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Maine tribes lose last shot at sovereignty (November 27, 2007)

Two Maine tribes lost their last shot at reclaiming their sovereignty when the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down their appeals. Without comment, the justices rejected petitions from the Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians and the Houlton Band of...

Report highlights Native children in foster care (November 27, 2007)

A new report say Native American children are overrepresented in the foster care across the nation. The National Indian Child Welfare Association and Kids Are Waiting campaign of The Pew Charitable Trusts released "Time for Reform: A Matter of Justice...

Marshall Tome, Navajo journalist, dies at 80 (November 27, 2007)

Marshall Tome, one of the founders of The Navajo Times, died on Friday after a bout with lung disease and pneumonia. He was 85. Tome, a World War II veteran, was working at The San Francisco Chronicle when he was...

FEMA sending mobile homes to California tribes (November 27, 2007)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending mobile homes to southern California tribes who were hit by wildfires. The La Jolla Reservation and the Rincon Reservation were the hardest hit. La Jolla lost 90 percent of its reservation and 59...

Yakama Nation awaits word on per capita payments (November 27, 2007)

Members of the Yakama Nation of Washington started their annual meeting on Monday with talk about per capita payments. The 10,000 members of the tribe received a one-time payment of $500 in September. But their monthly timber payments have been...

Reservations account for high suicide rate (November 27, 2007)

The suicide rate for American Indians in Beltrami County, Minnesota, is 2.5 times higher that of whites, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Portions of the Leech Lake Reservation and the Red Lake Reservation lie within the county. One of the...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe meets with UND (November 27, 2007)

Leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are meeting with University of North Dakota officials today to discuss the school's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. The tribe recent reaffirmed its opposition to the "Sioux" name. But a group of...

Lawyers paid $45M in residential school case (November 27, 2007)

The Canadian government has paid $45.6 million to lawyers in the Native residential school abuse case. The payment went to a consortium of lawyers who have worked on the case. Meanwhile, many who went to school have yet to receive...

Native woman was kept in jail naked for four days (November 27, 2007)

An Inuit woman from Labrador was held naked for four days in jail cell, the second incident of its kind in less than a year.. Emily Jararuse, 41, was held in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police lockup in Happy...

Sen. Lott to retire from Senate in December (November 27, 2007)

Sen. Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) unexpectedly announced on Monday he will leave the Senate in December. Lott was re-elected last year. But he said he wanted to move onto other things after completing work on a bill to help rebuild...

Oklahoma tribes help students pay for college (November 27, 2007)

Oklahoma tribes are using tribal and federal funds to send their youth to college. The Osage Nation uses $1 million, plus $395,000 in federal funds, to help 900 students. The tribe generally awards $1,200 each semester for each full-time...

DOI launches inquiry into Navajo trip to NIEA (November 27, 2007)

The Interior Department's Inspector General has begun a preliminary inquiry into the Navajo Nation's trip to the National Indian Education Association conference in Hawaii. The department was asked by Sen. Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico) to determine whether federal funds were...

BIA denies recognition to Juaneno Band (November 27, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Monday issued a proposed finding against federal recognition for the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians of California. The BIA said the tribe failed to four out of seven mandatory recognition criteria. Specifically, there...

Crown and regalia returned to Miss Teen Lumbee (November 27, 2007)

Miss Teen Lumbee Alexis Rising has her crown and regalia back, The Fayetteville Observer reports. The items were taken from Rising, 15, on November 17 when she was at the mall with her mother. Someone had smashed their car...

Simon Otto: About the art of Indian humor (November 27, 2007)

"Many people read magazines and articles in the paper and the comment on them tells of the native American being stoic or not listening to the topic of conversation. They don't know or realize that it is one of the...

Makah Nation charges five for unauthorized hunt (November 27, 2007)

The Makah Nation of Washington charged five tribal members who killed a gray whale without permission. The five are being charged in tribal court. The Indian Civil Rights Act limits punishment to a $5,000 fine and one year in...