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Coeur d'Alene Tribe wins license for radio station (January 9, 2009)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho will be starting its own radio station after winning approval from the Federal Communications Commission. The tribe will broadcast on KWIS FM 88.3. Information technology director Valerie Fast Horse envisions tribal news, Native...

Manitoba Metis Federation wins landmark hunting case (January 9, 2009)

The Manitoba Metis Federation celebrated victory in a landmark hunting rights case. Will Goodon, a Metis man, was charged for shooting a duck without a provincial license. He argued that his federation harvester card authorized his right to hunt....

Oglala Sioux leader wants accurate Census count (January 9, 2009)

The newly inaugurated leader of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota says more effort will be made to ensure Native Americans are counted accurately for the 2010 Census. President Theresa Two Bulls said the U.S. Census Bureau is going...

Oklahoma gets more out of tribal tobacco sales (January 9, 2009)

The state of Oklahoma is seeing more and more tobacco tax revenues thanks to new tribal compacts. The state took in $46.3 million in 2008, up from $28 million in 2007. In December 2008 alone, the state's take nearly doubled....

Most counts dismissed over Navajo shooting death (January 9, 2009)

A federal judge has dismissed all but one count and has removed some defendants in a lawsuit over the shooting death of a Navajo Nation, man. Clint John was shot and killed by a police officer in Farmington, New Mexico,...

Navajo teen lands role in independent film (January 9, 2009)

Shelby Lincoln Mark, an 18-year-old member of the Navajo Nation, hopes to make a career out of acting. Mark has appeared in commercials, music videos and some television products. Last year, he landed his first starring role in a...

Indian Affairs hearing on jobs, economic stimulus (January 9, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled its first hearing of the 111h Congress. The hearing on January 15 will focus on job creation and economic stimulus in Indian Country. It will take place at 2:30pm in Room 628 of...

EPA nominee close to Ramapough Lenape Tribe (January 9, 2009)

Lisa Jackson, president-elect Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, personally invited four members of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation of New Jersey to her confirmation hearing next week. Jackson served as former commissioner of the New Jersey...

Passamaquoddy Tribe cuts dispatch service (January 9, 2009)

The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point has eliminated its dispatch service amid wider budget cuts, The Bangor Daily News reports. The tribe laid off four full-time and 11 part-time dispatchers. Calls are now being routed through a communication center off...

Wampanoag attorney, paid $150K a year, resigns (January 9, 2009)

An attorney who was being paid nearly $150,000 a year by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is resigning as of February 8, The Cape Cod Times reports. William McDermott has been called the "founding father" of the tribe by...

Editorial: An opportunity to change Indian policy (January 9, 2009)

"Now is the time to rethink Indian policy. While most Indian people have come to accept Indian policies, U.S. government policies toward Indian people continue to have mixed results. Perhaps the most effective changes in Indian economic development and welfare...

Elouise Cobell: Obama must make trust a top priority (January 9, 2009)

"The Government Accountability Office has warned the Obama administration that trust reform remains one of the most serious problems facing the new interior secretary. The interior, the GAO said, “is still in the process of implementing key trust fund reforms,...

Obama might back indigenous rights declaration (January 9, 2009)

Barack Obama might support the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Rights, First Nations leaders said after meeting with the president-elect's Indian advisers on Thursday. The chiefs from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta met said they had a productive 20-minute meeting in...

Groups organize to defeat Democratic labor bill (January 9, 2009)

Groups being backed by major corporations are planning a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign to defeat a labor bill that is a priority for Democrats in the 111th Congress. Corporations say the Employee Free Choice Act will be bad for business....

Kevin Abourezk: Indian Country asks Obama for $5.4B (January 9, 2009)

"It's a bold move. Asking the federal government for billions of dollars in taxpayer money to bail out a group of people suffering from the failing economy. Never mind the fact that, unlike the Wall Street brokers who dug themselves...

Jodi Rave: Series on Indian lawmakers in Montana (January 9, 2009)

"Rep. Tony Belcourt, D-Box Elder, will introduce legislation that addresses water projects affecting the Rocky Boy's Reservation as well as seven counties and 23 communities along the Hi-Line, the state's northern tier of rural communities. “If we don't start addressing...