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South Dakota study disputes Indian crime statistics (July 16, 2008)

A Republican state official who has opposed tribes on land-into-trust, jurisdiction, voting rights and sovereignty has set his sights on long-held statistics about crime in Indian Country. In two studies, the Department of Justice reported that up to 70 percent...

Letter: White-looking Cherokees rejected (July 16, 2008)

"We have heard all the hoopla about the Cherokee Nation rejecting the Freedmen. Now, it seems if you aren’t dark enough, your aren’t one of them, either. Why are some Cherokees who are in positions of power and secrecy –...

Native Legacy Magazine launches in Great Plains (July 16, 2008)

A new publication that focuses on art and lifestyle in the Great Plains made its debut. Native Legacy Magazine is being published every three months. Lila Mehlhaff wants to inform readers about Great Plains culture. The first issue features Moses...

No oral arguments in Montana Indian hunting case (July 16, 2008)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals won't hear oral arguments in a case that challenges a Montana regulation that limits hunting on reservations to tribal members. The court agreed with the state that a hearing wasn't needed to resolve...

Jackie Taylor, Potawatomi legislator, dies at 73 (July 16, 2008)

Jackie Taylor, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma, died on Tuesday. She was 73. Taylor was elected in March to serve in her tribe's newly created Legislature. She also served in the Oregon Legislature for four...

Leech Lake woman runs for mayor in Minnesota (July 16, 2008)

Irene Folstrom, a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, has entered the race for mayor of Bemidji, Minnesota. Folstrom, a Democrat, is among six candidates for the position. She has previously run for the state Legislature. In other...

Wisconsin county weighs land-into-trust challenge (July 16, 2008)

Supervisors in Sauk County, Wisconsin, are meeting to discuss their land-into-trust lawsuit. The county sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs for acquiring 5 acres in trust for the Ho-Chunk Nation. The county said it wasn't allowed to challenge the BIA's...

Opinion: 'Redskins' not offensive, get over it (July 16, 2008)

"A small group of formerly-known-as-Indians decided to tackle the Redskins head on. Unfortunately, they couldn’t sue the team directly, since the team wasn’t directly referring to the plaintiffs as Redskins, but in fact were calling themselves Redskins. You have to...

Mining company held liable for Spokane cleanup (July 16, 2008)

A federal judge held one of the world's biggest mining companies liable for cleanup costs on the Spokane Reservation in Washington. Newmont Mining Corp. will share in the cleanup of a mine on the reservation. Dawn Mining Co., a Newmont...

Column: Meeting Lakota Code Talker an honor (July 16, 2008)

"Clarence Wolfguts wants to live the rest of his life on the trail. And the trail will lead to Johnsville, where the Eastern Woodlands Gathering of All Nations will be July 25 to 27. God willing, Wolfguts, 84, the last...

'Surge' at Standing Rock results in 700 arrests (July 16, 2008)

A "surge" in law enforcement on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation has resulted in 700 arrests since June, according to officials. The Bureau of Indian Affairs started Operation Dakota Peacekeeper to target high rates of crime on the reservation,...

Trooper back on trial in Narragansett raid case (July 16, 2008)

A Rhode Island state trooper goes on trial next week over his actions in the raid of the Narragansett Reservation on July 14, 2003. Kenneth Jones is accusing of violating the civil rights of Adam Jennings, a member of the...

South Carolina tribes celebrate new legislation (July 16, 2008)

Tribes in South Carolina celebrated the enactment of two bills into law on Tuesday. Tribal leaders will now be able to perform marriage ceremonies under one of the bills. The other allows the use of wild turkey feathers in...

Mohawk man builds sports team enterprise (July 16, 2008)

After seeing success in the tobacco industry, Curt Styres has turned his sights towards sports. Styres, who is Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve in Canada, recently paid $5.5 million for a 60 percent controlling...

Fire threatens Yakama Nation commercial timber (July 16, 2008)

The Yakama Nation of Washington hopes firefighting crews can keep a blaze from destroying commercial timber and sacred areas of the reservation. The Cold Springs Fire has burned 7,000 acres, 2,400 of them on the reservation. So far, only bug-killed...

Alaska Native candidate trails in fundraising (July 16, 2008)

Diane Benson, an Alaska Native woman who is seeking the Democratic nomination for Alaska's sole Congressional seat, has raised $52,506 in the past three months, The Anchorage Daily News reported. Benson, who is Tlingit, accepted contributions from Tohono O'odham Nation...

Effort targets bootlegging on Navajo Nation (July 16, 2008)

The Navajo Nation and the U.S. Attorney in Arizona are going after bootleggers on the reservation. Twelve people were arrested after a four-month investigation, tribal and federal officials announced. They said alcohol contributes to child abuse, domestic violence, homicide and...

Tohono O'odham Nation challenges border fence (July 16, 2008)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona wants the Department of Homeland Security to stop construction of a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. The tribe says the fence prevents tribal members who live in the U.S. from taking part in religious...

Seminole Tribe takes control of mobile home park (July 16, 2008)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida took control of a mobile home park on the Hollywood Reservation over a dispute with the owners of the facility. The tribe said Hollywood Mobile Estates failed to live up to a lease for the...