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GOP lawmaker claims tribes owe $1B in taxes (January 31, 2008)

New York Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, a Republican, said tribes are cheating the state out of $1 billion in taxes. Bruno said businesses on reservations owe tobacco and gasoline taxes. He urged Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) to start...

Reward offered for Red Lake Reservation shooting (January 31, 2008)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of people responsible for a shooting on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota. The incident occurred in December. Someone...

Pine Ridge Reservation school announces expansion (January 31, 2008)

The Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota is planning a $2.5 million expansion. The school will break ground on the addition this fall. The new wing houses the science and Lakota studies programs...

Judge calls Cobell historical accounting 'impossible' (January 31, 2008)

After 11 years of litigation in the courts and debate in Congress, a federal judge on Wednesday declared a historical accounting of the Indian trust "impossible." In a 165-page decision, Judge James Robertson said the Interior Department is "unable...

Northern Cheyenne pay tribute to 'first veterans' (January 31, 2008)

Members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana paid tribute to the "first veterans" who helped their ancestors return home. The U.S. government exiled about 300 Northern Cheyenne to Oklahoma in 1879. Chief Dull Knife, Chief Little Wolf and Chief...

Women's shelter in South Dakota finds new home (January 31, 2008)

The Pretty Bird Woman House domestic violence shelter has a new home in McLaughlin, South Dakota. The city council voted unanimously to approve the shelter's location in a downtown home. Pretty Bird Woman House raised about $80,000 online to buy...

Navajo Nation evacuates families after flooding (January 31, 2008)

The Navajo Nation evacuated 14 families in the Leupp, Arizona, area due to flooding. With the Little Colorado River overflowing, the tribe has blocked off roads into Leupp. The Department of Emergency Management says it will take five days to...

Two young girls found dead on Saskatchewan reserve (January 31, 2008)

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating the deaths of two young sisters on the Yellow Quill Reserve in Saskatchewan. Kaydance Pauchay, 3, was found frozen to death on Wednesday. A day earlier, her one-year-old sister, Santana , was...

Native officer fired after citing police racism (January 31, 2008)

The Ontario Provincial Police fired a Mohawk police chief after he accused his department of "deep-seated racism" against Natives. Larry Hay was the police chief of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. In a story about a Mohawk land protest, he told...

Australia to apologize for treatment of Aborigines (January 31, 2008)

The government of Australia will issue a formal apology for its treatment of Aborigines on February 13. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of the Labor Party promised the apology on the campaign trail. Prior officials have outright refused to apologize,...

State of Indian Nations, DOI event in Washington (January 31, 2008)

Two events of interest to Indian Country take place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., today. At 10am, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and other Bush administration officials will hold a press conference in the Holeman Lounge. Kempthorne...

Tribe in Peru sues Occidental over oil drilling (January 31, 2008)

The Achuar Tribe in northern Peru is suing oil giant Occidental Petroleum in federal court in California. The tribe says the company's drilling activities destroyed the environment. Toxic chemicals dumped in the waterways have killed wildlife and caused health...

Washington bill expands tribal police authority (January 31, 2008)

A bill making its way through the Washington Legislature gives tribal police officers the power to enforce state criminal and traffic laws. Rep. John McCoy, a Democrat and member of the Tulalip Tribes, says the bill patches up gaps...

Rep. Hastings: Scientific study of America's past (January 31, 2008)

"In 1996, one of the oldest known skeletons in North America was found along the banks of the Columbia River. The 9,300 year old skeleton, later named Kennewick Man in honor of the city in which it was found, sparked...

Novak: Is Sen. John McCain a true conservative? (January 31, 2008)

"As John McCain neared his momentous primary election victory in Florida after a ferocious campaign questioning his conservative credentials, right-wingers buzzed over word that he had privately suggested that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was too conservative. In response, McCain...

Editorial: Judge confirms government's failures (January 31, 2008)

"With ongoing needs of three American Indian reservations in our area, and the constant reminder of the federal government’s failure to live up to treaty responsibilities in providing health care, housing, education and social services to Indian peoples living on...