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NIGC ruling faults tribe for promising not to build casino (January 9, 2008)

Just days before the Bureau of Indian Affairs tightened its off-reservation casino policy, the National Indian Gaming Commission helped a Nebraska tribe with a casino nearly 200 miles from tribal headquarters. In a December 31 decision, the NIGC said the...

South Dakota lawmaker says Indian issues ignored (January 9, 2008)

South Dakota State Rep. Jim Bradford, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, says Gov. Mike Rounds (R) ignored Indian issues during the State of the State on Tuesday. Bradford said he was pleased that Rounds wants to preserve...

Pomo woman named director of Senate Indian Affairs (January 9, 2008)

Allison Binney, a member of the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians, has been named staff director for the Democrats on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Binney, a graduate of Arizons State University College of Law, has been serving as...

Woman on trial for arson at reservation trailer park (January 9, 2008)

A woman is on trial for allegedly starting a fire at a trouble trailer park on the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in southern California. Guadalupe Deanda, 52, is charged with five counts of arson on an inhabited structure and one...

California tribe settles political donation case (January 9, 2008)

The Santa Rosa Indian Community of California has settled a lawsuit over the reporting of campaign contributions to the state. The tribe said it didn't have to abide by the state's campaign finance and lobbying disclosure laws. But the state...

Navajo soldier injured in Iraq returns home (January 9, 2008)

Lawrence Guerro, a member of the Navajo Nation who was injured in Iraq, returned to his home in New Mexico this past weekend. Guerro, 26, is a specialist in the Army. He suffered injuries to his right-leg, which eventually...

Ex-sergeant admits mistake in Native man's death (January 9, 2008)

A former police sergeant admitted he made a mistake the night he told officers to remove a Native man who later died in an alley in Vancouver, British Columbia. But Russell Sanderson refused to apologize for his actions on December...

Letter: Remove all Northern Cheyenne leaders (January 9, 2008)

"All Northern Cheyenne tribal members are aware of the situation between the tribal president and the Tribal Council's failure to reach reconciliation to work together as elected officials. In the tribal constitution and bylaws, and the system of operations, it...

Former First Nations chief dies in boating accident (January 9, 2008)

Patrick Alfred, a former chief of the Namgis First Nation in British Columbia, died after his boat capsized. He was 70. Alfred and five other men were fishing for herring when the boat capsized late Monday night. The five crew...

Urban Indian health center opens doors in Fresno (January 9, 2008)

The estimated 13,000 urban Indians in Fresno, California, once again have a place to obtain health care services. The Fresno American Indian Health Project opened six months ago. It replaces a void left by the closure of the Fresno...

Lawsuit challenges Omaha Tribe's jurisdiction (January 9, 2008)

The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska is facing a lawsuit in tribal court over the extent of its jurisdiction. The village of Pender, which is mostly populated by non-Indians, says it is no longer part of the reservation. Non-Indian business owners...

Former Puyallup Tribe police officer pleads guilty (January 9, 2008)

A former police officer for the Puyallup Tribe of Washington pleaded guilty on Tuesday to three counts of sexually motivated unlawful imprisonment. Randy Lee Howlett, 32, admitted that he stopped three women and inappropriately searched them. He was fired from...

Yellow Bird: Artman right on off-reservation gaming (January 9, 2008)

"All bets are off for Indian gaming off-reservation. In a Jan. 3 memo to regional directors of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of Indian Gaming, Carl Artman, assistant secretary of the Interior, explained why 11 tribes'...

Ousted Northern Cheyenne president arrested (January 9, 2008)

Eugene Little Coyote, the former president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, was arrested on Tuesday as the Bureau of Indian Affairs again refused to recognize his leadership. Little Coyote was arrested on a warrant for criminal mischief. The...

Ex-Rep. Pombo urges Rep. Doolittle not to run (January 9, 2008)

Former Rep. Richard Pombo (R-California), who won over many tribes during his time on Capitol Hill, is urging Rep. John Doolittle (R-California), who is under scrutiny for his ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, not to seek re-election. The...

Appeals court hears Abramoff conviction case (January 9, 2008)

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on Tuesday in the case of a former Bush administration official who was sentenced for his role in the Jack Abramoff scandal. David Safavian worked at the General Services Administration and the...

Clinton and McCain win New Hampshire primaries (January 9, 2008)

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) and Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) won their party's respective primaries in New Hampshire on Tuesday. Clinton won 39 percent of the vote, ahead of 36 percent for Sen. Barack Obama (R-Illinois). Obama won the...