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Federal Circuit rules in contract support case (September 29, 2009)

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling today in a contract support cost case. The Arctic Slope Native Association of Alaska, the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua,...

McCaskill promises Native contracting 'reform' (September 29, 2009)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), the chair of the Senate Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, says "reform" is coming to Native contracting despite complaints of a one-sided approach. McCaskill chaired...

Letter: Mascots not an honor for Native people (September 29, 2009)

"You can't honor someone simply by claiming you are honoring them. That has been the core issue of stereotypes and mascots since the beginning of organized sports teams. If a...

Driver testifies in trial over Pueblo man's death (September 29, 2009)

The New Mexico man accused of killing William Tenorio of San Felipe Pueblo took the stand in his trial on Monday. Carlos Fierro, 36, an attorney and lobbyist who...

No charges for officers who shot Soboba man (September 29, 2009)

Two deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department won't face charges for the fatal shooting of a member of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians. Eli Morillo, 26, was shot...

Sho-Bans deny church group's housing permit (September 29, 2009)

A Mormon sect plans to stay on the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho even though its housing permit was rejected by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. The Church of the Firstborn moved...

Opinion: Native people should join mainstream (September 29, 2009)

"Back in the Middle Ages it was assumed that the earth was flat or the sun revolved around the earth, - which is to say, as Copernicus later demonstrated, that...

Land-into-trust bill lacks Republican sponsors (September 29, 2009)

A bill to fix the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar lacks Republican co-sponsors. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, introduced...

Native children overrepresented in foster care (September 29, 2009)

American Indian and Alaska Native children are six times more likely to be placed in Oregon foster care than white children, according to a report from Portland State University....

City threatens to cut services to Coquille Tribe (September 29, 2009)

The city of North Bend, Oregon, is asking a judge to force the Coquille Tribe to make a payment for municipal services. The city says the tribe missed a first...

Turtle Talk: Single US Attorney not full solution (September 29, 2009)

"Some commentators have proposed that there should be a United States Attorney’s Office for Indian Country. Any kind of dedicated law enforcement structure for Indian Country would be a dramatic...

Arrest made for murder of ex-Cabazon leader (September 29, 2009)

Authorities in Florida arrested James “Jimmy” Hughes, 52, in connection with the 1981 murder of Fred Alvarez, who was a member of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians of...

Little Traverse chairman knocked for interview (September 29, 2009)

The tribal council of Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan has issued a declaration to dispute comments made by Chairman Ken Harrington to a local newspaper. All...

Bill Lawrence shuts down landmark newspaper (September 29, 2009)

Bill Lawrence, a member of the Red Lake Nation of Minnesota, has published the last issue of the Native American Press/Ojibwe News. Lawrence, 70, began the Ojibwe News in 1988...

Stimulus funds aid Indian women in Minnesota (September 29, 2009)

Money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is helping Indian women in Minnesota. The Domestic Abuse Project in Minneapolis received a $76,000 stimulus grant. The money...

Supreme Court to hear religious freedom case (September 29, 2009)

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Buono v. Salazar, a religious freedom case, on October 7. Frank Buono, a former superintendent for the National Park Service, sued...

USDA not ready for Indian discrimination talks (September 29, 2009)

The Department of Agriculture is not ready to discuss a settlement in the Keepseagle case, a spokesperson for Secretary Tom Vilsack said. Indian farmers and ranchers hope to end...

Ottawa woman to enter Michigan Hall of Fame (September 29, 2009)

Margaret Bailey Chandler, a member of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians who died in 1997 at the age of 67, will be inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall...

Ex-Congressman implicated in Abramoff probe (September 29, 2009)

Federal prosecutors have identified former Rep. John Doolittle (R-California) and his wife as unindicted co-conspirators in the Jack Abramoff scandal. Doolittle and his wife, Julie, are not charged with any...

Gyasi Ross: Funerals as Indian family reunions (September 29, 2009)

"My family doesn’t really have reunions. Not pre-planned family reunions, anyway – you know, the kind with hats, T-shirts and what have you. The matriarchs in our family always...