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Video: Senate hearing on Interior Department backlogs (December 9, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing this morning to focus on backlogs at the Interior Department.

Video: Senate hearing on Utah Navajo trust fund bill (December 9, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing this morning on a bill to address the management of the Utah Navajo Trust Fund.

Elise Patkotak: Governor takes on domestic violence (December 9, 2009)

"Sean Parnell is the kind of conservative who should make liberals take a second look. While many Alaskans were annoyed at what was viewed as his snub of President Obama...

Markup session includes Indian Arts and Crafts Act (December 9, 2009)

The House Natural Resources Committee will meet in an open markup session on Wednesday, December 16, 2009, to consider several bills. H.R. 725, the Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act...

Tulalip Tribes launch program to target tobacco use (December 9, 2009)

The Tulalip Tribes of Washington are launching a program to stop tobacco use among members The program will encourage youth not to use tobacco and will help adults stop using...

Judge allows jury to hear of Pueblo leader's drinking (December 9, 2009)

A leader of Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico suffered another setback in a fatal hit-and-run case. Lt. Governor Linda Diaz, 52, is accused of striking Phillip Espinosa, 31, along...

Indian lawmaker accused of hitting colleague in arm (December 9, 2009)

  New Mexico State Rep. Sandra Jeff (D), a member of the Navajo Nation, is being accused of striking a colleague after a meeting of the Legislature's Indian Affairs...

Canada spent $15M on Native diabetic amputations (December 9, 2009)

The Canadian government spent $15 million on amputations for Native diabetics in Manitoba, a cost that is almost entirely preventable, a health expert said. Caroline Chartrand of the Diabetes Integration...

Man sentenced for selling fake tribal memberships (December 9, 2009)

A Florida man was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for selling fake tribal memberships. Audie Watson, 76, was convicted several mail fraud and money laundering charges. He sold...

Shinnecock Nation awaits decision on federal status (December 9, 2009)

The Shinnecock Nation.of New York is anxiously awaiting a decision on its petition for federal recognition. As part of a settlement, the Bureau of Indian Affairs said it will make...

Warrant issued for former director of Indian center (December 9, 2009)

Edward Smiley, the former director of the Farmington Indian Center in Farmington, New Mexico, is wanted on embezzlement charges. Authorities say Smiley took more than $20,000 over the course of...

Eastern Cherokee bear handler in hospital after bite (December 9, 2009)

Mary Clapsaddle, a 75-year-old member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, was bitten by a bear at a zoo on the North Carolina reservation. Clapsaddle is expected to recover...

Mostly praise for $3.4B settlement to Cobell lawsuit (December 9, 2009)

Reaction from Indian Country to the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement has been mostly positive. The deal provides $1.412 billion to the plaintiffs in the long-running suit. Each account holder --...

Settlement talks underway in Indian farmers lawsuit (December 9, 2009)

Settlement talks are underway in the Keepseagle case, the Associated Press reports. The plaintiffs and the Department of Agriculture will be negotiating for 60 days under a schedule approved by...

Editorial: Act quickly on Indian trust fund settlement (December 9, 2009)

"It's hard to overstate the importance in Indian Country of news that the federal government intends to pay $3.4 billion to settle claims from more than 120 years of mismanaged...

Judge to hear tribal member suit for 'Fighting Sioux' (December 9, 2009)

A judge will hold a hearing today in a lawsuit that seeks to preserve the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo of the University of North Dakota. Several members of...

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe protests IRS auction of land (December 9, 2009)

Members and leaders of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota are staging a protest on the land that the Internal Revenue Service auctioned off last week. Chairman Brandon...

Blackfeet Nation distributes $3.3M per capita payment (December 9, 2009)

The Blackfeet Nation of Montana is distributing $3.3 million in per capita payments this year. Each of the 16,500 tribal members will receive a $200 check. That's the largest payment...