Column: Treaty at issue in Freedmen dispute (July 16, 2007)
"Not long ago, an issue was shared with me pertaining to the Cherokee Treaty of 1866, which was designed to make free blacks, former slaves and their descendants citizens of the Cherokee Nation. The discussion was interesting enough that I...
Two California tribes donate to Richardson campaign (July 16, 2007)
Two California tribes are among the donors to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardon's presidential campaign. The Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians donated $2,300 to the Democratic candidate while the Morongo Band of Mission Indians donated $2,000. The contributions were reported...
Catawba Nation to elect first new leader in decades (July 16, 2007)
Ed. Note: The initial version of this posting incorrectly stated the election had taken place. Members of the Catawba Nation of South Carolina head to the polls on Saturday, July 21, to elect their first new chief in over 30...
Gravel mine a booming venture for two corporations (July 16, 2007)
A gravel mine in the village of Eklutna is turning out to be good business for two Alaska Native corporations. Eklutna Inc., a village corporation, owns the surface rights to the mine site. Cook Inlet Region Inc., a regional...
Traditional healers help Alaska Native soldiers (July 16, 2007)
With record numbers of Alaska Native soldiers set to return from the Middle East, traditional healers are ready to help them readjust to life in their communities. Alaska Natives from 81 communities are part of the largest Alaska National...
Judge in Canada won't return Native girl to family (July 16, 2007)
A judge in Canada says an Innu girl will be better off in a foster home than with her family and her Native community. Bernadine and Ron live in Sheshatshiu, an Innu community in Labrador. Their two children, including a...
Senate confirms Bush nominee who fought tribes (July 16, 2007)
A week after losing a land-into-trust cas, attorney Robert Jonker was confirmed to a lifelong judgeship in Michigan. Jonker represented anti-gaming interests in several cases. He lost all of them, with the most recent one on July 3, when the...
California tribe drops campaign contribution lawsuit (July 16, 2007)
A prominent California tribe has agreed to abide by state campaign finance laws in a move that avoids a U.S. Supreme Court showdown. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians entered into a settlement with the state's Fair Political Practices...
House Resources Committee markup on six bills (July 16, 2007)
The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a markup this Wednesday on six Indian bills. The agenda follows: * H.R. 673: To direct the Secretary of the Interior to take lands in Yuma County, Arizona, into trust as part of...
Former Hopi chair diagnosed with terminal cancer (July 16, 2007)
Ferrell Secakuku, a former chairman of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Secakuku, 69, led the tribe from 1994 to 1997. He helped negotiate a settlement with the Navajo Nation over lands claimed by...
BIA holds public hearings on Navajo power plant (July 16, 2007)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is holding 10 public hearings this month on the Navajo Nation's proposed power plant. The tribe and its partner Sithe Global want to build a $3 billion, coal-fired power plant near Shiprock, New Mexico. The...
Navajo family sues police over shooting death (July 16, 2007)
A Navajo family is suing the police department in Farmington, New Mexico, for the shooting death of 21-year-old Clint John. John was shot to death by a police officer last June. Police said they were responding to a domestic violence...
Another guilty plea from Republican organization (July 16, 2007)
The vice president of a Republican environmental group that was founded by former Interior Secretary Gale Norton has pleaded guilty to tax evasion. Jared Carpenter admitted to failing to pay taxes on his income from the Council of Republicans for...
Yellow Bird: Seeing history through modern eyes (July 16, 2007)
"The Mohegan tribe of Uncasville, Conn., bought a historic site called Cochegan Rock on July 3, according to news reports. The rock is part of a preservation effort by this tribe. This effort, however, involves more than just acquiring...
Indian Affairs business meeting, hearing (July 16, 2007)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a business meeting and hearing this Thursday. The meeting will consider pending business. An agenda has not been posted online. The hearing focuses on a discussion draft to amend and reauthorize the Native...
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