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Off-reservation gaming policy survives lawsuit (October 3, 2008)

The Bush administration's controversial off-reservation gaming policy survived a legal challenge this week with the dismissal of a Wisconsin tribe's lawsuit. The St. Croix Band of Lake Superior Chippewa sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs in December 2007, anticipating changes...

Wisconsin Law Journal: Menominee attorney (October 3, 2008)

"The director of legal services for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin usually keeps an eye on cases involving the tribe he represents, or Seventh Circuit cases involving other Native American groups. However, earlier this summer, he was also...

Mohawks get apology and $46M for power projects (October 3, 2008)

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne accepted $46 million an apology for power projects in Ontario that were built without proper consultation. Ontario Power Generation, then known as Ontario Hydro, built dams and a generating station in the 1950s that...

Yaqui man a long-term survivor of kidney disease (October 3, 2008)

Alfredo Lucero, a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, was diagnosed with kidney failure in 1993. He was only 27. The diagnosis wasn't good news. Most people die within five years of going on dialysis treatment for...

Editorial: Tribes should back non-recognized tribes (October 3, 2008)

"Federally recognized tribes have not been as supportive of the federal recognition of new tribal communities as they perhaps could. The primary case is lack of support for Lumbee recognition efforts. The Lumbee have for many years sought full federal...

Editorial: Tribal Law and Order Act a good first step (October 3, 2008)

"Montana's Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester are among 12 co-sponsors of the Tribal Law and Order Act, and hearings on the Senate version have been held. Violence problems on the nation's reservations are staggering and shameful. Now comes the...

Blackfeet woman pleads not guilty for son's death (October 3, 2008)

A woman from the Blackfeet Nation of Montana pleaded not guilty to charges that she murdered her 2-year-old son and his body in the trunk of her car, The Great Falls Tribune reported. Summer Many White Horses, 31, allegedly...

Pember: Republiskins aka Indian Republicans (October 3, 2008)

"American Indians — I’m just gonna run wild here and use all kinds of names for the giant crowd of tribes, more than 500, who inhabit the United States — are not a monolithic group. Over 60 percent of us...

Jodi Rave: Interior's unfair probate deadline (October 3, 2008)

"Interior Department officials recently sent a letter to my family members announcing they planned to remove the mineral rights from my mother's estate, property on the Fort Berthold Reservation held in trust by the department for my brothers, sisters and...

Jodi Rave: Montana Democrats target Indian vote (October 3, 2008)

"Betty Cooper, a Democratic campaign organizer on the Blackfeet Reservation, said she sent a volunteer to “enemy territory” on Thursday to register Native voters living among the Republican majority in Cut Bank. Cooper said she will not be easily dissuaded...

AlterNet: Montana Republicans challenge Indian voters (October 3, 2008)

"The Montana Republican Party has challenged the voter registrations of 6,000 people in the state’s Democratic strongholds, such as the university towns like Missoula and rural counties with Native American reservations, according to voting rights advocates. More than half of...

Judge dismisses case against Aquash murder suspect (October 3, 2008)

A federal judge dismissed an indictment against a Canadian man who is accused of murdering Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. Judge Lawrence Piersol said the charges against John Graham failed to identify him as an "Indian" under federal law. Graham...

Violence threatens Tohono O'odham pilgrimage (October 3, 2008)

The Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona is encouraging members not to take part in an annual pilgrimage to Mexico. Thousands of tribal members go to a small church in Mexico to pay tribute to a Jesuit missionary. But drug...

Northwestern Band plans geothermal plant (October 3, 2008)

The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation is tapping into its natural resources with a geothermal plant. The tribe broke ground on a $450 million plant that will convert the Earth's hot water to energy. The city of Riverside,...

New Mexico fights Navajo power plant approval (October 3, 2008)

The state of New Mexico wants the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its approval of an air permit for the Navajo Nation's proposed power plant. The state says the EPA failed to consider several issues when it approved the air...

Sen. Stevens loses bid to dismiss corruption case (October 3, 2008)

A federal judge refused to dismiss the corruption case against Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) or declare a mistrial even as he said he lost trust in Department of Justice attorneys. Government attorneys admitted they withheld information about the charges...

Utah park moves sculpture of Hopi clan symbol (October 3, 2008)

A state park in Utah has moved a sculpture that depicts a Hopi clan symbol after a local "values committee" said it was offended. The sculpture of a male flute player welcomed visitors to the Edge of the Cedars...

Evon Peter: Colonization of Alaska Natives (October 3, 2008)

"There is a powerful and well-informed movement building among Alaska Native peoples to address root causes of the cultural, spiritual, social, political and economic challenges people are facing. It is a movement of healing, awareness, truth and action. We must...

Letter: 'Sioux' name not for sale to anyone (October 3, 2008)

"To those tribal members who are participating in the Oct. 5 event, I ask these two questions: Who gave you the right to give permission for my tribe’s flag to be displayed in the arena? Moreover, who gave you...

Judge orders release of Abramoff visitor logs (October 3, 2008)

Judge Royce Lamberth gave the U.S. Secret Service 18 days to turn over White House logs detailing disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s visits during the Bush administration. Judicial Watch and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a Freedom of...

Eastern Cherokees donate to kidney foundation (October 3, 2008)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians donated $150,000 to the National Kidney Foundation of North Carolina, the largest gift in the organization's history. The donation will support the Kidneyville Cruiser, a mobile education unit. The cruiser will appear at the...