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Tourism: Complaints about Hualapai skywalk (March 28, 2008)

"When the Hualapai Indian Tribe opened the controversial Grand Canyon Skywalk one year ago, members of the tribe were optimistic that they would get 600,000 visitors a year by 2009. The good news for the tribe is that after...

Indian high school opens on Tulalip Reservation (March 28, 2008)

A high school with a focus on Indian culture finally has a permanent home on the Tulalip Reservation in Washington. The Heritage High School previously operated out of temporary buildings. Now it has its own space at the Marysville...

Polar bear killed near Alaska Native village (March 28, 2008)

A polar bear was killed near an Alaska Native village, word of which has stirred some interesting comments on The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner's web site. The bear was far out of its normal habitat. Residents of Fort Yukon were worried...

Rincon Band hosts conference for Indian youth (March 28, 2008)

The Rincon Band of Mission Indians is hosting a conference for Indian youth on Saturday. Speakers include Rincon Chairman Mark Romero and Maggie Steele, who is Apache. They hope to convince Indian youth to stay healthy and sober. Organizer Wonona...

Oneida Nation, county meet for first time in years (March 28, 2008)

Leaders of the Oneida Nation and Madison County met for the first time in six years on Wednesday. The tribe and the county said the meeting was positive. But both sides are at odds over the tribe's pending land-into-trust application....

Blue Lake immunity case before Supreme Court (March 28, 2008)

A 65-year-old California woman is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a sovereign immunity case involving the Blue Lake Rancheria. Rita Carls wants to sue the tribe over a building defect that led to a mold infestation in her...

Attorney hails ruling in Blackfeet housing case (March 28, 2008)

Members of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana are moving forward with a class action housing lawsuit against the tribe. The families say the tribe built 153 shoddy homes. They blame a slew of health problems on toxic mold. The 9th...

UND probe of sorority party to last about two weeks (March 28, 2008)

The University of North Dakota's investigation of a sorority party in which attendees dressed up as "Indians" and "Cowboys" will take about two weeks, The Grand Forks Herald reports. Indian students filed a complaint after learning about the Gamma...

Ruling faults Cherokee Nation on tobacco compact (March 28, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation has breached its tobacco compact with the state of Oklahoma, an arbitration panel said. The tribe agreed to sell cigarettes with an 86-cent per pack tax. A special provision of the compact allows a much lower tax...

Navajo Nation signs wind energy partnership (March 28, 2008)

TheNavajo Nation has signed a partnership with Citizens Energy Corp. to develop wind energy on the reservation. The tribe hopes to develop several sites and market power to neighboring communities. Phase one, which would include a 200-megawatt plant, is set...

Native woman missing for more than two months (March 28, 2008)

A pregnant woman from the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario has been missing for more than two months. Tashina General, 21, was last seen on the reserve on January 22. She will be about six months pregnant now. “We...

Chuck Haga: 'Indian' party another black eye at UND (March 28, 2008)

"You might say the timing was bad, given the University of North Dakota's ongoing controversy over its use of the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo for its athletic teams. Or maybe, if your inclination is to see the logo...

Defense rests in Narragansett smokeshop raid case (March 28, 2008)

Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island was the final witness in the case over the state's raid of the reservation. Thomas said state troopers stormed onto the reservation on July 14, 2003, without warning and...

BIA urges mediation in Lac du Flambeau dispute (March 28, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is urging some type of mediation to address a split within the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Wisconsin. BIA officials, including assistant secretary Carl Artman and Midwest regional director Terry...

Three Makah whalers plead guilty for illegal hunt (March 28, 2008)

Three members of the Makah Nation of Washington pleaded guilty for hunting a gray whale without a federal permit. Frankie Gonzales, Theron Parker and William Secor Sr. pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of violating the Marine Mammal Protection...

Navajo Nation wary of new uranium mining (March 28, 2008)

Mining companies are once again looking at lands on and near the Navajo Nation for uranium development. With the price of uranium at an all time high, companies say development could bring jobs and revenue to New Mexico. But Navajos...