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Soo Tribe chairman says he is target of removal (January 7, 2008)

Aaron Payment, the chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan, said he is being targeted for removal. The tribe's board of directors met for a meeting and discussed removing Payment. He said he would be...

Nooksack candidates call for more accountability (January 7, 2008)

Four members of the Nooksack Tribe of Washington say tribal leaders have become too secretive. The four are running a joint campaign for the tribal council. Elections for chairman, treasurer and two council positions will be held March 15....

Alaska Native corporation plans hotel at university (January 7, 2008)

NANA Regional Corp., an Alaska Native corporation, hopes to build a hotel on land owned by Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage. NANA would lease the land from APU to build a three-story Marriott Springhill Suites. The site is near...

Only three elders fluent in Oneida in Wisconsin (January 7, 2008)

Only three elderly women of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin can speak the Oneida language fluently. In hopes of preventing Oneida disappearing, the tribe is using a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science...

Supreme Court won't hear Colville Superfund case (January 7, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court today denied review of a Superfund case filed by members of the Confederated Colville Tribes of Washington. A Canadian company is refusing to take responsibility for polluting the Columbia River. Tribal members depend on the river...

Rejected tribes want casinos too far from reservations (January 7, 2008)

After months of anticipation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs finally issued "guidance" on taking off-reservation land into trust for gaming purposes. According to the new policy, 30 tribes want to open casinos away from their existing reservations. Interior Department officials...

BIA starts new year with off-reservation gaming policy (January 7, 2008)

Indianz.Com Casino StalkerTracking casino proposals across Indian Country. The Bush administration rejected a slew of off-reservation casinos on Friday, drawing angry responses from tribal leaders across Indian Country. In a series of unprecedented letters, officials at the Interior Department said...

Pueblo woman killed in drunk-driving accident (January 7, 2008)

A Cochiti Pueblo woman and her boyfriend were killed in a New Year's Day accident when their car was hit by a military police officer who was allegedly driving drunk. Josephine Laweka, 47, came from a well-known family of potters....

Editorial: Keep guns out of national parks (January 7, 2008)

"Forty-seven United States senators recently wrote to the secretary of the interior, Dirk Kempthorne, asking him to lift the ban on carrying ready-to-fire weapons in national parks and wildlife refuges. Under current law, guns carried into or through a national...

Editorial: Rick West lost sight of basic mission (January 7, 2008)

"W. Richard West Jr. was the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and something more as well. As the museum's driving force, creative impresario and steward almost from its conceptual birth more than a...

Outdoors: Hunting on the Rosebud Reservation (January 7, 2008)

"You know its cold when the snow squeaks under your boots. That was the case last week as Gary Howey, Ben Bearshield and I climbed the ridge in the pre-dawn darkness. Deer were everywhere. Both whitetail and mulies. We made...

Taos Pueblo exiles husband of tribal member (January 7, 2008)

Taos Pueblo in northern New Mexico has exiled the husband of a tribal member after an incident involving the children of two tribal leaders. Jon Ricketson was removed from his home on the reservation on December 29. He said...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe banishes at least four (January 7, 2008)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan has banished at least four people, including one man with a criminal record. The tribe's banishment law has been on the books for decades. It was recently updated to give people due process if...

Tim Giago: The medicine of Michael Haney (January 7, 2008)

I want to start my first column of 2008 the way I ended in 2007; I want to start the year by talking about mascots and how offensive they can be to 90 percent of the indigenous population of America....

Jana McKeag: Renaissance of tribal culture, traditions (January 7, 2008)

"Our ancestors and elders were forced to attend schools where the goal was to assimilate them into non-Indian culture. They were punished for speaking their native languages and practicing native traditions. Treaty agreements, the Dawes Act and allotment of tribal...

Yellow Bird: Barack Obama's big win in Iowa (January 7, 2008)

"Perhaps it's this year of struggles with UND's logo and nickname, where I read and heard some pretty awful remarks about Indian people, that made me believe prejudice permeated our country and would influence the election. I assumed Barack...

Harlan McKosato: The year in review for Indian Country (January 7, 2008)

"As host of the only live, daily Native radio talk show that broadcasts nationally, I have to keep my eyes and ears wide open to know what's taking place in Native America — it's my job. So as we wind...