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Appeals court rejects enrollment lawsuit (November 30, 2007)

Ed. Note: Founders of the American Indian Rights and Resources Organization include disenrolled members of other California tribes, as well as currently enrolled tribal members, individual Indians, state-recognized Indians and other supporters. The original posting incorrectly stated AIRRO was solely...

Arizona Supreme Court rejects water rights challenge (November 30, 2007)

The Arizona Supreme Court today dismissed a challenge to a water rights settlement for the Tohono O’odham Nation. The Pasqua Yaqui Tribe disputed a 2004 federal law that addresses the O’odham's rights on the Gila River. The Yaquis said their...

Vermont commission wants to recognize tribes (November 30, 2007)

The Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs wants the authority to recognize state tribes. The commission is proposing legislation to establish a recognition process. State Sen. Vince Illuzzi, a Republican, said he would sponsor the bill. A 2006 state law...

Jodi Rave: Native professors for Native studies (November 30, 2007)

"One of the best college campuses for Native students exists at Fort Lewis College in southwestern Colorado. Or at least, this should be the case. More than 700 Native students attend Fort Lewis, where they make up nearly 20...

John Sells, Navajo Code Talker, laid to rest (November 30, 2007)

John Sells, a Navajo Code Talker, was buried Thursday in Farmington, New Mexico. Sells died last Friday at the age of 92. He kept his role as a Code Talker during World War II a secret for most of...

Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in Toronto (November 30, 2007)

The ninth annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards are being held tonight in Toronto, Ontario. Two country musicians have garnered the most nominations. Shane Yellowbird (pictured) of Alberta and Donny Parenteau of Saskatchewan each have five nominations, including the Album...

Link between PCBs and diabetes in Mohawks (November 30, 2007)

Members of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York with high levels of PCBs are more likely to suffer from diabetes, according to a new study. Researchers at the University at Albany's School of Public Health studied 352 tribal...

Editorial: Investigate Navajo trip to NIEA in Hawaii (November 30, 2007)

"It is sad but appropriate that a federal investigation is under way to explain why the Navajo Nation's government leaders and school administrators traveled in such large numbers to Hawaii using money so desperately needed by Navajo schoolchildren and teachers....

Study: Few Navajos are screened for cancer (November 30, 2007)

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in Indian Country but few members of the Navajo Nation are screened for it, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Arizona Cancer Center surveyed nearly 200,000 Navajos about cancer....

Rep. Hyde, foe of Leonard Peltier, dies at 83 (November 30, 2007)

Former Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Illinois), who opposed clemency for imprisoned American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier, died on Thursday. He was 83. Hyde was chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He used his position to speak out against Peltier's...

Iowa Supreme Court issues ruling in ICWA case (November 30, 2007)

The Iowa Supreme Court today said the state's definition of "Indian child" violates the U.S. Constitution. In a unanimous decision, the court said the definition is too broad because it applies to "ethnic Indian" children who are not eligible for...

Cobell historical accounting briefs due in court (November 30, 2007)

Update: Cobell Briefs: Conclusions of Law | Findings of Fact DOJ Brief: Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law. Today is the deadline for the Cobell plaintiffs and the federal government to submit their final briefs in the historical accounting...

North Dakota tribe waiting on return of land (November 30, 2007)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota is still waiting for the return of 24,000 acres of land. The tribe lost over 150,000 acres to the creation of the Missouri River dams. Some of the land is under...

Narragansett smoke shop dispute still in courts (November 30, 2007)

The state of Rhode Island is still battling members of the Narragansett Tribe, more than four years after state troopers raided the reservation to shut down a smoke shop. The state is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a...

Opinion: Disinformation on Cherokee Freedmen (November 30, 2007)

"In June 2007, legislation was introduced in Congress that would undermine the collective human rights of an Indian nation, by allowing Congress to determine citizenship in an Indian nation. California Rep. Diane Watson framed her legislation, House Bill 2824, as...