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DOJ brief backs land-into-trust process for all tribes (January 29, 2008)

All federally recognized tribes are entitled to the benefits of the land-into-trust process, the Bush administration told the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday. In a 29-page brief, the Department of Justice backed the Narragansett Tribe in a long-running dispute with...

Alaska Natives seek law enforcement boost (January 29, 2008)

An Alaska Senate task force is calling for increases in the state's Village Public Safety Officer program. The Alaska Senate VPSO Task Force said officers deserve to be paid $21 an hour. Currently, officers receive $16.55 an hour. The task...

Police turn over e-mails on Narragansett raid (January 29, 2008)

The Rhode Island State Police turned over finally turned over e-mail messages related to the 2003 raid of the Narragansett Reservation. State prosecutors previously said they gave all documents to the seven tribal members who were arrested during the...

Pueblo Congressional candidate backs Obama (January 29, 2008)

Benny Shendo Jr., the former Indian Affairs Secretary for the state of New Mexico, is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) for president. Shendo, who is from Jemez Pueblo, recently stepped down from his state position to run for Congress....

Navajo Nation declares state of emergency (January 29, 2008)

The Navajo Nation has declared a state of emergency due to poor road conditions and flooding. No fatalities or property damage have been reported. But tribal officials declared an emergency to free up funds for reservation residents. The Navajo Nation...

First Nation found guilty of discrimination (January 29, 2008)

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. ordered the Ebb and Flow First Nation in Manitoba to pay more than $70,000 to a woman who was denied a job based on her Cree ancestry. The band is predominantly Ojibwe. The tribunal found...

Suit planned over reservation taxes in New York (January 29, 2008)

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) is facing a lawsuit over tobacco and gasoline taxes on reservation businesses. When he was running for governor, Spitzer said he would enforce a state law that requires taxes on the sale of goods...

Decision on Torres-Martinez trailer park delayed (January 29, 2008)

A federal judge has delayed a decision on the fate of a troubled trailer park on the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in southern California. Judge Stephen Larson pushed back a hearing set for yesterday to February 11. He is determining...

Native woman second runner-up at Miss America (January 29, 2008)

Elyse Umemoto, a member of the Yakama Nation of Washington, placed second runner-up in the Miss America pageant on Saturday. Umemoto said she was "thrilled" about her finish. She left the competition with $20,000 in scholarship money. In addition...

Carole Anne Heart, Indian advocate, dies at 61 (January 29, 2008)

Carole Anne Heart, a prominent advocate for Indian education and health care, died on Friday after a battle with cancer. She was 61. Heart served as president of the National Indian Education Association in 2001. She opposed the use...

Column: 'Commit to the Indian' a bad slogan in Chicago (January 29, 2008)

"You want to ''Commit to the Indian''? Joe Podlasek has some ideas for you. ''If the Blackhawks want to commit to the symbol, why don't they help us feed 300 families a month?'' he said. ''Why don't they write...

Former Oglala Sioux vice president sentenced (January 29, 2008)

A former vice president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota was sentenced to probation for stealing from the tribe. Eileen Janis was sentenced to five years probation and was ordered to pay restitution in an amount to be...

Man killed in fight on Lac du Flambeau Reservation (January 29, 2008)

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Wisconsin is taking a look at liquor license regulations and plans to beef up its law enforcement presence after a 37-year-old man was killed in a bar fight last week....

Opinion: Blueprint for peace on the Klamath River (January 29, 2008)

"The proposed Klamath Restoration Agreement released Jan. 15 is intended to be a blueprint for peace on the Klamath River. If successful, it would be the biggest river restoration effort in American history. But most significantly, it marks a symbolic...