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Oklahoma tribe seeks action on New Mexico casino (March 17, 2008)

• Jeff Houser's YouTube The Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma is asking a federal judge to force the Bush administration to clear the way for a casino hundreds of miles away in New Mexico. The tribe has 30...

Native artist sentenced to probation for filming (March 17, 2008)

A Native artist was sentenced to community service and unsupervised probation for one year for filming inside Yosemite National Park in California. Lorenzo Baca, who is Pueblo and Apache, was found guilty for doing business without a permit and...

Oklahoma tribes exempt from illegal worker law (March 17, 2008)

Oklahoma attorney general Drew Edmondson says tribes are exempt from most provisions of a new law aimed at preventing businesses from employing immigrants. House Bill 1804 went into effect in November. It requires businesses to verity the legal status...

Tribal colleges hold conference in North Dakota (March 17, 2008)

The American Indian Higher Education Consortium is holding 27th annual conference this week in Bismarck, North Dakota. More than 1,000 tribal leaders, educators and students are expected to attend the conference, which runs through Thursday. Speakers include Olympic gold medalist,...

Column: Kateri keeps Indian traditions alive (March 17, 2008)

"Holy Week, which began for western Christianity on Sunday, has always found expression in a smorgasbord of ethnic groups and races. This year, the only downside may be for the Irish, real and honorary. With Easter falling next Sunday -...

Skokomish Tribe reaches deal on water flows (March 17, 2008)

The Skokomish Tribe of Washington has reached an agreement with Tacoma Power to send more water down the North Fork Skokomish River. Under the agreement, the amount of water released from the Cushman Dam will increase four times. The...

Athabascan man honored for 15 years of sobriety (March 17, 2008)

Gerald Albert received the Patti L. Hyslop award at the Tanana Chiefs Conference annual meeting last week. Albert, 47, was recognized for overcoming his addiction to alcohol. He stopped drinking in 1993, after several close calls with death. “Every...

Lac du Flambeau members threaten takeover (March 17, 2008)

Some members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa are threatening to take over the tribal government, citing $65 million in debt and dissatisfaction with their leaders. Unhappy tribal members say the tribe has yet to...

Ho-Chunk CEO criticizes outside financial review (March 17, 2008)

The CEO of the economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska criticized an outside review of the company's finances as “a load of crap’’ and “obviously a slanted document.’’ Lance Morgan, a tribal member, said Ho-Chunk Inc....

Reminder: Sisseton-Wahpeton ceremony for Keeble (March 17, 2008)

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate is holding a homecoming and honoring ceremony this Saturday, March 22, for the late Master Sgt. Woodrow Wilson Keeble. Keeble, a tribal member, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony on...

Conference addresses tribal sovereignty issues (March 17, 2008)

The nonprofit Foundation for California held a one-day conference in Washington, D.C., last week to address tribal sovereignty issues. According to The Washington Times, one of the issues discussed was labor unions on reservations. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Makah whaling case set for trial in two courts (March 17, 2008)

Five members of the Makah Nation of Washington who hunted a whale without tribal or federal permission are facing trials. The Makah tribal court is holding a pre-trial hearing tomorrow. Wayne Johnson, Andy Noel, Frankie Gonzales, Theron Parker and William...

Opinion: Celebrate Santa Fe's 400th birthday (March 17, 2008)

"A March 2 "My View" piece, "Puebloans should not approve of 400th party," was so full of historical errors, and so racially charged that it needs to be challenged. In the first place, as Manuel A. Cristobal, councilman for Santa...

Senate Indian Affairs hearing on law enforcement (March 17, 2008)

Update: Around 5:50pm, the video came back, but there is no sound there IS audio. Note: The hearing started around 4:30pm Eastern Time, but the live feed appears to be down. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a field...

Jodi Rave: Awakening a spiritual revolution (March 17, 2008)

"On Monday, I'll meet with my reading group to discuss Oprah Winfrey's latest book club choice, a spiritual self-help guide that has led one televangelist to call the talk-show icon “the most dangerous woman in the world.” Bill Keller,...

Letter: Clinton, Obama should debate Indian issues (March 17, 2008)

"Montana and South Dakota are scheduled to hold Democratic primaries June 3. No other state is having a primary that week. In fact, there are no Democratic state contests in the two weeks leading up to June 3. With more...

Yellow Bird: Grandchildren are the greatest gift (March 17, 2008)

"If there are gifts for the elderly, surely one of the greatest is grandchildren, and it’s a gift that should be held carefully and thoughtfully. I am reminded of that gift because my granddaughter, Eliza Dorreen Yellow Bird (she...

Letter: Retiring 'Fighting Sioux' won't help relations (March 17, 2008)

"I am tired of political correctness. I am tired of the hoopla about the University of North Dakota's logo, "the Fighting Sioux." The Sioux were a powerful nation of warriors. That should be a matter of pride and honor....