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Federal prosecutor rejects criticism of Justice Department (June 20, 2008)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Senate Indian Affairs Committee business meeting and hearing on a draft bill to address law and order in Indian Country. June 19, 2008.• Opening Statements | Business Meeting • Additional Opening Statements | Sen. John Thune Testimony...

Colville voters oust four incumbents on council (June 20, 2008)

Voters on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation ousted four incumbents from the business council. Longtime chairman Mike Marchand was among those who lost an election on Saturday. He will be replaced by Carleen M. Anderson, the former interim...

Montana tribe signs National Bison Range agreement (June 20, 2008)

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes signed a new agreement to manage some functions at the National Bison Range in Montana. The 19,000-acre range is located entirely within the Flathead Reservation. The bison herd descends from animals that were...

Lawsuits challenge Oneida Nation land-into-trust (June 20, 2008)

Four lawsuits were filed against the Interior Department this week over the Oneida Nation's land-into-trust application. Three lawsuits were filed in the same federal court in upstate New York. One was filed in Washington, D.C., and an attorney involved believes...

Kevin Abourezk: Native people not waiting for apology (June 20, 2008)

"In the Lakota way, the burning of sage is meant to clear away evil spirits. Sometimes words can have the same effect. On June 11, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a formal apology in the House of Commons for...

Obama meets Congressional Black Caucus (June 20, 2008)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois), the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, addressed the Congressional Black Caucus on Thursday. Obama is a member of the CBC. But he opposes the group's efforts to cut federal funds to the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma over...

Senate panel tackles crime issues in Indian Country (June 20, 2008)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE Senate Indian Affairs Committee business meeting and hearing on a draft bill to address law and order in Indian Country. June 19, 2008. • Opening Statements | Business Meeting • Additional Opening Statements | Sen. John Thune...

House hearing focuses on future of Navajo trust (June 20, 2008)

INDIANZ.COM LISTENING LOUNGE House Natural Resources Committee oversight hearing on Utah Navajo Trust Fund. June 19, 2008. • Opening Statements • Panel 1 - Testimony | Q&A • Panel 2 - Testimony | Q&A • Panel 3 - Testimony |...

Rare form of salmonella struck Navajos in New Mexico (June 20, 2008)

A rare and virulent form of salmonella sickened more than 20 members of the Navajo Nation who live in New Mexico, officials said. Five cases of Saintpaul poisoning showed up the Northern Navajo Medical Clinic in Shiprock before Memorial Day....

First Nation leaders face ouster over unpaid bills (June 20, 2008)

Members of the Roseau River First Nation of Manitoba are seeking to oust their chief and council over a slew of unpaid bills that caused the reserve to lose water service this week. Chief Terry Nelson knew the water was...

Final ruling in Cobell case expected by mid-July (June 20, 2008)

The federal judge handling the Indian trust fund lawsuit said on Thursday that he expects to issue a final ruling by mid-July. Judge James Robertson convened a trial to determine how much money, if any, is owed to Indian beneficiaries...

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

The sixth annual National Days of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places will be observed across the country this weekend. The day highlights the dangers posed to sacred places like Mount Taylor in New Mexico. Tribes are seeking to...

North Dakota sets deadline for tribal gas tax refund (June 20, 2008)

Members of two North Dakota tribes who bought gasoline on their reservations have until June 30 to apply for a state refund. The state courts invalidated the tax in a lawsuit brought by members of the Turtle Mountain Band of...

NCAI opposes water pumping project in Nevada (June 20, 2008)

The National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution to oppose a controversial water pumping project in Nevada. NCAI acted on the requests of Nevada tribes who say the pumping will dry up their water sources. The project would send...

Recall election targets Gila River governor (June 20, 2008)

Members of the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona go to the polls today to decide the fate of Gov. William R. Rhodes. A recall petition accuses Rhodes of gross negligence, failing to follow tribal policy, failing to protect...

Havasupai man sentenced for murder of tourist (June 20, 2008)

A 20-year-old member of the Havasupai Tribe of Arizona was sentenced to life in federal prison for murdering a Japanese tourist who was visiting Grand Canyon National Park. Randy Redtail Wescogame pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for stabbing Tomomi Hanamure,...

Chickasaw man spending summer with NASCAR (June 20, 2008)

Merle Pearce, a 21-year-old member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, is spending the summer with his NASCAR idols. Pearce is part of the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program. He is being employed by Hendrick Motorsports for the second summer in...

Narragansett defendants sentenced in raid case (June 20, 2008)

Two leaders of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island were ordered to perform community service and could have their records expunged for their roles in the state's July 14, 2003, raid of the reservation. Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas was...

Committee recommends back for Sacagawea coin (June 20, 2008)

An image representing an Indian woman planting seeds in a cornfield is being recommended for the back of the Sacagawea $1 coin. Congress passed the Native American $1 Coin Act to authorize a new backside for the coin. The...

Sen. McCain wasn't 'first choice' of ex-Sen. Burns (June 20, 2008)

Former Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Montana) says Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) wasn't his "first choice" for president. Burns didn't say who his "first choice" was but he is backing McCain nonetheless. Burns serves as chairman of McCain's Montana campaign. Burns was...