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Grand Traverse Band election results in dispute (December 1, 2008)

Derek Bailey, the recently elected chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, still doesn't know whether he will be able to lead the Michigan tribe. Bailey was elected in September after a second vote was...

More tribes a part of Indian housing lawsuit (December 1, 2008)

At least 28 tribes are suing the Department of Housing and Urban Development over their housing block grants. The tribes say they haven't received enough money for lower income housing. They say they have been shortchanged by at least $46...

S.E. Ruckman: Tis the season for per capita checks (December 1, 2008)

"In the old days, tribes had a different way of regarding time according to the different moons. It’s a long running joke in Indian Country that we do things on I.T. or Indian Time. To the novice, it means things...

Judge rejects NIGC's role in controversial casino case (December 1, 2008)

The National Indian Gaming Commission lacked the authority to allow a Nebraska tribe to open a casino at a controversial site in Iowa, a federal judge ruled on Friday. In what appears to be the first case of its kind,...

BIA reportedly agrees to land-into-trust changes (December 1, 2008)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has reportedly agreed to make changes to the land-into-trust process with respect to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota. A proposed settlement will require the BIA to invite the city of Shakopee to meetings...

BIA sued for $3M for faulty Fort Apache rape arrests (December 1, 2008)

Two mean are suing the Bureau of Indian Affairs after being arrested in connection with a string of rapes and sexual assaults on the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona. Jeremy Reed, 23, and Jesse Dupris, 26, are each seeking $1.5...

Obama's support sought for Indian health bill (December 1, 2008)

Will president-elect Barack Obama will use his power to help pass the Indian Health Care Improvement Act? President Bush opposed reauthorization of the bill for several years. After members of Congress criticized his administration, Senate Republicans blocked its passage. With...

Thousands drawn to Cabazon Band's powwow (December 1, 2008)

The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians of California reported record attendance at its annual Indio Powwow. The tribe broke last year's attendance rate in just two days. Upwards of 11,000 people passed through the doors at the Special Events...

Aquash murder defendant seeks separate trial (December 1, 2008)

A man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash wants a separate trial. John Graham, who is from the Southern Tutchone First Nation in the Yukon of Canada, is due to be tried along with Richard...

Pueblo man killed in drunk driving accident (December 1, 2008)

The drunken driving death of William Tenorio, a 46-year-old man who was from San Felipe Pueblo, is generating a lot of attention in New Mexico due to the political and legal connections of the man accused of killing him....

Cherokee Nation completes renovation of museum (December 1, 2008)

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma wrapped up a $280,000 renovation of its museum in Tahlequah. The Cherokee Heritage Center now offers a museum store, a revamped atrium, new exhibits and a learning space. "It really brought it up to...

Cayuga Nation heads to court after smokeshop raid (December 1, 2008)

The Cayuga Nation of New York is going to court on Wednesday to seek the return of tribal property and cash that were seized from two of its smokeshops. The tribe says authorities in Cayuga County lacked jurisdiction to...

Higher Ed: In Havasupai suit, whose blood is it? (December 1, 2008)

"The basic concept of informed consent in research is straightforward: People being studied should understand the research enough to know the risks and benefits and be able to make an intelligent decision on whether to participate. For anthropologists, whose discipline...

Opinion: Recognition for the first Americans (December 1, 2008)

"American Indians have served honorably in all of our armed forces since Colonial times, so it is fitting that they are remembered for their courage and dedication. It has become trendy to call them "Native Americans," which I think is...

Marc Simmons: A Spanish report looks at Pueblos (December 1, 2008)

"Some years ago while doing research in Mexico City, I acquired a copy of an interesting document written in 1793 by the Count of Revilla Gigedo II. At that date, he was the viceroy of New Spain (Mexico), which...

Editorial: Native villages accept Venezuela's help (December 1, 2008)

"Venezuelan mischief-maker Hugo Chavez is back on the Alaska scene with another offer of discounted fuel for the state's predominantly Native communities. In the past, villages that accept the offer, made through Venezuela's national oil company Citgo, have been called...

Jodi Rave: Tribal ancestors stockpiled across nation (December 1, 2008)

"I recently asked a spokesperson for the nation’s largest public power company about thousands of American Indian bones and funeral objects in the federal corporation’s possession. The Tennessee Valley Authority spokesperson seemed to think I was pulling his leg when...

Tim Giago: Reforming the Bureau of Indian Affairs (December 1, 2008)

Yes Virginia, there is a Bureau of Indian Affairs. No Virginia, there is no bureau of African/American, Hispanic American, or Asian/American affairs. The United States government in its infinite, all seeing, all knowing and all caring wisdom decided that in...