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Cherokee Nation weighs tobacco tax suspension (April 25, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is considering a suspension of its tobacco tax in order to help retailers who have been affected by a state crackdown on cigarette sales. The tribe imposes a tax of 50-cents per pack on cigarettes....

Editorial: Yankton Sioux protest fails to keep peace (April 25, 2008)

"Members of the Yankton Sioux Tribe are in the midst of a passionate protest this week over a hog farm near Marty, which tribal members say will despoil the environment, ruin water resources and, in short, stink. The protest has...

Blackfeet Nation shuts juvenile detention center (April 25, 2008)

The Blackfeet Nation of Montana has closed a juvenile detention center because it can't afford the cost. The annual budget for the White Buffalo Home was $1 million. The tribe received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Corrections...

Kevin Abourezk: Freedom for Leonard Peltier? (April 25, 2008)

"I had heard Leonard Peltier's name as a child. He was a warrior. A man who had sacrificed himself for the people. Who sat in a jail cell for a crime he did not commit. In college, I learned others...

Jodi Rave: Chippewa Cree woman in Clinton camp (April 25, 2008)

"Lena Belcourt, a Chippewa Cree, will lead Sen. Hillary Clinton's Native campaign efforts in Montana, according to an announcement from the Clinton campaign on Thursday. Belcourt, a health policy analyst, advises tribal leaders on local, state and national policymaking. She...

Wisconsin tribe objects to Oneida land-into-trust (April 25, 2008)

A Wisconsin tribe is urging Congress to stop the land-into-trust application for the Oneida Nation of New York. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is set to decide whether to take 13,000 acres in trust for the tribe. Associate deputy secretary...

Tribes receive slaughtered Yellowstone bison (April 25, 2008)

Tribes in Montana, Michigan, North Dakota and Wyoming are among those that have received meat from slaughtered bison that wander out of Yellowstone National Park. More than one-third of the Yellowstone herd has been killed this winter. That's left over...

Opinion: Cherokee Nation's boat of federal funds (April 25, 2008)

The following is the opinion of Steve Osburn, a Cherokee/Delaware from Oklahoma. When it comes to the Freedmen, Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith keeps saying "Let the courts decide this case," when they already have. The Cherokee Supreme Court ruled...

Joe Kennedy addresses Navajo Nation Council (April 25, 2008)

Former U.S. Congressman Joe Kennedy, the son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, addressed the Navajo Nation Council on Wednesday. Kennedy discussed a wide range of topics, particularly renewable energy. In 1979, he founded Citizens Energy, a non-profit...

Spirit Lake Nation dedicates waste station (April 25, 2008)

The Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota dedicated a $2.2 million solid waste transfer station on Thursday. The station means the tribe won't have to haul waste 13 miles away to Devils Lake. The reservation's dump closed back in 1997....

Five injured in explosion on Saskatchewan reserve (April 25, 2008)

Five people were injured in an explosion on the Little Pine First Nation in Saskatchewan on Thursday. The explosion occurred right after a funeral at the community center on the reserve. Although most people had left, five were injured...

Toddler injured in drive-by shooting released (April 25, 2008)

A 23-month-old toddler who was injured in a drive-by shooting on an Alberta reserve was released from the hospital, the Canadian Press reported. Asia Saddleback was at her home on the Samson Cree Nation when she was hit by...

Sen. Domenici rebuked for call to U.S. Attorney (April 25, 2008)

Retiring Sen. Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico) was rebuked by the Senate Ethics Committee on Thursday for calling a former U.S. Attorney and asking about a politically-sensitive corruption case before the November 2006 election. Domenici called David C. Iglesias, who descends...

Schaghticoke chief seeks meeting with Bush (April 25, 2008)

The leader of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Connecticut wants to meet with President Bush. Chief Richard Velky wants to press Bush on his tribe's federal recognition. The Bureau of Indian Affairs, after making a favorable ruling, reversed itself after...

North Carolina radio partnership criticized (April 25, 2008)

Some members of the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs are upset over a partnership with a radio station whose DJs made derogatory remarks about Native Americans. Brett Locklear, a member of the Lumbee Tribe, and Patrick Lambert, a member...

Senate panel approves Lumbee recognition bill (April 25, 2008)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Senate Indian Affairs Committee business meeting, April 24, 2008 • MP3 - 18:36 - 4.3MB • Webcast | Agenda TheSenate Indian Affairs Committeeon Thursday approved H.R. 65, the Lumbee Recognition Act. The bill extends federal recognition to...

Daughter of Seminole council member found dead (April 25, 2008)

Devin Mindy Cypress, a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, was found dead in a canal. Cypress apparently lost control of her SUV and drove into the canal. Her body was found on Tuesday. Cypress was the daughter of...