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Salazar seeks to restore trust relationship at DOI (January 29, 2009)

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar identified Indian Country as one of his top priorities on Wednesday as he seeks to reform a department plagued by ethical scandals and corruption. In his first media roundtable since joining the new administration of President...

BIA sued over energy project on Ute reservation (January 29, 2009)

The Indigenous Environmental Network and the Sierra Club filed suit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs to block an energy project on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah. The BIA approved an agreement between the Ute Tribe and Petroglyph...

Colville Tribes focus on renewable energy (January 29, 2009)

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington are working on two renewable energy projects. The first is a partnership with Clipper Windpower to focus on wind energy. Three towers have been installed on the reservation to identify sites...

EPA backs Alaska Native village in subsistence study (January 29, 2009)

The Environmental Protection Agency is backing the Alaska Native village of Kivalina in a new study of one of the world's largest zinc and lead mines. Hunters from the village say subsistence harvests have declined ever since the Red...

Indian Affairs meeting and hearing on health (January 29, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a business meeting and oversight hearing on February 5. The business meeting is being called to organize the committee for the 111th Congress. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) will stay on as chair...

New York counties launch site against land-into-trust (January 29, 2009)

Two New York counties have launched www.nocayugalandintotrust.net to oppose the Cayuga Nation's land-into-trust applications. Seneca and Cayuga counties want site visitors to comment about the proposed acquisition of 130 acres by the tribe. The section where the public can submit...

Jar returned to Acoma Pueblo after attempted theft (January 29, 2009)

Leaders of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico accepted the return of an ancient clay jar that was almost lost to thieves. A tribal conservation officer foiled the theft in April 2006 after he saw two men try to remove...

Indian arts group reports first surplus in years (January 29, 2009)

The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts of New Mexico reported a surplus revenue for the first time in several years. The group's income was $1.4 million. Revenue increased due to a new partnership with Pojoaque Pueblo, a hike in booth...

Police recover jewelry stolen from Nighthorse gallery (January 29, 2009)

Authorities in Las Vegas recovered thousands of dollars in jewelry that were stolen from a gallery operated by former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado). Brett Clinton Combs is suspected of holding up the Sorrel Sky Gallery in Durango, Colorado, on...

Salt River Tribe votes on liquor sales at restaurants (January 29, 2009)

Members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community are going to the polls today to vote on an expansion of the tribe's liquor sale ordinance. The ordinance currently allows liquor sales at casinos, hotels, resorts and golf courses. Tribal members...

Jodi Rave: Star quilt ready to be sent to Obama (January 29, 2009)

"Angela Sprague Kidder of Missoula could hardly have imagined making a hand-stitched Indian star quilt for President Barack Obama, a gift for his inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. And the president's adoptive parents, Mary and Hartford “Sonny” Black Eagle...

S.E. Ruckman: Putting 'Great White Father' to rest (January 29, 2009)

"Palm reading is not a sterling science. I was once in Kansas City for a rock concert and came upon a street vendor who read palms. I was eager to know what future I literally carried in my hand. After...

Editorial: Indian mascots a complicated issue (January 29, 2009)

"The nickname of the athletic teams in a small local school district has led to a spirited debate on tradition, cultural sensitivity and political correctness. The Michigan Department of Education recommended in 2003 that high schools in the state drop...

Editorial: Salmon runs hurt by mining activity (January 29, 2009)

"The California Department of Fish and Game said "no" to fish this week and "yes" to gold miners. Even though experts within DFG have said that suction dredge gold mining is having "deleterious effects on fish," including endangered coho salmon,...

Editorial: Move quickly on Chinook recognition (January 29, 2009)

"When it comes to American Indian policy, one of the first moves by the 111th Congress and the Obama administration should be formally recognizing the Lower Columbia region's Chinook Indian Tribe. It is a national embarrassment that the thousands of...

Editorial: Open doors to Mohegan Tribe's court (January 29, 2009)

"It was troubling to learn that David Collins, a columnist for this newspaper, ran into resistance when he tried to obtain documents from the Mohegan Tribal Court. Mr. Collins wanted information on tribal litigation involving a member who allegedly posted...

NCAI president to deliver State of Indian Nations (January 29, 2009)

National Congress of American Indians President Joe Garcia will deliver the 8th annual State of Indian Nations address on Tuesday, February 10. Garcia, the chairman of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council and a council member from Ohkay Owingeh in...

Blog: Salazar calls for review of Interior Department (January 29, 2009)

"Calling for a thorough review of past ethical problems at the Interior Department, new secretary Ken Salazar pledged today a "long term-effort to enact comprehensive, top-to-bottom reforms." Salazar, a former Democratic senator from Colorado, told a group of reporters at...

Another former Abramoff associate charged (January 29, 2009)

A former associate of jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff was charged Wednesday with providing gifts and favors to a former Senate staffer. Todd Boulanger is expected to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He is accused...