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HuffPo: Civil rights probe targets DOJ attorneys (August 6, 2008)

"A federal grand jury has subpoenaed several former senior Justice Department attorneys for an investigation into the politicization of the Department's own Civil Rights Division, according to sources close to the investigation. The extraordinary step by the Justice Department of...

Boise Weekly: Indian inmate seeks sex change (August 6, 2008)

"Natalia Whitefeather Flores, as she calls herself, is getting her hormones. But the Idaho Department of Corrections waited until she filed a $5.5 million lawsuit against the state, got a visit from the American Civil Liberties Union and contacted BW...

AFN hosts roundtable on high energy costs in Alaska (August 6, 2008)

The Alaska Federation of Natives hosted a roundtable on "affordable" energy on Tuesday but participants said fuel and heating costs are anything but that in Native villages. Gov. Sarah Palin (R), Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii)...

Native village wants to handle caribou waste case (August 6, 2008)

Leaders in the Alaska Native village of Point Hope are asking Gov. Sarah Palin (R) to allow them to punish the people responsible for killing and discarding caribou. The village says the Alaska State Troopers has mishandled the case...

Federal judge in South Dakota takes senior status (August 6, 2008)

Judge Charles Kornmann, one of the three federal judges in South Dakota, has taken senior status, a move that lightens his workload. Kornmann will continue to hear cases but the other two judges have agreed to handle most of the...

South Dakota couple opens Native art store (August 6, 2008)

An Indian couple of South Dakota has turned their passion for art into a new business. Kathy and Russell Red Horn opened Native Expression in May. The store, located outside of Sioux Falls, features Kathy's star quilts, Russell's beadwork...

Montana tribe's court hosts legal symposium (August 6, 2008)

The appeals court of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes held a legal symposium on the Flathead Reservation in Montana on Tuesday. Cultural Connection and the Law addressed a wide range of legal issues. Participants discussed sovereignty, tribal courts, jurisdiction...

Pember: Tribal colleges live up to their mission (August 6, 2008)

"Diné, the very first tribal college in the United States, and the tribal college movement are both celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. Diné College president Ferlin Clark says the formation of the institution was a sacred act. Tribal college...

Potential McCain VP pick has ties to Abramoff (August 6, 2008)

Rep. Eric I. Cantor (R-Virginia), who is being mentioned as a potential vice presidential pick for Sen. John McCain, has ties to the Republican lobbyist that McCain helped send to prison. Cantor was one of several Republican leaders in the...

Vote not expected on Chinook recognition bill (August 6, 2008)

Rep. Brian Baird (D-Washington) doesn't expect Congress to vote on his bill to extend federal recognition to the Chinook Nation but he hopes to generate support in the coming months. The tribe's petition for recognition was rejected by the Bush...

Navajo Nation Council weighs override of hotel veto (August 6, 2008)

Navajo Nation Council delegates say they still support the purchase of a hotel in Gallup, New Mexico, despite a veto by President Joe Shirley Jr. Delegates passed a bill to buy the Inn of Gallup for $6.6 million. Supporters...

Southern Ute Tribe changes rule after chemical spill (August 6, 2008)

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado now requires energy companies to report chemical spills after one went undisclosed for a few months. Previously, companies could voluntarily report spills of more than one barrel. But after an April 17 incident that...

Funding an issue for Standing Rock law enforcement (August 6, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is spending $1 million to beef up law enforcement on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Operation Dakota Peacekeeper puts 20 officers on the ground to patrol the 2.3 million-acre reservation, which straddles the North...

Private golf club may revert to Agua Caliente Band (August 6, 2008)

A private golf club that is having a hard time recruiting members may revert to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of California. The tribe has leased land to the Canyon Country Club for decades. But the 18-hole...

Yellow Bird: Exploring healthy, traditional foods (August 6, 2008)

"Chokecherries that you eat by the handful are excellent; it’s like tossing down a handful of vitamin pills, I guess. But, according to experts, wine made from the berries is full of healthy flavonoids. I am not a drinker,...

Mediator sought to resolve San Pasqual Band dispute (August 6, 2008)

A dispute within the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians of California could be resolved with the help of a federal mediator. The tribe is divided over the pending disenrollment of about 80 people. As a result, the Bureau of...

Delaware Tribe hopes bill leads to federal status (August 6, 2008)

The Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma hopes a bill introduced in Congress last week will lead to a restoration of its federal status. The tribe lost its recognition through litigation filed by the Cherokee Nation. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals...

Jodi Rave: McCain's stop at Sturgis bike rally (August 6, 2008)

"It's with some irony that Sen. John McCain has touted the federal government's “ethical and legal responsibility” to help Native people live the American Dream, a statement that smacked against the backdrop of the sacred Bear Butte as McCain...