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NIGC publishes casino licensing regulations (October 19, 2007)

The National Indian Gaming Commission published its long-awaited facility license regulations in the Federal Register on Thursday. The proposed rules require tribes, for the first time, to certify that their casinos are complying with environmental, health and public safety laws....

Navajo manager pleaded guilty to domestic violence (October 19, 2007)

The general manager for the Navajo Nation's agribusiness pleaded guilty this month to a domestic violence incident. Tsosie Lewis of the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry was arrested after striking a family member in the face on September 25. He spent...

Cheyenne River woman gets time for boy's death (October 19, 2007)

A woman from the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota was sentenced to 13 months in connection with a 3-year-old boy's death. Amanda Marisa Little Elk, 23, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. She failed to check up on Trevor...

Hollow Water First Nation blockade still up (October 19, 2007)

Members of the Hollow Water First Nation in Manitoba have continued to block access to a housing development on traditional land. The blockade started in mid-September. The band said it was not consulted about the development. Residents have complained about...

Editorial: Don't force schools to drop Indian mascots (October 19, 2007)

"Nothing identifies a school more readily than its nickname. A compulsory change would be greeted as a forced abandonment of tradition, and as a sacrifice of deeply rooted identity on the altar of political correctness — not to mention...

Mother and daughter plead not guilty for hate crime (October 19, 2007)

A mother and daughter in Idaho pleaded not guilty to the racially motivating beating of a 13-year-old Native girl. Jill R. Grant, 40, and Ashley N. Grant, 21, are charged with felony malicious harassment.. They are accused of beating the...

Michigan man sentenced for selling eagle feathers (October 19, 2007)

A Michigan man was sentenced to two years of probation for selling an artifact with eagle feathers. Thomas J. Hampton, 56, pleaded guilty to selling a lance with more than 30 golden eagle feathers. A Wisconsin man paid $25,000...

Sen. Kyl: Tribal jails neither safe nor secure (October 19, 2007)

"The United States, through the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Justice Department, operates and funds detention facilities throughout Indian Country as part of its trust responsibilities to Native Americans. According to a Justice Department study, American Indians experience violent...

Opinion: Pueblo women take on domestic violence (October 19, 2007)

"Domestic violence is physical abuse, sexual assault, verbal abuse, emotional and spiritual abuse, stalking and/or a series of acts by another person who harasses you and makes you fear for your safety. Domestic violence is about power and control. It...

Opinion: Playing the nation card over Freedmen (October 19, 2007)

"Earlier this year, the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma voted to disenfranchise descendants of black slaves who were made full citizens of the nation in the 1866 Treaty. The official reason for this has been ''blood,'' although in fact the issue...

Shakopee Tribe donates $12.5M to university (October 19, 2007)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is donating $12.5 million to the University of Minnesota. The school will use $10 million towards a new $288 million football stadium. The donation is the single largest gift ever made to the athletics...

Rhode Island appeals land-into-trust ruling (October 19, 2007)

The state of Rhode Island is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a land-into-trust case that is being watched by tribes nationwide. In July, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Bureau of Indian Affairs can place...