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BIA proposes new rule for tribal-state gaming compacts (July 2, 2008)

With just a few months left in the Bush administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is proposing a new regulation to address review and approval of tribal-state gaming compacts. Notice of the rulemaking was published in the Federal Register today....

Senate urged to act on Virginia recognition bill (July 2, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is being pushed to act on a bill to extend federal recognition to six Virginia tribes. The House passed the bill last May. The Senate committee has yet to take action more than a year...

Indian woman wins FBI award for Minnesota work (July 2, 2008)

Suzanne Koepplinger, the executive director of the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, has received the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award. The award is given to people who make outstanding contributions toward crime prevention, education and community awareness. Koepplinger was...

Longest Walk 2 in final stretch of 8,300-mile journey (July 2, 2008)

Participants in the Longest Walk 2 are in the final stretch of their 8,300-mile journey across the United States. The 100 walkers began the trip in San Francisco on February 11. One group went north and another went south....

Fort Belknap Reservation school to rebuild (July 2, 2008)

A Catholic school on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana will be rebuilt by August 2009, the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings said. Hays' St. Paul Mission School was gutted by the June 15 fire. The classroom, offices and cafeteria...

Bar near sacred Bear Butte wins liquor license again (July 2, 2008)

Commissioners in Meade County, South Dakota, approved a liquor license for a controversial bar near the sacred Bear Butte. The Broken Spoke Campground was awarded a license in 2006 despite complaints from tribal members and local ranchers. The county revoked...

Column: Obama, McCain and Indian Country (July 2, 2008)

"When I heard Barack Obama was going to the Crow Reservation last April, I could hardly believe it. A presidential nominee with a damned good shot of winning is also showing up on a reservation? I suspected an impostor, a...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe addresses suicide among youth (July 2, 2008)

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe needs to declare "war" on suicide, Chairman Rodney Bordeaux said on Tuesday. The tribe opened a two-day summit to address suicide among youth on the reservation. So far this year, seven people have committed suicide. "We...

Editorial: Makah whale hunters held accountable (July 2, 2008)

"Five Makah whale hunters, the gang that could not shoot straight, finally ended up before a federal judge as stubborn as they were. Two Makahs were sent to jail and three ended up on probation via a plea deal...

Passamaquoddy LNG terminal lawsuit back in court (July 2, 2008)

A federal judge held a hearing in a lawsuit that challenges a liquefied natural gas terminal sought by the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine. Judge John Woodcock had dismissed the claims filed by We Take Care of Our Land, a group...

Blackfeet man wins $185K discrimination case (July 2, 2008)

Earle Nevins, a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, has won a $185,000 settlement in a racial discrimination case. Nevins said he was harassed by co-workers at the Les Schwab Tire Center who made jokes about his Indian heritage....

Editorial: Makah Nation works to secure whale hunt (July 2, 2008)

"There’s a right way and a wrong way to secure the Makah Indian tribe’s treaty right to hunt whales. The right way is embodied in a 900-page environmental impact statement the National Marine Fisheries Service has spent three years preparing....

Editorial: Badlands cleanup good for Oglala Sioux (July 2, 2008)

"Last week, an Oglala Sioux tribal leader and an Air Force commander sat crossed legged in a Native American tipi and, in a show of good faith, signed an agreement for the cleanup of several acres of bombing range...

Oneida Nation heads to polls this weekend (July 2, 2008)

Members of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will vote for a new chairman on Saturday. Incumbent Chairman Gerald Danforth is not seeking re-election. Seven people have filed papers to seek his seat. Also up for election are positions on six...

Law Article: Supreme Court rules on tribal jurisdiction (July 2, 2008)

"The United States Supreme Court has issued its long-awaited decision in Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family & Cattle Co., Inc. and has declined to expand the jurisdiction of tribal courts over non-members. While tribes have expressed their disappointment with...

City seeks delay in Soboba Band land-into-trust (July 2, 2008)

The city council in San Jacinto, California, is asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs delay consideration of the land-into-trust application filed by the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians. The tribe is seeking to have 535 acres placed in trust....

Yellow Bird: Smudging room at North Dakota hospital (July 2, 2008)

"[C]oming back by way of Bismarck, I found something even more surprising, something that said North Dakotans are a caring and sensitive people. It was a smudging room at St. Alexius Medical Center. Of all of the American Indian...