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Former Rumsey chair disputes ex-advisers (January 16, 2008)

The former chairwoman of the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians is stepping into a lawsuit between the tribe and its former advisers. Last October, the tribe sued prominent attorney Howard Dickstein and financial adviser Arlen Opper. The lawsuit claims the...

Shoshone Band to receive cemetery in Utah (January 16, 2008)

The owners of a cemetery in Utah will donate the five-acre site to the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation. The cemetery was long thought to be in the hands of the tribe. But records showed that it belonged...

Rep. Hastings opposes NAGPRA regulation (January 16, 2008)

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Washington) says the Interior Department is proposing a regulation that would block study of the Kennewick Man. The rule affects the handling of certain remains under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Hastings says Interior...

Deal calls for removal of Klamath Basin dams (January 16, 2008)

A coalition of tribes, farmers and fishermen announced a deal on Tuesday to eliminate four dams in the Klamath Basin. The Karuk Tribe and the Yurok Tribe, both of northern California, and the Klamath Tribes of southern Oregon are part...

Oklahoma urged to create tribal cabinet position (January 16, 2008)

The Oklahoma Academy on Tuesday presented a report that recommended the state create a Cabinet position for tribal relations. The Secretary for State and Tribal Relations would oversee tribal-state partnerships. "It could give the state the opportunities to work together,”...

Haskell welcomes students for spring semester (January 16, 2008)

Haskell Indian Nations University President Linda Warner welcomed students, faculty and staff to the Kansas tribal college's spring semester. Warner, a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, was brought on board last year. She wants Haskell to become a...

Standing Rock woman to lead Indian studies at USD (January 16, 2008)

Patrice H. Kunesh, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, has been named director of the University of South Dakota's Institute of American Indian Studies. Kunesh, an assistant professor of law at USD, teaches Indian law, children and...

Yellow Bird: Barack Obama is my choice for 2008 (January 16, 2008)

"I set 2007 aside slowly, letting it simmer a little before I lifted the lid to have a look. This kettle of yearlong events was a good one -- a lot of rich vegetables without a scorched pot. One...

Rule change helps reservation addiction counselors (January 16, 2008)

The state of South Dakota has opened its addiction treatment referral system to reservation counselors. Tribal counselors will now be able to refer substance abuse patients to the state system. That makes it easier for addicts to receive treatment, supporters...

Mohegan Tribe donates $200K to city's fund (January 16, 2008)

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut made the first $200,000 donation to an economic development initiative in the city of Norwich. The tribe agreed to donate $2 million over five years to the Sachem Fund. The city will match the...

Oklahoma tribes compete for IHS contract (January 16, 2008)

Two tribes are vying for control of the W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The Cherokee Nation and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians both want to manage the facility under an Indian Health Services contract. The...

Lakota man killed in accident in Pennsylvania (January 16, 2008)

Ivern Broken Nose, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, was killed in a road accident in Pennsylvania on Monday. He was 44. Broken Nose, who was from Pine Ridge, ran out of gas in Tobyhanna....

Indian issues ignored in Democratic debate (January 16, 2008)

Indian issues were ignored on Tuesday night at a Democratic presidential debate that was billed as a forum for African-American and Hispanic issues. The "Black-Brown" debate featured Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York), Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) and former Sen....

Editorial: Polar bears, oil and climate change (January 16, 2008)

"Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall's announcement on Jan. 7 that his agency was delaying its recommendation on whether the polar bear should be listed as a "threatened" species set off alarms among environmentalists that President Bush was...

Romney wins Michigan Republican primary (January 16, 2008)

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the Republican primary in Michigan on Tuesday. Romney won 38.9 percent of the vote, easily surpassing Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), who had 29.7 percent of the vote and won the New Hampshire primary...