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Gaming rule poses major time sink for tribes and BIA (May 30, 2008)

Tribes wait years, and sometimes even decades, to complete the land-into-trust process. A new rule from the Bureau of Indian Affairs put a raw stamp on just how much time and money it really takes. Tribes who want to open...

Kevin Abourezk: Sen. McCain makes Indian pledge (May 30, 2008)

"Sen. John McCain exploded onto Indian Country's radar this week, promising to create a tribal government position within the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. During a meeting with the All Indian Pueblo Council and Navajo Nation delegates on Monday,...

Navajo student killed in accident in Arizona (May 30, 2008)

Byron Yellowhair, a 24-year-old member of the Navajo Nation who was one year away from graduating from Arizona State University, was killed in a pedestrian-vehicle accident in Phoenix. Yellowhair was hit as many as 20 times by multiple vehicles...

Editorial: To Sen. Obama on Montana's tribes (May 30, 2008)

"Welcome, Sen. Obama, back to Big Sky Country. And welcome to Great Falls. Montana has seven reservations and a sizable population of "landless" Native Americans. Four of those reservations and the largest concentration of the landless Indians are in the...

Former BIA officer acquitted of sexual assault (May 30, 2008)

A former Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer was acquitted of sexually abusing a young girl on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. Gerald Hill, 62, was tried twice. He was found guilty in 2006 but the 9th Circuit Court...

BIA publishes federal recognition decisions (May 30, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs published two federal recognition decisions in the Federal Register today. Both cases affect tribes from Louisiana. One is the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe and the other is the Biloxi, Chitimacha Confederation of Muskogees. In both cases,...

Editorial: Sen. Clinton better on Indian issues (May 30, 2008)

"For the first time in memory, every state will play a role in choosing a nominee for the nation's highest office. Some of those parts are small, but not ours: as one of the last two primary elections, South Dakota...

DOI superiors had 'problems' with Majel Russell (May 30, 2008)

Interior Department superiors had "problems" with Majel Russell, a factor that played into the resignation of assistant secretary Carl Artman, Indian Country Today reports. Russell, a member of the Crow Tribe of Montana, serves as principal deputy assistant secretary at...

Opinion: John McCain, a passion for doing right (May 30, 2008)

"It's been nearly 20 years since I sat next to Sen. John McCain in a helicopter flying over the White Mountains, but I remember my impression of the man: a steady gaze, keen intellect and a passion to do what...

Steve Russell: The Indian view on climate change (May 30, 2008)

"Years before Al Gore's ''An Inconvenient Truth,'' the Internet sounded the alarm for those of us who talk to Inuit or Athabascan Indians. Animals, they said, were turning up in the wrong places or at the wrong times, or failing...

Opinion: Get rid of assistant secretary position (May 30, 2008)

"Since 1974, I have watched a long line of sincere men enter full of hope and ideas, only to leave disillusioned and targets of tribal dissidents. Please believe me. It would not make a difference if the AS-IA was an...

Tribal leaders encouraged by campaign visits (May 30, 2008)

Elected leaders of two South Dakota tribes say they are encouraged by the visits to their state by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-New York). Carol Crazy Thunder O'Rourke, a council member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe,...

Navajo parents march on BIA school in New Mexico (May 30, 2008)

Navajo parents continued their protest of a Bureau of Indian Affairs school in New Mexico. The parents say administrators at Dzilth-na-o-dith-hle Community School are acting in secret and issuing unfair policies. Some former employees back up the allegations. The...

County official blames Soboba leaders for violence (May 30, 2008)

A supervisor in Riverside County, California, said leaders of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians deserve some of the blame for violent incidents on the reservation. Third District Supervisor Jeff Stone suggested that the violence will continue without a change...

Isolated tribe photographed in Amazon jungle (May 30, 2008)

The Brazilian government photographed members of an isolated tribe in the Amazon jungle near the border with Peru. The Brazilian National Indian Foundation, a government agency known as Funai, took photos of the tribe's village and some men and...

Proposed regulation allows guns in national parks (May 30, 2008)

The Bush administration has proposed a regulation to allow visitors to national parks to carry loaded, concealed weapons. Visitors are currently required to keep guns stored and unloaded. The regulation would lift the ban in some parks, wildlife refuges...

Sho-Ban council censors tribal newspaper letters (May 30, 2008)

Two members of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho are upset because their letters to the tribal newspaper weren't published. Wesley Edmo and Marcia Hall found out that tribal leaders barred the publication of the letters in the Sho-Ban News. They...

Spelling bee contestant eliminated for 'Sioux' (May 30, 2008)

A spelling bee contestant from Indiana was eliminated after being tripped up by the word "Sioux." Austin Hoke, a 14-year-old eighth grade student, misspelled the word as "Sou." He was eliminated in the second round of the Scripps National Spelling...