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Judge dismisses lawsuit over gaming land determination (December 17, 2007)

Indianz.Com Casino StalkerTracking casino proposals across Indian Country. The Bush administration is facing tribal criticism for its land-into-trust policies but officials have at least one court victory under their belts. In a 16-page decision issued last Thursday, a federal judge...

Blackfeet homes still infested with dangerous mold (December 17, 2007)

More than 150 homes on the Blackfeet Nation in Montana are infested with a dangerous mold that can cause health and safety problems. A new study from the University of Montana found a high level of toxins in three-quarters...

Native woman crowned Miss Alaska USA (December 17, 2007)

Courtney Carroll, an Alaska Native from Fairbanks, was crowned Miss Alaska USA and will represent the state at the Miss USA Pageant. Carroll, 25, is a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2001, she was named Miss...

People say California tribal courts are unfair (December 17, 2007)

People who sue tribes in California say the tribal court systems are unfair because they are stacked against outsiders. Nellie Lawrence, 93, sued the Barona Band of Mission Indians after she was knocked down by a man at the...

Mormon church wants abuse case dismissed (December 17, 2007)

The Mormon church has filed a motion for summary judgment in the case of a Sioux man who said he was abused as a boy by a Mormon missionary. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints says the case...

South Dakota governor seeks to protect Bear Butte (December 17, 2007)

South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds (R) is proposing to spend $1 million to protect the sacred Bear Butte. Rounds wants to use the money to buy a perpetual easement that would prevent commercial and residential development on the western side...

Wampanoag woman seeks to reopen land claim (December 17, 2007)

A member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts wants to reopen the land claim the tribe lost in the 1970s. The federal courts threw out the claim because a jury ruled that the Wampanoags were not an Indian...

10th Circuit to hear Arapaho eagle killing case (December 17, 2007)

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is holding oral arguments this morning in the case of a Northern Arapaho man who killed an eagle for use in the Sun Dance. Winslow Friday was prosecuted for killing an eagle without a...

Sen. Dorgan wants IHS facility investigated (December 17, 2007)

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, is seeking an investigation into an Indian Health Service facility on the Fort Totten Reservation in North Dakota. Dorgan says the facility's director, Angeline Cloudman, has...

Rare disease affects Navajo children at high rate (December 17, 2007)

An extremely rare disease afflicts Navajo children at an unusually high rate. One in every 2,500 Navajo children are diagnosed with severe combined immune deficiency, or SCID. In comparison, 1 in 100,000 children in the general population have the...

Top IHS official to retire after 42 years of service (December 17, 2007)

Mary Lou Stanton, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, is retiring from the Indian Health Service after 42 years of service. "It was a hard decision. Now that I made the decision to retire, I’m happy about it,"...

Abramoff associate sentenced for role in scandal (December 17, 2007)

Italia Federici, a former associate of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, was sentenced to two months in a halfway house and four years of probation, plus $77,243 in restitution, for her role in the scandal. Federici was the head of...

Abourezk: A tribute to Floyd Red Crow Westerman (December 17, 2007)

"A lyrical and plainspoken voice for the oppressed. A gentle but forceful critic of his people's assailants. A strong, proud vision of Native people as we were. These are the gifts Floyd Red Crow Westerman has given Native people....

Jodi Rave: Youth a part of Big Foot Memorial Ride (December 17, 2007)

"When Donaven Yellow of Wakpala, S.D., joined the Spirit Riders, he pledged to ride four years in the Big Foot Memorial Ride, a nearly 300-mile journey dedicated to the Lakota ancestors who died in one of the nation's most...

Seminole Tribe spends millions to acquire land (December 17, 2007)

The Seminole Tribe has spent more than $35 million over the past decade to acquire land in Broward County, Florida. The 105 acres surround the tribe's casinos in Coconut Creek and Hollywood. So far, the tribe has asked the...

Only three official peyote growers remain (December 17, 2007)

Only three people in Texas are licensed to grow and sell peyote, a sacrament of the Native American Church. In the 1970s, the state licensed as many as 27 "peyoteros." But now it's down to a handful like Mauro...

Opinion: What do Sioux tribes win in UND fight? (December 17, 2007)

"My impression is that some American Indian leaders in North Dakota feel empowered by the control they have been given over the issue of the UND Sioux nickname and logo. It appears to be a symbolic issue in which...