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Obama administration seen as boost for Indian Country (November 21, 2008)

Indian Country stands to gain from the "historic" election of Barack Obama as president, Washington insiders said on Thursday. Though Obama is still putting his team together, the picks that have emerged so far are favorable to tribes. Former Senate...

Tribal judge dismisses charges against Hopi chair (November 21, 2008)

A judge for the Hopi Tribe of Arizona dismissed two out of three charges against Chairman Ben Nuvamsa. Nuvamsa was accused of violated a tribal resolution, failing to obey a lawful court order and damaging public property. The judge dismissed...

Stillaguamish leader to pay $25.7M for tobacco (November 21, 2008)

The executive director of the Stillaguamish Tribe of Washington agreed to pay $25.7 million as part of his guilty plea for selling untaxed cigarettes. Eddie Goodridge Jr. is one of four tribal members who sold cigarettes at the Blue Stilly...

Guilty plea for Cheyenne River Sioux fire deaths (November 21, 2008)

A member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder for a fire that led to the deaths of two siblings. Akeem Rooks, 18, admitted he set a fire to his...

Tribes look forward to Daschle's role in health care (November 21, 2008)

Tribes are excited by the expected selection of former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. When he was in the Senate, Daschle worked to increase funding for the Indian Health Service....

Yankton Sioux Tribe continues hog farm fight (November 21, 2008)

The Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota continues to fight a controversial hog farm near the reservation. The tribe asserted jurisdiction over the Longview Farm hog facility but a federal judge said the site wasn't part of the reservation. The...

Appeal granted for Cobell historical accounting (November 21, 2008)

The D.C. Court of Appeals has granted petitions to review a judge's decision to award $455.6 million in the Cobell Indian trust case. The plaintiffs and the federal government are both appealing the decision. The plaintiffs say the amount is...

Former Passamaquoddy leader found guilty (November 21, 2008)

A former leader of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine was found guilty of 29 of the 30 charges he faced. Robert L. Newell was the governor of the tribe's Indian Township reservation. He was accused of misusing $1.7 million...

Charles Trimble: Thanksgiving and colonization (November 21, 2008)

"A day after Thanksgiving last year, the Omaha World Herald carried a story about the Meskwaki reservation in Tama, Iowa, and feelings about the holiday on the part of some of the tribal people there. Apparently the assignment was to...

Kara Briggs: Storytellers for Thanksgiving (November 21, 2008)

"November is a busy month for Native American storytellers. Schools, libraries and museums everywhere want storytellers to speak during the prelude or immediate aftermath of Thanksgiving. These gifted Native storytellers venture into classrooms of children dressed in paper feathers ,...

Opinion: Tribal sovereignty at stake in Oklahoma (November 21, 2008)

"It has been a long-standing policy among the different tribes in Oklahoma, as well as tribes in the United States, to maintain areas of jurisdiction within their own tribal boundaries. Whether this is a written law, policy or a gentleman's...

Another guilty plea in Abramoff investigation (November 21, 2008)

A former Congressional staffer pleaded guilty for his role in the Jack Abramoff scandal. Trevor L. Blackann admitted he accepted gifts from Abramoff's associates. In exchange, he pushed for a political appointment at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and took...

Jodi Rave: No economic aid for Indian Country (November 21, 2008)

"As Congress wrapped up the first of two lame-duck sessions on Thursday, lawmakers failed to pass any legislative proposals that would assist tribes during the country's economic storm. The National Congress of American Indians, an organization of more than 250...

Kevin Abourezk: Daschle's chance to prove it (November 21, 2008)

"As a young man in college, I had an older Native friend, a mentor for whom I had the deepest respect, who often would tell me: "Prove it." Whether I was telling him about a college leadership position I had...

Washington Sketch: Ted Stevens says goodbye (November 21, 2008)

"There, for a final time at his Senate desk, stood Ted Stevens: longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history, shepherd of Alaska statehood, convicted felon. "I don't have any rearview mirror," the diminutive -- and much diminished -- figure told...