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Video: NCAI represented at White House summit (February 24, 2009)

Jackie Johnson Pata, the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, briefly addressed President Barack Obama at the White House fiscal responsibility summit on Monday. Johnson spoke of...

Navajo chapter opposes public school consolidation (February 24, 2009)

The Shiprock Chapter of the Navajo Nation voted unanimously to oppose a proposed public school consolidation in New Mexico. Due to declining enrollment and budget cuts, the Central Consolidated School...

Omnibus bill includes reservation projects (February 24, 2009)

An omnibus spending bill under consideration in Congress includes millions of dollars in tribal projects, Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) said. The FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act funds numerous federal...

Cheyenne River teens died of apparent exposure (February 24, 2009)

Two teens from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota died of apparent exposure, authorities said. Mariah Roundtree, 17, and Jalen Mellette, were last seen on February 8....

Supreme Court to hear Native Hawaiian land case (February 24, 2009)

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Hawaii v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs on Wednesday. The case affects 1.2 million acres of Native Hawaiian land. The state says it can do...

Opinion: Alaska Natives contribute to economy (February 24, 2009)

"Eagle River Senator Fred Dyson's recent commentary in the Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Natives thrived before the coming of the white man," was a surprisingly positive essay from a conservative...

Hearing for driver accused of killing Pueblo man (February 24, 2009)

A hearing began on Monday to determine whether to charge a New Mexico man for the drunk-driving death of William Tenorio of San Felipe Pueblo. Tenorio, 46, was killed on...

Turtle Talk: Navajos not laughing after hearing (February 24, 2009)

"As could be predicted, the oral argument in United States v. Navajo Nation (transcript) did not go very well for the respondents. Adam Liptak noted that Justice Ginsburg showed unusual...

Opinions: Reaction to verdict in hate crimes case (February 24, 2009)

Reaction to the not guilty verdict for David Ahenakew, a Native leader who made disparaging comments about Jewish people. Nigel Hannaford of The Calgary Herald: "Former aboriginal leader David Ahenakew...

Native leader cleared in second hate crimes trial (February 24, 2009)

David Ahenakew, a Native leader from Saskatchewan, was found not guilty of wilfully promoting hatred against Jewish people in a sensational case that finally ended on Monday. Ahenakew, a...

Troubled trailer park owner drops fight against BIA (February 24, 2009)

Harvey Duro, the owner of a troubled trailer park on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Reservation in southern California, is giving up after years of battles with the Bureau of...

Sen. Dorgan seeks quick distribution of stimulus (February 24, 2009)

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, wants federal agencies to move quickly to distribute $2.5 billion in stimulus funds to tribes. Dorgan led...

Indian inmates fight over Lumbee recognition (February 24, 2009)

Two Indian inmates were treated for injuries after they fought over recognition for the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Kenryn Lee McMillian, 26, a member of the Eastern Band of...

House passes resolution in honor of Geronimo (February 24, 2009)

The U.S. House on Monday passed a resolution in honor of Apache warrior and leader Geronimo. The resolution comes on the 100th anniversary of Geronimo's death. He was being...

Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court after surgery (February 24, 2009)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, three weeks after undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg, 76, was an eager participant in the first...

Rumsey chairman named to NMAI board of trustees (February 24, 2009)

Marshall McKay, the chairman of the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians of California, has been named to the board of trustees for the National Museum of American Indian. McKay will...

Nottawaseppi Huron Band to start police department (February 24, 2009)

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan approved the creation of a police department. The department will be headed by Craig Schwartz, the tribe's director of law enforcement....

Supreme Court won't hear Arapaho eagle case (February 24, 2009)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal of a Wyoming man who killed a bald eagle without federal approval. Without comment, the justices denied a petition...