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Court hearing in Stillaguamish tobacco case (November 19, 2008)

Four members of the Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington are due to appear in court tomorrow on charges they sold untaxed cigarettes. Former chairman Edward Goodridge, Sr., his wife, their son and a relative are accused of making at least $55...

School changes mind on Seminole boy's hair (November 19, 2008)

A school district in Louisiana says a 5-year-old Seminole boy can keep his hair long. Curtis Harjo was told he would have to cut his hair or wear it in a bun. But the superintendent in St. Tammany Parish said...

Center: 'Risky business' in Indian Country (November 19, 2008)

" Deep in the foothills, miles above California’s Sacramento Valley, the 640-acre home of the Cortina Band of Wintun Indians lies empty except for six houses, a graveyard, and the spot where the band’s ceremonial roundhouse once stood. A...

Tom Daschle tapped for Health and Human Services (November 19, 2008)

Former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota has been tapped as Secretary of Health and Human Services for president-elect Barack Obama. Daschle is known as an advocate for Indian issues. He would oversee the Indian Health Service in...

Sen. Thune asks Bush for $2B in Indian funding (November 19, 2008)

Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota), a newly elected Republican leader in the Senate, is asking President Bush to include $2 billion in funds for Indian Country in the Bush administration's final budget proposal. Thune led the effort to amend a...

NIGC chairman stresses independence to Obama team (November 19, 2008)

The outgoing leader of the National Indian Gaming Commission said on Tuesday he is encouraging the incoming administration to maintain the agency's independence. NIGC Chairman Phil Hogen, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, has served as...

Northern Cheyenne woman admits to death (November 19, 2008)

A woman from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for the death of her boyfriend. Kimberly Joyce Hiwalker, 43, said she was drinking and doesn't remember all of the details of the November 2007 incident...

Navajo youth launch 'Dine Protection Day' (November 19, 2008)

Navajo students at a public school in New Mexico are seeking to educate youth and the public about healthy lifestyles. The Dine Youth Council at Kirtland Central High School will host "Dine Protection Day" on Thursday to focus on...

White Earth Band set for youth treatment center (November 19, 2008)

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe will open a youth residential treatment center in Bemidji, Minnesota, on January 1, 2009. The White Earth Oshki Manidoo Center, or “New Spirit,” provides services to Native youth ages 10-18. The tribe paid $6.5...

Oglala Sioux Tribe releases official election results (November 19, 2008)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota released official results from its November 4 election. Former state Sen. Theresa Two Bulls won the president's race with 2,443 votes. Activist/actor Russell Means had 2,083 votes. For vice president, incumbent William “Shorty”...

Brazil to track remote tribes with heat sensors (November 19, 2008)

The Brazilian government plans to use planes with heat-sensing equipment to track remote tribes in the Amazon. The National Indian Foundation said the equipment will help protect tribes from illegal logging and mining. The government's policy is not to contact...

EPA plans to weaken clean air rules near parks (November 19, 2008)

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to weaken Clean Air Act protections for areas near national parks and wilderness areas, The Washington Post reports. The rule would make it easier for to build coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and other...

Lumbee Tribe goes to polls for council seats (November 19, 2008)

Members of the Lumbee Tribe, of North Carolina went to the polls on Tuesday to decide four council races. Only one incumbent retained his seat while the others were taken by newcomers. Two races with very close counts could...

Obama settling on choice for Attorney General (November 19, 2008)

President-elect Barack Obama has offered the job of U.S. Attorney General to Eric H. Holder Jr., a former Clinton administration official, according to news reports. If nominated and confirmed, Holder would be the first African-American to hold the post. A...

Sen. Stevens loses re-election after conviction (November 19, 2008)

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, lost his bid for re-election, according to the latest vote tally from Tuesday. Stevens ran for another term even though he was convicted of corruption a week before the election....