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Turtle Talk: Frivolous claims in land-into-trust case (January 28, 2009)

"Judge Leon ruled from the bench in this case on Monday, denying a TRO motion from Patchak, a member of 23 is Enough and MichGO (although he challenges that last part), to stop the trust acquisition of land in Allegan...

Economic recovery includes $2.8 billion for Indian Country (January 28, 2009)

Indian Country could benefit from a $2.8 billion boost as part of a national economic stimulus package making its way through Capitol Hill. The amount is only a small part of the $825 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that...

Kara Briggs: We can do better for inauguration (January 28, 2009)

"On the day President Barack Obama was inaugurated, the U.S. Parks Service estimated that 1.8 million people crowded into the blocks around the U.S. capitol. Tight security for the new president failed to translate into good, safe transit planning for...

Bush denied clemency request for Leonard Peltier (January 28, 2009)

On his last day in office, former President George W. Bush denied a clemency petition for imprisoned American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier. Bush apparently did not give a reason for rejecting Peltier's long-running request to be freed from prison...

Winona LaDuke: Obama must include Indian Country (January 28, 2009)

"To accomplish the green energy goals he talked about in his inaugural address, President Obama must work with Native Americans. "Each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet," the president...

Santa Fe Indian School sued over alleged rape (January 28, 2009)

A lawsuit against Santa Fe Indian School and a former coach at the New Mexico institution has been moved to federal court. A former student accuses former basketball assistant coach J.R. Abeyta of supplying her with alcohol and raping her...

Interior ignored science for Grand Canyon water (January 28, 2009)

The Bush administration ignored scientific evidence by limiting water flows in Grand Canyon National Park, The Washington Post reports. Last year, the Interior Department hailed a five-year "experiment" to restrict high water flows on the Colorado River. But internal...

Letter: Racism alive in border town in New Mexico (January 28, 2009)

"While in Farmington, my two boys, ages 8 and 18, and I went to a local sporting goods store to look at baseball equipment. I haven't been in this store in 20 years. We were quickly greeted by a salesperson...

Indian inmates in Alabama sue over long hair policy (January 28, 2009)

A federal judge wrapped up a trial into the religious rights of Indian inmates in Alabama. Alabama is one of 12 mostly southern states that require inmates to keep their hair short. Indian inmates say the policy infringes on their...

Arapaho inmate files suit against prison officials (January 28, 2009)

Andrew Yellowbear Jr., a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, filed suit in federal court against prison officials in Wyoming, accusing them of an unlawful search. Yellowbear, who was convicted of murdering his 22-month-old daughter, said the search is tied...

Judge grants injunction on New York tobacco tax (January 28, 2009)

A judge in New York granted a preliminary injunction on Tuesday that bars the state from imposing a tobacco tax on tribal retailers. Two Seneca Nation retailers filed suit after Gov. David Paterson (D) signed a tobacco tax bill. As...

Jodi Rave: Senate bill includes $2.8B for tribes (January 28, 2009)

"The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a multibillion dollar economic stimulus plan, including $2.8 billion for tribes n with the largest share directed toward Indian health services and buildings. “Nowhere in this nation are jobs and construction improvements more...

Turtle Mountain man credited with saving life (January 28, 2009)

Jamie Hamley, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, rescued a man from a burning car in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Tuesday. Hamley, 33, was driving his three children to school when a vehicle collided...

Shakopee Tribe plans for growing population (January 28, 2009)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota has seen a jump in population since the 1990s and is looking for ways to address the growth. In 2006, the tribe reported a population of 387 in 217 households on the reservation....

BIA delays decision on Little Shell recognition (January 28, 2009)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has delayed a decision on the federal recognition petition for the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe of Montana. The BIA promised a final determination on January 28. But the Office of Federal Acknowledgment said an answer...

Yellow Bird: Threat of global warming is real (January 28, 2009)

"We are creating something that’s irreversible on the human time scale. Carbon dioxide pumped into our atmosphere from power plants and cars will affect surface temperatures and sea levels for more than 1,000 years. Coastal land and small islands...