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Kempthorne promises plan on reservation energy (June 23, 2008)

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne says he will create an action plan to expedite energy development on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. Kempthorne met with Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee...

Expert claims isolated tribe was known in Brazil (June 23, 2008)

An expert working for the Brazilian government says he distributed photos of an isolated tribe to raise awareness of illegal logging of Indian lands. The Brazilian National Indian Foundation, a government agency known as Funai, said the small tribe...

Native woman earns associate degree at age 47 (June 23, 2008)

Mary Platero, an Omaha and Kiowa woman, will be receiving her associate degree from South Seattle Community College on June 12. But the journey won't end there for Platero, 47. She is enrolling in Heritage University this fall to obtain...

Some smokeshops still selling low-tax cigarettes (June 23, 2008)

Some tribal smokeshops in Oklahoma are still selling cigarettes with low-tax stamps, The Tulsa World reports. The paper said it visited several retailers licensed by the Cherokee Nation and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The Cherokee smokeshops are using the correct...

Tribute for Navajo student killed in Arizona (June 23, 2008)

Students at Arizona State University are paying tribute to Byron Ray Yellowhair, a member of the Navajo Nation who was killed in an accident on May 29. Yellowhair, who would have turned 25 today, was one year away from...

ICT Interview: U.S. Attorney Diane Humetewa (June 23, 2008)

Indian Country Today interviews Diane J. Humetewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, who serves as U.S. Attorney for Arizona. Humetewa is the first Native woman to serve as a federal prosecutor. "Many times, Native females come...

Tohono O'odham chair upset with Homeland Security (June 23, 2008)

Ned Norris Jr., the chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona, says Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has shown a "total disrespect" for the tribe by refusing to meet in person. Norris said he has sent five requests for...

San Manuel Band takes aim at reservation crime (June 23, 2008)

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is working closely with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department to combat crime on the reservation. Chairman James Ramos began the outreach this spring due to concerns about public safety. Tribal members...

Travel: On the edge of America, the Makah Nation (June 23, 2008)

"When Polly DeBari looks at Tatoosh Island, she sees the historic lighthouse, the crumpled old weather station and the crane clinging to the rocky terrain. In her mind, she also sees the generations of Makah who once paddled out...

Washington law firm invests millions in Cobell case (June 23, 2008)

The Kilpatrick Stockton law firm in Washington, D.C., has spent $22 million on the Cobell v. Kempthorne case, The Legal Times reports. At least 15 lawyers from the firm have worked on the case since it was filed in 1996....

Tim Giago: Navajo Nation finally takes the plunge (June 23, 2008)

It finally is happening. The once-reluctant Navajo Nation is finally joining the ranks of the other 225 tribes in America and will open their first casino in October. After watching efforts to open a casino fail twice on reservation-wide ballots,...

Editorial: Mediate agreement with Oneida Nation (June 23, 2008)

"When Brown County Judge Marc Hammer declined to issue a temporary injunction Wednesday that would have delayed the service agreement between Brown County and the Oneida Tribe of Indians, he also asked all parties to participate in mediation between now...

Senate Indian Affairs hearing on contract health (June 23, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing this Thursday on contract health services. The Indian Health Service uses the program to pay outside providers for care that it cannot provide at its facilities. Patients have discovered that...

Editorial: Mohegan museum a tribute to tribe (June 23, 2008)

"The Mohegan Tribe has more than $2 billion worth of property at its Mohegan Sun casino, but the tiny Tantaguidgeon Museum off Church Lane in Uncasville, not far from the smoky glass and chrome gambling halls just up Route...

Pequot Chairman: Telling my side of the story (June 23, 2008)

"I am writing in response to David Collins' diatribe titled “Foxwoods forgetting its roots?,” published June 15. I've been the subject of many of his venomous, ill-informed and inaccurate writings. However, this is the first time that I've felt...

Letter: Cherokee Nation risks sovereign rights (June 23, 2008)

"The Cherokee people in Oklahoma know that Chief Smith and his administration called for and pushed the Freedmen legislation through our tribe. Smith, along with his paid “Team Cherokee” slate, carried petitions and organized rallies against the Freedmen, throughout the...

60th anniversary of Indian voting rights ruling (June 23, 2008)

Next month marks the 60th anniversary of a court ruling that finally affirmed the voting rights of American Indians in Arizona. The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 extended U.S. citizenship to American Indians. But Arizona refused to allow tribal members...

Opinion: Race, affiliation and sovereignty '08 (June 23, 2008)

The following is the opinion of Keegan King (Acoma Pueblo), the director of New Mexico Youth Organized Race has been and will continue to be an issue in this year's national elections. But now it seems that tribal affiliation can...