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Blackfeet Nation ousts longtime chairman (June 25, 2008)

Voters of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana ousted longtime chairman Earl Old Person and agreed to an overhaul of the tribal constitution. Henry Butterfly defeated Old Person by 1,860 votes to 999. A new chairman of the business committee...

Supreme Court cuts down Exxon oil spill damages (June 25, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court today drastically reduced the damage award in the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill case. A federal judge awarded $5 billion to 33,000 Alaska Natives, fishermen, landowners and other plaintiffs. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals subsequently...

Supreme Court reverses tribal jurisdiction ruling (June 25, 2008)

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota does not have jurisdiction over a non-Indian bank doing business on the reservation, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today. In Plains Commerce Bank v. Long, tribal members sued Plains Commerce Bank of...

Native Americans suffer from highest diabetes rate in US (June 25, 2008)

Native Americans suffer from the highest diabetes rate in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday. Based on 2007 estimates, 16.5 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives suffer from the disease. That's more...

Opinion: The Indian patriots who killed Custer (June 25, 2008)

"Today marks the anniversary of an iconic moment of American history: Custer's Last Stand, the culmination of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer's disastrous attack on a coalition of Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians camped on the Little Bighorn River....

Few Indian teachers in North Dakota, Minnesota (June 25, 2008)

It's getting harder and harder to find Indian teachers in Minnesota and North Dakota. In Minnesota, only 250 out of more than 55,000 teachers are Indian. That's down from 290 Indian teachers 10 years ago. In North Dakota, less...

Ute Tribe banishes former financial adviser (June 25, 2008)

The Ute Tribe of Utah has banished its non-Indian former financial adviser from the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. John Jurrius resigned last year but tribal leaders said he is still trying to influence business matters. So tribal security and...

Northern Arapaho Tribe to hold DC press conference (June 25, 2008)

Leaders of the Northern Arapaho Tribe are holding a press conference in Washington, D.C., today to discuss the "crisis" affecting youth on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Anthony Addison Sr. and Harvey Spoonhunter of the tribal business council will...

Witness list for Senate hearing on contract health (June 25, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding an oversight hearing on Thursday on contract health services. The hearing takes place at 10am and will be broadcast online. The witness list follows: Panel 1 MR. ROBERT G. MCSWAIN Director, Indian Health...

Priest corrects mishap in Rosebud vets' funerals (June 25, 2008)

An inexperienced priest on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota said he inadvertently removed the U.S. flag from the caskets of Indian veterans. Rev. Timothy Manatt, who has only been on the reservation for about a year, offended tribal...

Opinion: Learn from mistakes of Indian mascots (June 25, 2008)

"Redmen Forever is finite. At some point, the organizers behind the move to restore the Redmen nickname to Natick High School will realize the fight is over. It was more than a year ago when the School Committee voted 4-3...

Opinion: Alcohol abuse affects Ho-Chunk Nation (June 25, 2008)

"Just after 4 a.m. March 24, 19-year-old Darus E. Pettibone of Black River Falls lost control of his high performance Ford Mustang on Hwy. 12 after the speedometer topped 150 mph, authorities said. Pettibone, who had been drinking, did not...

Seneca Nation cites major impact on economy (June 25, 2008)

The Seneca Nation of New York released an economic impact study on Tuesday. The report from the Taylor Policy Group says the tribe took in $1.136 billion in revenues, a slight decline from 2005. But the number of full-time...

Judge to hear final arguments in landmark Cobell trial (June 25, 2008)

Closing arguments will be heard this afternoon in the landmark Cobell v. Kempthorne trial. Judge James Robertson convened the trial on June 9. After nine days of testimony, the plaintiffs presented their final rebuttal witness yesterday. Robertson will now try...

First Nation's anti-drug law rejected by Canada (June 25, 2008)

The Canadian government has rejected a strict anti-drug law that was proposed by the Peguis First Nation of Manitoba. The band imposed harsh penalties on people who use or deal drugs. All employees would be required to take drug tests....

Obama criticizes McCain on offshore drilling (June 25, 2008)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) criticized rival presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) for claiming that offshore drilling will have a "psychological impact" on Americans. McCain is pushing to end a federal moratorium on offshore drilling. "Even though it may take...

White House refused EPA email on greenhouse gases (June 25, 2008)

The White House refused to open an e-mail from the Environmental Protection Agency because the message contained a document that concluded greenhouse gases can be regulated under federal law, The New York Times reports. The EPA prepared the document in...

Report: DOJ broke law in hiring young attorneys (June 25, 2008)

Political appointees at the Department of Justice violated the law and broke policy by basing hiring decisions on perceived political affiliation, according to an internal report. A large percentage of qualified candidates for the department's Honors Program and Summer Law...