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Artman suggests mileage limit for off-reservation land (February 28, 2008)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE House Natural Resources Committee on land-into-trust policy. February 27, 2008. • Opening Statements • Carl Artman Testimony | Q&A [13.2MB] • Panel 2 Testimony | Q&A • Panel 3 Testimony | Q&A [very short] • Written Testimony...

Committee to examine 'Fighting Sioux' name (February 28, 2008)

The North Dakota University System is creating a committee to examine the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. The committee will determine the future of the controversial symbol. Chancellor Bill Goetz has all but indicated the...

Column: Honoring and healing Indian warriors (February 28, 2008)

"I'd come to this village in the Gila River Indian Community 37 miles south of Phoenix to get together with nine of my old Marine buddies and participate in the Pima tribe's annual commemoration of the famous raising of the...

Cayuga Nation expects land-into-trust approval (February 28, 2008)

The Cayuga Nation of New York expects approval of its land-into-trust application, a lawyer for the tribe said. The tribe wants about 125 acres placed in trust. That's a far smaller amount than the 13,000 acres that the Bureau of...

Haskell University launches research center (February 28, 2008)

Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas has launched its first research center. The Research Evaluation and Dissemination Center will focus on conducting and disseminating indigenous research. Its first project is a summit on the Urban Indian experience on April 10-11....

Interior attorney settles whistleblower case (February 28, 2008)

An Interior Department attorney who criticized trust management practices in Palm Springs, California, reached a settlement with the government. Robert McCarthy, a field solicitor, will be allowed to resign instead of be fired. He had been accused of leaking confidential...

Nez Perce Tribe expands treaty hunt in Montana (February 28, 2008)

The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho is planning to expand its treaty hunt in Montana. The tribe wants to extend the hunting season and take up 70 to 110 bison and some elk. During the tribe's first hunt in Montana...

Cherokee Nation donates $2.8M to public schools (February 28, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation donated more than $2.8 million to public schools in northeastern Oklahoma. The tribe sets aside a portion of its car tag revenues for education. This year, 94 school districts will see an increase in their share...

Supreme Court hears Exxon Valdez oil spill case (February 28, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments in a long-running lawsuit over the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989. Nearly 33,000 Alaska Natives, fishermen, landowners and other plaintiffs sued Exxon Mobil for environmental damage. The spill polluted 1,200 miles...

Narragansett Tribe wants land taken out of trust (February 28, 2008)

The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island is asking the Interior Department to take its entire reservation out of trust. Council member John Brown said the move will enable the tribe to put its 1,800 acres back in trust without state...

Lawsuit seeks to oust Apache chairman from office (February 28, 2008)

A lawsuit in federal court says Alonzo Chalepah, the chairman of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, should not be in office. Chalepah has been arrested three times for alcohol-related offenses, according to the suit. He can't hold office because he...

Yellow Bird: High hopes for Indian health bill (February 28, 2008)

"The $35 billion Indian Health Care Improvement Act passed the Senate on Tuesday. It will “renew and improve a broad range of Indian health programs . . . to combat the chronic shortage of health care services,” according to...

Abourezk: Action, not words, on Indian health (February 28, 2008)

"It only took nine years of negotiation, but the U.S. Senate finally reauthorized the legislation that oversees delivery of health care to all Native people Tuesday. By a vote of 83-10, the Senate passed the Indian Health Care Improvement Act....

Editorial: Vote for ethics reform on Capitol Hill (February 28, 2008)

"Anxiety is palpable in the House as lawmakers try to wriggle out of a vote on whether to create an independent Office of Congressional Ethics. Despite last-minute cries of alarm and resistance from both sides of the aisle, the public...