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Hopi woman confirmed as U.S. Attorney for Arizona (December 14, 2007)

Diane Humetewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, has been confirmed as the U.S. Attorney for Arizona. Humetewa is the first Native American and first Native woman to hold the post. She came highly recommended from Sen....

Ho-Chunk Nation reintroduces bison in Wisconsin (December 14, 2007)

The Ho-Chunk Nation is reintroducing bison to its ancestral homeland in Wisconsin. The tribe started n 1997 with four animals. The herd's grown to 385 and will number about 1,000 in a few years. Richard Snake, herd manager for...

Prairie Island Tribe swears in council members (December 14, 2007)

The Prairie Island Indian Community of Minnesota swore in the members to its tribal council on Thursday. Five people -- all first cousins -- are serving on the council. They selected Ron Johnson as president, Johnny Johnson as vice...

Passamaquoddy housing director wants development (December 14, 2007)

The executive director of housing for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point is hoping to spur economic development in the region. Clayton Cleaves is talking with local, state and federal officials about ideas for development. A manufacturing plant, for instance,...

Abramoff associate to be sentenced for scandal (December 14, 2007)

Italia Federici, a former associate of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, is being sentenced today for her role in the scandal. Federici, the former head of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, pleaded guilty to tax evasion and obstructing the...

Column: Ojibwe woman cited for using shovel (December 14, 2007)

"Today, I offer a heart-warming Christmas story of a good Samaritan busted by Minneapolis' finest for the crime of borrowing a shovel paid for by the taxpayers, of which Lisa Bellanger is one. It is a story that may...

Canada to offer settlement for Mohawk claim (December 14, 2007)

The Canadian government plans to offer $26 million to settle a Mohawk land claim in Ontario. The money would compensate the Six Nations for the flooding of about 2400 acres. It applies only to one claim in the town...

Democrats assail National Labor Relations Board (December 14, 2007)

Democrats criticized the Republican-led National Labor Relations Board at a Senate hearing on Thursday. Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee said the board made 61 decisions in September that weakened employee rights. They said the decisions...

Grand Traverse Band out of land-into-trust 'hole' (December 14, 2007)

After years in a "black hole," the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in Michigan finally have 132 acres in trust in Leelanau County, MIchigan. The tribe had to complain to Washington, D.C., to get the application moving,...

San Manuel relatives torn apart over gang case (December 14, 2007)

Gang infiltration into the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is affecting a prominent tribal family. James Ramos, the tribe's unity and cultural awareness director, obtained a two-year restraining order against his cousin, Kenneth Robert Barajas. Ramos says he was...

Soboba Band plans hotel next to golf course (December 14, 2007)

The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians is planning a hotel next to its golf course and will seek to have both properties placed in trust. The hotel will be located next to the Country Club at Soboba Springs. The tribe...

Cobell: Historical accounting far from accurate (December 14, 2007)

"Something dramatic and important has happened in the class action lawsuit I filed 11 years ago over the government's admitted mismanagement of the Indian Trust. It should trouble everyone in Indian country because it signals a 180-degree turn in the...

Steve Russell: Cherokee constitutional crisis (December 14, 2007)

"My tribe's constitutional crisis was a case study in the value of checks and balances I wrote about in a previous column. I fear that its current government will be an object lesson in what happens when they are absent....