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North Carolina Lumbee vote goes to Sen. Clinton (May 8, 2008)

North Carolina isn't known as a state with a large Indian vote. According to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, only 1.1 percent of the population is Indian. But Indian voters in the state, which held its Democratic...

Letter: A solution to Cherokee Freedmen issue (May 8, 2008)

"Since the Cherokee freedmen controversy has been making headlines and Cherokee Principal Chief Chad Smith and others who support disenfranchising the freedmen keep saying, “It’s a tribe’s right to say who its members are,” I have decided to make a...

Indian youth attend suicide prevention workshop (May 8, 2008)

More than 100 students at a high school on the Navajo Nation attended a suicide prevention workshop on Tuesday and Wednesday. Clayton Small, a member of the Northern Cheyenne. Tribe of Montana, developed the program specifically for Indian youth....

Mother and daughter graduate from Haskell University (May 8, 2008)

A mother and daughter from the Warm Springs Tribes of Oregon will receive their degrees from Haskell Indian Nations University on Friday. Ashley Aguilar was studying for her associate’s degree in business administration when she felt homesick. So she...

Northern Cheyenne man sentenced for assault (May 8, 2008)

A man from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana was sentenced to five years in prison for a serious assault on the mother of his child. Kevin Whiteman, 37, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He admitted...

Judge clears Oglala Sioux police in death lawsuit (May 8, 2008)

A federal judge has cleared police officers for the Oglala Sioux Tribe for causing the death of a man on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Judge Andrew Bogue said the officers were not guilty of negligence for Nathan...

Two charged with murder of missing Native teen (May 8, 2008)

Two men from the Little Black Bear First Nation in Saskatchewan have been charged with first-degree murder for the death of 19-year-old Amber Redman. Redman was Lakota from the Standing Buffalo First Nation. She was last seen in July...

Senate panel approves Navajo Nation water rights bill (May 8, 2008)

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved S.1171, a bill to settle the water rights of the Navajo Nation, on Wednesday. The bill recognizes the tribe's right to about 600,000 acre-feet of the San Juan River in New...

Kickapoo Tribe dedicates $400K judicial center (May 8, 2008)

The Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas dedicated its $400,000 judicial and law enforcement center on Wednesday. The facility will house the tribe's criminal and civil courts, police, and social services. Other programs, including methamphetamine prevention and child support enforcement, also...

Pascua Yaqui school gets visit from Shaquille O'Neal (May 8, 2008)

Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O'Neal visited a high school on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation in Arizona on Wednesday. O'Neal warned students about the dangers of the Internet. He presented a $75,000 from the Pascua Yaqui Tribe to the Tempe...

Grand Traverse Band: Land-into-trust suit 'fruitless' (May 8, 2008)

An attorney for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians says a lawsuit challenging the Michigan tribe's land-into-trust lawsuit is "fruitless." The tribe wants about 22 acres placed in trust. A group of property owners, however, claims the...

Another honor for Native veteran Woody Keeble (May 8, 2008)

The late Master Sgt. Woodrow Wilson Keeble, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, will receive the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, North Dakota’s highest honor. The award will be presented to Keeble's family this summer. It comes after President...

Ho-Chunk Inc. names chief financial officer (May 8, 2008)

Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, has named a new chief financial officer. Dennis Johnson is a member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians of Minnesota. He has been serving as controller...

House hearing on Missouri River compensation bill (May 8, 2008)

Update: At around 10:30am, the subcommittee went into recess for a vote on the House floor that is expected to take around 40 minutes. Chairman Jandreau testified before the recess. The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water and Power,...

Editorial: Clarity on Oneida Nation land-into-trust (May 8, 2008)

"Rep. Michael Arcuri and U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton need to join U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer in urging the Interior Department to hold off on the Oneida Indian Nation's land-into-trust application until all unresolved issues are addressed. Last week, we...

Puyallup Tribe donates $685K to Tacoma zoo (May 8, 2008)

The Puyallup Tribe of Washington is donating $685,000 over the next five years to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma. The donation will help fund a new red wolf exhibit at the zoo. The zoo will be...

Brother of Cheyenne River fire victims indicted (May 8, 2008)

The 18-year-old brother of two children who were killed in a fire on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota has been indicted in connection with their deaths. Akeem Rooks was charged in federal court with intentionally setting the...

Duwamish Tribe sues to gain federal recognition (May 8, 2008)

The Duwamish Tribe of Washington filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in hopes of gaining federal recognition. The tribe won a favorable decision in the final days of the Clinton administration in January 2001. The decision was reversed by the Bush...

Jodi Rave: Native American Bank CEO put on leave (May 8, 2008)

"The CEO and president of the Native American Bank, the only multi-tribe-owned national bank in the country, has been placed on administrative leave. “I'm shocked and surprised,” said J.D. Colbert on Wednesday. The NAB board of directors will meet Friday...