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Navajo man wins appeal on sentence from Supreme Court (April 17, 2008)

A Navajo man whose prison sentence was more than tripled due to his criminal record won his appeal from the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. Larry Begay of New Mexico pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of a firearm....

Yellow Bird: Recovering from brain aneurysm surgery (April 17, 2008)

"It’s been a long two weeks, but I am now coming out of a relaxed phase of recovery from hospitalization. I had surgery to correct two brain aneurysms. And — no pun intended — there are two things that...

Indian candidate for Congress raises $114K this year (April 17, 2008)

Benny Shendo Jr., a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress, is trailing one of his opponents in campaign contributions. Shendo, a former state Cabinet official from Jemez Pueblo, raised $113,626 in the first three months of the year. Rival Ben Ray...

House subcommittee examines Indian water rights (April 17, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water and Power, held a hearing on Wednesday to examine Indian water rights settlements. Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-California), the chairwoman of the subcommittee, said only 21 water rights claims have been resolved since...

Column: Oglala Sioux man was not just homeless (April 17, 2008)

"A few times a week, sometimes more depending on how the funds were holding up, George Chase Alone occupied a piece of Denver real estate called Indian Ridge. The homeless gave it that name. Take Speer Boulevard south and...

Yankton Sioux Tribe continues hog farm protest (April 17, 2008)

The Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is continuing to protest a proposed hog farm in Charles Mix County. Tribal leaders and members say the operation would harm the environment. Long View Farms wants to house 3,350 sows and...

Canada pays out $1.3B in residential school case (April 17, 2008)

The Canadian government says it has paid out $1.3 billion to former students of Native residential schools. The payments went to about 75,000 former students. That accounts for more than 90 percent of claims, according to the government. Some Native...

Mother of injured toddler calls for end to violence (April 17, 2008)

The mother of a 23-month-old toddler who was injured in a drive-by shooting on an Alberta reserve called for an end to gang and drug violence. Candace Saddleback said the Samson Cree Nation and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police...

Oneida land-into-trust case drawing attention (April 17, 2008)

Tribes across the country are paying attention to a land-into-trust case involving the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. The National Congress of American Indians, the Native American Rights Fund and the Great Lakes Intertribal Council submitted a brief in the case....

North Carolina Indians accept radio show apology (April 17, 2008)

The North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs agreed to work with radio station G105 to improve relations after a DJ and his staff apologized for their derogatory remarks. The commission and the Lumbee Tribe sought the firing of WDCG's Bob...

Jodi Rave: Clinton campaign falters on Indian policy (April 17, 2008)

"Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton landed in Montana earlier this month to attend a round of fundraisers and rallies and to make campaign speeches at the annual Montana Democratic Party dinner. When I started making calls to Obama campaign organizers...

North Fork Rancheria chair abruptly resigns (April 17, 2008)

Jacque Davis-Van Huss, the chairwoman of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California, abruptly resigned on Tuesday after just six months on the job. Davis-Van Huss would not elaborate to KFSN on her reasons for leaving. But she...

Montana tribe collaborates on cancer study (April 17, 2008)

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana are hosting an Indian cancer study. Dr. LeeAnna Muzquiz, a tribal member who serves as medical adviser for the tribe's clinic, helped the Montana Cancer Institute Foundation develop the study. The goal...

Chief of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe steps aside (April 17, 2008)

Vernon Lopez, the chief and spiritual leader of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts, is stepping aside after eight years in the post. Lopez, 85, resigned earlier this month. He told The Cape Cod Times that he wanted to...

Navajo Nation helps detox center stay open (April 17, 2008)

A detoxification center in Page, Arizona, won't be forced to close despite losing funds from the Navajo Nation. The tribe said it could no longer provide $139,000 to the Rural Substance Abuse Transitional Facility. About 90 percent of the people...

Supreme Court upholds use of lethal injection (April 17, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the use of the most common method of lethal injection. In a 7-2 decision, the justices said the drug combination used in more than 30 states is not cruel and unusual to prisoners....

House Resources markup on four Indian bills (April 17, 2008)

Note: H.R.1575, a bill to recognize the Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan, was on the agenda. H.R. 5680, the technical amendments bill, was not on the agenda. The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a...

Senate Indian Affairs oversight hearing on NIGC (April 17, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held an oversight hearing this morning on National Indian Gaming Commission. The hearing is the committee's second on gaming since the start of the 110th Congress. A June 2007 hearing looked into the regulation of...