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Canada's Native population tops 1 million mark (January 17, 2008)

The Aboriginal population in Canada surpassed the one-million mark for the first time, according to statistics released this week. A total of 1,172,790 people identified themselves as Indian, Metis or Inuit, Statistics Canada reported. That's up from the 2001 count...

Little River Band members protest tribal council (January 17, 2008)

Members of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians of Michigan held a protest outside tribal headquarters on Wednesday. The group accused the tribal council of overstepping its authority and usurping the powers of the ogema, or chief. They cited...

Blackfeet Nation reaches water deal with state (January 17, 2008)

The Blackfeet Nation has reached a water rights agreement with the state of Montana. The deal allows the tribe to draw more water the St. Mary, Two Medicine and Milk rivers. The tribe would receive $14.5 million to defer water...

Cheyenne River woman pleads guilty to abuse (January 17, 2008)

A woman from the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota pleaded guilty to child abuse. Wendy Lynn Edna Veit, 34, admitted that she abused a 2-year-old girl for a four-month period last year. The state Department of Social Services...

Penobscot Nation hosts state lawmakers (January 17, 2008)

The Penobscot Nation of Maine welcomed state lawmakers to the reservation on Wednesday in hopes of educating them about the tribe's needs. Chief Kirk Francis said he wants to show lawmakers how political decisions affect the tribe. "This is...

Yakama Nation sued over tobacco tax compact (January 17, 2008)

A business owner has sued the Yakama Nation of Washington in tribal court over a tobacco tax compact with the state. Kip Richard Ramsey, the part owner of a tobacco manufacturing and sales company, says the compact violates the Yakama...

Lumbee Tribe to celebrate ousting of KKK (January 17, 2008)

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will hold a ceremony on Friday to mark the successful ousting of the Ku Klux Klan from Robeson County. The KKK frequently terrorized Lumbees in 1957 and 1958. On January 13, 1958, Klansmen...

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe takes steps against violence (January 17, 2008)

After being called the murder capital of Colorado, the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation is seeing some boosts in its law enforcement and justice system. U.S. Attorney Troy Eid has cross-deputized more than 100 officers for the reservation in the...

9th Circuit issues decision in aboriginal title case (January 17, 2008)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled against a member of the Karuk Tribe of California who claimed aboriginal title n a national forest. Karen Lowry was charged with trespassing in the Klamath National Forest. The U.S. Forest...

Senate expected to vote on Indian Health Care Act (January 17, 2008)

The National Congress of American Indians and the National Indian Health Board are gearing up for action next week on the Indian Health Care improvement Act. The Senate is expected to take up S.1200 on Tuesday, January 22. Debate and...

Some ex-residential students haven't been paid (January 17, 2008)

As many as 21,000 Native residential school students have yet to receive their share of a $2 billion settlement. Canada agreed to pay about 78,000 former students to settle a lawsuit over sexual, physical, mental and other abuse. But a...

Cherokee Nation ridicules UKB bid for IHS contract (January 17, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation says the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians lacks authority to manage the W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Both tribes want to run the facility through an Indian Health Service contract. But the Cherokees...

North Dakota official to meet with tribes over 'Sioux' (January 17, 2008)

North Dakota University System Chancellor William Goetz plans to meet with leaders of two Sioux tribes in the state to discuss the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. UND settled a lawsuit last year over the...

Developer ordered to protect burial mounds (January 17, 2008)

A developer in Wisconsin has been ordered to protect burial mounds that were damaged by construction workers. Crews at the Pabst Farms housing community near Milwaukee cut some brush around the three mounds. A vehicle was also driven over...