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Karuk Chairman: Weekend warriors hurt fishery (March 6, 2009)

"The Gold Rush is often romanticized as an example of how American ingenuity realized early America's vision of Manifest Destiny. For Native people, the Gold Rush is viewed in dramatically...

Budget increases for Indian Country in limbo (March 6, 2009)

A $410 billion budget bill that boosts funding for Indian Country fell victim to a partisan dispute on Thursday. The House easily passed the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act...

Battle over Cayuga Nation tobacco continues (March 6, 2009)

An appeals court in New York will hear arguments on April 3 in the Cayuga Nation tobacco taxation case. Authorities in Seneca and Cayuga counties raided two tribal smoke shops...

Blog: Miccosukee Tribe battles Everglades bridge (March 6, 2009)

"The Miccosukee Tribe's campaign against a federal overhaul of the Tamaimi Trail is about to move from the court of law to the court of public opinion - at least...

Opinion: Crow leader's vision lives with energy project (March 6, 2009)

"A highlight of being in business with Montana's Crow Nation is it afforded me the opportunity to spend time with a great man and a true friend, Chairman Carl...

Tex Hall: Recovery an epic opportunity for tribes (March 6, 2009)

"Today, our nation faces a great challenge – the biggest global financial crisis of our lifetime. We are knee deep in depression-era levels of unemployment, bank closures, home foreclosures and...

Lance Morgan: Evolution of fraud in tobacco deals (March 6, 2009)

"I have come to believe that almost all tobacco tax compacts are hopelessly out of date and have evolved into a fraud and a tool for economic exploitation. What is...

First Nations react favorably to proposed legislation (March 6, 2009)

First Nations leaders are reacting favorably to proposed legislation that would recognize aboriginal title and rights in British Columbia. Unlike other provinces, B.C. failed to signed treaties with First Nations....

Indian comics on display at NMAI in Washington (March 6, 2009)

An Indian comic exhibition opens today at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, .D.C. "Comic Art Indigène" is a touring exhibition of more than 35 drawings,...

Tribal members rise to top ranks in BIA education (March 6, 2009)

Three tribal members recently joined the ranks of the senior executive service (SES) at the Bureau of Indian Education. The SES appointments of Stephanie E. Birdwell (Cherokee Nation), Bartholomew...

Tulalip group proposes restrictions in liquor law (March 6, 2009)

Members of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington are proposing new restrictions to the tribal liquor law. The Tulalip Grassroots Committee wants to restrict liquor sales to the tribe's Quil Ceda...

Obama won't pursue Yucca Mountain waste site (March 6, 2009)

MAP: Tribes located near Yucca Mountain site. PDF: Sites where waste is currently stored. President Barack Obama won't pursue storing nuclear waste at the controversial Yucca Mountain site in...

Museum will return ancestors to Onondaga Nation (March 6, 2009)

The New York State Museum has finally agreed to repatriate 180 ancestors to the Onondaga Nation. The museum was reluctant to return the remains. But the dispute moved to a...

Editorial: Tribal collaboration brings hope for salmon (March 6, 2009)

"When U.S. District Judge James Redden enters his crowded Portland courtroom for Friday's highly anticipated hearing on Columbia River salmon, he will see a powerful symbol of a historic change...

Duwamish Tribe asks Obama for help with recognition (March 6, 2009)

The Duwamish Tribe of Washington is asking President Barack Obama for help with its federal recognition. The Bush administration rejected the tribe in 2001. The tribe is now in...

Interview: Secretary Ken Salazar in his own words (March 6, 2009)

"Ken Salazar sounds as though he is still in the honeymoon phase of his job as the Secretary of the Department of the Interior. "Interior is a great department with...

California a battleground after land-into-trust ruling (March 6, 2009)

As many as 60 tribes in California may be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, the leader of an opposition group said. Cheryl Schmidt of...

Charles Trimble: Answering Obama's call to hope (March 6, 2009)

Two recent articles in Indian Country Today caught my attention. One by Ron His Horse is Thunder and co-signed by several tribal leaders is titled “Is Obama’s Election a ‘New...

Pequot firefighters organize union under tribal law (March 6, 2009)

Firefighters employed by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut voted unanimously to organize into a union. The vote was the first to take place completely under tribal law. The...

Kevin Abourezk: Salazar a breath of fresh air (March 6, 2009)

"Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said this week he was "troubled" by the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that only tribes formally recognized in 1934 could have land taken into...