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Interior delays decision on Oneida land-into-trust (May 7, 2008)

The Interior Department has delayed a decision on the Oneida Nation's land-into-trust application. A decision was due early this month. But it has been pushed back, partly to respond to questions raised by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York), who wants...

Better Native count sought for 2010 Census (May 7, 2008)

The U.S. Census Bureau can do a better job at counting American Indians and Alaska Natives, officials were told at a meeting in Great Falls, Montana, on Tuesday. The 2000 Census identified 4,000 Native Americans in Cascade County. But local...

10th Circuit rejects Native man's appeal (May 7, 2008)

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the drunken-driving conviction of a Native man in New Mexico. Gordon House, who is Navajo and Oneida, was convicted in state court for a Christmas Eve 1992 crash that killed a...

Pojoaque Pueblo plans community kitchen (May 7, 2008)

Pojoaque Pueblo in northern New Mexico is laying plans for a commercial community kitchen that will help small businesses. Vicente Roybal, the tribe's director of agricultural resources, said he was motivated by the success of commercial kitchens elsewhere in the...

Cheyenne River chair opposes Black Hills payout (May 7, 2008)

Joe Brings Plenty, the chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, is opposing an effort to distribute a settlement for the theft of the sacred Black Hills. Brings Plenty said the Sioux Nation doesn't want money. "Those...

Hog farm operator challenges tribal jurisdiction (May 7, 2008)

The operators of a proposed hog farm in Charles Mix County, South Dakota, are headed to federal court to challenge the jurisdiction of the Yankton Sioux Tribe. Long View Farm of Iowa says the tribe lacks authority over the operation....

Appeals court hears Cherokee Freedmen dispute (May 7, 2008)

A federal appeals court on Tuesday pressed the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma to explain why the tribe hasn't lost the right to determine its own membership. In March 2007, tribal voters amended their constitution to deny citizenship to the Freedmen,...

Ex-Oglala Sioux official pleads guilty to drug charge (May 7, 2008)

Don Garnier, a former council member for the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, has pleaded guilty to a drug charge in New Mexico. Garnier, 38, admitted to possession with intent to distribute less than 50 kilograms of marijuana. He...

Third defendant guilty for attack on Native man (May 7, 2008)

A jury in Farmington, New Mexico, found a 22-year-old man guilty of attacking a Native man. Scott Thompson was found guilty of kidnapping and aggravated battery but was cleared of hate crimes charges. Prosecutors said Thompson and two other men...

Yellow Bird: Leaps in America's multiracial society (May 7, 2008)

"When I read about the death on Friday of Mildred Jeter Loving, who is known for the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that struck down laws against interracial marriage, it was as if this story was from some foreign...

Native girl faces charges for vehicle rollover (May 7, 2008)

A 14-year-old girl from the Long Plain First Nation in Manitoba faces charges for stealing her grandmother's car and taking other children for a ride that ended in a rollover. The girl packed five kids -- including a one-year-old boy...

Fire on Mescalero Reservation mostly contained (May 7, 2008)

A fire on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in southern New Mexico has been 65 percent contained as of Tuesday. Crews from multiple agencies have held the fire steady at 3,860 acres. More than 450 firefighters were battling the blaze, which...

Arrest made in connection with Cheyenne River fire (May 7, 2008)

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with a house fire on the reservation. The fire killed two children in the remote community of Cherry Creek. The victims were Keya Rooks, 4,...

Newberry College drops 'Indians' nickname (May 7, 2008)

The board of trustees of Newberry College in South Carolina voted to eliminate the school's "Indians" nickname. The NCAA had placed Newberry on the list of institutions with "hostile" and "abusive" mascots. So the board eliminated the name in...

Witness list for House hearing on Missouri River bills (May 7, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water and Power, will hold a hearing on Thursday on H.R.155, the Lower Brule and Crow Creek Tribal Compensation Act. The bill compensates the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and the Crow Creek Sioux...

Sen. McCain vows to appoint conservative judges (May 7, 2008)

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) said on Tuesday he will appoint more conservative judges if he is elected president. McCain cited Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. as the "model" for his nominees. To...

Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton share primary victories (May 7, 2008)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) won the Democratic primary in North Carolina on Tuesday while Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) won the vote in Indiana. Obama won 56 percent of the vote in North Carolina, compared to 42 percent for...