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Cobell: Lawsuit more than a question of dollars (September 8, 2008)

"When U.S. District Judge James Robertson agreed to issue an order that will speed our appeal in the long-running Indian Trust lawsuit, he suggested our action is largely dictated by concerns over the $455.6 million which he says the federal...

Saginaw Chippewa site seeks freedom for Abramoff (September 8, 2008)

A former council member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe has started a website, originalsagchip39.org, in hopes of freeing jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Delores Jackson and other tribal members don't believe Abramoff defrauded the tribe out of millions of dollars. They...

BIA names director of Great Plains regional office (September 8, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has named Michael Black, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, as director of the Great Plains regional office. Black started working for the BIA in 1987. He most recently served as a deputy...

Lummi Nation to dedicate student residential home (September 8, 2008)

The Lummi Nation of Washington will dedicate the Lummi Youth Academy next week. The academy is a 40-bed residential home for students who attend the Lummi Nation School. Students can live there during the school year or year-round. The...

Oglala Sioux Tribe loses sovereign immunity case (September 8, 2008)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota owes an Indian-owned firm $1.2 million, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday. The tribe signed several contracts with C&W Enterprises for road work on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The construction...

Alaska Native corporation land swap put on hold (September 8, 2008)

A controversial land swap between an Alaska Native regional corporation and the federal government has been delayed until fall 2009. Doyon Ltd., wants to give at least 150,000 acres of its land to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In...

Blackfeet family shocked over death of 2-year-old boy (September 8, 2008)

A family from the Blackfeet Nation in Montana gathered on the reservation on Saturday to remember James Many White Horses II, a two-year-old boy whose badly decomposed body was found last week. James was last seen with his mother,...

State argues over arguments in land-into-trust case (September 8, 2008)

Legal officials in Rhode Island are arguing over who should argue before the U.S. Supreme Court in an upcoming land-into-trust case State officials want the high court to overturn a ruling that said the Interior Department can take land into...

Kevin Abourezk: Do Native Republicans exist? (September 8, 2008)

"Native Republicans? No, really. They exist. They're not some mythical creature in the same league as a Greek two-headed monster or an underwater Scottish dinosaur. They live, they breath and, guess what, they work to sway voters to their point...

Editorial: Gov. Palin stalling on Troopergate probe (September 8, 2008)

"Gov. Sarah Palin is taking the wrong approach to Troopergate. She should be practicing the open and transparent, ethical and accountable government she promised when running for governor and boasts about now that she's on the national stage. Instead, Gov....

Indian Affairs Committee hearing on Thursday (September 8, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will take up three bills at a hearing on Thursday, September 11. The bills are: 1) S. 3128, White Mountain Apache Tribe Rural Water System Loan Authorization Act; 2) S. 3355, Crow Tribe Water Rights...

Great Plains tribes endorse Obama for president (September 8, 2008)

The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association passed a resolution on Friday endorsing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) for president. "Whether the issue is self-determination, law enforcement, housing, health care, education, protection of Native cultures and languages, or combating the spread of...

Charles Trimble: Overdue obituary of Shirley Plume (September 8, 2008)

In the bitterness of the political environment that pervaded the Pine Ridge reservation over the past several decades, the death of Shirley Plume was noted only in a cursory and terse announcement relegated to the deep interior of the local...

Tim Giago: Independent police force at Pine Ridge (September 8, 2008)

Many years ago when the Indian monthly newspaper Wassaja was in vogue an article appeared in the paper that named Oglala Lakota businessman Gerald Clifford as an “Indian expert.” Needless to say, Clifford was infuriated. He said, “It’s like...

Jodi Rave: Native people assert control of resources (September 8, 2008)

"Mining corporations have stripped tons of valuable minerals from indigenous communities around the world, leaving a legacy of destruction. But times are changing, summoning indigenous people to assert more power over their homelands. “It's important for us to acknowledge the...

Editorial: Tohono O'odham man tries to save lives (September 8, 2008)

"We would never try to tell the sovereign Tohono O'odham Nation what to do. But we commend Mike Wilson for defying his own tribe's authorities for the past seven years. Wilson has been ordered repeatedly to stop setting up water...

Editorial: Good ruling on Schaghticoke recognition (September 8, 2008)

"A ruling by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Peter Dorsey may not put an end to a western Connecticut Indian group's push for federal recognition as a tribe. Yet we welcome his application of clear legal standards to this case,...

Yellow Bird: Interview with new president of UND (September 8, 2008)

Dorreen Yellow Bird of The Grand Forks Herald interviews Robert Kelley, the new president of the University of North Dakota, whose "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo have been controversial. "Q. How do you feel about the Fighting Sioux nickname...

Jodi Rave: Cobell set for appeal of $455.6M decision (September 8, 2008)

"Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against the Interior Department, welcomed a federal judge's order this week granting an appeal on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Native landowners across the country. “If this opinion was fair,...