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Judge limits Utah's role in managing Navajo trust (March 18, 2008)

The state of Utah is not a "co-trustee" of Navajo trust funds, a federal judge ruled last Friday. In a 28-page decision, Judge Tena Campbell agreed that Utah plays a role in managing oil and gas royalties on behalf of...

Native corporation rejects land swap extension (March 18, 2008)

Shareholders of an Alaska Native regional corporation rejected a resolution that called for an extension to the public comment period on a controversial land swap. More than 90 percent of Doyon Ltd. shareholders voted against the proposal, the corporation said....

Tribal colleges discuss climate change at conference (March 18, 2008)

Climate change and its effect on Native communities were topics of discussion at the at the 27th annual American Indian Higher Education Consortium conference in North Dakota on Monday. The Indigenous Environmental Network encourages tribal college students to come...

Artwork chosen for Indian anti-smoking contest (March 18, 2008)

Over 200 people submitted entries to the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health's “The Oniyan Wakan” (“Sacred Breath”) anti-smoking art contest. The winner was 25-year-old Stephen Yellowhawk. His beadwork, called "Choices," depicted two Indian men playing a drum...

Senate panel takes up Indian law enforcement (March 18, 2008)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Senate Indian Affairs Committee field hearing on Law and Order in Indian Country. March 17, 2008. • Opening Statements • Panel 1 Testimony [not complete] • Panel 2 Testimony [fragment] | Q&A • Written Testimony The Senate...

Nonrecognized man sentenced over eagle feathers (March 18, 2008)

A Florida man who is a member of non-recognized tribe was sentenced to five years of probation and fined $5,000 for illegally possessing and trading eagle feathers. Ed Winddancer, 51, says he is a member of the Nanticoke Tribe....

Chippewa Cree Tribe rescinds anti-slander law (March 18, 2008)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana has rescinded its controversial anti-slander law. The tribal council voted 8-0 on Friday after tribal members presented a petition that opposed the law. The petition said the law violated the tribal constitution and tribal...

Mike Graham: Support McCain but oppose Republicans (March 18, 2008)

"Native American veterans will join with active duty servicemen and women in addition to other veterans groups around the country to elect John McCain as our next president. Native American veterans have no cause to support Republican Party candidates...

Three Native boys killed in house fire laid to rest (March 18, 2008)

Three boys who died in a house fire last week were laid to rest on the Pukatawagan Reserve in Manitoba on Monday. Troi and Robert Castel-Lapansee, aged three and four, and their five-year-old cousin, Letrel Bighetty-Castel, died of smoke...

Washington tribal policing bill awaits signature (March 18, 2008)

A bill to authorize tribal police officers to enforce state criminal and traffic laws is awaiting the signature of Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D). The bill requires tribes and local governments to develop formal agreements. Tribal officers must be state...

Bad River protest supports ousted chairwoman (March 18, 2008)

Members of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa held a protest on Monday to support ousted chairwoman Loretta Livingston. Tribal voters narrowly recalled Livingston from office last week. About 30 protesters claimed she was unfairly ousted. Some also...

Nathan Hale, Three Affiliated vice chair, dies at 58 (March 18, 2008)

Nathan Hale, the vice chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota, died on Monday. He was 58. Hale served on the tribal council starting in 2004. He spend...

High HIV rate reported among Natives in Manitoba (March 18, 2008)

One-third of all new HIV infections in Manitoba are among Native people, a new report from Manitoba Health says. From 1999 through 2006, 33 percent of new HIV cases were reported among Natives. In 2007 alone, 24 percent of cases...

Lumbee Tribe said to be focus of housing probe (March 18, 2008)

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is said to be the focus of an investigation into federal housing funds. Tribal and federal officials would not confirm the existence of the probe. But tribal council members have been told in a...

Editorial: Cowlitz Tribe spurs action on fish (March 18, 2008)

"This year's smelt run is a near-total bust, and now they are quite likely to be added to the Endangered Species list following a petition by the Cowlitz Tribe that suggests Oregon and California runs face local extinction. This...

Cherokee-recruited company questioned by state (March 18, 2008)

A recycling company recruited by the Cherokee Nation broke ground without all the necessary permits, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality says. Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies is building a plastics recycling plant in Watts. The site is not on...

California school district to weigh 'Redskins' (March 18, 2008)

The Colusa Unified School District in California meets Wednesday evening to debate the future of the "Redskins" mascot. Board members will consider a recommendation to choose a new mascot. A 22-member committee is calling for students, residents and staff...

Grand Portage Band to help address fish virus (March 18, 2008)

The Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe will work with the National Park Service to keep a deadly fish virus out of Lake Superior. Viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS, has been discovered in the Great Lakes in recent years. It...

Muscogee Nation creates secretary position (March 18, 2008)

The first Secretary of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma took office last week. Kevin Dellinger said his job will be similar to Oklahoma's secretary of state. He will explore business opportunities for the tribe in the U.S. and abroad. “The...