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Lac Du Flambeau Band ousts incumbent president (October 8, 2008)

Members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Wisconsin elected a new president on Tuesday. Carl W. Edwards defeated incumbent Victoria Doud, who came in third behind a write-in candidate, the Associated Press reported. Vice President...

Settlement reached over Red Lake school shootings (October 8, 2008)

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit over the shootings at a public school on the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota. Seven students, teachers and staff were killed at the school on March 21, 2005. The families of the...

Chippewa Cree Tribe heads to general election (October 8, 2008)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana will hold its general election on November 4 after narrowing the field for council candidates on Tuesday. Raymond J. Parker Jr. and Jonathan Windy Boy were the top vote-getters for the chairman's post. Parker...

Constitutionality an issue in land-into-trust lawsuits (October 8, 2008)

The Interior Department says complaints that challenge the constitutionality of its decision to acquire 13,000 acres in trust for the Oneida Nation of New York should be dismissed. The state, two counties and other groups have raised the constitutionality issue...

BIA weighs faster review of Shinnecock recognition (October 8, 2008)

A lawsuit appears to be forcing the Bureau of Indian Affairs to take action on the federal recognition petition of the Shinnecock Nation of New York. The BIA will make a decision by the end of the month whether to...

Shakopee woman finds success with bison ranch (October 8, 2008)

Kathy Crooks, a member of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community> of Minnesota, is finding success on Heavenly Ranch. Crooks and her husband are producing bison on the 75-acre ranch. Crooks says year-to-year sales of meat up are 17 percent....

Pine Ridge family hopes to move into new home (October 8, 2008)

A large family from the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota hopes to move into a new home after their first one was destroyed by fire. The 15 members of the Fast Wolf family lost their "Rez Mansion" on June...

New Mexico owes Indian veterans $2M in taxes (October 8, 2008)

The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department says it owes least 7,000 Indian veterans as much as $2 million for taxes that were illegally paid to the state. The veterans were assessed state income taxes while serving in the military....

Bailout helps troubled First Nations University (October 8, 2008)

The government of Saskatchewan is providing the First Nations University with $2 million in cash to address a debt problem. The university has been marred by scandal in recent years. Allegations of financial mismanagement led to the resignation of...

Former governor Janklow pleads to accident (October 8, 2008)

Former South Dakota governor Bill Janklow (R), who was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in 2003, pleaded guilty for hitting a parked car in Sioux Falls. Janklow left the scene and said he didn't realize he hit the car. Witnessed told...

Cherokee Nation prepares guide for tribal voters (October 8, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation has prepared a voters' guide as part of its "Cherokee Vote Counts" initiative. The tribe submitted questionnaires to candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and state Senate and state House seats in northeastern Oklahoma. Not everyone responded...

Yellow Bird: Respect for elders seems to be fading (October 8, 2008)

"When I was a teenager, we were taught a different attitude about our Native American elders. Those teachings seem to be disappearing as we move into contemporary culture, but it wasn’t that long ago when, as young women, we...

Art Review: Indian dresses at NMAI in New York (October 8, 2008)

"Most of us get dressed in the morning with only the vaguest notion of where the clothes on our backs come from. A 19th-century American Indian woman could tell you exactly who had hunted the animals from which her...

Judge blocks Muckleshoots from Duwamish case (October 8, 2008)

A judge won't let the Muckleshoot Tribe intervene in the federal recognition lawsuit filed by the Duwamish Tribe. The two Washington tribes have long been at odds over the status of the Duwamish. The Muckleshoots say they are the successors...

9th Circuit rebuffs Snoqualmie Tribe on sacred site (October 8, 2008)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission did not violate the religious rights of the Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday. The tribe challenged FERC's renewal of license for a power plant at the...

Tonto Apache chair quits rather than face removal (October 8, 2008)

Jeri DeCola resigned as chair of the Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona on September 30. DeCola was facing a removal vote by the tribal council for a drinking incident at the tribe's casino. Had she been removed, she wouldn't...

Attorneys at 'impasse' for land-into-trust arguments (October 8, 2008)

The attorney who filed the land-into-trust lawsuit that is now before the U.S. Supreme Court says he is being pressured to let a legal heavyweight present the case. Joseph Larisa Jr., the assistant solicitor for Indian Affairs in the town...

Editorial: Recognition for Virginia's tribes (October 8, 2008)

"When Virginia Rep. Jim Moran, D-8th, introduced legislation to give Virginia’s Indian tribes recognition by the federal government in 1999, he knew it would be an uphill fight. But he had no idea that nine years later, the measure would...