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Murder trial stalled due to 'Indian' status issue (October 6, 2008)

Government prosecutors filed new murder charges against a Canadian man on Friday after a judge raised questions about the defendant's "Indian" status. The new indictment acknowledges John Graham is from the Southern Tutchone First Nation in the Yukon of Canada....

Indian boot camp ends with swim from Alcatraz (October 6, 2008)

Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota once again took part in a unique health program in San Francisco, California. Nancy Iverson, a doctor who grew up in South Dakota, started Pathstar five years ago. She wants...

White Mountain Apache water bill sent to Bush (October 6, 2008)

The White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona will be able to plan a clean water system under a bill that has been presented to President Bush. The Senate unanimously passed S.3128 on September 25. The House passed the bill in...

Editorial: New York can't ignore reservation taxes (October 6, 2008)

" Upstate Citizens for Equality's motorcade Saturday to protest the state government's failure to collect sales taxes on products sold by Indian-owned retailers to non-Indians was designed to highlight a major revenue gap in the state's troubled finances. And while...

Charter school helps Tohono O'odham succeed (October 6, 2008)

A charter school in Arizona is helping youth of Tohono O'odham Nation stay connected to their culture and succeed in the academic world. The Ha:sañ Preparatory & Leadership School, which isn't located on the reservation, met adequate yearly progress...

Border city might join Northern Arapaho lawsuit (October 6, 2008)

Officials in the city of Riverton, Wyoming, will meet tomorrow to discuss a lawsuit filed by the Northern Arapaho Tribe. Mayor John Vincent said the city needs to be named a defendant in the case, along with Fremont County. The...

Narragansett Tribe won't argue at Supreme Court (October 6, 2008)

The Narragansett Tribe won't be allowed to present its side of a land-into-trust dispute before the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices issued an order today that rejected the tribe's request for time to argue at the November 3 hearing. The...

Supreme Court won't hear Osage Nation case (October 6, 2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to hear a taxation case involving the Osage Nation of Oklahoma. The tribe sued the state over income taxes assessed on members who are employed by the tribe and live on tribal land. The...

Rumsey chairman battles 'poverty of the soul' (October 6, 2008)

The Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians is one of the most successful in California but Chairman Marshall McKay says the tribe is still battling its demons. McKay says tribal members don't want to work because they know they will...

Cayuga Nation gives away gas amid tax protest (October 6, 2008)

The Cayuga Nation of New York gave away $10 in free gas on Saturday as an anti-Indian group led a motorcade to protest the state's Indian tax policy. A reported 200 people met at the LakeSide Trading gas station to...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe set to open grocery store (October 6, 2008)

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota will open a $2.9 million grocery store in mid-December. The 26,000-square-foot Turtle Crossing Grocery Store will feature a deli, a bakery, a pharmacy. The store will promote healthful foods and utilize the Lakota...

Muscogee Nation raises minimum wage to $9.25 (October 6, 2008)

The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma raised its minimum wage to $9.25 per hour. Three years ago, the tribe's minimum wage was $6 an hour. Chief A.D. Ellis led an effort to adopt gradual increases to employees' pay. "It's a matter...

9th Circuit delays ruling in sacred site case (October 6, 2008)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to stay its decision affecting the sacred San Francisco Peaks in Arizona. The Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe and other tribes go to the peaks to pray, gather medicine and hold ceremonies....

Judge to consider Shinnecock Nation recognition (October 6, 2008)

A federal judge says he will determine whether the Interior Department has "unreasonably delayed" the Shinnecock Nation of New York from federal recognition. The tribe submitted its petition to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1978. Despite being at the...

Letter: Release Indian crime declination data (October 6, 2008)

"Congressional leaders have recently asked the U.S. Justice Department for information about crimes that have not been prosecuted in Indian Country. The department has refused, saying that releasing the information could mislead the public and jeopardize criminal investigations. As a...

Mille Lacs Band banishes four over violence (October 6, 2008)

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota recently banished four tribal members who were accused of committing a series of violent crimes on the reservation. The banishment of the four -- all males in their 20s -- was considered...

Protest against tribal flags at 'Fighting Sioux' arena (October 6, 2008)

About 40 people held a protest outside the Ralph Engelstad Arena at the University of North Dakota. The protesters opposed the arena's decision to fly the flags of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Spirit Lake Dakotah Nation....

Letter: A slap in the face over 'Fighting Sioux' (October 6, 2008)

"I am saddened and disgusted by the continual disrespect that is shown to our tribal governments by disrespecting our elected officials and ignoring their resolutions. I recently read a couple of things that gave me hope. I read an...

Tim Giago: Indian voters must remain independent (October 6, 2008)

By now many voters have made up their minds and have settled on one particular candidate for the Office of the President of the United States. It is surprising to many political pundits that there are large numbers of...