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9th Circuit opinion in Barona Band tax case (June 18, 2008)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today issued an opinion in a tax dispute involving the Barona Band of Mission Indians of California. The unanimous opinion stated that non-Indian entities who perform work for the tribe are not immune from...

Appeals court orders new trial in Abramoff scandal (June 18, 2008)

Federal prosecutors suffered a setback on Tuesday when an appeals court tossed the convictions of one of the players in the Jack Abramoff scandal. David Safavian, a former lobbyist who once represented the National Indian Gaming Association and gaming tribes,...

Column: Native people harmed the environment (June 18, 2008)

"Political correctness portrays untamed America before European invasion as a natural paradise, where Indians maintained an exquisite ecological balance, living in a harmonious, idyllic relationship to the natural world. According to conventional wisdom, this pre-Columbian Eden flourished for peaceful millenia...

Housing complex finally opens on Navajo Nation (June 18, 2008)

A housing complex six years in the making finally opened on the Navajo Nation. The Chaco River Apartment Complex features 96 apartments. Officials said it will provide affordable housing to people who live and work in the Shiprock, New...

DNA links Alaska Natives to man found in glacier (June 18, 2008)

An Alaska Native woman confirmed she is related to a man found in a glacier in Canada. Marilyn Doyle of Juneau is one of 17 people in Alaska and Canada who have been linked to the man named ''Long Ago...

Red Lake man charged with child sexual abuse (June 18, 2008)

A man from the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota was charged with one count of abusive sexual conduct. Clinton James Donnell, 32, is accused of abusing a child under the age of 12. He faces life in prison if convicted....

Mohawk chief loses re-election by three votes (June 18, 2008)

Lorraine White, one of the three chiefs of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York, lost her bid for re-election by three votes. White could have asked for a recount but said she would heed voters' wishes. She will...

Rep. Boren now says he will vote for Sen. Obama (June 18, 2008)

Rep. Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma), a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention, says he will vote for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) despite questioning the "liberal" record of his party's presumptive presidential nominee. Last week, Boren issued a statement and said he...

Citizen Potawatomi Nation gets water service deal (June 18, 2008)

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma won approval to provide water service in Pottawatomie County over the objections of some local governments. The tribe is the only one in Oklahoma with its own water district. The tribe provides service to...

First Nation in Manitoba loses water service (June 18, 2008)

Correction: The Roseau River First Nation is based in Manitoba, not Saskatchewan as incorrectly reported in the first version of this post. Indianz.Com apologizes for forcing the band to move during the water crisis. The Roseau River First Nation of...

Cowlitz Tribe to pay tribute to late John Barnett (June 18, 2008)

The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington is mourning the loss of its chairman John Barnett, who died on Sunday at the age of 73. The tribe is holding a public viewing on Friday and two memorials, on Saturday and Sunday,...

Deaths of three Arapaho girls still investigated (June 18, 2008)

Authorities have yet to determine the causes of death of three young members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming. The girls -- ages 13, 14 and 15 -- were found dead in a housing complex on the Wind River...

Bush seeks to end ban on offshore drilling (June 18, 2008)

President Bush is lending his support to efforts to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling, the White House said. Drilling is banned by an executive order issued by Bush's father in 1990. Congress also prohibits new drilling through appropriations law....

Indian delegates look forward to DNC in Denver (June 18, 2008)

A record number of Indian delegates will attend the Democratic National Convention in August. Four superdelegates and about 150 delegates -- more than twice the number from the 2000 convention -- will represent American Indians and Alaska Natives. A...

First lawsuits filed over Oneida land-into-trust (June 18, 2008)

The first two lawsuits were filed against the Interior Department to challenge the acquisition of 13,000 acres in trust for the Oneida Nation of New York. Upstate Citizens for Equality filed suit in federal court in New York. The group...

Judge rejects new trial in Narragansett raid (June 18, 2008)

A judge in Rhode Island refused to grant a new trial for three leaders of the Narragansett Tribe who were arrested during the state's July 14, 2003, raid of the reservation. Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas and council members Randy...

Live Wire: Eagle feathers and Native Americans (June 18, 2008)

"Q: Why hasn’t the point been made that it is illegal to possess eagle feathers unless they are given by the government? — C.W., Fayetteville A: You’re mostly right. Federal law restricts possession of eagle feathers — or any...

Miccosukee Tribe sues over Everglades highway (June 18, 2008)

The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida filed suit against the Department of Transportation to stop the relocation of a highway in the Everglades National Park. The tribe says the department failed to consider the environmental impacts of the project. Plans call...

Puyallup Tribe elects new council member (June 18, 2008)

The Puyallup Tribe of Washington welcomed its newest council member on Tuesday. Nancy Shippentower-Games is president of a group called Full Circle. The group has been critical of the way other council members have handled tribal business. Three Full Circle...

Yellow Bird: Adventures that stir the spirit (June 18, 2008)

"There are adventurers in our region today who I envy. Participants in the Red River International Bike Tour started biking on Monday, and even more intriguing are the two teen-age canoeists, Colton Witte and Sean Bloomfield, who paddled from...

Witness list for Senate hearing on law and order (June 18, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a business meeting and a hearing tomorrow on a draft bill to address law and order in Indian Country. The meeting starts at 9:30am. The agenda hasn't been released yet. The hearing focuses on...