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Iowa court blocks Winnebago Tribe in ICWA case (December 11, 2007)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska can't claim two descendants under the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled on November 30. The tribe claimed the two children as members of its community even though both don't meet membership...

Southern Ute Tribe examines drilling impacts (December 11, 2007)

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado is examining ways to address the environmental impacts of coalbed methane drilling. Gas seeps from methane drilling contribute to global warming and can cause explosions. The tribe is monitoring the seeps and is...

George-Kanentiio: Residential school horrors (December 11, 2007)

"Count yourself lucky if you are a Native American who never had to experience the trauma of being placed, against your will, in one of Canada's residential schools. I saw the beatings, listened to the students weeping and saw many...

Montana tribes to meet for economic conference (December 11, 2007)

Five tribes will meet for an economic development conference in Great Falls, Montana, on Thursday and Friday. The "Leaders at the River" conference brings together the Rocky Boy, Fort Belknap, Blackfeet, Little Shell and Fort Peck tribes with local economic...

Opinion: Ski resort should not use fake snow (December 11, 2007)

"In March 2007, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco halted a plan by the Arizona Snowbowl, a small ski resort operating on federal land on the slopes of the San Francisco Peaks in Northern Arizona, from using...

Yellow Bird: Candy shop in Grand Forks creative (December 11, 2007)

"With the holidays and gift-giving on the horizon, I thought I would do some research on chocolate if you can call visiting a candy store research. While in Widman's Candy Shop in Grand Forks, I met a most incredible...

Oglala Lakota College unveils student dorm (December 11, 2007)

Oglala Lakota College, on the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota, is hosting an open house today for is new student dormitory. The dormitory will house at least 12 students. It includes six efficiency units and six one-bedroom furnished apartments....

Residential school survivor objects to lawyer fees (December 11, 2007)

A residential school survivor from Manitoba says he feels "victimized" by a lawyer's bill for more than $8,000 in legal fees. Fred Brandon, 62, could receive more than $250,000 as part of Canada's residential school settlement. He says his former...

Catawba Nation loses master potter Evelyn George (December 11, 2007)

Evelyn Brown George, a master potter from the Catawba Nation of South Carolina, died on Sunday. She was 93. George was known as the tribe's artistic heritage. She urged young Catawbas to learn how to make pottery and regalia....

Man avoid jail time in fake Indian arts case (December 11, 2007)

A New Mexico man avoided jail time for defrauding a customer into buying a fake Navajo bracelet. Amrio Al-Assi of Gallup sold the bracelet to a Massachusetts woman for $600. He told the woman it was made by famed silversmith...

Late Dakota veteran closer to Medal of Honor (December 11, 2007)

Congress has reaffirmed its support to award a Medal of Honor to the late Woodrow W. Keeble, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe. Keeble served in World War II and the Korean War. He received the Purple Heart,...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe to decide on historic tree (December 11, 2007)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho faces a tough decision: whether to take down a tree that has seen at least two centuries of tribal history. Elder Cliff Sijohn said the tree was one of the tribe's historic meeting...

Mashpee Wampanoag princess not allowed to vote (December 11, 2007)

The powwow princess of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts wasn't allowed to vote in elections on Sunday. Brailyn “Bright Star” Frye and some her relatives were told they couldn't vote because their membership status is "pending. The 19-year-old...

Judge to visit troubled Torres Martinez trailer park (December 11, 2007)

A federal judge will visit a troubled mobile home park on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in California, after ruling that the owner must comply with federal laws. Judge Stephen G. Larson said he was worried about living...

Fort Berthold woman pleads guilty to murder (December 11, 2007)

A woman from the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota pleaded guilty on Monday to murdering her infant son. Dana Deegan, 34, gave birth to a boy on October 20, 1998. She admitted that she left him alone to...

9th Circuit rules in Pyramid Lake Paiute case (December 11, 2007)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled in a long-running water rights dispute between the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the state of Nevada. The tribe challenged holdings in 10 water rights applications made by the state engineer....

'White power' scrawled on Klallam mural (December 11, 2007)

A mural depicting a Klallam village was vandalized with the words "white power" and obscenities in Port Angeles, Washington. The faces of the Native people depicted in the mural were blacked out and a devil-like face was drawn over...