BIA and FBI meeting with police chief for Sauk-Suiattle Tribe (June 21, 2011)
The police chief for the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe of Washington is set to meet with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal Bureau of Investigation today. Chief Steven O’Leary wants an investigation into the firings of 11 employees. Only non-Indians...
NCAI and ATNI back bill to limit Cobell attorney fees to $50M (June 21, 2011)
The National Congress of American Indians and the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians are supporting H.R.887, a bill to limit attorney fees in the Indian trust fund lawsuit to $50 million. NCAI passed a resolution last week and ATNI passed...
Cherokee Nation headed to polls on Saturday to choose chief (June 21, 2011)
Members of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma head to the polls on Saturday to vote for principal chief. Incumbent Chad Smith is seeking a fourth term. He is facing a tough challenge from Bill John Baker, a council member. “I...
Darryl Red Eagle, Fort Peck Tribes council member, dies at 45 (June 21, 2011)
Darryl Red Eagle, a council member for the Fort Peck Tribes of Montana, died on Monday. He was 45. Red Eagle, who served on the council since 2005, was found not breathing at his home, The Billings Gazette reported. He...
Supreme Court declines to hear tribal court jurisdiction dispute (June 21, 2011)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a petition in Miccosukee Tribe v. Kraus-Anderson Construction, a tribal court jurisdiction case. The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida won a $1.65 million tribal court judgment against Kraus-Anderson Construction Co., a non-Indian company. But...
Supreme Court won't accept Yankton Sioux diminishment case (June 21, 2011)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a petition in South Dakota v. Yankton Sioux Tribe, a reservation diminishment case The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the reservation consist of land held in trust for the Yankton Sioux...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee business meeting Thursday (June 21, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a business meeting on Thursday. The committee will consider the nominations of Cynthia Chavez Lamar and of Barbara Jean Ells to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Institute of American Indian...
Witness List: Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on IRA (June 21, 2011)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing this Thursday on the Indian Reorganization Act. The hearing takes place following a business committee meeting at 2:15pm in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. The witness list follows:...
Mark Trahant: It's time for tribes and states to work together (June 21, 2011)
The new Era of Constriction -- shrinking all levels of government -- is both an opportunity for tribes and a threat. First, the problem. State and local governments are in deep financial holes. The optimistic view is that state governments...
Turtle Talk: Indian law decisions in Washington Supreme Court (June 21, 2011)
"Due to popular demand, Washington is up next. [Lemme know if anyone objects to the W/L characterizations below. Some cases are a little difficult to figure.] In Washington, tribal interest win 47 percent of cases" Get the Story: State Supreme...
Editorial: Reservations in Montana to benefit from disaster aid (June 21, 2011)
"While flooding continues across Montana, disaster-stricken communities can count on federal aid to repair what the deluge damages. President Barack Obama on Friday answered Montana’s request by declaring the state a disaster area eligible for federal reimbursement of public costs...
Judge approves $3.4B settlement for Cobell trust fund lawsuit (June 21, 2011)
A federal judge approved the $3.4 billion settlement to the Cobell trust fund lawsuit on Monday, calling it fair and reasonable for hundreds of thousands of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Judge Thomas F. Hogan issued his ruling after a...
Elouise Cobell statement at fairness hearing for settlement (June 21, 2011)
The following is the statement made by Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, at the fairness hearing for the $3.4 billion settlement. June 20, 2011. Your Honor, my name is Elouise Cobell. I am an...
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