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South Dakota AG disputes Indian crime studies (July 15, 2008)

South Dakota attorney general Larry Long says Department of Justice studies about the victimization rate of American Indians are wrong. Based on 10 years of data from South Dakota, Long says most violent crimes against American Indians are committed by...

Ricey Wild Column: It Ain't Easy Being Indian (July 15, 2008)

"Just recently I was reading (I do a lot of that) where a Native Nation asked that the public (non-Indians) not refer to their creation stories as ‘myths’. I so agree with that! In my previous job I gave...

9th Circuit considers Indian hunting law in Montana (July 15, 2008)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is being asked to overturn a Montana law that limits hunting on reservations to members of federally recognized tribes. Mountain States Legal Foundation is representing Randy V. Roberts, who owns land within the Crow...

Another tribe moves to four-day work week (July 15, 2008)

Most employees of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana started a four-day work week on Monday. The tribe authorized the shorter week as means to save energy. "We'll see how our people feel about it after 60 days,"...

Boy's hair length at issue for school in Texas (July 15, 2008)

A mother and father in Texas say their 5-year-old son should be allowed to keep his hair long despite a school policy against it. Adriel Arocha is Apache from his father's side, according to the family. "His dad is...

Funding bill advances Navajo water rights project (July 15, 2008)

The Senate is considering an appropriations bill that includes $1 million to advance a component of the Navajo Nation water rights settlement. The money would be used to finalize an environmental impact statement for a pipeline in New Mexico. The...

Only half of police officers on reserves are Native (July 15, 2008)

Only half of the officers that serve Native communities in Canada are Native, according to a survey of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Of the 788 officers surveyed, only 55 percent are Native. That's down from the 77 percent in...

Native boy rescued from sinking truck (July 15, 2008)

A four-year-old boy was rescued from a truck that was swept into a river on the Grand Rapids First Nation in Manitoba. The boy was left inside the truck by his grandfather. The boy somehow managed to put the running...

Lawyer defends use of 'Redskins' name (July 15, 2008)

The lawyer for the Washington Redskins says the football team's name does not disparage Native Americans. "We believe this trademark stands for hard work, integrity and a winning tradition," Robert Raskopf of the Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges firm...

Cocopah chairwoman wins seventh term in office (July 15, 2008)

Members of the Cocopah Tribe of Arizona re-elected Sherry Cordova chairwoman on Friday. Cordova defeated two other candidates for the position. She will serve her seventh consecutive term in office. Four other council seats were filled in the election. Get...

Native hockey coach fired by New York team (July 15, 2008)

Ted Nolan, a member of the Garden River Ojibwa First Nation from Canada, was fired as coach of the New York Islanders hockey team on Monday. Nolan was hired in 2006. In his first year of coaching, he led...

Opinion: Lost history of the Quechan revolt (July 15, 2008)

"Two centuries ago, just across the river from Yuma, the exceptionally friendly relations between Spain and the Quechan nurtured by the tribal leader Salvador Palma and characterized by mutual respect and reciprocity, came to an abrupt end. The breakdown resulted...

Letter: Crow leaders not sharing information (July 15, 2008)

"The Crow tribal constitution requires the executive branch to prepare complete financial reports for the Crow legislative branch on a quarterly basis and biannual reports for the Crow Tribal General Council. The Carl Venne administration has not held a Crow...

Bush lifts executive ban on offshore drilling (July 15, 2008)

President Bush lifted an executive order that bans offshore drilling on Monday. Bush called on Democrats in Congress to do the same. Language in the Interior appropriations act includes provisions to prohibit drilling in offshore areas. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona)...

Senate considers $2B infusion into Indian Country (July 15, 2008)

Update. Sen. Thune said the Senate has agreed to his $2 billion amendment and will include it in the bill by a voice vote. He said $750 million will be used for law enforcement and $250 million for health care,...