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Navajo Nation seeks support for sacred site case (December 3, 2007)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation on Friday rallied for support as a federal appeals court takes on a sacred site case. A full panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will consider whether a ski area in the sacred...

Fortune helps Sister Sky with small biz makeover (December 3, 2007)

Fortune Small Business went to the Spokane Reservation in Washington to help two sisters with a "makeover" of their growing business. Monica Simeon, 40, and Marina TurningRobe, 41, founded Sister Sky in 1999. The company sells natural bath and...

Navajo designers launch hip-hop fashion label (December 3, 2007)

A young Navajo couple put their love for fashion and hip-hop together to launch a clothing line called UN3EK SY5TEM. Tyson Powless, 28, and Quishana Begay, 21, say their line reflects Indian philosophy. "The unique system represents every tribe,"...

Largest marijuana ring grew on New York reservations (December 3, 2007)

The largest marijuana ring in New York history exploited jurisdictional loopholes on three reservations, The Syracuse Post-Standard reports. Alexander Cammacho and Anthony DeJohn used the Mohawk, Oneida and Onondaga reservations to smuggle at least six tons of high-grade marijuana into...

Onondaga Nation won't pay taxes on 157 acres (December 3, 2007)

The Onondaga Nation of New York says it won't pay property taxes on 157 acres it recently purchased. An attorney said the land falls within the tribe's ancestral reservation. "This is Onondaga land that was taken from them illegally. It's...

Cherokees remember 'The Trail Where We Cried' (December 3, 2007)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma requires all employees to take a course on tribal history to make sure they learn about the Trail of Tears. In the Cherokee language, the removal of the Cherokees to Oklahoma is known as nvnadaulatsvyi,...

Scientists oppose pro-tribal NAGPRA amendment (December 3, 2007)

Scientists are opposing an amendment to he Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act that would help tribes reclaim ancestral remains. The scientists say the amendment would prevent them from studying remains that can't be conclusively linked to modern-day tribes....

Juaneno factions fail to unite for recognition (December 3, 2007)

Rival factions of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians tried to come together as recently as August in hopes of gaining federal recognition. But the effort failed when the leaders of two factions said the leader of the third...

Two Idaho tribes sign gasoline tax agreements (December 3, 2007)

The Nez Perce Tribe and the Kootenai Tribe signed gasoline tax agreements with Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter on Friday. The tribes agreed to charge the same 25-cents-per-gallon tax as the state. They will use the revenues for transportation needs....

Editorial: No sense in grants to wealthy Seminole Tribe (December 3, 2007)

"The Seminole Tribe of Florida is by no means the only dubious recipient of federal grant money, but the $80-million it has pocketed in five years as it profits from a lucrative gambling empire is ripe for a congressional inquiry....

Drug gangs run Tohono O'odham out of homes (December 3, 2007)

Members of the Tohono O'odham Nation who live in Mexico are being run out of their homes by Mexican drug gangs. Julian Rivas was the leader of the Cu:wi I-gersk, a village in Mexico .But after he complained to...

'Fighting Sioux' lawsuit cost more than $5M (December 3, 2007)

The lawsuit over the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo cost more than $5 million, the judge handling the case said. UND sued NCAA in June 2006. In less than 18 months, the school ran up a...

Editorial: No appetite for 'Fighting Sioux' fight (December 3, 2007)

"In the days after the settlement between UND and the NCAA was announced, the following things could have happened. Gov. John Hoeven could have stepped forward and said he'd lead a delegation to visit with North Dakota's Sioux tribes....

McKosato: Reservations are hot tourist attractions (December 3, 2007)

"It's the part of America that most of America never has wanted to talk about and, generally speaking, knows absolutely nothing about — the Indian reservation. In New Mexico, this does not necessarily hold true, but most reservations were seen...

Opinion: Overnight Indians and wannabes in Tennessee (December 3, 2007)

"On a popular messageboard, Indianz.com, if you tell people you are Cherokee and from TN they will basically dismiss you as an "overnight Indian" or more likely "wannabe" without a second thought. Why is this? In my opinion there are...

Mark Trahant: Financial system rivals natural disaster (December 3, 2007)

"Line by line a national narrative is being advanced: We're going to rescue (fill in the blank) from the mortgage catastrophe. I say "fill in the blank" because we don't yet know whom or what will be helped. Both Congress...

Tim Giago: Three courageous Indian women (December 3, 2007)

The Lakota Times was the only independently owned Indian weekly newspaper in America in 1981. Now there are several. Ironically, the three most read, most influential of these independent newspapers are owned and published by Indian women. Elizabeth Gray started...

Jodi Rave: Foreign visitors come for powwows (December 3, 2007)

"Rob McDonald remembers a German tourist couple who arrived on the Flathead Reservation in search of a powwow. The man appeared visibly frustrated after McDonald, a spokesman for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, told the couple they just...

Editorial: Indian water settlements get costlier (December 3, 2007)

"With every passing season — especially the dry ones — the tension over rights to water ratchets tighter on this state where there's so little of it. And with every new subdivision, every new business and industrial operation contributing to...