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Senate passes Navajo Nation water settlement (January 16, 2009)

The Senate passed an omnibus public lands bill that includes a water rights settlement for the Navajo Nation. The tribe will receive 600,000 acre-feet of water per year from the San Juan River in New Mexico. The deal authorizes an...

White Mountain Apache Tribe reaches water deal (January 16, 2009)

The White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona has reached a settlement over its water rights. The tribe will receive 27,000 acre-feet of water per year from the Salt River and the Little Colorado River and 25,000 acre-feet per year of...

Arrest made in 1987 murder of Yakama woman (January 16, 2009)

An Oregon man was arrested in connection with the 1987 death of a Yakama Nation woman. Samuel Posada, 41, faces a possible death-penalty charge of aggravated first-degree murder and a rape charge. He is accused of assaulting and killing Jenece...

Coyote Valley treasurer charged with theft (January 16, 2009)

Sharlyne Elizabeth Burke, the treasurer of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, has been charged with embezzling from the California tribe. Burke is among several tribal leaders who have been indicted in connection with thefts from the tribe. But...

Kevin Abourezk: Be inspired by Obama inauguration (January 16, 2009)

"In August, I joined thousands of journalists, politicos and young volunteers in Denver for the Democratic National Convention. As journalists for this Web site, Victor Merina, Jaime Hughes and I wrote stories about Native leaders who traveled to the convention...

Worley: Hundreds of tribal place names in Kansas (January 16, 2009)

"Names are a way of remembering as well as of identifying. Since Kansas City’s native American heritage is largely several generations removed from current existence, we often forget how much we developed right in the middle of “Indian Country.” However,...

Rumsey Band donated $50K to Obama inaugural (January 16, 2009)

The Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians of California donated $50,000 to the inaugural committee for president-elect Barack Obama. The contribution was the maximum amount allowable."We supported Obama in the general election, and we felt this donation was a good way...

Editorial: Include Indian Country in recovery (January 16, 2009)

"The unprecedented interest and participation in the election of Barack Obama, though inspiring, is fading as the most important story of the season. The U.S. economic collapse has the nation’s attention and is aiding awareness about the hardships long suffered...

Billy Mills: Answering Obama's call to service (January 16, 2009)

"Even before they take office, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden have launched their Renew America Together initiative, calling on Americans of all ages to participate in community service. They have asked us to come together on...

Jodi Rave: Series on Indian lawmakers in Montana (January 16, 2009)

"Rep. David Roundstone, D-Busby, a first-term legislator, began the 61st session of the Montana Legislature by introducing two bills that would allow Native people to reap greater benefits from the state's natural resources. House Bill 168 - heard by the...