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Cayuga Nation in court over raid of smokeshops (December 4, 2008)

The Cayuga Nation of New York was in court on Wednesday to protest a county raid on two of its smokeshops. The tribe said authorities in Cayuga County lacked authority to seize tribal cash and property. The tribe said...

Alaska Native shareholders worried about future (December 4, 2008)

Shareholders in an Alaska Native regional corporation are worried about their financial future. The 13th Regional Corp. was created to represent Alaska Natives who weren't legal residents of Alaska when theAlaska Native Claims Settlement Act. was passed in 1971. it...

Montana city hears complaints of anti-Indian bias (December 4, 2008)

Officials in Cut Bank, Montana, apologized for the mistreatment of members of the Blackfeet Nation, who said they have been the victims of racism and discrimination in the border town. Tribal members said they are treated differently when they patronize...

Opinion: A new name for the Washington 'Redskins' (December 4, 2008)

"The Washington Redskins is an old team sports brand name with no suitable place in the nation’s capital when Barak Obama takes office as the first African-American President of the United States. Of course, Indigenous America has its own museum...

Oglala Sioux Tribe to inaugurate leaders (December 4, 2008)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota will hold an inauguration ceremony on Friday. Theresa Two Bulls, a former state senator, is being sworn in as president. She is the second woman to lead the tribe. Incumbent William "Shorty" Brewer...

Kara Briggs: Bolivia's president reaches America (December 4, 2008)

"Bolivia’s President Evo Morales came to Washington, D.C. the week before Thanksgiving seeking a meeting of minds – using public forums and whatever media would take an interest – to reach the American people and President-Elect Obama. The 48-year-old Aymara...

Jodi Rave: Feasting on a Norwegian treat (December 4, 2008)

"Raymond “Swede” Anderson, Missoula's Norwegian flatbread king, rolled paper-thin slices of dough on his pastry board, then carefully laid them, one by one, onto a hot cast-iron griddle. “That's probably the thinnest lefse you've ever seen,” he said Wednesday,...

Column: A black eye for Bush's Justice Department (December 4, 2008)

"From the beginning, circumstances, including the clumsy whiting out of names on a hit list of prosecutors targeted for replacement by Bush operatives, suggested that Minnesota's veteran U.S. attorney, Tom Heffelfinger, was among the targets of a campaign to...

Driver in Pueblo man's death had prior DWI arrest (December 4, 2008)

A prominent New Mexico attorney accused in an accident that killed a Pueblo man had a prior drunken driving arrest that was never prosecuted, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports. Carlos Fierro's blood alcohol content was nearly twice the legal...

Editorial: Southern Ute Tribe takes on air quality (December 4, 2008)

"The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado wants to take control of pollution on its land away from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. So far so good. As the tribe's air quality program manager, James Temte, pointed out, the EPA has...

Editorial: Watch for appeal of tribal immunity case (December 4, 2008)

"An Oklahoma attorney is considering going to the U.S. Supreme Court with a case that, if accepted by the high court, could have a great bearing on how business is conducted with American Indian tribes. Jonathan Neff of Tulsa says...

Hopi woman answers call to serve on Arizona board (December 4, 2008)

LuAnn Leonard, a member of the Hopi Tribe, said she is making history as the first Native American on the Arizona Board of Regents. Leonard was nominated earlier this year by Gov. Janet Napolitano (D). She said it was...

Viejas Band reportedly eyes stadium naming rights (December 4, 2008)

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians will reportedly buy the naming rights to the San Diego State University arena. Cox Communications currently holds the rights to the Cox Arena. But The San Diego Reader said the tribe will step...

Interior expected to approve Peabody mine merger (December 4, 2008)

With the clock winding down on the Bush administration, the Interior Department is expected to approve a merger of two mines in Arizona that are operated by Peabody Energy, the largest coal company in the world. The Office of Surface...

Travel: Arizona tribes lay out welcome for tourists (December 4, 2008)

"The dirt track we're bumping along doesn't qualify as a road -- even here on the sprawling, remote Navajo reservation. Next to me, behind the wheel of an old pickup, Christian Bigwater downshifts as he maneuvers over and around...

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe looks into wind power (December 4, 2008)

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is interesting in tapping into wind power on its reservation in Martha's Vineyard. The tribe has conducted two studies to determine the feasibility of a wind turbine facility. A third study, using a 164-foot...

New prosecution team takes over Abramoff case (December 4, 2008)

A new team of prosecutors has taken over the ongoing Jack Abramoff investigation, The Politico reports. More than a dozen people have pleaded guilty or have been indicted in connection with the probe. The new team is seeking more indictments...

City cites BIA concessions in land-into-trust fight (December 4, 2008)

A city in Minnesota says it will finally be at the table for future land-into-trust applications by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. As part of a settlement approved this week, the city of Shakopee dropped its opposition to the tribe's...