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Hopi Tribe concerned about drilling in Utah (October 1, 2008)

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is questioning a drilling project in Utah after the Hopi Tribe of Arizona raised concerns about the impact on cultural sites. The tribe wanted to be consulted about the drilling of more than...

Recall election set for Indian sheriff in Montana (October 1, 2008)

Lawrence "Pete" Big Hair, a member of the Crow Tribe of Montana, will learn his fate as Big Horn County sheriff on November 4. Big Hair faces a slew of allegations related to his job performance. Residents say he...

Aquash, Canadian woman, was 'Indian' prosecutors say (October 1, 2008)

Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, the American Indian Movement activist who was killed on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in December 1975, was "Indian" even though she was from a tribe in Canada, according to federal prosecutors. John Graham,...

Ho-Chunk Nation seeks to develop Indian teachers (October 1, 2008)

The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin is working with a local public school district to increase the number of Indian teachers. Forest Funmaker, the tribe's education director, hopes the program will increase the number of Ho-Chunk language teachers. A proposal...

Mille Lacs Band to consider removal of top leader (October 1, 2008)

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota will consider the removal of chief executive Melanie Benjamin at an upcoming hearing. Benjamin is being accused of using tribal funds for personal use. The allegations stem from work that took place...

Chippewa Cree Tribe to use grants for court system (October 1, 2008)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana will use three federal grants for its court system. An $800,000 grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will be used to expand the...

Murder-suicide reported on Menominee Reservation (October 1, 2008)

A brother and sister are dead in what the FBI is calling a murder-suicide on the Menominee Nation in Wisconsin. A friend identified the dead as Roland Sackatook, 33, and Jodi Sackatook, 32. The friend said they lost their parents...

United Keetoowah Band sues to block IHS turnover (October 1, 2008)

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees Indians filed suit in federal court on Tuesday to prevent the Indian Health Service from handing control of the W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital to the Cherokee Nation. The Cherokees plan to start running...

Native statues gain prominent space at U.S. Capitol (October 1, 2008)

Five statues representing prominent Native people will be displayed at the new Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. The statues are part of the National Statuary Hall, which is located in the main U.S. Capitol building. But 23 of...

Supreme Court to hear Native Hawaiian case (October 1, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to hear a case involving the status of 1.2 million acres of Native Hawaiian lands. The Hawaii Supreme Court on January 31 blocked the sale, exchange or transfer of any land pending resolution of...

Supreme Court to hear Navajo Nation trust case (October 1, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to hear the Bush administration's appeal of the Navajo Nation's breach of trust lawsuit. The tribe says the Bureau of Indian Affairs approved a coal development lease with a less than favorable royalty rate....

White House tied to firings of US Attorneys (October 1, 2008)

The White House failed to provide key documents related to the firings of several U.S. Attorneys, Department of Justice investigators said in a report. Former White House officials also refused to cooperate, the report said. That prevented investigators from determining...

Senate passes Code Talker recognition bill (October 1, 2008)

The Senate has joined the House in approving H.R.4544, the Code Talkers Recognition Act. The bill awards the Congressional Gold Medal to Indian soldiers who used their languages to develop codes for the U.S. military. It identifies members of the...

Cocopah Tribe helps patrol US-Mexico border (October 1, 2008)

The Cocopah Tribe of Arizona is working with the U.S. Border Patrol to stop immigration. The tribe is using SUVs with police equipment to track activity at the border. The tribe is also installing vehicle barriers on the reservation, which...

Oregon tribal land bill awaits Bush's signature (October 1, 2008)

A bill to return 24 acres of ancestral land to the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians of Oregon awaits President Bush's signature. H.R.6370, the Oregon Surplus Federal Land Act, was introduced in June but benefited...

Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe to open gas station (October 1, 2008)

The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada broke ground on a gas station, convenient store and smoke shop on Tuesday. The $1.4 million Fox Peak Station will be the tribe's second gas station. It is located on 2.3 acres of...

Fond du Lac Band debates use of banishment (October 1, 2008)

Members of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa are debating the use of banishment to combat violence on the reservation. A recent drive-by shooting prompted discussion of the issue. Supporters say tribal members who get involved with...