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Lawsuit challenges Grand Traverse land-into-trust (May 2, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is holding off a land-into-trust application for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians due to a lawsuit. The BIA wanted to acquire 22 acres of a former railroad right-of-way in trust for...

Judge allows discrimination lawsuit against school (May 2, 2008)

A federal judge says Indian families can sue the Del Norte County Unified School District in California for alleged discrimination. The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California says the school district discriminated against Indians by closing grades six through...

Editorial: Let Oglala Sioux Tribe manage Badlands (May 2, 2008)

"South Dakota’s Badlands are known for sweeping vistas, wonderful colors and roving herds of bison. The Badlands also are known as a tourist attraction, each year drawing approximately a million visitors, some of whom hike the numerous scenic trails while...

North Fork Rancheria suspends former chairwoman (May 2, 2008)

The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California has suspended former chairwoman Jacquie Davis Van Huss from membership for two years, The Fresno Bee reports. Van Huss abruptly resigned last month. She now says she was ousted over disputed...

Campbell: Congress destroying the Cherokee Nation (May 2, 2008)

"The Cherokee Nation is involved in litigation with a group of individuals claiming to be descendants of slaves, known as Freedmen, who were held by 2 percent of Cherokees before 1863, when the Cherokees voluntarily emancipated them. The Cherokee people...

Cason put in charge of safety at Interior Department (May 2, 2008)

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has put associate deputy secretary Jim Cason in charge of safety after an internal audit turned up hazards at Interior Department facilities, including Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. Inspector General Earl Devaney complained that safety wasn't...

Census figures show slow rise in Native population (May 2, 2008)

The American Indian and Alaska Native population rose by 1 percent from 2006 to 2007, the U.S. Census Bureau reported on Thursday. Although the percentage increase was lower than most other racial and ethnic groups, the figures show the Native...

Comanche Nation disputes professor's ancestry (May 2, 2008)

The Comanche Nation of Oklahoma says a professor at the University of Kansas is wrongly claiming Comanche ancestry. Ray Pierotti, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, said he has never claimed to be an enrolled member of the tribe....

Abourezk: Crow man spreads Obama's message (May 2, 2008)

"In the summer of 2006, Samuel Kohn logged more than 7,000 miles on his car criss-crossing his home state of Montana. As a Dartmouth College freshman, he was on a mission to find out what his state's tribes thought about...

Dorgan disappointed by Artman's resignation (May 2, 2008)

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said on Thursday he was disappointed by the resignation of assistant secretary Carl Artman. Dorgan helped push Artman's nomination through the Senate. But after a little over...

Editorial: Oklahoma tribal tobacco compact woes (May 2, 2008)

"If the old cigarette compacts with Native American tribes worked so well, why were they abandoned? State Treasurer Scott Meacham has been criticized because the state has lost money on cigarette tax collections for the past four years. Four years...

Native man charged with death of two daughters (May 2, 2008)

A man from the Yellow Quill First Nation in Saskatchewan has been charged with criminal negligence in connection with the deaths of his two daughters. Kaydance Pauchay, 3, and her one-year-old sister, Santana, were found frozen to death on...

California attorney general reaches out to tribes (May 2, 2008)

California attorney general Jerry Brown has stepped up his outreach in Indian Country amid speculation that he is going to run for state governor again. Brown was governor for two terms from 1975 to 1983. Although the state has since...

Newcomb: Anti-Indian rhetoric persists in 2008 (May 2, 2008)

"In October 2007, a letter appeared in The Wall Street Journal titled, ''Tribal 'Nations' Within U.S. Aren't Justified.'' The letter exemplifies an anti-Indian nationhood sentiment still prevalent in the United States. The letter was written in response to a Wall...

Editorial: Artman leaves 'regrettable' legacy (May 2, 2008)

"Carl Artman spent more time waiting to become the head of the BIA than he did in office. After a little more than a year as assistant secretary for Indian affairs, Artman announced that he will leave his post May...

Editorial: Overdue recognition for Lumbee Tribe (May 2, 2008)

"North Carolina's Lumbee tribe moved a precious step closer to full federal recognition last week when the Senate Indian Affairs Committee voted to give the tribe that status. The full Senate should now follow suit. Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard...

Ho-Chunk Nation loses suit over tobacco tax (May 2, 2008)

The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin isn't entitled to a cigarette tax refund, a state appeals court ruled on Thursday. The tribe wanted a refund of an undisclosed amount of taxes paid in 2003 and 2004. The tribe said the...

Lac du Flambeau Band orders removal of group (May 2, 2008)

Tensions continue among members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa who oppose President Victoria Dowd. Dowd's supporters have started their own encampment. The tribal council also ordered the removal of the Ginew group but a...