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Cobell judge rejects early end to landmark trial (June 17, 2008)

The federal judge handling the Indian trust fund lawsuit said on Monday he will wait until he hears all of the evidence before ruling in the landmark case. Judge James Robertson began hearing testimony last Monday to determine how much...

Audio: Cobell discusses trust fund trial on NPR (June 17, 2008)

Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, appeared on NPR's Tell Me More program on Monday. Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, discussed the history of the case. She said Indian trust beneficiaries...

Fort Belknap Reservation school destroyed in fire (June 17, 2008)

A Catholic school on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana was destroyed by fire on Sunday. The classroom, offices and cafeteria were completely destroyed, the administrator for the Gros Ventre and the Assiniboine Tribes said. The gymnasium saw extensive water...

National prayer days for sacred sites on June 20-21 (June 17, 2008)

The sixth annual National Days of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places will be observed across the country on June 20 and June 21. The day highlights the dangers posed to sacred places like Mount Taylor in New Mexico....

Workers end strike at mine near Crow Reservation (June 17, 2008)

Workers at a coal mine near the Crow Reservation in Montana ended their strike on Monday after accepting a new employment contract. The 125 workers, who are represented by the International Union of Operating Engineers, walked out on June...

Pot dating back 1,000 years found in New Mexico (June 17, 2008)

A piece of pottery dating back more than 1,000 years was found by police officers in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The pot was uncovered during a raid of a chop shop. Police suspect someone might have tried to trade it...

Cause of fire that killed three boys determined (June 17, 2008)

Careless disposal of smoking materials caused a fire that killed three boys on the Pukatawagan Reserve in Manitoba, officials said. Brothers Troi Castel-Lapansee, 3, and Robert Castel-Lapansee Jr., 4, and their cousin, Letrel Bighetty-Castel, 5, died in the March...

Natives account for 69 percent of new HIV cases (June 17, 2008)

Native people account for 69 percent of new HIV cases in Regina, Saskatchewan, according to data for 2007.. The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region said more and more Native people are testing positive for HIV. In 2003, Natives were 43 percent...

BIA students compete in national poetry contest (June 17, 2008)

A group of students from the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico will compete in the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in Washington, D.C., next month. Nolan Eskeets (Navajo), April Chavez (Pueblo/Navajo) and Santana Shorty...

Sen. McCain seeks end to offshore drilling ban (June 17, 2008)

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the presumptive Republican nominee for president, said he wants to end the federal government's ban on offshore oil drilling. McCain, the former chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said offshore development would decrease America's dependence...

Vandals hit businesses on Omaha Reservation (June 17, 2008)

Business owners in a town on the Omaha Reservation say the U.S. Attorney's Office in Nebraska is failing to prosecute incidences of vandalism. Vandals have hit businesses in Walthill two weekends in a row. Even the Walthill Senior Center...

Massachusetts school drops 'Redmen' nickname (June 17, 2008)

The "Redmen" nickname is no more at the Natick High School in Massachusetts after more than a year of debate. A school committee said the name was offensive to Native Americans. But supporters vowed to challenge the decision and...

John Barnett, longtime Cowlitz chairman, dies at 73 (June 17, 2008)

John Barnett, the longtime chairman of the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington, died over the weekend. He was 73. Barnett was elected chair in 1982. He led the tribe's federal recognition effort, which succeeded in 2000. Barnett soon began the...

Opinion: US owes apology to Native peoples (June 17, 2008)

"Canada said sorry (last) Wednesday. Four months earlier, it was Australia. Now it's our turn. Canada's apology follows a similar one by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to the Aboriginal peoples in February of this year. Like in Canada, young...

Idaho Democrats have five Native delegates (June 17, 2008)

Montana Democrats are sending five Native Americans to the Democratic National Convention in August. The Native delegates include Kassie Cerami, who is a delegate for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) and was one of the early organizers for his campaign in...

Indian enrollment drops drastically in Nevada (June 17, 2008)

American Indian and Alaska Native enrollment at the Nevada's two universities has dropped dramatically. At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Indian enrollment dropped by 50 percent. The Reno university also saw a drop in minority students. The decline is...

Man described as Indian wanted for murders (June 17, 2008)

Authorities in Oklahoma are looking for a man described as American Indian in connection with the murders of two young girls. A $30,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest of the man. He is described...