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Suspension angers many on Winnebago Reservation (August 10, 2007)

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska heard a slew of complaints about a decision to suspend the chief executive officer of Ho-Chunk Inc., the tribe's economic development corporation. About 50 family members, tribal members and employees told the council the suspension...

Kempthorne visits Duck Valley Reservation after fire (August 10, 2007)

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne visited the Duck Valley Reservation in Idaho on Thursday to assess the impact of recent fires in the area. Kempthorne met with leaders of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes. He promised expedited funding for a greenhouse that will...

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes kick off annual festival (August 10, 2007)

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho kicked off their 44th annual festival on Thursday. Organizers expect about 10,000 people for the event. They say its the fourth-largest powwow in the world. "They come from all over the world, all over the...

Narragansett Tribe ready for annual powwow (August 10, 2007)

The Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island kicks off its annual powwow on Saturday. The event goes back at least 332 years. Known as the August Meeting, it celebrates the ripening of the corn. The powwow concludes on Sunday. Get the...

Oklahoma dancers cheated out of money in Germany (August 10, 2007)

Seventy Indian dancers from Oklahoma were cheated out of thousands of dollars for performing in Germany. The dancers signed a contract to perform for 25 days. But after 15 days, they hadn't seen any of the $150 a day each...

Maine tribes disappointed by defeat in court (August 10, 2007)

The Passamaquoddy Tribe and Penobscot Nation are disappointed by a federal court decision that blocks them from regulating water quality on their reservations in Maine. The tribes opposed the state's plan to regulate water affecting their lands. But the 1st...

Opinion: Cherokee Nation can't win on Freedmen (August 10, 2007)

"Morally, the issue is clear: Why attempt to disenfranchise a particular group of Cherokee Nation citizens based, it would appear, solely on their race? The response from the government of the nation has been that this move, contrary to the...

Fake tribe offers membership to Mexican nationals (August 10, 2007)

A group calling itself the Kaweah Indian Nation is charging upwards of $300 for membership, which it claims can help Mexican nationals gain U.S. citizenship. The Nebraska Mexican-American Commission issued a fraud alert after hearing about the same. The Nebraska...

BIA changes course on Cherokee Nation constitution (August 10, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs will no longer be reviewing the Cherokee Nation's constitutions after assistant secretary Carl Artman on Thursday approved a critical tribal amendment. A provision in the tribe's constitution requires the BIA to approve any changes. In...

Judge dismisses lawsuit on Omaha legal opinion (August 10, 2007)

A judge in Nebraska has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged a legal opinion about the Omaha Tribe. Gail Bertucci, a tribal member, sued attorney general Jon Bruning for issuing the opinion. She said he responded improperly to non-Indians who asked...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe compensates members (August 10, 2007)

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe compensated members who lost land to the creation of the Oahe Dam on the Missouri River. The tribe used gaming revenues to pay tribal members up to $40,000. "This is the first time we're...

Aquash murder defendant fights extradition (August 10, 2007)

A Canadian man accused of murdering American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash is still fighting his extradition to the U.S. John Graham, a Native from the Yukon Territories, lost his extradition case in July. But he made the...

Rhode Island governor doesn't want to testify about raid (August 10, 2007)

Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri (R) is appealing a judge's order that requires him to testify about the state's raid of the Narragansett Reservation. Carcieri approved the July 14, 2003, raid in order to shut down a tribal smokeshop. He...

Sen. Coburn backs Cherokee Freedmen citizenship (August 10, 2007)

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, says the descendants of former slaves are entitled to citizenship in the Cherokee Nation. Coburn says Congress should ensure the tribe lives up to its treaty responsibilities. The...

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe dedicates WIC building (August 10, 2007)

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Colorado dedicated the Laura Brown Women, Infants and Children Program Building on Tuesday. The building is named in honor of Laura Brown, a popular former director of the WIC program. She died in...