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Artman leaves unfinished business at BIA (May 1, 2008)

It's hard to accomplish much in a year at the Bureau of Indian Affairs so when assistant secretary Carl Artman leaves later this month, the agency will have a lot of big issues on its plate. During his short tenure,...

County opposes protections for sacred Mount Taylor (May 1, 2008)

Commissioners in Cibola County, New Mexico, voted 4-1 against listing the sacred Mount Taylor on the state Register of Cultural Properties. More than 200 people turned out for a county meeting on the issue. Acoma Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo, Zuni...

DJs apologize for insulting Alaska Native women (May 1, 2008)

Two Alaska radio DJs apologized repeatedly on Wednesday for making derogatory remarks about Alaska Native women. Woody and Wilcox from KBFX 100.5 were back on the air after being suspended for the remarks on their April 9 show. "Have you...

Yakama Nation backs Columbia River agreement (May 1, 2008)

The Yakama Nation of Washington will be signing a $900 million agreement for the Columbia River after all. Tribal leaders were supposed to go to Columbia Hills State Park for a signing ceremony yesterday morning. But they didn't show up...

Editorial: Questions on Oneida Nation land-into-trust (May 1, 2008)

"The Oneida Indian Nation land-into-trust decision is expected anytime, and little has been done by our federal representatives to outline exactly what regulations, if any, the Oneidas will have to abide by. When the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs released...

Donald Pelotte, first Indian bishop, resigns (May 1, 2008)

Donald Pelotte, the first American Indian bishop of the Catholic Church, resigned as head of the Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico, the Vatican announced on Wednesday. Pelotte, who is Abenaki from Maine, suffered a severe head injury in July...

Tuscarora group questions Lumbee recognition (May 1, 2008)

A group called the Tuscarora of North Carolina says the Lumbee Tribe doesn't deserve federal recognition. The Tuscaroras say the Lumbees are stealing their heritage. But the Lumbees say the Tuscaroras are a splinter group within the Lumbee Tribe. The...

Native Hawaiian group occupies historic palace (May 1, 2008)

A group calling itself the Hawaiian Kingdom Government took over the historic palace of the Hawaiian royal family on Wednesday. The group says it will use the Iolani Palace in Honolulu as the seat of the traditional Hawaiian government....

BLM rejects geothermal leases at sacred Mount Shasta (May 1, 2008)

The Bureau of Land Management has rejected five lease applications for geothermal development on Mount Shasta in California. The BLM rejected the leases because the U.S. Forest Service objected. The Forest Service said the development would have "adverse impacts to...

Colorado passes resolution on Indian genocide (May 1, 2008)

The Colorado Legislature passed a resolution on Wednesday that recognizes the genocide of American Indians at the hands of European settlers. The nonbinding measure passed 22-12 in the Senate and 59-4 in the House. Some Republicans complained that it blamed...

Justice official who oversaw Abramoff probe to quit (May 1, 2008)

The Justice Department official who oversaw the Jack Abramoff probe and other political corruption investigation is retiring at the end of the month. Alice S. Fisher served as chief of the criminal division at DOJ. Her efforts saw the...

Joe Martin: Tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians (May 1, 2008)

"On April 14, the Supreme Court heard the case Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land & Cattle Co. It’s a case where a cattle farmer, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, fell upon hard times one...

Mississippi Choctaw vice chief disputes assault story (May 1, 2008)

The vice chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians says a free newspaper mischaracterized his arrest for assault. Charges against Eddie Sam were dropped but not before The Philadelphian reported that he was arrested on March 31 at East...

Nick Coleman: Apologize to the first Americans (May 1, 2008)

"American Indian Month kicks off today with a sunrise prayer ceremony at the University of Minnesota. But prayers are even better when they are backed by action. It is time to apologize to the first Americans. If Australia can...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe removes council member (May 1, 2008)

David Sowmick, a council member for the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan, was removed from office on Wednesday after failing two drug tests. Sowmick, who was serving as sergeant-at-arms, admitted he tested positive for marijuana use. He is reportedly the...

Indian Affairs Committee hearing on energy (May 1, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding an oversight hearing this morning on energy development in Indian Country. The hearing starts at 9:30am and will be broadcast online. The witness list follows: Panel 1 THE HONORABLE MARCUS WELLS, JR. Chairman,...