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Appeals court denies rehearing in eagle protection case (July 8, 2008)

A member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe who took a bald eagle for use in the Sun Dance ceremony lost his chance for a rehearing on Monday. Winslow Friday shot the sacred bird on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming....

Court strikes down sentences of Native protesters (July 8, 2008)

The Ontario Court of Appeal on Monday struck down the "harsh" sentences of eight Native protesters who were arrested and jailed for trying to protect their aboriginal territory. Former Ardoch Algonquin First Nation Chief Robert Lovelace and co-chief Paula Sherman...

Standing Rock chair to work on Democratic platform (July 8, 2008)

Ron His Horse is Thunder, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, will help the Democratic Party draft its presidential platform. His Horse is Thunder joins other state and federal officials on the platform drafting committee. He is the...

U.S. Attorney praises McCain but mum on Obama (July 8, 2008)

The first Native woman to serve as U.S. Attorney has a "tremendous amount of respect" for Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) but declined to comment about Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois). U.S. Attorney Diane Humetewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe of...

Indian candidate remains on ballot in Arizona (July 8, 2008)

The Arizona Supreme Court refused to take an Indian candidate off the ballot for the state Legislature. State Sen. Albert Hale (D), a member of the Navajo Nation, is running for re-election. His nominating petition includes post office boxes...

Soboba Band signs mediation agreement with county (July 8, 2008)

Correction: The "Custer" comment was directed at the local sheriff's station commander and not to the sheriff. The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians signed a mediation agreement with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department on Monday in hopes of resolving...

Yakama Nation bans new dairies on reservation (July 8, 2008)

The Yakama Nation of Washington has banned new dairy operations and expansions of existing facilities. Tribal and non-tribal members have complained about dairies on the reservation. They say the farms and feedlots are polluting the water and the air. After...

Court rules in Yankton Sioux emergency room case (July 8, 2008)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals won't force the Indian Health Service to keep operating an emergency room on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. In the unanimous decision released on Monday, the court said legal principles prevent...

Chief American Horse reburied after 100 years (July 8, 2008)

Chief American Horse, a Lakota warrior and spiritual leader, was reburied on his family's homeland on Saturday, 100 years after he died. Chief American Horse was buried in 1980, in a cemetery in Pine Ridge, on the Pine Ridge...

Fund established for urban Indian center in Phoenix (July 8, 2008)

A fund has been established to help an urban Indian center in Phoenix, Arizona, that has been forced to halt services due to an explosion and fire. The sixth floor of the Native American Community Service Center was damaged by...

Navajo grandmother leads final 66-mile youth walk (July 8, 2008)

Marjorie Thomas led her final 66-mile Walk for Youth to the Navajo Nation capitol last week. Thomas started the walk 15 years ago to call attention to youth issues in Chinle, Arizona. She was always accompanied by her late...

Lawsuit over 'Chief Illiniwek' logo dismissed (July 8, 2008)

A federal judge dismissed a trademark lawsuit over the "Chief Illiniwek" logo of the University of Illinois. Jack Davis designed the Indian head logo. He said the university agreed to grant him ownership if the controversial mascot was ever...

Washington cancels Yakama Nation tobacco compact (July 8, 2008)

The state of Washington officially terminated its tobacco compact with the Yakama Nation. The tribe signed the agreement in 2004 but never fully agreed with the state's position on taxation, Chairman Ralph Sampson Jr. said. A newer compact was negotiated...