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Appeals court cites gaming to weaken tribe's sovereignty (June 19, 2008)

A California tribe can't market an "exemption" to the state's sales tax, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday. In a unanimous opinion, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the Barona Band of Mission Indians can't protect non-Indian contractors...

Nooksack woman prepares for 100th birthday (June 19, 2008)

The Nooksack Tribe of Washington will be honoring the oldest member of its community next month. Beatrice Cline turns 100 on July 16. She was born into the Snoqualmie Tribe but became part of the Nooksack Tribe after she...

Osage Nation sees big increase in oil lease bids (June 19, 2008)

The Osage Nation of Oklahoma reported $643,900 in oil lease bids at a live auction on Wednesday. Thirty-six leases were offered and all of them sold. Sixteen went for more than $20,000 each and one went for about $43,000, the...

Programs seeks to create Native entrepreneurs (June 19, 2008)

Young Native Americans in Montana are attending the first annual First People's Youth Entrepreneurship Camp at the University of Great Falls. Seventeen students are attending the camp, which focuses on 13- and 14-year-old students. They are lured with promises...

Judge rules hog farm not under tribal jurisdiction (June 19, 2008)

The operators of a hog farm in Charles Mix County, South Dakota, is not under jurisdiction of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. Tribal members sought to stop construction of the hog farm, saying it was...

Seven indicted in drug ring on Pine Ridge Reservation (June 19, 2008)

Seven people have been indicted on charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine and marijuana on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Federal prosecutors say the seven have been involved in a drug ring since 2002. The defendants pleaded not...

Another delay sought in Aquash murder trial (June 19, 2008)

Lawyers for a Native man from Canada who is accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash are seeking to delay his trial. John Graham is scheduled to go to trial in September. His attorneys want to...

House Resources hearing on Utah Navajo trust fund (June 19, 2008)

The House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing this morning on the Utah Navajo Trust Fund. The hearing starts at 10am and lasted about an hour and 18 minutes. Audio clips follow: • Opening Statements Panel 1 - Testimony...

Senate Indian Affairs business meeting and hearing (June 19, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a business meeting and a hearing this morning. Seven items were on the agenda for the business meeting. They were: 1. Subpoena to order the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior to...

First Nations concerned about police shootings (June 19, 2008)

The leader of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations says law enforcement officers in the province have adopted a "shoot and ask questions later" when it comes to Native people. Chief Lawrence Joseph has asked the province to discuss the...

Water service restored to First Nation in Manitoba (June 19, 2008)

Water service was restored to the Roseau River First Nation in Manitoba on Wednesday. The Pembina Valley Water Co-operative shut off service on Tuesday, citing four months of unpaid bills. Most homes on the reserve, along with some businesses,...

Osage Nation seeks to intervene in Cobell case (June 19, 2008)

After its friend of the court brief was rejected, the Osage Nation of Oklahoma is now seeking to intervene in the Indian trust fund lawsuit as the case heads to final resolution. The tribe wants to intervene for the "limited"...

En Francais: Elouise Cobell ready for battle (June 19, 2008)

"Dans la salle d'audience, sa veste en soie jaune tranche sur les costumes sombres des avocats. Elouise Cobell a le regard combatif. Au nom de la nation Blackfeet du Montana, elle a porté plainte en 1996 contre le gouvernement des...

Tohono O'odham group walks from Maine to Arizona (June 19, 2008)

Four members of the Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona are walking from Maine to Arizona to promote awareness of diabetes. The group drove from the reservation to Bar Harbor, Maine. From there, they started the 3,000-mile walk back home on...

Choctaw chief to throw first pitch for Atlanta Braves (June 19, 2008)

Beasley Denson, the miko of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, will throw out the first pitch for the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. Denson told The Neshoba Democrat will be "practicing" for his debut on the mound. He was...

Leech Lake man to head university Indian center (June 19, 2008)

Donald Day, a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, has been named director of the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University in Minnesota. Day currently serves as president of the Fond du Lac Tribal and...

Eastern Cherokee man, a state trooper, killed on duty (June 19, 2008)

Shawn Blanton Jr., a 24-year-old member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who was a North Carolina state trooper, was killed on duty on Tuesday. Blanton made a traffic stop when he was shot twice. Motorists who saw...

Seminole Tribe partners with New York Yankees (June 19, 2008)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida and the New York Yankees have teamed up to open a chain of steak restaurants, with the first to be located at the team's new stadium in New York City. NYY Steak will be...