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Judge rejects Osage Nation brief in Cobell case (June 13, 2008)

A federal judge on Thursday denied an attempt by the Osage Nation to enter the Indian trust fund lawsuit but the status of the tribe's hefty royalties remains at issue as the case heads towards final resolution. The tribe filed...

Editorial: 'Redmen' nickname a symbol of oppression (June 13, 2008)

"This Monday, the School Committee is scheduled to reconsider its vote to do away with Natick High’s "Redmen" nickname. Since the original vote was taken last year, on March 5, to drop the name because it can be understood as...

Traveling vet clinic heads to Hoopa Valley (June 13, 2008)

A traveling veterinary clinic made its annual visit the Hoopa Valley Reservation in northern California this past March. The Remote Area Veterinary Services is run by the Humane Society of the United States and the Fund for Animals. It...

Iowa Supreme Court strikes down ICWA rules (June 13, 2008)

The Iowa Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the state's implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act as unconstitutional. The case involves a 20-year-old member of the Tyme Maidu Tribe of the Berry Creek Rancheria, in California. The woman decided...

Letter: Rep. Watson wrong on Cherokee Freedmen (June 13, 2008)

"In a recent opinion piece by Rep. Diane Watson, D-Calif., she criticized Sen. Barack Obama for being “wrong” on the freedmen issue. Sadly, it is Watson, not Obama, who lacks a complete understanding. Politicians like Obama need to not only...

Editorial: Standing Rock Sioux confront crime (June 13, 2008)

"There’s a violent crime problem on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation that Operation Dakota Peacekeeper is designed to address. The Bureau of Indian Affairs project will supplement local and tribal police forces on Standing Rock with an increased law enforcement...

South Dakota court denies tribal jurisdiction (June 13, 2008)

The South Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday denied tribal jurisdiction in a divorce case from the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation. The court said the state courts have jurisdiction over the divorce of Jay and Deann Langdeau because Deann is a...

Rosebud man gets nearly 20 years for meth (June 13, 2008)

A South Dakota man was sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. Ekueta "Q" Palega, 39, was found guilty in February of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute a controlled...

Magazine: Grand Portage Band a partner in park (June 13, 2008)

"In 1729 a Cree Indian named Auchagah gave a French explorer a simple map drawn on birch bark, using bits of charcoal. It depicted a chain of lakes, rivers, and overland portages that would allow anyone in a kayak...

Lawmaker apologizes for 'hurtful' remarks (June 13, 2008)

A lawmaker in Canada apologized for questioning the $1.9 billion residential school settlement and for suggesting that former students were going to waste the money. Pierre Poilievre is from the same party as Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who delivered...

Artman wrote Freedmen letter before resigning (June 13, 2008)

A day before leaving office, former assistant secretary Carl Artman said the Bureau of Indian Affairs won't take action on the status of the Cherokee Freedmen until courts resolve the issue. Artman was pressured by the Congressional Black Caucus to...

Editorial: Indians short-changed by trustee (June 13, 2008)

"When the Founding Fathers created a constitutional guarantee of speedy trials, it's a good bet they didn't envision having major litigation plodding along 12 years after the filing of a lawsuit. But since its beginning, this particular case has made...

Editorial: An emotional apology from Canada (June 13, 2008)

• MP3: Audio of Apology "Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the House of Commons Wednesday delivered a historic apology intended to alter Canada's sorry relationship with its aboriginal people. Mr. Harper apologized repeatedly for the damages inflicted on generations...

Sacred site up for discussion in New Mexico (June 13, 2008)

The New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee will hold a public meeting on Saturday to discuss protecting the sacred Mount Taylor. In February, the committee made an emergency decision to designate Mount Taylor as a Traditional Cultural Property. Tribes...

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes open college (June 13, 2008)

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of of Oklahoma are the latest to join the tribal college movement. The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College opened this spring. Dr. Henrietta Mann, who is Cheyenne, is serving as the first college president....

House Resources hearing on Utah Navajo trust fund (June 13, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee will hold an oversight hearing next Thursday, June 19, on the Utah Navajo Trust Fund. Under an act of Congress from 1933, Utah manages oil and gas royalties for members of the Navajo Nation who...

Senate Indian Affairs business meeting and hearing (June 13, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a business meeting and hearing next Thursday, June 19. The agenda for the business meeting has not been released. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the committee, said last week that...

Editorial: Make decision on Navajo power plant (June 13, 2008)

"No matter if you're for or against the proposed Desert Rock Power Plant, the time is past for the Environmental Protection Agency to act on an air permit. Diné Power Authority and Houston-based Sithe Global Power applied for the air...

Editorial: $58B trust payout more than fair (June 13, 2008)

"A conclusion to Cobell v. Kempthorne is in sight. The accountability of the U.S. government has been of chief concern to hundreds of thousands of defrauded Indian people, some of whom died poor waiting for this day. The plaintiffs, represented...