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Budget bill earmarks millions for Indian Country (March 11, 2009)

The $410 billion appropriations bill that cleared the Senate on Tuesday contains millions of dollars in tribal and Alaska Native earmarks, including some requested by lawmakers who didn't support the...

Road to Recognition: Rival Lumbee bill introduced (March 11, 2009)

The Fayetteville Observer concludes its series on the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and its efforts to win federal recognition. Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-North Carolina) introduced a bill to recognize...

State of the Tribal Nations Address in Montana (March 11, 2009)

James Steele Jr., the chairman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana, delivered the annual State of the Tribal Nations Address on Tuesday. Steele said tribes share...

Not guilty pleas for theft from Blackfeet Nation (March 11, 2009)

Nine people pleaded not guilty to stealing more than $60,000 from the Blackfeet Nation of Montana. A total of 10 people face charges of conspiracy to commit theft from an...

Wind River team wins state basketball title (March 11, 2009)

A boys basketball team from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming won the state Class 2A championship title last Saturday. The win by the Wyoming Indian Chiefs was the...

Fort Peck Game Director: Bison bill unfair to tribes (March 11, 2009)

"In 2005, about 100 wild Yellowstone bison that roamed out of the Yellowstone Park were spared from slaughter and placed in a brucellosis experiment. The goal was to provide a...

Opinion: Ward Churchill murdered scholarship (March 11, 2009)

"If O.J. Simpson could find a sympathetic jury, who's to say Ward Churchill won't? All he did is murder scholarship, and in this day and age even some academics...

South Dakota resolution calls for tribal cooperation (March 11, 2009)

The South Dakota House passed a resolution that calls for more collaboration between state, local and tribal governments. Rep. Ed Iron Cloud III (D), a member of the Oglala...

Miccosukee Tribe defends handling of fatal crash (March 11, 2009)

The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is defending its right to investigate vehicle accidents, even those that occur off the reservation. Tribal police responded to a January 21 accident that resulted...

GovExec: Alaska Natives lose Senate 'godfather' (March 11, 2009)

"Longtime Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens' loss in the November 2008 election could create an opportunity for lawmakers to scale back the contracting preferences afforded to Alaska native corporations. The...

Turtle Talk: Issues at play in Dakota trust case (March 11, 2009)

"There’s no reason to take a position on the Federal Circuit’s decision reversing the trial court in the Wolfchild case, but there are several big-picture issues that may have affected...

Editorial: Oneida Nation forges a promising deal (March 11, 2009)

"The Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin doesn't have to pay local municipalities for services performed on traditional tribal lands, and no law requires the local governments to enter into...

Ex-Senate staffer pleads guilty in Abramoff probe (March 11, 2009)

Ann Copland, a former aide to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi), pleaded guilty on Tuesday for her role in the Jack Abramoff scandal. Copland, 52, admitted she accepted $25,000 to...

John Thune: Senate turns back on Indian Country (March 11, 2009)

The following is the opinion of Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota). In the face of increasingly difficult economic times, the Senate majority is spending money at a record pace. On...

Senate approves $410B appropriations bill (March 11, 2009)

The Senate approved a $410 billion appropriations package on Tuesday, a bill that increases funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service. The Fiscal Year 2009...

Yellow Bird: Blizzard Coyote howls once again (March 11, 2009)

"In my apartment on Tuesday, it seemed as if the wind was using the fireplace chimney like a whistle and blowing a weird, sad song. Blizzard Coyote showed mid-January...