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Top BIA post filled by career employee (May 28, 2008)

With just eight months left in the Bush administration, the Interior Department. continues to search for a new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, a top official said on Tuesday. But in the meantime, deputy secretary P. Lynn Scarlett,...

Apache woman accused of stealing from tribe (May 28, 2008)

Emily Anne Saupitty, a former official for the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, has been charged with 33 counts of embezzlement. Saupitty is accused of setting up a bank account for the Apache Tax Commission. She used the account to take...

Things NEVER to say to an Indian co-worker (May 28, 2008)

"Societal concerns over the proper way to address American Indians are not new. You may hesitate over calling someone an American Indian rather than a Native American, though our sources prefer American Indian (after their tribal identification). But what else...

Sen. Clinton interview with South Dakota paper (May 28, 2008)

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader publishes its interview with presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York), who brings her presidential campaign to the Pine Ridge Reservation today. Clinton addresses Indian and other South Dakota issues in the interview. The...

First public meeting on Makah Nation whaling (May 28, 2008)

The first of three public meetings on the Makah Nation's whaling plan takes place today in Port Angeles, Washington. The public is being asked to comment on an environmental impact statement. The EIS identifies six alternatives, including a "no hunt"...

EPA taps Makah man for regional adviser post (May 28, 2008)

Jim Woods, a member of the Makah Nation of Washington, has been named senior adviser for regional tribal policy to the Environmental Protection Agency. Woods will advise Region 10 of the EPA. The region covers more than 250 tribes...

Tigua Tribe to join lawsuit over US-Mexico fence (May 28, 2008)

The Tigua Tribe of Texas is joining a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the U.S.-Mexico border fence. The tribe is based in El Paso, near the border. The fence, once it is completed, will block access to an important...

Oneida Nation set for agreement with county (May 28, 2008)

The Oneida Nation and Brown County, Wisconsin, are close to finalizing a municipal services agreement. The tribe and the county have been negotiating since 2003, when the prior agreement expired. The tribe is expected to pay the county $500,000 a...

NAIHC praises passage of housing reauthorization (May 28, 2008)

The National American Indian Housing Council says it will work with the House and the Senate to ensure the Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act gets to President Bush. The Senate passed S.2062, a bill to reauthorize NAHASDA, on May...

Oneida employees pleased by land-into-trust ruling (May 28, 2008)

Employees of the Oneida Nation of New York say they can rest east knowing the tribe's land-into-trust application was approved. With over 5,000 employees, the tribe is among the largest employers in the area.. But some of those jobs were...

Stockbridge-Munsees weigh land-into-trust suit (May 28, 2008)

The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin might sue the Interior Department over the Oneida land-into-trust application. The Stockbridge-Munsee Band was based in New York before being removed to Wisconsin. The tribe has claimed land that is now owned...

Thieves snatch priceless works by late Haida artist (May 28, 2008)

Twelve priceless gold works by the late Haida artist Bill Reid were among items stolen in a brazen theft at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia last Friday. The museum is offering a $50,000 reward...

Native woman killed in crash after lacrosse game (May 28, 2008)

A 38-year-old teacher's assistant from the Carry the Kettle First Nation in Saskatchewan died in a car accident on Monday night. The woman was driving a children's lacrosse team home from a game when their van collided with another vehicle....

Shinnecock Nation revives oyster hatchery (May 28, 2008)

The Shinnecock Nation of New York has revived its oyster hatchery, carrying on a long tribal tradition. The tribe started oystering in the 1970s and 1980s but the effort ended due to management conflicts and environmental woes, The New York...

Editorial: Forest reaches out to Leech Lake Band (May 28, 2008)

"It seems fitting that as the Chippewa National Forest celebrates its 100th anniversary as a national forest, that its partners actively seek a relationship to plan for the next 100 years. U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., got that off...

Cocopah Tribe buys property for $9M in cash (May 28, 2008)

The Cocopah Tribe paid $9 million -- in cash -- for a long-vacant building in Yuma, Arizona. The building once housed a K-Mart but the store closed in 2003. Since then, it's been sitting vacant. The tribe bought the...

Yellow Bird: Remembering all relatives a big chore (May 28, 2008)

"Remembering who our relatives are may be simple for some. But for families on reservations, it can be a chore because we have such big families. One sad and memorable day, we all gathered at the hospital because Wesley...

NYT Critic: NAGPRA hurts cultural heritage (May 28, 2008)

"To what culture does the concept of “cultural property” belong? Who owns this idea? It has, like much material property in the last 50 years, often changed hands. And in doing so, it has also changed meanings and grown in...

Sen. Clinton campaigns on Flathead Reservation (May 28, 2008)

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York) campaigned on the Flathead Reservation in Montana, home to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, on Tuesday. Clinton spoke to an estimated 1,200 people at Salish Kootenai College. She said she would be a...

Top positions vacant or temporarily filled (May 28, 2008)

Nearly half of the Bush administration's top positions are vacant or are being filled on a temporary basis, The Washington Post reports. The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice appear to have the most vacancies....