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Sen. Specter to switch back to Democratic party (April 28, 2009)

Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania is leaving the Republican party and returning to his Democratic roots. Specter said he will join Senate Democrats for the rest of the 111th Congress....

Tanka Bar company to unveil hot dog product (April 28, 2009)

Native American Natural Foods, the makers of Tanka Bar, will unveil a new product next week. The Tanka Dog is a hot dog made from buffalo and wild rice. Initially,...

Protesters slam sentence for Pine Ridge man (April 28, 2009)

About 10 people gathered outside the federal courthouse in Rapid City, South Dakota, to protest the prison sentence for a man from the Pine Ridge Reservation. Marc Wisecarver, a...

Native financial education policy briefing in DC (April 28, 2009)

The Native Financial Education Coalition hosts its fifth annual policy briefing in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. The event brings together practitioners, advocates and policymakers to collaborate on ways to expand...

Indian Country mourns passing of S. Timothy Wapato (April 28, 2009)

From the National Indian Gaming Association. Photo Courtesy NIGA S. Timothy Wapato, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and noted tribal sovereignty advocate, passed...

Mayoral forum focuses on Alaska Native issues (April 28, 2009)

Alaska Native issues dominated a forum for the two candidates for mayor in Anchorage, Alaska. Republican Dan Sullivan and Democrat Eric Croft both said they will reach out to Native...

Residents oppose Tohono O'odham jail facility (April 28, 2009)

At a town meeting on Monday night, residents of Sahuarita, Arizona, spoke out against plans by the Tohono O'odham Nation to build a detention facility, The Arizona Daily Star reports....

Lawsuit seeks BIA documents in serial rape case (April 28, 2009)

The Arizona Republic filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to force the Bureau of Indian Affairs to release documents related to a serial rape case. The newspaper asked the...

Column: 'Fighting Sioux' vote sends strong message (April 28, 2009)

"UND law professor Jim Grijalva presents himself as being a member of the fair-minded groups on both sides of the logo-nickname controversy who were “surprised” by the Spirit Lake...

U.S. Attorney for North Dakota plans to resign (April 28, 2009)

Drew Wrigley, the U.S. Attorney for North Dakota, will announce his plans to resign, The Grand Forks Herald reports. Wrigley has served as a federal prosecutor since November 2001. He...

Editorial: EchoHawk a good choice to lead BIA (April 28, 2009)

"If his confirmation passes the U.S. Senate, former Farmington High School graduate Larry Echohawk certainly will have his work cut out for him. As assistant secretary of Indian Affairs, Echohawk...

Navajo Nation seeks to resolve sacred site case (April 28, 2009)

The Navajo Nation wants to meet with President Barack Obama in hopes of a resolving a sacred site case before it gets to the U.S. Supreme Court. The tribe is...

Sacred site on list of most endangered places (April 28, 2009)

The National Trust for Historic Preservation says Mount Taylor, a sacred site in New Mexico, is one of the nation's 11 most endangered places. Acoma Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo, Zuni...

Committee vote set on IHS nominee Roubideaux (April 28, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will vote this Thursday on the nomination of Yvette Roubideaux to be director of the Indian Health Service, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) said...

Cobell invites supporters to May 11 hearing in DC (April 28, 2009)

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the Indian trust fund lawsuit on Monday, May 11. The appeal centers on the amount of money owed to...

EPA alters stance on Navajo power plant permit (April 28, 2009)

After approving a permit for a controversial power plant on the Navajo Nation, the Environmental Protection Agency wants to review the tribe's project again. The Bush administration approved the air...

Former Passamaquoddy leader sentenced for theft (April 28, 2009)

A former leader of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $1.74 million in restitution. Robert L. Newell, the former...

PBS: Chickasaw Nation bank taps into home loans (April 28, 2009)

"JEFF YASTINE, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: Beverly Stephens is navigating the troubled landscape of the real estate market, buying this three bedroom fixer upper in an Oklahoma City suburb. Her...