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Michigan tribe wins gaming rights case (September 2, 2008)

A Michigan tribe whose casino was threatened by a bureaucratic blunder won its case against the federal government on Friday. The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians spent $41 million on the Kewadin Shores Casino in order to replace...

Bighorn sheep plan exempts Agua Caliente land (September 2, 2008)

The Interior Department is working on a critical habitat designation for the bighorn sheep that excludes the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, The Los Angeles Times reports. The tribe sued when 17,000 acres of its land fell under...

Fired Alaska Native cop not contacted by McCain (September 2, 2008)

Walt Monegan, the Alaska Native public safety commissioner who was abruptly fired by Gov. Sarah Palin (R), wasn't contacted by Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign before she was selected as his running mate. Monegan said he was pressured by Palin's...

Louisiana tribes affected by Hurricane Gustav (September 2, 2008)

The Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana ordered a mandatory evacuation on Sunday in anticipation of Hurricane Gustav. About 60 to 70 percent of residents left the reservation, Indian Country Today reported. The tribe's police force of 22 officers also stayed behind...

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes monitor suspicious fires (September 2, 2008)

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho say four suspicious fires were set on the Fort Hall Reservation over the past few days. The fires targeted haystacks, causing thousands of dollars of damage. Emergency responders have little choice but to let the...

Blackfeet woman passes on traditional science (September 2, 2008)

Latrice Tatsey, a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, is teaching younger generations about the calendar sick, the traditional method of measuring time, seasons and the weather. Tatsey learned about the stick from her father. She quickly became an...

Kempthorne: Narrow changes for endangered species (September 2, 2008)

"In May, as I announced the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species, I also signaled that I would update the Endangered Species Act regulations to prevent abuse of the listing to erect a backdoor climate policy outside...

Warm Springs woman serves key role on reservation (September 2, 2008)

As one of the few fluent speakers of Sahaptin, Neda Wesley, a member of the Warm Springs Tribes of Oregon, serves a key role on the reservation. Wesley, 70, is the tribe's last "echo." She translates ceremonies into the...

Turtle Mountain Band still recovering from tornado (September 2, 2008)

It's been nearly two months since tornadoes hit North Dakota but the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians is still trying to recover. The tribe lost 55 homes during the July 7 storms. Some tribal members suffered injuries though no...

BIA promotes community policing on reservations (September 2, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs says community policing can alleviate high crimes rates in Indian Country. The BIA recently sent additional police officers to two reservations but Pat Ragsdale, the director of law enforcement at the agency, said the effort...

Teen charged with murder on Manitoba reserve (September 2, 2008)

A 19-year-old from the God's Lake First Nation in Manitoba has been charged with second-degree murder. Stuart Hastings is accused of killing Mervin Edward Trout, 47, on the reserve. Trout died early Saturday morning from blunt trauma. Trout's family has...

Inmates who escaped prison linked to Native gangs (September 2, 2008)

Four men who escaped from a prison in Saskatchewan remain at large and authorities say they are linked to Native gangs. Ryan John Agecoutay, 25; and Daniel Richard Wolfe, 32, are said to belong to the Indian Posse, one...

Editorial: No recognition for Schaghticoke Tribe (September 2, 2008)

"U.S. District Judge Peter Dorsey has ruled, as expected, that the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation of Kent does not meet the criteria for federal recognition. It's an important ruling because federal recognition carries with it the right to be a sovereign...

Column: Tribe in Brazil taps into power of Internet (September 2, 2008)

"Deep in the Brazilian Amazon, the indigenous Surui tribe made its first contact with the modern world barely four decades ago; electricity came to their tribal lands just last year. Yet the tattooed tribespeople, some still living in thatched...

Seminole Nation to vote on government reform (September 2, 2008)

The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma will hold a special election on September 20. Voters are being asked to amend the constitution to create a tribal court. Another amendment would remove future federal approval of future constitutional changes. In 2000, the...

Forum addresses Cherokee Nation identity issues (September 2, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma hosted a forum on Indian identity during The State of Sequoyah Commission on Friday. Chief Chad Smith talked about the controversy over citizenship of the Freedmen, who are the descendants of former slaves held by...

No charges for former attorney general Gonzales (September 2, 2008)

Former attorney general Alberto Gonzales mishandled classified data but won't face any charges, The Washington Post reports. Gonzales failed to secure sensitive information about an anti-terrorist program and violated protocols for protecting classified data, according to a forthcoming investigation by...

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe hosts meeting on power plants (September 2, 2008)

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe is hosting a conference on Wednesday to discuss climate change, energy and proposals for several coal-fired power plants in Michigan. The tribe opposes the power plants. A resolution passed by the council cites "grave concerns" about...