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New Inspector General reports on ethical lapses (September 10, 2008)

The Office of the Inspector General at the Interior Department released three reports today on allegations involving Minerals Management Service employees. The report say 13 current and former employees engaged in sexual activity with representatives of energy companies. The employees...

House hearing focuses on NCLB in Indian Country (September 10, 2008)

Two-thirds of Bureau of Indian Affairs schools aren't meeting standards under the No Child Left Behind Act, a House subcommittee was told on Tuesday. Passed in 2001, NCLB requires public and BIA schools to demonstrate adequate yearly progress (AYP). The...

Duwamish Tribe completes work on new longhouse (September 10, 2008)

The Duwamish Tribe of Washington is putting the final touches on its new longhouse. The Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center will be the tribe's first permanent home. The last Duwamish longhouse was burned by settlers over 100 years ago....

Judge asserts jurisdiction in Snoqualmie dispute (September 10, 2008)

A federal judge says he has jurisdiction to hear a banishment case involving the Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington. The tribe banished nine people, including former chairman Bill Sweet and some of his political allies. Another 40 people were disenrolled....

Public memorial set for 2-year-old Blackfeet boy (September 10, 2008)

The family of a two-year-old boy from the Blackfeet Nation of Montana will hold a memorial in his honor on Saturday. James Many White Horses died at the hands of his 31-year-old mother, according to authorities in Great Falls. Police...

Column: Cheyenne woman opposes 'Bison' mascot (September 10, 2008)

"From Lame Deer, Mont., on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, comes another complaint about a sports nickname and logo perceived by some as insensitive. No, this one isn’t about UND. Despite “all the stories, all the talk and all...

Haskell signs environmental science agreement (September 10, 2008)

Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas signed an agreement with the University of North Texas and the Environmental Protection Agency to encourage more students to enter the environmental science field. Haskell students will be able to complete postgraduate studies at...

Editorial: Law and order for Oglala Sioux Tribe (September 10, 2008)

"The mid-August scuffle at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that resulted in several police officers resigning has had ripple effects that may lead to a safer, more well-policed community. In mid-August, several Pine Ridge tribal police officers resigned prompting Bureau of...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to work on meeting house (September 10, 2008)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts says it will start renovations on the Old Indian Meeting House in the next week. The meeting house was built in 1684 and was used as evidence of the tribe's continuous existence. But...

Russell Means faces charges over fishing protest (September 10, 2008)

Activist Russell Means faces charges in South Dakota for a treaty-based fishing protest, The Rapid City Journal reports. Means says the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie allows Sioux people to fish without a state license. But state officials apparently...

Former Osage Nation official sentenced for theft (September 10, 2008)

Cynthia Willard, a former director for the Osage Nation of Oklahoma, was sentenced to five months in prison for stealing from the tribe. Willard, 47, admitted she defrauded the tribe out of about $38,000. She was ordered to pay restitution...

Choctaw boy, 10, seeks marrow donor for sister (September 10, 2008)

A 10-year-old Choctaw Nation boy from Oklahoma is urging American Indians to register as bone marrow donors. Christian Anderson hopes one of the donors will match his sister, Tallie Anderson, also 10. Tallie has been diagnosed with severe aplastic...

Santa Fe Indian School to raze more old buildings (September 10, 2008)

Santa Fe Indian School will raze three more old buildings as officials in New Mexico question whether federal laws were broken. The school has already demolished 15 buildings, which dated to the late 1800s and the early 1900s. Most...

Witness list for Indian Affairs Committee hearing (September 10, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing on Thursday on three bills. The bills are 1) S. 3128, White Mountain Apache Tribe Rural Water System Loan Authorization Act; 2) S. 3355, Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2008;...

Two escaped Native inmates captured in Manitoba (September 10, 2008)

Two Native inmates who escaped from a prison in Saskatchewan were arrested in Manitoba on Tuesday night. Cody Dillon Keenatch, 19, and Preston Clarence Buffalocalf, 22, were found in a housing complex in Winnipeg. Police evacuated the building as...

Ex-Navajo official not selected for school district job (September 10, 2008)

It looks like the Central Consolidated School District in New Mexico won't be hiring a former Navajo Nation official after all. The Farmington Daily reported on Monday that Tommy Lewis Jr., who was the tribe's first education superintendent, was hired...

Apache leaders force takeover of tribal building (September 10, 2008)

The chair and the vice chair of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma hired a private security firm to take over tribal headquarters on Tuesday, according to news reports. Chairman Alonzo Chalepah and Vice Chair Mary Rivera were locked out of...

Yellow Bird: UTTC powwow keeps getting bigger (September 10, 2008)

"As I walked in the damp grass of the powwow grounds at the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck last weekend, I couldn’t believe how much the event had grown. My nose tingled with smell of frying bread, popcorn,...

San Manuel Band project feels pinch of economy (September 10, 2008)

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of California says the downturn in the economy has affected one of its development projects. The tribe has had trouble lining up businesses for its mixed-use San Manuel Village. Tenants want to pay...

Abramoff redirected fees owed to lobbying firm (September 10, 2008)

Jack Abramoff defrauded the Greenberg Traurig firm out of lobbying fees, according to the Department of Justice. Abramoff got some of the his clients to pay their fees to his partner, Michael Scanlon, instead of the firm, federal prosecutors said....

Rep. Wilson denies acting on Abramoff's behalf (September 10, 2008)

Outgoing Rep. Heather Wilson (R-New Mexico) denies taking any action on behalf of Jack Abramoff's lobbying firm although the latest federal indictment links one of her aides to the scandal. According to prosecutors, the unnamed aide worked closely with Kevin...