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Supreme Court rejects appeals in three tribal cases (October 2, 2007)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected the first Indian law cases of its new October 2007 term. Without comment, the justice rejected appeals from three tribes. While the cases did not pose significant national issues, tribes were mainly on...

Kickapoo corruption trial underway in Texas (October 2, 2007)

Four people are on trial in federal court for a corruption scam involving the Kickapoo Tribe of Texas. Seven people, including the tribe's former chairman, were indicted on charges of stealing more than $900,000 from the tribe. Tax fraud and...

Sioux woman's murder remains unsolved after a year (October 2, 2007)

It's been more than a year since Vicki Eagleman, a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, was found dead and the crime remains unsolved. Eagleman's mother, June Left Hand, says her daughter was the victim...

Editorial: Cleaning up the royalty mess at Interior (October 2, 2007)

"Randall Luthi has his work cut out for him. Luthi, an attorney and former speaker of the Wyoming House of Representatives, had been deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since February. But two months ago, he was...

BIA hires special agent for justice services (October 2, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has filled a law enforcement position that was vacant for nearly a year Elizabeth Kolb, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, is the assistant special agent in charge for the...

Goodall's garden grows on Pine Ridge Reservation (October 2, 2007)

Primatologist Jane Goodall visited the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota for a second time on Monday. Goodall spoke to students about her Roots & Shoots gardening program. "We need the natural world," she said, The Rapid City Journal reported....

South Dakota court hears boarding school case (October 2, 2007)

The South Dakota Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in two boarding school cases. Former students at the St. Paul's School and the St. Francis Mission School say they were abused. They are suing the churches that ran the...

Eastern Cherokee chief calls for unity after vote (October 2, 2007)

Michell Hicks was sworn in to a second term as chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on Monday. Hicks called for unity after he won re-election by just 13 votes. Challenges the results were rejected by the...

Center to study diabetes, health disparities (October 2, 2007)

A new center at the University of Oklahoma will focus on diabetes and health disparities among American Indians. A $6.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health creates the Oklahoma Center for American Indian Diabetes Health Disparities. Studies will...

B.C. swears in first Native lieutenant-governor (October 2, 2007)

British Columbia swore in its first Native lieutenant-governor on Monday but the event didn't go off without some controversy. Steven Point, 57, a former chief of the Sto:lo First Nation, received a full ceremony with a 15-gun salute, bagpipes,...

BIA approves more college scholarship funds (October 2, 2007)

The Navajo Nation will be able to provide scholarship funds to an additional 200 students thanks to the release of more money by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The tribe received an additional $750,000 from the BIA. The money is...

Navajo woman wins top New Mexico business award (October 2, 2007)

Sharlene Begay-Platero, a member of the Navajo Nation, was named Developer of the Year by the state of New Mexico. Begay-Platero works for the tribe's Division of Economic Development. She helps manage the tribe's industrial sites and works on other...

Blog: Mashpee dissidents refile decades-old land claim (October 2, 2007)

"Some members of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe are playing what they see as their only remaining card in the great casino controversy - filing an updated version of the 30-year-old Mashpee Land Claims suit. Stephen Bingham, shown at right,...

Letter: Chief Smith brings down the Cherokee Nation (October 2, 2007)

"How will history remember Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith? Will he be remembered as the chief who restored the 1866 treaty rights of the Cherokee Nation freedmen as members of the Cherokee Tribe with full tribal membership? Or will he...

Ralph Sturges, longtime Mohegan chief, dies (October 2, 2007)

Ralph Sturges, the longtime chief of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, died on Monday. He was 88. Sturges was chosen as chief for life in 1992. Two years later, the tribe won federal recognition, settled its land claim and...

Senate hearing on Interior Department backlogs (October 2, 2007)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a hearing this Thursday on backlogs at the Interior Department. The committee notice lists backlogs in land-into-trust applications, environmental impact statements, probates, appraisals and lease approvals. The hearing takes place at 9:30am in...

Jodi Rave: Foundation raises money at Blackfeet (October 2, 2007)

"Two bidders, a cowboy and an Indian, quickly drove up the price on a painted buffalo robe Saturday night at the Harvest Moon Ball here. “Seven thousand, now going eight � who'll give me 11?” asked auctioneer Fred Burow....