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Listening Lounge: House hearing on land claims (February 7, 2008)

By popular demand, here are audio files of the February 6, 2008, House Natural Resources Committee hearing on two Michigan land claim bills. The hearing on H.R. 2176 and H.R. 4115 lasted 3.5 hours. There are a couple of minor...

Agreement near for tribal role at National Bison Range (February 7, 2008)

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are near an agreement to manage some functions at the National Bison Range in Montana. The tribes have been negotiating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The lead federal negotiator said an...

No Natives named to Alaska Board of Game (February 7, 2008)

Native leaders are questioning why Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) hasn't appointed any Natives to the state Board of Game. Paul Johnson, who is Alaska Native, was serving on the board. But when his appointment expired last week, Palin didn't...

Police files at issue in Narragansett raid case (February 7, 2008)

Members of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island want the state to try to recover computer files about the state's raid of the reservation on July 14, 2003. Retired inspector Gary Treml wrote the state troopers' internal investigation of the...

Sac and Fox Nation wants help with road project (February 7, 2008)

The Sac and Fox Nation is asking the city of Shawnee, Oklahoma, for help pay for a road project. The tribe is using $550,000 in Indian Reservation Road funds to widen a road. The tribe asked the city to contribute...

Fort Peck Tribes shut down long-running newspaper (February 7, 2008)

Leaders of the Fort Peck Tribes of Montana voted last week to shut down the Wotanin Wowapi newspaper. The tribal-owned paper provided news on the reservation for nearly 40 years. But it recently saw turmoil, with five editors hired...

Petition seeks to remove Fred Dakota from KBIC council (February 7, 2008)

Members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan are seeking the removal of Fred Dakota from the tribal council. Dakota, a former chairman, was elected less than two weeks ago. But critic Deborah Williamson said he "only had...

Crow Tribe signs economic development compact (February 7, 2008)

The Crow Tribe of Montana has signed what is being called the first economic development compact in the nation. The compact makes it easier for tribal enterprises and reservation residents to apply for loans. It allows banks to enforce liens...

Cherokee Nation to dedicate $17M health clinic (February 7, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation is dedicating a $17 million health clinic in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The 105,000-square-foot Three Rivers Health Center will offer general medical, laboratory, X-ray, dental and optometry services. It replaces a much smaller and older facility. The tribe...

Yellow Bird: 'Sioux' drives Indian students away (February 7, 2008)

"There are few people who enjoy living with animosity, conflict and dissension day after day. So, I wasn't surprised to learn that the decline in enrollment at UND has included American Indian students. The number of American Indian students...

Nebraska sues Seneca-Cayuga Tribe over tobacco (February 7, 2008)

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is suing the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma for allegedly failing to pay into a tobacco escrow account. Bruning says the tribe's tobacco company sold 3,620,400 cigarettes in Nebraska in 2003. He says the tribe...

Nisqually Tribe sues state over tobacco compact (February 7, 2008)

The Nisqually Tribe sued Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) in federal court on Wednesday over a tobacco tax compact. The compact, signed last month, allows the Frank's Landing Indian Community to continue operating a smoke shop. Tax revenues will...

Ely Shoshone Tribe seeks share of $145M payout (February 7, 2008)

Leaders of the Ely Shoshone Tribe of Nevada are waiting for their share of a $145 million trust fund. Congress created the fund to compensate members of the Western Shoshone Nation for the loss of treaty lands. But Ely...

Spirit Lake firm won $74M contract despite probe (February 7, 2008)

A business owned by the Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota received a $74 million federal contract despite being under investigation for allegedly producing inadequate armor for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. The contract came just 12 days before...

Uranium exploration allowed near Grand Canyon (February 7, 2008)

The U.S. Forest Service is allowing a British company to explore for uranium at seven sites in the Kaibab National Forest in Arizona. The sites are within a few miles of the southern rim of the Grand Canyon. They...

City voters reject peace center at Alcatraz (February 7, 2008)

Voters in San Francisco, California, rejected a ballot proposition to turn Alcatraz Island into a global peace center. Only 28 percent voted in favor of the non-binding Proposition C. But DaVid, the leader of the effort, said he wouldn't...

Diabetes study found increased risk of death (February 7, 2008)

Federal officials halted part of a diabetes study after discovering that lowering blood sugar levels led to an increased risk of death from heart attack or stroke. In a study of 10,000 middle-aged and older people with Type 2 diabetes,...

Senate confirmation hearing for McSwain at IHS (February 7, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a confirmation hearing this morning for Robert G. McSwain to be Director of the Indian Health Service. McSwain was introduced by Jacquie Van Huss, the chairperson of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono...