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Indian Affairs committee business meeting (May 11, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled a business meeting this Thursday. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the committee chairman, previously said the committee will vote on the nomination of...

NPR: Tribes struggle with membership questions (May 11, 2009)

"Many Native American communities are struggling with a basic question: just who is an Indian? As tribal numbers dwindle, many are reexamining how they define what it means to...

Failed Alaska nominee signed land-into-trust letter (May 11, 2009)

Alaska's failed attorney general nominee signed a letter opposing a fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar. Wayne Anthony Ross was one of 17 attorneys general...

Navajo Nation development bill signed into law (May 11, 2009)

A decades-long freeze on development on the Navajo Nation was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Friday. The ban on development emerged as part of a land dispute...

Town opposes Lytton Band land-into-trust bid (May 11, 2009)

The town council in Windsor, California, voted 4-1 to oppose the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians' land-into-trust application. The tribe wants to use about 100 acres for housing and a...

Deal proposed over Oneida Nation land-into-trust (May 11, 2009)

The Oneida Nation of New York praised a county official for negotiating a deal that would end a land-into-trust dispute. The tribe agreed to pay $55 million in back taxes...

Cartoon: Democracy and vote on 'Fighting Sioux' (May 11, 2009)

Get the Story: IT COULD BE WORSE . . . by Steve Edwards (The Grand Forks Herald 5/10) $P Related Stories:Erich Longie: 'Sioux' opponents won't give up fight (5/4)...

USET to broadcast land-into-trust session on web (May 11, 2009)

Update: USET will not be able to broadcast the session online but people can call in and listen. Visit the USET website for the phone number and more information. United...

Column: Meet Sam Bradford, a Cherokee Indian (May 11, 2009)

"Native Americans in our state are proud of Sam Bradford. He visited the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah last month on the invitation of Chief Chad Smith. Bradford is 1/16th Cherokee,...

Arrest made for murder of Coeur d'Alene man (May 11, 2009)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho is mourning the loss of Timothy I. Williams, a star athlete who was murdered on Saturday. Williams, who went by the name Timothy Wolfe,...

Cabazon Band ousts longtime chairman in election (May 11, 2009)

The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians ousted longtime chairman John A. James in an election last week, The Palm Springs Desert Sun reports. James, 78, joined the tribal council in...

Apology resolution leaves out trust mismanagement (May 11, 2009)

Some significant words have been removed from the new version of the Indian apology resolution that was introduced in the House on April 30. H.J.Res.46 is nearly identical to prior...

Jodi Rave: One of the last fluent Mandan speakers (May 11, 2009)

"Edwin Benson will wear a cap and gown for the first time in his life since majoring in the language, customs and traditions of the Nu'eta, a knowledge base passed...

Tim Giago: A day of tribal victory at Little Bighorn (May 11, 2009)

June 25 is a special holiday to most of the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation. It is the anniversary of the day that Lt. Colonel George A. Custer...

John Thune: Obama fails to address tribal needs (May 11, 2009)

The following is the opinion of Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota). Americans come from many different backgrounds and have many different ideas about the challenges we face, but we all...

Opinion: Asserting sovereignty over tribal finances (May 11, 2009)

"Let’s pause to consider a few lessons for Indian country from the global economic crisis. First, Wall Street cannot be trusted to manage its own, let alone another’s, cash and...

David Gipp: Law enforcement needs in Indian Country (May 11, 2009)

"Some people have asked what North Dakota tribal leaders talked about when they met recently with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on his visit to North Dakota. The main subject was...