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North Carolina radio show host suspended for remarks (April 10, 2008)

A North Carolina radio show host and his staff have been suspended for three days for making racially charged comments about Native Americans. WDCG's Bob Dumas and two other co-hosts of the Bob and the Showgram” referred to "lazy"...

Yakama Nation police officers may not be certified (April 10, 2008)

Yakama Nation General Council Vice Chairwoman Mavis Kindness isn't sure whether her tribe's police officers are federally certified. Kindness said several officers are overweight, unhealthy and often miss work. She doesn't think they would meet requirement set by the Bureau...

Rep. Acuri: Explaining Oneida land-into-trust rider (April 10, 2008)

"When it comes to the New York Oneida Indian Nation’s land-into-trust dispute, the name-calling, the legal battles and uncertainty have gone on for far too long. It is overwhelmingly clear to me that all interested parties – the New...

Alaska veteran settles hiring case against IHS (April 10, 2008)

An Alaska Air National Guard veteran who was fired by the Indian Health Service while on active duty has settled his long-running case for full back pay and restored benefits. Bob Traut worked at the Alaska Native Medical Center in...

Man accused of Indian Country assaults arrested (April 10, 2008)

An Oklahoma man accused of assaulting two girls on Cherokee Nation land was arrested in Dallas, Texas, last month. Kimberly Chancellor was charged in federal court in Oklahoma on February 6. He fled from authorities until they caught up with...

Cherokee tribes denounce Freedmen legislation (April 10, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina met on Wednesday for a joint tribal council meeting. The tribes denounced legislation that would cut federal funds to the Cherokee Nation unless the Freedmen...

Former Indian school coach weighs legal action (April 10, 2008)

Johnny Abeyta , the former girls basketball coach at Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico, is weighing legal action over the handling of allegations of improper conduct by his son. Abeyta, who is 1st Lt. Governor at Ohkay Owingeh,...

Navajo woman killed in hit and run in Albuquerque (April 10, 2008)

An Albuquerque, New Mexico, police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave in connection with the fatal hit-and-run of Vera "Tonie" Haskell, a Navajo woman. Haskell, 47, was killed on Sunday in the southeast part of Albuquerque. The...

Tonkawa Tribe ousts chairman after drug arrest (April 10, 2008)

Members of the Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma ousted chairman Anthony Street, who faces drug charges in state court. Street, 43, is accused of selling drugs out of a motel room in Blackwell. He is charged with one count of...

House Resources hearing on five Indian bills (April 10, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on Wednesday to discuss five Indian bills. The bills were: * H.R. 5608: To establish regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials in the development of Federal policies that have...

Federal Bar Association holds Indian law conference (April 10, 2008)

The Federal Bar Association kicks off the 33rd annual Indian law conference today in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The theme of this year's conference is "Identity in Flux: Challenging Outsider Definitions of Tribalism." Session topics include tribal courts, economic development and...

Former Cheyenne-Arapaho chairman sentenced (April 10, 2008)

Robert Tabor, the former chairman of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, was sentenced to one year in prison for stealing more than $114,000 from the tribe. Tabor, 62, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to embezzle. He...

Opinion: No defense for Obama's pastor Wright (April 10, 2008)

"I just read the letter by Charles Gackstetter (Globe, March 31), and I am incensed by it. He calls Jeremiah Wright a preacher and prophet. I seriously doubt he is even a Christian. Consider these facts: I am 70 years...

White Earth man on hunger protest for children (April 10, 2008)

Doug Clark, a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota, is on a hunger strike in hopes of getting his 9-year-old daughter and 3-year-old grandchild back. On April 1, the tribe removed the children from Clark's...

Navajo Nation police chief placed on paid leave (April 10, 2008)

Jim Benally, the chief of police for the Navajo Nation, has been placed on paid administrative leave. Benally wouldn't say why he was on leave and neither would Samson Cowboy, the director of the Navajo Nation's Division of Public Safety....

Former Sen. Burns ready to lobby after cooling off (April 10, 2008)

Former Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Montana) is lobbying for the American Quarter Horse Association now that his one year "cooling off" period has ended. Although Burns joined Gage LLC in January 2007., he had to wait a year before lobbying...