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Alaska Native villages quickly losing residents (May 15, 2008)

A new study by the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage shows a rapid decline in population in rural Alaska Native villages. The villages lost 2,700 residents every year in the past two years,...

North Coast Journal: Suicide of Yurok man in county jail (May 15, 2008)

"James Lee Peters spent his 25th birthday last August behind the walls of the Humboldt County Jail, waiting to be taken to a state mental hospital. He spent his previous birthday much the same way. He wouldn't live to...

Adam Beach to promote Native media ventures (May 15, 2008)

Native actor Adam Beach is setting up a media company in Canada to promote Native films, television and music. Beach, who wrapped up his season on the popular NBC show Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, plans to produce...

Little River Band offers reward for missing man (May 15, 2008)

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians of Michigan is offering a $20,000 reward for information about a tribal member who has been missing since 1995. Vincent Adamczak was last seen in August 1995. The Michigan State Police suspect foul...

Legal group wants sovereign immunity reviewed (May 15, 2008)

A conservative-leaning legal group wants the U.S. Supreme Court , or Congress, to review whether tribes are entitled to sovereign immunity. Pacific Legal Foundation, which has represented non-Indians in cases against tribes, asked the high court to review a case...

Makah judge defers prosecution of whalers (May 15, 2008)

A judge for the Makah Nation of Washington deferred prosecution of five rogue whalers after she was unable to convene a jury to hear the case. Judge Stanley Myers called more than 200 people to serve as potential jurors. But...

Bill Clinton campaigns on Pine Ridge Reservation (May 15, 2008)

Former president Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York), on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota on Wednesday. Clinton spoke to about 800 people for 25 minutes. He said his wife would respect tribal sovereignty,...

Jodi Rave: A candidate for the youngest generation (May 15, 2008)

"I was in Pine Ridge almost 10 years ago when the former president [Bill Clinton] spoke outside Pine Ridge High School as part of his U.S. “poverty tour.” The reservation was knighted as an economic empowerment zone in 1998,...

Indian Affairs Committee hearing on five bills (May 15, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is held a hearing this Thursday morning on five bills. The hearing lasted about 1 hour and 20 minutes. You can download audio clips below: • Opening Statements • Testimony Part 1 | Q&A Part...

Soboba couple killed while hiding from police (May 15, 2008)

Two members of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians were hiding behind a tree when they were shot and killed by Riverside County sheriff's deputies, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports. Joseph Arres, 36, and Tamara Angela Hurtado, 30, were involved...

Column: Law and disorder on Soboba Reservation (May 15, 2008)

"If I were a betting man, I wouldn't go near the Soboba Casino. Not until the RivCo sheriff and the Indian reservation declare a cease-fire. Welcome to RivCo's mini Sadr City. I don't pretend to fully understand what's happening out...

Editorial: Fence infringes on Tigua Tribe's rights (May 15, 2008)

"A wall being constructed along this country's southern border is an infringement on everything from good sense to the environment, and now the Tigua Indians can be included on that list. If completed as planned, the fencing could block access...

Search continues for missing Yakama fishermen (May 15, 2008)

Nearly 200 people are continuing the search for three members of the Yakama Nation of Washington who disappeared while fishing. Gailen Espirito, James Peter Jr. and Rommel Strom went fishing on the Columbia River on May 6. They never returned...

Tribes reject state authority under Adam Walsh Act (May 15, 2008)

Most tribes have asserted their authority to develop sex offender registries rather than cede jurisdiction to state governments. In 2006, Congress passed the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. A provision that was drafted without tribal consultation allows states...

Secret Service agent emailed 'joke' about Indians (May 15, 2008)

A U.S. Secret Service supervisor who was in charge of Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Illinois) presidential campaign security detail sent an e-mail to colleagues that included a sex-related "joke" about American Indians. The January 26, 2005, e-mail from Victor Erevia to...

Justice Department official announces resignation (May 15, 2008)

Solicitor General Paul D. Clement, the Department of Justice official in charge of U.S. Supreme Court litigation for the federal government, is resigning his post on June 2. Clement took office in June 2005. During his tenure, he oversaw just...

Interior lists polar bear as protected species (May 15, 2008)

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne on Wednesday announced his decision to list the polar bear as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. Kempthorne based his decision on the degradation of the polar bear habitat in the Arctic. Unless he took...

Opinion: Cherokee community deserves a voice (May 15, 2008)

"Members of the Snowbird community have long maintained traditions, strong Cherokee bloodlines and the language. It’s represented in Tribal Council together with the Cherokee County community, a community that’s largely nontraditional. Tribal members in Cherokee County who can speak...

Judge gives Interior approval to get back online (May 15, 2008)

More than six years after being knocked offline as part of the contentious Indian trust fund lawsuit, the Interior Department was given approval to reconnect all of its systems to the Internet on Wednesday. Judge Royce Lamberth, who has been...