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Consultation sessions set for land-into-trust (June 24, 2009)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will host three consultation sessions to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar. The decision restricts the land-into-trust process to tribes that...

BIA to hold swearing-in ceremony for EchoHawk (June 24, 2009)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is holding a swearing-in ceremony for Larry EchoHawk this Friday. Tribal leaders, Indian organizations and media are being invited to the event in Washington, D.C.....

Fallon Paiute Shoshone leader battling disease (June 24, 2009)

Rochanne Downs, the vice chairwoman of the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe of Nevada, was recently diagnosed with Microscopic Polyangiitis, an auto-immune disease. Downs, 36, didn't know she had the...

Alaska to spend $21M on airport for village (June 24, 2009)

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will spend $21 million to build an airport in a Native village with less than 50 people. The state received the money...

Osage Nation interested in ancestral mound (June 24, 2009)

The Osage Nation of Oklahoma is interested in purchasing an ancestral mound in St. Louis, Missouri. The tribe wants to preserve the 40-foot-high Sugarloaf Mound. Plans call for an interpretive...

Group calls First Nations funding a 'handout' (June 24, 2009)

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation issued its annual "Top 100 Federal Handouts" list and chided 25 First Nations for lacking "transparency and accountability mechanisms." The 25 First Nations received nearly $1...

Pueblo man in court to face murder charge (June 24, 2009)

A 36-year-old man from Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico appeared at a preliminary hearing in federal court for allegedly killing his 93-year-old grandmother. Brian Joseph Chavez faces a life sentence...

Leech Lake Band seeks action on toxic site (June 24, 2009)

Members and leaders of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe expressed frustration with the lack of action at a Superfund site. The St. Regis Paper Company operated a wood treatment...

Appeal weighed in Indian sex offender case (June 24, 2009)

The state of New Mexico is weighing an appeal in a case affecting sex offenders who live in Indian Country. On June 4, the New Mexico Court of Appeals said...

Chumash Tribe signs firefighting agreement (June 24, 2009)

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians signed an agreement to provide firefighting services in the Los Padres National Forest in California. The joint protection agreement with the U.S....

Commentary: 'Illegal alien' killed Indian man (June 24, 2009)

"Timothy Wolfe will be forever 21 in the memories of those who loved him. They will never experience the joy and fullness of the life this bright and personable young...

Tribes can apply for $2B in tax-exempt bonds (June 24, 2009)

The Department of Treasury issued a notice to inform tribes of $2 billion in tax-exempt bonding authority under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The law relaxed some...

Senate panel probes Alaska Native corporations (June 24, 2009)

The Senate Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight released a preliminary analysis of Alaska Native corporations and their contracts with the federal government. According to the analysis, the corporations have...

Cherokee Nation hails decision in ICWA case (June 24, 2009)

In a recent decision, the Kansas Supreme Court abandoned a doctrine that prevented cases from being handled under the Indian Child Welfare Act. The court adopted the "existing Indian family"...

First Nations denied hand sanitizer despite flu (June 24, 2009)

The Canadian government refused to provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers to First Nations even though the use of the product was recommended to prevent the spread of flu. Native communities have...

Witness list for hearing on IHCIA reauthorization (June 24, 2009)

The House Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing tomorrow on H.R.2708, the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. The hearing takes place at 10am and will be broadcast...

Witness list for hearing on Law and Order Act (June 24, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing tomorrow on S.797, the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2009. The hearing starts at 2:15pm and will be webcast, according to...

Journey For Forgiveness reaches final stop (June 24, 2009)

The Wellbriety Journey for Forgiveness has arrived in Washington, D.C. The 40-day, 6,800-mile journey began May 16 at the Chemawa Indian School in Oregon. Participants visited 24 current and former...