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9th Circuit affirms prosecution in O'odham case (August 12, 2008)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed federal prosecution of a man who attempted to murder two members of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona. Miguel Angel Ramirez claimed that his victims were not "Indian" within the meaning...

La Jolla men win rural volunteer award (August 12, 2008)

Two members of the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians received a $4,000 award for their efforts during the devastating Poomacha fire of October 2007. The fire destroyed 97 percent of the reservation. Brothers Ben and Tom Rodriguez made sure...

Letter: Sweetheart deal for Suquamish Tribe (August 12, 2008)

"Last Thursday, I went to watch the free concert at Port Orchard’s waterfront park. Prior to the show, I went for a walk along the breakwater of the Port Orchard Marina. As I got out to the water, I found...

Rumsey Band donates $500K to womens' safe house (August 12, 2008)

The Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians donated $500,000 to help an organization in Sacramento, California, build a safe house for victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. The 12,000 square-foot WEAVE Safehouse will provide more space to help women and...

Nez Perce Tribe struggles to provide health care (August 12, 2008)

The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho says federal funds fail to meet the health care needs of its people. The tribe receives about $8 million a year from the Indian Health Service. Chairwoman Julia Davis-Wheeler said that's not enough to...

Cherokee council overrides veto on districting (August 12, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will adopt a new districting plan over the objections of Chief Chad Smith. The plan creates 15 districts, each with one representative. The tribe currently has nine districts. The plan was approved by the tribal...

Lawmaker in Abramoff scandal ending prison term (August 12, 2008)

Former Congressman Bob Ney (R-Ohio), the only member of Congress indicted in connection with the Jack Abramoff scandal, will be completing his sentence this weekend. Ney was sentenced to 30 months but only served a total of 17 months in...

Sen. McCain snubs tribes on South Dakota visit (August 12, 2008)

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the presumptive Republican nominee for president, was in South Dakota last week but didn't have enough time to meet with tribal leaders, according to his campaign. The Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association contacted McCain's campaign last...

Opinion: MOWA Choctaws are no longer Indian (August 12, 2008)

"Woe is me. It has been hard adjusting to the fact that we are no longer Indians as of a few weeks ago. A United States District Court in Alabama recently ruled that the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians' lawsuit...

BIA to work with tribal college on law and order (August 12, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is collaborating with the United Tribes Technical College of North Dakota on law and order issues. The BIA will station an officer to UTTC's campus to work with tribal communities. UTTC is also offering...

Seminole Nation for domestic violence shelter (August 12, 2008)

The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma will build its first domestic violence shelter. The tribal council approved $250,000 towards the safe house. Additional funds will be raised for the $500,000 project. The shelter will be open to tribal and non-tribal...

Hundreds attend Soboba Band forum on Public Law 280 (August 12, 2008)

A reported 200 people attended a forum hosted by the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians to discuss Public Law 280. Legal experts and tribal leaders discussed the law, which was passed during the termination era. It grants certain states, including...

Native woman, missing for four years, found dead (August 12, 2008)

The remains of a Native woman who was missing for four years were discovered in Saskatchewan on Friday. Daleen Kay Bosse, a member of the Onion Lake First Nation, was last seen after an Assembly of First Nations function...

City won't oppose Cherokee Nation land-into-trust (August 12, 2008)

The city council in Catoosa, Oklahoma, voted 6-1 not to fight the Cherokee Nation's land-into-trust application. The city opposed the application when it was first filed in 1996. "Things have changed since that time," Mayor Rita Lamkin was quoted as...

Seneca Nation opposes tobacco tax bill (August 12, 2008)

The Seneca Nation is calling on New York Gov. David Paterson (D) to veto a bill that imposes state sales tax on reservations. President Maurice A. John Sr. said the bill imposes on treaty rights. He promised litigation to prevent...

Opinion: Wasteful hunting shocks Alaskans (August 12, 2008)

"Recently, many Alaskans were shocked and appalled to see front page pictures of caribou calves trying to suckle from their dead mothers near Point Hope and Kivalina, where vandals who live nearby apparently shot and left at least 160...

Nighthorse Campbell stumps for Sen. McCain (August 12, 2008)

Ex-Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado), a registered lobbyist, is campaigning in Indian Country for Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona). Campbell, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, recently spoke to the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Nations to promote the...

Interior proposes endangered species change (August 12, 2008)

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced a "narrow" change to Endangered Species Act regulations that environmentalists and Democrats said would rewrite the landmark law. Kempthorne said the change brings existing regulations in line with recent court decisions and current practices. Federal...