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Cherokee Freedmen issue affects debate on Hill (April 14, 2008)

A slide from Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith's presentation at Indian law conference. Photo © NSM. Provisions addressing the Cherokee Freedmen will be added to a bill to reauthorize the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, a key Senate staffer...

BIA holds economic development summit (April 14, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is hosting the 10th annual Great Plains Tribal Economic Development Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Great Plains Regional Office of the BIA puts on the summit in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Featured speakers include...

Lummi Nation delegation meets Dalai Lama (April 14, 2008)

Members of the Lummi Nation of Washington met with the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, on Saturday. Darrell Hillaire, a former Lummi chair, helped organize the Dalai Lama's trip to Seattle. He made sure tribal representatives greeted...

Saginaw Chippewa council member fails drug test (April 14, 2008)

A first-term council member for the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan has reportedly failed two drug tests. David Sowmick could be removed from office as a result. He goes before a tribal council hearing on April 30. The tribe has...

Canadian Native man gives up U.S. green card (April 14, 2008)

A Native man from Canada has dropped efforts to obtain a U.S. green card. Peter Roberts is a member of the Campbell River Indian Band of British Columbia. He asserted his rights under the Jay Treaty to cross the border...

Hoopa Valley Tribe lowers blood quantum (April 14, 2008)

The Hoopa Valley Tribe of northern California has lowered its blood quantum requirements. Tribal members voted 469-418 last month to accept a proposal to require one-eighth Hupa blood. Previously, the minimum was one-fourth. Byron Nelson Jr., who works for the...

Column: Nevada Natives oppose nuclear waste (April 14, 2008)

"A small group of Native Americans, professors and government officials met last week in Nevada to exchange information on nuclear waste issues as they relate to Native Americans. The discussion was disturbing. Chicagoans and Native Americans alike should be alarmed....

Father of Winnebago Yankee hospitalized (April 14, 2008)

Harlan Chamberlain, the father of New York Yankees player Joba Chamberlain, has been hospitalized, The Lincoln Journal Star reports. Joba Chamberlain flew to Nebraska to be with his father, who is in critical condition. No further information ins being released....

Senate hearing, House markup this Thursday (April 14, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding an oversight hearing this Thursday on National Indian Gaming Commission. The hearing takes place at 10:30am in Room 562 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. A witness list is not yet available. Also...

Indian superdelegate weighing Clinton, Obama (April 14, 2008)

Of the three Indian superdelegates for the Democratic party, only one -- Kalyn Free of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma -- has yet to choose sides. Free, who runs INDN List, a group that seeks to more put Indians in...

Kevin Abourezk: Tom Daschle for vice president? (April 14, 2008)

"Chuck Jacobs was there in 1999 when former President Bill Clinton visited the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Clinton did a lot for Jacobs' tribe during his term in office, said the Oglala Sioux tribal council member. And he believes former...

Navajo chapters make do without Internet (April 14, 2008)

An estimated 80 chapters of the Navajo Nation have lost Internet service and it could be a couple of weeks before they get connected again. The chapters received service from OnSat Network Communications Inc. But the Universal Service Administration Co....

Indian criminal cases rising in South Dakota (April 14, 2008)

The U.S. Attorney's Office in South Dakota is prosecuting more and more crimes in Indian Country, The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports. The office filed 387 criminal cases against Indian defendants in 2007, according to data provided to the...

Editorial: Lawlessness on reservations (April 14, 2008)

"The stories are so grim it's hard to believe they're happening here. A shop is broken into again and again with no repercussions. Thugs break into homes with no fear of being caught and inflict horrible violence on strangers. The...

Editorial: Yakama Nation shocks community (April 14, 2008)

"When you have a team that wins five championships in 13 years, including two in the past three years, and attendance at games is consistently the best in the Continental Basketball League, you have to wonder what it takes to...

North Dakota tribe blocks clean energy meeting (April 14, 2008)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota blocked tribal members from using a community building for a presentation on renewable energy, Indian Country Today reports. Kandi Mossett, a tribal member who works with the Indigenous Environmental Network, planned...

Supreme Court to hear jurisdiction case (April 14, 2008)

Update: The Supreme Court has posted the oral argument transcript. Gavin Clarkson (Choctaw), of the University of Michigan, attended the hearing and will provide his report and commentary for Indianz.Com tomorrow. The U.S. Supreme Court today is holding oral arguments...

Tim Giago: CBC goes after Cherokee Nation (April 14, 2008)

The Congressional Black Caucus, in attacking the sovereign status of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is placing in question and in jeopardy, the sovereign status of all Indian nations. At least that is the conclusion drawn by many tribal leaders...