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Oneida Nation wins approval of land-into-trust application (May 21, 2008)

Three years after losing a major U.S. Supreme Court case, the Oneida Nation of New York declared success on Tuesday after winning approval of its controversial land-into-trust application. The tribe lost most of the land within its 250,000-acre reservation through...

North Dakota tribe eyes oil and gas development (May 21, 2008)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is hoping to attract oil and gas development to the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. The reservation sits within the Bakken Formation, a large repository of oil. The tribe has seen development...

More than half of foster care kids are Native (May 21, 2008)

Native people are only 6 percent of the population in Alberta but Native kids represent 59 percent of the foster care population. The numbers show that more Native kids are going into foster care. In 2003, 54 percent of children...

Maine tribes assert sovereign status in state (May 21, 2008)

Maine tribes are continuing their efforts to assert their sovereign status in a state that they say doesn't respect their rights. The Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet and Micmac tribes signed land claim settlements that ceded some authority to the state. As...

Sen. Clinton courts Indian vote in South Dakota (May 21, 2008)

With the Democratic primary campaign down to its final races, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) is courting the Indian vote in South Dakota. Clinton, who is planning another visit to the state this Friday, said the Bush administration has neglected...

Navajo Nation audit faults dealings with company (May 21, 2008)

Navajo Nation Council delegates said the tribe made a huge mistake by getting into business with a convicted felon. The Navajo Division of Economic Development failed to investigate the background of Hak Ghun, the former CEO of BCDS Manufacturing Inc....

Indian inmates involved in deadly prison fight (May 21, 2008)

A fight between an American Indian inmate and an African-American inmate turned into a deadly brawl at the Oklahoma State Reformatory on Monday. The prison remained on lockdown on Tuesday following the deaths of two inmates. Both men were African-American....

The Native Voice: On the trail with Sen. Obama (May 21, 2008)

After historic rallies in Oregon and Montana this week, followed by another primary victory, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) was poised to claim the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday. Obama won the Oregon primary by a large margin yesterday. Although...

Senate hearing on backlogs at Interior Department (May 21, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a follow up hearing on Thursday on the status of backlogs at the Interior Department. The committee heard from assistant secretary Carl Artman on the issue back in October 2007. Artman, who is...

Mole Lake Band dedicates statue of Chief Ackley (May 21, 2008)

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community of Wisconsin, also known as the Mole Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, dedicated a 5,000-pound statue of renowned Chief Williard Leroy Ackley. Ackley starting leading the tribe in the late 1920s. He helped establish the...

Turtle Mountain Band takes care of Metis cemetery (May 21, 2008)

The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians held a ceremony at a Metis cemetery in Pembina County, North Dakota, on Tuesday. The tribe gained custody of the 10-acre site in 2001. There was some controversy when a Metis group...

Editorial: Nisqually Tribe helps plan for future (May 21, 2008)

"The city of Olympia and the Nisqually tribe have entered into a memorandum of understanding calling for the creation of a Nisqually well field that could supply water by 2012. Under the agreement, Olympia's longtime water source, McAllister Springs, will...

City opposes Pechanga Band land transfer bill (May 21, 2008)

The city of Temecula, California, is objecting to a bill that would transfer 1,178 acres to the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. City manager Shawn Nelson said he is worried the tribe might use the land for purposes other than...

Opinion: Freedmen were never Cherokee citizens (May 21, 2008)

"James Dellinger and Phil Brand must believe if they tell a lie long enough, people will believe them. In their article, "Don’t Free Hawaii!" they have used erroneous information to bolster their argument against not only the Native people of...

Blackfeet Nation seeks housing case rehearing (May 21, 2008)

The Blackfeet Nation of Montana has asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear a tribal housing case. In a March 19 decision, the court held the tribe liable for conditions at homes that were built with federal...

BIA to be fully online in a couple of months (May 21, 2008)

The Interior Department will be completely connected to the Internet in a couple of months, a top official told Federal Computer Week. Interior will connect the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Office of Special Trustee, the Office of Historical Trust...