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Spirit Lake Nation asked to delay 'Sioux' vote (February 15, 2008)

The Spirit Lake Nation is being asked to delay a vote on the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. The tribe plans to ask its members whether they support "Sioux." But 11 tribal members who graduated...

School seeks to keep Cayuga language alive (February 15, 2008)

A school on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve in Ontario is keeping the Cayuga language alive. The Gaweni:yo High School offers a language immersion program that starts with kindergarten students. About 35 students use Cayuga almost...

Cherokee Nation donates $300K to fire agencies (February 15, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation donated more than $300,000 to 117 fire departments in rural areas of northeastern Oklahoma. The tribe donated $2,609.50 to each department. Chief Chad Smith said tribal members depend on rural fire agencies. The tribe has donated...

California tribes accused of skirting donation limits (February 15, 2008)

The California Fair Political Practices Commission accused tribes and others in the state of skirting campaign contribution limits. FPPC Chairman Ross Johnson said the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and the Sycuan Band of...

San Ildefonso Pueblo set to reclaim 7,000 acres (February 15, 2008)

A New Mexico tribe is completing a settlement to reclaim 7,000 acres of ancestral land. San Ildefonso Pueblo filed a claim with the Indian Claims Commission Act for 70,000 acres. Legislation extinguished the claim for $7 million, which the tribe...

Massacre of Indians investigated in Ecuador (February 15, 2008)

A reported massacre of 15 Indians is under investigation in Ecuador. Local media and indigenous leaders say loggers killed 15 members of the Taromenani Tribe. Government officials say they are trying to substantiate the reports. The Taromenani live in the...

Ross Swimmer and the $90M trust fund question (February 15, 2008)

The Hoopa Valley Tribe of California is suing the federal government over a $90 million trust fund. Chairman Clifford Lyle Marshall says his tribe is owed $80 million of the fund. But Special Trustee Ross Swimmer ruled that the...

Town to vote on Mashpee Wampanoag deal (February 15, 2008)

Voters in the town of Mashpee, Massachusetts, will vote April 7 on an agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The tribe agreed to give up any land claims and agreed not to pursue any type of gaming in the town....

Mille Lacs Band revokes day care center license (February 15, 2008)

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota revoked the license of a day care provider on the reservation. The tribe allowed the New Horizon Academy to operate two day care centers. But after a 3-year-old boy was allegedly sexually...

Clinton finally declared winner in New Mexico (February 15, 2008)

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) was declared the winner of the New Mexico Democratic presidential primary, more than a week after the Super Tuesday vote. Only 1,709 votes separated Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois). Clinton won with 73,105 votes,...

Charles Trimble: NCAI's role in 'Trail' buyout (February 15, 2008)

"Sam Deloria e-mailed me recently saying that he didn't realize I was the Office of Economic Opportunity's ''bag man'' in the infamous buy-out of AIM and the occupiers of the BIA building during the Trail of Broken Treaties march on...