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Alaska nominee won't discuss tribal sovereignty (April 3, 2009)

Alaska Natives are stepping up their opposition to Wayne Anthony Ross as state attorney general, citing his stances on tribal sovereignty and subsistence. The Alaska Federation of Natives said Ross's...

Colville Tribes end contract with executive director (April 3, 2009)

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington terminated its contract with John Gonzales, a former president of the National Congress of American Indians, who served as he executive...

Art Raymond, first Indian lawmaker, dies at 86 (April 3, 2009)

Art Raymond, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who was the first Indian lawmaker in North Dakota, died on Wednesday. He was 86. Raymond was elected to the...

Editorial: Offensive place names in South Dakota (April 3, 2009)

"Squaw Creek, Negro Canyon. Offensive names marking the state’s geological sites and landmarks will get the attention they deserve thanks the reminder from a Native American woman from Sioux Falls...

Editorial: Churchill wins $1 more than he deserves (April 3, 2009)

"Ward Churchill got a dollar more than he deserved. A jury decided Thursday that the former University of Colorado professor was fired in retaliation for a controversial essay, yet awarded...

Driver in Pueblo man's death wants trial moved (April 3, 2009)

A New Mexico attorney who is charged with the death of a San Felipe Pueblo man wants his trial moved, citing media coverage of the high-profile incident. A fair trial...

Officer in Navajo hit and run under investigation (April 3, 2009)

A police officer in Albuquerque, New Mexico, remains under internal investigation for his role in the fatal hit and run of Vera "Tonie" Haskell, who was a member of the...

Opinion: Self-determination works for tribes (April 3, 2009)

"Terry Anderson argues in "Native Americans Need the Rule of Law" (op-ed, March 16) that the keys to ending the persistent poverty of American Indian nations are to end federal...

Kempthorne let Internet report 'die a quiet death' (April 3, 2009)

Former Interior secretary Dirk Kempthorne let a critical report about Internet security at the Interior Department "die a quiet death," a former employee said. Kempthorne created a panel to address...

Navajo Nation insulted by state stance on power plant (April 3, 2009)

The Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico are feuding over the tribe's proposed power plant. The tribe plans to build the $3 billion Desert Rock Energy Project near...

New York court to hear Cayuga smoke shop lawsuit (April 3, 2009)

An appellate court in New York will hear a dispute today over tax-free cigarettes sold by the Cayuga Nation. The tribe operates two smoke shops on its ancestral reservation. The...

Hoh Tribe asks Congress for new reservation (April 3, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing on Thursday on S.443, the Hoh Indian Tribe Safe Homelands Act. The bill adds 462 acres to the Hoh Reservation. The tribe...

Oglala Sioux Tribe in sovereign immunity disput (April 3, 2009)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is in federal court today over a sovereign immunity dispute with an Indian-owned construction company. An arbitrator ordered the tribe to pay $1.2...

Native child dies in foster care on Alberta reserve (April 3, 2009)

A 13-month-old girl died Saturday in foster care on the Samson Cree Nation in Alberta. The girl died of pneumonia. Her grandmother said her foster parents weren't taking care of...

Kara Briggs: Spring break and climate change (April 3, 2009)

"I haven’t been on spring break in years. But when my friend Wren, a Cherokee first grade teacher from Northwest Oregon, asked me to join her on spring break in...

White Earth Band sets constitutional convention (April 3, 2009)

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe is set to ratify a new constitution this weekend. The constitution creates an independent judiciary. It eliminates a blood quantum requirement for membership and...

Ward Churchill wins wrongful termination lawsuit (April 3, 2009)

Ward Churchill was wrongfully terminated from the University of Colorado, a jury determined on Thursday. The jury said the school took action only because Churchill wrote a controversial essay...

Lawsuit over Grand Traverse Band salaries settled (April 3, 2009)

A lawsuit over salaries for leaders of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan has been settled. The tribe's compensation committee filed the suit in December,...

Kevin Abourezk: A new Indian policy commission (April 3, 2009)

"Once each generation, Americans get an opportunity to redefine themselves and their society. A chance to recalibrate obsolete government institutions to better meet the people's needs. A chance to critically...