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Blog: Abramoff associate asks judge to step aside (September 17, 2008)

"Kevin Ring, who was arrested last week on conspiracy, fraud and obstruction-of-justice charges stemming from his work on Jack Abramoff’s lobbying team, has asked a federal judged to recuse herself from his case. Ring is accused of attempting to thwart...

Testimony: Funding won't help Indian education (September 17, 2008)

More funding won't help raise Indian student achievement levels, according to witnesses at a trial in South Dakota. Keith Moore, the Indian education coordinator for the state, said money won't solve social issues like poverty and substance abuse. He said...

Witness list for Senate hearing on declinations (September 17, 2008)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing tomorrow to examine federal declinations to prosecute crimes in Indian Country. The hearing starts at 9:30am and will be broadcast online. The witness list follows: Panel 1 THE HONORABLE DREW WRIGLEY U.S....

Native holiday still in dispute in Nebraska county (September 17, 2008)

Two tribal members who sit on the board of supervisors in Thurston County, Nebraska, walked out of a meeting on Tuesday in protest of a vote aimed at repealing the county's Native American Day. The walkout by Darren Wolfe, a...

Sen. McCain returns Cherokee Nation donation (September 17, 2008)

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) returned a donation from the Cherokee Nation because the Republican presidential candidate doesn't accept money from tribes. The tribe wanted to donate $2,300 to the former chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. But it was...

Letter: Earmark helps Indian women's center (September 17, 2008)

"Rep. John Kline argues that federal earmarks are a "waste of your hard-earned tax dollars" and should be eliminated entirely. While I have no doubt that significant resources are squandered on seemingly inane projects, and a review of the federal...

Joe Garcia: Pass Indian Health Care Improvement Act (September 17, 2008)

"The time has come for Congress to stand up and protect the lives of American Indians through reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. What if your life expectancy was cut by 10 years? What if someone you love...

Campbell: Gov. Palin supports Alaska Natives (September 17, 2008)

"Recently, two attorneys from Alaska, who coincidentally help lead the Alaskans for Obama ’08 campaign organization, issued a statement charging that Gov. Sarah Palin has “attacked” Native subsistence rights. As the former chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs,...

Congress was warned about corruption at Interior (September 17, 2008)

Congress was repeatedly warned about problems at a Minerals Management Service office in Colorado that is the subject of a corruption scandal. Interior Department Inspector General Earl Devaney testified at least three times about the royalty-in-kind program. But Congress did...

Editorial: Navajo Nation deserves clean water (September 17, 2008)

"What modern luxury has become so integral to our daily lives that it barely deserves the title? Running water. You can rest assured that any time you turn a knob or faucet in Farmington, you will be met with...

Yellow Bird: Birds bring magic to North Dakota (September 17, 2008)

"I feel fortunate for the chance to be around extraordinary, well-informed and dedicated birders and prairie people such as those I’ve met in Grand Forks. North Dakota and this area are amazing when it comes to birds and prairie....

Soboba man arrested after standoff with deputies (September 17, 2008)

Deputies from Riverside County Sheriff's Department arrested a member of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians following a 12-hour standoff. David Neil Morreo, 34, was arrested at a home off the reservation. He is wanted in connection with a home...

Lumbee board finds money to hold council election (September 17, 2008)

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will hold an election on November 18 amid a dispute between the council and the election board. The council cut funds to the election board over a proposed amendments to the constitution. A referendum...

SCOTUSBlog: Narragansett land-into-trust case (September 17, 2008)

"The contentious relationship between the State of Rhode Island and the Narragansett Indian Tribe dates back to at least 1880, when – after protracted resistance to Rhode Island’s efforts to assimilate it – the Tribe surrendered its tribal authority and...

Wisconsin tribes win case over tax assessments (September 17, 2008)

Two Wisconsin tribes won a lawsuit over tax assessments in the town of Lincoln. The Forest County Potawatomi Community and the Sokaogon Chippewa Community own two 40-acre parcels in the town that were part of a controversial mine development. The...

Choctaw Nation to receive Freedom Award (September 17, 2008)

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will accept the National Freedom Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. The Choctaws are the first tribe to receive the award. It recognizes employers who support the National Guard and Reserve. Chief...

Opinion: Non-Native religion hurts Tlingit culture (September 17, 2008)

"If only Alaskan Native Tlingits in Southeast Alaska spent only half the time learning Tlingit culture, our traditions and our history, instead of wasting our time learning about Non-Native Gods and churches. We would know what Clan, Tribe and house...

Karuk man dies from fire fighting injuries (September 17, 2008)

Curtis Hillman Sr., a member of the Karuk Tribe, died from injuries he suffered while fighting a recent fire in California. Hillman was helping clear roads for fire crews when he was injured by a grader on August 25. He...