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Bush administration finalizes probate rule (November 12, 2008)

Meeting a last-minute deadline, the Bush administration has finalized a comprehensive set of regulations that seek to reform the probate of Indian lands. After more than two years of development, the 200-page notice of the final rule is being published...

Charles Trimble: Indian warriors serve nations (November 12, 2008)

At the Wounded Knee massacre site there is a stone monument marking the mass grave of the Dakota men, women and children slaughtered there by a troop of US Cavalry. Juxtaposed around the monument are several plain white headstones of...

Minnesota university's Indian center marks 25 years (November 12, 2008)

The American Indian Learning Resource Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth will be celebrating the 26th anniversary on Friday. When the center first opened, only a few Indian students attended the school. One was Rick Smith, a member of...

First Peoples Fund recognizes community spirit (November 12, 2008)

Four Native artists have received the Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award from the First Peoples Fund of South Dakota. The award recognizes artists who are committed to maintaining their community's cultural values. It comes with a $5,000 grant. This year's...

9th Circuit reverses sentence for Indian defendant (November 12, 2008)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new sentencing hearing for an Indian defendant in Montana. Philmore Necklace was sentenced to 20 months in prison for violating conditions of his supervised release. He said the punishment was out of...

Navajo agribusiness wins New Mexico certification (November 12, 2008)

The agribusiness owned by the Navajo Nation won its first certification from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture on Tuesday. Navajo Agriculture Producers Industry was the only agricultural business in the state to win state certification this year. The...

Oklahoma Baptists elect first Indian president (November 12, 2008)

The Rev. Emerson Falls was elected as president of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Falls, who is Sac and Fox and Choctaw, is the first Indian leader of the group, which represents more than 600 Southern Baptist churches...

Tsuu T'ina Nation due back in court over utilities (November 12, 2008)

The Tsuu T'ina Nation of Alberta is due in court today to provide an update on utility service to three people on the reserve. A judge held the band in contempt of court for cutting off water and power to...

Nisqually Tribe to start work on $6.3M youth center (November 12, 2008)

The Nisqually Tribe of Washington is breaking ground on a $6.3 million youth activities and community emergency center. The 34,000 square-foot facility will offer a full gym, a large kitchen, a carving room, a craft room, a youth-activity room, education...

Osage Nation in talks for new tobacco compact (November 12, 2008)

The Osage Nation and the state of Oklahoma are in talks for a new tobacco compact, state Treasurer Scott Meacham told The Tulsa World. The Osage deal would mirror provisions in a new compact with the Cherokee Nation, Meacham said....

Southern Ute Tribe invests in biofuels company (November 12, 2008)

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado is a first-round investor in a alternative energy company in Colorado. The tribe is leasing land on the reservation to Solix Biofuels for a pilot plant. The facility will convert algae into oil for...

Tonto Apache Tribe elects brother of ex-chair (November 12, 2008)

The Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona elected Ivan Smith as chair on Saturday. Smith is the brother of Jeri Johnson DeCola, who resigned as chair in October following an alcohol-related incident at the tribe's casino. Smith previously served as...

Anti-smoking groups back tribal tobacco bill (November 12, 2008)

Three anti-smoking groups are lobbying New York Gov. David Paterson (D) to sign a bill that seeks to impose state taxes on tribal tobacco sales. The American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association say the...

Meskwaki Tribe seeking to remove non-member (November 12, 2008)

The Meskwaki Tribe of Iowa is seeking to remove a non-member from the reservation. The tribe says James Ironshell, who is Sioux, can't stay in a tribally-built home even though he is married to a Meskwaki woman. The couple...

Obama restricts role of lobbyists in transition (November 12, 2008)

President-elect Barack Obama released an ethics policy on Tuesday that limits the role of lobbyists in his transition to the White House. According to the policy: • Federal lobbyists cannot contribute financially to the transition. • Federal lobbyists are prohibited...

Turtle Talk: Obama's Supreme Court nominees (November 12, 2008)

"Now that the election is over, the commentaries on who President Obama might nominate to serve on the Supreme Court have begun in earnest. The crop of leading names, all of which is crazily speculative, are very exciting in general....

Opinion: Canada's Obama will be a Native person (November 12, 2008)

"Canada has its own identity and its own course. We already have a black Governor-General, an office that may be titular but is nevertheless important, and Canada elected a female prime minister long before Hillary Clinton had to endure the...

Jodi Rave: Trust reform an issue for Obama (November 12, 2008)

"As Native America anxiously awaits a presidential appointment to the Interior Department, a congressional watchdog agency has told President-elect Barack Obama's transition team that Indian trust fund reform is a key issue before the department. “The soul of Indian Country...