Saturday, May 3, 2008

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Fort Belknap officials close reservation jail (MONTANA) -- When the doors of the Fort Belknap jail slam shut at 5 p.m. today, it will be to keep people out. Tribal officials are closing the jail and sending inmates to other facilities because they can no longer afford to pay for staffing and other facility expenses, said Moses Dione, chief of Fort Belknap Tribal Police, on Thursday.

Property owners file suit over tribal trail (MICHIGAN) -- A group of local waterfront property owners are fighting a recent decision to place a former railroad corridor into federal trust status for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

Tribes, feds to sign off on Columbia River agreement (WASHINGTON) -- The leaders of four American Indian tribes and federal hydropower regulators are ready to sign an agreement intended to improve fish runs in the Pacific Northwest.

Colorado: American Indian deaths compared to Holocaust (COLORADO) -- The Colorado Legislature passed a resolution Wednesday comparing the deaths of millions of American Indians to the Holocaust and other acts of genocide around the world.

Ceremonial Lodge Taken Down (WISCONSIN) -- For months allegations of official corruption and poor money management have swirled around the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. Today, a ceremonial lodge put up in protest of the tribal government about a month ago was taken down.

Judge: Tribal Faction Tent Can Stay Up Over Weekend (WISCONSIN) -- A Lac Du Flambeau judge will allow a tribal faction to keep their tent near the casino up over the weekend. That news came late Friday afternoon from a faction leader.

Homes evacuated in fire on Mescalero reservation (NEW MEXICO) -- Firefighters in southern New Mexico are battling an estimated 5,000-acre fire on the Mescalero Apache reservation.

Chippewa fishing nets are loose on Lake Mille Lacs (MINNESOTA) -- Chippewa band members are missing 12 gillnets on Lake Mille Lacs, renewing hard feelings among anglers about tribal fishing rights on Minnesota's most popular lake.

All salmon fishing banned on West Coast (CALIFORNIA) -- Salmon fishing was banned along the West Coast for the first time in 160 years Thursday, a decision that is expected to have a devastating economic impact on fishermen, dozens of businesses, tourism and boating.

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