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Editorial: Salazar inherits troubled Interior (December 17, 2008)

"Senator Ken Salazar, the Colorado Democrat who is President-elect Barack Obama’s choice for secretary of the interior, will inherit a department riddled with incompetence and corruption, captive to industries it is supposed to regulate and far more interested in exploiting...

Court delay for Winnebago Yankee's DUI charge (December 17, 2008)

The court date for Joba Chamberlain, a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska who plays for the New York Yankees, was delayed until January 26, 2009, after his attorney asked for a continuance. Chamberlain, 23, is charged with...

Crow chairman pleads not guilty to DUI incident (December 17, 2008)

Carl Venne, the chairman of the Crow Tribe of Montana, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge. Venne was involved in a single-car accident on October 25. His blood-alcohol level was 0.17 percent, more than twice the state's legal...

Yellow Bird: Open doors beckon young children (December 17, 2008)

"I have a clear view out the window here at the Herald. I can see the changing weather, and sometimes when I should be working, I catch myself watching snowflakes floating down past the window. Winter, with all its trials,...

Blog: Osage-owned eatery opens doors in Denver (December 17, 2008)

"Tocabe: An American Indian Eatery opens tomorrow at 3536 West 44th Avenue, and even in a city stuffed with restaurants, it has the potential to set itself apart. The creation of Ben Jacobs, a member of the Osage tribe...

Editorial: Navajo Nation squanders $3.5M loans (December 17, 2008)

"Can you hear it? That giant rushing water sound. It's millions of dollars in Navajo Nation loans, $3.5 million to be exact, getting sucked down the drain with nothing to show for it except those ever-popular groundbreaking ceremonies. Native American...

Robinson Rancheria approves mass disenrollments (December 17, 2008)

Leaders of the Robinson Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California approved the disenrollment of about 50 people. Chair Tracey Avila said the tribe was cleaning up its rolls by removing people who don't meet Pomo membership requirements. She said non-Pomos...

Navajo boxer wins silver at world tournament (December 17, 2008)

Mioshia “Yosh” Wagoner, a member of the Navajo Nation, won the silver medal at the Women’s World Boxing Championships in China. Wagoner wasn't sure she was on the same level as the other boxers. But after winning her first...

Coeur d'Alene Tribe reaches deal over use of lands (December 17, 2008)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho reached a deal with a utility company for use of its lands in Lake Coeur d'Alene. The tribe will be receive as much as $168 from Avista Corp. The amount will compensate the tribe...

Campbell Brown: 'Ridiculous' ICWA lets baby down (December 17, 2008)

"As a mother, I can hardly bear to imagine what the Larson family is going through. The Utah couple this past weekend said goodbye to the little boy they legally adopted six months ago. The boy's name is Talon and...

Editorial: A win-win deal for Skokomish Tribe (December 17, 2008)

"Win-win: That’s the kind of solution we need more of. It’s the kind of solution Tacoma Public Utilities and the Skokomish Indian Tribe appear headed for in their dispute over the Cushman dams. Both sides deserve to win. It’s easy...

Obama pressed for $2B in Indian Country funding (December 17, 2008)

President-elect Barack Obama is being asked to support $2 billion in funding for Indian Country. Congress authorized the money as part of a $50 billion global health bill. It specifies $1 billion for water projects, $750 million for law enforcement...

Oklahoma seizes 51,000 packs of tribal cigarettes (December 17, 2008)

The state of Oklahoma seized 51,000 packs of cigarettes that were being transported to tribal smokeshops. The Oklahoma Tax Commission claimed the packs were stamped with low 6-cent stamps. They were apparently headed to the Muscogee Nation and the...

8th Circuit backs Indian voters in South Dakota case (December 17, 2008)

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed a victory for Indian voters in South Dakota. The unanimous decision requires the city of Martin to redraw its district boundaries. The court upheld a judge's finding that Indian voting rights...

Book Review: Indian medicine men in 'Frontier' (December 17, 2008)

"Bear attacks. Syphilis. Bullet wounds. Malaria. Scalpings. Cholera. Arrows shot into the skull. Scurvy. Rabies. Ax mishaps. Crushings by moving wagon wheels. Outsize tumors. Snake bites. There were many ways to die in frontier America, plenty of them gruesome....

Washington Watchdogs: Meddling at Interior (December 17, 2008)

"Political meddling at the Department of Interior into the designation of imperiled species and habitats was more widespread than previously thought, investigators found, according to a lengthy inspector general's report released today. The report focused on 20 questionable decisions made...

Abramoff figure's case sent to jury after second trial (December 17, 2008)

A former Bush administration official who is connected to jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff rested his defense on Tuesday without calling any witnesses to the stand. David H. Safavian is charged with four counts of making false statements to the Senate...

Ken Salazar being announced as Interior nominee (December 17, 2008)

President-elect Barack Obama today will announce Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colorado) as his pick for Secretary of the Department of the Interior. If confirmed, Salazar would oversee the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of the Special Trustee for...

New Republic: Coal, casinos and cocaine at DOI (December 17, 2008)

"If the news reports are accurate, Senator Ken Salazar of Colorado has been tapped by Barack Obama to head up the Department of Interior. Let's hope he knows what he's getting into. After the last eight years, the Interior Department...