meetings last week aimed at soliciting input from...

Ex-CIRI executive defends contractor in theft case (September 12, 2007)

The former chief executive of Cook Inlet Region Inc. is defending a contractor accused of stealing $40 million from the Alaska Native regional corporation. Former CEO Carl Marrs took the stand to defend John Ellsworth, who is accused of the...

Makah Nation hires former Slade Gorton aide (September 12, 2007)

A former aide to ex-Sen. Slade Gorton (R-Washington) is helping the Makah Nation deal with the fallout from an illegal whale hunt. Tim Lovain is vice president of Denny Miller & Associates Inc., a Washington, D.C., law and lobbying firm....

Osage Nation in arbitration over tobacco taxes (September 12, 2007)

The Osage Nation and the state of Oklahoma are in arbitration over tobacco taxes. The tribe sued the state over a rule affecting the sale of tobacco. The tribe says the rule violates its tobacco tax compact and infringes on...

Kevin Gover to take over NMAI on December 2 (September 12, 2007)

Kevin Gover, a member of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, will take over the National Museum of the American Indian on December 2. Gover is the second person to lead the museum. He replaces Rick West, a member of...

9th Circuit rejects Northern Cheyenne injunction (September 12, 2007)

A divided panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Northern Cheyenne Tribe's attempt to block coalbed methane development in Montana. By a 2-1 vote, the panel agreed that the Interior Department violated environmental law by approving drilling...

Seminole man hopes to follow in grandfather's path (September 12, 2007)

Jarrid Smith, a 22-year-old student at Florida Atlantic University, hopes to follow in his grandfather's footsteps and become a leader in the Seminole Tribe. Smith grew up on the Brighton Seminole Reservation. His grandfather, Fred Smith, was the longest-serving...

Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe still in talks with town (September 12, 2007)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the town of Mashpee are still negotiating an inter-governmental agreement. The town want assurances that the tribe will not reopen its failed land claim from the 1970s. The town also wants the tribe to guarantee...

Column: Maine takes arrogant attitude with tribes (September 12, 2007)

"So anyway, do you know who holds the deed to the Penobscots’ land? If you said the Indians you’re as wrong as if you went swimming in the Penobscot River thinking it was safe. No, the United States Department of...

Editorial: Illegal hunt may be last for Makah Nation (September 12, 2007)

"The Makah's last federally sanctioned hunt was in 1999, after a 70-year hiatus. Many observers, including this editorial page, embraced the cultural significance of the event and supported the spiritual tonic the hunt represented for the tribe. Subsequent legal challenges...

Germans obsessed with Cowboys and Indians (September 12, 2007)

Thanks to author Karl May, Germans seem to have an unhealthy obsession with Cowboys, Indians and the Wild West. Adopting Indian names like "Lonely Man," Germans dress up as Apaches and Comanches and hold dozens of powwows every year....

Bush set to name new Attorney General nominee (September 12, 2007)

President Bush is close to naming a new U.S. Attorney General to lead the Department of Justice. Former Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson is considered to be one of the top contenders. He argued for limits on the trust...

Former Abramoff associate faces sentencing (September 12, 2007)

Neil Volz, a former associate of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a former aide to imprisoned ex-Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), is being sentenced today for his role in the scandal. Federal prosecutors say Volz deserves leniency for cooperating with...

Wakpa Sica threatened by dwindling funds (September 12, 2007)

The Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Place is supposed to be a major Sioux cultural, educational and legal resource but lack of federal funding has kept the $25 million center in South Dakota from fulfilling its mission. Former Sen. Tom Daschle...

Indian health care markup, rally in Washington (September 12, 2007)

Reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act is the focus in Washington, D.C., today. The Senate Finance Committee is holding an open markup of the Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) portions of the bill [PDF]....

Yellow Bird: Crying out for better role models (September 12, 2007)

"Britney Spears' Sunday appearance on MTV Video Awards wasn't good. Much of the criticism was due to her poor performance, critics said. Other commentators scolded her for carrying too much weight. Many said she was too fat; The New...