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Obama wants courts to resolve Freedmen dispute (May 9, 2008)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois), the leading Democratic presidential candidate, says Congress shouldn't intervene in the Cherokee Freedmen dispute. Obama said he doesn't support the Cherokee Nation's ouster of the Freedmen, who are the descendants of former African slaves. But he...

Appeals court reinstates charges in eagle taking case (May 9, 2008)

Tribal religious ceremonies are not exempt from the reach of the law, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday. In a case being watched closely across Indian Country, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated misdemeanor charges against a member...

Nez Perce Tribe investigates alleged assault of child (May 9, 2008)

The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho is investigating an alleged sexual assault of a child on the reservation. The tribe wouldn't comment in detail about the alleged crime. But tribal police are on the lookout for a felon who has...

Kevin Abourezk: Obama and McCain on Indians (May 9, 2008)

"As the Democratic nomination race edges closer to a conclusion, Native people are increasingly faced with a new question. Should they support Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. John McCain ? It's widely accepted that Native people vote Democratic. Most state...

New Mexico museum exhibits Indian comics (May 9, 2008)

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is hosting an exhibit on Indian comic art. The exhibit features artists like Santana Shorty, Rose Bean Simpson and Marty Two Bulls. The works challenge stereotypes about...

Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe honors fallen officer (May 9, 2008)

The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe and hundreds of law enforcement personnel paid tribute on Thursday to the first tribal officer to die in the line of duty. Adam Menuez, 27, was responding to a call on the reservation when he lost...

Tulalip Tribes to collect child support payments (May 9, 2008)

The Tulalip Tribes of Washington will start collecting child support payments next year. Collections will be enforced against tribal and non-tribal parents. The tribe and the state will work together to ensure the payments are made. Catherine Bryan of the...

Fund established for Cheyenne River fire victims (May 9, 2008)

A fund has been established for the family who lost two children in a house fire on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Wenona Rooks lost Keya, 4, and Marvin, 2, in the May 2 fire, which destroyed...

New Mexico selects Indian superdelegate (May 9, 2008)

A fourth Indian superdelegate will play a role in deciding the Democratic Party's nominee for president. On April 26, Laurie Weahkee, of Cochiti Pueblo and Zuni Pueblo, was chosen as a superdelegate by the New Mexico Democratic party. Until then,...

Jury awards $1.3M to non-Indian couple (May 9, 2008)

A federal jury has awarded $1.3 million to a non-Indian couple that said they were the victims of discrimination at Santa Ana Pueblo in New Mexico. Bob and Sue Burrell sued the tribe and several tribal officials after they were...

Judge refuses to close Frank's Landing smoke shop (May 9, 2008)

A federal judge on Thursday refused to order the Frank's Landing Indian Community of Washington to stop selling tobacco at its smoke shop. The Nisqually Tribe sought a preliminary injunction to shut down the smoke shop. The tribe says Frank's...

Soboba man killed in gunfight on reservation (May 9, 2008)

A 26-year-old member of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians was killed on Thursday in a gunfight with Riverside County, California sheriff's deputies. The Riverside Press-Enterprise said the deputies were patrolling the reservation when they came under fire. Eli...

David Gipp: Award recognizes Keeble's heroism (May 9, 2008)

"It was heartwarming to learn that the late Woodrow Keeble has been selected for North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award. Many North Dakotans and Americans have only recently learned of Master Sgt. Keeble’s heroism in the Korean War....

Fletcher: Land-into-trust 'under attack' (May 9, 2008)

"In 2000, at the end of the Clinton administration, the [Interior] secretary actually reached the final stages of the process to promulgate gaming related trust acquisition regulations. But one of the first actions of the Bush administration under Secretary Gale...

Lynne Harlan: USET brings tribes together (May 9, 2008)

"This week the Eastern Band of Cherokee hosted the tribal consortium which is known as USET, the United South and Eastern Tribes. The Eastern Band along with several other tribes began USET nearly 40 years ago as a means...

Omaha Tribe holds meeting to set future goals (May 9, 2008)

The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska held a two-day meeting to discuss its future goals. The tribe has set two main goals. The first is to ensure tribal members have a greater say in tribal decisions. The second is to...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe to replace council member (May 9, 2008)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan will hold a special election July 8 to replace a council member who was ousted for failing drug tests. Whoever wins the election will serve the remainder of David Sowmick's term. The term expires...

Bush signs Mashantucket Pequot bill into law (May 9, 2008)

President Bush signed S.2457, a bill for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut, into law on Thursday. The bill authorizes the tribe to lease certain lands for up to 75 years. Current law restricts the leases to 25 years....